Shaman Runes & Locations – Season of Discovery (SoD)

Shaman Runes & Locations in Season of Discovery (SoD)

Rune Engraving is a new system for Season of Discovery. It allows each class to tailor their gameplay experience by unlocking new unique abilities! In this guide you’ll find all of the runes that are currently available for Shamans in Phase 4 of SoD. You can also see them all in our Season of Discovery Talent Calculator.

Shaman Icons

One important thing to note when collecting Shaman runes is that most of them are learned through icons, which are equipped in your character’s relic slot. You will need to open your character window and activate them from there in order to learn the rune. Each icon has its own requirements that must be met before it can be activated.

Phase 4 Shaman Runes

Slot
Rune
Description
Cloak
Cloak
Cloak

Shaman Skill Books

In addition to runes, there are also skill books in the game that will teach you new spells. Here are the skill books that are available for Shamans in Season of Discovery.

Skill Book
Spell
Discovery

Phase 3 Shaman Runes

Here are the runes for Shamans in Phase 3 of Season of Discovery, sorted by the gear slot they can be applied to.

Slot
Rune
Discovery
Bracers
Bracers
Bracers
Bracers
Helm
Helm
Helm

Phase 2 Shaman Runes

These runes for Druids were added in Phase 2 of Season of Discovery.

Slot
Rune
Discovery
Belt
Belt
Belt
Boots
Boots
Boots
Chest

Ancestral Awakening Rune

Ancestral Awakening is a Shaman Rune for the Boots slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Pick up the quest Highway Robbery from an Extinguished Campfire near the Kodo Graveyard in Desolace (47, 54).
  • Speak with Bibbly F’utzbuckle at the northern crossroads in Desolace (63, 39) to progress the quest to On the Lam.
  • Speak with Tokal inside the inn at Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale (27, 77) to pick up the quest Cherry for Your Thoughts?.
  • Buy a Cherry Grog from the nearby vendor, Nixxrax Fillamug, and bring it to Tokal to get the quest No Honor Among Thieves.
  • Use the boat on the southern shore of Arathi Highlands near the bridge (53, 91) to travel to the east coast.
  • Speak to Illari Duskfeather and either agree with her (Alliance only) or fight her to get Illari’s Key.
  • Use the key to open the nearby Jewel-Encrusted Box to loot the rune.

Decoy Totem Rune

Decoy Totem is a Shaman Rune for the Boots slot. Here’s how to get it:

Fire Nova Rune

Fire Nova is a Shaman Rune for the Belt slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Kill Flameseer Dubelen, a level 35 elite outside Thunderaxe Fortress (57, 21), to loot a Corrupted Fire Totem.
  • Go to the caves that lead to the Maraudon dungeon and loot two Tear of Theradras, small blue crystals that are sticking out of larger crystal formations on each side:
    • Purple side crystal at 27, 57
    • Orange side crystal at 39, 57
  • Speak with Zor Lonetree at the Valley of Wisdom in Orgrimmar (38.9, 38.4).
  • Speak with Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem on the Elder Rise in Thunder Bluff (78.6, 28.6).
  • Speak with the Flight Master in Thunder Bluff to get a flight to Moonglade.
  • Speak with Keeper Remulos at the Shrine of Remulos in Moonglade (36.2, 41.8).
  • Interact with a Crystal Waters of Lake Elune’ara in the southeast of Moonglade (55, 65) to loot a Vial of Crystal Water.
  • Combine Vial of Crystal Water with the crystals to get Elemental Salve which you can use to cleanse your Corrupted Fire Totem and get the rune.

Maelstrom Weapon Rune

Maelstrom Weapon is a Shaman Rune for the Belt slot. Here’s how to get it:

Power Surge Rune

Power Surge is a Shaman Rune for the Belt slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Kill ogres in the cave in western Arathi Highlands (35, 44) to loot a Ogre Lightning Rod.
  • Use the Ogre Lightning Rod in the Soft Soil on the hill above the cave.
  • Cast Lightning Bolt on the Lightning Rod 10 times.
  • Surviva an assault by Tam’kar, the level 37 elite that spawns, to get the rune.

