Maelstrom Weapon
Spell shaman maelstromweapon
  • Maelstrom Weapon (Passive)
  • Passive
  • When you deal damage with a melee weapon, you have a chance to gain an application of Maelstrom Weapon. Each application of Maelstrom Weapon reduces the cast time and mana cost of your next Nature spell by 20% and increases its direct healing done by 10%. Does not apply to Ancestral Spirit or Hex. Stacks up to 5 times.

    Improved Maelstrom Weapon (Level 92+)
    Maelstrom Weapon now also causes your Nature spells to deal 10% additional damage per stack of Maelstrom Weapon.
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  • Passive
  • Talents
    Level required44
    Related buff
    Spell shaman maelstromweapon
    • Maelstrom Weapon
    • Reduces the cast time and mana cost of your next Nature spell with a base cast time shorter than 10 seconds by 20%. Next direct healing spell's healing effectiveness increased by 10%.
    • Duration: 30 seconds
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    Maelstrom Weapon is a passive shaman ability learned at level 44 for those with the Enhancement specialization. Each stack reduces the cast time of the next Nature spell with a cast time of less than 10 seconds; fully stacked, those spells become instant cast.


    The chance to gain a charge when attacking is dependent on weapon speed, using the PPM mechanic. In effect, this means that slower weapons will have a slightly higher chance to trigger Maelstrom Weapon due to instant attacks. [Dual wielding] will greatly increase the rate at which charges are generated, although it won't be double, due to the miss penalty inherent in dual wielding. When Dual wielding, the PPM rate is approximately 25 PPM.[1]

    Windyfury is also able to proc this effect, potentially increasing proc rate 20% due to its chance to proc 20% of the time per weapon. Weapon enchants are not tested: however, they might be able to proc as well so long as they are extra attacks.

    Patch changes

    • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Maelstrom Weapon’s chance to trigger has been reduced by 20%.
    • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): Effects has been improved.
    • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.3.0 (29-Nov-2011): Maelstrom Weapon can now also proc from fully absorbed melee attacks.
    • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Now also has a chance to reduce the cast time of Hex.
    • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Tooltips corrected to correctly describe the chance for this talent to be triggered.
    • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Maelstrom Weapon proc chance reduced to 2/4/6/8/10% on critical hit when you deal damage with a melee weapon. Now affects chain heal and no longer affects Lavaburst.

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