The Shaman Leveling 1-15
The Shaman, Bliz describes this class as a Jack of all trades and master of none, we will see
about that... The Shaman will definitely be a challenge for those of you who take him into high
level PvP, as his skills are extremely spread around, not really being able to do any one thing
like an expert. At the lobie levels this is not apparent at all until you start to hit 10+, think of
the Shaman as a pala... Oh?!? almost said the "p" word, being a Horde peep that is against my
religion. The biggest single problem you will face will also be your greatest asset... Totems Yes
they are awesome if used correctly, but even if used correctly will you be able to convince an
alliance member to step inside your Shamanitstic totemic circle of doom? ummm no... In PvE
where the mobs have the intelligence of a high school senior on prom night, they will simply run
right up to you, never stopping once to see the 4 totems you have sitting on the ground. So if
you dare to enter the world of the Shaman do not expect to get massive kills in PvP as the
opposing side will simply nuke you from range or totally ignore you, its not like you can just pick
your totems up and start chasing them, no the Air totems do not have the fly ability enabled.
Am I bashing the Shaman? Oh no, quite the opposite, the shaman will be the greatest challenge
of all to play in PvP. That is why 90% of peeps play MMORPG's, for the challenge of being the
best there is, and letting everyone else know it. Necessity is the mother of invention and if it is
humanly possible to find a way to rack up the kills with a Shaman in PvP, then it will be done.
O.K. lets get you to 15 before I start a Shaman ritual or something... The first thing you want to
do is open your inventory and right click on the scroll, or other object that will open the quest
window on the left side of the screen and give you your first quest, accept the quest and if you
look on your minimap you should see a little yellow dot this dot represents the NPC that you talk
too to complete your first quest.(You may have to walk a little ways, but just starting off the
quest NPC is usually very close to your starting location) For future reference anytime you see a
little yellow dot on your minimap this is the location of an NPC that you have completed a quest
for. When you get to level 5 you may take a trade skill, which may also show you little yellow
dots on the minimap, these will either represent a "mine node" (if you have the skill
"mining")that can be mined or a "herb plant"(if you have the skill "herbalism") that can be
You will have (or may buy) these skills at lvl 1-4
Lightning Bolt Level 1
Cost = 35 Mana ----- Casting time = 1.5 secs. ----- Range = 30
A lightning bolt that hits your target for 26-30 damage.
Healing Wave Level 1
Cost = 35 Mana ----- Casting time = 1.5 secs. ----- Range = 40
Heals yourself or a friendly target for 39 to 49.
Cost = 30 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant.
Buffs the Shamans wep by increasing the attack power by 26.
Spell lasts 5 minutes.
Cost = 35 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Must have the tool
Tools: Earth Totem
Summons a Stoneskin Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster. The totem protects party
members within 10 yards, reducing physical damage taken by 3. Lasts 45 seconds.
For your fist few levels The "Lightning Bolt" spell will be your main pulling spell, Healing wave is
here as well in case you need to heal between pulls.(Notice the really fast 1.5 sec cast rate)
RockBiter is a wep buff that you should always have on when about to begin melee, the
stoneskin Totem is awarded to you after completing a quest, this is your first totem so make
sure you get some good use out of it. Since Totems are insta cast spells, you really do not need
to cast these before combat, simply cast one when you receive your first melee hit. Later on
when you can drop 4 different totems you will have to do a little more advanced planning.
Approach a "mob" and as you approach you will see that the numbered box that your Lightning
Bolt spell is in turn from red to white, this means that the mob is in range for your spell. If the
spell "Lightning Bolt" is not on your hotbar you will have to open your "abilities" page and left
click to drag the icon to a place on your hotbar so that you may use it. So the mob is in range,
what I do is right click the mob, this puts you into "combat mode" if the mob is in range you will
swing at the mob with whatever weapon you have equipped, but hopefully the mob is still a
little distance away so that you may cast Lightning Bolt to damage it. Once you do this, the mob
will come to you to do battle.(At the lower levels you will only experience the "melee" type
mob's later on you will face mobs that once you cast a spell on them they will start casting
spells on you!) Once you cast Lightning Bolt you will see the "timing bar" start to fill when the
bar is fully filled the spell will be casted, IMMEDIATELY click the spell again so that you may
start another Lightning Bolt spell. In most cases you will be able to get off 2-3 spells before the
mob actually gets close enough to hit you. If the mob is in melee with you and you try to cast a
spell the mob may hit you, if that happens your bar will "jump back" and the spell will attempt
to continue casting. At the lower levels after the mob gets within melee range just whack him
with your weapon a few times and he should die. A little trick on casting spells... some spells
when you get higher level have a "cooldown" time so you cannot keep casting over and over
again, however at the lower levels wait until you see the green bar hit the end of the line and
click again, do not wait for the bar to fill and disappear, click it as soon as the bar is filled this
gives you about a .1 - .2 seconds of advantage over other players that simply wait until the bar
disappears. By now you should be getting to level 4.
