Shaman Class Changes for Shadowlands (Patch 9.0.1)

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 20:40 by Stan 9 comments

On this page, you will find a list of all Shaman changes coming in Shadowlands.

In addition to the class changes listed here, Shamans also gain access to class-specific Shaman Covenant Abilities that can be used anywhere in the open world, Legendary Powers obtained through Runecarving, Soulbind Conduits, and Anima Powers that only work in Torghast.

1.

General Changes

  • New Passive: Improved Reincarnation Icon Improved ReincarnationReincarnation Icon Reincarnation now revives you with an additional 20% health.
  • New Ability: Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon — Imbue your weapon with the element of Fire for 1 hour, causing each of your attacks to deal additional Fire damage.
  • New Ability: Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal — Heals the friendly target, then jumps to heal the 2 most injured nearby allies (3 for Restoration). Healing is reduced by 30% with each jump.
  • Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem — Summons a totem at your feet for 15 seconds that heals an injured party or raid member within 40 yards for every 2 seconds.
  • Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield — Surround yourself with a shield of lightning for 30 minutes. Melee attackers have a 100% chance to suffer Nature damage. Only one Elemental Shield can be active on the Shaman at a time.
  • Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning — Hurls a lightning bolt at the enemy, dealing Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies. Affects 3 total targets.
  • Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock — Sears the target with fire, causing Fire damage and then additional Fire damage over 18 seconds.
  • Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock — Chills the target with frost, causing Frost damage and reducing the target's movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds.
  • Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem, Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem, and Counterstrike Totem Icon Counterstrike Totem now have 50 health (was 5).
2.

General Shaman Abilities Learned Above Level 50

3.

Elemental Shaman

  • New Ability: Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace — Calls upon the guidance of the spirits for 15 seconds, permitting movement while casting Shaman spells. Castable while casting.
  • Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock now has an 18-second duration (was 24 seconds).
  • Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield generates 5 Maelstrom for the Shaman when attacked.
  • Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge proc chance reduced to 10% (was 15%).
4.

Elemental Shaman Abilities Unlocked Above Level 50

4.1.

Elemental Shaman Talent Changes

  • New Talent: Echoing Shock Icon Echoing Shock (replaces Call the Thunder) — Shock the target for Elemental damage and create an ancestral echo, causing your next direct damage or healing spell to be cast a second time 1 second later for free.
  • New Talent: Static Charge Icon Static Charge — Discharge excess energy from your Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield, dealing Nature damage to an enemy within 40 yards every 0.5 second for 3 seconds. Targets with your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on them are preferred.
  • Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast now increases your Critical Strike, Haste, or Mastery by 3% instead of stat ratings and generates 30 Maelstrom. Elemental Blast Overload Icon Elemental Blast Overload generates 15 Maelstrom.
  • Totem Mastery has been removed.
  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance now fires a Lava Burst at all of your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock targets, and refreshes their Flame Shock durations to up to 18 seconds upon activation.
  • Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist Primal Fire Elemental's Meteor is now capped at 8 targets.
  • Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist Primal Storm Elemental's Meteor now capped at 8 targets.
  • Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance no longer has a global cooldown.
4.2.

Elemental Shaman Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Elemental Shamans.

4.3.

Elemental Shaman Shadowlands Guide

5.

Enhancement Shaman

  • Maelstrom resource and Maelstrom bar have been removed.
  • New Ability: Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon (replaces Windfury Passive) — Imbue your main-hand weapon with the element of Wind for 30 minutes. Each main-hand attack has a 25% chance to trigger 2 extra attacks, dealing Physical damage each.
  • New Ability: Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem — Summons a Windfury Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster for 2 minutes. Party members within 30 yards have a 10% chance when they auto-attack to swing an extra time.
  • Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon has been redesigned — When you deal damage with a melee weapon, you have a chance to gain Maelstrom Weapon, stacking up to 10 times. Each stack of Maelstrom Weapon reduces the cast time of your next damage or healing spell by 20% and increase the damage or healing of your next spell by 20%. A maximum of 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon can be consumed at a time.
  • Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit now generates 1 stack of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon immediately, and one stack every 3 seconds for 15 seconds.
  • Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield now has an additional effect — When Lightning Shield deals damage, you have a 50% chance to generate a stack of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon.
  • Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning has an additional effect — If Chain Lightning hits more than 1 target, each target hit by your Chain Lightning increases the damage of your next Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning by 20%.
  • Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer no longer causes your next Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to trigger no cooldown, but will still have a 5% chance to reset the remaining cooldown of Stormstrike.
  • Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash damage reduced by 50%, now has a 12-second cooldown, and has an additional effect: Damage is increased by 100% if your Off-Hand weapon is imbued with Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon.
  • Frostbrand has been replaced with Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock.
  • Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock has been replaced with Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock.
  • Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock and Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock now have their cooldowns shortened by Haste.
  • Flametongue has been replaced with Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon.
  • Rockbiter has been removed.
  • Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning now deals reduced damage against additional targets.
6.

