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{{Quotation|[http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/class/shaman Official site]|Shaman are spiritual guides and practitioners, not of the divine, but of the very elements. Unlike some other mystics, shaman commune with forces that are not strictly benevolent. The elements are chaotic, and left to their own devices, they rage against one another in unending primal fury. It is the call of the shaman to bring balance to this chaos. Acting as moderators among earth, fire, water, and air, shaman summon totems that focus the elements to support the shaman’s allies or punish those who threaten them.}}
The '''shaman''' is a hybrid [[class]] and depending on how players choose to customize their character's talents, they can specialize in offensive spellcasting, melee damage dealing, or healing. As such, the class is considered one of the most adaptable and versatile in the game. Shamans can also provide support to a group in the form of stationary [[Shaman totem|totems]], of which when placed on the ground by the shaman, either provides various benefits to party members, or deal damage to enemies, of which the range is determined by the totem placed.
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'''Shaman''' are a hybrid [[class]] and can specialize in offensive spellcasting, melee damage dealing, or healing. As such, the class is considered one of the most adaptable and versatile in the game. Shaman can also provide group support in the form of stationary [[Shaman totem|totems]] that, when placed on the ground by the shaman, either provide benefits to party members or deal damage to enemies.
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== Overview ==
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The shaman class was originally only available to three of the [[Horde]] races: [[tauren]], [[orcs]], and [[trolls]]. Designed as a counterpart to the [[paladin]], the class was once unavailable to the [[Alliance]]. This was said to create much trouble in developing both classes since they needed to be balanced against each other. The release of ''The Burning Crusade'' expansion introduced shaman to the [[Alliance]] through the [[draenei]] while the [[Horde]] gained access to the [[blood elf]] [[paladin]], thus making it possible for both classes to be developed independent of each other.
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Shaman have the ability to resurrect themselves once every 30 minutes using their {{ability|Reincarnation}} ability. In combination with their ability to resurrect other players, this makes shaman a viable utility for [[wipe recovery]].
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Originally, shaman were almost allowed a [[tank]]ing role<ref>[http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20100807221904/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/shaman.html Shaman Q&amp;A] by [[Ghostcrawler]] and Dev Team</ref> through the old enhancement [[talent tree]]. Their lack of heavy [[plate]] armor and the various changes made to their talent trees over time phased out their tanking potential in favor of [[healer|healing]] and [[damage dealer|damage dealing]]. While most shaman are capable of adequately tanking instances prior to reaching level 60, higher level areas and instances require tanks to have stronger passive defenses and damage mitigation than shaman have, despite their versatility and healing abilities.
   
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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[[File:Shamanwc3.gif|frame|Shaman unit from ''Warcraft III''.]]
 
[[File:Shamanwc3.gif|frame|Shaman unit from ''Warcraft III''.]]
   
Shamans are spiritual visionaries of tribes and clans. These gifted warriors who can see into the world of spirits and communicate with creatures invisible to eyes of normal beings. They are beset by visions of the future and use their sight to guide their people through troubled times. Although the shaman may seem wise and serene at first glance, he is a formidable foe; when angered, his wrath is as fierce as those who have a connection to [[Eternals]] or nature.<ref>''[[World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]]'', pg 71</ref>
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Shaman are spiritual visionaries of tribes and clans. These gifted warriors can see into the world of spirits and communicate with creatures invisible to the eyes of normal beings. They are beset by visions of the future and use their sight to guide their people through troubled times. Although shaman may seem wise and serene at first, they are formidable foes; when angered, their wrath is as fierce as those who have a connection to [[Eternals]] or nature.<ref>''[[World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]]'', pg 71</ref>
   
===History===
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== History ==
Shamanism has existed since the sapient races first discovered the power of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. On [[Draenor]], now shattered [[Outland]], the [[orcs]] were shamanistic; on [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]], [[trolls]] and [[tauren]] were shamanistic. Though shamanism on Azeroth flourished and still continues to, shamanism on [[Draenor]] was all but extinct by the time of the great crossing of the [[Horde]] into Azeroth via the [[Dark Portal]]. The greatest and yet some of the most vilified orcs were once shaman; [[Zuluhed the Whacked]], [[Ner'zhul]], and even [[Gul'dan]] were all previously shaman. However, [[Kil'jaeden]], current lord over the [[Burning Legion]], distorted the shaman's connection with their spirits in the sacred mountain of [[Oshu'gun]], himself taking on the form of the shaman's ancestors to convince the shaman (who held much political sway in the [[orcish]] culture) that the [[Draenei]] were the enemy. The ensuing massacres upon several Draenei hunting parties offended the spirits, who eventually denied the shaman their powers.
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[[File:Grennanstormspeaker.jpg|thumb|Tauren shaman]]
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Shamanism has existed since the sapient races first discovered the power of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. On [[Draenor]], now shattered [[Outland]], the [[orcs]] were shamanistic; on [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]], [[trolls]] and [[tauren]] were shamanistic. Though shamanism on Azeroth flourished, shamanism on [[Draenor]] was all but extinct by the time of the great crossing of the [[Horde]] into Azeroth via the [[Dark Portal]]. The greatest and yet some of the most vilified orcs were once shaman; [[Zuluhed the Whacked]], [[Ner'zhul]], and even [[Gul'dan]] were all shaman. However, [[Kil'jaeden]] distorted the shaman's connection with their spirits in the sacred mountain of [[Oshu'gun]], taking on the form of the shaman's ancestors to convince them that the [[Draenei]] were enemies. The ensuing massacres upon several Draenei hunting parties offended the spirits, who eventually denied the shaman their powers.
   
 
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All was set for the transition.
   
Cut off from their elemental powers, the former shamans turned to the more efficient and masterful powers of the Burning Legion, becoming [[Warlock]]s. Though many tried to hang onto their roots, it was impossible. Even [[Drek'Thar]] was sucked into the dark magics, though he later repented and to this day has never forgiven himself for the acceptance of the demonic corruption that plagues himself and the orc race. [[Ner'zhul]] was the warlock who created the portals from Draenor to many other worlds. The many portals ripped Draenor apart creating the ravaged land of [[Outland]]. He repented but was dragged back into the fold by [[Kil'jaeden]] who promised him an endless existence of suffering and pain if he did not serve the Legion. [[Ner'zhul]] accepted this second chance at serving the Legion and was changed into the mighty being the [[Lich King]] and currently inhabits the body of [[Arthas Menethil]] his first and most powerful of the second generation of [[Death knight]]s.
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Cut off from their elemental powers, the former shaman turned to the more efficient and masterful powers of the Burning Legion, becoming [[warlock]]s. Though many tried to hang onto their roots, it was impossible. Even [[Drek'Thar]] was sucked into the dark magics, though he later repented and to this day has never forgiven himself for the acceptance of the demonic corruption that plagues himself and the orc race. [[Ner'zhul]] was the warlock who created the portals from Draenor to many other worlds. The many portals ripped Draenor apart, creating the ravaged land of [[Outland]]. He repented, but was dragged back into the fold by [[Kil'jaeden]], who promised him an endless existence of suffering and pain if he did not serve the Legion. [[Ner'zhul]] accepted this second chance at serving the Legion and was changed into the mighty being known as the [[Lich King]]. He later inhabited the body of [[Arthas Menethil]], his first and most powerful of the second generation of [[Death knight]]s.
   
Shamanism in the orcs was all but extinct until [[Thrall]], the son of the deceased [[Durotan]] and future chieftain of the [[Frostwolf]] clan, grabbed hold of the reins of [[Warchief]] of the [[New Horde]] ushering in a new generation of shamanism, breaking the crippling lethargy of the captive orcs and outlawing the dark magic of the Burning Legion. At the time of the [[internment camps]], a shaman was a derogatory term for someone who told fantastical and unbelievable stories.<ref>''[[Lord of the Clans]]'', pg 98</ref> Shamanism is now in good repute, though, as the New Horde itself was led for a long time by [[Thrall]], a shaman of great power.
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Shamanism in the orcs was all but extinct until [[Thrall]], the son of the deceased [[Durotan]] and future chieftain of the [[Frostwolf]] clan, grabbed hold of the reins of [[Warchief]] of the [[New Horde]]. This ushered in a new generation of shamanism, breaking the crippling lethargy of the captive orcs and outlawing the dark magic of the Burning Legion. At the time of the [[internment camps]], "shaman" was a derogatory term for someone who told fantastical and unbelievable stories.<ref>''[[Lord of the Clans]]'', pg 98</ref> Shamanism is now in good repute, though, as the New Horde was led for a long time by [[Thrall]], a shaman of great power.
 
