Season of Discovery Shaman: Rune Slots and Rune Locations

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On this page, you will find all information about the Shaman Runes in WoW Classic - Season of Discovery.



The single largest new feature of Season of Discovery is the addition of Rune Engravings for your gear. Runes will allow you access to new abilities, the ability to augment your current spells, and in some case unlock entirely new possibilities for your class, such as being able to tank as a Shaman!

At this point in time, Rune Engravings are limited to three slots, the Chest, Gloves and Pants. Listed below are all of the currently available Rune Engravings for Shaman.


Quality of Life Skill Locations

Starting in Phase 2, you can also find extra base skills and quality of life improvements to existing skills in consumable items dropping around the world, which do not count as a Rune but still need to be discovered in order to be learned, regardless.

Shamans can currently obtain:

  • Revelation of Totemic Projection  Icon Revelation of Totemic Projection — can drop from any boss in Scarlet Monastery Graveyard wing.

Listed below are all of the currently available Rune Engravings for Shaman.


Rune Engravings

Gloves Pants Chest Belt Boots
Water Shield Lava Burst Lava Lash Molten Blast
Earth Shield Ancestral Guidance Shamanistic Rage Way of Earth
Healing Rain Overload Dual Wield Specialization Shield Mastery Two-Handed Mastery
Fire Nova Maelstrom Weapon Power Surge
Ancestral Awakening Decoy Totem Spirit of the Alpha

Rune Description

Water Shield Icon Water Shield — Surrounds the user with three globes of water, granting you 1% of your maximum Mana every 5 seconds. When a spell, melee or ranged attack hits you, 4% of maximum Mana will be restored, expending one water globe. Only one globe can activate every few seconds. Lasts 10 minutes and only one Elemental Shield can be active on the Shaman at any one time. This is a great Mana management tool for Shamans.


Unlock Information

In the Barrens, this Rune can be found by looting the Kolkar's Booty chest found near the 43,23 map coordinates, behind the Barak Kodobane quest NPC. You will need a Kolkar Booty Key, randomly looted from nearby centaurs, in order to open the chest. The Tempest Icon  Icon Tempest Icon relic inside requires you to hit 10 NPCs with the three schools of Shaman magic: Nature, Frost and Fire. An easy way to go about this task is to rotate between Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock, Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, and Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock until you complete the quest.

Alternatively, you can kill Grimson the Pale in Silverpine Forest for the Tempest Icon relic. He can be found in the 58,44 map coordinates deep inside Deep Elem Mine.


Rune Description

Lava Burst IconLava Burst — Deals high damage to its target, and is a guaranteed critical strike if your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is also on the target. This is a new core Elemental ability.


Unlock Information

Kill Mudsnout Shamans in eastern Hillsbrad Foothills, around the 65,60 map coordinates. Eventually you will get Kajaric Icon  Icon Kajaric Icon , which will teach you Lava Burst IconLava Burst once you take damage from lava five times. This can easily be done inside the Ragefire Chasm dungeon in Orgrimmar, or any other place with lava in the world.


Rune Description

Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash — An instant attack that instantly deals 100% off-hand weapon damage. Damage is increased by 20% if your off-hand weapon is enchanted with Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon. This is a new core Enhancement DPS ability, and will also teach you how to dual-wield once you get it, usable by all Shaman specs even while not using this rune!


Unlock Information

This rune is rewarded for completing the Stalk With The Earthmother quest chain that begins at Boarton Shadetotem, found around the 40,66 map coordinates in Thunder Bluff, behind the Bag Vendor.


Rune Description

Molten Blast Icon Molten Blast — Blasts multiple enemies in a cone in front of you for moderate Fire damage which generates a high amount of threat. Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock periodic damage has a 10% chance to reset the cooldown on Molten Blast. This is a new core tanking ability, designed to allow you to grab threat on multiple enemies at once.


