Restoration Shaman DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Seksixeny 46 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to DPS as a Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7. We cover rotation, talents, stat priority, gear advice, etc.


Introduction to DPS as Restoration Shaman

You should look to deal damage as a healer specialization character in order to optimize your gameplay by filling in moments where your healing will not make a difference with extra damage, which always makes a difference, especially in timed Mythic+ runs and raid bosses.

The faster an enemy dies, the less overall healing will have to be done, and it also reduces the probability of mistakes and deaths happening, leading to the dreaded 0,1% wipes common during progression raiding.

Because you will only have 3 DPS players, the difference between a 0 damage healer in Mythic+ dungeons and a healer that actively uses his damage abilities can be up to 10% of the total group DPS. Also, although you are the only healer, you can often simply heal your group between pulls instead of during them.


The seventh healer specialization: Battle Shaman

While all Shamans should contribute DPS between their healing requirements, Battle Shamans focus almost exclusively on damage dealing and healing cooldown usage in raids, while saving their healing kit and Mana to emergencies or hard healing phases.

This is a playstyle that first appeared in the Battle for Azeroth's azerite armor system, which allowed dedicated Restoration Battle Shamans to deal DPS almost equal to that of DPS specializations. While the initial trait is no longer present, our damage spells were buffed to compensate, and, especially, had significant Mana reductions. This means that DPSing in between healing is more important than ever, even if the dedicated Battle Shaman is mostly dead.

Because of our Mastery healing for more when targets are deeply injured and the nature of a Shaman's healing kit, which combines multiple high-impact cooldowns such as Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem with the expensive but no-cooldown Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge, it is very viable to focus on damage dealing (which barely uses any Mana by itself) and cooldown usage until hard healing is required, at which point you can quickly go through your entire Mana pool to do a crazy amount of burst healing over one minute or so.


Relevant Spells and Passives Summary

  • Acid Rain Icon Acid Rain turns your Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain into a good damage spell and should be used on cooldown if at least one target will be standing within it for its full duration;
  • Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is your main damage-over-time (DoT) effect;
  • Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst can be a strong single-target spell but is talent-reliant;
  • Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt is your single target filler spell;
  • Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning is your main AoE spell;
  • Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper is a cooldown that allows you to deal high burst damage on demand.

The talent Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge gives each of your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock ticks a chance to reset the remaining cooldown on Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst and make it instant. Thus, the more Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks you have active, the higher your odds of getting extra Lava Burst Icon Lava Bursts, drastically increasing your DPS potential.

Pandemic is a passive effect that makes it so that when refreshing your periodic damage or healing effects, the remaining duration is added to the new one, up to a total maximum of 130% of the base duration. Understanding this effect is very important to maximizing your damage. For example, if you attempt to refresh Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock (21-second base duration) at 10 seconds left, the new duration will become 21 + (21 * 0.3) = 27.3 seconds. You will want to refresh your DoTs in a so-called Pandemic window, which is defined as any time before the DoT expiration and 30% of its maximum duration. For the Flame Shock example, it will be a time frame between 0 and 6.3 seconds. Casting Flame Shock at this point will add the full 21 seconds, ensuring you lose no damage and your DoT is always on the target dealing damage.


DPS Rotation

Because of the low amount of spells involved, the Shaman DPS rotation is very simple (assuming you took all DPS talents, including Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge):


1 Target, against spread enemies or against a priority enemy with adds

  1. Cast Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain (with Acid Rain Icon Acid Rain) on cooldown;
  2. Cast Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper on cooldown;
  3. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on each target and refresh it whenever it has 6.3 seconds or less duration left;
  4. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst at the priority target whenever it is available;
  5. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt at the priority target, otherwise.

2+ (close) Targets AoE

  1. Cast Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain (with Acid Rain Icon Acid Rain) on cooldown;
  2. Cast Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper on cooldown;
  3. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on each target and refresh it whenever its debuff has 6.3 seconds or less remaining;
  4. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst if you get a Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge proc;
  5. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning, otherwise.

3+ (close) Targets AoE

  1. Cast Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain (with Acid Rain Icon Acid Rain) on cooldown;
  2. Cast Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper on cooldown;
  3. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning.

If you lack Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge, just drop Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst from your rotation and proceed with the rotation suggested. You will do less single-target damage, but also use less Mana, global cooldowns, and save a talent point in the process.


DPS Trinkets for Restoration Shaman

Some Dragonflight trinkets have powerful direct damage effects and can be used with great effect by us as well. Some of the best ones are:

These tend to be extra powerful for dealing damage relative to their position on the tier list of the gear guide, but any trinkets that give you non-Mastery stats are also fine; make sure to check them out!


Interweaving Heals into your Rotation

As mentioned before, even though this is a DPS guide for Restoration Shamans, you will still be expected to heal whenever needed. You have two options on how to proceed:

  • Use your regular healing rotation but always making sure to keep Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock active on targets and Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst on cooldown. This leads to good sustained healing and damage but low burst healing capabilities.
  • Follow the damage rotation detailed above until healing is absolutely required, at which point you swap to Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge spam, depending on the type of healing required. This leads to low sustained healing but good sustained damage and high burst healing capabilities.

Which style you should adopt depends on your raid's needs and the encounter's damage profile, and you should generally consult with your raid / healing leader in order to figure out what style suits your group the best.


Stat Priority

In general, equipping the highest item level pieces without Mastery on them will give you the highest damage. If you have equal item-level pieces, follow the stat priority list below.

  1. Intellect
  2. Versatility = Critical Strike = Haste


  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 18 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated with new trinkets for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 30 Apr. 2023: Added Dragonflight Season 2 trinkets.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated trinkets for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 10 Mar. 2023: Increased priority for Acid Rain usage.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 13 Dec. 2022: Added Primal Ritual Shell.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 02 Aug. 2022: Revamped trinkets for S4.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 23 Mar. 2022: Revamped stat priority for DPSing in current meta.
  • 07 Mar. 2022: Added more DPS trinkets.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Added more Legendary and trinket info for DPS purposes.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 27 Aug. 2021: Reworked the trinket list.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Added Covenant-specific Legendaries considerations.
  • 13 Jun. 2021: Revamped the Legendary priority.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Changed the DPS rotation slightly to account for the 9.0.5 Lava Bust nerf and Chain Lightning buff.
  • 22 Dec. 2020: Added a mention to Shadowlands DPS trinkets with examples.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Added weak auras to help with the DPS rotation.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 21 Jan. 2020: Added DPS guide for Restoration Shaman.
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