Restoration Shaman Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 22, 2020 at 15:28 by Seksixeny 22 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands 9.0.2. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.

1.

Are Restoration Shamans Good?

Restoration Shamans are very good in Raids and PvP, due to high spot and stacked group healing and utility. They are average in Mythic+, having high utility and a ranged interrupt, but also low sustained single target healing and DPS.

A summary of all changes for the latest patch can be found on our Restoration Shaman introduction page. Read on for a more detailed opinion on our state for Mythic+, PvP and Raids.

2.

Are Restoration Shamans Good in Raids?

They are exceptional, due to powerful unique tools, such as Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem, Ancestral Protection Totem Icon Ancestral Protection Totem, and strong cooldown-oriented healing.

There are plenty of good playstyles available in our talent tree — from flexible, High Tide Icon High Tide-powered Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal bursts, to cheap Wellspring Icon Wellspring rotations replacing most would-be expensive Chain Heal casts.

3.

Are Restoration Shamans Good in Mythic+?

Restoration Shamans can push high keys, are the only healer who can interrupt and have strong emergency healing. They are weak at sustained single target healing and area of effect damage.

If you do wish to go ahead and try to complete higher keys as a Restoration Shaman, you can find more information on how to maximize your output on our Mythic+ page below.

4.

Are Restoration Shamans Good in PvP?

As the most versatile healers in the game, with roots, slows, strong healing output, mobility, and even a ranged interrupt, they always have a place on PvP teams.

If you wish to give PvP as a Restoration Shaman a try, you can follow the advice in our spec PvP guide below.

5.

Best Covenant for Restoration Shamans?

The two best options for performance are Necrolord and Venthyr. Necrolords are recommended for hardcore raiders due to their great spread healing, while Venthyr is recommended for everyone else due to its raw power and simplicity of use.

6.

Best Soulbind for Restoration Shamans?

Assuming full renown and a raid setting, Emeni for Necrolord, General Draven for Venthyr, Kleia for Kyrian and Dreamweaver for Night Fae. Options for all situations are detailed in our Covenants guide.

7.

Best Conduits for Restoration Shamans?

Swirling Currents Icon Swirling Currents is your best conduit. A Covenant-specific conduit or Heavy Rainfall Icon Heavy Rainfall should be used in your second potency slot. Thunderous Paws Icon Thunderous Paws is the best finesse conduit. Vital Accretion Icon Vital Accretion or Refreshing Waters Icon Refreshing Waters are the best endurance conduits. Conduits are explained in detail in our Covenants guide.

8.

Best Legendary for Restoration Shamans?

Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core for raiding, Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem or Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation for all other situations. Spiritwalker's is stronger for healing but does not work on off-specs and deals no damage. Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation is flexible but weaker for pure healing. All legendaries are detailed in our Legendaries guide.

9.

Best Trinkets for Restoration Shamans?

Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal and Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby for raiding, Tuft of Smoldering Plumage Icon Tuft of Smoldering Plumage and Manabound Mirror Icon Manabound Mirror for dungeons and a PvP trinket set for PvP. All trinkets are detailed in our Gear guide.

10.

Is There a Haste Cap for Restoration Shamans?

There is no Haste cap. Its purpose is to make your rotation feel smoother and more responsive. The increased throughput comes at the cost of Mana, however.

We cover the stat priority and assess each stat in more detail on our dedicated stats page, which is linked below.

11.

What is the Best Race for Restoration Shamans?

The best race for Alliance players is Dwarf (Stoneform Icon Stoneform and Might of the Mountain Icon Might of the Mountain), while Horde players should go Goblin for PvE (Rocket Jump Icon Rocket Jump) or Orc (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) for PvP.

You can learn more about racial benefits and other aspects of the class in the simulations page.

12.

How Does Earth Shield Interact with Chain Heal?

Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield does not increase the whole Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal by 10% when cast on a target with it. Only the first hit is increased, and this applies to all other interactions with Earth Shield; only its target gets the healing increase and only while Earth Shield is active.

13.

Does Chain Heal Require High Tide to be Used?

Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal casts with the High Tide Icon High Tide buff are very powerful, but you can also take one of the other talents, especially Wellspring Icon Wellspring, and perform well, as long as you can cast it on cooldown without much over-healing, as well as make good use of the Mana saved with these casts.

Also, keep in mind that Chain Heal generates Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves while doing significant healing, which warrants usage in most group healing scenarios. Finally, it is one of the ideal spells to cast while you have Innervate Icon Innervate on yourself!

14.

Does High Tide Activate from Free Casts Made While Innervated?

Yes! Casts done under the effects of Innervate Icon Innervate cost 0 Mana, but are still counted towards High Tide's next activation threshold.

15.

Why is My Wellspring Healing so Much on Some Casts Relative to Others?

Wellspring Icon Wellspring will divide its tooltip healing amount by the targets hit, in order to do a maximum amount of 6 * (tooltip healing). This means that, usually, the maximum amount of healing you can get from a Wellspring cast caps at 6 injured targets. The trick to go past this hard cap is understanding it does this calculation as you finish casting it, but it still has a small travel time to actually hit other players. If only a few people are injured at the time Wellspring finishes casting, but they all become injured by the time Wellspring actually hits, all of them are hit by the uncapped amount, thus creating a huge burst of healing! Just be careful not to finish casting Wellspring when no one is injured because, at that point, its unique over-healing prevention mechanic will kick in and it will do extremely low healing on anyone hit, instead.

16.

What is the Best Loa for Zandalari Restoration Shamans?

The Critical Strike buff provided by Embrace of Pa'ku Icon Embrace of Pa'ku is currently the best choice available.

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Changelog

  • 22 Dec. 2020: Added a Best Trinkets section.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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