WotLK Classic Restoration Shaman Stat Priority
On this page, you will find out the optimal PvE stat priority for your Restoration Shaman in WotLK Classic. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations.
Best Stats for Restoration Shamans in Wrath Classic
The list below tries to estimate the relative value of 1 point of the stat or rating against 1 point of Spell Power, the golden standard of Restoration Shaman stats, and the stat you should look for in your gear the most.
- Spell Power = 1 point;
- Haste = 1.2 points;
- Mana every 5 seconds (Mp5) = 1.5 points;
- Critical Strike = 0.9 points;
- Intellect = 1.1 points.
Gem and Meta Sockets can be estimated as well by evaluating the stat bonuses they provide. Red Gems grant 19 Spell Power, and are thus, worth 19 points, and we can estimate the value of other gem colors in a similar fashion, by adding the expected value of the stats present on them.
The Meta Socket is special in that it is worth up to 98 points due to the high regen value of the recommended Insightful Earthsiege Diamond. Regardless, as the value of extra Mana is highly contingent on your kill timers, Innervate availability, potion usage, and other external factors, make sure to adjust the values of Mp5, Intellect, and the Meta Socket according to your own needs.
This is a PvE-focused take on stats as Resilience, Stamina, Armor, and Spell Hit are all much more important in PvP and also have to be considered when gearing for it.
Detailed Shaman Stat Explanations
Spell Power is applied to each spell based on its casting time.
The coefficient is calculated by dividing the cast time of a spell by 3.5. This is because a 3.5 second cast benefits from 100% of your gear's Spell Power. For example, if you have 20 additional Spell Power from gear, then this will simply affect your spells as follows:
- Healing Increase per spell cast = n * 20
- n = spell's coefficient
Instant single-target spells typically only get around 43% of the benefit, while a spell with a cast time, like Chain Heal, gets roughly 71%.
This means that 100 Spell Power on your gear would cause Chain Heal to heal for 71 more, and the same logic applies to other spells.
Mana every 5 seconds
Mana every 5 seconds, or simply Mp5, is a common stat found on healing gear. This is the best stat for getting more Mana during a fight because it works constantly, even if you cast something in the last 5 seconds (contrary to Spirit) and should thus be taken whenever possible until you feel comfortable with your Mana sustainability.
Critical Strike allows your spells to occasionally heal for more. Due to Ancestral Healing, a Restoration Shaman's critical strikes increase their target's Armor significantly, which is a huge boost for tanks and people getting focused in PvP. Improved Water Shield and Ancestral Awakening also scale with your crit, making it a much stronger stat than it used to be in TBC Classic.
Intellect is a good stat for Restoration Shamans, as it increases your total Mana pool, Critical Strike chance, and Spell Power through Nature's Blessing. The Mana pool gain is very significant during leveling, while soloing, and even while raiding, as Replenishment regenerates a percentage of your total Mana pool.
Other Shaman Stat Explanations
Stamina is the only stat that will help you survive any type of attack and as such should always be valued highly, especially in PvP.
For Restoration Shamans, Spirit provides Mana regeneration, as long as you are outside the 5-second rule, which means you have not used any Mana consuming spell for the past 5 seconds. Because you are constantly casting, this is usually not very useful. Sitting (through the /sit command, or when eating or drinking) increases Spirit regeneration by 33%.
Resilience is a new stat in Wrath which is only found on PvP gear and reduces your chance to suffer a Critical Strike, as well as the damage you take from those, the Mana burned by effects such as Mana Burn and the damage taken from damage-over-time effects such as Corruption. This is a great stat in PvP as it makes you a lot more durable, increasing the value of your healing in the process.
Spell Hit allows your hostile spells to land more often. This is mostly obtained through gems in order to reliably hit with Wind Shear and Purge in PvP, and you will need 4% Spell Hit in order to never miss against same level players.
Resistance, while inherently niche due to different bosses dealing different magical damage types, can be very useful while progressing specific bosses. Wearing resistance gear of a type makes you take less damage or even completely avoid damage when hit by that type of magical damage.
- 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
- 12 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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