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Shaman
BTNShaman
Shamanwc3
RaceOrc
FactionHorde
Statistics
Hit points 335
Hit point regeneration Always
Mana 200
Mana regen. rate 0.667 Mana/sec.
Level 2
Gold130 WC3gold
Lumber20 WC3lumber
Food2 WC3food
Produced at Spirit Lodge
Build time 30 sec.
RequiresNone
Transport slots1
Hotkey S
Combat
Range60
Cooldown2.1 sec.
Armor TypeUnarmored
Armor0
Movement SpeedAverage (270)

Under the leadership of Thrall, the Orcs have rediscovered their ancient Shamanistic traditions. In an attempt to rid the Horde of its demonic corruption, Thrall banned the use of Warlock magic and necromancy. Now, all Orc magic users practice Shaman magic which draws its power from the natural world and the elements.

Information Edit

The Orc Shaman is one of the most powerful spellcasters besides the Human Sorceress. The Shaman is powerful because of his Bloodlust ability mainly. Shamans can Bloodlust any friendly organic unit, including allied units, Orc units, and themselves. They cannot Bloodlust mechanical or magic-immune units like Demolishers and Dryads. You can further enhance this damage with Heroes and a Kodo Beast. Shamans can also slow escaping enemy units with Purge and wreak havoc with Lightning Shield on shadowmelded or tightly packed groups of enemy units. There are several methods of using Shamans. Many players build Grunts then work up to Shamans and use the two together. Shamans are also good when used with Wind Riders, or with Tauren, or with both.

Remember to research Adept and Master Training. Besides just giving extra spells, these upgrades also increase mana capacity and mana regeneration, which is exactly what you want on spell casting units.

Spells and abilities Edit

Purge Edit

BTNPurge
Removes all buffs from a target unit, and slows its movement speed by a factor of 5. Purged units will slowly regain their movement speed over 15 seconds. Deals 400 damage to summoned units. Purge does not slow friendly units when used on them and causes units to stop for a brief moment when first cast.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements
None Always Available None
Duration (Hero) Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
15 (5) sec. 1 sec. 75 70 Unit Air, Ground, Ward Spells removed, Movement Speed slowed, 400 damage to summoned units

Purge is useful for removing enemy spell effects. An example would be enemy Sorceresses Polymorphing your units.

Use Purge to prevent enemy units and Heroes from running away.

Lightning Shield Edit

BTNLightningShield
Forms a shield of electricity around a target unit, dealing 20 damage per second to units around it. Lasts 20 seconds.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements
100 WC3gold 50 WC3lumber Spirit Lodge Shaman Adept Training
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
20 sec. None 100 60 16 Ground, Friend, Enemy 20 damage/sec.

Lightning Shield is useful for casting on groups of tightly packed enemy units. Cast Lightning Shield on an enemy unit surrounded by other units. The enemy player will be forced to move this unit away or it will kill off or damage surrounding units.

You can also cast this on your own units but be warned that good enemy players typically run away until it wears off.

Lightning Shield Counters

Select the unit with Lightning Shield on it and run it away from other units to prevent the Lightning Shield from hurting them. Use the Lightning Shield against the enemy, move a unit with Lightning Shield next to enemy units.

Bloodlust (Autocast) Edit

BTNBloodLustOff
Increases a friendly unit's attack rate by 40% and movement speed by 25%.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements
100 WC3gold 150 WC3lumber Spirit Lodge Shaman Master Training
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
60 sec. 1 sec. 40 60 Unit Air, Ground, Friend, Organic, Self Attack Rate +40%, Movement Speed +25%

Like in Warcraft II, Bloodlust is one of the uber spells in the game. Orc players should almost always try to build up to Bloodlust because it can greatly enhance their Grunts, Tauren, or Wind Riders. In physical view, you will see your hero,unit, etc. will have their size increased. This is made for the best melee attackers such as Blademasters, Grunts, Taurens.

It's best to turn off the autocasting of Bloodlust when you don't need it. That way your Shaman will have built up Mana for Bloodlust, Purge, and Lightning Shield.

Upgrades Edit

BTNShamanAdept
Shaman Adept Training
Increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives Shamans the ability to cast Lightning Shield.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 50 WC3lumber Spirit Lodge None 60 sec.
BTNShamanMaster
Shaman Master Training
Further increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives Shamans the ability to cast Bloodlust.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 150 WC3lumber Spirit Lodge Shaman Adept Training, Fortress 75 sec.

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