==Overview==
 
The shaman class was originally only available to three of the [[Horde]] races: [[tauren]], [[orcs]], and [[trolls]]. Designed as a counterpart to the [[Paladin]], the shaman class was once unavailable to the [[Alliance]]. This was said to create much trouble in developing both classes since they needed to be balanced against each other. The release of ''The Burning Crusade'' expansion introduced the shaman to the [[Alliance]] through the [[draenei]] while the [[Horde]] gained access to the [[blood elf]] [[Paladin]], thus making it possible for both classes to be developed independent of each other.
 
 
In parties, shamans make the quintessential fifth member; supplementing the others with powerful buffs (using their totems and shields) along with healing or damage on par with other, more specialized classes. Shamans have the ability to resurrect themselves once every 30 minutes using their {{ability|Reincarnation}} ability. In addition to its uses within a fight, this, in combination with their ability to resurrect other players, makes shamans a viable utility for [[wipe recovery]].
 
 
Originally, shamans almost allowed a [[tank]]ing role<ref>[http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20100807221904/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/shaman.html Shaman Q&amp;A] by [[Ghostcrawler]] and Dev Team</ref> through the [[enhancement]] [[talent tree]]. However, their lack of heavy [[plate]] armor and the various changes made to their talent trees over time have phased out their tanking potential in favor of [[healer|healing]] and [[damage dealer|damage dealing]]. While most shamans are capable of adequately tanking instances prior to reaching level 60, higher level areas and instances require tanks to have stronger passive defenses and damage mitigation than shamans have, despite their versatility and healing abilities.
 
[[File:Grennanstormspeaker.jpg|thumb|Tauren shaman]]
 
   
== Notable shamans ==
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== Notable shaman ==
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|{{Horde}}{{RaceIconExt|Drek'Thar}} [[Drek'Thar]]
 
|{{Horde}}{{RaceIconExt|Drek'Thar}} [[Drek'Thar]]
 
|Chieftain and Elder Shaman of the Frostwolf Clan
 
|Chieftain and Elder Shaman of the Frostwolf Clan
 
|Alive
 
|Alive
|[[Frostwolf Keep]], [[Alterac Valley]]
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|[[Frostwolf Keep]],<br />[[Alterac Valley]]
 
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|{{Neutral}}{{RaceIconExt|Magatha}} [[Magatha Grimtotem]]
 
|{{Neutral}}{{RaceIconExt|Magatha}} [[Magatha Grimtotem]]
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|Draenei [[far seer]]
 
|Draenei [[far seer]]
 
|Alive
 
|Alive
|[[The Crystal Hall]], [[Exodar]]
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|[[The Crystal Hall]], [[Exodar]]
 
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|{{Horde}}{{RaceIconExt|Rehgar}} [[Rehgar Earthfury]]
 
|{{Horde}}{{RaceIconExt|Rehgar}} [[Rehgar Earthfury]]
|Advisor to [[Warchief Thrall]]
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|Advisor to [[Warchief Thrall]]
 
|Alive
 
|Alive
 
|Unknown
 
|Unknown
 
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|{{Horde}}{{RaceIcon|Troll|Male}} [[Rokhan]]
 
|{{Horde}}{{RaceIcon|Troll|Male}} [[Rokhan]]
|Horde scout
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|Horde scout
 
|Alive
 
|Alive
 
|[[Dragon's Fall]], [[Dragonblight]]
 
|[[Dragon's Fall]], [[Dragonblight]]
 
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|{{Neutral}}{{RaceIconExt|Thrall}} [[Thrall]]
 
|{{Neutral}}{{RaceIconExt|Thrall}} [[Thrall]]
|[[The Earthen Ring]]
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|[[The Earthen Ring]], The World-Shaman (TCG){{fact}}
 
|Alive
 
|Alive
 
|[[The Maelstrom]]
 
|[[The Maelstrom]]
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|{{Neutral}}{{RaceIconExt|Zuluhed}} [[Zuluhed the Whacked]]
 
|{{Neutral}}{{RaceIconExt|Zuluhed}} [[Zuluhed the Whacked]]
 
|Chieftain of the [[Dragonmaw clan]]
 
|Chieftain of the [[Dragonmaw clan]]
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|Deceased (lore),<br />Killable (WoW)
|[[Dragonmaw Fortress]], [[Shadowmoon Valley]]
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|[[Dragonmaw Fortress]],<br />[[Shadowmoon Valley]]
 
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==Shaman organizations==
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== Organizations ==
*{{factionIcon|Neutral|Small}}[[Earthen Ring]]: A group of shamans employing all races connected to the elemental spirits, including [[orc]]s, [[tauren]]s, [[troll]]s, [[mag'har]], [[broken]], [[lost one]]s, [[draenei]] and even a few of the [[Wildhammer]] [[dwarf|dwarves]] with some Goblins turning to Shamanism for profit, some have become true Shaman in the order.
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*{{factionIcon|Neutral|Small}}[[Earthen Ring]]: A group of shaman employing all races connected to the elemental spirits, including [[orc]]s, [[tauren]]s, [[troll]]s, [[mag'har]], [[broken]], [[lost one]]s, [[draenei]], [[Wildhammer]] [[dwarf|dwarves]], and [[goblin]]s.
 
*{{factionIcon|Alliance|Small}} Unnamed Draenei shaman brotherhood led by [[Farseer Nobundo]].
 
*{{factionIcon|Alliance|Small}} Unnamed Draenei shaman brotherhood led by [[Farseer Nobundo]].
   
 
==Races==
 
==Races==
 
{{main|Shaman races}}
 
{{main|Shaman races}}
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[[File:ArtDraeneiShaman.jpg|thumb|right||[[Draenei]] shaman]]
 
The shaman class can be played by the following races:
 
The shaman class can be played by the following races:
   
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Alliance Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Draenei}} {{bc-inline}}
 
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Alliance Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Ironforge Dwarf}} {{cata-inline}}
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Both Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Pandaren}} {{Mists-inline}}
 
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Horde Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Goblin}} {{cata-inline}}
 
! style="text-align:left;" | {{Horde Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Goblin}} {{cata-inline}}
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Horde Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Orc}}
 
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Horde Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Tauren}}
 
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! style="text-align:left;" | {{Horde Icon Small}} !! style="text-align:left;" | {{Race|Troll}}
 
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Until ''[[The Burning Crusade]]'', the shaman class was exclusive to [[Horde]] (Taurens, Orcs, and Trolls). In Burning Crusade, Draenei shamans were introduced to the Alliance. With ''[[Cataclysm]]'', Alliance Dwarves also learned shamanism, while the Horde's new addition, Goblins. turned out to have shamans of their own.
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Until ''[[The Burning Crusade]]'', the shaman class was exclusive to the [[Horde]]. In the Burning Crusade, Draenei shaman were introduced to the Alliance. With ''[[Cataclysm]]'', Alliance dwarves also learned shamanism along with the Horde's new addition, goblins.
   
