Restoration Shaman Healing Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 14, 2019 at 21:14 by Seksixeny 23 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1. Foreword

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.

2. 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.

3. Talent Choice for Restoration Shamans

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some 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.

4. Stat Choice for Restoration Shamans

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows.

  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Strike
  3. Versatility
  4. 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.

5. Basic Priority List for Restoration Shaman

  1. Use Riptide Icon Riptide on an injured target whenever available.
  2. Use Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem on cooldown.
  3. Use Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain to heal injured clumps of allies.
  4. Use Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal to heal groups of allies whenever necessary.
  5. Use Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge with Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves to provide emergency surgical healing.
  6. Use Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave, even when out of Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves, to provide efficient single target healing.

6. 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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.

7. Azerite Traits for Restoration Shaman

Azerite Traits are additional effects that are available on special helm, shoulder, and chest slot armor throughout Battle for Azeroth.

7.1. Best Outer Ring Azerite Traits

  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion grants high Critical Strike with good uptime.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands works similarly to the above trait, making it also a good pick.
  • Loyal to the End Icon Loyal to the End provides a strong stat boost, especially when multiple people in your group are also running it.
  • Spouting Spirits Icon Spouting Spirits grants Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem a strong burst healing component.
  • Turn of the Tide Icon Turn of the Tide is great for dungeons, where it should be your first priority trait to stack. Not a priority trait to use in raids.
  • Overflowing Shores Icon Overflowing Shores makes Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain easier to use due to the extra radius and provides extra healing when Healing Rain is cast. Great in raids, but not recommended in dungeons.

7.2. Best Middle Ring Azerite Traits

  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  • Concentrated Mending Icon Concentrated Mending causes your healing effects to have a chance to grant the target a HoT that heals every 2 seconds for 12 seconds. The amount healed doubles every 2 seconds.

7.3. Best Inner Ring Azerite Traits

If you require further information on Azerite Traits, check out our Azerite Traits page.

7.4. Essences

Essences have both Major and Minor powers, with Major powers typically being a new ability you can use, and the Minor powers granting you a passive buff of some kind. The best essences to aim for are.

  • The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide — provides a significant healing increase on a very short cooldown. Due to its downside of stopping your Mana regeneration, try to only use it when the extra healing will be required. It is particularly strong in dungeons due to the lower Mana constraints present.
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams — provides you with extra Mana and stats, and is easy to use due to its long cooldown.
  • The Well of Existence Icon The Well of Existence — stores some of your overhealing, which you can use to heal a single target or as a passive boost to your heals.
  • Life-Binder's Invocation Icon Life-Binder's Invocation — is also easy to use due to its even longer cooldown, but instead of Mana, it will provide you with an extra healing cooldown.

See the Restoration Shaman Essences page for a full description and rankings for each Essence usable by our class, and Essence Guide for the complete, big picture analysis.

8. Changelog

  • 14 Jul. 2019: Updated with new Azerite trait and Essence information.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Mar. 2019: Updated for Patch 8.1.5 changes, added new Azerite traits.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1 changes, High Tide is now the recommended talent for all types of PvE content. Also added new Azerite Traits to look out for.
  • 12 Sep. 2018: Updated stat priority and Azerite traits to match other guide pages.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated Azerite traits.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Added a short list of the best Azerite traits.
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