WotLK Classic Enhancement Shaman Spell Summary
On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Enhancement Shaman in WotLK Classic.
This page will list the relevant skills for an Enhancement Shaman, and explain what they do. It is recommended that you read through this page in order to have a basis for the various topics that are discussed throughout the rest of this guide.
New abilities for Enhancement Shamans in Wrath Classic
Call of the Elements, Call of the Ancestors, and Call of the Spirits allow you to customize up to one totem of each type to instantly be dropped down when these abilities are used, saving significant time.
Lava Lash is a new talented attack, but unfortunately does very little damage, making it be the last thing on your DPS rotation priority list.
Feral Spirit is a powerful cooldown that summons wolves which pursue and stun enemies, heal you and themselves with their attacks, and allow you to use Spirit Walk for extra movement speed and root breaking.
Wind Shear interrupts your target for 2 seconds on a 6-second cooldown with a 25-yard range, making it one of the best interrupts in the game.
Hex is a new crowd control spell for Shamans, similar to Polymorph but it will not heal the target or break instantly upon any damage, while also letting the target slowly move around. It is a Curse effect, making it harder to be dispelled by some classes.
Damage Spells for Enhancement Shamans
Fire Nova deals a large amount of area-of-effect damage to nearby enemies on a short 10-second cooldown which can be brought to 3 seconds with Improved Fire Nova and Glyph of Fire Nova, making it deal absurd area DPS.
Stormstrike deals your weapon damage to a single target and causes a debuff that increases the Nature damage taken by the target by 20% for the next two Nature damage hits.
Lightning Bolt deals damage to a single target from range. You will be using this spell often with Maelstrom Weapon, which reduces its cast and allows your swing timer to continue if you finish the cast before your next swing.
Frost Shock deals damage and slows its target by 50% for 8 seconds. This makes it useful when chasing or fleeing from enemies.
Healing Spells for Enhancement Shamans
Lesser Healing Wave casts much faster than Healing Wave but also heals for much less baseline, and it also gains less benefit from your gear's Spell Power as a result of its fast casting speed. Use it in PvP or as an emergency heal.
Healing Wave is a strong but slow single-target heal. This makes it likely to overheal, so be prepared to stop casting at the last moment if it looks like that will be the case. It is also a strong contender to be cast with Maelstrom Weapon.
Chain Heal is the best area-of-effect heal in the game due to its high healing relative to cost and smart-heal properties, which will cause it to jump to the most injured targets in range, regardless of the group they are on. Due to its high cast time, try to use it with Maelstrom Weapon, if needed.
Totems for Enhancement Shamans
A Totem is instantly placed on the ground near you when you cast it, does not move and generally has a single digit of health, allowing it to be destroyed by your enemies with any single-target ability. Their effects only apply to your 5-player party, even when you are in a raid group.
Every Shaman Totem has a specific niche role to fill and a distinct ability. There are four types of Totems: Air, Earth, Water, and Fire, and you can have only one Totem of each element placed at a time, which will be replaced if you cast a new Totem of the same element. Your relic slot items will now count as a totem of all types, allowing you to stash your original 4 totems away.
Totemic Recall allows you to destroy your current totems in order to recover 25% of their Mana cost. You can use this to avoid pulling patrols with your totems, to recover some Mana when moving to a new place and even just to recover some Mana for free when your totems are about to expire!
Air Totems for Enhancement Shamans
Nature Resistance Totem increases the Nature Resistance of your party, allowing them to survive Nature-based attacks better.
Sentry Totem grants vision over an area when the buff it leaves on the casting Shaman is right-clicked, which causes your vision to swap to the Totem's. It also gives warnings to you when it is being attacked, which is useful when exerting control over an area, especially in PvP.
Earth Totems for Enhancement Shamans
Earth Elemental Totem creates an Earth Elemental that taunts and generates threat on nearby enemies. Due to its relatively high health, it can serve as an emergency tank for you and your group.
Strength of Earth Totem grants extra Strength and Agility to your raid and is the best buff of its kind when Enhancing Totems is taken, making it an important totem to drop if you are the only Shaman with the talent.
Tremor Totem removes Fear, Charm, and Sleep effects from your party every 5 seconds. This makes it invaluable in fights with Fear effects or in PvP. Make sure to drop it when slightly under 5 seconds are left for the Fear effect to hit the party, so that it is removed almost instantly.
Earthbind Totem slows nearby enemies, making it easier to flee or kite.
Water Totems for Enhancement Shamans
Fire Resistance Totem increases the Fire Resistance of your party, allowing them to survive Fire-based attacks better.
Mana Spring Totem regenerates the Mana of your party by a small amount every 2 seconds. This improves your party's Mana sustainability, and should be up unless another Shaman or Paladin with Blessing of Wisdom is already providing the regen buff, as they do not stack.
Healing Stream Totem heals your party for a small amount every 2 seconds. While its healing is low, it is still usually worth keeping it out as it also has a long duration.
Cleansing Totem cures your party members from any Diseases or Poisons every 5 seconds.
Fire Totems for Enhancement Shamans
Fire Elemental Totem creates a Fire Elemental that scales with your Spell Power when cast (thus allowing for the use of pure Spell Power gear in a pre-pull min-max situation) and deals significant single-target and area-of-effect damage, making it great for contributing damage to your group or while soloing. You can use the Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem to halve its cooldown, which is also usable as a pre-pull strategy, followed by glyph changing.
Magma Totem deals small amounts of area-of-effect damage to nearby enemies very frequently. Since it has no cooldown, you can use it for extra damage, especially against multiple enemies.
Frost Resistance Totem increases the Frost Resistance of your party, allowing them to survive Frost-based attacks better.
Utility Spells for Enhancement Shamans
Shamanistic Rage doubles as a Mana and defensive cooldown, which gets better alongside your gear due to the Mana return being based on your Attack Power.
Water Shield creates a shield on yourself which provides passive Mana regeneration and extra bursts of Mana whenever you are hit. This is great in all types of content, but especially so if you are being consistently hit for the extra Mana returns while soloing and leveling.
Lightning Shield grants you a buff that causes damage to melee attackers when they hit you. While Water Shield is generally superior while leveling, Lightning Shield becomes the shield of choice at maximum level due to being able to contribute toward your damage through the Static Shock talent.
Rockbiter Weapon is a weapon imbue that increases your Physical damage. It is only useful during the early stages of leveling.
Windfury Weapon is a weapon imbue that grants your melee abilities a 20% chance to activate two extra auto attacks with added attack power instantly. You will generally want to have this active on a Physical DPS main hand weapon.
Flametongue Weapon is a weapon imbue that increases your Spell Damage and causes each hit to deal additional Fire damage. You will generally want to have this active on your off-hand and Spell Power main hand weapons.
Reincarnation allows you to return to life after dying, as long as its 30-minute cooldown is ready. You can use it to recover from mistakes.
Ancestral Spirit brings the target back to life, but can only be used while out of combat.
Purge removes two buffs from its (enemy) target. You will typically be using it to remove heals-over-time, shields, and buff effects.
Water Walking allows you or another friendly player to move over water for 10 minutes. Taking any damage will cancel the effect, but you can still use it to quickly move through certain parts of the world.
Water Breathing removes your or another friendly player's need for breathing while underwater for 10 minutes. This is generally useless, but can save you sometimes when doing underwater quests or gathering.
Far Sight grants you vision over an area, allowing you to detect enemy players without actually putting yourself in danger.
- 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
- 06 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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