Restoration Shaman Healing Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1, 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 and burst single-target healing. They have 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. This is not the ideal talent setup, but Shaman talents are close enough that failing to use the alternative talents well will result in a large healing loss for new players.
- Level 15: Torrent
- Level 25: Echo of the Elements
- Level 30: Spirit Wolf
- Level 35: Ancestral Vigor
- Level 40: Nature's Guardian
- 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 such as Leech, which should still be used ahead of other items without them, unless the difference in item level is around 7 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 (preferably with Tidal Waves) to provide Mana 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 incoming group damage is high 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 every second, keeping everyone inside at equal levels of health percentage. This cooldown is best used when there are allies taking deadly damage near other allies who are healthy, and is often combined with damage reduction raid cooldowns or immunities, as the immune player will not take any damage from mechanics but still contribute to stabilizing the group through the totem's effect.
Mana Tide Totem should be used when you and your co-healers have 90% or less Mana remaining and can be relatively close to the totem for its duration. It provides a short duration Mana regeneration boost to everyone within a 20-yard 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 damage dealing purposes as well.
When picking Conduits, the best Potency ones are Swirling Currents and your covenant ability Conduit or Heavy Rainfall. Use Vital Accretion or Condensed Anima Sphere on Endurance slots and Thunderous Paws (or Totemic Surge for Mythic+) on your single Finesse slot.
You can check our detailed page on Covenants for all the details not present here in the link below.
Best Restoration Shaman Legendaries
Our four best Legendaries are all very close in power but have different niches. Pick the one that is most in line with your favorite content type:
- Primal Tide Core (Raiding)
- Deeptremor Stone (Mythic+)
- Earthen Harmony (PvP)
- Raging Vesper Vortex (Kyrian all-rounder)
- Elemental Conduit (Venthyr all-rounder)
- Seeds of Rampant Growth (Night Fae all-rounder)
- Chains of Devastation (General)
- Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem (General)
- Jonat's Natural Focus (General)
Primal Tide Core is fully passive and will grant you a lot of extra healing in raids without you even realizing it. The extra Riptide only occurs when the target you cast on has an ally within about 10 yards, but will keep trying to activate on every subsequent cast until it does successfully. It also has good synergy with the Necrolord Covenant, as it interacts fully with Primordial Wave.
Deeptremor Stone is excellent in Mythic+, as it is our only pure damage Legendary, and a strong one at that. Even with the high cooldown on Earth Elemental, its long 1-minute duration allows the Shaman to dish out some serious damage, especially in coordinated groups who can plan for its use in specific pulls.
Earthen Harmony is another strong choice, which is single-target focused. This makes it a great PvP Legendary, but even on other content, the added healing on the tank is comparable to the benefits of the other Legendaries.
Raging Vesper Vortex, the new Kyrian Legendary, makes Vesper Totem deal extra bursts of damage and healing once its healing or damage charges are spent. As long as you use all charges and hit players and enemies with the totem, this is an extremely strong Legendary, especially in pulls where Deeptremor Stone cannot be used because the Elemental would die instantly.
Elemental Conduit, the new Venthyr Legendary, applies Riptide to all friendly targets hit by Chain Harvest and Flame Shock to all enemy targets hit by it. This is a powerful effect, but does requires a lot of hits and damaged targets to achieve its maximum potential, placing it as a burst option compared to the steady healing of Primal Tide Core.
Seeds of Rampant Growth, the new Night Fae Legendary, causes each pulse of Fae Transfusion to reduce the cooldown on Healing Tide Totem by 5 seconds (35 total reduction) and increase your Critical Strike chance by 3% (21% total Critical Strike) for 15 seconds. This is a strong Legendary in fights where HTT is also strong, especially if you can get useful extra uses out of it.
Chains of Devastation is a special Legendary that occasionally enables instant cast Chain Heals and Chain Lightnings, which can be banked to be used while moving, allowing it to improve your mobility significantly. 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. It is very easy to use, as both your single-target and area-of-effect spells will become supercharged with a single button press when you need them the most and as such is a great Legendary for new players.
Jonat's Natural Focus makes your next Chain Heal stronger when you use Healing Wave and Healing Surge. This is a strong effect, but it requires good planning in order to have charges when you need them, while also not wasting any. This makes it a more advanced Legendary, requiring some WeakAura support in order to keep track of the stacks and plan ahead for their usage.
For extra alternatives and full explanations on each Legendary, be sure to check out our specialized guide below!
Best Easy to Use Trinkets for Restoration Shamans
As this is the easy mode section, we will attempt to list trinkets that are easy to use and strong in all types of content below, as well as their sources.
- Cabalist's Hymnal (Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria);
- Tuft of Smoldering Plumage (Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria);
- Manabound Mirror (Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria);
- Soulletting Ruby (Kul'tharok in Theater of Pain);
- Unbound Changeling (Ingra Maloch in Mists of Tirna Scithe);
- Sinful Aspirant's Insignia of Alacrity (PvP Vendor).
You can find more trinket options and other gear, including BiS lists made from dungeon, raiding and PvP gear below:
- 29 Jun. 2021: Updated with Patch 9.1 changes to Legendaries, Covenants, and Soulbinds.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Updated with 9.0.5 changes.
- 22 Dec. 2020: Added a summarized best trinkets section.
- 20 Dec. 2020: Adjusted M+ legendary recommendations and their justification text.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Small legendary order adjustments.
- 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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