Classic Shaman Leveling Guide 1-60

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General Information

Welcome to our Classic leveling guide for Shamans. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Shaman all the way to Level 60.

1. Introduction

This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to max level in WoW Classic. While detailing every single quest and the optimal leveling routes is beyond its scope, we will provide some information on your class-specific quests and some general leveling tips, as well as links to some of the best exhaustive questing guides available.

2. Leveling 1-60 as a Shaman

2.1. General Leveling Tips

Because the travel times between quests can be long, and the experience gained by doing quests alone is not always enough to get you to the next zone, you should aim to kill every enemy close to your level that you travel by.

The experience you get for each kill quickly, and drastically, drops as you level past the enemies you are killing. It is also much more difficult to kill enemies past your level, because you often miss and your attacks glance off of them, due to a mismatch of weapon and defense skills.

Also, to reduce travel times as much as possible, you should aim to save enough gold to buy your first mount right after you hit Level 40. To help towards this goal, you want to buy only the most impactful skills from your trainer (we will provide a list ahead).

Finally, as WoW Classic leveling can be long and arduous, we would like to recommend that you befriend people who are also leveling in your zone as you go by, as leveling in a pair (large groups are not advised due to problems with quest item drop rates and experience splitting) can not only make things faster and safer, but will also provide you with someone to chat with.

2.2. Recommended Questing Guides

We recommend Joana's Guide for its attention to questing detail, maps and optimized routes.

2.3. Professions

Learning professions early on is very useful, as you can naturally level them as you go, avoiding extra work at max level. This is especially true for gathering professions, but crafting professions compensate your efforts by giving you extra tools to level with.

We recommend that you learn First Aid as soon as possible for easy self-healing. Skinning, Herbalism, and Mining are great primary professions for a leveling Shaman, allowing you to make extra gold, or accumulate materials that you can use to level crafting professions later.

2.4. Gear Options

While leveling, if you are Enhancement specced, your weapon is the most important piece of your gear. You should look for high raw damage, as Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike scales with it, making slower weapons generally stronger when they have equal damage per second values. Slower weapons also allow you to kite with Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem more efficiently.

The rest of your gear should have Agility or Critical Strike on it, as these stats increase your damage the most due to the synergy with Flurry Icon Flurry. Strength will also increase your DPS. Finally, try to get some Stamina and Intellect, so that you can kill more enemies before having to rest.

For the other specialization options, Elemental and Restoration, gear is less important but try to aim for Intellect first and foremost, as it will allow you to kill more enemies before having to rest.

2.5. Spec Options

Shamans have three talent trees: Enhancement, Elemental, and Restoration.

Enhancement is the generally recommended leveling build, due to its consistency and Mana efficiency, as well as the raw power of Shaman's weapon enchants such as Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon. Elemental is also viable to level with, as long as you can stomach having to sit and drink every few kills. Finally, Restoration is generally slower than the other two specs, due to its lower damage output, but if you are going to be leveling in a group or dungeons, then it is likely you will be healing more often than not, anyway.

2.6. Dungeon Leveling as a Shaman - Melee Cleave

Leveling with a premade group in dungeons has been popularized in the WoW Classic Beta. While leveling this way will not be for everyone, as it requires a group of people of certain classes for maximum efficiency, Shamans are a core part of a melee cleave group, where they are off-healers and Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem / Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem providers!

Feel free to give it a try with your friends, in which case we recommend following Hakurai's video guide for dungeon leveling in a melee cleave group.

3. Enhancement Shaman Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1

3.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as an Enhancement Shaman

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talents should roughly look like this, but keep in mind there are plenty of individual points that can be swapped around based on preference. For example, Enhancing Totems Icon Enhancing Totems and Improved Weapon Totems Icon Improved Weapon Totems will be great if you are leveling in a group, and if you never, ever intend on using a shield, Ancestral Knowledge Icon Ancestral Knowledge will be more helpful than Shield Specialization Icon Shield Specialization.

Enhancement Shaman Talents Level 10 to 19 Enhancement Shaman Talents Level 20 to 29 Enhancement Shaman Talents Level 30 to 39 Enhancement Shaman Talents Level 40 to 49 Enhancement Shaman Talents Level 50 to 60

3.2. Rotation for Leveling up as an Enhancement Shaman

Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem kiting can help you avoid a lot of damage. Simply drop Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem next to an enemy to slow it, then run out of melee range until your swing timer is ready again. Once this happens, return to melee range, hit the mob and run out of melee range again. Rinse and repeat until the enemy is dead.

Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon is a strong weapon enchant that can allow you to one shot an enemy out of nowhere, but is generally outclassed by Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon during leveling, which does more overall damage and also has less potential to waste damage when an enemy is low health.

  1. Make sure Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon is active on you at all times, to maximize your potential damage output.
  2. Make sure both Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon and Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield are active on you at all times, to maximize your potential damage output.
  3. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning 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.
  4. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike whenever possible, immediately followed by Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock for massive burst damage.
  5. Auto-attack the enemy until he dies. This idle time will allow you to regenerate some Mana, as you will not be casting any more spells until you are pulling the next enemy.

