Shaman Class Overview

Last updated on Jun 17, 2023 at 17:28 by Seksixeny 6 comments

Shamans are masters of the Elements who bring a huge amount of utility, often through their unique totems such as Wrath of Air Totem IconWrath of Air Totem. They can perform three out of the four main roles (Tank, Healer, Melee DPS, Ranged DPS), making them extremely versatile.

As they are also the only source of Bloodlust IconBloodlust and Heroism IconHeroism, there is rarely a good reason not to invite a Shaman to any group, although multiple Shamans are not as powerful as they were in TBC Classic.


Shaman Playstyle

Shaman uses Mana to cast their spells, and has unique Totems, which provide powerful effects within a fixed area when dropped. Mana regenerates over time and you can speed up this process for yourself with Shamanistic Rage IconShamanistic Rage, or for all allies with Mana Tide Totem IconMana Tide Totem. In our guides listed below, we will showcase how to use each totem, spell, and also advise on how to best manage your Mana.

Shaman is the only class that brings the powerful Bloodlust IconBloodlust/Heroism IconHeroism effect, which increases your raid's Haste considerably for a long duration. As this effect does not stack when multiple Shamans are brought, the first Shaman on each group is of extremely high value. They can also self-resurrect with Reincarnation IconReincarnation, on a 30-minute cooldown.

Finally, Shaman is a hybrid class, able to heal, melee DPS and ranged (caster) DPS, making it very versatile in what roles it can fulfill in a group.

Shaman Class Crest WotLK Guide

Shaman Specializations

Shaman are able to choose from three specializations: Elemental, Enhancement and Restoration. All three specializations play very differently from each other, focusing on Ranged DPS, Melee DPS, and Healing, respectively.

  • Elemental Shaman is a Ranged DPS specialization with high baseline damage, causing it to be very powerful at low levels of gear. It has a very simple damage rotation which focuses on pressing short cooldown spells when available.
  • Enhancement Shaman is a Melee DPS specialization with extreme area damage potential and great single-target, but its single-target in particular requires a very complex and involved rotation which can take some time to master.
  • Restoration Shaman is the most flexible Healer specialization in Wrath, capable of doing good single and area healing and often mixing both due to mechanics such as Tidal Waves IconTidal Waves, which grant single-target bonuses after using Chain Heal IconChain Heal.

What Specialization Should I Play?

Shamans are the only source of the Wrath of Air Totem IconWrath of Air Totem buff and Bloodlust IconBloodlust/Heroism IconHeroism, making the first one in your group extremely valuable independently of specialization.

As these unique buffs are now raid-wide in Wrath, the value of bringing more than one Shaman to a raid group is lessened in comparison to Wrath Classic and its powerful Shaman party buffs. But Shamans can still produce good DPS and healing, which includes some of the best area damage in the game with Fire Nova IconFire Nova and the unique Mana Tide Totem IconMana Tide Totem, letting them fill any holes in your composition.

Elemental starts off strong and is one of the best DPS in the early phases, but suffers from lower scaling than competing DPS as gear improves. Thus, they will be very welcome in early raids, but are expected to become less common in PvE as time goes by. Their PvP strength is unmatched in Wrath, however, as their burst DPS and utility is welcome in the most powerful 3v3 composition in game, the Thundercleave (Warrior/Shaman/Holy Paladin) and other strong compositions.

Enhancement Shaman have one of the most complex rotations in Wrath when min-maxing and are rewarded with some of the highest area damage in the game and good single-target. They can also use a mix of Attack Power and Spell Power gear, making them easier to gear than most specializations. In PvP they are less dominating but still have a few good compositions such as Turbo and Beastcleave, which is one of the easiest compositions to grind the Arena with.

Restoration is a solid healer, capable of strong area healing with Chain Heal IconChain Heal and strong single-target healing with the new Riptide IconRiptide and related Tidal Waves IconTidal Waves. They also have a few great PvP compositions, making them an excellent all-round healer.


What are the Best Playable Races for Shaman?

If you are playing in the Alliance faction, you can only be Draenei who are a weak race for personal DPS, but do bring a valuable Hit aura racial. In the Horde, Orcs are the best for PvP and Trolls are the best for PvE.


