Lava Burst
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  • Lava Burst
  • Level 11 Elemental, Restoration shaman ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2.5% of base mana
  • 8 sec recharge
  • 2 sec cast
  • Hurls molten lava at the target, dealing (108% of spell power) Fire damage.

    ElementalElemental: Generates 10 Maelstrom.
  • Rank 2: Level 20: Lava Burst will always critically strike if the target is affected by Flame Shock.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Fire
Recharge 8 sec
Other information
Level learned 11
Rank levels ?? (rank 2)
Improvements [Ascendance], [Echo of the Elements], [Lava Surge], [Master of the Elements], [Mastery: Elemental Overload], Surge of Power

Lava Burst is a direct damage Shaman spell that features a strong synergy with [Flame Shock]. Its short cooldown and its ability to reset with [Lava Surge] causes the ability to generally dictate the shaman's dps rotation and priorities. Lava Burst also generates maelstrom for Elemental shaman.



  • Rank 2 (Level 20): Lava Burst will always critically strike if the target is affected by Flame Shock.



PvP Talents


  • Flame Shock must active upon completion of casting Lava Burst in order to guarantee a critical strike.
    • Lava Burst will keep its guaranteed critical strike even if Flame Shock wears off while it is still traveling.

Tips and tactics

  • Rotations should be timed around utilizing Lava Burst as much as possible.
  • PvP - Lava Burst and [Chain Lightning], which has no traveling time, if cast in succession will generally hit at the same time for spike damage.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Maelstrom generated reduced to 10 (was 12).
  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Damage increased by 6%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-09-16): Fixed a bug causing Lava Burst and Lava Burst: Overload to deal less damage than intended in PvP situations.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Spell power co-efficient increased to 275% (was 220%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-11-01): Lava Burst now deals full damage in PvP (was doing 80% of normal damage).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-25): (Restoration) Lava Burst should correctly deal a critical strike against targets with Flame Shock, at level 20 or higher.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Lava Burst damage increased by 5% for Elemental.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 76.5%. Flame Shock now causes it to be guaranteed of critical hit instead of increasing damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-11-20): Now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-15): Lava Burst (Elemental, Restoration) now deals 33% more damage in PvP combat.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.3 (2014-10-28): Now costs 50% less mana.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now replaces [Primal Strike] for Elemental and Restoration shaman.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-05-23): Elemental Overload version of Lava Burst should now properly deal 75% of the damage dealt by the Lava Burst that activated it.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now has a 2 second cast time, up from 1.5 seconds, and deals 25% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Base damage has been reduced by 33% but now always deals a critical strike. When cast on targets affected by Flame Shock, it now deals 50% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now an Elemental and Restoration specialization ability.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22):
    • This ability no longer ever consumes a Flame Shock debuff off of the target.
    • Can no longer deal critical damage to targets who are immune to critical strikes (due to, e.g. [Roar of Sacrifice], [Blessed Resilience]).

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