Restoration Shaman Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.2.5
Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Restoration Shaman, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.
The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.
Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands
By heading into Torghast, you will be able to create gear with Legendary Powers through the new Runecarving system. These powers boost your abilities in a unique way, but you can only wear one of them at a time. This guide will list, explain, and rank each power, so that you can understand which are the best ones to use on any given situation.
You can also obtain a random Legendary power you do not have yet by using the Chronicle of Lost Memories, which you can obtain through the Renown vendors at your Covenant sanctum. It costs 35 Grateful Offerings, which you can obtain from doing daily Anima Conductor activities, and can be bought once you have 4 Anima streams reinforced in this system.
Best Legendaries for Restoration Shaman
Bolded slots are preferable due to offering the highest stats available. These will also take into account slots potentially occupied by tier set gear.
Once you progress enough into the story quests of Zereth Mortis, you can use two Legendaries at once, with one of them having to your Covenant's Legendary. You can get this extra power on the 265 item level Clasp of Unity belt bought from the reputation vendor in Zereth Mortis, or on any gear slot you wish and up to 291 item level with the Unity Legendary power memory which also requires Revered reputation with The Enlightened.
Because this is a forced choice based on your Covenant choice, we will focus on the non-forced Legendary choices in this section, and leave the discussion on which is the best Covenant for the Covenant section linked below.
A Legendary item can have sockets, as long it is a Head, Bracer, Neck, Ring or Belt.
As expected from looking at our stats page, you will usually want to craft your Legendary with Critical Strike and Versatility, as they are the most reliable stats on all types of content. If you are only focused on Mythic+ or soloing, replacing Critical Strike with Haste is fine, as is replacing Critical Strike for Mastery in PvP.
|Raiding||Primal Tide Core||Head or Hands||Torghast (The Soulforges, Layer 3+)|
|Mythic+||Deeptremor Stone||Feet, Finger or Waist||Echelon in Halls of Atonement|
|PvP||Earthen Harmony||Chest or Back||General Kaal in Sanguine Depths|
|Torghast||Deeptremor Stone||Feet, Finger or Waist||Echelon in Halls of Atonement|
While we will be going into more detail later in the guide, we recommend Primal Tide Core for raiding. It creates a Riptide on an ally within about 10 yards which grants Tidal Waves and has the initial burst healing of the hard-cast spell. It is especially powerful for Necrolords due to the synergy with Primordial Wave, as Riptides created by this ability count towards getting the extra one from the Legendary and you can cleave Healing Wave from Riptides created by the Legendary. Jonat's Natural Focus is also strong for raiding, but harder to use well.
For Mythic+, Deeptremor Stone provides a very powerful damage cooldown, which is great for timing keys. It has no special synergies with any particular Covenant and does not cater to any specific type of content, making it a great "catch-all" Legendary for offensive Shamans. Kyrians should use Raging Vesper Vortex, instead, which provides even higher damage with less downsides!
In PvP, Earthen Harmony is king for its great healing and live saving potential, which works at 100% even when you are crowd controlled. It is also a more single target oriented Legendary than most alternatives, making it a natural choice for the small groups of arena PvP. Just like in Mythic+, Kyrians can use Raging Vesper Vortex to try and one shot locked down enemies, and Deeptremor Stone is also a very powerful damage option in PvP.
Finally, Deeptremor Stone is also amazing for Torghast, as it allows your permanent Earth Elemental build to come online much sooner: all you need are two common Deadened Earth powers! Stable Phantasma Lure, Raging Vesper Vortex, or Elemental Conduit are also fine choices.
Best Overall Legendary for Restoration Shaman
You should always pick the best Legendary for the content you care about the most first. If you wish to participate equally in most types of content, or simply do not have the time to craft multiple Legendaries, we would recommend that you pick up Primal Tide Core.
Riptide is extremely strong in Shadowlands, and getting more of them passively tends to be a great bonus in any type of group content. It also happens to take no or minimal mental input from yourself, freeing you to concentrate on other important tasks such as standing out of the fire.
Raging Vesper Vortex, Elemental Conduit, or Seeds of Rampant Growth are also strong general purpose choices for their respective Covenants, and can be used instead of the Primal Tide Core if you wish to have a more bursty healing profile and / or more damage.
Legendary Crafting Strategy for Restoration Shaman
You can get unlimited amounts of legendary crafting materials from Torghast and other sources, which means they will not be a roadblock to crafting multiple Legendaries, and it will all come down to how much time you wish to spend farming the required materials.