At level 4 you may buy these spells:
Earth Shock Level 1
Cost = 30 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Range = 20 yards
----- Cooldown = 6 secs.
This is an Insta cast spell that not only causes damage of 17-19 Nature damage, but also
disrupts any spell being cast for 2 seconds.
This spell is very useful later on when facing casters, right now you just want to use this as an
insta damage spell. As a Shaman since you can heal your self you really have no need for food,
but keep all the drinks you find to replace your man to decrease downtime between pulls.
Continue on to level 6, at level 6 you will most likely leave the "noob" town and make your way
to another town to get new quests and higher level mobs. Up to now when you see a mob it was
most likely yellow which means that these will not attack you if you get too close, however if
see a mob that is red then this mob will attack you if you get to close, this is commonly called
At level 6 you may buy the following spells:
EarthBind Totem Level 1
Cost = 40 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Tolls required =
Creates an Earthbound Totem that slows enemies with 10 yards. Totem
has 5 hit points.
Molten Blast Level 1
Cost = 30 Mana ----- Casting time = 1.8 secs ----- Range = 30 yards.
Flames the target for 18-26 damage
Healing Wave Level 2
Cost = 50 Mana ----- Casting time = 2 secs. ----- Range = 40 yards
Heals the caster or another friendly target for 64-78
The earthbound totem is really not needed at this level as you can just cast lightning bolt if a
mob tries to run away. The molten blast spell is about the same power as the lightning bolt spell
but has a little longer casting time. Healing wave 2 is an upgrade to your earlier Healing wave 1
spell. Still do as many quests as you can and always have the rockbiter buff on your weapon. By
now you should be pretty familiar with the quest system as well as knowing what level mobs
you can handle. It has been my playing experience that you should only kill mobs your level or
1-2 levels higher as anything else is going to cause a "mana dump" and a possible death, and
you will find that the exp is not worth it at all, after you figure in the risk and the downtime
needed to recover from the mana dumping. Also if you are going to take any trade skills get
them now, even if you have to take some time to walk to your nearest capitol,(which is pretty
close to you now, regardless which race you have chosen) You can get your 2 main tradeskills
at lvl 5.
At level 8 you may buy the following spells:
Lighting Shield Level 1
Cost = 45 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant
This shields the caster with 3 balls of lightning, when the casters is hit in melee or by a ranged
enemy they will be hit with of the lightning balls for 13 damage. Each hit that an attacker takes,
takes away 1 lightning ball, the lightning balls will not discharge all at once and will only fire
every few seconds.
Spell lasts 10 min. or until all 3 lightning balls are used up.
Lightning Bolt Level 2
Cost = 35 Mana ----- Casting time = 2 secs. ----- Range = 30 yards.
This is an upgrade from your Lightning Bolt level 1 spell and hits
for 26-30 damage.
Cost = 50 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Range = 20 yards
----- Cooldown = 6 secs.
This is an upgrade to your earth shock spell causing 33-35 lightning
damage and interrupting
spell casting for 2 secs.
StoneClaw Totem Level 1
Cost = 20 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Cooldown = 30 secs.
----- Tools required =
Creates a totem with 50 health for 15 secs, that tries to taunt
creatures into attacking it.
RockBiter Weapon Level 2
Cost = 55 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant.
