Restoration Shaman Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.
1. Gearing Up in Battle for Azeroth
There are three main paths to gear your characters in Battle for Azeroth:
- World Content (crafting, reputations, emissaries, world quests, world bosses, world PvP)
- Instanced PvE Content (dungeons, raids, warfronts, and islands)
- Instanced PvP Content (battlegrounds and arenas)
You are free to pursue any, or all, of these paths. The more content you do in the game, the faster your gearing up will be, but we recommend that you focus on the types of content you enjoy the most, letting gear come as a by-product of having fun!
Also, keep in mind that you should generally be using your highest item level gear, including Azerite gear. If you have an intellect two-hander that is of higher item level than your one-hand + shield combination, use the two-hander, otherwise use the shield for an increase in survivability against physical damage. If you have several Azerite pieces at the same level and / or are unsure on which traits to pick, check out our Azerite traits page.
1.1. World Content
Crafting wise, as a Restoration Shaman, you can level up to two professions. These allow you to create gear that can be upgraded up to Mythic raid item level.
The benefits of each profession are:
- