Season of Discovery Enhancement Shaman Tank Guide

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Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman Tank guide for WoW Classic - Season of Discovery, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how to play the Shaman class as an Enhancement Shaman Tank. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.



Shamans are typically brought to groups for their high utility and totem related buffs, such as Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem, and Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem.

Enhancement in particular has always been the melee-focused specialization for Shamans, and while doing DPS is usually in order, Season of Discovery finally introduces the ability for Shamans to properly tank!

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +High area threat generation with Molten Blast Icon Molten Blast and Fire Nova IconFire Nova
  • +Strong utility from totem buffs such as Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem and Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem
  • +Best rune flexibility out of all tank classes due to only requiring Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth for tanking
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Mobility issues in PvP and very susceptible to crowd control and being kited around
  • -Totems need to be constantly monitored and considered, especially if you are moving around
  • -Mana dependent and requires multiple targets for Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery to help with sustain

Season of Discovery

Shaman tanks offer some of the strongest snap/cleave threat of any spec available in Season of Discovery with Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth increasing threat generation and survivability massively on its own, and Molten Blast Icon Molten Blast providing a huge area threat generator. Water Shield Icon Water Shield is also a good alternative for Mana sustain.

Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery helps with survivability, especially against multiple targets, where it also shines in its Mana sustain component. A great alternative is Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization, where you drop the shield in favor of additional threat from a second weapon and a ton of free Hit and Spell Hit.

The new runes introduced in Phase 2 bring multiple new options, with Fire Nova IconFire Nova, Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon, and Power Surge Icon Power Surge all having their use cases in the waist slot and Spirit of the Alpha Icon Spirit of the Alpha or Decoy Totem Icon Decoy Totem rounding out the kit in the feet slot.

As a new spec with entirely new abilities and runes, the rotation, gearing options, and talent decisions recommended for Shaman tanks can be found in the guides in the Table of Content at the top of this page. Within these, you will find all the information you will need to master this new game mode!


Profession Changes

The best profession to have as a Shaman tank is Engineering. It provides powerful items that you can use in both PvE and PvP content to either deal damage and generate threat, or help you get out of a tough spot.

Leatherworking is also a great choice for Shaman tanks due to special bind on pickup crafts such as Void-Touched Leather Gloves Icon Void-Touched Leather Gloves, Rad-Resistant Scale Hood  Icon Rad-Resistant Scale Hood , and Glowing Gneuro-Linked Cowl  Icon Glowing Gneuro-Linked Cowl , with further BoP crafts expected down the line.


Rune Engravings for Enhancement Shaman Tank

The main feature of Season of Discovery is the new Rune Discovery system, which allows you to discover and attach special abilities to your gear slots after finding them across the world. We list all of Shaman's runes and where they can be located in the guide below.



  • 18 Feb. 2024: Updated intro, strengths and weaknesses for Phase 2.
  • 17 Dec. 2023: Revamped section with new layout and text explanation.
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