Lava Burst

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Lava Burst
Spell shaman lavaburst.png
  • Lava Burst
  • Level 34 Elemental, Restoration shaman ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 1% of base mana
  • 8 sec cooldown
  • 2 sec cast
  • You hurl molten lava at the target, dealing (118.98% of spell power) Fire damage. Lava Burst will always deal a critical strike. If your Flame Shock is on the target, Lava Burst will deal 50% additional damage.
Usable by



8 sec

Other information
Level learned



Lava Burst is an Elemental shaman's highest hitting spell, with a strong synergy with the [Flame Shock] DoT. It is on an 8 sec cooldown, thus causing shaman DPS rotations to be governed by cooldowns and priorities.


  • Spell nature stormreach.png
    • Elemental Reach
    • Level 10 Elemental shaman ability
    • Passive
    • Increases the range of your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Lava Burst spells by 10 yards, and increases the range of your Shock spells and Searing Totem by 15 yards.
  • Spell shaman lavasurge.png
    • Lava Surge
    • Level 50 Elemental shaman ability
    • Passive
    • Your Flame Shock periodic damage ticks have a chance to reset the cooldown of your Lava Burst spell and cause your next Lava Burst spell to be instant.


  • If [Flame Shock] is applied for the first time while Lava burst is traveling to the enemy (in other words, after Lava Burst has been cast), the 50% damage bonus will not apply.
  • The Flame Shock DoT only has to be active upon completion of casting Lava Burst. If the DoT wears off while the Lava Burst projectile is traveling, it will still deal extra damage.

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.


Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2015-11-20): "Now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat."
  • WoD Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • Hotfix (2014-12-15): "Lava Burst (Elemental, Restoration) now deals 33% more damage in PvP combat."
  • WoD Patch 6.0.3 (2014-10-28): Now costs 50% less mana.
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now replaces [Primal Strike] for Elemental and Restoration shaman.
  • 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."
  • MoP Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now has a 2 second cast time, up from 1.5 seconds, and deals 25% more damage.
  • MoP 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.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now an Elemental and Restoration specialization ability.
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This ability no longer ever consumes a Flame Shock debuff off of the target.

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