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Shaman are spiritual guides and practitioners, not of the divine, but of the very elements. Unlike some other mystics, shaman commune with forces that are not strictly benevolent. The elements are chaotic, and left to their own devices, they rage against one another in unending primal fury. It is the call of the shaman to bring balance to this chaos. Acting as moderators among earth, fire, water, and air, shaman summon totems that focus the elements to support the shaman’s allies or punish those who threaten them.
Pilt:Shaman crest.png

Shaman are a hybrid class and can specialize in offensive spellcasting, melee damage dealing, or healing. As such, the class is considered one of the most adaptable and versatile in the game. Shaman can also provide group support in the form of stationary totems that, when placed on the ground by the shaman, either provide benefits to party members or deal damage to enemies.

Overview Edit

The shaman class was originally only available to three of the Horde races: tauren, orcs, and trolls. Designed as a counterpart to the paladin, the class was once unavailable to the Alliance. This was said to create much trouble in developing both classes since they needed to be balanced against each other. The release of The Burning Crusade expansion introduced shaman to the Alliance through the draenei while the Horde gained access to the blood elf paladin, thus making it possible for both classes to be developed independent of each other.

Shaman have the ability to resurrect themselves once every 30 minutes using their [Reincarnation] ability. In combination with their ability to resurrect other players, this makes shaman a viable utility for wipe recovery.

Originally, shaman were almost allowed a tanking role[1] through the old enhancement talent tree. Their lack of heavy plate armor and the various changes made to their talent trees over time phased out their tanking potential in favor of healing and damage dealing. While most shaman are capable of adequately tanking instances prior to reaching level 60, higher level areas and instances require tanks to have stronger passive defenses and damage mitigation than shaman have, despite their versatility and healing abilities.


See also: Shaman (Warcraft III)

Shaman are spiritual visionaries of tribes and clans. These gifted warriors can see into the world of spirits and communicate with creatures invisible to the eyes of normal beings. They are beset by visions of the future and use their sight to guide their people through troubled times. Although shaman may seem wise and serene at first, they are formidable foes; when angered, their wrath is as fierce as those who have a connection to Eternals or nature.[2]

History Edit


Shamanism has existed since the sapient races first discovered the power of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. On Draenor, now shattered Outland, the orcs were shamanistic; on Azeroth, trolls and tauren were shamanistic. Though shamanism on Azeroth flourished, shamanism on Draenor was all but extinct by the time of the great crossing of the Horde into Azeroth via the Dark Portal. The greatest and yet some of the most vilified orcs were once shaman; Zuluhed the Whacked, Ner'zhul, and even Gul'dan were all shaman. However, Kil'jaeden distorted the shaman's connection with their spirits in the sacred mountain of Oshu'gun, taking on the form of the shaman's ancestors to convince them that the Draenei were enemies. The ensuing massacres upon several Draenei hunting parties offended the spirits, who eventually denied the shaman their powers.

All was set for the transition.

Cut off from their elemental powers, the former shaman turned to the more efficient and masterful powers of the Burning Legion, becoming warlocks. Though many tried to hang onto their roots, it was impossible. Even Drek'Thar was sucked into the dark magics, though he later repented and to this day has never forgiven himself for the acceptance of the demonic corruption that plagues himself and the orc race. Ner'zhul was the warlock who created the portals from Draenor to many other worlds. The many portals ripped Draenor apart, creating the ravaged land of Outland. He repented, but was dragged back into the fold by Kil'jaeden, who promised him an endless existence of suffering and pain if he did not serve the Legion. Ner'zhul accepted this second chance at serving the Legion and was changed into the mighty being known as the Lich King. He later inhabited the body of Arthas Menethil, his first and most powerful of the second generation of Death knights.

Shamanism in the orcs was all but extinct until Thrall, the son of the deceased Durotan and future chieftain of the Frostwolf clan, grabbed hold of the reins of Warchief of the New Horde. This ushered in a new generation of shamanism, breaking the crippling lethargy of the captive orcs and outlawing the dark magic of the Burning Legion. At the time of the internment camps, "shaman" was a derogatory term for someone who told fantastical and unbelievable stories.[3] Shamanism is now in good repute, though, as the New Horde was led for a long time by Thrall, a shaman of great power.

