Restoration Shaman Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:58 by Seksixeny 32 comments
General Information

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.

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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 Icon Chronicle of Lost Memories, which you can obtain through the Renown vendors at your Covenant sanctum. It costs 35 Grateful Offering Icon 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.

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Best Legendaries for Restoration Shaman

Bolded slots are preferable due to carrying more stats than the alternative options, thus making better use of the higher item budget and customized stats of Legendaries.

A Legendary item can have sockets, as long it is a Head, Bracer, Neck, Ring or Belt and you use Spatial Realignment Apparatus Icon Spatial Realignment Apparatus on it, which can be bought from Ve'nari in the Maw.

As expected from looking at our stats page, you will want to craft your Legendary with Critical Strike and Versatility for PvE, swapping out Critical Strike for Mastery if you are PvP focused, instead.

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core Head or Hands Torghast (The Soulforges, Layer 3+)
Mythic+ Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Legs or Back Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
PvP Earthen Harmony Icon Earthen Harmony Chest or Back General Kaal in Sanguine Depths
Torghast Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure Neck, Wrist, or Back Torghast (Layer 6+)

While we will be going into more detail later in the guide, we recommend Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core for raiding. It creates a Riptide Icon Riptide on an ally within about 10 yards which grants Tidal Waves Icon 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 Icon Primordial Wave, as Riptides created by this ability count towards getting the extra one from the Legendary and you can cleave Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave from Riptides created by the Legendary. Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus is also strong for raiding, but harder to use well.

For Mythic+, Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem provides an additional throughput cooldown, great in any situation and especially helpful when dealing with Prideful Icon Prideful. 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. You can use Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core, Earthen Harmony Icon Earthen Harmony, Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation, or Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus in Mythic+ and do well, also!

In PvP, Earthen Harmony Icon 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.

Finally, Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a natural choice for Torghast, as the added Phantasma gains should allow you to complete your Anima Power setup quicker and more reliably. Being able to buy even a single extra damage power is a larger damage increase than that of any other Legendary while solo and there are multiple great ones for healing a group as well!

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Best Overall Legendary for Restoration Shaman

While 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 Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem.

Regardless of the content you are doing, having an extra healing cooldown is never a bad thing and allows you to recover from mistakes more easily. If you need even more healing, you can also stack it with Ascendance Icon Ascendance for the highest burst throughput a Shaman can provide.

Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core, Earthen Harmony Icon Earthen Harmony, Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus, and Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation are the alternative options with their own advantages and disadvantages to consider, but none of them is as generic in application as Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem.

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Legendary Crafting Strategy for Restoration Shaman

You can only get a limited amount of Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash from Torghast every week. This means you should focus on the most important Legendary for your favored content and playstyle, as taking it to the top item level takes much more Soul Ash than creating multiple low level Legendaries.

These are the total costs:

  1. Ilvl 190 — 1250 Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash
  2. Ilvl 210 — 2000 Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash
  3. Ilvl 225 — 3200 Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash
  4. Ilvl 235 — 5150 Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash

You could create 4 item level 190 Legendaries with the Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash cost of a single item level 235 and still have some to spare!

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 Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash 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.

Below are your options for the first few weeks, considering the Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash available in each week.

  1. Week 1 — 1 Rank 1 item
  2. Week 2 — 1 Rank 2 item
  3. Week 3 — 1 Rank 3 item OR 1 Rank 2 item + 1 Rank 1 item
  4. Week 4 — 1 Rank 3 item + 1 Rank 1 item OR 2 Rank 2 items
  5. Week 5 — 1 Rank 4 item OR 1 Rank 3 item + 1 Rank 2 item OR 2 Rank 2 items + 1 Rank 1 item
  6. Week 6 — 1 Rank 4 item + 1 Rank 1 item OR 2 Rank 3 items OR 3 Rank 2 items
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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.

  1. Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core provides extra free Riptide Icon Riptides that have the same initial burst healing and Tidal Waves Icon 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 Icon Primordial Wave is great, but numbers favor this Legendary, regardless. Track the amount of Riptides left for activation with this WeakAura, by Niseko.
  2. Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus supercharges your next Chain Heal Icon Chain Heals when you cast your single-target heals. It works with Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, as all targets hit by the replicated Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave will grant you buff stacks. This enables extra burst healing before and after the Wave combo. While this Legendary has great potential, it is harder to effectively use than Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core.
  3. Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem turns your Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem into a throughput cooldown, by cutting the cast times of Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave in half. It has a small Mana cost reduction baked in, but it would still be ideal to use it alongside Innervate Icon Innervate, if possible.
  4. Earthen Harmony Icon 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.
  5. Chains of Devastation Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Chain Heal and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning will often be used.
  6. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone is a pure damage Legendary. The Earthquake Icon Earthquake effect makes your Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental cooldown deal great area-of-effect damage, which can be of value on fights where this is the most important factor.
  7. Echo of Eonar Icon 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.
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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.

  1. Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon 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. While its Mana drain is not as much of an issue in Mythic+, especially with Prideful Icon Prideful in the pool, it does have a long cooldown.
  2. Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core will create extra Riptide Icon Riptides on your group for free, which is always useful, especially if you are a Necrolord. It lacks the versatility of the top Legendaries, however.
  3. Earthen Harmony Icon 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.
  4. Chains of Devastation Icon 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 Icon 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!
  5. Jonat's Natural Focus Icon 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 Icon Chain Heal ready to use against area-of-effect damage burst damage on your group.
  6. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone turns your Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental into an Earthquake Icon Earthquake-powered killing machine, albeit one with a hefty cooldown. Consider using it when you do not need extra healing and will be doing large pulls.
  7. Echo of Eonar Icon 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.
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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.

  1. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon 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.
  2. Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation is the best general soloing Legendary as it provides movement and extra healing, rather than just extra healing. Use it to DPS while kiting enemies, although it is still recommended to stop and cast your single target spells against single enemies.
  3. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone will give you a powerful damage cooldown in Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental. This can be useful to get through some of the hardest pulls in Torghast, especially if they involve multiple enemies.
  4. Echo of Eonar Icon Echo of Eonar will increase your damage slightly and can be used instead of the Chains when focusing on single target damage.
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Changelog

  • 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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