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WoW - Updated: Gems and Enchants for Your Shaman

Updated Tue, Aug 04, 2009 by Bluto

Pimp your gear, stand out from your peers


Make the ordinary, Extraordinary.

Well by now I hope your WoW experiences have begun to yield some good gear for you folks. Even if you are lucky enough to have scored some Tier 8.5 gear, it can always be better. It can be difficult to decide exactly when and how to enhance your gear. Don’t be afraid to spend some of that gold you’ve been amassing. Of course that’s no reason to spend your cash haphazardly. You can down rank some of those gems and enchants until you get an item you are sure is going to last for awhile. If you get a Tier 8.5 piece, you SHOULD enchant it to the best possible, since there’s nothing better than Tier 8.5 at the moment. As a rule, if you have any socketed items, get a gem into them ASAP. Not only will it assist you on your path to greatness, you won’t instantly lose the confidence of your fellow players for walking around that way. Good Raid leaders are going to inspect your armor and if it appears that you don’t care about your gear, chances are they won’t care about you.  Most folks are more understanding about enchantments, since it requires an Enchanter. You can usually find one around.  Although they never seem to be around when you’re looking for one, they have some nerve.

So in my typical table format system and without further ado, here are some quick ways to boost your items effectiveness.

Restoration Build

As a rule, you can “ignore” hit more than your Shaman brethren. You will always succeed in “hitting” friendly targets for healing. Spell Power, Spell Crit, Mana per 5 Seconds, and Intellect is historically considered the most important stats.  Keep in mind as a healer you are sometimes better served ‘knowing’ how much your heals will hit for, rather than hoping for the critical heal.

Enchantments

Gloves

Exceptional Spellpower - +28 to spellpwer

Weapon

Mighty Spellpower - +63 to spellpower

Boots

Greater Vitality - +6 mana and health per 5 seconds

*Tuskarr's Vitality - minor speed increase and +15 to stamina

Bracers

Superior Spellpower - +30 to spellpower

Greater Stats - +6 to all stats

Cloak

Greater Speed - +23 to haste rating

Shield

Greater Intellect - +25 to intellect

Chest

**Powerful Stats - +10 to all stats
Greater Mana Restoration - +8 mana per 5 seconds

 * Never hurts, even for a healer, to increase your run speed and your stamina.  There are several boss fights in PvE that require quick reaction and "Get the Hell out of there" movement.

** In my opinion, use Powerful Stats for only the high end game gear.  The mats used for this enchant are very expensive.  For any gear lower than high end game you should probably use Super Stats Enchant - +8 to all stats.

Gems: Focus on spell power, intellect, spell crit, and mana per 5 secs

Slot

Name

Red

Runed Scarlet Ruby - +19 spell power
Luminous Monarch Topaz - +9 spell power and +8 intellect

Yellow

Brilliant Autumn’s Glow - +16 intellect
Luminous Monarch Topaz - +9 spell power and +8 intellect

Blue

Dazzling Forest Emerald - +8 intellect and +3 mana per 5 secs
Glowing Twilight Opal - +9 spell power and +12 stamina

Royal Twilight Opal - +9 spellpower and +3 mana per 5 secs

Meta Gem

Insightful Earthsiege Diamond - +21 intellect and chance to restore mana on spellcast

Ember Skyfire Diamond - +25 spellpower and +2% intellect

 

Item Enhancements

Legs

*Sapphire Spellthread - +50 spell power and +30 stamina
*Runic Spellthread - +35 spell power and +20 stamina
*Azure Spellthread (for the cheap folks) - +35 spell power and +20 stamina

Shoulder

**Greater Inscription of the Crag - +24 spell power and +6 mana per 5 secs
**Greater Inscription of the Storm - +24 spell power and +15 critical strike

Helm

***Arcanum of Blissful Mending - +30 spell power and +8 mana per 5 secs
****Arcanum of Burning Mysteries - +30 spell power and +20 critical strike

*  Requires Tailor Profession to make

** Requires Exalted with Sons of Hodir

*** Requires Revered with The Wyrmrest Accord

**** Requires Revered with Kirin Tor


Enhancement Build


The melee side of being a Shaman.  You want to focus on hit rating, expertise, critical strike and attack power when buffing your Enhancement Shaman.