Each [[Race]] has its own distinct advantage, no matter its class; consequently, many players who wish to play shamans factor in the advantages and abilities of the various races when starting their characters. Some prefer [[tauren]] for their {{ability|Warstomp}} racial ability, as shamans themselves do not possess any ability to stun. Others prefer [[orcs]] as stun effects don't last as long when used against them, which is helpful versus a rogue, as well as against a [[shadow priest]]; likewise, the orcs' {{ability|Blood Fury}} racial ability can be very useful for a shaman because they get a bonus to both their melee attacks and spell damage. Both of these abilities are very useful in [[PvP]]. Still others enjoy playing [[trolls]] because of their {{ability|Da Voodoo Shuffle}} and {{ability|Berserking}} powers, and the {{ability|Beast Slaying}} bonus which can allow them to level more quickly. Players looking for a boost in healing for [[PvE]] or [[PvP]] may find that the [[draenei]]'s usable racial ability, {{ability|Gift of the Naaru}} is an effective heal over time spell that can be cast on oneself or on another player at no mana cost. In the end, the choice of race is up to the player, and often comes down to a matter of aesthetics more than anything else. As long as the player enjoys the race they have chosen, many will simply ignore the mathematics.
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Each [[race]] has its own distinct advantage, no matter its class; consequently, many players who wish to play shaman factor in advantages and abilities of the various races when starting their characters. Some prefer [[tauren]] for their {{ability|Warstomp}} racial ability. Others prefer [[orcs]] as stun effects don't last as long when used against them, which is helpful versus a rogue, as well as against a [[shadow priest]]; likewise, the orcs' {{ability|Blood Fury}} racial ability can be very useful for a shaman because they get a bonus to both their melee attacks and spell damage. Both of these abilities are very useful in [[PvP]]. Still others enjoy playing [[trolls]] because of their {{ability|Da Voodoo Shuffle}} and {{ability|Berserking}} powers. Players looking for a boost in healing for [[PvE]] or [[PvP]] may find that the [[draenei]]'s usable racial ability, {{ability|Gift of the Naaru}}, is an effective heal over time spell that can be cast with no mana cost.
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AdriennetheInspiringShamanTCG.jpg|Draenei
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AesaShamanTCG.jpg|Draenei
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AntyrShamanTCG.jpg|Draenei
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AbashaWindstormShamanTCG.jpg|Tauren
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==Talent trees==
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====Elemental====
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== Skills/Glyphs ==
The elemental tree focuses on the shaman's offensive spell casting ability. It decreases the mana cost and casting time of spells via talents while increasing their damage and critical strike chances.
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The 31 point talent is the [[Area of Effect|AOE]] ability [[Earthquake]].
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[[Shaman totem|Totems]] are unique to shaman and only one of each elemental type can be used at a time.
   
Overall, elemental is the best build for shamans who want to maximize their damage output with their spells.
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With the spell {{ability|Totemic_Recall|Totemic Recall}}, shaman can instantly remove all of their totems for no mana cost and receive 25% of the mana spent on the totems back. Shaman also see "Totem Timers" below their character portraits. As with buffs, a simple right-click to the "Totem Timer" icon, and the totem will be destroyed with no mana gain.
 
====Enhancement====
 
By spending talent points in the Enhancement tree, shamans greatly increases their melee damage output.
 
 
Signature abilities of this tree include: [[Dual Wield (shaman talent)|Dual Wield]], giving shamans the ability to dual wield 1H-Weapons; [[Lava Lash]], an instant attack that deals more damage if the offhand weapon is enchanted with [[Flametongue Weapon]]; [[Stormstrike]], which allows the shaman to hit with both weapons at once, also increasing the shaman's chance to critically hit the target with nature spells by 25 % for 15 seconds. The 31 point talent is [[Feral Spirit]], allowing the enhancement shaman to summon a pair of wolves that provide stun, taunt, sprint and passive heals along with extra damage. The enhancement shaman will prefer slow weapons, as 1) [[Flametongue Weapon]] (primarily used on off-hand) does passive damage based on weapon speed, increasing with slower weapons, and 2) most of the enhancement shaman's offensive abilities have a semi-long cooldown (5-15 seconds), making it more attractive to increase the damage output of abilities rather than attack speed.
 
 
For PvP, playing an enhancement shaman is along the lines of playing a retribution paladin, but with wearing mail armor instead of plate. The Maelstorm weapon procs allow the shaman to cast instant heals on themselves and their party members free of charge, and also have an offensive dispel to purge enemy buffs. Since the shaman only has two main direct damaging abilities (Lava Lash and Stormstrike), they rely heavily on Windfury procs for large damage, and frostbrand strikes to keep the enemy slowed. In times of dire need, the shaman can call upon their spirit wolves to aid in the freedom from all roots, extra healing, and cc if needed. While a shaman running at you might not seem threatening at first, when they finally reach you, its as if you were fighting the elements themselves.
 
 
{{cata-inline}} - [[Dual Wield (shaman talent)|Dual Wield]] is now, alongside [[Primal Wisdom]] and the new [[Mental Quickness]], the new passive abilities when choosing this spec, with [[Lava Lash]] being the active ability.
 
 
====Restoration====
 
The restoration tree focuses on the shaman's healing capability, reducing the casting time and mana cost of healing spells, while increasing their effectiveness. Restoration shamans are well suited for any healing situation in the game. On top of that they offer good utility (like Mana Regeneration by [[Mana Tide Totem]]), and the best multi-target heal spell in the game ([[Chain Heal]]), giving them excellent potential as raid-wide healers. The 11 point talent, [[Riptide]], gives the shaman an instant cast heal and a [[HoT]].
 
 
This tree is highly useful in PvP and group PvE, the only drawback being the rather low damage output, so solo play is more difficult. In return, a restoration shaman hardly ever dies while questing/soloing.
 
 
;'''See also:'''
 
:[[Shaman talents]]
 
:[[Shaman builds]]
 
   
==Equipment==
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== Equipment ==
 
[[File:orcshaman.JPG|thumb|Orc shaman]]
 
[[File:orcshaman.JPG|thumb|Orc shaman]]
 
[[File:Shaman Concept.gif|thumb|Shaman concept art]]
 
[[File:Shaman Concept.gif|thumb|Shaman concept art]]
   
Shamans can wear [[leather]] armor at the start of the game and can train to wear [[mail]] armor after level 40. It is not uncommon for many shamans take up [[leatherworking]] as a profession because it's also used to craft mail armor with beneficial stats for shamans at higher levels.
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Shaman can wear [[leather]] armor at the start of the game and can train to wear [[mail]] armor after level 40. It is not uncommon for many shaman to take up [[leatherworking]] as a profession because it's also used to craft mail armor with beneficial stats for shaman at higher levels.
   
Shamans can use one-handed maces with shields, staves, daggers, fist weapons, one-handed axes, and two-handed axes and maces by default. Post-patch 2.0, enhancement shamans can [[dual wield]].
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Shaman can use one-handed maces with shields, staves, daggers, fist weapons, one-handed axes, and two-handed axes and maces by default.
   
There are a number of [[end-game]] gear sets for shamans to use ranging from [[tier 1]] to [[tier 12]]. There are also sets for PvP and all these sets can be found on the [[Shaman sets]] page.
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There are a number of [[end-game]] gear sets for shaman. There are also sets for PvP and all these sets can be found on the [[Shaman sets]] page.
   
 
;'''See also:'''
 
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== Attributes ==
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== Suggested professions ==
See the main article [[Attributes]]. This breaks down specifically for shamans as follows:<ref>{{ref web|url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=79203452&sid=1#0|title=Cataclysm Shaman FAQ (updated for Patch 4.0.1a)|author=Slant (not a Blizz rep)|date=2007/02/27 08:23:53 PM|archiveurl=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/16360/cataclysm-shaman-faq|archivedate=2007/02/27}}</ref><ref name="Cataclysm-Changes">{{ref web|url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=23425636414&sid=1&pageNo=1|title=Cataclysm Stat &amp; System Changes|author=[[Eyonix]]|date=2010/03/01 06:00:29 PM|archiveurl=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/83/cataclysm-stat-system-changes|archivedate=2010/03/01}}</ref>
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* {{prof|Leatherworking}} and {{prof|Skinning}} are logical choices for any [[leather armor]] (early shaman levels) or [[mail armor]] wearing class. This allows crafting decent armor as one levels and various [[augment]]s. Skinning also helps increase [[critical]] strike with the {{ability|Master of Anatomy}} ability.
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* {{prof|Alchemy}} can be useful for shamans with less-healing specializations who need quick potion heals and various buffs from elixirs and flasks. This profession is also good all around for making money and supplying guild runs.
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* {{prof|Herbalism}} provides ingredients for {{prof|Alchemy}} and {{prof|Inscription}}, but also gives the {{ability|Lifeblood}} ability which adds both healing and haste. This profession is also good all around for making money.
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* {{prof|Cooking}} is good for any less-healing specs for non-combat health regeneration and provides good buff foods.
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* {{prof|First Aid}} is good for any less-healing specs for in-combat health regeneration and low downtime regeneration. For healing specs it saves precious mana for heal spells.
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* {{prof|Fishing}} is good for leveling cooking.
   