Unlock Information

As a Tauren player, the easiest way to find this Rune is killing dwarves around the 32,50 map coordinates in Mulgore for a key and looting the Artifact Storage chest nearby for the Sulfurous Icon  Icon Sulfurous Icon relic. In order to unlock the rune, equip the relic and get a killing blow on 10 enemies with Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock.

As an Orc or Troll, it is easier to get it in Durotar from a Frozen Makrura enemy around the 59,46 map coordinates. You need to use fire damage spells on it in quick succession (usually requiring multiple people) in order to kill it and be able to loot the Sulfurous Icon  Icon Sulfurous Icon , which will teach you the rune with the same conditions as listed above.


Rune Description

Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield — Protects the target with an earthen shield, reducing casting or channeling time lost when damaged by 30% and causes attacks to heal the shielded target for a moderate amount. This effect can only occur once every few seconds, and has nine charges with a 10 minute duration. Earth Shield can only be placed on one target at a time and only one Elemental Shield can be active on a target at a time. This ability can provide steady healing over time, while also lowering cast time reduction, which is particularly useful for Warlock Tanks and in PvP.


Unlock Information

This Rune requires you to kill Baron Aquanis in Blackfathom Deeps in order to loot a Strange Water Globe. This Globe in turn starts a quest chain for Shamans that leads to the Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield unlock.

First you will need to kill Water (Ashenvale 49,70), Earth, and Flame (both found around 34,64 in Stonetalon Mountains) elementals for quest items. Then you need to turn in an Elixir of Wisdom Icon Elixir of Wisdom and Elixir of Water Breathing Icon Elixir of Water Breathing, do a little RP event nearby and finish with killing Hirzek in the Barrens, around the 44,79 map coordinates.


Rune Description

Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance — 25% of your damage is converted to healing on up to three nearby party members for the next 10 seconds. Simultaneously, 100% of your healing is converted to damage on your most recent Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock target. This is a great off-healing group cooldown, and it can double as a damage cooldown for Restoration Shamans.


Unlock Information

This rune requires you and another healing-capable class to channel on a corpse. It might be helpful to set up a group to go get it before heading to the corpse, as you will not be able to get it by yourself.

For Orcs and Trolls, the closest corpse is around 48,80 in Durotar. Taurens have a much harder time, as their closest corpse is at the end of a mine shaft with entrance in the 62,47 map coordinates in Mulgore. You will need to fight your way through a huge amount of goblin enemies inside and pop out in the northern cliff exit, as the corpse is around the 60,33 coordinates.


Rune Description

Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage — Reduces all damage you take by 20% and you also regenerate 5% of your maximum Mana every second for 15 seconds. Your party members within 40 yards will also receive 20% of the Mana you receive this way. This is a fantastic Mana sustain ability for all kinds of Shamans.


Unlock Information

You get this rune by killing the Primordial Anomaly enemy, found randomly across the whole Charred Vale area of Stonetalon Mountains (all around the 34,64 map coordinates).

While a level 25 elite would normally be hard to solo, this enemy will have rotating weaknesses that makes it a breeze: use Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock against its Nature elemental form, Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock once it becomes a Fire Elemental, and Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock to finish it off when it becomes a Water Elemental.


Rune Description

Way of Earth Icon Way of EarthRockbiter Weapon Icon Rockbiter Weapon on your main hand weapon increases your threat generation by 50%, health by 30%, provides 10% damage reduction, and 6% reduced chance to be critically hit by melee attacks. Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock will also now be melee range only, taunt targets to attack you, and have a separate cooldown from other Shock spells. This Rune essentially turns the Shaman into a Tank specialization by itself!


Unlock Information

In the Barrens, cast Purge Icon Purge on a Desert Mirage found around 57,36 to kill it and loot it for the rune.

You can also get it in Silverpine Forest, by killing Rot Hide Mystic around 45,22. They will eventually drop a Rot Totem  Icon Rot Totem which can be used to summon a level 15 elite which can be killed for the rune.


