The Elemental Healer

I really do have the levelling bug. I have 10 characters on Vashj (2 I could delete if I wanted), 8 on Terenas, and I think 5 on Argent Dawn. A lot of those are characters I created for the fun of it and never actually played, but I love alts. I have 7 at 80, 2 over 70, 1 quite close to 60, 3 in their 30s. This time? I finally got around to levelling my baby Draenei Shaman.

You may or may not remember her from a few months ago. I had decided to level her as Elemental, and a healer in instances a long time ago, I’d just never really got around to getting started, so when Dan said he wanted to level another Warrior on Alliance side, and on Terenas with me and Candy, I finished off a couple of levels to get her to 15 so I could join him a little as a healer ((it was between her and my level 14 Night Elf Druid, but I have a Resto Druid at 71 already)).

We didn’t really intend to level all the way together, we’re definitely not questing together, we both prefer to level solo in general, but the random dungeons we’re doing are fun. He can tank, I can Ele-heal. That pretty much consists of a lot of Fire Novaing, Chain Lightning, and the odd Lesser Heal being thrown around, perhaps a Healing Stream Totem, and I’m usually 2nd or 3rd on dps and it’s really fun! *cough* We’re getting things done fast, and effectively, with no deaths – well, I say no deaths, I did let a Priest die the other day because he kept pulling even after we asked him to stop, quite politely, twice. Dan didn’t want me to res him but I’m not for slowing down the dungeon and causing issues that much, letting him die was good enough for me. However, in my hesitation when he said, “res pls healer” (you understand, right?), the Druid ressed him, I still have yet to actually use my resurrection.

I have tried to get a few quests done as well, though I have an issue with Alliance levelling. Where the heck are the best places to go between 30-40?! I waggled over to Stranglethorn Vale only to remember there were even less quests there than there are for Horde in the early 30s, there seems to be the same back and forth between quest and questgiver issue in Arathi Highlands and Desolace, and it has really made me appreciate the random dungeon finder. However, I am giving Highlands a go, and much to my dismay, these damn Kobolds kept trying to kill my totem!

We do seem to be levelling pretty fast, which I guess is to be expected with this many heirlooms and kickassery, and I’m quite okay with that. Yesterday I got from level 30 to level 35, and I still got a little over an hour’s worth of reading done. What I’d quite like is to hit 80 before Cataclysm so that I have the chance to try a different max level healer ((I tried holy Paladin for a while. At the beginning, when it was all heroics, Naxxramas, and Sartharion I was fine, but the second I entered Trial of the Champion there was much flailing and many tears, so we’ll leave that chapter behind)) before Cataclysm turns it into something scary. I also might possibly want a skirt.

I also got distracted in Ironforge for just a few seconds and oops, toasted Elekk. I’ve been fiddling around with the Alliance since Ulduar was still new, so I didn’t actually expect to ever fall in here, or, for a little bit, know there was a ramp. I didn’t panic too much mind you, because I’m a Shaman with Inscription, I have 3 fricking hearthstones!

13 thoughts on “The Elemental Healer”

  1. I recently did some shaman leveling and my baby shaman is now level 69 and pottering abour in Howling Fjord.. I leveled her as enhancement though (I found it quite fun!) and resto as off-spec so I could do dungeons.

    As with most of my characters recently though.. I’m stuck once I hit Northrend *lol* I just don’t seem to have the will to go on once I get to those frozen reaches.

    I hope you’ll keep enjoying your shaman, and if you’re newish to alliance leveling that probably helps too :)
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  2. I always enjoyed going to Dustwallow March around 35. There are some fun quests there, you get to fight a giant sea monster with a cannon, you also get to fight with some of the local guards.

    Shaman healing at 80 is fun, even as Resto you can pretend to be Ele but have the benefit of Riptide. Riptide tank > Lightening Bolt > Lightening Bolt > Shock > Riptide tank. :)

    1. Ooh yeah, I don’t think I’ve completed the Alliance Dustwallow quests before! Have a Warrior and Shaman at 35 so if I don’t do it on one, there’s always the other!

    2. In fact, if you’re level 80 and can get the 2-piece Resto T10, you can do Riptide, Flame Shock, Lava Burst, Lightning Bolt, Chain Heal, Earth Shock, Riptide again. :)

      If you’ve got someone to provide Replenishment, you can sometimes out-do a poor DPS’er that way. Not that I’d ever try to do such a thing myself, mind you. >.>
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  3. Yep, 30-40 sucks for Alliance. =|

    Alterac Mountains is a good spot for me; Hillsbrad is the lead-in for the quests. Arathi is too; Wetlands is the lead-in for that one.

    Sometimes I go STV, especially later on when I’m nearing 40, since most of the quests closer to Booty Bay get up in the 40s. I rarely go to Desolace — did it on my lock, but it just doesn’t feel right on any of my other toons — but it’s associated in my head as 40s.

    Some of the chains in Duskwood can last up to 30 (Mor’Ladim, e.g.), so you can do those for the 30-32 stretch of leveling. I love Duskwood, so I’m usually coming out of the 20-30 climb from there.
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  4. I’ve never played a healer (I don’t think that I have the talent), but I have a friend who heals for me when I play my tanks, and I can say for certain that there’s nothing quite as cathartic as coordinating with each other who stops getting heals when they start pulling for me, acting like a jerk, etc.

    And on on my Pally, when someone starts acting up, I can stop buffing them. I did that once, and it felt good. ;)
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    1. I couldn’t tell you, the Draenei totem quests don’t ask you to leave the Draenei islands, and I’ve heard horrible things about the Horde air totem quest, though it might be worth it for the rest of the class!

      1. The Water totem quest is terrible for both factions, but it’s definitely worse for Horde. The Air totem they just give you—they give you a setup as if you’re going to have a quest chain, but they never actually follow up with a quest. I surmise they had intended to put one in, but never got around to it.
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