Season of Discovery Enhancement Shaman Tank Leveling
Welcome to our leveling guide for Enhancement Shaman Tank. 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 an Enhancement Tank 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
While Enhancement has traditionally been the best specialization to level a Shaman with due to great early game talents and low Mana consumption, the tanking rune Way of Earth is amazing for survivability and also potentially increases your damage and ability to interrupt, as it decouples Earth Shock's cooldown from your other shocks, allowing you to use it and Flame Shock on cooldown simultaneously, if so you wish.
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, maintaining Water Shield or Lightning Shield, and using Flame Shock to initiate combat. Dual-wielding is recommended, which is unlocked as soon as you unlock the Lava Lash rune, but you can also use a Shield when tanking harder dungeons.
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:
- Gloves — Molten Blast (AoE) or Water Shield (Mana)
- Pants — Way of Earth
- Chest — Shield Mastery (Survivability) or Dual Wield Specialization (Threat)
- Waist — Fire Nova (AoE), Maelstrom Weapon (ST) or Power Surge (Mana)
- Feet — Spirit of the Alpha (if not available from other Shaman) or Decoy Totem
Molten Blast / Lava Lash and Way of Earth can both be unlocked early and are very strong, in the case of Lava Lash mostly because of unlocking dual-wield as an option. The other recommended runes are somewhat harder to obtain but can also be very useful once you do get them.
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 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 . 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 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 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 Tank PvE Guide in order to learn all the tricks and tips relative to the current maximum level Enhancement Tank gameplay, or try out Elemental Shaman for some ranged DPS, Restoration Shaman for healing, or melee DPS with our Enhancement DPS PvE Guide, instead!
- 09 Feb. 2024: Added Cozy Sleeping Bag discovery method.
- 08 Feb. 2024: Completely revamped page in preparation for Phase 2.
- Upcoming Season of Discovery Phase 2 Class Tuning: February 27th
- WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode Begins February 29th
- Dragonflight 10.2.5 and Season of Discovery Hotfixes, February 21st
- Gnomeregan Trinket Sends Player to Forbidden Zones in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery Hotfixes: February 20th
- Blizzard Acknowledges Gnomeregan Raid Lockout Bug
- Blizzard on AoE Threat in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery and Classic Era Hotfixes: February 16th