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Restoration Shaman Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 18, 2016 at 21:41 by Furty 5 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Restoration Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, the number #1 World of Warcraft guild. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Undulation ? Undulation Unleash Life Unleash Life Torrent Torrent
30 Gust of Wind Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit ? Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem
45 Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem Voodoo Totem
60 Crashing Waves Crashing Waves Ancestral Guidance Ancestral Guidance Deluge Deluge
75 Ancestral Protection Totem ? Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Shield Totem ? Earthen Shield Totem Ancestral Vigor Ancestral Vigor
90 Bottomless Depths ? Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements
100 Ascendance ? Ascendance Wellspring ? Wellspring High Tide High Tide

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city).

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing, dungeons, or general purpose usage.

2.2. For Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Undulation ? Undulation Unleash Life Unleash Life Torrent Torrent

Tier 15 talents offer a boost to sustained healing.

Torrent Icon Torrent is the default choice for most situations, as it gives your Riptide Icon Riptide a little more instant punch. It can be very helpful for quickly getting low health party members back up to safe levels, and given Riptide Icon Riptide is already one of your most efficient heals it is a great talent in nearly all situations. Undulation Icon Undulation is a viable alternative if you are looking to charge up your spot healing on a single target a little bit more, especially in Mythic dungeons and Challenge Modes. Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life is currently too weak to be considered in any situation.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Gust of Wind Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit ? Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem

Tier 2 talents focus on improving mobility for both you and your raid members.

Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem is the default choice on this tier. It is great on raid encounters and to help speed through dungeons, and since the speed buff can be refreshed it has a unique power that is not present with similar effects, such as Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar. Graceful Spirit Icon Graceful Spirit is the default alternative when mobility is not as much of a concern, for example, in 5-man dungeons. Unfortunately the strengths of these two talents are often in conflict, since if you are looking to increase your mobile healing through Graceful Spirit Icon Graceful Spirit, then your raid could probably benefit more through Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem. Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind is a great ability, but unfortunately the other two options are simply too overpowering for this to be an option.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem Voodoo Totem

Tier 3 talents offer a variety of totem choices that increase your ability to control mobs.

  • Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem explodes after 2 seconds to stun all enemies within 8 yards for 5 seconds. This is an upgraded version of the old Capacitor Totem from previous expansions.
  • Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem pulses a root effect to all enemies within 10 yards for 5 seconds. If the roots are broken, the next pulse will instead slow the targets.
  • Voodoo Totem Icon Voodoo Totem summons a totem for 10 seconds that Hex Icon Hexes all targets within 8 yards.

Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem is the default choice for this tier. It provides a lengthy 5-second stun with only a short charge time and has the widest variety of use out of the 3 totems. Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem and Voodoo Totem Icon Voodoo Totem could see very specific use on fights that require AoE roots or crowd control, but should be avoided for general usage.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Crashing Waves Crashing Waves Ancestral Guidance Ancestral Guidance Deluge Deluge

Tier 4 talents grant additional utility to your standard spells and the choice of a powerful cooldown.

Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance is the best choice for encounters where high incoming damage on a spread group is an issue, or for dungeons. Deluge Icon Deluge is the best choice for encounters where Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain is made good use of, as it essentially amounts to a 20% buff for Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal in these situations. For most raid encounters Deluge Icon Deluge is the best option, as the Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal bounces scale with the initial 20% buff from Deluge Icon Deluge.

Crashing Waves Icon Crashing Waves is not used in any situation.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Ancestral Protection Totem ? Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Shield Totem ? Earthen Shield Totem Ancestral Vigor Ancestral Vigor

Tier 5 talents provide some interesting new totems and utility.

Ancestral Vigor Icon Ancestral Vigor is the most flexible choice and works well in any situation. Earthen Shield Totem Icon Earthen Shield Totem has some niche usage, particularly for situations where a party member needs to need tank something, such as the boats on Iron Maidens. Ancestral Protection Totem Icon Ancestral Protection Totem is only used in extraordinarily rare circumstances, as it has a very lengthy cooldown and cannot save the target from "massive" damage (which is double the player's maximum health). While there are some very interesting hypothetical uses for this talent, there are no noteworthy mentions or criteria for when and where it could or should be used.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Bottomless Depths ? Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements

Tier 6 talents offer unique changes to existing abilities and a powerful totem.

Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem is the clear winner in most situations, as it allows you to preempt major bursts of raid damage with ease. It can also be cancelled early, which makes timing a non-issue. The cooldown is very short, and the Mana cost to heal ratio is very low. Bottomless Depths Icon Bottomless Depths can be useful for fights that are extremely Mana taxing, particularly fights that have a very intense final phase that involves a lot of stacked healing. Unfortunately it devalues Critical Strike a bit, and should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is no longer as dominant as it was, as Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem no longer benefits from an extra charge, and therefore it is not used.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance ? Ascendance Wellspring ? Wellspring High Tide High Tide

The Tier 7 talents offer new abilities and powerful augments to staple spells.

  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance lasts 15 seconds and causes all healing to duplicated and evenly split between allies.
  • Wellspring Icon Wellspring is a wave of healing, traveling in a cone, with a short cooldown.
  • High Tide Icon High Tide allows Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and decreases the falloff penalty with each bounce by 50%.

High Tide Icon High Tide is the best choice for most situations, as it gives by far the most throughput. It is especially strong when coupled with Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain and Deluge Icon Deluge. Wellspring Icon Wellspring is not very powerful, and has a high Mana cost, but it does allow for widespread group healing, a limitation Restoration can struggle with. It is also not bad for dungeon healing. Ascendance Icon Ascendance is a bit of a niche choice, but it is usable for powering through instance periods of high damage. Overall, High Tide Icon High Tide is by far the most efficient choice, and should be your go to, while the other choices present interesting niches that might help you with the crux of different fights.

10. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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