Lightning Shield
Spell nature lightningshield
  • Lightning Shield
  • Instant cast
  • The caster is surrounded by a reactive lightning barrier. When an attack hits the caster, the attacker will be struck for x Nature damage. This effect may only occur once every few seconds. Lasts 1 hour.

    Improved Lightning Shield (Level 92+)
    Lightning Shield gains 5 additional maximum charges, and Lava Burst and its multistrikes can now generate additional Lightning Shield charges though Fulmination.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required8
Related buff
Spell nature lightningshield
  • Lightning Shield
  • Deals Nature damage to attackers.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Lightning Shield is a core shaman ability learned at level eight. When the shaman is attacked, it does direct damage to the attacker. It can only proc every few seconds and lasts an hour.

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  • Being an elemental shield, Lightning Shield cannot be used at the same time as [Earth Shield] (restoration) or [Water Shield]. It is however possible to use Water Shield or Lightning Shield on yourself while Earth Shield is up on another target.
  • It uses the lightning animation instead of the normal nature animation.
  • The damage caused is considered direct damage, though it cannot crit.
  • Lightning Shield is a good alternative to Water Shield for solo play or PvP, especially if mana is not a problem (either because you have enough mana anyway or because you expect fights to be quick).


Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.3 (17-Oct-2015): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Lightning Shield now persists through death.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Lightning Shield and Water Shield can no longer be dispelled.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This spell will no longer set off some trinkets when it is cast.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Mana cost removed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Lightning Shield mana cost reduced.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.2 (2007-06-19): Procs from this buff will no longer cause neutral town guards to attack the Shaman. In addition, Nightmare Vine will no longer cause charges of this buff to be consumed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Ranks 8 and 9 of this spell now trigger correctly while mounted.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Some battleground power-up effects were consuming charges of Lightning Shield. They no longer cause charges to be consumed. The range on Lightning Shield has been extended to hit anyone within vision range.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Tooltip updated to reflect actual functionality.

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