;Primary attributes for Enhancement
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== End-game expectations ==
* Agility is the primary attribute.
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Totems are a major part of the end game and knowing what totems will benefit the shaman's group members best in different situations is all part of the strategy involved in playing a shaman. With the versatility that comes with a shaman you will always be the one adapting to various issues your group might run into. If your party runs into an encounter which is very [[DPS]] heavy, you will find yourself supporting DPS, occasionally throwing in a [[heal]] if needed. The same goes for encounters that require lots of healing.
* Agility &gt; Mastery &gt; Crit &gt; Haste &gt; Hit (until hard [[Dual Wield]] melee cap at 21%)
 
* Get to 17% spell hit (1742 hit rating, 1639 for Draenei) and 26 expertise (541 expertise rating, since we get 8 expertise from {{ability|Unleashed Rage}}).
 
   
;Primary attributes for Elemental.
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A shaman's role in parties and raids will vary depending on how they choose to specialize and equip themselves. For example, a shaman who has specced enhancement (and geared accordingly) may have problems healing, but will greatly enhance melee group attack speed via {{ability|Unleashed_Rage|Unleashed Rage}}. On the other hand, a restoration shaman gets very little benefit from going melee, whereas elemental shaman can cast ranged DPS and still cast the occasional support heal and possibly main heal any 5-man instance.
* Intellect is the primary attribute.
 
* Intellect &gt; Haste &gt; Mastery &gt; Crit
 
* You want spell hit to 17% (1742 hit rating, 1639 for Draenei. Note that with [[Elemental Precision]], you also gain spell hit rating from spirit.
 
   
;Primary attributes for Restoration.
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Specialization is all a matter of preference. Some shaman choose to go restoration, some elemental, and others enhancement. No matter which tree they follow, there are a lot of abilities that will benefit raid/party DPS, protection, and healing.
* Intellect is the primary attribute.
 
*With High mana regen use
 
**Haste &gt; Intellect &gt; Mastery &gt; Crit &gt; Spirit
 
*With Low mana regen use
 
**Intellect &gt; Spirit &gt; Crit &gt; Mastery &gt; Haste
 
   
==Abilities==
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Remember that the beauty of the shaman is its versatility, and even though you tend to go one way with specialization, remember that you still have access to the rest of your core class abilities.
====Totems====
 
[[Shaman totem|Totems]] (taught by class trainer) are unique to the shaman, and only one of each elemental type can be used at a time. Once a totem is put down, it cannot be moved, but a new totem can always be summoned to replace it.
 
   
With the spell [[Totemic Recall]] (available at level 30), shamans can instantly remove all of their totems for no mana and receive 25% of the mana spent on the totems back. However, shamans will see "Totem Timers" below their character portraits. As with buffs, a simple right-click to the "Totem Timer" icon, and the totem will be destroyed with no mana gain.
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== Notes ==
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*The shaman ([[prestige class]]) was replaced with the shaman ([[core class]]) in the ''World of Warcraft RPG''.<ref>''World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game Conversion Document'', 1-2</ref>
* See the [[shaman totem]]s page for complete list of totems, and additional details.
 
 
====Spells====
 
[[Shaman abilities|Shaman spells]] include direct damage spells, heals, and weapon buffs among others. Their spells are mostly based on the elements.
 
 
==== Talents ====
 
[[Shaman talents]] are split into 3 categories:
 
 
* '''Elemental''' — improvements in offensive spells and offensive totems.
 
* '''Enhancement''' — improvements in melee related skills and enhancement totems.
 
* '''Restoration''' — improvements in healing and restoration totems.
 
 
Talent builders can be found at [http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/classes/shaman/talents.html Official Blizzard site], [http://wowden.com/tools/talent-calculator.php WoW Den's Talent Calculator], [http://www.worldofwar.se/talents/talents.php?class=Shaman WorldofWar.se], [http://wowvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Talents.View&category_select_id=9 WoW Vault], [http://www.thottbot.com/?ti=Shaman ThottBot], [http://talentcalculator.merciless-gilde.com/?class=7&lang=en Merciless], [http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=h Wowhead].
 
 
Shaman also are graced with {{ability|Astral Recall}}, a second hearthstone which sits on a seperate cooldown that is half as long as a traditional Hearthstone.
 
 
===Weapons===
 
* [[Mace]]s ([[one-handed|1-handed]])
 
* [[Staff|Staves]] ([[two-handed|2-handed]])
 
* [[Shield]]s ([[off-hand]])
 
* [[Dagger]]s ([[one-hand|1-handed]])
 
* [[Fist Weapon]]s ([[one-hand|1-handed]])
 
* [[Axe]]s ([[one-hand|1-handed]])
 
* [[Mace]]s ([[two-hand|2-handed]])
 
* [[Axe]]s ([[two-hand|2-handed]])
 
[[Two Handed]] [[Mace]]s and [[Axe]]s were originally a 10-point talent (''Two-handed Axes and Maces'') for Enhancement, but became proficiencies
 
 
==== Talent-based enhancements ====
 
*Offhand weapons ("Dual Wielding")
 
 
====Cannot use====
 
*[[Sword]]s ([[one-hand|1-handed]] or [[two-hand|2-handed]])
 
*[[Polearm]]s
 
*Ranged weapons ([[wand]]s, [[bow]]s, [[thrown|throwing weapon]]s, [[crossbow]]s, [[gun]]s)
 
 
'' '''Note:''' the inability of shamans to use ranged weapons makes the [[Troll|Troll's]] Throwing Weapon Specialization and Bow Specialization racial traits worthless for them.''
 
 
==End-game expectations==
 
Totems are a major part of the end game and knowing what totems will benefit the shaman's group members best in different situations is all part of the strategy involved in playing a shaman. With the versatility that comes with a shaman you will always be the one patching up on various issues that your group might run into. If your party runs into an encounter which is very [[DPS]] heavy, you will find yourself supporting DPS, occasionally throwing in a [[heal]] if needed. The same goes for encounters that require lots of healing.
 
 
A shaman's role in parties and raids will vary depending on how they choose to spend their talent points and equip themselves, as some of the shaman's versatility is diminished if they focus heavily on one tree. For example, a shaman who has specced [[Shaman talents#Enhancement|enhancement]] (and geared accordingly) may have problems healing, due to the lack of crucial intellect/+healing/[[MP5]] bonuses on their gear which [[Shaman talents#Restoration|restoration]] requires, but will greatly enhance melee group DPS in raids (enhancing warriors, rogues, and feral druids via [[Windfury Totem]], and all physical damage classes via [[Unleashed Rage]] and [[Strength of Earth Totem]]). On the other hand a restoration shaman gets very little benefit from going melee due to the lack of +hit/+[[attack power]], whereas [[Shaman talents#Elemental|elemental]] shamans can cast ranged DPS and still cast the occasional support heal (and possibly main heal any 5-man instance), still getting the bonuses (in most cases) from +heal/+spell damage.
 
 
Specialization is all a matter of preference. Some shamans choose to go restoration, some elemental, and others enhancement. No matter which tree they follow, there are a lot of abilities that will benefit raid/party DPS, protection and healing. Patch 2.0 (just prior to [[Burning Crusade]]) added such talents as [[Totem of Wrath]], and [[Unleashed Rage]] (depending on whatever you wish to go [[Melee]] or [[Caster]] shaman).
 
