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Restoration Shaman Healing Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:36 by Furty 81 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Restoration Shamans. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

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

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Zaelia one of the best Restoration Shamans who raids in Serenity.

1. Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Mythic Progress/Raid Encounters

Artifact Progression - Raids

1.2. Dungeon Focused/Casual Raider

Artifact Progression - Raids

1.3. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Grace of the Sea, take the right path and pick up  Icon Buffeting Waves, which is especially nice for dungeons where you are doing a lot of direct tank healing. Snag  Icon Wavecrash before talenting into  Icon Queen Ascendant, which is an extremely high value trait. Your first Golden Trait,  Icon Queen's Decree, is a solid first Golden Trait.

1.4. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Go back to the starting point,  Icon Grace of the Sea, and take the left path upwards into  Icon Tidal Chains. Grab  Icon Pull of the Sea, which is a very efficient trait for all content.

1.4.1. Early Mythic Progress/Raid Encounters

Artifact Progression - Raid

Make a detour to the right and grab  Icon Ghost in the Mist, which is a pretty worthless trait, but it is in your way.  Icon Sense of Urgency will make you an absolute monster during Heroism/Bloodlust, and is absolutely essential on fights with frantic executes such as Ursoc. You should also invest into  Icon Refreshing Currents whenever possible, particulary if you are having Mana issues in raids.  Icon Floodwaters is amazing for many of the Emerald Nightmare encounters and pairs well with  Icon Refreshing Currents. Grab your second Golden Trait,  Icon Cumulative Upkeep. It increases the potency of your Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem, which is great for progression.

1.4.2. Dungeon Focused/Casual Raider

Artifact Progression - Dungeon

Travel upwards from  Icon Pull of the Sea into  Icon Empowered Droplets, which is a great trait overall for any situation. Acquire your second Golden Trait,  Icon Tidal Pools, which is decent in any situation but particularly shines in situations with low numbers of targets, such as dungeons.

1.5. Final Point Investment

Regardless of what early path you chose, you should now talent into the path you did not travel (i.e. if you went  Icon Cumulative Upkeep go upwards into  Icon Tidal Pools). After all your Golden Traits are fully talented, final point investment is largely personal preference between two traits.  Icon Servant of the Queen is useful for progression as it lets you Ankh more frequently and also reduce the risk of you being instantly gibbed after reincarnating. It is also only a single point, making it an efficient trait.  Icon Caress of the Tidemother is great in all situations just for reducing your personal damage intake a bit.

2. Relic Choice

Relics are a little bit murky, as trait value goes up and down from fight to fight. There is no definitive best trait for every fight, so take this with a grain of salt.

  1.  Icon Queen Ascendant is one of the most powerful traits for all situations, and a great choice to look out for.
  2.  Icon Tidal Chains is a good trait for quick single target heals, very good for dungeons.
  3.  Icon Pull of the Sea is great for movement heavy fights and dungeons.
  4.  Icon Floodwaters is good for some of the raid encounters that lean heavily towards group healing.
  5.  Icon Empowered Droplets is fine for most situations.

As Relics affect the item level of your weapons, it is recommended you always take the highest item level options as it will increase your weapon damage.

3. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added
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