Water Shield
Ability shaman watershield
  • Water Shield
  • Instant cast
  • The caster is surrounded by globes of water, granting x mana per 5 sec. When a melee attack hits the caster, the caster regains x mana. This effect can only occur once every few seconds. Lasts 1 hour.

    Only one of your Elemental Shields can be active on you at once.

    Replaces Lightning Shield.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required20
Related buff
Ability shaman watershield
  • Water Shield
  • Grants x mana per 5 sec.
    Melee attacks against you trigger additional mana restoration.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Water Shield is a shaman ability learned at level 20 for those with the Restoration specialization. The spell passively replenishes mana, and when taking damage, it restores additional mana to the shaman. Water Shield can only proc every few seconds and lasts an hour.

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  • Being an elemental shield, Water Shield cannot be used at the same time as [Earth Shield]. It is possible to use Water Shield on yourself while Earth Shield is up on another target.
  • The proc cooldown is three seconds. The mana regeneration provided functions like MP5, thus is not affected by the five second rule. This regeneration stacks with all other mana-regeneration effects.
  • Since it costs no mana and provides passive regeneration, Water Shield should be up whenever you aren't using Earth Shield.


Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Water Shield is now available only to Restoration Shaman, and replaces Lightning Shield.; Water Shield now only triggers from melee attacks.; Water 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.; Water Shield has had its internal cooldown reduced to 3.5 seconds, once again matching other shields. The amount of mana restored when Water Shield procs has been reduced by 50%.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): New ranks have been added of Water Shield, starting at level 20. (Level 20, 27, 34, 41, 48, 55, 62, 69)
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Water Shield now restores mana periodically regardless of how many charges remain. Duration increased to 10 minutes.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This spell no longer costs any mana to cast and its duration has been shortened. At the end of its duration, it now grants mana for any remaining globes. In addition, the mana granted per globe has beenn substantially increased.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): When a Shaman with this spell active is afflicted with Cyclone, the charge burned will now grant mana.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The shaman abilities "Water Shield" and "Earth Shield" can no longer be over written by lower ranks.
  • WoW Icon 16x16/ Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): Added as a new ability for The Burning Crusade.

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