Upgraded weapon buff increasing the attack power by 53
Spell lasts 5 minutes
A good idea is too cast lightning shield and rockbiter 2 right after one another, if you are soloing
then the Stoneclaw will simply attempt to pull the agro from you, I have found that the vast
majority of the time this did not work well. At this level I was still using the Stoneskin totem and
casting Lightning Bolt to pull and kept casting it until mob closed to melee then hit an
earthshock for the insta damage and then melee the rest of it. By now you should have visited
your capitol or have a quest that leads you to your capitol for your race. As a side note you
cannot sell conjured food or water, yes I already tried... At level 10-11 you will most likely leave
the level 5-10 "area" and be sent on a quest to visit a new location, this is also the level at
which you may be introduced to your first "elite" quest. Elite quests are not meant to be done
solo and no you cannot solo an "elite" mob that is your same level in most cases. I believe Bliz
did this to encourage "grouping" after level 10 if you so desire. You can easily tell an "elite" mob
from a normal mob by the word "elite" in the mobs name or the wreath around the mobs pic
when you left click it. You can safely left click a mob to get info however if you right click it then
you enter combat mode with that mob.
At level 10 you may buy the following spells:
Strength of Earth Totem
Cost = 30 Mana ----- casting time = Instant ----- required tools =
Creates an Earth Totem that increase the strength of all party
members as well as the caster by
10, totem has 5 hit points and works within a radius of 20 yards.
Spell lasts 45 secs.
Cost = 60 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant
Buffs the casters weapon with 4-12 fire damage per hit, actual buff
damage is based upon
speed of the weapon.
Spell lasts 5 minutes
Flame shock Level 1
Cost = 55 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Range = 20 yards
----- Cooldown = 6 secs.
Insta cast spell that hits for 21 and then DOT's for an additional
24 damage over 12 secs.
Searing Totem Level 1
Cost = 30 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- tools required =
Creates a Totem that attacks a single enemy within 20 yards for 4-6 fire damage every 2 secs.
Lasts 30 seconds. Totem has 5 hit points.
Here the Shaman can quest for a fire totem at level 11, once obtained the Shaman can now
have 2 totems running at the same time a fire totem and an earth totem. Another bonus is
another insta shock spell so now you have earth shock insta AND the Flame shock Intsa.(Use
the Flame shock insta first as this is a DOT) You also can now buff your weapon with
Flametongue instead of RockBiter, Flametongue overall is the better buff. By now you should
understand the basics of playing a Mage, and at the capitol city you should also find your "bank"
as this has numerous "slots" to store your items, before storing items see if you can "stack"
them by dragging one item over the top of another items of the same type. Stackable items
include: potions, food, water, crafting materials, and crafting supplies. Also depending on which
type of server you are playing on PvP or PvE you may start to see enemies from the other
"realm." From level 10-20 the basics of the game and the mobs start to take you out of the
"noobness" and into the full game, expect to fight "caster" mobs, "bow and arrow" mobs and
mobs that will give you poison, stuns, or other negative status effects. You may also want to
open your "social" window and flag yourself as "looking for a group" if that is a style of play that
you desire.(You also may choose to pick a talent here, see the bottom of this post for a link to a
list of the talents available.) Although the shaman, at this point does not have emergency "get
away" spell if things turn bad, drop an EarthBind totem and run it usually works well.
At level 12 you may buy the following spells:
Cost = 140 Mana ----- Casting time = 10 secs ----- Range = 30 yards.
This is a rez spell that restores a dead friendly target to life,
make sure after the rez that you
heal the target right away as the target will only have 1% health.
Purge Level 1
Cost = 45 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Range = 30 yards
Remove 1 positive benefit effect from an enemy target.(Not to be
confused with the DAOC
realm ability "purge" LOL)
Healing Wave Level 3
Cost = 90 Mana ----- Casting time = 2.5 secs. ----- Range = 40
Heals the caster or a friendly target for 129-155.
Fire Nova Totem Level 1
Cost = 115 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Tools required =
Fire Totem.----- Cooldown
= 15 secs.
Creates a fire totem that will hit all enemies within 10 yards for
48-56 damage in 4 secs. Totem
has 5 hit points.
Here we have a new interesting selection of new skills here, the
Fire Nova Totem is kind of like a
time bomb, after you place it it will "detonate" in 4 seconds, there
is a talent that will lower this
time down to 2 seconds, only bad thing here is the 15 second
cooldown on it. Rebirth is a rez
spell that only gives the target 1% of health and purge, to me just
does not seem like a good
skill in PvE. Healing wave is the upgrade from level 2. Well now it
seems like it is time for you to
move along to mobs that are a little harder, start out in search of
a town called the crossroads.
