Season of Discovery Enhancement Shaman DPS Leveling

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024 at 11:00 by Seksixeny 7 comments

Welcome to our leveling guide for DPS Enhancement Shaman. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Shaman in Classic - Season of Discovery.



This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to level 40 as a damage-focused Enhancement Shaman in WoW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 2. We will focus on talents, skills to buy and spell rotation, as well as leveling gear and the class specific quests you will find along the way.


Enhancement Tank Talents for Leveling

Enhancement has traditionally been the best specialization to level a Shaman with due to great early game talents and low Mana consumption, and this is still true in Season of Discovery.

In the short trek to level 40 we recommend the following talents for Enhancement Tank leveling in SoD:

Gameplay wise, you will mostly melee enemies while interrupting casts with Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock, maintaining Water Shield Icon Water Shield or Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield, and using Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to initiate combat. Dual-wielding is recommended, which is unlocked as soon as you unlock the Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash rune, but you can also use the new Two-Handed Mastery Icon Two-Handed Mastery to gain a massive 30% extra attack speed when using a two-handed weapon!

You can also learn more details about this build, which weapons to chase, and what spells to buy on our level-by-level WoW Classic leveling guides listed below:


Leveling Runes

  • Gloves — Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash (DPS) or Water Shield Icon Water Shield (Mana)
  • Pants — Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage (Mana) or Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth (Survivability)
  • Chest — Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization (DW) or Two-Handed Mastery Icon Two-Handed Mastery (2H)
  • Waist — Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon (Flexible), Fire Nova IconFire Nova (AoE) or Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon (ST)
  • Feet — Spirit of the Alpha Icon Spirit of the Alpha (group play) or Decoy Totem Icon Decoy Totem (solo)

Every slot has viable options for leveling, and using any combination of the runes above will comfortably get you through leveling, although some are preferred in different situations.

The feet rune comes down to whether you are in a group or not, as casting Spirit of the Alpha Icon Spirit of the Alpha on the tank makes a huge difference!

If you want to know about the rest of the runes and how to find all of them, make sure to check our Shaman Rune guide, which has all runes you can obtain at Level 40:


Cozy Sleeping Bag

The Cozy Sleeping Bag  Icon Cozy Sleeping Bag is a new item in Season of Discovery that you can use to gain extra experience and rested experience, for yourself and any nearby party members, even if they do not have it themselves!

It has a lengthy unlock process that will take you all around the world:

Horde starts at a charred body near 46,74 in the Barrens, and then goes to the charred body at 37,50 in Westfall, while Alliance does the same in opposite order.

Afterwards, head to 40,52 in Stonetalon Mountains and look for a box next to a tent with a red cross on it. Click the nearby item to turn in the quest and proceed to a pile of dirt nearby at 40,50 for the next part of the quest.

Head to 49,13 in Loch Modan to turn in the next step at the top of the dam, to a eagle statue. Finish by going up the Thoradin Wall at 87,49 in Hillsbrad Foothills using a nearby cart to climb up the wall. Inside you will find the final turn in spot (bag and note) to receive Cozy Sleeping Bag  Icon Cozy Sleeping Bag . Make sure to use it on cooldown to speed up your leveling!


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 Shaman Macros and Addons guide in the link below for the full list.



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.


Gear Options for Enhancement Tank

While leveling, the number one thing is to use weapons with high damage per second, as you will not be using many abilities that scale from weapon damage on the way to Level 40. One advantage to a slower weapon in your off-hand, however, is that Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash will hit harder.

The rest of your gear should have Strength/Agility/Intellect on it, as these stats increase your damage the most. You should also aim to have high Stamina/Armor, so that you can kill more enemies before having to rest, and more Intellect will lead to higher Water Shield Icon Water Shield regen, and better ability to sustain your Mana pool in a fight in general.


Continuing the Grind with your Level 40 Enhancement Tank

Once you grind your way to 40, browse through our Enhancement DPS PvE Guide in order to learn all the tricks and tips relative to the current maximum level Enhancement DPS gameplay, or try out Elemental Shaman for some ranged DPS, Restoration Shaman for healing, or learn how to tank with our Enhancement Tank PvE Guide, instead!

Enjoy Azeroth!



  • 09 Feb. 2024: Added Cozy Sleeping Bag discovery method.
  • 08 Feb. 2024: Completely revamped page in preparation for Phase 2.
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