These are the total costs:
- Ilvl 190 — 1250 Soul Ash;
- Ilvl 210 — 2000 Soul Ash;
- Ilvl 225 — 3200 Soul Ash;
- Ilvl 235 — 5150 Soul Ash;
- Ilvl 249 — 5150 Soul Ash and 1100 Soul Cinders;
- Ilvl 262 — 5150 Soul Ash and 1650 Soul Cinders;
- Ilvl 291 — 5150 Soul Ash, 1650 Soul Cinders, and 2000 Cosmic Flux.
You could create 4 item level 190 Legendaries with the Soul Ash cost of a single item level 235 and still have some to spare! And higher ranks require rarer materials and a more expensive crafted base item.
Thus, your decision is whether to craft multiple low item level Legendaries, or a single high item level one. Deciding that depends on how highly you value your off-specs and role flexibility, as the gain of having a good Legendary power will always outweigh the slight item level gain of a single slot.
If you are focused on achieving the maximum power level possible for a single spec or role, then it would be best to pool all of your resources into a single Legendary. If flexibility across specs and roles is what you value the most, then make sure to have good Legendaries for all the roles you care for before you start upgrading them.
Soul Cinders are obtained from Torghast Layers 9 and above, and Cosmic Flux is obtained when doing any kind of endgame activity, which includes Torghast but also raids, Mythic+, PvP, and world content.
Best Raiding Legendaries for Restoration Shaman
Raiding has a heavy focus on single-target damage and area of effect healing on a large group of players, many of which are likely to be far away from you.
Deadly damage also tends to come in bursts, so Legendaries that provide extra burst healing are preferable, but not if it comes at the cost of your Mana sustainability.
- Primal Tide Core provides extra free Riptides that have the same initial burst healing and Tidal Waves procs of hard-casted ones. While it will not create an additional Riptide if your 4th cast target has no allies nearby, the effect will try to proc in every following cast until it works. As said previously, the synergy with Primordial Wave is great, but numbers favor this Legendary, regardless. Track the amount of Riptides left for activation with this WeakAura, by Niseko.
- Deeptremor Stone is a pure damage Legendary. The Earthquake effect makes your Earth Elemental cooldown deal great area-of-effect damage, which can be of value on fights where this is the most important factor.
- Raging Vesper Vortex is the Kyrian Legendary and makes Vesper Totem deal extra bursts of damage and healing once its healing or damage charges are spent. As long as you use all charges and hit players and enemies with the totem, this is an extremely strong Legendary.
- Elemental Conduit, the Venthyr Legendary, applies Riptide to all friendly targets hit by Chain Harvest and Flame Shock to all enemy targets hit by it. It also reduces Chain Harvest cooldown by 1 second every time a Flame Shock critical strikes. This is a very powerful effect, but does requires a lot of hits and damaged targets to achieve its maximum potential, making it more niche than Primal Tide Core. It can also be combined with Skybreaker's Fiery Demise for maximum cooldown reduction, but this is usually not worth it compared to alternatives.
- Seeds of Rampant Growth, the Night Fae Legendary, causes each pulse of Fae Transfusion to reduce the cooldown on Healing Tide Totem by 5 seconds (35 total reduction) and increase your Critical Strike chance by 4% (28% total Critical Strike) for 15 seconds. This is a strong Legendary in fights where HTT is strong and your group would benefit from the extra uses unlocked.
- Splintered Elements is the Necrolord Legendary and causes each Healing Wave generated by Primordial Wave to grant you 10% stacking Haste for 12 seconds. While this can easily be a lot of Haste on demand, it is usually difficult to find uses for extra Haste as a Restoration Shaman, and you will have to agonize over whether to use cooldown-reset Primordial Wave immediately or wait until the Haste buff wears off, in order to avoid clipping.
- Earthen Harmony can provide extra healing on tanks if that is what your raid needs, but there will usually be other healers more suited to this role.
- Jonat's Natural Focus supercharges your next Chain Heals when you cast your single-target heals. It works with Primordial Wave, as all targets hit by the replicated Healing Wave will grant you buff stacks. This enables extra burst healing before and after the Wave combo. While this Legendary has decent potential, it is much harder to effectively use than Primal Tide Core.
- Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem turns your Mana Tide Totem into a throughput cooldown, by cutting the cast times of Chain Heal and Healing Wave in half. It has a small Mana cost reduction baked in, but it would still be ideal to use it alongside Innervate, if possible.
- Chains of Devastation enables a simple two-button rotation of instant casts that deals both significant area damage and area healing. You can also use it to bank an instant Chain Heal before damage happens. While this is often more than enough to carry you through easy encounters, it comes at a high Mana and opportunity cost and should be saved for encounters where both Chain Heal and Chain Lightning will often be used.