3.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Enhancement Shaman

Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem and Ancestral Spirit Icon Ancestral Spirit are examples of very powerful skills that should always be bought if and when you start playing in a group. These skills, among others, will not be listed below because they are of limited usefulness for the average solo / questing player but feel free to buy them if you ever play in a group or do dungeons.

3.4. Enhancement Shaman Leveling Weapons

Your weapon, as an Enhancement Shaman, is by far the most impactful piece of your gear while leveling, and as such, looking for weapon upgrades is the main thing to be concerned by.

Shamans know how to use one-handed Maces, Unarmed and Staves when created, but they can also learn Daggers and one-handed Axes from the following Weapon Masters around the world:

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Orgrimmar (around 81,19) Axes, Daggers
Undercity (57,32) Daggers

Also, you will only learn how to use two-handed Maces and Axes with Two-Handed Axes and Maces Icon Two-Handed Axes and Maces at level 20 or later. Until then, look to use a two-handed Staff for maximum damage, although using a one-hand and a shield has its own merits, as well.

While the list of weapons you will wear during your journey in Azeroth is potentially vast, some notable weapons you might want to be looking out for along the way are:

3.5. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our full guide, in order to learn how to play at max level.

4. Elemental Shaman Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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4.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as an Elemental Shaman

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talents should roughly look like this, and unlike Enhancement's recommended talents, there is little leeway for changes, as you barely have enough points to get all of the relevant talents.

While Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness is, arguably, a more flexible pick than Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery, it is much better to be able to pick Elemental Mastery at Level 40 and have it immediately impact your gameplay, compared to only getting Nature's Swiftness at Level 60, when you will likely be respeccing for an end-game build, anyway.

Elemental Shaman Talents Level 10 to 19 Elemental Shaman Talents Level 20 to 29 Elemental Shaman Talents Level 30 to 39 Elemental Shaman Talents Level 40 to 49 Elemental Shaman Talents Level 50 to 60

4.2. Rotation for Leveling up as an Elemental Shaman

Good usage of Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem can help you avoid a lot of damage. Place it between yourself and your enemies to slow them and give yourself at least one extra Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt cast before taking any damage.

While Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem has great sustained damage, this damage is dealt over a very long period, while Elemental should be looking to burst down its targets so that more time is freed to regenerate while moving to the next objective or drink. Still, feel free to use it whenever you are facing harder or multiple enemies. The same can be said about Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock, which is a great spell to use while kiting enemies with Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem.

Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon is a strong weapon enchant that can allow you to one shot an enemy out of nowhere, but is generally outclassed by Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon during leveling, which does more overall damage and also has less potential to waste damage when an enemy is low health.

  1. Make sure Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter 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 Icon Rockbiter Weapon and Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield are active on you at all times, to maximize your potential damage output whenever an enemy makes it to your melee range.
  3. Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery causes your next damage spell to deal a guaranteed critical strike and be free. Use it alongside Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock (cast immediately after the Chain Lightning) whenever possible, preferably while facing the toughest enemies around you.
  4. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning 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.
  5. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt (single-target) or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning (multiple-targets) 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Auto-attack the enemy until he dies, if his remaining health is low. Otherwise, mix in Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock (immediately after your auto-attack) to make it die faster. 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.

4.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Elemental Shaman

Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem and Ancestral Spirit Icon Ancestral Spirit are examples of very powerful skills that should always be bought if and when you start playing in a group. These skills, among others, will not be listed below because they are of limited usefulness for the average solo / questing player but feel free to buy them if you ever play in a group or do dungeons.

4.4. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our full guide, in order to learn how to play at max level.

5. Restoration Shaman Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1

5.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as a Restoration Shaman

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

If you are mostly soloing your talents should roughly look like this, but keep in mind that, since you are leveling with a healing spec, it might be more advantageous to level in a group. In that case, you might want to play with a pure healing spec instead, such as the ones we list in our Restoration Talents page. Also, if you are leveling with a group, remember to buy and use all ranks of the best party support totems, such as Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem and Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem.

Restoration Shaman Talents Level 10 to 19 Restoration Shaman Talents Level 20 to 29 Restoration Shaman Talents Level 30 to 39 Restoration Shaman Talents Level 40 to 49 Restoration Shaman Talents Level 50 to 60

5.2. Rotation for Leveling up as a Restoration Shaman

Good usage of Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem can help you avoid a lot of damage. Place it between yourself and your enemies to slow them and give yourself at least one extra Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt cast before taking any damage.

Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon is a strong weapon enchant that can allow you to one shot an enemy out of nowhere, but is generally outclassed by Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon during leveling, which does more overall damage and also has less potential to waste damage when an enemy is low health.

