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Restoration Shaman Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 20, 2020 at 12:30 by Seksixeny 29 comments
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On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.


What Corruption Powers to buy for Restoration Shamans

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

For Restoration Shaman we recommend you stack Severe Icon Severe traits on as many pieces as possible (keep Flash of Insight Icon Flash of Insight if you have it); you should also always look for pieces with high critical strike in order to best synergize with this gearing strategy.

Alternatively, if you do not have a lot of critical strike gear, stack Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum as its value does not rely on the stats on your gear and, instead, is stronger if you do not have a lot of critical strike already. You can also use it as a transition corruption on non-critical strike pieces while looking for the perfect critical strike piece for the slot in question.


Restoration Shaman Corruption Gear

Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption.

While the effects from these affixes are all beneficial, once you reach certain Corruption thresholds you will experience negative effects that become extremely dangerous at high Corruption levels, preventing you from using all of your Corrupted gear at once. Some of the effects are a lot more powerful than others relative to their Corruption cost, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.


Best Corruptions for Healing as a Restoration Shaman


Best Corruptions for DPSing as a Restoration Shaman


Corruption Weapon for Restoration Shaman

Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer Icon Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer is the best Ny'alotha Corruption Weapon for Restoration Shamans. It comes with the Flash of Insight Icon Flash of Insight Corruption guaranteed, which also happens to be the best healing effect and one of the best DPS effects. Make sure to coin for it!

Vorzz Yoq'al Icon Vorzz Yoq'al has a guaranteed Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual, making it a decent option if you have not obtained Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer Icon Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer yet.


Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

  • Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf will negate the effects of Grasping Tendrils Icon Grasping Tendrils, but also prevent you from casting while you are using it, so keep it for emergencies or when you are slowed inside an Eye of Corruption.
  • The Thing From Beyond that spawns from Grand Delusions Icon Grand Delusions is best handled by Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem or a well timed Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem. You can also kite away from it but this will generally waste you a lot of time.

Your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, gains an on-use effect at Rank 6 that clears all Corruption effects from you. This should be used if you spawn an Eye of Corruption or Thing From Beyond at a time where you cannot move out or avoid it. Otherwise, use it whenever you are in a very sticky situation, such as being slowed inside a voidzone.


How Much Corruption Should I Run As A Restoration Shaman

Generally speaking, anything below 40 is considered safe and can be used in all situations. If the content you are doing is easy, and you are confident that you can successfully Root, Kite or Stun almost all the Things from Beyond, then you can run up to 60. We do not recommend running above 40 in any sort of competitive environment.



  • 20 May 2020: Added a section on buying Corruption Powers from MOTHER for Echoes of Ny'alotha.
  • 26 Feb. 2020: Page added.
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