Rune Description

Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain — creates a healing area 15 yards around target player, which heals all of target player's party members within that area for a moderate amount every second. While no Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal, this is a good spell to efficiently heal stacked large groups of damaged players.


Unlock Information

Reach Friendly reputation with the new Durotar Supply and Logistics faction on Horde, or equivalent Azeroth Commerce Authority in the Alliance and buy the rune for 2 gold.

You can increase your reputation with these factions by turning in Supply Shipment  Icon Supply Shipment green items randomly looted from world content, preferably after combining them with the profession materials requested in their description in order to increase the reputation and amount of currency awarded.


Rune Description

Overload Icon Overload — Gives your Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning, Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal, Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave, and Lava Burst IconLava Burst spells a 50% chance to cast a second, similar spell on the same target at no additional cost that causes half damage or healing and no threat. This is a new core caster Shaman passive which translates into large damage or healing increases.


Unlock Information

For Orc and Troll players the easiest way to get this rune is through the Icons of Power quest given early on in the Valley of Trials. All you need to do is kill scorpions nearby until you loot Dyadic Icon  Icon Dyadic Icon . In order to learn the rune, equip it and take nature damage 10 times, either from the nearby scorpions or from other players, at which point you will be able to use the relic and turn in the quest.

As a Tauren you will also get the Icons of Power quest early on, but kill shaman quillboars nearby instead for the Dyadic Icon  Icon Dyadic Icon , at which point you can start taking nature damage from the quillboars or dueling other nearby players until the idol is usable and quest can be completed.


Rune Description

Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization — Increases your chance to hit with both spells and melee attacks by 5% while dual wielding, and your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike ability now hits with both weapons while dual wielding. This is a core melee Shaman passive which gives a large damage boost for Enhancement DPS.


Unlock Information

You will need to be at least level 20 and maybe also have a decent amount of gold on you to get Grizzby, found in Ratchet in the Barrens to talk to you and offer three quests: turn in 24 Fish Oil  Icon Fish Oil , looted from fish and Murloc enemies, 20 Dark Iron Ordinance  Icon Dark Iron Ordinance looted from Dark Iron Dwarves in Dun Morogh or north Wetlands, and 16 Shredder Turbocharger  Icon Shredder Turbocharger obtained by using Shredder Autosalvage Unit  Icon Shredder Autosalvage Unit on Shredder NPCs in Ashenvale. The pattern for this Engineering craft drops from Sneed in Deadmines. Once the quests are finished, you can buy the Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization Rune for 5 gold.


Rune Description

Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery — Each time you Block, you regenerate Mana equal to 8% of your maximum Mana and you gain armor equal to 30% of your shield's armor value, stacking up to five times. You also always gain 10% increased chance to Block and 15% increased Block value. This is a core tank Shaman passive which allows you to recover your Mana while tanking, scaling with the number of enemies you are tanking.


Unlock Information

Orcs and Troll players can obtain this rune by finding a Galvanic Icon Icon Galvanic Icon totem in the ground, which look like regular shaman totems, and are found randomly throughout Durotar. Once you have the icon, equip it and kill 10 enemies with Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt to learn the rune.

Taurens will follow the same steps and also loot a visible totem on the ground, but can find it randomly on Mulgore, as well.


Rune Description

Two-Handed Mastery Icon Two-Handed Mastery — Each time you strike an enemy with a two-handed weapon, you gain 10% increased attack power, 10% increased chance to hit with spells, and 30% attack speed with two-handed weapons for 10 sec. This is a playstyle-enabling rune, which finally gives Enhancement Shamans a way to use two-handed weapons effectively in PvE.


Unlock Information

Begin by traveling to Deadwind Pass and interact with the Dalaran Agent NPC near 52,35 to obtain Ariden's Sigil  Icon Ariden's Sigil . By wearing and using this trinket you can make 7 Dark Rider enemies show themselves at certain spots in the world, which you must kill and loot to receive the rune. You will know the Dark Rider is close enough to be revealed when you gain the Dark Presence Icon Dark Presence buff.

