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Under the leadership of Thrall, the Orcs have rediscovered their ancient Shamanistic traditions. In an attempt to rid the Horde of its demonic corruption, Thrall banned the use of Warlock magic and necromancy. Now, all Orc magic users practice Shaman magic which draws its power from the natural world and the elements.


The Orc Shaman is one of the most powerful spellcasters besides the Human Sorceress. The Shaman is powerful because of his Bloodlust ability mainly. Shamans can Bloodlust any friendly organic unit, including allied units, Orc units, and themselves. They cannot Bloodlust mechanical or magic-immune units like Demolishers and Dryads. You can further enhance this damage with Heroes and a Kodo Beast. Shamans can also slow escaping enemy units with Purge and wreak havoc with Lightning Shield on shadowmelded or tightly packed groups of enemy units. There are several methods of using Shamans. Many players build Grunts then work up to Shamans and use the two together. Shamans are also good when used with Wind Riders, or with Tauren, or with both.

Remember to research Adept and Master Training. Besides just giving extra spells, these upgrades also increase mana capacity and mana regeneration, which is exactly what you want on spell casting units.

Spells and abilities


Removes all buffs from a target unit. Enemy units are also immobilized for 3 seconds and their movement speed is reduced by a factor of 5; they will slowly regain their movement speed over 15 seconds. Deals 400 damage to summoned units.
Duration (Hero) Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets Effect
15 (5) sec. 3 (1) sec. immobilization. 1 sec. 75 70 Air, Ground, Ward Spells removed, Movement Speed slowed, 400 damage to summoned units

Purge is useful for removing enemy spell effects. An example would be enemy Sorceresses Polymorphing your units.

Use Purge to prevent enemy units and Heroes from running away.

Lightning Shield

Forms a shield of electricity around a target unit, dealing 20 damage per second to units around it. Lasts 20 seconds.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect Requirements
20 sec. 3 sec. 100 60 16 Ground, Friend, Enemy 20 damage/sec. Shaman Adept Training

Lightning Shield is useful for casting on groups of tightly packed enemy units. Cast Lightning Shield on an enemy unit surrounded by other units. The enemy player will be forced to move this unit away or it will kill off or damage surrounding units.

You can also cast this on your own units but be warned that good enemy players typically run away until it wears off.

Lightning Shield Counters

Select the unit with Lightning Shield on it and run it away from other units to prevent the Lightning Shield from hurting them. Use the Lightning Shield against the enemy, move a unit with Lightning Shield next to enemy units.

Bloodlust (Autocast)

Increases a friendly unit's attack rate by 40% and movement speed by 25%.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets Effect Requirements
60 sec. 1 sec. 40 60 Air, Ground, Friend, Organic, Self Attack Rate +40%, Movement Speed +25% Shaman Master Training

Like in Warcraft II, Bloodlust is one of the uber spells in the game. Orc players should almost always try to build up to Bloodlust because it can greatly enhance their Grunts, Tauren, or Wind Riders. In physical view, you will see your hero,unit, etc. will have their size increased. This is made for the best melee attackers such as Blademasters, Grunts, Taurens.

It's best to turn off the autocasting of Bloodlust when you don't need it. That way your Shaman will have built up Mana for Bloodlust, Purge, and Lightning Shield.


Shaman Adept Training
Increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives Shamans the ability to cast Lightning Shield.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold.gif 50 WC3lumber.gif Spirit Lodge None 60 sec.
Shaman Master Training
Further increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives Shamans the ability to cast Bloodlust.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold.gif 150 WC3lumber.gif Spirit Lodge Shaman Adept Training, Fortress

75 sec.

Patch Changes

Patch 1.01 (07/03/2002)
  • Attack damage lowered to 14-16, from 15-17.
  • Lightning Shield cooldown increased to 3 from 0.
  • Purge cooldown increased to 1 from 0.
  • Bloodlust attack rate bonus decreased from 50% to 40%.
Patch 1.03 (10/09/2002)
  • Cooldown raised to 2.10, from, 1.90
  • Attacks do 11-12 damage, down from 14-16 damage.
Patch 1.06 (06/04/2003)
  • Attack damage decreased to 8-9 from 11-12.
  • Hit points increased to 335 from 260.
  • Bloodlust cost reduced from 50 mana to 40 mana.
Patch 1.10 (07/01/2003)


  • Lightning Shield range increased to 600 from 500.

The Frozen Throne

  • Purge has been improved. It no longer slows friendly units when used on them,
and it causes enemies to stop for a brief moment when first cast
(in addition to slowing them later).
Patch 1.15 (05/11/2004)
  • Bloodlust cooldown increased to 1 from 0.



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