Here you will start to find that you are not in the lobie noob zones
anymore. The majority of the
mobs are aggressive(red con) and if you pull them and they have
buddies nearby they will come
also. You will also find mobs that "call" other mobs if they get
hurt and are close to death, so if
there are other mobs close by that are of the same type do not be
surprised if they agro you
when you have the mob you are working on almost dead. The best way
to see this is to mouse
over your chat window, go to the tab that says "combat" left click
and hold and drag it to the
right side of your screen to separate it from the chat window, now
you can review all the
damage and other combat related actions taken by you and the mob you
were in combat with,
as well as seeing any new chat messages in the chat window. At this
level you really need to be
paying full attention to your surroundings. Stay away from the
"dinosaur looking" lizards south
of the crossroads as they are melee and casters, and will zap you
with lightning damage.
Needless to say, now is a good time to get in a group. Also at the
crossroads I am 99.9% sure
you will experience your first PvP encounter...
At level 14 you may buy the following spells:
Lightning Bolt Level 3
Cost = 55 Mana ----- Casting time = 2.5 secs. ----- Range = 30
Hurls lightning Bolt for 45-53 damage.
Earth Shock Level 3
Cost = 85 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- Range = 20 yards
----- Cooldown = 6 secs.
Socks the target hitting for 60-64 damage and interrupting the spell
being cast for 2 secs.
Stoneskin Totem Level 2
Cost = 75 Mana ----- Casting time = Instant ----- tools required =
Creates Totem with 5 hit points, reducing physical damage to all
party members within 20
Spell lasts 1 minute.
Molten Blast Level 2
Cost = 45 Mana ----- Casting time = 2 secs. ----- Range = 30 yards.
Blasts the target for 32-44 fire damage.
Lightning Bolt is an Upgrade as well as the other 3 spells you get at this level. Something very
important to remember about totems: you cannot "cast" a totem unless you have the actual
totem somewhere in your inventory. By the time you hit the 14-15 range you will have figured
out by now that the Shaman at these levels are really melee's using totems as "buff" If you can
see Shaman in this way I believe it will make your leveling allot easier. Pretty soon you will be
heading to your second set of "elite quests", so hopefully by now you have met quite a few
players and already have some friends you can do the quests with.
* Shamans are one of the better 'dueler' and 1 vs 1 PvP classes.
They are extremely versatile.
* Even though the enhancement talent line is crap in PvP, it is
extremely useful for levelling.
Therefore, it is good to start out by putting your talents into
Enhancement and once you reach
higher levels, re-spec them into the Elemental and Restoration.
* Unless WoW changes things, Lighting Mastery and Chain lightning
are not worth the cost of
* Shock and Awe! The bread and butter for the Shaman in PvP is Purge
and Earth Shock.
Purge will remove a buff from an opponent, and shock will disrupt a
spell, and prevent any spell
from that same circle to be cast for two seconds. A long time in PvP.
* Ghost Wolf is your get out of jail card. It will increase your
speed by 40% allowing you to flee
most situations that are grave...like when your outnumbered in PvP!
* a shaman is excellent in large scale PvP, with earthbinds and heal
totems. The Shaman
makes a great healer when a priest is not available.
Shamans are for the Hoarde only and are available only to Orcs,
Trolls, or Taruen. Shaman's
are more of a 'jack of all trades' class. They are not like mages
nor are they like a warrior, but a
combination of both. Shamans can shapeshift like Druids, they can
heal like a priest, and can
fight like warriors, but all three of these abilities are a bit
weaker than that of the Druids, priests,
and warriors. When choosing the race to play, the differences are
minor, so just pick the one you
like the best. Shamans begin with the ability to wear leather and
cloth armor. Only at level 40,
they can wear mail.
PVP NOTE Because a Shaman is so versatile, I believe they are one of
the better 1 vs 1 PvP
classes. A great Dueler! A good shaman is capable of taking down any
other class in 1 on 1
Whereas a Rogue is great vs. a mage, but weaker vs. a warrior, a
Shaman is good vs. all. That
doesn't mean that you will be owning anyone, it means that you will
be able to put up a good fight
no matter who you face (assuming you play your Shaman well and are
of similar levels). In my
experience, using a 2-H weapon is better in PvP and PvE overall.