  • The closest rider can be found near 42,30 in Deadwind Pass;
  • Next, go towards nearby Swamp of Sorrows, where a rider can be found around 69,29;
  • Trace back your steps and head towards 23,48 in Duskwood, where a rider awaits;
  • Head south towards Booty Bay and take the boat to the Barrens, where you will find another rider around 52,36;
  • Move towards nearby Desolace where a rider patrols around 65,26;
  • Change continent and head to 60,40 in Arathi Highlands where another rider can be found;
  • Finally, head towards the Badlands, where the final rider can be found around 58,53.

Once you finally take down the final rider, return to the Dalaran Agent and turn all relics to obtain the Two-Handed Mastery Icon Two-Handed Mastery rune!


Rune Description

Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova — Your Fire Nova Totem Icon Fire Nova Totem spell is replaced with Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova, which causes your current Fire totem to emit damage at its location. This rune enables area damage without requiring you to constantly replace your Fire Totem.


Unlock Information

Head to Desolace and kill the level 35 Flame Seer elite NPC around 57,21. Talk to Zor Lonetree at 39,38 near the Shaman trainers in Orgrimmar. Follow up by going to Maraudon and get a crystal from purple side around 27,57 and from orange side around 39,57.

Take the crystals back to Zor Lonetree and talk to Hamuul Runetotem around 78,28 in Thunder Bluff. Fly or teleport with holiday event lunar scroll to Moonglade and talk with Keeper Remulos around 36,42. Finally, interact with the object around 55,65 in Moonglade for the Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova rune!


Rune Description

Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon — When you deal damage with a melee attack, you have a chance to reduce the cast time of your next Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning, Lesser Healing Wave Icon Lesser Healing Wave, Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave, Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal, or Lava Burst IconLava Burst spell by 20%. Stacks up to 5 times and lasts 30 seconds. This is a gameplay-enabling rune for Enhancement, allowing you to convert melee attacks into hasted spells that do not interrupt your melee swings.


Unlock Information

Kill the final boss of Razorfen Kraul for the Tattered Note "starts quest" item, then turn it in at Rau Cliffrunner in the Freewind Post Tauren town on Thousand Needles.

Follow up by going to Bath'rah the Windwatcher at 80, 64 in Alterac Mountains, accessible by going north from Tarren Mill. Before talking to him pray at the nearby Loa Altar with the /pray command.

Proceed by collecting 10 wind orbs from wind elementals in Desolace, 10 water orbs from Withervine elementals in Dustwallow Marsh and finish by going to Badlands and collecting 10 earth orbs from earth elementals just East of Kargath.

Return to Bath'rah the Windwatcher with a Crystal Vial Icon Crystal Vial bought from a reagent vendor on the way and return the filled vial to Rau Cliffrunner in Thousand Needles where you started. Drink the received vial and talk to the flight master to fly over to enemies and an elite which once killed, gives you an item which can be turned in to Bath'rah the Windwatcher at 80, 64 in Alterac Mountains for the Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon rune.

NOTE: if you die during the elite part, make sure to ask the spirit guide to return you to where you were, instead of ressing on the spot.


Rune Description

Power Surge Icon Power Surge — Each time Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock deals damage, it has a 5% chance to reset the cooldown on Lava Burst IconLava Burst and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and make the next Lava Burst IconLava Burst, Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal, or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning within 10 sec instant. Additionally, you always regenerate Mana equal to 15% of your Intellect every 5 sec. This is a great caster Shaman rune, allowing for more high-value casts over time and stronger Mana regeneration.


Unlock Information

Kill Boulderfist Ogres around the 34,44 area in Arathi Highlands to get the Ogre Lightning Rod. Place it on top of the mountain on a soft soil patch on the ground and use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt on it 10 times to summon an elite. You can either kill him or he will die by itself around 30 seconds from being summoned, so self-healing is also an option.


