Restoration Shaman Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic

Last updated on Oct 10, 2021 at 11:51 by Seksixeny 3 comments

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Restoration Shaman leveling guide for TBC Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Shaman leveling guide. We also have an Elemental Shaman leveling guide and a Enhancement Shaman leveling guide.


Level by Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 60

Leveling Talent Tree & Build

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

These talents will allow you to be as good of a healer as possible, and are optimal for group play. We recommend the use of a different specialization if you intend to solo level.

  • Levels 10 to 14 — 5 points in Improved Healing Wave IconImproved Healing Wave
  • Levels 15 to 17 — 3 points in Ancestral Healing IconAncestral Healing
  • Levels 18 & 19 — 2 points in Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus

Improved Healing Wave IconImproved Healing Wave makes your main healing spell in small groups faster to cast. Ancestral Healing IconAncestral Healing provides a large Armor bonus to the tank with decent uptime and Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus saves a lot of Mana due to the need to recast totems often in group play.

  • Level 20 — 1 point in Totemic Mastery IconTotemic Mastery
  • Levels 21 to 23 — 3 points in Totemic Focus IconTotemic Focus
  • Level 24 — 1 point in Healing Focus IconHealing Focus
  • Levels 25 to 29 — 5 points in Tidal Mastery IconTidal Mastery

Totemic Mastery IconTotemic Mastery improves the range at which your allies can benefit from your totems. Healing Focus IconHealing Focus will, for now, provide a small chance not to be interrupted when casting healing spells. Finally, Tidal Mastery IconTidal Mastery boosts your throughput and has synergy with Ancestral Healing IconAncestral Healing.

  • Level 30 — 1 point in Nature's Swiftness IconNature's Swiftness
  • Levels 31 to 33 — 3 points in Healing Way IconHealing Way
  • Level 34 — 1 point in Restorative Totems IconRestorative Totems
  • Levels 35 to 39 — 5 points in Purification IconPurification

Nature's Swiftness IconNature's Swiftness provides a great emergency cooldown and Healing Way IconHealing Way is a great healing boost in dungeons as you will almost always have it fully-stacked on your tank. Restorative Totems IconRestorative Totems improves the effect of your Water Totems slightly. Finally, Purification IconPurification improves your general healing significantly.

  • Levels 40 to 43 — 4 points in Restorative Totems IconRestorative Totems
  • Level 44 — 1 point in Mana Tide Totem IconMana Tide Totem
  • Levels 45 to 47 — 3 points in Nature's Blessing IconNature's Blessing
  • Levels 48 & 49 — 2 points in Improved Chain Heal IconImproved Chain Heal

Finish Restorative Totems IconRestorative Totems and proceed to Mana Tide Totem IconMana Tide Totem, a great Mana cooldown. Nature's Blessing IconNature's Blessing is a strong healing increase and Improved Chain Heal IconImproved Chain Heal, while not the most useful talent all the time in dungeons, can be a very strong healing increase when you are healing area-of-effect damage.

  • Level 50 — 1 point in Earth Shield IconEarth Shield
  • Levels 51 to 54 — 4 points in Healing Focus IconHealing Focus
  • Levels 55 & 56 — 2 points in Improved Reincarnation IconImproved Reincarnation
  • Levels 57 to 59 — 3 points in Healing Grace IconHealing Grace

Earth Shield IconEarth Shield can heal for a lot with a single global cooldown, so make sure to keep it active on the tank. Finish maximizing Healing Focus IconHealing Focus and get Improved Reincarnation IconImproved Reincarnation for the added quality of life when things go wrong. Healing Grace IconHealing Grace will help you stay alive, especially on large pulls.

  • Levels 60 to 64 — 5 points in Tidal Focus IconTidal Focus
  • Level 65 — 1 point in Nature's Guardian IconNature's Guardian
  • Levels 66 to 70 — 5 points in Ancestral Knowledge IconAncestral Knowledge

At this point the most impactful talents are gone, so pick up Tidal Focus IconTidal Focus for the small Mana-efficiency gain, a single point into Nature's Guardian IconNature's Guardian for the minor safety net and Ancestral Knowledge IconAncestral Knowledge for the minor Mana pool increase.


Leveling Rotation

Unlike the other specializations, Restoration is meant to be played in a group setting, typically while leveling through dungeons. The rotation below is made with that in mind and details your healing rotation at any given level, which you can adjust with the level slider at the start of the guide.

  1. Make sure Water Shield IconWater Shield is active on you at all times for the extra Mana regeneration.
  2. Make sure Earth Shield IconEarth Shield is active on a tank for extra healing.
  3. Place down your support totems, such as Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem and Searing Totem IconSearing Totem, for tougher packs or bosses.
  4. Place down your support totems, such as Strength of Earth Totem IconStrength of Earth Totem and Windfury Totem IconWindfury Totem, for tougher packs or bosses. Remember to use Mana Tide Totem IconMana Tide Totem whenever you can make use of extra Mana, as well.
  5. Heal area-of-effect damage with Chain Heal IconChain Heal.
  6. Heal single-target damage with Healing Wave IconHealing Wave or Lesser Healing Wave IconLesser Healing Wave, and remember you can use Nature's Swiftness IconNature's Swiftness in an emergency.
  7. Heal single-target damage with Healing Wave IconHealing Wave or Lesser Healing Wave IconLesser Healing Wave if your target will die before the cast finishes.
  8. Heal single-target damage with Healing Wave IconHealing Wave.

List of Trainer Skills to Buy

Buying everything is, essentially, the way to go, as spell costs are quite low and all of them have uses, even if small ones.

If you are doing a completely new character and want to save as much gold as you can for your first mount at Level 30, you can opt to buy only the recommended skills for the rotation in the section above.


Restoration Shaman Macros and Addons

By setting yourself up with an upgraded user interface and macros from the get-go, you will make your leveling process much easier. Check out our Restoration Shaman Macros and Addons guides in the link below for the full list.


Restoration Shaman Quests and Weapons

While leveling, you will need to keep your eyes peeled for weapon opportunities. You will also need to complete various class quests for the baseline totems which allow you to use key totems for Restoration, such as Mana Spring Totem IconMana Spring Totem. To help you with that, we have made two dedicated guides.


How to keep evolving your Restoration Shaman at Level 70

Once you hit maximum level, we suggest you read the Healer Shaman Guide, which covers all there is to know about healing on your Shaman at Level 70.

Some of the most relevant pages to dive deeper into are:

  • The Healing Shaman Talent builds guide has multiple builds for Healing Shamans. The main one is purely healing-oriented with a heavy investment on the Restoration tree, but you can also opt to mix in some Enhancement talents for small buffs to your support totems;
  • Our Healing Shaman Rotation guide teaches you how to actually heal in a variety of situations. You can find some advanced tips on how to manage your totems and specialty skills here as well;
  • Browse our Healing Shaman Stats guide if you wish to learn more about your different stats and how they affect your gameplay;
  • The Gear guide for Healing Shamans will tell you which gear pieces to farm at Level 70 and where you can farm them at;


  • 10 Oct. 2021: Fixed the talent calculator when moving the slider to early character levels.
  • 31 May 2021: Added links to the new Weapon, Quest, Addons, and Macros guides, as well as the specialization guides.
  • 18 May 2021: Page added.
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