 
* Remember that the beauty of the shaman is its versatility, and even though you tend to go one way with talents, remember that you still have access to the rest of your spells and abilities.
 
 
== Wrath of the Lich King Changes {{wotlk-inline}} ==
 
;Itemization
 
Shamans now receive one point of [[attack power]] from both [[strength]] and [[agility]]. Additionally, every point of [[intellect]] provides one [[attack power]] with the talent [[Mental Dexterity]]. Also, critical [[rating]] and spell critical rating, as well as hit rating and spell hit rating, have each been condensed into a single stat.
 
 
;Totems
 
Totems have been "condensed" into a smaller amount of totems, for example [[Grace of Air Totem]] was removed and its agility bonus was merged into [[Strength of Earth Totem]]. Totems were moved to physical school and cannot be counterspelled. Most totems now also affect raid members, not just the local party.
 
 
;Weapon enchants
 
A new weapon enchantment has been added, [[Earthliving Weapon]]. It increases the healing power of the shaman. [[Flametongue Weapon]] now gives spell damage bonus to the shaman.
 
 
The effect of the [[Windfury Totem]] is not a weapon enchant anymore and has been changed to a buff granting melee haste.
 
 
;Hex
 
Shamans were given [[Hex]], a polymorph spell with a 45 second cooldown allowing them to turn an enemy into a frog. The enemy cannot cast or attack but is still in control of his character. It will last up to 10 seconds on PvP targets with diminishing returns, similar to other [[crowd control]], or up to 30 seconds on monsters.
 
 
;Unleashed Rage
 
Unleashed Rage affects the raid, not just the party.
 
 
;Wind Shear
 
Shamans now have [[Wind Shear]], a [[threat]]-reducing spell that does no damage but has an interrupt effect.It is not affected by the global cooldown and, as of patch 3.2, no longer shares a cooldown with Shock spells.
 
 
;Water Shield
 
Water Shield got moved to an earlier level and has more ranks now.
 
 
;Lava Burst
 
The Lava Burst spell was added at level 75 in the elemental tree.
 
 
;Earth Shock
 
As of patch 3.2 the Earth Shock spell was changed from interrupting spellcasting for 2 seconds, to increasing time between attacks by 10% for 8 seconds.
 
 
==Cataclysm changes {{Cata-inline}}==
 
===General preview===
 
{{bluepost
 
| link = http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=24038611737&sid=1
 
| archivelink = http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/121702/cataclysm-class-preview-shaman
 
| poster = Nethaera
 
| title = Cataclysm Class Preview: Shaman
 
| date = 04/07/2010 09:00:08 AM PDT
 
| body = In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, we'll be making lots of changes and additions to class talents and abilities across the board. In this preview, you'll get an early look at some of the changes in store for the shaman class, including a rundown of some of the new spells, abilities, and talents, and an overview of how the new Mastery system will work with the different talent specs.
 
 
====New Shaman Spells====
 
 
'''{{ability|Primal Strike}} (available at level 3)''': Primal Strike is a new weapon-based attack that every shaman will learn very early in the game. Our goal with this ability is to make leveling as Enhancement rather than as Elemental more viable, since many key Enhancement talents become available at fairly high levels.
 
 
'''{{ability|Healing Wave}} (level 4)''': While the shaman already has an ability called Healing Wave, we're adding another spell to the class's direct-healing arsenal and giving it a familiar name. The current Healing Wave will be renamed {{ability|Greater Healing Wave}}, and the intent is for the 'new" Healing Wave to be the shaman's go-to heal. {{ability|Lesser Healing Wave}} and Greater Healing Wave will be used on a more situational basis.
 
 
'''{{ability|Unleash Elements}} (level 81)''': Unleashes the power of your weapon enchants for additional effects (see below). A dual-wielding Enhancement shaman will activate the effects of both of their weapon enchants. Instant cast. 30-yard range. 15-second cooldown. Undispellable.
 
 
Here are a few examples of effects we're considering for this ability:
 
 
* {{ability|Windfury Weapon}} – Hurls a spectral version of your weapon at a target, dealing 50% weapon damage and increasing the shaman's Haste for the next five swings.
 
* {{ability|Flametongue Weapon}} – Deals instant Fire damage and buffs the shaman's next Fire attack by 20%.
 
* {{ability|Earthliving Weapon}} – Heals the target slightly and buffs the shaman's next healing spell by 20%.
 
 
'''{{ability|Healing Rain}} (level 83)''': An [[AoE|area-effect]] [[HoT|heal-over-time]] (HoT) spell that calls down rain in a selected area, healing all players within it. There is no limit to the number of players who can potentially be affected; however, there are diminishing returns when healing a large number of targets, much like the diminishing returns associated with AoE damage spells. This should give Restoration shaman another healing tool that improves their group-healing and heal-over-time capabilities. 2-second cast time. 30-yard range. 10-second duration. 10-second cooldown.
 
 
'''{{ability|Spiritwalker's Grace}} (level 85)''': When this self-targeted buff is active, your spells are no longer interrupted by movement and possibly even by your own attacks. This will give shaman of all three specs another way to heal or do damage when it's necessary to move in both PvE and PvP. Instant cast. 10-second duration. 2-minute cooldown.
 
 
====Changes to Abilities and Mechanics====
 
 
In addition to adding new spells, we're planning to make changes to some of the other abilities and mechanics you're familiar with. This list and the summary of talent changes below it are by no means comprehensive, but they should give you a good sense of what we intend for each spec.
 
 
* Restoration shaman and other healing classes will need to pay attention to mana more than they've had to during Wrath of the Lich King. Spirit will be the Restoration shaman's primary mana-regeneration stat.
 
* We're making changes to which classes and specs are able to dispel magic, diseases, curses, and poison, largely for PvP purposes. Shaman will have {{ability|Cleanse Spirit}} as a baseline ability, but it will only remove curses. Restoration shaman will have a talent that will improve Cleanse Spirit so that it also removes magic. Shaman will no longer be able to remove poison.
 
* {{ability|Cleansing Totem (shaman ability)|Cleansing Totem}} will be removed from the game, as we want dispels to be a decision for players, not something done mindlessly. To that end, all dispels will cost slightly more mana, and you will waste the spell if you cast it when there is nothing to remove. (Currently, the dispel is only cast when there is something to remove, which encourages spamming 'just in case.") We will balance PvE dispelling with this new model in mind.
 
* {{ability|Totem of Wrath}} now will replace {{ability|Flametongue Totem}} for all shaman, and dropping this totem will buff the group's spell power by 4%. Elemental shaman will have a talent that lets all Fire totems provide +10% spell power, allowing them to drop {{ability|Searing Totem|Searing}}, {{ability|Magma Totem|Magma}}, or {{ability|Fire Elemental Totem}}s without losing their spell-damage buff. The 4% and 10% buffs will be exclusive with each other and with the warlock's {{ability|Demonic Pact}}, so you can't benefit from all of them at once. We're also considering letting Elemental drop Searing Totem at range.
 
* We want to free up Enhancement global cooldowns to make the spec more dynamic to play. We're considering, for example, increasing the cooldown of {{ability|Lava Lash}} so shaman have time to work other interesting abilities into their rotation.
 
 
====New Talents and Talent Changes====
 
 
* {{ability|Elemental Reach}} will be simplified so shaman have a more consistent spell range.
 
* We plan to add {{ability|Earthquake}} as a deep Elemental talent for targeted and persistent AoE.
 
* {{ability|Spirit Link}} will likely be worked back into deep Restoration in some form. The idea is that you will be able to link targets together so they share damage. When we had previously tried to implement Spirit Link, it was hard to balance and a little confusing. However, we really liked the concept -- and so did players -- so we are trying to bring it back.
 
* Elemental will have a deep talent that allows Spirit (which will appear on the gear they share with Restoration shaman) to boost their [[Hit rating]].
 
