World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Shamans

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Shamans are a powerful PVP (Player versus Player) class with many PVP oriented abilities. They are able to hold their own and even dominate some other classes, especially if played right. Having the proper talent point spec has a great bearing on a Shamans ability to battle other classes in PVP.


Elemental Shamans are able to deal a very high amount spell damage, up to par with Mages, Warlocks and Priests. Any talent that increases damage, decreases mana cost or decreases cast time is very important and should be purchased. Totem increasing talents are generally not in so high demand as enemies can wait outside a Shamans casting range, thus alleviating the use of Totems. Shocks and Lava Burst are fast and very damaging ways to deal damage, along with Elemental Mastery and Chain Lightning.

Enhancement Shamans have come along way recently. Their new ability to Dual Wield has dramatically increased their versatility and DPS (Damage per Second), as well as their upgraded Stormstrike and Lava Lash abilities.


When dueling, Shamans should generally plant their four most important totems, depending on Spec, around them and stay put. Most of the time, enemies won’t charge into this horrific situation, but with enough goading, they can usually be persuaded to engage and give the Shaman the advantage. Shocks should generally be conserved for Earth Shock to interrupt heals or powerful damage spells. Against characters unable to do either of these, Fire Shock can be used with Lava Burst for Elemental Shamans and Frost Shock can give a movement speed advantage for Enhancement Shamans.

Enhancement Shamans thrive in melee situations and can generally get heals off fairly well even under duress. Stormstrike should be used every time it can be. This ability deals devastating damage, especially coupled with Windfury Weapon.

World PVP

In World PVP situations, Shamans are generally avoided because of their considerable power. If an Elemental Shaman can get the jump on an enemy, it’s all over but the crying most of the time. Shock kiting, that is using Frost Shock to move faster than an enemy and evading melee range until Frost Shock is ready to use again, is a valid strategy and can be used in dire situations.

If attacked in the World, Shamans should immediately finish off their opponent by any means necessary before going after the player. The NPC (Non-Player Character) can interrupt healing spells and cause general trouble for the Shaman. Elemental Shamans are at more of a disadvantage than Enhancement Shamans in this situation and should use fast casting damage spells, especially the Flame Shock and Lava Burst combination to deal damage.


Shamans have numerous roles in battlegrounds. They are able to run flags in Warsong Gulch with Ghost Wolf, and this gives them a speed advantage over other classes. Shamans should always be looking out for party members in need of heals, even Elemental and Enhancement Shamans. Keeping other players alive is vital in all battlegrounds.

Enhancement Shamans can deal death very quickly and the key is to do it. Most players cause their faction to lose by standing around idly and looking scary. Pushing and moving enemies back is vital, and this is done by taking initiative and attacking. Other friendly players will attack with the Shaman and will progressively move closer to the objective. With a healer on the Enhancement Shaman, they can generally destroy several enemies before being killed.

This post is part of the series: WoW Beginner PvP Class Guides

Beginner player vs. player guides for the various classes of World of Warcraft.

  1. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Druids
  2. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Paladins
  3. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Warriors
  4. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Shamans
  5. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Rogues
  6. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Hunters
  7. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Warlock
  8. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Mage