Restoration Shaman Healing Crucible of Storms Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3
On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Restoration Shaman for each boss of the following raid: Crucible of Storms. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.
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Restoration Shaman in the Crucible of Storms
This page will consist of a talent cheatsheet plus Restoration Shaman-specific tips for Crucible of Storms. For an actual strategy on the encounters, you should check the Crucible of Storms raid guide.
The Restless Cabal
Restoration Shaman Tips on The Restless Cabal
- Make sure to help interrupt Witness the End casts, especially during Storm of Annihilation.
- Dispelling the Promises of Power debuff will deal damage to you on Heroic difficulty and higher. This means that, in most situations, you will want to dispel this debuff from yourself or other healers well before your health drops to levels that would signify death, were you to dispel someone else's debuff.
- You can use Tremor Totem to remove the fear effect from Terrifying Echo if it looks like the cast will go through. This will likely happen when the add is up during Storm of Annihilation, as its effect causes the raid to deal 50% less damage.
- On this fight, a ranged DPS will tank one of the bosses, Zaxasj the Speaker. Restoration Shamans are unlikely to be chosen as the dedicated ranged tank healer, but keep this player in mind as he will need sustained healing to survive.
- Pay attention to players affected by the Crushing Doubt debuff. It will deal ever increasing damage and explode raid-wide upon expiration. If you are afflicted with it, wait approximately 4 seconds before using Astral Shift in order to cover the large ticks towards the end.
- The entire raid will be healing immune while one of the bosses has the Umbral Shell shield. Spend this time helping your raid bring it down.
- Save your raid cooldowns for Storm of Annihilation and Witness the End explosions, as these are the most dangerous source of damage in this fight.
- Good Promises of Power uptime on damage-dealers is critical in order to beat the enrage timer and kill Visage from Beyond adds fast enough. You should only dispel this debuff from them when they are also afflicted with Crushing Doubt or when raid-wide damage from its expiration or Witness the End explosions is imminent. Keep in mind that some classes, such as Shadow Priests or Demon Hunters, can survive through an explosion if they use their personal cooldowns, and both Shadow Priests and Warlocks can self-dispel.
- If you stack all damage-reduction cooldowns, including Spirit Link Totem and Ancestral Protection Totem, it is possible to keep a full stack of Promises on damage-dealers through a Crushing Doubt explosion, but this should be planned out in advance by your guild.
- Because damage-dealers will tend to have high Promises stacks throughout the fight, healers will be responsible for soaking Void Crash when the circle is small.
- You should aim to be as close as possible to the lightning orbs spawned by the Tempest Caller relic, in order to avoid them hitting / killing damage-dealers with high Promises stacks.
- In order to have high enough health to perform both of these jobs (and to avoid one-shotting yourself when dispelling Promises), you will usually only want to get Promises stacks right at the start of the encounter, before any relics are activated. Position-wise, it might be wise to avoid the ranged clump in order to minimize the amount of time you spend running from the Promises-granting circle and large Void Crashes.
Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void
Restoration Shaman Tips on Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void
- Stand near the edge of the room when Oblivion Tear is about to be cast in order to keep the boss area as clean as possible; this is especially critical in Mythic difficulty, as Unstable Resonance will require plenty of space for players to move around without hitting each other.
- When Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth is crossing the room, rush into one beam and wait for its debuff to expire before the other beam hits you.
- Use Embrace of the Void to deny boss healing from Oblivion Tear. While the precise timing will depend on the raid assignments, the momentary pause in boss abilities at the end of Phase One and Two is usually the best moment.
- You should be able to use Tremor Totem to remove the fears from Unknowable Terror if anyone is caught in its effect. It is also dispellable.
- When Primordial Mindbenders spawn, make sure to use Capacitor Totem and Wind Shear to interrupt them. These should, ideally, be killed before Gift of N'Zoth: Hysteria is cast.
- In the final phase, if you are afflicted with Insatiable Torment, make sure to stand close to other players when injured, in order to heal through Feed on the Unworthy.
- Save raid cooldowns for moments where Storm of Annihilation is being cast, as any player brought below 25% Health during this will instantly die.
- Top up the raid's health before Gift of N'Zoth: Lunacy is cast and try to be away from enemy targets so that you do not get cleaved by your allies.
- Unstable Resonance is the main addition to the fight, and forces the raid to be much cleaner when dealing with Uu'nat's mechanics, in particular the position where the relics are dropped after being used should be as close to the middle of the room as possible, in order to allow players to get to them and drop their debuff in time. For healers this mean that the Void Stone should be dropped by soaking the Oblivion Tear closest to the middle of the room once the shield is close to being fully depleted.
- When Unstable Resonance is cast, you can quickly determine which relic you need to move to by the huge beam that appears over the relic corresponding to your debuff. If you see other people with the same debuff as you nearby, try to quickly group up with them and move as a group, in order to minimize the risk of collision with differently debuffed groups. This is especially relevant when running with Insatiable Torment in the last phase, as you will need to keep feeding off other players to survive.
- 14 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
- 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 11 May 2019: Removed mention to PTR testing as the guide is now 100% complete for live servers.
- 06 May 2019: Added Mythic Uu'nat recommendations post kill videos.
- 27 Apr. 2019: Added Mythic Cabal recommendations after killing it on live.
- 20 Apr. 2019: Added a recommendation to use Tremor Totem if a cast of Terrifying Echo will go through.
- 15 Apr. 2019: Guide added.
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