  1. Make sure Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon is active on you at all times, to maximize your potential damage output.
  2. Make sure both Rockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon and Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield are active on you at all times, to maximize your potential damage output.
  3. Use Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem before you start fighting enemies, for the extra damage.
  4. Use Mana Spring Totem Icon Mana Spring Totem and Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem before you start fighting enemies, for the extra Mana regeneration and damage, respectively.
  5. Use Mana Spring Totem Icon Mana Spring Totem and Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem before you start fighting enemies, as they will slowly contribute to your Mana regeneration and damage, respectively. Also, remember to use Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem whenever possible, to regenerate a significant amount of Mana.
  6. Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness causes your next spell to become instant cast. Use it alongside Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning or Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt for additional damage, or as an emergency heal with Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave.
  7. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt to initiate combat, and use a Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock once the target is in range (typically you will have time to cast two Lightning Bolts before the Flame Shock). Keep casting Lightning Bolt until the enemy is close enough that you will not have time to cast another one before you get hit in melee range.
  8. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt (single-target) or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning (multiple-targets) to initiate combat. Mix in a Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock once the target is in range. Keep casting Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning until the enemy is close enough that you will not have time to cast another one before you get hit in melee range.
  9. 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. Consider using Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock to deal damage and interrupt enemies, when applicable, but be aware of its high Mana cost.

5.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Restoration Shaman

Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem and Ancestral Spirit Icon Ancestral Spirit are examples of very powerful skills that should always be bought if and when you start playing in a group. These skills, among others, will not be listed below because they are of limited usefulness for the average solo / questing player but feel free to buy them if you ever play in a group or do dungeons.

5.4. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our full guide, in order to learn how to play at max level.

6. Notable Shaman Quests

There are a few Shaman specific quests, started by your trainer, which send you across the world in the search for your four elemental totems: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air.

6.1. Earth Totem

The quest for your Earth Totem Icon Earth Totem starts at Level 4. It will be slightly different depending on whether you are starting in Durotar (Call of Earth) or Mulgore (Call of Earth), but the logic is similar.

You will be requested to kill some nearby enemies for two quest items that you will turn at the quest giver. Then you are given Earth Sapta Icon Earth Sapta and a location where to use it. This will allow you to view and interact with an Earth Elemental which will give you Rough Quartz, which you turn in at the initial quest giver for the Earth Totem Icon Earth Totem.

6.2. Fire Totem

The quest for your Fire Totem Icon Fire Totem starts at Level 10, with Call of Fire. This quest takes you to Kranal Fiss, which will, in turn, send you over to Telf Joolam, who is atop of a mountain in Durotar. To find him (not an easy task!) start by heading to the 36,57 map coordinates, and then go up the mountain from there.

Once you reach Telf Joolam, you will be requested to collect Fire Tar Icon Fire Tar (from Razormane Water Seeker) and Reagent Pouch Icon Reagent Pouch (from Burning Blade Cultist). Return these to him, and you will soon get to the final step, which involves using Fire Sapta Icon Fire Sapta and killing the summoned Minor Manifestation of Fire. Turn in the resulting quest item Torch of the Eternal Flame Icon Torch of the Eternal Flame to Kranal Fiss and you will receive your Fire Totem Icon Fire Totem.

6.3. Water Totem

The quest for your Water Totem Icon Water Totem starts at Level 20, with Call of Water. This quest takes you to Islen Waterseer, which will, in turn, send you over to Brine, who is around 43,77, in The Barrens. She will ask for three tasks:

  1. Filling Empty Brown Waterskin Icon Empty Brown Waterskin at the water hole just below her hut;
  2. Filling Empty Red Waterskin Icon Empty Red Waterskin at the well in Tarren Mill (62,20);
  3. Filling Empty Blue Waterskin Icon Empty Blue Waterskin at the fountain in Ashenvale (33,67).

Once you are done with them all, Brine will give you Vial of Purest Water Icon Vial of Purest Water, which you must turn in to Islen Waterseer. She will give you Water Sapta Icon Water Sapta and the next quest step, which takes you to Silverpine Forest (38, 44), where you will use the Sapta and face a Corrupt Minor Manifestation of Water. Kill it, complete the quest nearby, and return to Islen to finally receive your Water Totem Icon Water Totem.

6.4. Air Totem

The quest for your Air Totem Icon Air Totem starts at Level 30, with Call of Air. Ironically, after all the running you did for the Water Totem Icon Water Totem, the only thing you need to do to gain your final Totem is to talk to Prate Cloudseer in the Thousand Needles (53,42 map coordinates).

7. Changelog

  • 19 Aug. 2019: Added a melee cleave dungeon leveling section.
  • 13 Aug. 2019: Removed unnecessary Alliance related leveling information.
  • 12 Aug. 2019: Fixed the two-hand weapon recommendations and changed Windfury recommendation to Rockbiter based on new information from the stress test.
  • 03 Aug. 2019: Added useful questing guides to follow, Elemental and Restoration leveling information and Shaman-specific quest information.
  • 02 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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