Spirit of the Alpha Rune

Spirit of the Alpha is a Shaman Rune for the Boots slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Jump down from Freewind Post in Thousand Needles onto a small rock shelf (46, 53).
  • Open the Weathered Cache you find there to loot the rune.

Two-Handed Mastery Rune

Two-Handed Mastery is a Shaman Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Speak with the Dalaran Agent at Ariden’s Camp in the northeast of Deadwind Pass (52, 36) to get Ariden’s Sigil.
  • Equip Ariden’s Sigil and look for locations where you get the Dark Presence buff:
    • Arathi Highlands (60, 40)
    • Badlands (58, 54)
    • Deadwind Pass (43, 29)
    • Desolace (65, 25)
    • Duskwood (23, 47)
    • Swamp of Sorrows (69, 28)
    • The Barrens (52, 36)
  • In each of the above locations, use Ariden’s Sigil to summon a Dark Rider, a level 41 elite, and kill it to loot a relic.
  • When you have all seven relics, return to the Dalaran Agent to trade them in for your rune.

Phase 1 Shaman Runes

Here are the Shaman runes that were released with Phase 1 of Season of Discovery. We have detailed walkthroughs for where and how to find each one!

Slot
Rune
Discovery
Chest
Chest
Chest
Chest
Gloves
Gloves
Gloves
Gloves
Legs
Legs
Legs
Legs

Starting Locations & Level Requirements

The table below can help you plan your route or simply see if you’ve acquired all of the runes in your current zone. Levels with a single asterisk (*) are runes that have a specific level requirement while those with a double asterisk (**) are our recommendations based on the level of enemies in the area or other factors such as abilities that will make the process easier.

Rune
Starting Locations
Level
Durotar, Mulgore
2*
Durotar, Mulgore
4*
Thunder Bluff
4*
Durotar, Mulgore
4**
Durotar, Mulgore
8**
[Reputation Required]
10**
The Barrens
10**
The Barrens, Silverpine Forest
12*
The Barrens, Silverpine Forest
20*
Hillsbrad Foothills
25**
Stonetalon Mountains
25**
Blackfathom Deeps
25*
* – Required level, such as unable to accept quest or spell requires a certain level to train
** – Recommended level, based upon NPCs needed to kill, zone, etc
.

Ancestral Guidance Rune

Ancestral Guidance is a Shaman Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Grab a partner of one of the following classes: Druid, Paladin, Priest, or Shaman.
  • Travel to one of these locations and look for a corpse called Adventurer’s Remains:
    • Dun Morogh: The Grizzled Den cave west of Kharanos (43, 49.6)
    • Durotar: Kolgar Crag in the south of the zone (48.0, 79.5)
    • Elwynn Forest: a hill east of Jerod’s Landing (52.2, 84.7)
    • Mulgore: through the Venture Co. Mine (60, 36) on a hill at the other end (60, 33)
    • Teldrassil: Oracle Glade in the northwest of the zone (32, 35)
  • Interact with the corpse and select “Begin the ritual” to start a summoning ritual.
  • Have your partner click on the summoning portal to summon an Adventurer’s Spirit. Loot the spirit to get the rune.

Dual Wield Specialization Rune

Dual Wield Specialization is a Shaman Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

Earth Shield Rune

Earth Shield is a Shaman Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

Greater Ghost Wolf Rune

Greater Ghost Wolf is a Shaman Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Kill a Primordial Anomaly, a level 25 elite elemental in the Charred Vale in southwest Stonetalon Mountains. You will need to deal with each form appropriately:
  • Loot the Primordial Anomaly to get the rune.

Healing Rain Rune

Healing Rain is a Shaman Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Hand in Waylaid Supplies crates until you reach Friendly reputation with Durotar Supply and Logistics.
  • Purchase the rune from a Supply Officer. Supply Officers can be found near the Auction House in each major city.

