Playing in dungeon groups as a newer player can be tough, particularly with a complex class like an Enhancement Shaman. Find out what’s going wrong and why your teammates seem so upset, and learn how to play a Shaman in WoW, with our simple guides:
- I keep dying
- My teammates say I’m a ninja
- My teammates say I’m tanking or pulling
- My teammates say my damage sucks
- My teammates say my gear is bad
- My teammates are getting annoyed because I’m healing
- My teammates want me to resurrect – but I’m not a healer!
I keep dying!
Don’t stand in front of the boss
As an Enhancement shaman, you need to close to melee range to do damage. You’ll do far more damage standing behind the boss than you will if you stand in front of him, though, and many bosses do significant damage to anyone standing in front of them.
My teammates say I am a “ninja”
Don’t roll need on armor that is not suitable for Enhancement Shaman
Although shaman are capable of wearing cloth, leather and mail armor, you shouldn’t roll need on cloth armor or leather armor if you’re level 40 or above – only mail armor is designed for shaman.
Even if the item is mail, it may not be suitable for you. Your most important primary stat is Agility, followed by Attack Power – if a piece of gear does not have Agility or Attack Power on it, don’t roll on it.
The exception to these rules comes when your character is below level 40. At that point, you won’t have yet gained the ability to wear mail armor. In that case, leather armor is the correct armor type for you. Simply take the rules for mail armor, above, and apply it to leather armor instead.
My tank is annoyed with me / other people say I am tanking
Don’t attack before the tank
The tank should start each fight, and will attack the mobs first. Don’t attack first – even if the tank is already running towards the mobs, be sure you don’t start channelling an ability which will land before she gets there.
My teammates say my damage sucks
Make sure you’ve spent all of your talent points
Talent Points are additional powers you get as you level up. To see them, press “N”. You should ensure that you’ve spent all the talent points you have available. If you’re stuck, you can get a suggestions for where to put your talent points by reading our guide to Enhancement shaman talents, spec and glyphs.
Make sure you have the correct glyphs
You can find Glyphs from the bottom of your Talent window (press “N” and look for the Glyphs tab at the bottom). Most glyphs are not that important, but you need to have the following Prime glyphs – fill up as many Prime Glyph slots as you currently have:
- Glyph of Lava Lash
- Glyph of Stormstrike
- Glyph of Windfury Weapon
You buy glyphs from the Auction House. Some may be very expensive – it’s worth saving up for them (see our guide to making enough money to buy things on the Auction House) . You, or a guildmate, may be able to make the glyphs you need if you have the Inscription profession.
Make sure you’re using the right abilities
Not all your abilities are equally useful in all situations. If you’re struggling to do high damage, try this simple sequence.
First of all, make sure that your totems are in place. You should use a Strength of Earth totem, a Windfury totem, a Healing Stream totem and a Searing totem. Then, work your way down this list from the top to the bottom, using the first ability that’s available each time.
- Cast Lava Lash if it’s available.
- Cast Lightning Bolt
- Cast Unleash Elements if it’s available.
- Cast (or reapply) Flame Shock if the debuff is about to expire.
- Cast Stormstrike if it’s available, or Earth Shock if not.
If you are not high enough level to have some of those abilities: Ignore the abilities you don’t have yet and just use the others.
These are very simplified priority systems, which won’t get the most out of your abilities but which should enable you to reach acceptable levels of damage-dealing. Once you’ve mastered the simple system, you can move on to the more complex priority systems detailed in our Enhancement Shaman stats, talent spec, glyphs and reforging guide.
Make sure you’re using the right totems
Unless your party specifically request otherwise, the totems you should be using are:
- Strength of Earth Totem for your Earth totem.
- Windfury Totem for your Air totem.
- Healing Stream Totem for your Water totem.
- Searing Totem Totem for your Fire totem.
Try to ensure that you have all four totems active at all times. They’ll significantly increase the amount of damage you do.
Make sure you’ve applied weapon enhancements
As a Shaman, you can cast spells to increase the damage done with your weapons. You should be using Windfury on your main weapon, and Flametongue on your off-hand weapon. Make sure you’ve always got these enhancements active!
My teammates say my gear is bad
Don’t use gear with the wrong stats
If you’re using any pieces of gear without Agility or Attack Power on them, unless they’re Trinkets, those pieces of gear will be reducing your damage. Try to replace them with Agility or Attack Power items.
My teammates want me to resurrect! I’m not a healer!
You should resurrect people anyway if they’re dead. You still have the ability to do it, and the faster everyone’s up, the sooner you can carry on with the dungeon.
My teammates don’t want me healing – but I have healing spells!
As an Enhancement Shaman, your healing spells are very weak. They’re useful for soloing, but in a group, you’re better focusing on what your class is best at – doing damage – and letting the healer do healing.
It might seem like you’re helping the healer out by healing yourself, but in actual fact, by taking yourself away from doing damage, you’re making his or her job harder.