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  • Thunderstorm
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Calls down a bolt of lightning, dealing x Nature damage to all enemies within 10 yards, reducing their movement speed by 40% for 5 sec, and knocking them back from the Shaman. This spell is usable while stunned.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Defensive
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown45 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required10
Related debuff
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  • Thunderstorm
  • Movement speed reduced by 40%.
  • Duration: 5 seconds
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Thunderstorm is a shaman ability learned at level 10 for those with the elemental specialization. It deals an AoE blast of lightning to all enemies within range while knocking them back and slowing their movement speed. It is usable while stunned.

Modified by

Elemental Elemental abilities


  • It is a self defense mechanism that helps the elemental shaman push melee attackers away and also damage them a bit in the process.
  • It is one of the very few abilities in the game that has a knockback effect; this effect can be very useful in many situations in PvP (and select PvE Situations) because it can be used to push an enemy player off cliffs or higher elevated places resulting in fatal fall damage unless the opponent has some countermeasure to save themselves. Notable examples are the lifts in Thunder Bluff, the Lumber Mill in Arathi Basin, the zeppelin from Orgrimmar to Thunder Bluff, or the Meeting Stone for Naxxramas. The flag spawn point in Eye of the Storm is perhaps the best place to use this ability in the game. Due to the layout of the area, a well timed Thunderstorm can easily kill crowds of enemy players and prevent the flag from being picked up.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Thunderstorm no longer regenerates Mana.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Thunderstorm now reduces the movement speed of players it knocks back by 40% for 5 seconds.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): It is no longer possible to use this ability while under the effects of the Druid spell Cyclone.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Thunderstorm and Shamanistic Rage can no longer be used while Frozen, Cycloned, Sapped, or Incapacitated.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Thunderstorm can now be cast while stunned.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Fixed a bug where Thunderstorm (Elemental) was knocking back 15 yards, instead of 20. It should now roughly knockback the correct length of 20 yards.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Mana gain has been increased to 8%. Was 5%.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.

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