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Restoration Shaman Healing Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 21, 2017 at 22:34 by Furty 90 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 7.1.5.

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 has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. 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 Keehn, one of the foremost experts in Restoration Shamans. He is a former hardcore raider (in Danish Terrace, most notably) and the co-creator of Chain Heal, the best known community resource for Restoration Shamans. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Grace of the Sea, take the left path upwards and into  Icon Tidal Chains. Continue into  Icon Pull of the Sea and upwards into  Icon Empowered Droplets. Acquire your first Golden Trait,  Icon Tidal Pools, which is a good trait for any situation, though it shines when there are a low number of targets, such as in dungeons.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Go back to the starting point,  Icon Grace of the Sea, and take the right path upwards through  Icon Buffeting Waves and into  Icon Wavecrash.  Icon Queen Ascendant should be your next investment, one of the most valuable traits on the tree. Grab your second Golden Trait,  Icon Queen's Decree, which is a great pickup in all situations and has great synergy with our Tier 19 4-piece set bonus.

1.3. Final Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Final Golden Trait

Head left from  Icon Queen Ascendant into  Icon Caress of the Tidemother for additional Mana return. Head to the upper right into  Icon Servant of the Queen and continue upwards into  Icon Floodwaters. Invest into your final Golden Trait,  Icon Cumulative Upkeep, which is an amazing talent for progression raiding.

1.4. Final Point Investment

Pick up  Icon Sense of Urgency, which turns Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust into a potent throughput cooldown. Next, acquire  Icon Refreshing Currents for the Mana return. Your final points go into  Icon Ghost in the Mist, which is not particularly useful.

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 Buffeting Waves is a very valuable choice for spot healing.
  3.  Icon Tidal Chains is a good trait for quick single target heals, very good for dungeons.
  4.  Icon Pull of the Sea is great for movement heavy fights and dungeons.
  5.  Icon Floodwaters is good for some of the raid encounters that lean heavily towards group healing.
  6.  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

  • 21 Jan. 2017: Truncated path to be simpler and less oriented towards very early Mythic raiding.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added
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