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Restoration Shaman Healing Spell Summary (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 16, 2016 at 20:31 by Furty 81 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Restoration Shaman.

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. Spell Summary

If you are new to Restoration, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resource

Your main resource as a Restoration Shaman is Mana. Mana is restored periodically in combat through your Mana regeneration, and you are also refunded a percentage of maximum Mana from your spells by your Resurgence Icon Resurgence passive. Some of your spells have a high Mana to healing ratio, meaning their output when compared with their cost is very high compared to other spells in your kit. There are also many Mana inefficient spells in your kit, but these spells typically provide more convenience, or have faster cast times allowing you to potentially save lives. Learning to select the right spell for the right situation in order to properly conserve and spend Mana at the correct times is very important to playing a Restoration Shaman skillfully.

3. Basic Spells

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Riptide Icon Riptide heals for a moderate amount instantly, then continues to heal the target over 18 seconds. This is one of your staple spells, as it is a very efficient investment of Mana and has a lasting effect. Riptide Icon Riptide also triggers your Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves passive, which is helpful for tank healing.

Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal is the most iconic spell in the Restoration kit, and will constitute a high percentage of your healing in most situations. Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal is exceptionally good at healing targets when there are a number of targets that require healing. Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal bounces between 4 targets total, with the healing being reduced by 30% per bounce. Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal also prefers the most injured targets, which makes targeting selection fairly irrelevant.

Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain is another very efficient AoE heal, placing a zone with a 20-yard diameter that heals up to 6 allies standing inside of it over 10 seconds. This should also account for a vary high percentage of your healing, and due to the massive diameter you should have no trouble always finding 6 targets in a raid.

Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave is an extremely efficient heal with a slow cast time. You should only cast this when it is empowered by Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves, which should be practically up all the time given the frequency at which you cast the spells that trigger it. This is great for spot-healing single targets and it costs very little Mana.

Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem is a very efficient totem that heals an injured single target in your party or raid periodically and lasts 15 seconds. It is worth keeping this on cooldown as it is very cheap and does all the healing passively.

Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge is an extremely inefficient heal with a short cast time. You should cast this infrequently as it quickly chews through your Mana pool, however, it is slightly stronger than than Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave when it is empowered with Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves due to the extra Critical Strike chance. This is used when you need to quickly get a target out of danger.

4. Important Procs

Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves reduces the cast time of your Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave or the Critical Strike chance of your next Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge by 52%. This effect can stack twice. It is preferable to use this buff on Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave as it improves the HPS considerably and helps with your sustain.

Resurgence Icon Resurgence causes your direct heals to refund a percentage of their mana. This is very helpful for your sustain during fights.

5. Healing Cooldowns

Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem is your main throughput cooldown. This totem is placed beneath you and pulses periodically, healing all members within 40 yards. This is a fantastic ability for helping you catch up or help you power through some heavy sustained damage.

Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem is one of the most unique abilities in World of Warcraft. Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem has a 20-yard diameter, reduces damage taken by everyone inside by 10%, and redistributes the health of everyone inside every second so that all members are at the same percentage of maximum health. This ability is your "playmaker" as it can save raids in a manner that no other ability or specialization can. It is arguably the strongest raid cooldown in the game for dealing with massive bursts of damage but it can be used to deal with almost any adverse situation. Learning to get a feel for Spirit Link Totem and when and how to use it is absolutely crucial to mastering this spec.

Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace lasts 15 seconds and allows you to cast while moving while active. You can activate Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace while casting. This ability is your solution to high movement phases that also have high incoming damage, such as the infernals spawning on Mythic Archimonde.

6. DPS Cooldowns

Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust and Heroism Icon Heroism increase Haste by 30% for 40 seconds for all party and raid members within 100 yards. This ability debuffs everyone with a debuff that prevents the possibility of benefiting from Time Warp Icon Time Warp, Ancient Hysteria Icon Ancient Hysteria, Netherwinds Icon Netherwinds, Heroism Icon Heroism, and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust for the next 10 minutes.

7. ChangeLog

  • 16 Nov. 2016: Slight update to Surge's description.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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