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Restoration Shaman Healing Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 06, 2020 at 07:10 by Seksixeny 29 comments
General Information

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.


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.


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.

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.


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


Best Middle Ring Azerite Traits

  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • 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.
  • Blessed Portents Icon 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

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.



  1. Major: Vision of Perfection (Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection)
  2. 1st Minor: Conflict and Strife (Strife Icon Strife)
  3. 2nd Minor: Ever-Rising Tide (The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide)
  4. 3rd Minor: Unwavering Ward (Unwavering Ward Icon Unwavering Ward) on stacked fights, Memory of Lucid Dreams (Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams) elsewhere.

A fully passive, high healing setup which allows you to focus on your rotation and the encounters themselves.



  1. Major: Vitality Conduit (Vitality Conduit Icon Vitality Conduit)
  2. 1st Minor: Conflict and Strife (Strife Icon Strife)
  3. 2nd Minor: Spirit of Preservation (Devout Spirit Icon Devout Spirit)
  4. 3rd Minor: Ever-Rising Tide (The Ever-Rising Tide Icon 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!

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.



  • 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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