Enchantments

Gloves

Expertise - +15 Expertise

Crusher - +44 attack power

Weapon

Bezerking - +400 attack power

Mongoose - + 120 agility and slight increase to attack speed

Boot

Superior Agility - +16 agility
Greater Assault - +32 attack power

Bracers

Expertise - +15 expertise

Greater Assault - +50 attack power

Cloak

Major Agility - +22 agility

Shield

If you have a shield as Enhancement, you will be hunted down and given a wedgie.

Chest

*Powerful Stats - +10 to all stats

* In my opinion, use Powerful Stats for only the high end game gear.  The mats used for this enchant are very expensive.  For any gear lower than high end game you should probably use Super Stats Enchant - +8 to all stats.

Gems: Focus on hit, critical strike, expertise, and attack power.

Slot

Name

Red

Wicked Monarch Topaz - +16 attack power and +8 critical strike
Bright Scarlet Ruby - +32 attack power

Precise Scarlet Ruby - +16 Expertise

Yellow

Quick Autumn's Glow - +16 haste rating

Rigid Autumn's Glow - +16 hit rating

Blue

Jagged Forest Emerald - +8 critical strike and +12 stamina

Vivid Forest Emerald - +8 hit rating and +12 stamina

Meta Gem

Relentless Earthsiege Diamond - +21 agility and 3% increase critical strike damage

 

Item Enhancement

Legs

*Icescale Leg Armor - +75 attack power and +22 critical strike

*Nerubian Leg Armor - +55 attack power and +15 critical strike

Shoulders

**Greater Inscription of the Axe - +40 attack power and +15 critical strike

Helms

***Arcanum of Torment - +50 attack power and +20 criticial strike

* Requires Leatherwork Profession to make  

** Requires Exalted with Sons of Hodir

*** Requires Revered with Knights of the Ebon Blade

Elemental Build

The Elemental build is very similar to the Restoration build, the notable exception is to fill in some extra Hit where possible. As opposed to the Resto Shammy you will need it. Spellpower and critical stike is also your friend.

Enchantments

Gloves

Exceptional Spellpower - +28 spellpower

Weapon

Mighty Spellpower - +63 spellpower

Boots

Greater Vitality - +6 mana per 5 secs

Tuskarr's Vitality - minor speed increase and +15 stamina

Bracers

Superior Spellpower - +30 spell power

Greater Stats - +6 to all stats

Cloak

Greater Speed - +23 haste rating

Shield

Greater Intellect - +25 intellect

Chest

*Powerful Stats - +10 to all stats

* In my opinion, use Powerful Stats for only the high end game gear.  The mats used for this enchant are very expensive.  For any gear lower than high end game you should probably use Super Stats Enchant - +8 to all stats.

Gems:  Focus on mostly spell crit, haste rating, and spell power here. Some extra Hit won’t hurt you either.

Slot

Name

Red

Veiled Pyrestone - +5 hit rating and +6 spell power
Runed Scarlet Ruby - +19 spell power

Yellow

Potent Monarch Topaz - +9 spell power and +8 critical strike

Rigid Autumn's Glow - +16 hit rating

Blue

Energized Forest Emerald - +8 haste rating and +3 mana per 5 secs

Royal Twilight Opal - +9 spell power and +3 mana per 5 secs

Meta Gem

Chaotic Skyflare Diamond - +21 critical strike and 3% increased critical strike

Bracing Earthsiege Diamond - +25 spell power and 2% threat reduction

 

Item Enhancements

Legs

*Sapphire Spellthread - +50 spell power and +30 stamina
*Runic Spellthread - +35 spell power and +20 stamina
*Azure Spellthread (for the cheap folks) - +35 spell power and +20 stamina

Shoulder

**Greater Inscription of the Crag - +24 spell power and +6 mana per 5 secs
**Greater Inscription of the Storm - +24 spell power and +15 critical strike

Helm

***Arcanum of Blissful Mending - +30 spell power and +8 mana per 5 secs
****Arcanum of Burning Mysteries - +30 spell power and +20 critical strike

*  Requires Tailor Profession to make

** Requires Exalted with Sons of Hodir

*** Requires Revered with The Wyrmrest Accord

**** Requires Revered with Kirin Tor

Please keep in mind that these are only suggestions to move you in what I think is a positive direction.  This is by no means scriptures. As always the readers’ input is welcome and appreciated in the Ten Ton Hammer WoW Forums.

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