Restoration Shaman Healing Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3
On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, 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.
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.
- Level 15: Torrent
- Level 30: Echo of the Elements
- Level 45: Spirit Wolf
- Level 60: Ancestral Vigor
- Level 75: Nature's Guardian
- Level 90: Flash Flood
- Level 100: High Tide
Stat Choice for Restoration Shamans
Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows.
- 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.
Basic Priority List for Restoration Shaman
- Use Riptide on an injured target whenever available.
- Use Healing Stream Totem 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.
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.
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.
Best Outer Ring Azerite Traits
- Heart of Darkness increases the amount of your secondary stats while you are above 25 Corruption.
- Blightborne Infusion grants high Critical Strike with good uptime.
- Swirling Sands works similarly to the above trait, making it also a good pick.
- Spouting Spirits grants Spirit Link Totem a strong burst healing component.
- 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 makes 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.
Best Middle Ring Azerite Traits
- Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
- 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.
- Blessed Portents grants your healing spells a chance to apply Blessed Portents to the target for 20 seconds. When the target falls below 50% health, Blessed Portents is consumed and heals them.
Best Inner Ring Azerite Traits
- Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
- Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
If you require further information on Azerite Traits, check out our Azerite Traits page.
Best Easy Mode 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.
- Major: Vision of Perfection ( Vision of Perfection)
- 1st Minor: Conflict and Strife ( Strife)
- 2nd Minor: Ever-Rising Tide ( The Ever-Rising Tide)
- 3rd Minor: Unwavering Ward ( Unwavering Ward) on stacked fights, Memory of Lucid Dreams ( Memory of Lucid Dreams) elsewhere.
A fully passive, high healing setup which allows you to focus on your rotation and the encounters themselves.
- Major: Vitality Conduit ( Vitality Conduit)
- 1st Minor: Conflict and Strife ( Strife)
- 2nd Minor: Spirit of Preservation ( Devout Spirit)
- 3rd Minor: Ever-Rising Tide ( The Ever-Rising Tide)
Vitality Conduit provides a low cooldown, strong single-target heal for emergencies, which goes very well with the rest of our kit. Just use it on whoever is critically hurt!
- 06 Apr. 2020: Removed Loyal to the End's recommendation, due to not being available on Patch 8.3 gear.
- 28 Jan. 2020: Updated Essence recommendations.
- 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3 and added new Essence recommendations.
- 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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