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Earth Shield
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  • Earth Shield
  • 40 yd  range
  • 12.6% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Protects the target with an earthen shield, increasing the effectiveness of Shaman healing spells on that target by 20%, and causing attacks to heal the shielded target for x. 9 charges. Lasts 10 min. This effect can only occur once every few seconds.

    Earth Shield can only be placed on one target at a time, and only one of your Elemental Shields can be active on you at once.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required26
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Earth Shield
  • Increases Shaman healing effects by 20%.
    Triggers a heal when struck by an attacker.
  • Duration: 10 minutes
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Earth Shield is a shaman ability learned at level 26 for those with the Restoration specialization. It allows shamans to place a shield on themselves or a friendly target; the shield increases the effectiveness of the shaman's heals on that target, and any attack on the target will proc a heal.


  • In PvE, Earth Shield's primary use is as a highly mana efficient long-duration heal over time on the tank. It is by far the most mana efficient single target healing spell, and its reactive nature minimizes overhealing.
  • Generally Earth Shield should be on the tank in group situations, although other occasions may call for it to be placed on a caster who is being interrupted.
  • Even if taking damage in a group, it is advisable that Earthen Shield not be used on the shaman. [Water Shield] is more often preferable due to the mana regeneration.
  • Earth Shield is also great in PvP situations as it greatly increases the shaman's survivability.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Multiple Earth Shields can now be applied to the same target.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Earth Shield healing done by Restoration shaman has been reduced by 20%.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Can no longer be dispelled.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Now a primary spell of Restoration shamans instead of a talent.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Dispel effects will now remove charges of Earth Shield rather than the entire aura.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Now correctly uses the Shaman’s own spell critical strike chance to determine the chance of a critical heal.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Earth Shield threat is now added to the healer. Previously the threat was added to the target being healed.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Number of charges reduced from 10 to 6. Mana cost reduced by 50%.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This spell will now always be removed correctly if multiple Shaman overwrite each other’s Earth Shield.; This ability will no longer be overwritten when the new Earth Shield would do less healing.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Adjusted the tooltip to indicate this ability works against all types of attacks, not just melee. This ability will also now properly trigger only from taking direct damage effects.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The shaman abilities "Water Shield" and "Earth Shield" can no longer be over written by lower ranks.
  • World of Warcraft/ World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): Added.

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