This is the unique identifier of the Shaman. Totems represent
"spells" and appear as objects
that are 'dropped' on the ground. There are 4 kinds of totems: Fire,
Water, Earth, and Air. To
obtain a totem, you have to complete a quest. Once you obtain it,
you will never need to
recharge it or get another one. Having one "unlocks" the totem
spells for that particular totem.
* FIRE: damage spells. primarily offense.
* WATER: healing and regeneration spells
* EARTH: combat buffs and resistances
* AIR: magic absorption, agility enhancements
The most powerful strength of the Shaman's spells is Elemental
Combat. The Instant-cast shock
spells are themost useful in PvP, and quite useful in any group PvE
KEY SPELLS FOR SHAMAN IN PVP:
Earth shock has the wonderful effect of disrupting your opponents
spell (if he is casting one) and
preventing him from casting any spell in that same line for another
two seconds. This is a long
time in PvP! This is just low down nasty against any spellcaster.
PURGE. This works amazing wonders in PvP, as it negates a buff.
Consider a priest, for
example. He has no armor, except for his shield spell. Casting Purge
on him will remove it,
making him as vulnerable as a naked worm.
Lightning Shield: Have this one on the hotkey. This is most critical
Ghost Wolf: Increases your speed by 40% (if you invest your talent
points), enabling you to flee
if your opponent is killing you. Its always good to have an "out"!
The bread and butter for a Shaman PvP is SHOCK and PURGE.
Talent Distribution Enhancement is not recommended for PvP. BUT it
is a great way to level
your character. I believe that the secret of the Shaman is to go
with an Enhancement build for
the purposes of leveling. Your 'down' times will be minimized with
this build. With enhancement,
you do more damage, and can heal with first aid bandages. Then, once
you are higher in level,
re-spec' your talents to a restoration/elemental build for PvP. Here
is the optimum PvP build for a
Shaman. You will find that the best PvP Shaman players use this
exact build, with only slight
Elemental Combat (22 points)
Concussion Rank 5/5
Convection Rank 5/5
Elemental Focus Rank 1/1
Call of Thunder Rank 5/5
Reverberation Rank 5 /5
Elemental Fury Rank 1/1
Enhancement Talents (7 points)
Ancestral Knowledge Rank 5/5
Ghost Wolf 2/2
Restoration Talents (22 points)
Tidal Focus Rank 5/5
Totemic Focus Rank 5/5
Improved Lesser Healing Wave Rank 5/5
Combat Endurance Rank 1/1
Tidal Mastery Rank 5/5
Nature's Swiftness Rank 1/1
Chain lightning is not worth it. Too high manna, too low damage.
Your points are better spent
elsewhere than this. It is a seldom used spell in PvP. Lightning
mastery is the same. Costs too
many talent points for what you get from it.
Elemental Fury is your big ticket for PvP! It guarantees a critical
hit, something that has a high
prize in PvP. A guaranteed critical spell hit for the Shaman is like
having a Rogue finishing move
Natures Swiftness is a very important PvP talent. When you fight
classes such as priests and
warlocks, you will really appreciate it. It allows you to get off a
full healing spell that cannot be
disrupted or stopped with silence. This is very very handy in PvP!
A Shaman is very good at playing solo. Probably one of the better solo players in the game. One
popular technique to use when PvE: casting a couple lightnings on the mob, use your lightning
shield can often leave a mob greatly weakened before it even reaches you. Open up with Melee,
while your totems are layed out around you, with your lightning shield on. Now Flame Shock, and as your shocks refreshes the mob will be running or already close to it, at which point you can cast a frost shock to stop it dead in it's tracks and finish it off.
Once again, as with all classes, I recommend maxing out First Aid skill. Whether you are a
healer class or not, First Aid will always be a source of additional HP's. Having first aid simply
gives the Shaman more emergency HP access and this is always useful in PvP OR PvE.
Alchemy/Herbalism is my recommended profession. The potions generated from Alchemy can
be used while in combat and to me are more useful than anything else (except possibly the
explosives you get from Engineering).