Although I always like being surprised when something shiny falls out of that boss we just killed, I decided that knowing what I need and where it drops was more important than the – oh so slim – possibility of shiny surprises.

This is obviously not a definitive list of MUST HAVE elemental shaman pieces, and I try to give other options for every slot.  You will notice that a lot of these pieces have spirit, and absolutely none of them have hit.  This is because I want to be able to heal changing out as few pieces as possible because dear god, I am sick of carrying 2 – 3 full sets of gear around with me everywhere.

NOTE: I am only comparing items that are iLvL 346. Sometimes, there might be a comparable lower-level drop, or epic crafted. I am also skipping the trinket slots for now – the nightmare of finding good trinkets may merit its own post.

Head – Cowl of the Unseen World

High Priestess Azil – Heroic Stonecore

This is not a spirit piece, but is full of nommy haste and mastery, and has both a meta and a yellow gem slot with a haste bonus. Even I have to reforge something to hit cap, I prefer this to the spirit/crit helm available from Justice Points, and these are the only two caster shaman options of iLvl 346 currently available.

Neck – Quicksilver Amulet

Karsh Steelbender – Heroic Blackrock Caverns

This is a spirit / haste neck. There are actually lots of valid choices for this slot with any combination of stats, including a lovely – but very pricey – crafted neck.

Shoulders – Fallen Snow Shoulderguards

Grand Vizier Ertan – Heroic Vortex Pinnacle

One of three choices for this slot. This one is crit / haste with no spirit, the one from H-SFK is spirit and mastery, so also a very valid choice.  The Seafoam Mantle, purchased with Justice Points, is also spirit and mastery, and just fine if you want another piece that’s not up to RNG.

Back – Solar Wind Cloak

Rajh – Heroic Halls of Origination

Be aware, the healer might shank you if you roll on this, because with spirit and haste, it’s also one of the best healing cloaks around.  There are a couple other good cloak choices, including the cloak available once you’re revered with the Earthen Ring, but that one does not have spirit or hit, so you’ll have to make sure you have an adequate amount on your gear, or reforge some of the crit to spirit or hit.

Chest – Breastplate of the Stilled Heart

Commander Springvale – Heroic Shadowfang Keep

This is the only caster mail chest available with haste on it. The two other options are spirit / mastery from Throne of the Tides, and spirit / crit from Justice points.

Wrists –  Shackles of the Betrayed

Vanessa VanCleef – Heroic Deadmines

There are only two bracers available at this iLvl – these with have spirit and haste, and the ones from H-BRC that are spirit and crit, which in my opinion, are a poor consolation prize if you cannot get a group that can make it all the way through the epic raid-length heroic that is Deadmines.

Hands – Old Friend’s Gloves

Helix Gearbreaker – Heroic Deadmines

These spirit / haste gloves drop from a much earlier boss than the bracers, so the chances are better your group will make it this far. The gloves from H-LC are spirit / crit, and the ones from justice points are crit / mastery.

Waist – Sash of Prophecy

Ramkahen Revered Reputation – Cost: ~33 gold

There is a drop belt in H-HoO, and a belt from Justice Points, but making nice with the RamenNoodleKitties gets you the lovely haste belt.

Legs – Leggings of Soothing Silence

2,200 Justice Points

OR

Legs – Wilderness Legguards

Guardians of Hyjal Revered Reputation – Cost: ~76 gold

The differences between these two pairs of pants is minute – the quantity of haste and spirit – which differs by only 20 – is swapped on them. If you love haste, and you have the JP, buy those. If you’re worried about hit capping more than haste, and you have the rep, buy those. They’re both damn good pants.

Feet – Dark Iron Chain Boots

Forgemaster Throngus – Heroic Grim Batol

Hope you like Grim Batol. These spirit / mastery boots are the only mail caster boots around. Yes, I know Earthen Ring Exalted has epic boots – epic spirit /crit boots. I’ll pass.

Fingers – SO MANY GOOD CHOICES

Seriously. Rings are full of choices. Pick just about any 2 secondary stats you feel like you’re lacking, and there’s a ring choice for you.

Weapon – Scepter of Power

Setesh – Heroic Halls of Origination

OR

Weapon – Biting Wind

Grand Vizier Ertan – Heroic Vortex Pinnacle

The mace nets you spirit / haste, the dagger, crit / haste. Be aware that people are already saying the mace is the best healer weapon pre-raid, so your healer might flip if you roll against them for it. DO NOT BE A STAFF SHAMAN. We had enough of that bullshit in Wrath.

Shield – Zora’s Ward

Siamat – Heroic Lost City of the Tol’Vir

The lack of spirit on this makes it less of a healing shield, which means you’re less likely to have competition for it, and both haste and mastery are lovely to have. That said, Shield of the Mists is fairly inexpensive at 950 Justice Points, and either will do fine until you can get the Elementium Stormshield crafted.

Relic – Captured Lightning

Asaad – Heroic Vortex Pinnacle

Unless you have access to a generous scribe (or are one yourself) for the Tattooed Eyeball, this is a pretty sweet spirit / haste relic.

 

 

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