Elemental Shaman Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic

Last updated on May 31, 2021 at 18:01 by Seksixeny 1 comment

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Elemental Shaman leveling guide for TBC Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Shaman leveling guide. We also have an Enhancement Shaman leveling guide and a Restoration Shaman leveling guide.

1.

Level-by-Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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Level: 60
2.

Leveling Talent Tree & Build

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

  • Levels 10 to 14 — 5 points in Convection IconConvection
  • Levels 15 to 19 — 5 points in Concussion IconConcussion

Convection IconConvection increases your Mana efficiency, which is of great value while leveling by allowing you to pull more before having to drink. Concussion IconConcussion is a straightforward damage boost.

  • Level 20 — 1 point in Elemental Focus IconElemental Focus
  • Levels 21 to 25 — 5 points in Call of Thunder IconCall of Thunder
  • Levels 26 to 28 — 3 points in Eye of the Storm IconEye of the Storm
  • Level 29 — 1 point in Elemental Warding IconElemental Warding

Elemental Focus IconElemental Focus improves your Mana efficiency by tying your critical strikes to a Mana reduction effect. Track this effect and use your most expensive spells when it procs to take advantage of its effect.

Call of Thunder IconCall of Thunder is a direct damage increase and Eye of the Storm IconEye of the Storm is taken to allow you to cast uninterrupted when you need it the most, especially when fighting multiple enemies. Elemental Warding IconElemental Warding is a personal preference point that can go anywhere.

  • Level 30 — 1 point in Elemental Fury IconElemental Fury
  • Levels 31 & 32 — 2 points in Storm Reach IconStorm Reach
  • Levels 33 & 34 — 2 points in Unrelenting Storm IconUnrelenting Storm
  • Levels 35 to 39 — 5 points in Lightning Mastery IconLightning Mastery

Elemental Fury IconElemental Fury increases your Critical Strike damage substantially, which has great synergy with your Critical Strike-increasing talents. Storm Reach IconStorm Reach, meanwhile, increases your range, allowing you to get more casts in before starting to take damage against melee opponents.

Finally, Unrelenting Storm IconUnrelenting Storm provides scaling Mana regeneration and Lightning Mastery IconLightning Mastery speeds up your rotation significantly, providing a large damage increase per point invested.

  • Level 40 — 1 point in Elemental Mastery IconElemental Mastery
  • Levels 41 to 43 — 3 points in Elemental Precision IconElemental Precision
  • Level 44 — 1 point in Unrelenting Storm IconUnrelenting Storm
  • Levels 45 to 49 — 5 points in Lightning Overload IconLightning Overload

Elemental Mastery IconElemental Mastery is great with Chain Lightning IconChain Lightning as it guarantees a critical strike and also removes its Mana cost. Elemental Precision IconElemental Precision provides a lot of Spell Hit from a modest talent point investment and Lightning Overload IconLightning Overload averages out to a strong damage increase which is delivered in an interesting way.

You might not need Elemental Precision IconElemental Precision at all, if you already have 4% or more Spell Hit from your gear, as fighting enemies at your level or lower requires very little Spell Hit. In that case, feel free to finish maximizing Unrelenting Storm IconUnrelenting Storm, Elemental Warding IconElemental Warding or any other talent of your choice.

  • Level 50 — 1 point in Totem of Wrath IconTotem of Wrath
  • Levels 51 to 55 — 5 points in Tidal Focus IconTidal Focus
  • Levels 56 & 57 — 2 points in Improved Reincarnation IconImproved Reincarnation
  • Levels 58 & 59 — 2 points in Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus

Totem of Wrath IconTotem of Wrath is an incredible group buff and well-worth picking up before heading into the Restoration tree. Start by putting points into Tidal Focus IconTidal Focus, Improved Reincarnation IconImproved Reincarnation and Totemic Mastery IconTotemic Mastery to improve your Mana costs and ability to recover from untimely deaths.

  • Level 60 — 1 point in Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus
  • Level 61 — 1 point in Totemic Mastery IconTotemic Mastery
  • Levels 62 to 64 — 3 points in Nature's Guidance IconNature's Guidance
  • Level 65 — 1 point in Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus
  • Levels 66 to 70 — 5 points in Tidal Mastery IconTidal Mastery

Get Nature's Guidance IconNature's Guidance to make your life easier against high-level enemies, Totemic Mastery IconTotemic Mastery and Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus for the extra totem support, and finish your talent build with the solid damage increase of Tidal Mastery IconTidal Mastery.

3.

Leveling Rotation

Good usage of Earthbind Totem IconEarthbind Totem can help you avoid a lot of damage. Place it between yourself and your enemies to slow them and give yourself extra Lightning Bolt IconLightning Bolt casts before taking any damage.