Notable shaman Edit

HordePilt:IconSmall Drek'Thar.gif Drek'Thar Chieftain and Elder Shaman of the Frostwolf Clan Alive Frostwolf Keep, Alterac Valley
NeutralPilt:IconSmall Magatha.gif Magatha Grimtotem Elder of the Grimtotem Clan Alive Unknown
NeutralPilt:IconSmall Ner'zhul.gif Ner'zhul The Lich King Unknown Unknown
AlliancePilt:IconSmall Nobundo.gif Farseer Nobundo Draenei far seer Alive The Crystal Hall, Exodar
HordePilt:IconSmall Rehgar.gif Rehgar Earthfury Advisor to Warchief Thrall Alive Unknown
HordeTroll male Rokhan Horde scout Alive Dragon's Fall, Dragonblight
NeutralPilt:IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall The Earthen Ring Alive The Maelstrom
NeutralPilt:IconSmall Zuluhed.gif Zuluhed the Whacked Chieftain of the Dragonmaw clan Deceased (lore), Killable (WoW) Dragonmaw Fortress, Shadowmoon Valley

Organizations Edit


Main article: Shaman races


The shaman class can be played by the following races:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health Mana
Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei TBC 22 17 21 21 24 34 59 90
Alliance Ironforge dwarfIronforge dwarf Ironforge dwarf Cataclysm 22 16 23 22 21  ?  ?  ?
Pilt:Both 15.png PandarenPandaren Pandaren Mists of Pandaria 21 18 22 20 24 37 123 40
Horde GoblinGoblin Goblin Cataclysm 18 22 21 24 20  ? 59 135
Horde OrcOrc Orc 24 17 22 18 24 34 69 73
Horde TaurenTauren Tauren 26 16 22 17 24 32 70 72
Horde TrollTroll Troll 22 22 21 17 23 44 59 72

Until The Burning Crusade, the shaman class was exclusive to the Horde. In the Burning Crusade, Draenei shaman were introduced to the Alliance. With Cataclysm, Alliance dwarves also learned shamanism along with the Horde's new addition, goblins.

Each race has its own distinct advantage, no matter its class; consequently, many players who wish to play shaman factor in advantages and abilities of the various races when starting their characters. Some prefer tauren for their [Warstomp] racial ability. Others prefer orcs as stun effects don't last as long when used against them, which is helpful versus a rogue, as well as against a shadow priest; likewise, the orcs' [Blood Fury] racial ability can be very useful for a shaman because they get a bonus to both their melee attacks and spell damage. Both of these abilities are very useful in PvP. Still others enjoy playing trolls because of their [Da Voodoo Shuffle] and [Berserking] powers. Players looking for a boost in healing for PvE or PvP may find that the draenei's usable racial ability, [Gift of the Naaru], is an effective heal over time spell that can be cast with no mana cost.

Specializations/stats Edit

A spellcaster who harnesses the destructive forces of nature and the elements.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Hit Rating or Spirit (15% hit cap)
  • Intellect
  • Haste Rating
  • Mastery Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
Icon Ability Min Level
32px [Thunderstorm] 10
32px [Elemental Fury] 10
32px [Elemental Precision] 10
32px [Elemental Reach] 10
32px [Shamanism] 10
32px [Spiritual Insight] 10
32px [Rolling Thunder] 20
32px [Fulmination] 30
Icon Ability Min Level
32px [Lava Burst] 34
32px [Elemental Focus] 40
32px [Lava Surge] 50
32px [Elemental Oath] 55
32px [Earthquake] 60
32px [Shamanistic Rage] 65
32px [Mastery: Elemental Overload] 80

A totemic warrior who strikes foes with weapons imbued with elemental power.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Agility
  • Hit Rating / Expertise Rating (both 7.5%)
  • Mastery Rating
  • Haste Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
Pilt:Stormstrike TCG.jpg
Icon Ability Min Level
32px [Lava Lash] 10
32px [Dual Wield] 10
32px [Mental Quickness] 10
32px [Flurry] 20
32px [Stormstrike] 26
32px [Windfury Weapon] 30
32px [Searing Flames] 34
32px [Static Shock] 40
Icon Ability Min Level
32px [Fire Nova] 44
32px [Maelstrom Weapon] 44
32px [Unleashed Rage] 55
32px [Feral Spirit] 60
32px [Spirit Walk] 60
32px [Shamanistic Rage] 65
32px [Mastery: Enhanced Elements] 80

A healer who calls upon ancestral spirits and the cleansing power of water to mend allies' wounds.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Spirit
  • Intellect
  • Haste Rating (until soft haste cap)
  • Mastery Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Haste Rating
Icon Ability Min Level
32px [Riptide] 10
32px [Meditation] 10
32px [Purification] 10
32px [Spiritual Insight] 10
32px [Purify Spirit] 18
32px [Healing Wave] 20
32px [Earth Shield] 26
32px [Earthliving Weapon] 30
Icon Ability Min Level
32px [Lava Burst] 34
32px [Ancestral Awakening] 34
32px [Resurgence] 40
32px [Tidal Waves] 50
32px [Mana Tide Totem] 56
32px [Greater Healing Wave] 60
32px [Spirit Link Totem] 70
32px [Mastery: Deep Healing] 80