Lava Burst Rune

Lava Burst is a Shaman Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Lava Lash Rune

Lava Lash is a Shaman Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Molten Blast Rune

Molten Blast is a Shaman Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Durotar:

  • Locate a Frozen Makura easy of Razor Hill in Durotar (69, 58).
  • Attack it with fire spells to destroy it and loot a Sulfurous Icon. You may need the help of another Shaman, Mage, or Warlock for this.
  • Equip the Sulfurous Icon and kill enemies with Earth Shock
  • When you’ve done this 10 times, you will become Inspired and can use the Sulfurous Icon to get the rune.

Mulgore:

Overload Rune

Overload is a Shaman Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

Orc & Troll:

Tauren:

Shield Mastery Rune

Shield Mastery is a Shaman Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

Water Shield Rune

Water Shield is a Shaman Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

The Barrens:

Silverpine Forest:

Way of Earth Rune

Way of Earth is a Shaman Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

The Barrens:

  • Cast Purge on a Desert Mirage, a green ghost along the road between the Crossroads and Ratchet.
  • Loot the remains to get the rune.

Silverpine Forest:

  • Kill Rot Hide Mystics, level 12-13 undead gnolls at the Dead Field in the northwest corner of the zone to loot a Rot Totem.
  • Use the Rot Totem to summon a Decayed Elemental, a level 15 elite.
  • Kill the Decayed Elemental to loot the rune.

 

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I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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Biggiez
Biggiez
8 months ago

I wish Shamans had 2 hander PVE option

Bunaru
Bunaru
Reply to  Biggiez
8 months ago

Same, chest “powers” discriminate it

Raz
Raz
Reply to  Bunaru
8 months ago

It’s pure math: Two-Handers don’t scale as well as Dual wielding, due to talents like Flurry, Enrage, and of course WF’s internal CD. The procs/min vs the duration of said buffs simply align, with Two-Handers.If you wanted two-handers to actually be viable, you’d need Flurry to last 2 or 3 times as long, being able to stack, and then some. You’d also of course have to increase in internal CD of WF to almost 4 seconds – Thereby a 25% decrease in perfect procs/min, so you’d have to buff the damage of said procs, too. the list just goes on and on.

Last edited 8 months ago by sandreid1987
Tigole
Tigole
Reply to  Raz
8 months ago

Wouldn’t a simple solution be to reduce the cd on stormstrike while using a single 2h weapon or make it give a permanent attack speed buff. It seems possible without too much work.

Linus
Linus
Reply to  Raz
7 months ago

WF does infact NOT have an internal CD. I’ve been playing with shield and dagger like maybe 1-2 weeks ago on HC. I’ve had Back to back WF’s, it’s amazing!

Paindalo
Paindalo
Reply to  Biggiez
8 months ago

Shamans won’t be able to use 2h in SoD. You think blizzard is going to just give them dw. It will have to be specced into which means replacing 2h in skill tree

Last edited 8 months ago by Paindalo
Passion
Reply to  Paindalo
7 months ago

That is not how Season of Discovery works at all.

Firelord
Firelord
8 months ago

Minor spelling mistakes here and there, but otherwise a nice quick write up of the spells. Am excited for shaman tanking. It’s a dream come true.

Bunaru
Bunaru
8 months ago

Chest “powers” have no point for two hander encha shaman… why is two hander made now to be worse than dual wield? + you need talent for it in tree….Makes no sense…

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  Bunaru
8 months ago

Because you 1 shot ppl in pve if you get lucky.

Raz
Raz
Reply to  Bunaru
8 months ago

2hander was always bad, in terms of DPS. The addition of the Dual Wield-talent was the single biggest buff to Enhancement in TBC. Enh simply isn’t viable in PvE without DW. Has nothing to do with Stormstrike, or WF, or anything. Its just the fact that you have a slow weapon, and essentially nothing to really elevate it.

TWOHANDEDENJOYER
TWOHANDEDENJOYER
8 months ago

Bro why can’t blizzard get anything right man… look the shaman tanking is dope and all, but wtf is this dual wield BS?? nobody liked it in TBC and onward and nobody likes it now.. can we PLEASE for the love of god have some 2h love?! like what the hell man… okay look, just keep this the way it is and give enh shaman a rune that gives them a whirlwind attack that works strictly with 2H ok?.

something like a warriors whirlwind that does elemental (wind) damage on a 6-9 second cooldown and hits up to 4-5 targets and grants the shaman a free windfury proc on his next attack ok? thats all 2H spec needs.

besides this, reduce the cooldown on stormstrike from 20 seconds to 10 seconds baseline (for both dual wield and 2H) and we’re gucci.

