Best Class Combo For A Duo

July 6, 2007 at 6:10 am 8 comments

A common question asked by people on the WoW boards concerns what classes to choose if you are levelling up with a friend/partner.

Here’s my answer:

The best (and really only) combination worth considering is 1 tank class, and 1 hybrid/healer class.

The biggest reason is that as the game progresses, you can put a full group together very easily, because any 3 classes can make up the remainder of your group.

So either Warrior/Druid/Paladin and Priest/Shaman/Paladin/Druid.

Some people recommend against taking 2 classes that wear the same armour (e.g. Warriors and Paladins both wear plate, so you will have to share armour drops). I don’t really think this is a big consideration. For one thing, you will likely have very different specs (A warrior will wear a lot different gear than a holy paladin will, for instance), and secondly, nothing in Azeroth really drops much that is worth wearing anyway.

Most of the items you wear will be quest rewards or stuff you have bought from the auction house anyway, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. Also, being able to duo your way through the game means that having good gear is pretty damn irrelevant anyway, you will pwn face no matter what.

As far as the specific classes go?

Shamans and Paladins are the 2 best buffing classes, and also make great healers. A shaman will pair best with a non-druid, because druids can’t get the benefit of Windfury totem when in animal form, which is one of the shaman’s most powerful buffs.

Therefore, a Shaman will pair best with a Warrior or Paladin.

The second thing to keep in mind is that – even though you have a tank and a healer – the vast majority of the time, you will both simply be in DPS mode, trying to kill mobs for quests and experience as fast as possible. So the buffs that each class can offer each other are very important.

In this respect, Shamans have probably the most powerful buffs for a melee character, and their buffs (totems) will help their own melee ability as well as the tank’s. So they should be the first choice for your healer.

A warrior/shaman duo will do an absolute buttload of damage if they are both dual wielding with windfury totems, they will probably level faster than anything.

A paladin/shaman duo will be almost invincible. Paladins’ bubbles and Divine Intervention, coupled with the ability of a Shaman to self-ressurect, means never ever having to a corpse run, which is nice. Their buffs will also compliment one another.

The final thing to consider is that Protection Warriors are the single most in-demand raiding character, and Shamans and Paladins the best raid healers. So, if your goal is to eventually join a good raiding guild, I would go with Warrior/Shaman. Paladin/Shaman is also worthwhile in that respect, with the only disadvantage being that both are primarily healing classes in the end game, so you’d have to find a guild that needs 2 healers.

Druid/Druid could also be fun, mostly because you can both stealth, which would be great for PvPing together, or stealthing into instances to kill bosses together.

So the three best combos would be:

Warrior/Shaman: – Fastest killing combo, great chances of finding a raid spot together.

Paladin/Shaman: – Best survivability and buffing, Only disadvantage is that both are healing classes in raids.

Druid/Druid: – Best combo for soloing instances, world PvPing. Druids are also a lot more flexible overall, so this duo would be the most flexible and “fun”, but probably not the most powerful. Biggest disadvantage is that druids are probably the worst healing class, mostly because they can only res someone every 30 minutes. Additionally, most of their heals are heals over time.

One final note: Just because you have picked a tank class and a healer class doesn’t mean that you would need to use the tank/healer specs for those classes while levelling. Most of the quests in the game are designed to be soloed anyway, and the mobs will die fast. You will level a lot faster by having an Fury Warrior and an Enhancement Shaman than you would with a Prot Warrior and a Resto Shaman. Even for 5 man groups, your spec isn’t all that important until level 70, and any spec warrior/paladin can tank (as long as he remembers to bring a shield) and anyone who has healing spells in their spellbook can heal.

So to be even MORE specific:

1. Fury Warrior/Enchancement Shaman

2. Retribution/Protection Paladin/Enhancement Shaman

3. Feral Druid/Feral Druid.

As an added bonus, that also gives each person the best soloing spec, for times when you will playing without your buddy.


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  • 1. Road  |  July 6, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    You seem to have alot of hate for the druid class despite they are generallygreat healers even when not spec’d for healing.

    They make great tanks once they get mangle and decent ones before then. They also in many cases out DPS rogues in cat form.

    Good combos with a druid.

    Druid/Warrior-High DPS, Druid can heal and snare, res partner in battle
    Druid/Rogue-Both can stealth, Bleeds/poisons, very high dps with druid able to heal.
    Druid/Shaman-Both are able to heal each other, Shaman stat totems GREATLY increase druids damage, tons of versatility.

  • 2. haveyourstuff  |  July 7, 2007 at 3:23 am

    Not at all, I love druids, I have one myself.

    The main reason I’m not keen on them as healers is for 2 reasons:

    1. They can only res once every 30 minutes, so if someone dies in your instance run they have to corpse run every time.

    2. Most of their heals are HOTs, and 1 very long casting heal.

    I think druids make the best tanks at lower levels too.

    As far as hybrids go, Druids are more of a Tank/DPS hybrid than a Shaman which is a Healing/DPS hybrid. But I certainly have no problem with druids, they have a lot of cool abilities and are fun (but difficult) to play.

    You may notice that one of my 3 recommended builds is 2 druids.

  • 3. Mera  |  September 3, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    I have to say, if you base your decision on druids as healers on those two facts, then you a crap druid :(.

    They may not res every 30 mins, but they CAN res in combat.
    HOTS make for excellent raid healing, and 3 rolling lifeblooms on a tank is stupidly easy to maintain, costing about 170 mana every 7 seconds, and giving ~500 HPS.

  • 4. Cheek  |  October 26, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    I have to admit, this is a nice post and enjoy these duo combo’s with my wife. I have a fury warrior and a feral druid that i level with her enhancement shaman. We love the feral druid for the extra crit and healing from crits. I enjoy the stealthing around her and watching retarded people try to gank her then I just pop out and rape them while she just heals past their dps.

    The fury warrior with her shaman is insanely awesome for the duo buff each other combo… windfury + Battleshout + improved berserker stance + strength of earth + unleashed rage + bloodfury = no need in heals or rez when they die so fast 😀

  • 5. Crue Knight  |  January 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I noticed a big flaw in your Combos.

    The Paladin is an Alliance ONLY class,
    and the Shaman is a Horde ONLY class.

    Good luck trying to duo quest. 😛 Otherwise they would be quite powerful actually.

    • 6. Sora  |  February 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      Lol, really? Burning Crusade. Dranei shamans and blood elf pallies

    • 7. veeraPally  |  April 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Dude, by any chance, have you ever even heard of the words “Burning Crusade” or “Wrath of the Lich King” in the last three years? Wake up!

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