Enhancement Shaman Abilities Learned Above Level 50

6.1.

Enhancement Shaman Talent Changes

  • New Talent: Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames (replaces Boulderfist) — Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash now increases the damage of Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on its target by 100% for 12 seconds.
  • New Talent: Stormflurry Icon Stormflurry (replaces Landslide) — Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike has a 25% chance to strike the target a second time for 40% of normal damage.
  • New Talent: Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike (replaces Totem Mastery) — Strike your target for Frost damage, snaring them by 50% for 6 seconds. Ice Strike will also reset the cooldown of your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock spells.
  • New Talent: Elemental Assault Icon Elemental Assault (Passive) (replaces Overcharge) — Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike damage is increased by 15%, and Stormstrike now generates 1 stack of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon.
  • New Talent: Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova (replaces Searing Assault) — Erupt a burst of fiery damage from all targets affected by your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock, dealing Fire damage to up to 6 targets within 8 yards of your Flame Shock targets.
  • New Talent: Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper (replaces Fury of Air) — Charge yourself with lightning, causing your next 2 Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolts or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightnings to deal 150% more damage and be instant cast.
  • Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand now cause melee auto-attacks with Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon active to have a 5% chance to reduce the cooldown of Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash by 75% and increase the damage of Lava Lash by 3% instead of stat ratings.
  • Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds Windfury bonus damage is now 50% (was 80%).
  • Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm has been redesigned — Each stack of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon consumed increases the damage of your next Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock by 35%, and causes your next Frost Shock to hit 1 additional target per Maelstrom Weapon stack consumed.
  • Sundering Icon Sundering no longer has a Maelstrom cost and now has a 6% mana cost.
  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance now causes you to explode with Nature damage upon activation, dealing damage to all enemies within 8 yards.
6.2.

Enhancement Shaman Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Enhancement Shamans.

6.3.

Enhancement Shaman Shadowlands Guide

7.

Restoration Shaman

  • :New Ability: Water Shield Icon Water Shield — The caster is surrounded by globes of water, granting 50 mana per 5 seconds. When a melee attack hits the caster, the caster regains 2% of their mana. This effect can only occur once every few seconds.
  • New Ability: Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem — Summons a Mana Tide Totem at the feet of the caster for 8 seconds, granting 100% increased mana regeneration to party and raid members within 10 yards.
  • Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield is no longer a Talent and is learned by all Restoration Shamans at level 22.
  • Riptide Icon Riptide duration is now 18 seconds (was 15 seconds).
  • Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock now has an 18 second duration (was 21 seconds).
  • Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge proc chance was reduced to 10% (was 15%).
8.

Restoration Shaman Abilities Learned Above Level 50

8.1.

Restoration Shaman Talent Changes

  • New Talent: Surge of Earth Icon Surge of Earth (replaces Earth Shield) — Consume up to 3 charges of Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield to heal up to 3 allies near your Earth Shield target per charge consumed.
  • Torrent Icon Torrent now increases the initial heal from Riptide Icon Riptide by 20% (was 30%).
8.2.

Restoration Shaman Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Restoration Shamans.

8.3.

Restoration Shaman Shadowlands Guide

9.

More Patch 9.0.1 Class Changes

You can find other Patch 9.0.1 class changes linked below.

10.

Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2020: Updated for the Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
  • 06 Sep. 2020: Elemental Shamans gained Maelstrom back.
  • 16 Aug. 2020: Updated with Elemental and Enhancement changes from Beta Build 35522.
  • 20 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34821.
  • 16 Jun. 2020: Shaman changes updated with the Alpha Build 34714 rework.
  • 09 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34615.
  • 02 Jun. 2020: Updated intro with links to Anima Powers and Covenant Abilities.
  • 25 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34490.
  • 15 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34365.
  • 08 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34278.
  • 30 Apr. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34199.
  • 28 Apr. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34137.
  • 21 Apr. 2020: Page added.
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