TWOHANDEDENJOYER
TWOHANDEDENJOYER
Reply to  TWOHANDEDENJOYER
8 months ago

P.S PLEASE DON’T BREAK THE GRAPHICAL ANIMATION FOR WINDFURY AGAIN!!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!!

Chillbro
Chillbro
Reply to  TWOHANDEDENJOYER
8 months ago

Damn bro U got nothing but complaints on every page just stop reading it at this point and skip SoD go play classic era its not good for ur health to get so mad and who are you even talking to blizzard wont read the comments on god damn warcraft tavern they barely listen in the forums LOL

Paindalo
Paindalo
Reply to  Chillbro
8 months ago

History is repeating itself. They already got rid of 2h shaman and we complained to no avail. I don’t care if there is a dw option but at least give us runes for 2h. They say they want all classes op so give us a rune that makes WF proc more on 2h and increase AP buff and crit chance. Also giving druids access to WF means they bring better buffs all round to group.

TWOHANDEDENJOYER
TWOHANDEDENJOYER
Reply to  Chillbro
8 months ago

I Have certain key problems with these rune options for paladin and druid (and to a degree shaman) that i want to at least address here rather than say nothing (even if you deem it is not the proper forum for it).
Namely the blatant THEFT of shaman’s key abilities (Tremor, Windfury, Strength/Agi totems) and the problem of shaman once again being soft locked into dual wielding for melee DPS meaning that 2-handers by proxy will become an unviable option if nothing is being done to make them an attractive weapon choice.

If I (and other players) don’t object now, what you see here will end up being set in stone and therefore it will likely never change.

This is why the time to voice any concerns about it is NOW and not in 2 years when the meta has been formed and changing things around would provoke great anger in the playerbase at large.

You sir, can kick rocks.

Last edited 8 months ago by TWOHANDEDENJOYER
Lay
Lay
Reply to  Chillbro
7 months ago

You’re dumb bro, Shaman mains want 2H. We’re not gonna stay quiet.

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  TWOHANDEDENJOYER
8 months ago

I could easily see them add love for 2h beyond lvl 25. SoD seems to be Beta/Game rolled into one. Could be some crazy stuff coming out. I think best thing for you and others to do is let Blizzard know on their forums. I think with SoD they’re actually going to listen more.

Notred
Notred
Reply to  TWOHANDEDENJOYER
8 months ago

2 handed is such ass bro i wanna hit more than once every 40 seconds. DW is the single best change that shaman ever got.

Aev
Aev
Reply to  TWOHANDEDENJOYER
7 months ago

I believe what you are describing is a Paladin

sleeva
sleeva
8 months ago

Am I reading it right, now tanking shaman is a new possibility in Classic? Also gigahyped to revive elemental shaman, no bloodlust tho 🙁

Paindalo
Paindalo
8 months ago

My 2h shaman will have healing rain,water shield, and shaman rage I guess. At least I’ll have mana. I won’t be invited to raids though

Paindalo
Paindalo
Reply to  Paindalo
8 months ago

What am I saying. The rune doesn’t give the ability to dw which means it was put in our tree. What gets replaced in the tree? Oh yea the ability to use 2h weapons. Guess I’ll be wielding a staff with WF

Chosenlord
Chosenlord
7 months ago

lava burst, duel wield spec, and shamanistic rage will be the 3 runes a enhance shaman will need to get in order to do big damage with windfury x2 and stormstrike. Can’t wait

Zia
Zia
7 months ago

Rockbiter or FT for Enh DW?

Veltto Vee
Veltto Vee
7 months ago

Ancestral Guidance in Kolkar area in Durotar, big tree i ncross roads, click skeleton and have party member click portal thing to get corpse to loot rune

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