Shaman Leveling Guide (MoP 5.4)

18 comments
Preliminary Mentions

In this guide, we will offer you some quick and practical information for leveling up your Shaman from level 85 to level 90. We cover rotation, talents and glyphs. We do not, however, cover statistics, gear, or any information about the zones you should be questing in.

This guide requires a basic understanding of how the Shaman class works at level 85. This guide is not meant to reflect how you should play your character at level 90, or in a raid environment or dungeon.

While leveling up, you can complete 4 dungeons:

These dungeons have quests which reward you with vast amounts of experience.

In this guide, we only cover Elemental and Enhancement, as leveling up as Restoration is very inefficient and should be avoided.

1. Elemental Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

1.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty.

For your third minor glyph, you should use which ever remaining minor glyph you like.

1.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. As an Elemental Shaman, you should try and kill enemies one by one and to avoid pulling mobs together. Follow this priority list.

  1. Keep Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock up on the target. Refresh when there are 3 seconds or less left.
  2. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst on cooldown
    • watch out for its cooldown being reset by procs of Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge.
  3. Cast Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock when you have between 12 and 15 charges of Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield.
  4. Keep Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem up.
  5. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt as a filler. You can cast this spell while moving.

If you pulled more than 1 target, replace Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt with Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning.

Keep Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield up.

1.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you need to kill mobs faster, you can use Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness, Fire Elemental Totem Icon Fire Elemental Totem, Earth Elemental Totem Icon Earth Elemental Totem, and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism.

At Level 87, you gain Ascendance Icon Ascendance, which you can use as a DPS cooldown.

1.4. Surviving

When you are in danger of dying, you can use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift and heal yourself with Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge. You can also use Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance and let your damaging spells heal you.

If you are attacked by several enemies, you can try to incapacitate one of them with Hex Icon Hex. You can also summon Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem or Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem and reset their cooldowns with Call of the Elements Icon Call of the Elements.

If you decide that running away is safer, summon Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem or casts Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm, and activate Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf.

2. Enhancement Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

2.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty.

For your third minor glyph, you should use which ever remaining minor glyph you like.

2.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. As an Enhancement Shaman, you should try and kill enemies one by one and to avoid pulling mobs together. Follow this priority list.

  1. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if you have 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon
    • against 1 enemy.
  2. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning if you have 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon
    • against 3 or more enemies.
  3. Apply and refresh Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock after casting Unleash Elements Icon Unleash Elements.
  4. Cast Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  5. Cast Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash.
  6. Summon and refresh Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem.
  7. Cast Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock.

Keep Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield up.

2.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you need to kill mobs faster, you can use Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness, Fire Elemental Totem Icon Fire Elemental Totem, Earth Elemental Totem Icon Earth Elemental Totem, and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism.

At Level 87, you gain Ascendance Icon Ascendance, which you can use as a DPS cooldown.

2.4. Surviving

When you are in danger of dying, you can use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift and heal yourself with Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge. You can also use Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance and let your damaging spells heal you. Finally, remember that Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage temporarily reduces the damage you take.

You can also easily heal yourself by consuming stacks of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon with healing spells or by summoning your Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit.

If you are attacked by several enemies, you can try to incapacitate one of them with Hex Icon Hex. You can also summon Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem or Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem and reset their cooldowns with Call of the Elements Icon Call of the Elements.

If you decide that running away is safer, summon Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem and activate Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf.