Gear Progression

Learn about Gear and Gear Progression for the Primalist Shaman Leveling Build.

Shaman Gear Progression

While we make recommendations for all items make sure you pay special attention to your weapon. Weapons are a core part of your character's power and getting a higher level base weapon increases your damage significantly. A good way to get better weapon bases is to buy them at the Gambler NPC in the Council Chamber town and in the End of Time town. Upgrade or buy your next weapon each time you reach the appropriate level.

If you are lucky you might get a Rune of Ascendance while leveling. Use this first on boots to get unique boots such as Eterra's Path.

You might also drop useful uniques for this build such as Ferebor's Chisel, Ferebor's Persistence, Legacy of the Quiet Forest, Tears of the Forest and Silvafrond.

Gear Stats Priorities


  • Vitality to bump your health up. Getting your health pool as high as possible is very important.
  • Chance to Bleed on Hit, Chance to Ignite on Hit and Chance to Poison on Hit are really good early as Damage over Time mechanics have high base damage. Physical Damage is also really good early to scale Bleeds and the Hit damage from Swipe. Once you respec Swipe, they become useless.
  • Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed makes your experience way smoother as it makes Transplant available more often.
  • Minion Damage, Minion Chance To Poison On Hit, Damage Over Time For You And Your Minions, Spell Damage For You And Your Minions and Totem Damage are great to boost Summon Thorn Totem Damage.
  • Critical Strike Chance for Totems, Minion Spell Critical Strike Chance and Minion Spell Critical Strike Chance further scale Summon Thorn Totem Damage.
  • Cast Speed and Cast Speed for Totems are really important as it increase Summon Thorn Totem summoning speed.
  • Level of Swipe, Level of Fury Leap, Level of Summon Thorn Totem, Level of Spriggan Form, Level of Summon Storm Crow, Level of Eterra's Blessing and Level of Summon Spriggan are very important as skill tree nodes provides a substantial boost to your character power.
  • Attunement is nice to boost your Damage after the affixes above. It also increases the dodge rating given by Aura of Evasion and the health of Summon Spriggan. More importantly it scales the healing effectiveness of your totems, making it your primary way of scaling recovery.


  • Health, Health and Hybrid Health to bump your health up. Getting your health pool as high as possible is very important.
  • Fire Resistance, Lightning Resistance, Cold Resistance, Physical Resistance, Necrotic Resistance and Void Resistance to get your resistances to 75%. This is your second layer of defense, getting it capped to 75% is not vital.
  • Dodge Rating and Armour are less important than health and resistances. This is your third layer of defense, getting some is useful, as you get 15% Dodge and Armour with little amount.
  • Health Regen Per Second is a very effective way to regen health early, but it quickly falls off once you get other ways to regen.
  • Damage Over Time for Minions and Minion Spell Damage are great to boost Summon Thorn Totem Damage.


  • Health, Health, Vitality, Chance to gain Haste for 3 seconds when you Summon a Totem, Minion Increased Healing Effectiveness and resistances for extra defences.
  • Totem Damage, Critical Strike Chance for Totems, Shared Physical Damage, Shared Poison Damage, Minion Critical Strike Chance, Minion Chance To Poison On Hit and Spell Damage For You And Your Minions for big damage boosts.

Gearing Step by Step

  • Level 2: Any Two-Handed Weapon, two Jade Ring.
  • Level 4: Jade Amulet and Sage Antler.
  • Level 6: Avarice.
  • Level 7: Spiked Great Club.
  • Level 8: Refuge Boots.
  • Level 11: Start equipping Idols with Vitality, any type of resistance, Health, Health on Kill.
  • Level 12: Wolf Pelt.
  • Level 13: Sacrificial Staff.
  • Level 18: Ochre Antler.
  • Level 19: Plated Belt.
  • Level 21: Brass Amulet.
  • Level 23: Outcast Boots and Quarter Staff.
  • Level 25: Two Gold Ring.
Items at level 25