Skills/Glyphs Edit

Tag Source
16px [Book of Glyph Mastery] (requires 425 inscription skill)
T:# Learned from a trainer with # Inscription skill
M:# Minor Inscription Research (requires # Inscription skill)
N Northrend Inscription Research (requires 385 Inscription skill)
V:# Vendor (requires # Inscription skill)

Major Glyph Source Major Glyph Source
16px [Glyph of Capacitor Totem] N 16px [Glyph of Chain Lightning] N
16px [Glyph of Chaining] N 16px [Glyph of Cleansing Waters] T:330
16px [Glyph of Feral Spirit] Enhancement 16px 16px [Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem] N
16px [Glyph of Fire Nova] Enhancement T:110 16px [Glyph of Flame Shock] T:85
16px [Glyph of Frost Shock] T:185 16px [Glyph of Ghost Wolf] T:75
16px [Glyph of Grounding Totem] N 16px [Glyph of Healing Storm] Enhancement  ??
16px [Glyph of Healing Stream Totem] T:215 16px [Glyph of Healing Wave] Restoration (Shaman) N
16px [Glyph of Hex] 16px 16px [Glyph of Lightning Shield] N
16px [Glyph of Purge] T:300 16px [Glyph of Riptide] Restoration (Shaman) 16px
16px [Glyph of Shamanistic Rage] Enhancement T:255 16px [Glyph of Spirit Walk] Enhancement N
16px [Glyph of Spiritwalker's Grace] T:375 16px [Glyph of Telluric Currents] T:140
16px [Glyph of Thunder] Elemental 16px 16px [Glyph of Totemic Recall] T:235
16px [Glyph of Totemic Vigor] 16px 16px [Glyph of Unstable Earth] Elemental N
16px [Glyph of Water Shield] Restoration (Shaman) T:275 16px [Glyph of Wind Shear] T:125
Minor Glyph Source Minor Glyph Source
16px [Glyph of Astral Recall] M:75 16px [Glyph of Deluge] T:250
16px [Glyph of Far Sight] M:75 16px [Glyph of Lakestrider] T:95
16px [Glyph of Lava Lash] Enhancement T:165 16px [Glyph of the Spectral Wolf] M:75
16px [Glyph of Thunderstorm] Elemental M:75 16px [Glyph of Totemic Encirclement] M:75

Totems Edit

Totems are unique to shaman and only one of each elemental type can be used at a time.

With the spell [Totemic Recall], shaman can instantly remove all of their totems for no mana cost and receive 25% of the mana spent on the totems back. Shaman also see "Totem Timers" below their character portraits. As with buffs, a simple right-click to the "Totem Timer" icon, and the totem will be destroyed with no mana gain.

Equipment Edit

Pilt:Shaman Concept.gif

Shaman can wear leather armor at the start of the game and can train to wear mail armor after level 40. It is not uncommon for many shaman to take up leatherworking as a profession because it's also used to craft mail armor with beneficial stats for shaman at higher levels.

Shaman can use one-handed maces with shields, staves, daggers, fist weapons, one-handed axes, and two-handed axes and maces by default.

There are a number of end-game gear sets for shaman. There are also sets for PvP and all these sets can be found on the Shaman sets page.

See also:
Enhancement gear BC
Wrath healing equipment (mail)
Shaman tactics

End-game expectations Edit

Totems are a major part of the end game and knowing what totems will benefit the shaman's group members best in different situations is all part of the strategy involved in playing a shaman. With the versatility that comes with a shaman you will always be the one adapting to various issues your group might run into. If your party runs into an encounter which is very DPS heavy, you will find yourself supporting DPS, occasionally throwing in a heal if needed. The same goes for encounters that require lots of healing.

A shaman's role in parties and raids will vary depending on how they choose to specialize and equip themselves. For example, a shaman who has specced enhancement (and geared accordingly) may have problems healing, but will greatly enhance melee group attack speed via [Unleashed Rage]. On the other hand, a restoration shaman gets very little benefit from going melee, whereas elemental shaman can cast ranged DPS and still cast the occasional support heal and possibly main heal any 5-man instance.

Specialization is all a matter of preference. Some shaman choose to go restoration, some elemental, and others enhancement. No matter which tree they follow, there are a lot of abilities that will benefit raid/party DPS, protection, and healing.

Remember that the beauty of the shaman is its versatility, and even though you tend to go one way with specialization, remember that you still have access to the rest of your core class abilities.

Note Edit

The shaman (prestige class) was replaced with the shaman (core class) in the World of Warcraft RPG.[4]

See alsoEdit

Patch changes Edit

References Edit

  1. Shaman Q&A by Ghostcrawler and Dev Team
  2. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg 71
  3. Lord of the Clans, pg 98
  4. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game Conversion Document, 1-2

External Links Edit


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