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Restoration Shaman Healing Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 30, 2017 at 23:37 by Furty 113 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Restoration Shamans. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5.

The other pages of our Restoration Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Seksixeny, Restoration Shaman and general healing expert. He has been raiding in Group Therapy since Cataclysm and currently creates articles for Chain Heal as well as heavily participating in Discord healing discussion at various WoW healing channels. You can find him for questions / suggestions on Earthshrine, in the Restoration Shaman lounge.

1. Artifact Progression for Restoration Shaman — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Grace of the Sea, take the left path upwards and into  Icon Tidal Chains. Continue into  Icon Pull of the Sea and upwards into  Icon Empowered Droplets. Acquire your first Golden Trait,  Icon Tidal Pools, which is a good trait for any situation, though it shines when there are a low number of targets, such as in dungeons.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Go back to the starting point,  Icon Grace of the Sea, and take the right path upwards through  Icon Buffeting Waves and into  Icon Wavecrash.  Icon Queen Ascendant should be your next investment, one of the most valuable traits on the tree. Grab your second Golden Trait,  Icon Queen's Decree, which is a great pickup in all situations and has great synergy with our Tier 19 4-piece set bonus.

1.3. Final Golden Trait

Head left from  Icon Queen Ascendant into  Icon Caress of the Tidemother for additional Mana return. Head to the upper right into  Icon Servant of the Queen and continue upwards into  Icon Floodwaters. Invest into your final Golden Trait,  Icon Cumulative Upkeep, which is an amazing talent for progression raiding.

1.4. Final Point Investment

Pick up  Icon Sense of Urgency, which turns Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust into a potent throughput cooldown. Next, acquire  Icon Refreshing Currents for the Mana return. Your final points go into  Icon Ghost in the Mist, which is not particularly useful.

2. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path for Restoration Shaman

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Echo of the Earthen Ring Icon Echo of the Earthen Ring
  2. Tidewalker Icon Tidewalker
  3. Pitter-Patter Icon Pitter-Patter
  4. Deep Waters Icon Deep Waters
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Queen Ascendant
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Empowered Droplets
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Floodwaters
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Buffeting Waves
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Wavecrash
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Pull of the Sea
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Tidal Chains
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon Caress of the Tidemother
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Ghost in the Mist
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

You can elect to skip  Icon Floodwaters maxing until later if you are playing with Ascendance Icon Ascendance exclusively. If you are alternating with High Tide Icon High Tide, it is a good early pickup.

3. Relic Priority for Restoration Shaman

Relics are a little bit murky, as trait value goes up and down from fight to fight. There is no definitive best trait for every fight, so take this with a grain of salt.

3.1. Raids

  1.  Icon Queen Ascendant
  2.  Icon Pull of the Sea
  3.  Icon Empowered Droplets
  4.  Icon Floodwaters
  5.  Icon Wavecrash
  6.  Icon Tidal Chains
  7.  Icon Buffeting Waves
  8.  Icon Caress of the Tidemother
  9.  Icon Ghost in the Mist

3.2. Dungeons

  1.  Icon Tidal Chains
  2.  Icon Queen Ascendant
  3.  Icon Buffeting Waves
  4.  Icon Pull of the Sea
  5.  Icon Wavecrash
  6.  Icon Empowered Droplets
  7.  Icon Floodwaters
  8.  Icon Caress of the Tidemother
  9.  Icon Ghost in the Mist

As Relics affect the item level of your weapons, it is recommended you always take the highest item level options as it will increase your weapon damage.

4. ChangeLog

  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated 35+ path maxing priority.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated relic priority, added dungeon relic priority.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added a new path for Patch 7.2 traits.
  • 21 Jan. 2017: Truncated path to be simpler and less oriented towards very early Mythic raiding.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added
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