Season of Discovery Enhancement Shaman Tank Stat Priority

Last updated on Apr 07, 2024 at 20:00 by Seksixeny 12 comments

On this page, you will find out the optimal PvE stat priority for your Enhancement Shaman Tank in WoW Classic - Season of Discovery. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations.


Stat Priority for Shaman Tank

Your stat priority can change depending on what your current gear and goals are. If you are interested in dealing damage and creating maximum threat, then Strength and Agility are great stats, but from a purely defensive point of view getting more Stamina and Avoidance stats can be better, so make sure to adjust accordingly.

  1. Hit Chance (6% is the cap for special attacks against Sunken Temple bosses which are treated as being your level +2);
  2. Strength;
  3. Stamina (more health per point);
  4. Agility (grants crit, dodge and armor);
  5. Critical Strike (200% on normal swings);
  6. Intellect (larger Mana pool to sustain tanking skills);
  7. Raw Attack Power;
  8. Defense (you cannot be critically struck by default with Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth reducing its relative value);
  9. Parry % increases (more likely to avoid damage altogether with minor DPS benefit baked in);
  10. Dodge % increases (more likely to avoid damage altogether);
  11. Armor (less physical damage taken per point).

Stats Further Explained



Hit allows your attacks to land more often, which can often be the difference between having aggro or letting the enemies kill your group while you watch helplessly. Quickly establishing threat is, thus, of paramount importance to smooth group play.



Stamina is the only stat that will help you survive all types of attacks (including magical), and as such, should always be highly valued for survivability purposes.



As a Shaman, Agility increases your dodge, your armor and your critical chance. This makes it a rather valuable stat for tanking.


Weapon Damage and DPS

Most of your damage typically comes from white melee attacks, where your weapon DPS has a huge influence, making it very important to have as high of a DPS weapon as possible.


Critical Strike

Critical Strike for Shaman tanks increases your damage, threat generation, and makes you attack faster through Flurry Icon Flurry.



Intellect is surprisingly valuable for Shaman tanking, as all of your threat abilities require a lot of Mana, including Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock, and you cannot rely on Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage to refill Mana because it shares a rune slot with Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth, making it much harder to sustain your Mana pool for tanking Shamans than it is for the other specializations.



Defense determines your chance to get critically hit, missed or crushed (against +3 or higher level difference enemies), among other things. WoW Classic's combat is table based, and one of the following results happens when you attack or get attacked, in this precise order, when assuming you are uncrittable due to Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth and uncrushable due to facing +2 level Sunken Temple bosses:

  1. Miss > 5%
  2. Parry > 5%
  3. Dodge > 5%
  4. Block > 10% to 20% (depending on Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery being active)
  5. Hit > 75%

Thus the potential outcomes for a Shaman tank are not very bad, with block being a great source of damage reduction against multiple enemies but weak against a single powerful boss.



Resistance, while inherently niche due to different bosses dealing different magical damage types, can be very useful while progressing specific bosses. Wearing resistance gear of a type makes you take less damage or even completely avoid damage when hit by that type of magical damage.



  • 07 Apr. 2024: Updated for Phase 3 with Sunken Temple in mind.
  • 12 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2 with Gnomeregan in mind.
  • 17 Dec. 2023: Completely reworked stats page, and added new explanations on each stat.
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