- Echo of Eonar is a way to boost your group's damage whenever extra healing is not required, but is generally of low impact value.
Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Restoration Shaman
Mythic+ emphasizes area-of-effect damage and small group healing as well as single target burst healing capabilities.
While Mana is still a concern, individual fights tend to be shorter and there will be multiple opportunities to drink on a run, making Mana management less of a priority than while raiding.
- Raging Vesper Vortex provides both extra area damage and healing on a very consistent basis, making it amazing for Mythic+, especially in any pulls where a Deeptremor Earth Elemental would die instantly. This should be the default Legendary for Kyrian players.
- Deeptremor Stone turns your Earth Elemental into an Earthquake-powered killing machine, albeit one with a hefty cooldown. Use it when you do not need extra healing and will be doing large pulls.
- Elemental Equilibrium also adds extra damage, but does it in a more steady and safe way. It does require you to use spells that you would otherwise not use in order to maximize its effect, however, but is the logical choice if your Earth Elemental keeps dying.
- Elemental Conduit strengthens your Chain Harvest significantly, and also adds a strong healing and damage-over-time component to it. These bonuses make this Legendary also very strong in Mythic+ large pulls similar to the previous Legendary.
- Primal Tide Core will create extra Riptides on your group for free, which is always useful, especially if you are a Necrolord.
- Earthen Harmony helps with keeping your tank stable, allowing you to focus on other members of the group more often and in making a more efficient usage of your Mana, overall.
- Seeds of Rampant Growth provides more burst healing and damage, but Healing Tide Totem is not a very strong cooldown in Mythic+, lowering its value slightly relative to raiding.
- Splintered Elements is slightly more usable in Mythic+ due to Haste being a better stat overall and Mana being less of an issue, but its damage contribution still pales in comparison to that of Raging Vesper Vortex and the other Covenant Legendaries.
- Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem is an extra healing cooldown when you need it, and it works on both single-target and area-of-effect healing.
- Chains of Devastation allows you to deal strong area-of-effect damage and healing while moving, which is often precisely what you need in a Mythic+ dungeon. You can also use it to bank an instant Chain Heal, which will be ready to unload as soon as area damage happens. Make sure your group stays close enough for Chain Heals to bounce!
- Jonat's Natural Focus is easy to charge in Mythic+, as it gains stacks from the spells you use the most (when not using Chains of Devastation). This allows you to have a powered up Chain Heal ready to use against area-of-effect damage burst damage on your group.
- Echo of Eonar is a way to boost your group's damage whenever extra healing is not required, but is generally of low impact value.
Best Torghast Legendaries for Restoration Shaman
If you plan on running Torghast with a group of people, consider referring to the Mythic+ recommendations if your group is large enough that you have to heal for most of the time.
Otherwise, the recommendations below assume you are running solo or with only 1 or 2 extra players, in which case improving your own (area-of-effect) damage is the most important consideration.
- Deeptremor Stone will give you a powerful damage cooldown in Earth Elemental. This can be useful to get through some of the hardest pulls in Torghast, especially if they involve multiple enemies, and it can enable the permanent Earth Elemental build to come online much sooner!
- Stable Phantasma Lure is a special Legendary that increases the Torghast-only currency you get by a significant amount. While the value of this currency can vary wildly between runs, depending on your build and what is available from the vendors, buying powers is still one of the best ways to complete a synergistic build on a Torghast run, and this Legendary will help you get there faster.
- Raging Vesper Vortex and Elemental Conduit are both solid damage options, although generally not as strong as Deeptremor Stone.
- Chains of Devastation is a quality-of-life increase that can be useful in Torghast, but you will generally perform better with one of the above Legendaries.
- 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 23 Mar. 2022: Adjusted Legendary stats recommendation.
- 22 Feb. 2022: Added Elemental Equilibrium and Skybreaker's Fiery Demise.
- 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
- 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
- 29 Jun. 2021: Updated with the new Patch 9.1 Legendaries.
- 16 Jun. 2021: Changed the general-purpose Legendary recommendation.
- 13 Jun. 2021: Revamped the Legendary priority based on the current meta.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Updated with the 9.0.5 buffs to Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem and Jonat's Natural Focus.
- 10 Feb. 2021: Corrected a typo on whether Legendaries can have sockets or not.
- 22 Dec. 2020: Adjusted Mythic+ Legendary recommendations and their justification text.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Added more information on the Primal Tide Core and Chronicle of Lost Memories Legendary catch-up item.
- 04 Dec. 2020: Added a crafting plan section and reworked Legendary priority post live testing.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
- 22 Nov. 2020: Clarified the stats to craft on the Legendaries and added details on Chains of Devastation.
- 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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