Shaman Leveling Guide (MoP 5.4)

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Preliminary Mentions

In this guide, we will offer you some quick and practical information for leveling up your Shaman from level 85 to level 100. 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 a high level. This guide is not meant to reflect how you should play your character at maximum level, or in a dungeon or raid environment.

While leveling up from level 85 to 90, you can complete 4 dungeons:

While leveling up from level 90 to 100, you can complete 4 dungeons:

  • Bloodmaul Slag Mines;
  • Iron Docks;
  • Auchindoun;
  • Skyreach.

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: 85-100↑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.

At Level 90, you unlock your Tier 6 talents and we advise you to choose Unleashed Fury Icon Unleashed Fury, as it requires the least management from you.

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.

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.

1.5. Perks

At levels 92, 94, 96, and 98 you will receive one of 4 perks, in random order. Below, we list the perks and quickly mention how they affect your playstyle.

Perk Effect
Enhanced Chain Lightning Icon Enhanced Chain Lightning Use Earthquake Icon Earthquake after casting Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning or Lava Beam Icon Lava Beam
Enhanced Unleash Icon Enhanced Unleash Use Unleash Flame Icon Unleash Flame when you need a movement speed buff
Improved Lightning Shield Icon Improved Lightning Shield You now have 5 more charges of Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield, which means you need to let them stack for 5 more charges before you use Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock to spend them.
Improved Reincarnation Icon Improved Reincarnation You reincarnate with more health

2. Enhancement Leveling Guide: 85-100↑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.

At Level 90, you unlock your Tier 6 talents and we advise you to choose Unleashed Fury Icon Unleashed Fury, as it requires the least management from you.

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.

2.5. Perks

At levels 92, 94, 96, and 98 you will receive one of 4 perks, in random order. Below, we list the perks and quickly mention how they affect your playstyle.

Perk Effect
Enhanced Unleash Icon Enhanced Unleash Use Unleash Elements Icon Unleash Elements when you need a movement speed buff
Improved Flame Shock Icon Improved Flame Shock Watch out for Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash's cooldown to be reset by Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock
Improved Maelstrom Weapon Icon Improved Maelstrom Weapon Does not affect your playstyle
Improved Reincarnation Icon Improved Reincarnation You reincarnate with more health