I notice a few people searching for stuff like, “Which gems for elemental shaman?” and the like and arriving at this blog. So here it is.
First off when gemming your elemental shaman remember the hit cap. If you are only planning on doing heroic instances then your hit cap is 79. If you are planning on raiding you have two hit caps. 295 289 hit rating is your soft hit cap. It assumes that you are raiding with a Shadow Priest debuffing the raid boss with Misery (Edit: Or balance druid with Improved Faerie Fire). If you do not raid with a Shadow Priest your hard hit cap for raid bosses is 368.
Edit: Being a Horde I forgot about Dranei’s +1% hit aura. If you have a Dranei with this in your group you can further reduce the hit rating needed by 26. i.e. 263 and 342 hit caps.
Personally I feel must hit the soft cap and then have a piece of gear with lots of hit on it to swap in if there is no shadow priest in the raid. Pieces like Ebonweave Gloves/Robe are good for this.
OK now the gems.
- Only option – Chaotic Skyflare Diamond
The 3% extra damage from this metagem makes it the stand out option for elementalists. The big downside for this gem is the requirements for 2 blues gems to activate it. Blue gem slots seem to be few and far between for the sort of gear we are looking for.
Early on I put Rigid Autumn’s Glow in my yellow slots and swap in Veiled Monarch Topaz as I get more hit rating.
The advantage of the Veiled Monarch Topaz are that they fit both your main slot colours and spread your hit rating around your gear. They are also about one third the price of Runed Scarlet Rubies on my server. I suggest starting with Veiled Monarch Topaz and replacing them with Runed Scarlet Rubies as the hit on your gear improves.
All you options for blues are pretty weak, but unfortunately you’ll need two for your metagem activation. The two choices are pretty close depending on your need for hit rating. I find my Eternal Belt Buckle a good place to put one of these.
Done. Bookmark this or add it to your cheat sheet for you elemental shaman.