Lava Burst

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Lava Burst
Spell shaman lavaburst.png
  • Lava Burst
  • Level 12 Elemental, Restoration shaman ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 6% of base mana
  • 8 sec recharge
  • 2 sec cast
  • Hurls molten lava at the target, dealing (275% of spell power) Fire damage. Lava Burst will always critically strike if the target is affected by Flame Shock.

    Elemental Elemental
    Generates 12 Maelstrom.
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.



  • 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

  • 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): Damage 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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