Soloing the Shaman 61-80
This is it ladies and gentlemen, the final push. The brawl to have it all (well until the next expansion). So stock up on those energy drinks and have plenty of cash on hand for pizza...
This is it ladies and gentlemen, the final push. The brawl to have it all (well until the next expansion). So stock up on those energy drinks and have plenty of cash on hand for pizza delivery. FYI, it is a documented fact that you can pay for a pizza and be back to leveling during most flight paths, a lot of personal research went into that. There is a good chance your hygiene will suffer during your final grind. Showering is a luxury for those under 60, no time to worry about that now. Additionally, feel free to call in sick to work if need be, I’ll write you a note. Sorry, no passes for school.
Level 60-70 The Burning Crusade
Level 60 will allow you to enter the wondrous world of Outland. Yes, I know you could get there at 58, but since I had to wait until 60 to get there my first time you all can too.
I don’t know if I would consider the readers lucky for being able to jump right into these next ten levels or not. The majority of the WoW community had to wait just over two years to see levels 60-70. OHHHH, but not you? You think you’re so special? Dang kids these days. To be totally honest levels 60-70 are not a grand departure from your previous leveling. Sure there are some new zones, but there is nothing truly new to learn. You’ll most likely just be passing through Outland on your way to Northrend.
At 60 you will have reached the pinnacle of achievement what WoW players previous to The Burning Crusade release could have attained. There is a certain something to be said for that. In a way many folks starting to play WoW with two expansions released are at a bit of a disadvantage. Many players had well over a year to experiment with talent builds, researching factions, and crunching statistics numbers. Current players will just have to forge ahead. On the plus side you don't need to concern yourself with those notions until you hit 80.
There is one Shaman specific quest that players obtain, Material Assistance. Actually this is a quest obtained prior to The Burning Crusade at higher levels. This would have been a quest you begged to group for to obtain the Skyfury Helm. Unfortunately it is actually a chain quest that requires the group to head to Scholomance. Since this a solo guide, NO GROUP FOR YOU.
One major consideration to keep in mind while leveling in Outland is there are no class trainers in Outland. Do not concern yourself with this fact too much. Even though there are new skills to be learned at every level, they are not imperative to learn. Being a few skill levels behind will not seriously impede your progress. Make the trip to your class trainer when it is convenient for you. Shamans are fortunate having Astral Recall, you can make it to your class trainer, learn your skills, and head back to Outland every fifteen minutes if that is your thing. This concept will apply to Northrend as well.
Be on the look out for Shattrath, the only major city in Outland. It has portals to every major city, making travel there a breeze. As with the class trainers, there are also no Auction Houses in Outland. Just something to keep in mind if you're a player who likes to play the Auction Houses. Shattrath is also home to two warring factions, the Aldor and Scryer. Pre WotLK players would choose which side they would like to align themselves with, post WotLK this fact is essentially irrelevant. There is not much for a level 80 to gain by grinding reputation with either group. As the only major city in Outland, Shattrath is home to both Alliance and Horde. Not much of thing to those on PVE servers. For those of us who grew up on the mean streets of PvP servers, this was quasi horrifying. I now had to share my inn with the enemy, it took some getting used it. Fortunately you only need to deal with this affront for a few levels, a couple of weeks at best. Not the twenty-two months some of us had to endure.
Levels 70-80 The Wrath of the Lich King
Once you ding level 70 (or 68 for those of you in a rush) bid farewell to Outland and head to your home cities for the journey to Northrend. Drop those open quests and get moving, there will be ample quests to take their place. You can always come back and finish them later. As an added bonus you will be more powerful when you do, and really hand some mobs their own heads. If your experiences are anything like mine, there will be lots of creatures in Outland you’ll be itching to payback. Yes, Ogres of Blade's Edge, I'm talking to you.
WotLK in my opinion is the first true Expansion to WoW. Sure, there is the same familiarity of levels 1-70. The game mechanics really haven't changed, but you should notice a whole new "feel" to the game. The game really kicks it up a notch at this point. As you play you'll see what I mean, I don't want to ruin some of the surprises for you.
