Water Shield

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Water Shield
Ability shaman watershield.png
  • Water Shield
  • Level 20 Restoration shaman ability
  • 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 Y 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
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 20
Glyphs  [Glyph of Water Shield]
Improvements [Resurgence]
Affects [Lightning Shield]
Related buff
Ability shaman watershield.png
  • Magic
  • Water Shield
  • Grants X mana per 5 sec.
    Attacks against you trigger additional mana restoration.
  • Duration: 1 hour

Water Shield is a Nature-based Restoration shaman buff, learned at level 20. The spell improves mana regeneration, and when taking damage, it restores mana to the caster. Water Shield can only proc every few seconds.


Being an elemental shield, Water Shield cannot be used at the same time as [Earth Shield]. It is however possible to use Water Shield on yourself while Earth Shield is up on another target.

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The cooldown before another orb will trigger is roughly three seconds. This regeneration stacks with all other mana-regeneration effects, both from gear and abilities.


  • Glyph of Water Shield
  • Major Glyph
  • Increases the mana generated reactively by your Water Shield when you are attacked by 50%, but reduces the passive mana generation by 15%.
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Level 25

Tips and tactics

  • It is a good practice for Restoration shamans to make sure Water Shield is always active, in order to take advantage of the passive bonus.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now available only to Restoration shaman, and replaces Lightning Shield.
    • Now only triggers from melee attacks.
      • Mana costs for Restoration shaman have been adjusted to compensate.
    • Now persists through death.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer has charges and lasts for 1 hour, up from 10 minutes.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Ranks 1-6 added, making the spell trainable at level 20. The spell was previously not available until level 62.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Duration back to 10 minutes. No longer grants mana when expiring. Now provides passive mana regeneration instead.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Mana cost removed. Mana gained per orb doubled. Duration reduced from 10 minutes to 1 minute. At the end of the duration, mana is gained for each remaining globe.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): When a Shaman with this spell active is afflicted with [Cyclone], the charge burned will now grant mana.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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