* {{ability|Ancestral Knowledge}} will boost mana pool size, not Intellect.
 
* {{ability|Enhancing Totems}} will be replaced with {{ability|Focused Strikes}}, which will improve the damage of the new spell {{ability|Primal Strike}} and {{ability|Stormstrike}}.
 
* With the [[Mastery]] system, we're also considering removing a number of talents that grant passive bonuses, such as {{ability|Mental Quickness}}, {{ability|Improved Windfury Totem}}, {{ability|Mental Dexterity}}, {{ability|Call of Thunder}}, {{ability|Tidal Mastery}}, {{ability|Purification}}, {{ability|Nature's Blessing}}, and others, to allow players more freedom to choose more interesting talents.
 
 
====Mastery Passive Talent Tree Bonuses====
 
 
;Elemental
 
#Spell damage
 
#Spell Crit
 
#Elemental Overload: Your direct-damage spells have a chance to proc a less powerful 'bonus" version of the spell. This will work much like the current Lightning Overload talent, but would also apply to Lava Burst.
 
 
;Enhancement
 
#Melee damage
 
#Melee Haste
 
#Nature Damage: This will provide a passive bonus to the Nature damage dealt by the Enhancement shaman.
 
 
;Restoration
 
#Healing
 
#Meditation: The amount of mana you regenerate in combat as a function of your Spirit.
 
#Deep Healing: Your direct heals will do more healing when the target's health is lower. This will scale to damage (e.g. someone at 29% health would receive more healing than someone at 30%) rather than have arbitrary break points.
 
 
Also of note, you only get one set of passive talent tree bonuses: the tree in which you’ve spent the most points. Sub-speccing in another tree will not net you those bonuses in addition.
 
 
Last but not least, it's the intention of Primal Strike to let shaman play as an Enhancement at low levels. Currently when leveling in this spec, you end up just using Lightning Bolt a lot so you feel like an Elemental shaman instead. At a higher level, Primal Strike gets replaced by Storm Strike. They share a cooldown so Enhancement just won’t ever use Primal Strike after that, in the same way that Prot warriors don’t use Sunder Armor once they have Devastate or Feral druids don’t use Claw once they get Mangle.<ref>{{ref web|url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=24038611737&sid=1&pageNo=20#394|title=Re: Cataclysm Class Preview: Shaman|author=Nethaera|date=04/07/2010 10:27:44 AM PDT|accessdate=2010-04-08}}</ref>
 
 
We hope you enjoyed this preview, and we're looking forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on these additions and changes. Please keep in mind that this information represents a work in progress and is subject to change as development on Cataclysm continues.
 
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===Q&A===
 
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|title=Re: Cataclysm Class Preview: Shaman
 
|date=04/07/2010 12:21:14 PM PDT
 
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We know there are a lot of additional questions and we'll do our best to answer what we can. Keep in mind, this is merely a preview of things to come.
 
 
;Will Maelstrom Weapon include Lava Burst?
 
:That’s the plan currently.
 
 
;How can Elemental Overload proc Lava Burst when Lava Burst already hits so hard in PvP?
 
:We’re going to change almost every number in Cataclysm to adjust for everything from single ranks of spells to larger health pools to new combat ratings. With much higher health pools, hopefully burst damage will go back to being a tool and not the only way to win matches.
 
 
;What happens to the Lightning Overload talent?
 
:It provides a bonus to Elemental Overload.
 
 
;Elemental doesn’t want to drop Searing Totem at range. We want to drop Magma Totem.
 
:Searing Totem needs to do more single-target damage than Magma. That said, if we’re happy with the ability to occasionally place totems at range there is no reason it couldn’t apply to any totem. Imagine, “After using this spell, the next totem you drop will appear at the feet of your target.”
 
 
;Will Elemental have to spend talent points just to get the Spirit to hit conversion?
 
:It will be bundled with another attractive talent, such as Elemental Precision.
 
 
;Will Unleash Weapon work with Frostbrand?
 
:Yes. We just provided some examples.
 
 
;Is Healing Rain channeled?
 
:No, it's not a channeled spell.
 
 
;Is Earthquake channeled?
 
:Probably, but we’ll see.
 
 
;Will Unleashed Weapon consume your enchants?
 
:No.
 
 
;Does the 10% spell power buff from Elemental scale with the shaman or the target’s spell power?
 
:It will scale with the target the same as Demonic Pact and other buffs that bring the same benefit.
 
 
;Are you supporting two-handed weapons for Enhancement?
 
:Once you start to get into the dual-wield talents, then Enhancement is a dual-wield tree.
 
 
;You didn’t address Enhancement survivability or mobility or X and Y!
 
:This was just a preview and is not a comprehensive list of every change. Much more will be revealed in beta and much will change during beta.
 
 
;You didn’t answer the most important shaman question! What about {{ability|Sentry Totem}}?
 
:The Cataclysm is a time of great upheaval. Deathwing’s return to Azeroth tore a hole in the fabric of the universe that tragically resulted in the ultimate and irrevocable destruction of all Sentry Totems. Level designers are contemplating a shrine for the Sentry Totem near that of Uther the Lightbringer. We know shaman players will greet this news with grief, but as with all class changes we’ll have to get into beta before anything is final.
 
 
;Please make the "nature damage" for the enhance tree "elemental damage" so our bonus for putting points in isn't only affecting our nature damage.
 
:We actually went with Nature damage for that reason. We thought all Elemental damage might end up just feeling like “damage.”; Since Nature damage is only a portion of your damage, choosing between an item with say haste versus mastery (i.e. Nature damage) might be more interesting. With a lot of mastery, you might actually favor other talents or different spell rotations. All of this just theoretical at this point and the passive talent tree bonuses are likely to see much iteration in beta.
 
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== Note ==
 
The shaman ([[prestige class]]) was replaced with the shaman ([[core class]]) in the ''World of Warcraft RPG''.<ref>''World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game Conversion Document'', 1-2</ref>
 
   
 
== Videos ==
 
== Videos ==
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! <youtube>QGAmEhNGVow</youtube>
 
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! colspan=2 | Shaman DPS Rundown by [http://www.youtube.com/tgnWorldofWarcraft TGN on YouTube]
 
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! <youtube>VPjUqqsJhaY</youtube>
 
! <youtube>Ew_JeMFUN1g</youtube>
 
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==See also==
 
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* [[Spell power coefficient]].
 
* [[Spell power coefficient]].
 
* A list of [[useful macros for shamans]].
 
* A list of [[useful macros for shamans]].
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== Patch changes ==
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*{{c-inline}} ''See [[Shaman/Cataclysm changes]].''
   
 
== References ==
 
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{{elink|icon=icyveinscom|site=Icy Veins|link=http://www.icy-veins.com/classes|desc=Elemental, Enhancement, and Restoration Shaman Raiding Guides (Mists of Pandaria)}}
 
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{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/08/22/should-you-play-a-shaman-in-wow/|desc=Should you play a shaman in WoW?|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Elizabeth Harper}} Aug 22nd 2013 9:00AM}}
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{{elink|site=Blue.MMO-Champion.com|link=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/19414/shaman-faq-pre-20-still-decent-relevance|desc=Shaman FAQ Pre-2.0 - Still decent relevance}}
 
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For related articles, see Category:Shamans.
For the correct spelling and more on the word, see spelling of shaman.
Shaman are spiritual guides and practitioners, not of the divine, but of the very elements. Unlike some other mystics, shaman commune with forces that are not strictly benevolent. The elements are chaotic, and left to their own devices, they rage against one another in unending primal fury. It is the call of the shaman to bring balance to this chaos. Acting as moderators among earth, fire, water, and air, shaman summon totems that focus the elements to support the shaman’s allies or punish those who threaten them.
Shaman crest

Shaman are a hybrid class and can specialize in offensive spellcasting, melee damage dealing, or healing. As such, the class is considered one of the most adaptable and versatile in the game. Shaman can also provide group support in the form of stationary totems that, when placed on the ground by the shaman, either provide benefits to party members or deal damage to enemies.

