World of Warcraft Shaman Guide
The World of Warcraft Shaman can be a very
powerful character, if it is played the right way.
Although they are not particularly powerful as fighters or
as spell casters, they are an integral member of any group
and their skills are incredibly useful. While they are
considered a middle of the road class in many cases, it
can still be well worth your time to give this class a
The most important thing to remember before you start as a
Shaman is that your own skills will need to mesh well with this
type of class and that you will need to find a group that has a
need for a Shaman. On their own, they are not very powerful,
but in a group setting, their abilities are very necessary and
can bring more strength to the entire group.
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Getting Started as a Shaman
When you first select this class, you’ll be pretty limited
as to the race of character that you are allowed to play. For
the Alliance, only the Dranei can be Shamans. On the Horde
side, it is limited to Orc, Trolls, the Undead or Tauren. This
does mean that you will have to learn to accept some of these
races weaker points, but they do have benefits in the long run
that can be useful.
Like most classes that deal more in spells or potions than
actual physical battle, you are going to need to learn how to
use your mana in the right way. Each time you do cast a spell,
you will lose mana points. It’s up to you to decide how you
want to expend them. It’s a best to take a moderate approach,
avoiding using too much or too little. Both have their down
sides and it is best to try to use a medium amount of mana when
it is necessary. Otherwise, you’ll either spend all of your
time trying to regenerate or you will lose your valuable health
Remember, this is not a class that is going to do well with
Melee fighting. You’ll need to focus on building up your spell
arsenal as well as ranged weapons. It is also vital to learn
healing spells since this is the area that Shamans are usually
called upon, especially in a group setting. If you want to be
an asset to your group, which you need for protection, it is
best to learn all of the healing spells and potions that you
Picking a Shaman Profession
Herbalism and enchanting are by far the best professions for
this class. It’s probably not a good idea to waste your time on
the more physical professions like leatherworking or
blacksmithing. Skinning can be useful but only to a small
degree. It’s also important to find the right mix of primary
and secondary professions.
The two mentioned above are the best combination, but you
can also mix alchemy with herbalism or enchanting and alchemy.
Some players like to try mining as a secondary profession since
you can use the items you get, but this does take extra time
away from your game.
If you want to make money, making potions is probably the
best way to go about this as a Shaman. These are usually in
high demand and you can always use them on yourself. It’s a
good idea to devote a good chunk of your time to mastering your
professions as a Shaman. You’ll be able to increase in skill
and create more powerful spells and potions that will earn you
more money and more acclaim.
While it can be useful to pick a tailoring profession, due
to the fact that you can make your own armor, most players
prefer just to purchase their own when necessary. You can only
use leather armor until you get to Level 40 anyway and this is
not terribly expensive. Many quests along the way also carry
pieces of armor as rewards so it’s best to focus on professions
that will work as a revenue stream and to give you more skills
for your group.
To learn about how to make use of Totems, putting it all
together and more, check out page 2 of this World of Warcraft
Shaman Guide: WoW Shaman
Guide (page 2).
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