Windfury Weapon

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Windfury Weapon
Spell shaman unleashweapon wind.png
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Utility

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

30

Requirements

Melee Weapon

Improvements
Related buff
Spell shaman unleashweapon wind.png
  • Weapon
  • Windfury Weapon
  • Windfury Weapon
  • Duration: 60 minutes

Windfury Weapon is an Enhancement shaman ability.

Improvements

Tips

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Windfury is the main enhancement shaman buff. It offers up to 40% damage increase to a shaman's base melee DPS (if wielding a single three second or slower weapon), not counting the attack power bonus granted on 2/7ths of all swings. As of 2.01, Windfury procs can trigger weapon-based procs and enchants—meaning one could potentially have a Crusader proc three times (the normal swing and the 2 Windfury occurrences) or 6 times if one is Dual-Wield Stormstrike spec'd. Windfury procs that crit will also trigger Flurry, but Windfury procs themselves do not consume Flurry. This means that after getting a high crit chance, one could have a never-ending Flurry buff, as unlikely as these situations are.

Slow weapons are recommended for Stormstriking shaman and for PvP in general, especially due to Stormstrike. This is because the damage added by Stormstrike and Windfury are not normalized, so the full amount of damage is dealt instead of being modified by weapon speed. Also, Windfury exists on a three second internal cooldown that would be wasted with faster weapons.

In PvE, Windfury should always be used for the main hand, for the benefit of spell power and improved [Lava Lash] damage from Flametongue is viable for the off-hand. As for PvP, one could easily mix-in Frostbrand Weapon to help keep the opponent in melee range, especially due to the [Frozen Power] talent. Dual Windfury Weapon will rapidly increase one's damage, of course, as the buff is that powerful. A common question in regards to PvP is whether to use a two-handed weapon or dual wielding. Either way, one should definitely be using Windfury. Two-handed weapons will provide the shaman with a large amount of burst damage, but due to resilience, as well as the potential "drought" of Windfury procs, it may be better to dual wield in favor of more consistent damage.

Notes

  • In Pre-TBC, a lucky shaman was able to one-shot Clothies with slow two-handed weapon if Windfury proc'd.
  • As to above, [Windfury Totem] worked a lot differently back then as well. It used to give all party members windfury-like effect. This made Windfury Totem give an unrealistic damage increase to melee classes (and especially those who wielded two-handed weapons).

Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Flametongue Weapon] and Windfury Weapon have been removed.
    • [Enhanced Weapons] is a new passive ability available to Enhancement shaman, causing main-hand weapon attacks to have a chance to trigger 3 extra attacks, and off-hand weapon attacks to deal additional fire damage.
  • Hotfix (2013-09-23): "Windfury Weapon's Windfury Attack effect now deals 50% more damage."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now only for enhancement Shamans.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • Mixing two different ranks of Windfury Weapon while dual-wielding will no longer increase the number of Windfury Weapon procs.
    • A bug with this spell was making off-hand procs receive less bonus damage than intended. It is now fixed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-20):
    • Mana cost reduced.
    • Attack power bonus of Windfury Weapon reduced by 50%
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Fixed a bug that caused an additional attack beyond what was intended. In addition, fixed a bug that caused the next normal melee attack to happen sooner than intended.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Much more responsive.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.10 (2004-09-18): Levels at which each rank can be learned have been changed.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Moved to level 30, replacements adjusted, effect simplified.

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