Overview Edit

The shaman class was originally only available to three of the Horde races: tauren, orcs, and trolls. Designed as a counterpart to the paladin, the class was once unavailable to the Alliance. This was said to create much trouble in developing both classes since they needed to be balanced against each other. The release of The Burning Crusade expansion introduced shaman to the Alliance through the draenei while the Horde gained access to the blood elf paladin, thus making it possible for both classes to be developed independent of each other.

Shaman have the ability to resurrect themselves once every 30 minutes using their [Reincarnation] ability. In combination with their ability to resurrect other players, this makes shaman a viable utility for wipe recovery.

Originally, shaman were almost allowed a tanking role[1] through the old enhancement talent tree. Their lack of heavy plate armor and the various changes made to their talent trees over time phased out their tanking potential in favor of healing and damage dealing. While most shaman are capable of adequately tanking instances prior to reaching level 60, higher level areas and instances require tanks to have stronger passive defenses and damage mitigation than shaman have, despite their versatility and healing abilities.

BackgroundEdit

See also: Shaman (Warcraft III)
Shamanwc3

Shaman unit from Warcraft III.

Shaman are spiritual visionaries of tribes and clans. These gifted warriors can see into the world of spirits and communicate with creatures invisible to the eyes of normal beings. They are beset by visions of the future and use their sight to guide their people through troubled times. Although shaman may seem wise and serene at first, they are formidable foes; when angered, their wrath is as fierce as those who have a connection to Eternals or nature.[2]

History Edit

Grennanstormspeaker

Tauren shaman

Shamanism has existed since the sapient races first discovered the power of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. On Draenor, now shattered Outland, the orcs were shamanistic; on Azeroth, trolls and tauren were shamanistic. Though shamanism on Azeroth flourished, shamanism on Draenor was all but extinct by the time of the great crossing of the Horde into Azeroth via the Dark Portal. The greatest and yet some of the most vilified orcs were once shaman; Zuluhed the Whacked, Ner'zhul, and even Gul'dan were all shaman. However, Kil'jaeden distorted the shaman's connection with their spirits in the sacred mountain of Oshu'gun, taking on the form of the shaman's ancestors to convince them that the Draenei were enemies. The ensuing massacres upon several Draenei hunting parties offended the spirits, who eventually denied the shaman their powers.

All was set for the transition.

Cut off from their elemental powers, the former shaman turned to the more efficient and masterful powers of the Burning Legion, becoming warlocks. Though many tried to hang onto their roots, it was impossible. Even Drek'Thar was sucked into the dark magics, though he later repented and to this day has never forgiven himself for the acceptance of the demonic corruption that plagues himself and the orc race. Ner'zhul was the warlock who created the portals from Draenor to many other worlds. The many portals ripped Draenor apart, creating the ravaged land of Outland. He repented, but was dragged back into the fold by Kil'jaeden, who promised him an endless existence of suffering and pain if he did not serve the Legion. Ner'zhul accepted this second chance at serving the Legion and was changed into the mighty being known as the Lich King. He later inhabited the body of Arthas Menethil, his first and most powerful of the second generation of Death knights.

Shamanism in the orcs was all but extinct until Thrall, the son of the deceased Durotan and future chieftain of the Frostwolf clan, grabbed hold of the reins of Warchief of the New Horde. This ushered in a new generation of shamanism, breaking the crippling lethargy of the captive orcs and outlawing the dark magic of the Burning Legion. At the time of the internment camps, "shaman" was a derogatory term for someone who told fantastical and unbelievable stories.[3] Shamanism is now in good repute, though, as the New Horde was led for a long time by Thrall, a shaman of great power.

Notable shaman Edit

NameRoleStatusLocation
Official horde mini-iconIconSmall Drek'Thar Drek'Thar Chieftain and Elder Shaman of the Frostwolf Clan Alive Frostwolf Keep,
Alterac Valley
Neutral 15IconSmall Magatha Magatha Grimtotem Elder of the Grimtotem Clan Alive Unknown
Neutral 15IconSmall Ner'zhul Ner'zhul The Lich King Unknown Unknown
Official alliance mini-iconIconSmall Nobundo Farseer Nobundo Draenei far seer Alive The Crystal Hall, Exodar
Official horde mini-iconIconSmall Rehgar Rehgar Earthfury Advisor to Warchief Thrall Alive Unknown
Official horde mini-iconIconSmall Troll Male Rokhan Horde scout Alive Dragon's Fall, Dragonblight
Neutral 15IconSmall Thrall Thrall The Earthen Ring, The World-Shaman (TCG)[citation needed] Alive The Maelstrom
Neutral 15IconSmall Zuluhed Zuluhed the Whacked Chieftain of the Dragonmaw clan Deceased (lore),
Killable (WoW)
Dragonmaw Fortress,
Shadowmoon Valley

Organizations Edit

RacesEdit

Main article: Shaman races
ArtDraeneiShaman

Draenei shaman

The shaman class can be played by the following races:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health Mana
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei Bc icon 22 17 21 21 24 81 113 40
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Dwarf Cataclysm-Logo-Small 26 16 22 20 21 90 123 40
Both 15 IconSmall Pandaren MaleIconSmall Pandaren Female Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small 21 18 22 20 24 37 123 40
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin Cataclysm-Logo-Small 18 22 21 24 20 106 113 40
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc 24 17 22 18 24 81 123 40
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren 26 16 22 17 24 81 127 40
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll 22 22 21 17 23 81 113 40

Until The Burning Crusade, the shaman class was exclusive to the Horde. In the Burning Crusade, Draenei shaman were introduced to the Alliance. With Cataclysm, Alliance dwarves also learned shamanism along with the Horde's new addition, goblins.

Each race has its own distinct advantage, no matter its class; consequently, many players who wish to play shaman factor in advantages and abilities of the various races when starting their characters. Some prefer tauren for their [Warstomp] racial ability. Others prefer orcs as stun effects don't last as long when used against them, which is helpful versus a rogue, as well as against a shadow priest; likewise, the orcs' [Blood Fury] racial ability can be very useful for a shaman because they get a bonus to both their melee attacks and spell damage. Both of these abilities are very useful in PvP. Still others enjoy playing trolls because of their [Da Voodoo Shuffle] and [Berserking] powers. Players looking for a boost in healing for PvE or PvP may find that the draenei's usable racial ability, [Gift of the Naaru], is an effective heal over time spell that can be cast with no mana cost.

Specializations/stats Edit

A spellcaster who harnesses the destructive forces of nature and the elements.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Hit Rating or Spirit (15% hit cap)
  • Intellect
  • Haste Rating
  • Mastery Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
ThunderstormTCG

Thunderstorm

ElementalPrecisionTCG

Elemental Precision

RollingThunderTCG

Rolling Thunder

Icon Ability Min Level
Spell shaman thunderstorm [Thunderstorm] 10
Spell fire volcano [Elemental Fury] 10
Spell nature elementalprecision 1 [Elemental Precision] 10
Spell nature stormreach [Elemental Reach] 10
Spell unused2 [Shamanism] 10
Spell nature elementalabsorption [Spiritual Insight] 10
Spell nature callstorm [Rolling Thunder] 20
Spell nature unrelentingstorm [Fulmination] 20
Icon Ability Min Level
Spell shaman lavaburst [Lava Burst] 34
Spell shadow manaburn [Elemental Focus] 40
Spell shaman lavasurge [Lava Surge] 50
Spell shaman elementaloath [Elemental Oath] 55
Spell shaman earthquake [Earthquake] 60
Spell nature shamanrage [Shamanistic Rage] 65
Spell nature lightningoverload [Mastery: Elemental Overload] 80
A totemic warrior who strikes foes with weapons imbued with elemental power.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Agility
  • Hit Rating / Expertise Rating (both 7.5%)
  • Mastery Rating
  • Haste Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
Stormstrike TCG

