Shamans are mortal mediators between the very elements themselves. Spiritual leaders of their communities, these powerful practitioners commune with the ancestors and seek to balance the raging elemental forces, and can call upon them in battle to scorch and blast their enemies, or to strengthen and heal their allies. Shamans can enhance their weapons with elemental effects, smite enemies with lightning strikes and bursts of lava, and summon powerful elementals to do their bidding. Shamans can also grant themselves and their allies powerful elemental boons, and call upon the ancestors to assist them, transforming into a [Ghost Wolf] or using [Reincarnation] to return from the dead. Shamans can also use a selection of stationary totems to gain a wide variety of effects, from restoring mana and automatically healing allies to snaring foes and attacking the shaman’s enemies. Shamans are versatile and formidable opponents, able to respond to any situation with a range of unique abilities.
Shamans are able to specialize in offensive spellcasting, melee damage dealing, or healing. Elemental shamans are powerful spellcasters, fulfilling a caster DPS role to blast and scorch enemies from afar; Enhancement shamans are melee damage dealers, smiting opponents with elementally-empowered weapons; while Restoration shamans are versatile healers well suited for any situation.
Shamans can wield most melee weapons and shields, and can wear Cloth armor, Leather armor and Mail armor at level 40. Shamans can use a range of totems to fit the situation, and can summon elementals and spirit wolves as temporary pets or guardians. They can provide excellent raid buffs through totems and abilities such as [Bloodlust], wreak havoc in PvP with their burst damage, and can provide wipe recovery for the group through [Reincarnation]. Shamans are also known for their multi-target spells such as [Chain Heal] and [Chain Lightning].
With the better armor protection, shamans are more survivable than the cloth wearers, but need it because they generally lack aggro-reducing abilities. In PvP, Elemental shamans are often considered “turrets” since they pretty much just sit and spam their ranged spells, turning when needed, while Enhancement shamans feature a hectic playstyle, dual-wielding elementally-augmented weapons to frantically smite their foes.
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