Shaman Quests

While every class has some kind of class-specific questlines, Shaman need to earn their four Elemental Totems through questing, and cannot use any Totems of an elemental they have not quested for beforehand.

Earth, Fire, Water, and Air are the elements you will pursue across Azeroth. We have every single step of the way detailed for you in our Shaman Questing guide below:


Shaman Gearing

Shaman are a relatively easy class to gear, especially when performing caster or healer roles, as Spell Damage or Spell Healing Mail armor is only used by Shaman and Paladin.

Enhancement Shaman might have a harder time, as their Physical damage loot is also often used by Death Knights, Hunters, Rogues, Warriors, Retribution Paladins, and Feral DPS Druids.

Shaman is able to wear Cloth and Leather, and can also learn how to use Mail armor at the class trainer after reaching Level 40.

Shaman are able to use staves, daggers, one-handed and two-handed maces, one-handed and two-handed axes, and fist weapons. You can learn more about weapons for Shamans in our specialized guide below:


Shaman Addons and Macros

Using addons and macros can simplify your life in Azeroth immensely. We have multiple recommendations for both categories in our Addons and Macro guides linked below:


Shaman Leveling Guides

Shaman excels at leveling while using the Enhancement spec, being particularly strong due to not requiring drinking, which results in downtime, and having the capability to constantly do large pulls with Fire Nova IconFire Nova and Shamanistic Rage IconShamanistic Rage. Regardless, Elemental can also get the job done with decent efficiency, as can Restoration if you are in a group.


Are Shamans Viable in Wrath?

Shaman is one of the top support classes in Wrath. All three Shaman specializations have a raiding spot and perform well in the Arena. Bloodlust IconBloodlust and Wrath of Air Totem IconWrath of Air Totem are unique to Shaman, but raid-wide, which means you only need a single Shaman to cover all raid buffs, with other spots being decided based on their DPS / Healing.


What weapon imbues should I use as a Shaman in Wrath Classic?

For the most part, you will use Flametongue Weapon IconFlametongue Weapon when DPSing and Earthliving Weapon IconEarthliving Weapon when healing. There is extra nuance for Enhancement where you can use Windfury Weapon IconWindfury Weapon on your main-hand instead of Flametongue if using a high DPS weapon and focusing on single-target.


What is Spellhance?

Spellhance refers to an unusual gearing approach for Enhancement where you could do great damage by equipping mostly Spell Power gear. Enhancement converts Attack Power into Spell Power and has multiple Physical and magical damage sources, making both stats very useful. Thus, while Enhancement can often make good use of both types of gear, specific best in slot pieces need to be determined on a case-by-case basis.


What is Lightning / Spell / Cast Weaving?

While casting normally resets your swing timer, this does not happen with Maelstrom Weapon IconMaelstrom Weapon-Hasted casts, allowing you to cast spells with less than 5 stacks as long as you start the cast early enough in your swing timer that it will finish before the swing would happen. The sync timer WeakAura also has an indicator for when you need to start casting in order to avoid clipping, allowing you to know at a moment's notice if you can fit a cast in or not.


Should I Weapon Sync?

Weapon Sync means that your main-hand and off-hand weapons are swinging simultaneously. This is important because if the swings are landing within 0.5 seconds of each other, only one Flurry IconFlurry charge will be consumed for two melee hits, drastically increasing the 30% Haste buff uptime. You can know whether you are synced properly or not with this WeakAura, and force the sync with this WeakAura or by taking an action which resets your swing timer, such as using Feral Spirit IconFeral Spirit or using a Noggenfogger Elixir Icon Noggenfogger Elixir.


Can Shamans Tank in Wrath?

Even though they have a few abilities that cause extra threat and can use shields, Shamans lack a taunt ability and are not very durable against bosses, so we would not recommend you to try tanking anything higher than Normal dungeons.


What are the best Shaman professions?

Engineering is the best profession, as it provides you with crafted helms and the unique enchants Nitro Boosts Icon Nitro Boosts and Hyperspeed Accelerators Icon Hyperspeed Accelerators. Jewelcrafting also has great value due to allowing you to obtain your standard 46 Spell Power profession bonus in the form of any stat of your choice, which allows for extra versatility, especially for Restoration which values Haste highly.



  • 17 Jun. 2023: New layout for Phase 3.
  • 31 Aug. 2022: Page added.
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