Again since this a solo guide try to keep avoiding those group quests and instances. The notable exception is you will see a number of quests that have suggested number of players. Usually two or three suggested. For the most part these quests can be soloed, with a little smart play. Remember, you're a Shaman. Keep those heals moving and those totems active. Conversely there are a number of solo quests that I just couldn't seem to solo, I wish you folks better luck with them than I had. Try not to get too focused on any one quest; there are more than enough quests out there to take you through 80. Advance your character a bit and come back and try those quests again.
As with Outland, Northrend has a central hub city. The magical mysterious floating city of Dalaran. And as with Outland it's shared by the Alliance and the Horde. At least this time there is a separate area for each. In each area there are portals back to all major cities, including Shattrath. There is a quest line at 74 that allows the player to reach Dalaran. If you are fortunate enough to have a mage friend open a portal for you, you can head there a little earlier. It's really not necessary. You should be able to handle all quests and mobs with your level 70 spells. Save the trip to your trainer until you reach Dalaran.
As you progress to level 80, keep an eye on your Wrath of the Lich King factions. With little to no additional effort on your part, you will find yourself honored or revered with a couple. Notably you will be revered with the Kalu’ak of Moa’ki Harbor. Their quartermaster has a couple of decent quality blue items for whichever Shaman build you choose.
Spell rotation 60-80
By this point the player should have a fairly good idea what works for them. As such, stick with what has worked thus far for you. Your spells don't change too much; they just get more and more powerful. Just follow the basic spell rotation from the 40-60 leveling guide, I won’t waste your time with it here.
What you will want to add into your rotation are those higher-end talent abilities, or what I like to call Uber Talents. It just sounds more sinister.
Spell rotation additions:
The following are available at level 60 with a little creative use of the talent points. Try some of the free talent calculators available online. Helps save of gold usage for respecing your character.
Enhancement Build: Feral Spirit, yell "RELEASE THE HOUNDS" and immediately create your own group of three. No LFG needed. With just a three minute cool down, Feral Spirit is the Enhancement Shaman’s newest bestest friend. The player summons two spirit wolves to aid them in dispatching their opponents. Both PVE and PVP mobs beware.
Elemental Build: Thunderstorm, decent area effect spell. I leveled as enhancement so I can't really say how many mobs you can effectively engage with this spell. What I can tell you is at level 80 you can virtually kill everything in Rage Fire Chasm with one Thunderstorm. Try it; there is a real satisfaction to it.
Restoration Build: Riptide if you are soloing as a restoration Shaman, well I really don’t know what to say.
Earth Elemental Totem, your own personal tank. Combined with Feral Spirit, and followed with some well placed chain lightning, a Shaman can easily take down numerous mobs. I was engaging groups of 4 to 5 with no problem using this combination.
Fire Elemental Totem Some added DPS never hurts. Well at least it doesn't hurt you. Let those enemies burn. The drawback is your Fire Elemental is a bit of a weakling to damage. Keep those mobs off him and he will serve you well.
The cool downs on these totems don't make them rotation worthy. Save them for elite or suggested two player quests.
Hex, a level 80 spell. Polymorph Humanoid or Beast into a frog. Try this spell out immediately. It’s a riot. Bonus treat, on a PvP server, just run out to a low level area and Hex away. Enjoy your opponents’ terror as they await a high level shock or lightning bolt. Will they live or die? That decision is up to you.
Level 60-80 notables
Level 60: Journeyman riding skill allows you the use of quicker land mounts
Level 70: Expert Riding is the point when flight is gained. Since you can’t fly in Northrend until level 77 I would suggest just skipping this for the moment. Questing through Northrend will grant you more than enough gold to pay for this skill, your mount, and the training to fly in Northrend
Level 74: Access to Dalaran
Level 77: Cold Weather Flying. Saddle up fly around Northrend and watch those last few levels cruise on by.
Queue your inspirational music of choice, may I suggest the Prelude and Main Title March to Superman the Movie. Congratulations, you've decided to stay the course and obtained level 80. Blizzard would like to thank you for your support, and the purchase of all expansions. So /salute and congratulations on a job well done.
A couple of suggestions after you reach level 80:
- Use sunglasses. If you’ve leveled like you should, you haven’t seen the sun in awhile.
- Make contact with friends and family let them know you're still around.
- Shower. Sure it didn’t matter while you pushing through those levels. Trust me, those friends and family will thank you for it.
- Take a break and get some rest. You’re going to need it for all the upcoming raiding.