Restoration Shaman Healing Statistics Priority and Reforging (WoW MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Restoration Shamans in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4, how the class benefits from each of them, and what your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various caps are (if any) and why they should be attained.

The statistics priority is important as it influences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article.

The other pages of our Restoration Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewers

For 10-man raiding, this guide has been reviewed and approved by Zetian, who raids in MCO, one of the most efficient 10-man guilds in the world (top 100 with a 13-hour a week schedule).

For 25-man raiding, this guide has been reviewed and approved by Sonie, one of the best Restoration Shamans in the world, who raids in Method. You can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Basics↑top

  1. Spirit (until you are comfortable with your mana regeneration);
  2. Intellect;
  3. Haste Rating (until the soft haste cap that is the easiest to attain);
  4. Critical Strike Rating;
  5. Mastery Rating;
  6. Haste Rating.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

If you are unsure what the optimal reforging strategy is for the above priority, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Spirit increases your mana regeneration. You should always aim to have items with Spirit, whether it is found innately on the item or it is reforged. Once you are comfortable with your mana regeneration, you can start prioritising other statistics. In addition to increasing mana regeneration, Spirit also increases the effectiveness of your Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem, which is very helpful, especially in 25-man raids (where you rely a lot on expensive AoE-healing spells). As a result, raiders in 25-man groups will usually go for more Spirit than raiders in 10-man groups.

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the power of your heals, and increases your critical strike chance.

Haste Rating is important as well because it lowers the cast time of your heals, which is of particular value for Greater Healing Wave Icon Greater Healing Wave. It also lowers your global cooldown, bringing it closer to the desired 1 second global cooldown, which benefits all of your instant cast spells. Finally, it increases the number of times your HoT will tick, this includes Riptide Icon Riptide, Earthliving Icon Earthliving, and Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain.

As we will see below, there are several haste values of interest, which we call soft haste caps. After reaching a cap, you should simply ignore Haste Rating and no longer prioritise it.

Critical Strike Rating increases your throughput and your mana regeneration (through Resurgence Icon Resurgence).

Mastery Rating increases your healing on targets with low health (through Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing). It used to be the primary statistic for Restoration Shamans, but it is no longer the case in Mists of Pandaria.

If you want to know more about the relative values of Mastery Rating and Critical Strike Rating, we advise you to read the following article: Resto Shaman Mastery - Pandaria Style by Vixsin.

2.2. Soft Haste Caps

The soft haste caps are the following.

  • At 12.5% haste, you gain an additional tick of Earthliving Weapon Icon Earthliving Weapon. In the process of reaching this cap, you also get an additional tick of Riptide Icon Riptide (at 8.3% haste) and an additional tick of Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain (at 10% haste).
  • At 25% haste, you gain a second additional tick of Riptide Icon Riptide.
  • At 30% haste, you gain a second additional tick of Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain.
  • At 33.29% haste, you gain a third additional tick of Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem.
  • At 49.98% haste, you gain a third additional tick of Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain.

In the following sections, you will find the Haste Rating values that you need to reach the various soft haste caps that we deemed of interest. Every time, we consider whether you benefit from the +5% spell haste raid buff, whether you chose Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness as your Tier 4 talent, and whether you are a Goblin.

2.2.1. 12.5% Soft Haste Cap

Below you will find the Haste Rating values you need to reach the 12.5% (12.507%, to be precise) soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid BuffAncestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral SwiftnessGoblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONONO5316
NONOYES4843
NOYESNO3039
NOYESYES2589
YESNONO3039
YESNOYES2588
YESYESNO871
YESYESYES441

2.2.2. 25% Soft Haste Cap

Below you will find the Haste Rating values you need to reach the 25% (25.026%, to be precise) soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid BuffAncestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral SwiftnessGoblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONONO10614
NONOYES10089
NOYESNO8085
NOYESYES7584
YESNONO8085
YESNOYES7584
YESYESNO5676
YESYESYES5199

2.2.3. 30% Soft Haste Cap

Below you will find the Haste Rating values you need to reach the 30% (29.997%, to be precise) soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid BuffAncestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral SwiftnessGoblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONONO12749
NONOYES12202
NOYESNO10118
NOYESYES9597
YESNONO10118
YESNOYES9597
YESYESNO7613
YESYESYES7116

2.2.4. 33.29% Soft Haste Cap

Below, you will find the Haste Rating values you need to reach the 33.29% (33.291%, to be precise) soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid BuffAncestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral SwiftnessGoblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONONO14148
NONOYES13587
NOYESNO11451
NOYESYES10917
YESNONO11451
YESNOYES10917
YESYESNO8882
YESYESYES8373

Note that the number of ticks you get with Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem can be slightly influenced by your latency, so you may have to aim slightly higher than the values given above in order to be sure to reach the cap.

2.2.5. 49.98% Soft Haste Cap

Below you will find the Haste Rating values you need to reach the 49.98% (49.981%, to be precise) soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid BuffAncestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral SwiftnessGoblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONONO21243
NONOYES20611
NOYESNO18207
NOYESYES17606
YESNONO18207
YESNOYES17606
YESYESNO15316
YESYESYES14744

Note that this cap will only be reachable in Tier 16 Heroic gear.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 04 Feb. 2013: Fixed typo in the table for the 32.29% soft haste cap.
  • 18 Sep. 2013: Added 33.29% and 49.98% soft haste caps, on Sonie's advice.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: nothing to change.
  • 21 Jun. 2013: Unified stat priorities for 10-man and 25-man.
  • 19 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Made a difference between 10-man and 25-man stat priorities.