Lightning bolt and Chain Lightning has a flat ugly 2D pixelated texture and was supposed to be updated in Legion, but then Blizz changed their minds last minute. That’s 6 years ago and the spells were already outdated by a decade before that.
Earthquake is THE ugliest AOE-spell in game right now. It’s absolutely horrible to look at and it also bugs out 90% of the time and becomes completely invisible.
All our shock spells have ALWAYS been lackluster to look at, and even with updated spell animations we got a few years ago you still barely see any animations on them at all.
Elemental blast is an ugly low-res mess that has looked the same since MoP.
Tremor Totem, Earthbind Totem, Earthgrab Totem, Mana Spring Totem, Tranquil Air Totem, Poison Cleanse Totem, Stoneskin Totem barely have any animation at all and just stand there with a very weak sparkling effect. Healing Stream Totem has a holy-looking sparkly glow for some reason and doesn’t match Shaman’s water-themed healing spells.
Icefury looks bad and outdated.
The Ascendance-model is absolutely awful and makes you feel bad and embarrassed about your class-choice every time you turn into that monstrosity. Lava Beam looks like $%^& as well.
Lightning Shield, Earth Shield and Water Shield have looked more or less the same since day 1 with that small and lame swirling ball around you that has only gotten some minor updates through the years. All still look lackluster and terrible.
Ghost Wolf/Raptor and other variations all use older low-poly models and could be using newer models that have been in-game for years already instead. Same goes for Enhancements Feral Spirit pets as they look the same.
Lava Lash and Stormstrike barely has any impactful animation at all and just look like regular auto attacks except for the swinging animation that changes.
Ice Strike doesn’t have any animation at all.
Sundering just looks awful, always have.
Regular Earth and Fire elementals look great after the last update, but regular Air Elemental and all the Primal Elementalist-elementals use those terrible 12-year-old Cataclysm models. These could easily be fixed with just a glyph to use newer expansions elemental models instead or at least bring some variation and choice. Why wouldn’t Pandas be using MoP-styled elementals for example?
Lava Burst looks pretty good, but could definitely be better. Most of our healing spells are just OK but underwhelming, and if you compare them side by side to Evoker’s new healing spells they just pale in comparison.
Shamans needs a complete animation overhaul overall.