Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Oct 03, 2023 at 16:00 by Seksixeny 14 comments

Welcome to our PvP Enhancement Shaman guide for Wrath Classic. Here you will learn all you need to know to properly play Enhancement Shaman in PvP scenarios.


Viability of Enhancement Shamans in Wrath Classic PvP

Enhancement Shamans are, unfortunately, not a meta class in the Arena. This is mostly due to the lack of a Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike effect, but weakness against kiting and having Hex IconHex as their only crowd control ability does not help.

They are still above average, however, and can absolutely destroy their targets when connecting due to Windfury Weapon IconWindfury Weapon and Maelstrom Weapon IconMaelstrom Weapon providing high burst damage and Purge IconPurge, Wind Shear IconWind Shear, and Grounding Totem IconGrounding Totem being able to keep their targets from defending themselves and disrupting enemy peel or healing. They also bring Bloodlust IconBloodlust, which is the strongest damage buff in the Arena, provided it does not get dispelled quickly.


Enhancement Shaman Standard PvP Talents

The general idea of the PvP tree is to gain more defensive, crowd control, and mobility tools while dropping area damage talents which will not have any use in the small-scale PvP happening inside the Arena.

Frozen Power IconFrozen Power and Earthen Power IconEarthen Power are especially notable for allowing you to quickly close the distance with Frost Shock IconFrost Shock and causing Earthbind Totem IconEarthbind Totem to remove slows, mitigating Enhancement's weakness to being kited.


Enhancement Shaman PvP Glyphs

Glyph of Shocking Icon Glyph of Shocking, Glyph of Stoneclaw Totem Icon Glyph of Stoneclaw Totem, and Glyph of Feral Spirit Icon Glyph of Feral Spirit are our recommended glyphs for maximum damage and PvP survivability.

For minor glyphs, Glyph of Water Shield Icon Glyph of Water Shield, Glyph of Ghost Wolf Icon Glyph of Ghost Wolf, and Glyph of Water Walking Icon Glyph of Water Walking are the recommended options.


Enhancement Shaman PvP Rotation

Rather than a fixed rotation, Shaman gameplay is about treading a fine balance between casting damage spells, utility spells, and even healing when needed. Here are some quick tips:

Totem stomping is no longer a big deal in Wrath, as Stoneclaw Totem IconStoneclaw Totem protects them and Call of the Elements IconCall of the Elements can instantly place up to four new totems if your current ones are destroyed, making it much harder for Hunters and Warlocks to disrupt your totems.

Tremor Totem IconTremor Totem pulses every few seconds, removing charm, fear, and sleep effects from yourself and nearby allies. This is amazing against fears especially, but be wary of using Stoneclaw Totem IconStoneclaw Totem during Tremor's duration, as it will replace it since it is also a Earth Totem.


Enhancement Shaman PvP Best in Slot Gear, Gems, and Enchants

You can find our recommended gear, gems, and enchants for PvPing as a Enhancement Shaman in the link below.


Enhancement Shaman PvP Arena Teams and Compositions

Enhancement Shaman does not have a lot of viable compositions in 2s and 3s, and are also not that popular in 5s, but it can do well with the following compositions:

In 2v2, Shaman + Rogue, Shaman + Paladin, and Shaman + Warrior are your best compositions. The idea is to have a partner who can help crowd control enemies and stay alive with little to no help, allowing you to focus on dealing damage and bursting enemies down. The combination with Paladin is particularly interesting, as both classes have strong off-healing and complementary capabilities, such as Purge IconPurge and Cleanse IconCleanse.

In 3v3, you want to pair with either a Beast Mastery Hunter or Arms Warrior and have a Holy Paladin as healer in order to gain the Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike / Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot effect for offense and Cleanse IconCleanse / Hand of Freedom IconHand of Freedom for defense. The Hunter composition is especially notable for having unhealable damage and immunity to crowd control with Bestial Wrath IconBestial Wrath and Feral Spirit IconFeral Spirit while players are undergeared in early seasons.

In 5v5, Shaman can fit into melee cleave teams. Matches tend to be quick and explosive, which makes Bloodlust IconBloodlust a must, and Shaman's burst with Windfury Weapon IconWindfury Weapon can be quite explosive as long as you can engage without being blown up, which is facilitated by Shamanistic Rage IconShamanistic Rage.



  • 03 Oct. 2023: Updated for Phase 4 release.
  • 21 May 2023: Reviewed for Phase 3 release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 24 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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