Restoration Shaman Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Seksixeny 36 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 9.2.5. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.


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 also great in Mythic+, having high utility and a ranged interrupt, as well as strong burst DPS with Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone and the Kyrian / Venthyr Legendaries.

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.


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.


Are Restoration Shamans Good in Mythic+?

Restoration Shamans are one of the best classes for pushing high keys, as they have very strong healing, as well as burst damage on demand with Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone and the Kyrian / Venthyr Legendaries. They are also the only healer who can interrupt. Their main weakness is their lack of sustained damage, especially in large pulls.

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.


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.


Best Covenant for Restoration Shamans?

All four Covenants are good. Kyrian is favored for Mythic+ due to its very high damage potential, but Necrolord, Venthyr, and Night Fae all have their unique perks and provide strong healing in any type of content.


Best Soulbind for Restoration Shamans?

Assuming full renown and a raid setting, Emeni for Necrolord, Theotar the Mad Duke for Venthyr, Forgelite Prime Mikanikos for Kyrian and Niya for Night Fae. Options for all situations are detailed in our Covenants guide.


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 and third potency slots. Thunderous Paws Icon Thunderous Paws is the best finesse conduit. Vital Accretion Icon Vital Accretion and Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere are the best endurance conduits. Conduits are explained in detail in our Covenants guide.


Best Legendary for Restoration Shamans?

Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core is the best all-around Legendary and Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex is the best damage Legendary. Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit and Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth are also great all-rounders for their respective Covenants. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone is also amazing for dealing damage, especially in Mythic+. Earthen Harmony Icon Earthen Harmony is superb in PvP. All Legendaries are detailed in our Legendaries guide.


Best Trinkets for Restoration Shamans?

First Class Healing Distributor Icon First Class Healing Distributor and Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling are the best trinkets available in the current patch, because of their raw power and ease of use. All trinkets are detailed in our Gear guide.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 27 Aug. 2021: Reworked the best trinket answer.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated with answers relevant to Patch 9.1.
  • 13 Jun. 2021: Revamped many answers based on current meta.
  • 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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