Rune Description

Ancestral Awakening Icon Ancestral Awakening — When you critically heal with your Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave or Lesser Healing Wave Icon Lesser Healing Wave you summon an Ancestral spirit to aid you, instantly healing the lowest percentage health party member within 40 yards for 30% of the amount healed. While low critical strike values keep the power of this rune low, it is free smart healing.


Unlock Information

Once you are Level 30 or higher, find the extinguished campfire on a hill northwest of the kodo graveyard in Desolace, around the 47,55 map coordinates. Follow up by talking to Bibbly F'utzbuckle around 62,39, by Kormek's hut.

Travel to Booty Bay and speak to Tokal in the Salty Sailor Tavern, at the 27,77 coordinates in Stranglethorn Vale and buy cherry grog from the Food and Drink vendor next to her.

Follow up by traveling to Arathi Highlands, where you should head to the broken bridge, go down to the water and click the rowboat at 53,91. Head north after traveling in the rowboat to find Illari Duskfeather at 94,71. Loot a key from her bag to open a cache by the shack on dock for the Ancestral Awakening Icon Ancestral Awakening rune!


Rune Description

Decoy Totem Icon Decoy Totem — Summons a Decoy Totem Icon Decoy Totem for 10 sec with 5 health at the feet of the target that will redirect the next melee or ranged attack made against the target to the totem instead. The totem also grants the target immunity to movement impairing effects for 10 sec. Besides being great for PvP, this totem can have nice defensive properties in PvE, depending on the encounter.


Unlock Information

In Thousand Needles, kill cloud serpents for 3 Cloud Serpent Fang  Icon Cloud Serpent Fang , harpies for 10 Strong Harpy Feather  Icon Strong Harpy Feather , and buy one Silken Thread Icon Silken Thread from the trade goods vendor and combine them into the Offering to the Wind Spirit  Icon Offering to the Wind Spirit . Afterwards, go to 39,41 also in Thousand Needles, up on one of the hills around the Arikara quest. Behind the hut you'll find a Wind Serpent, near whom you can use the necklace. Once consumed, you will get a slow fall buff. Jump or walk off the cliff near the Wind Serpent and you will get the rune item upon landing.


Rune Description

Spirit of the Alpha Icon Spirit of the Alpha — Infuses the target with the spirit of an alpha wolf, increasing all threat generated by the target by 45% for 30 min. Limit 1 target. If cast on a target other than self, the Shaman also gains Loyal Beta, increasing Attack Power by 20% for 30 min. A target cannot have both Spirit of the Alpha and Loyal Beta at the same time. This buff can be considered Horde's Blessing of Salvation Icon Blessing of Salvation counterpart and enables Horde DPS to perform much more DPS before pulling aggro from the tank. It was also buffed midway through Phase 2 to additionally provide a huge permanent Attack Power buff for Enhancement DPS Shamans!


Unlock Information

Found at 46,53 in Thousand Needles, on a weathered cache on top of a mushroom shaped rock near Freewind Post.

Alternatively, you can also find a similar chest with the rune near Booty Bay on the Statue island at 24,72 in Stranglethorn Vale. Make sure to wait for the storm near the chest to stop before looting, as it does a ton of damage.



  • 27 Feb. 2024: Rune descriptions updated for the multiple buffs happening this reset.
  • 15 Feb. 2024: Clarified location and level 30 requirement for Campfire rune.
  • 10 Feb. 2024: Added Two-Handed Mastery rune location .
  • 09 Feb. 2024: Added Maelstrom Weapon, Power Surge, Fire Nova, and Ancestral Awakening rune locations.
  • 08 Feb. 2024: Added Decoy Totem and Spirit of the Alpha rune locations.
  • 06 Feb. 2024: Added a new section with quality of life skill locations.
  • 03 Feb. 2024: Updated with new Level 40 Rune information.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Added more rune locations and text reworks, as well as the cost of bought runes.
  • 25 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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