  1. Make sure Rockbiter Weapon IconRockbiter Weapon is active on you at all times, to maximize your potential damage output whenever an enemy makes it to your melee range.
  2. Make sure both Rockbiter Weapon IconRockbiter Weapon and Lightning Shield IconLightning Shield are active on you at all times to maximize your potential damage output whenever an enemy makes it to your melee range.
  3. Make sure both Windfury Weapon IconWindfury Weapon and Lightning Shield IconLightning Shield are active on you at all times to maximize your potential damage output whenever an enemy makes it to your melee range.
  4. Make sure both Windfury Weapon IconWindfury Weapon and Water Shield IconWater Shield are active on you at all times as these buffs will come in handy whenever an enemy makes it into melee range — especially the Mana return of Water Shield.
  5. Stoneclaw Totem IconStoneclaw Totem is vastly improved in TBC, and will frequently stun enemies who attack it. As you have almost no area of effect damage, the best strategy when you need to fight multiple enemies at once is dropping this totem and finishing them off one by one while the ones you are not attacking are busy being stunned by your totem.
  6. Drop Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem and Searing Totem IconSearing Totem as your main totems when grinding in a small space for a prolonged amount of time, in dungeons, or when facing hard enemies.
  7. Drop Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem, Healing Stream Totem IconHealing Stream Totem, and Searing Totem IconSearing Totem as your main totems when grinding in a small space for a prolonged amount of time, in dungeons, or when facing hard enemies.
  8. Drop Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem, Healing Stream Totem IconHealing Stream Totem, and Searing Totem IconSearing Totem as your main totems when facing difficult enemies or grinding in a small space, but also Windfury Totem IconWindfury Totem if you are grouping up with Warriors or Rogues.
  9. Drop Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem, Healing Stream Totem IconHealing Stream Totem, and Totem of Wrath IconTotem of Wrath as your main totems when facing difficult enemies or grinding in a small space. Remember to use Windfury Totem IconWindfury Totem or Grace of Air Totem IconGrace of Air Totem when in a party with physical damage dealers.
  10. Drop Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem, Healing Stream Totem IconHealing Stream Totem, Totem of Wrath IconTotem of Wrath, and Wrath of Air Totem IconWrath of Air Totem as your main totems when facing difficult enemies or grinding in a small space. Consider using Windfury Totem IconWindfury Totem instead of Wrath of Air if you are grouping up with Warriors or Rogues.
  11. Elemental Mastery IconElemental Mastery causes your next damage spell to deal a guaranteed critical strike and be free. Use it on Chain Lightning IconChain Lightning whenever possible.
  12. Use Chain Lightning IconChain Lightning on cooldown when facing multiple enemies simultaneously or when Elemental Focus IconElemental Focus is active.
  13. Use Lightning Bolt IconLightning Bolt to kill single enemies, as it is your most Mana-efficient damage spell.
  14. Use Lightning Bolt IconLightning Bolt to initiate combat. Keep casting it until the enemy is close enough that you will not have time to cast another one before you get hit in melee range.
  15. Auto-attack the enemy until he dies. The idle time you get here will allow you to regenerate some Mana, as you will not be casting any more spells until you are pulling the next enemy.
4.

List of Trainer Skills to Buy

Buying everything is, essentially, the way to go, as spell costs are quite low and all of them have uses, even if small ones.

If you are doing a completely new character and want to save as much gold as you can for your first mount at Level 30, you can opt to buy only the recommended skills for the rotation in the section above.

5.

Elemental Shaman Macros and Addons

By setting yourself up with an upgraded user interface and macros from the get-go, you will make your leveling process much easier. Check out our Elemental Shaman Macros and Addons guides in the links below for the full list.

6.

Elemental Shaman Quests and Weapons

When leveling, stay alert for weapon upgrades you might encounter, as these will improve your experience significantly. You will also need to complete various class quests in order to be able to use your totems, with unique questlines for Earth, Fire, Water, and Air totems.

These quests are different for Horde and Alliance Shamans, and the early quests also have differences between Horde races. To help you with both weapons and quests, we have made two dedicated guides:

7.

Playing an Elemental Shaman beyond Level 70

Once you reach maximum level, we recommend you dive into our Elemental Shaman Guide, which covers everything you need to know about playing Elemental in the end game.

We especially recommend reading through these pages:

8.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2021: Added links to the new Weapon, Quest, Addons, and Macros guides, as well as the specialization guides.
  • 21 May 2021: Added Stoneclaw Totem to the rotation.
  • 18 May 2021: Page added.
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