Stormstrike

WindfuryWeaponTCG

Windfury Weapon

MaelstromWeaponTCG

Maelstrom Weapon

Icon Ability Min Level
Ability shaman lavalash [Lava Lash] 10
Ability dualwield [Dual Wield] 10
Spell nature mentalquickness [Mental Quickness] 10
Ability ghoulfrenzy [Flurry] 20
Ability shaman stormstrike [Stormstrike] 26
Spell shaman unleashweapon wind [Windfury Weapon] 30
Spell fire searingtotem [Searing Flames] 34
Spell shaman staticshock [Static Shock] 40
Icon Ability Min Level
Spell shaman firenova [Fire Nova] 44
Spell shaman maelstromweapon [Maelstrom Weapon] 44
Spell nature unleashedrage [Unleashed Rage] 55
Spell shaman feralspirit [Feral Spirit] 60
Ability tracking [Spirit Walk] 60
Spell nature shamanrage [Shamanistic Rage] 65
Spell nature elementalprecision 2 [Mastery: Enhanced Elements] 80
A healer who calls upon ancestral spirits and the cleansing power of water to mend allies' wounds.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Spirit
  • Intellect
  • Haste Rating (until soft haste cap)
  • Mastery Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Haste Rating
RiptideTCG

Riptide

HealingWaveTCG

Healing Wave

EarthShieldTCG

Earth Shield

Icon Ability Min Level
Spell nature riptide [Riptide] 10
Spell nature sleep [Meditation] 10
Spell frost wizardmark [Purification] 10
Spell nature elementalabsorption [Spiritual Insight] 10
Ability shaman cleansespirit [Purify Spirit] 18
Spell nature magicimmunity [Healing Wave] 20
Spell nature skinofearth [Earth Shield] 26
Spell shaman unleashweapon life [Earthliving Weapon] 30
Icon Ability Min Level
Spell shaman lavaburst [Lava Burst] 34
Spell shaman ancestralawakening [Ancestral Awakening] 34
Ability shaman watershield [Resurgence] 40
Spell shaman tidalwaves [Tidal Waves] 50
Spell frost summonwaterelemental [Mana Tide Totem] 56
Spell nature healingwavelesser [Greater Healing Wave] 60
Spell shaman spiritlink [Spirit Link Totem] 70
Spell nature healingtouch [Mastery: Deep Healing] 80

Skills/Glyphs Edit

Key
Tag Source
Inv misc book 07 [Book of Glyph Mastery] (requires 425 inscription skill)
T:# Learned from a trainer with # Inscription skill
M:# Minor Inscription Research (requires # Inscription skill)
N Northrend Inscription Research (requires 385 Inscription skill)
V:# Vendor (requires # Inscription skill)


Major Glyph Source Major Glyph Source
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Capacitor Totem] N Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Chain Lightning] N
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Chaining] N Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Cleansing Waters] T:330
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Eternal Earth] 55 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Feral Spirit] Enh Spec RoundIcon Inv misc book 07
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem] N Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Fire Nova] Enh Spec RoundIcon T:110
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Flame Shock] T:85 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Frost Shock] T:185
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Ghost Wolf] T:75 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Grounding Totem] N
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Healing Storm] Enh Spec RoundIcon  ?? Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Healing Stream Totem] T:215
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Healing Wave] SResto Spec RoundIcon N Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Hex] Inv misc book 07
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Lightning Shield] N Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Purge] T:300
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Purging] 500 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Riptide] SResto Spec RoundIcon Inv misc book 07
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Shamanistic Rage] Enh Spec RoundIcon T:255 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Spirit Walk] Enh Spec RoundIcon N
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Spiritwalker's Grace] T:375 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Telluric Currents] T:140
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Thunder] Elem Spec RoundIcon Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Totemic Recall] T:235
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Totemic Vigor] Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Unstable Earth] Elem Spec RoundIcon N
Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Water Shield] SResto Spec RoundIcon T:275 Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Wind Shear] T:125
Minor Glyph Source Minor Glyph Source
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Astral Fixation] 500 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Astral Recall] M:75
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of the Compy] 500 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Deluge] T:250
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Elemental Familiars] 500 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Far Sight] M:75
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Lakestrider] T:95 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Lava Lash] Enh Spec RoundIcon T:165
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Lingering Ancestors] 500 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Rain of Frogs] 500
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of the Spectral Wolf] M:75 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Spirit Raptors] 500
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Spirit Wolf] 500 Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Thunderstorm] Elem Spec RoundIcon M:75
Inv glyph minorshaman [Glyph of Totemic Encirclement] M:75

Totems Edit

Totems are unique to shaman and only one of each elemental type can be used at a time.

With the spell [Totemic Recall], shaman can instantly remove all of their totems for no mana cost and receive 25% of the mana spent on the totems back. Shaman also see "Totem Timers" below their character portraits. As with buffs, a simple right-click to the "Totem Timer" icon, and the totem will be destroyed with no mana gain.

Equipment Edit

Orcshaman

Orc shaman

Shaman Concept

Shaman concept art

Shaman can wear leather armor at the start of the game and can train to wear mail armor after level 40. It is not uncommon for many shaman to take up leatherworking as a profession because it's also used to craft mail armor with beneficial stats for shaman at higher levels.

Shaman can use one-handed maces with shields, staves, daggers, fist weapons, one-handed axes, and two-handed axes and maces by default.

There are a number of end-game gear sets for shaman. There are also sets for PvP and all these sets can be found on the Shaman sets page.

See also:
Enhancement gear BC
Wrath healing equipment (mail)
Shaman tactics

Suggested professions Edit

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  • IconSmall Leatherworking [Leatherworking] and IconSmall Skinning [Skinning] are logical choices for any leather armor (early shaman levels) or mail armor wearing class. This allows crafting decent armor as one levels and various augments. Skinning also helps increase critical strike with the [Master of Anatomy] ability.
  • IconSmall Alchemy [Alchemy] can be useful for shamans with less-healing specializations who need quick potion heals and various buffs from elixirs and flasks. This profession is also good all around for making money and supplying guild runs.
  • IconSmall Herbalism [Herbalism] provides ingredients for IconSmall Alchemy [Alchemy] and IconSmall Inscription [Inscription], but also gives the [Lifeblood] ability which adds both healing and haste. This profession is also good all around for making money.
  • IconSmall Cooking [Cooking] is good for any less-healing specs for non-combat health regeneration and provides good buff foods.
  • IconSmall First Aid [First Aid] is good for any less-healing specs for in-combat health regeneration and low downtime regeneration. For healing specs it saves precious mana for heal spells.
  • IconSmall Fishing [Fishing] is good for leveling cooking.

End-game expectations Edit

Totems are a major part of the end game and knowing what totems will benefit the shaman's group members best in different situations is all part of the strategy involved in playing a shaman. With the versatility that comes with a shaman you will always be the one adapting to various issues your group might run into. If your party runs into an encounter which is very DPS heavy, you will find yourself supporting DPS, occasionally throwing in a heal if needed. The same goes for encounters that require lots of healing.

A shaman's role in parties and raids will vary depending on how they choose to specialize and equip themselves. For example, a shaman who has specced enhancement (and geared accordingly) may have problems healing, but will greatly enhance melee group attack speed via [Unleashed Rage]. On the other hand, a restoration shaman gets very little benefit from going melee, whereas elemental shaman can cast ranged DPS and still cast the occasional support heal and possibly main heal any 5-man instance.

Specialization is all a matter of preference. Some shaman choose to go restoration, some elemental, and others enhancement. No matter which tree they follow, there are a lot of abilities that will benefit raid/party DPS, protection, and healing.

Remember that the beauty of the shaman is its versatility, and even though you tend to go one way with specialization, remember that you still have access to the rest of your core class abilities.

Notes Edit

Videos Edit

Crash Course - Shaman02:09

Crash Course - Shaman

See alsoEdit

Patch changes Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Shaman Q&A by Ghostcrawler and Dev Team
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg 71
  3. ^ Lord of the Clans, pg 98
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game Conversion Document, 1-2

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