The ultimate PvE guide for Enhancement Shamans. Find out about the best spec, optimized rotations, macros and desirable gear to become the best DPS Shaman in Classic WoW.
Welcome to our WoW Classic Enhancement Shaman guide, made to help you understand how the class worked during Vanilla
This guide will help you optimize your Shaman’s DPS for level 60 PvE content; potentially allowing you to become your group/raid/guild’s best DPS…or even the server’s! ;)
We recommend you use our shaman leveling guide 1-60 to reach level 60 fast and comfortably.
Enhancement Shamans use their own strength combined with the elements’ to fight their enemies in close combat.DPS-wise, Enhancement Shamans are worth their salt in PvE and PvP both because of their support totems.
Enhancement Shamans have some freedom in picking their talents. You can go for more defensive talents or instead go all out for damage.
There are two things you need to know as an Enhancement Shaman in order to play properly:
Shamans’ main quirk is their totems, those are the reason they’re welcome to raids. Adaptability is key and you need to use the right totems at the right time.
Keep an eye on your mana!
You need to constantly buff your raid with totems.
Melee DPS need Totem Furie-des-vents and Totem de Force de la Terre to be up. Casters want Totem de Tranquillité de l'air and Totem Fontaine de mana, cloth classes particularly appreciate that last totem.
The Maîtrise totémique talent is very convenient. The raid moving doesn’t hinder you as much.
That being said, these are not always the totems you want to use. If the tank is in trouble, especially if you have a lot of melee classes in your group, Totem de Peau de pierre is a powerful tool.
Another example: Totem de Séisme gets read of pesky fear effects.
During intense fights, as an experienced shaman, you can try to maintain several buffs given by the same totem type. For example, you can drop a Totem Furie-des-vents which will buff your raid’s weapons for 10 seconds, and immediately replace it with Totem de Grâce aérienne. That way, your players will also benefit from the agility bonus from that second totem. You can keep switching back & forth to maintain additional buffs on the raid. This is known as “totem twisting”.This useful trick will make you very valuable in your raid!
Here is the stat priority for Enhancement Shamans in PvE.
Like every other melee DPS, Enhancement Shamans need to reach their hit cap (9%) so they can reliably hit their enemies. Once that is done, you want as much strength and attack power as possible. Those two stats are essentially the same, 1 strength giving 2 AP. This means that point for point, strength is twice as valuable as AP.
Agility comes next, giving you 1% critical strike chance for every 20 points. Having some on your gear is a good idea.
Intelligence might not seem great, but more mana = more spells, and your totems cost a lot of mana, so this is not a useless stat.You can find here lists of the best possible equipment your Elemental Shaman can use in PvE thanks to our « Best-in-slot » tool below : Here is the BIS gear for Enhancement Shaman
1. Stormstrike spam
#showtooltip /castsequence reset=5 Stormstrike
Useful macro if you get distracted. A 5 seconds timer has been added to prevent cooldown issues.
2. Cure Disease or Purge?
/cast [@mouseover,help] Cure Disease ; [@mouseover,harm][harm,nodead] Purge ; [help,nodead] Cure Disease >
This macro allows you to either remove a debuff from a friendly target or remove a buff from an enemy with the same key.This isn’t 100% reliable however (for example if the target has a paladin Bouclier divin on them, the macro might derp), but it’s usually worth using.
3. Earth Shock
#showtooltip Earth Shock
/cast [@focus,harm][@focustarget,harm][@targettarget,harm][@target,harm] Earth Shock
This macro allows you to cast spells at enemies without having to look for a target, giving you an edge to do competitive dps.In the example above, we use Horion de terre, interrupting an enemy’s cast, but this macro can be used with others spells. This allows you to cast a spell even if you’re targeting an ally, as long as this ally is targeting an enemy. It also works if you’re just targeting an enemy normally.
Consumables are extremely important in Classic WoW, especially in the beginning or when a new raid is released. Alchemy and Cooking bring a lot of value to a raid; we recommend you follow our guides to level these professions.You will find below a non-exhaustive list of some necessary consumables for raiding.
Magical Protection :
There are many more consumables that can be useful for specific encounters or hard bosses.
Thanks to all our contributors as well as the following sources for helping to create this guide: B3nZh, Lolonzo, site contributor, Cdew, Wowhead, Elysium Forum, classicwow.live, vanilla-wow.fandom.