This is Heroism – it increases melee, ranged, and spell casting speed by 30% for all party/raid members and lasts 40 seconds, after which everyone effected will become Exhausted and unable to use Heroism again for 5 minutes.
This is Bloodlust – it increases melee, ranged, and spell casting speed by 30% for all party members and lasts 40 seconds, after which everyone effected will become Exhausted and unable to use Heroism again for 5 minutes.
What is the difference, you ask?
Simply put, if you are a Troll, Tauren, or Orc shaman, you learn Bloodlust. If you are a Draenei shaman, you learn Heroism.
The Horde shamans have probably noticed that I frequently just mention Heroism instead of calling the spell by both names. Simply put, I have only one Shaman with the level capacity (level 70) to learn this spell, and she is a Draenei shaman. Soooo… the thingy on my bars says Heroism, and not Bloodlust. *sheepish grin*
As for a Blizzard given rationale behind why there are two different spells, it seems that originally they were going to be different. When BC launched, they were made the same, but retained the different names. (That’s why Bloodlust is rank1, and Heroism doesn’t have a rank)
Now – why is Heroism so great?
Essentially, it’s 30% haste for 40 seconds, and it reduces the global cooldown from 1.5s to 1.15s (approximately). Now, add this to a fight where a boss takes extra damage at some point during the fight (see Terestian Illhoof), or a group of people that do extra damage/spells at a percentage of boss health (see Fire mages, Paladins, Warriors), and you can really inflate the DPS of a group temporarily.
The buff is also really nice if you hit a damage spike with a bunch of dead healers – especially if you have the mana to sustain it. I’ve used heroism on trash pulls in Void Reaver’s room, when a bad few happenings put us down all of our priests right off the bat.
Unfortunately Heroism/Bloodlust does not stack with other Heroism/Bloodlust spells. It *does* however, stack with all the other haste and speed increasing abilities, procs, and racial abilities (making any trinket-happy, icy-veins mage into an aggro-happy, fire-breathing machine gun). Back when the ghostwolves in Dustwallow Marsh were tameable, this kind of stacking was the only way to have your tame-pet spell short enough to snag one of these spectral wolves.
In short, heroism is part of any shaman’s bread and butter arsenal of buffs that can add DPS, survivability, extra threat (in a tank group), faster heals, and just plain old good times. So, shamans (yes, even you resto types), remember to use it on boss fights! With a 10 minute cooldown, you don’t want to use it lightly, but 10 minutes goes by fast in a raid, so don’t be overly sparing with it either!
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