Restoration Shaman Healing Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.2
On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.
This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.
The Basics for Restoration Shamans
Restoration Shaman is a healing specialization that excels at healing group damage. They are also decent spot healers, having a variety of cooldowns to draw on that can suit any situation. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary while still providing flexible and potent healing at your fingertips.
If you are completely new to Restoration and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.
Talent Choice for Restoration Shamans
These choices balance ease of use and raw power. Although different talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in healing losses when utilized by many players. The talents recommended below aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.
- Level 15: Unleash Life
- Level 25: Echo of the Elements
- Level 30: Spirit Wolf
- Level 35: Earthen Wall Totem
- Level 40: Graceful Spirit
- Level 45: Flash Flood
- Level 50: High Tide
If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Restoration, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.
Stat Choice for Restoration Shamans
Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows.
- Item Level
- Versatility = Critical Strike
- Haste = Mastery
While we provide stat preference lists, swapping gear to higher item level items — and their higher Intellect / total stats — should, usually, provide a larger upgrade than using lower item level items with better stats. The exception to this rule are items with important tertiary stats, Leech and Avoidance, which should still be used ahead of other items without them, unless the difference in item level is around 10 or above.
If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.
Basic Priority List for Restoration Shaman
- Keep Water Shield active on yourself.
- Keep Earth Shield active on the tank.
- Use Riptide on an injured target whenever available.
- Use Healing Stream Totem on cooldown.
- Use your Covenant ability on cooldown.
- Use Healing Rain to heal injured clumps of allies.
- Use Chain Heal to heal groups of allies whenever necessary.
- Use Healing Surge with Tidal Waves to provide emergency surgical healing.
- Use Healing Wave, even when out of Tidal Waves, to provide efficient single-target healing.
For a more detailed and optimized version of the priority list, check the full Restoration rotation page linked below.
Healing Cooldowns for Restoration Shaman
Healing Cooldowns are meant to allow you to provide a big burst of healing or survivability to your group. In exchange, each of them is typically only usable once every 3 minutes. Below follows a short description of each cooldown and its basic applicability so that you can form an idea of when it is best to use them.
Healing Tide Totem should be used when group damage is high / dangerous but spread equally over the whole group. It provides high spread healing over a period of time and can be used while moving, which allows you to use it while doing fight mechanics or casting other healing spells.
Spirit Link Totem grants 10% damage reduction to and redistributes the health of members inside the totem to keep everyone at equal levels of health percentage. This cooldown is best used when there are allies taking deadly damage near other allies who are healthy. This can be easily achieved against raid wide damage by having some of the group use immunities and / or personal cooldowns. Darkness's randomness over who benefits from the 20% damage avoidance can also be entirely normalized by the use of Spirit Link Totem, a powerful combination.
Mana Tide Totem should be used when you and your co-healers have 90% or less Mana remaining and can be stacked up for its duration. It provides a short duration Mana regeneration boost to everyone within a small radius around the totem.
Covenants, Soulbinds and Conduits for Restoration Shaman
While the Covenant system has a lot of complexities that are worth understanding, if you just want the quick and dirty recommendations, look no further!
|Venthyr||General Draven||Draven Tree|
|Night Fae||Dreamweaver||Dreamweaver Tree|
These soulbinds grant strong throughput or survivability increases without relying on granting you Mastery, making them stronger for incidental DPS as well.
When picking conduits, the best potency ones are Swirling Currents and your covenant ability conduit or Heavy Rainfall. Use Refreshing Waters or Vital Accretion on endurance slots and Thunderous Paws on your single finesse slot.
At early levels of renown you might not have your optimal soulbind available, as is the case with General Draven, or your best power, as is the case with Kleia. Use Theotar the Mad Duke and Pelagos until you unlock the final powers on your best soulbinds!
You can check our detailed page on Covenants for all the details not present here in the link below.
Best Restoration Shaman Legendaries
Our three best legendaries have different niches. Pick the one that is most in line with your favorite content type:
- Chains of Devastation (soloing, off-specs)
- Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem (healing in any context)
- Primal Tide Core (best for raiding)
Chains of Devastation is a special legendary that enables a simple rotation of Chain Heal and Chain Lightning. While this is by no means the recommended rotation for healing or damage dealing, it can do a decent amount of both on the move, making it ideal for soloing. It is also the only recommended Legendary that works for all Shaman specializations.
Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem is a strong healing legendary that converts your Mana Tide Totem into a healing cooldown. Just use it when you need more healing, cannot go wrong with this one as long as you are healing.
Finally, Primal Tide Core is fully passive and will grant you a lot of extra healing in raids without you even realizing it. Unfortunately, it quickly loses power as your group size diminishes, and although it is still quite fine in M+, it has no use while soloing or with off-specs. Take it if you care for raiding the most.
For extra alternatives and full explanations on each legendary, be sure to check out our specialized guide below!
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- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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