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

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:36 by Furty 39 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, 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.

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). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

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. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a "standard" raid setup. It is very highly recommended you read the individual talent points as this specialization in particularly is highly situational with respect to talent choice.

2.2. For General Use

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

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 nearly all 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. The other choices do not really displace Torrent Icon Torrent 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 for raiding. It is the best movement speed raid cooldown in the game and should be talented whenever it can be taken advantage of.

More casual players that do not coordinate raid cooldowns should consider Graceful Spirit Icon Graceful Spirit, as it is an extremely strong alternative. It is also great on encounters where the movement speed from Wind Rush is not as useful, such as Krosus.

Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind is not exactly useless, but it is difficult to imagine a situation where this talent would be preferred over the other available options.

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 a flexible talent to suit any situation, be it raids or Mythic+. It has good synergy with other abilities and cooldowns, such as Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem, and allows you to power through some spooky situations, particularly encounters where high incoming damage on a spread group is an issue.

Deluge Icon Deluge is the best choice for raid encounters where you can reliably take advantage of Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain on a high number of targets. While it is not suited to every encounter, it is oppressively strong on the encounters that it is suited to.

Crashing Waves Icon Crashing Waves is not a great talent overall, but is usable for situations where your single target healing needs a bit of a booster. Definitely an option for fights where tank or single target damage is the limiting factor.

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 is good for reducing stable incoming damage on a stacked group of players, though it is more of a throughput tool and its actual lifesaving potential is relatively low compared with Vigor.

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). This talent could be very useful in the right situation, for example, on an encounter like Tyrant Velhari where players would suicide the Edict of the Condemnation in the final phase to avoid killing the raid.

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.

Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is good for high movement fights where throughput is less of a concern, such as Trilliax.

Bottomless Depths Icon Bottomless Depths does not really have enough Mana return to justify taking it over the other options, and it devalues Critical Strike.

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 to bounce to 1 additional target, and decreases the falloff penalty with each bounce by 50%.

High Tide Icon High Tide is the best choice for most raid situations, as it gives the most throughput. It is especially strong when coupled with Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain and Deluge Icon Deluge. It is more Mana taxing this expansion, however, so be cautious about burning through all your Mana too quickly.

Wellspring Icon Wellspring 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. Combining Wellspring Icon Wellspring with Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem can be an effective way of providing some solid spread healing.

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is useful for powering through intense periods of high damage where you need an additional cooldown in your quiver. Direct healing should be prioritized while Ascendance Icon Ascendance is active.

10. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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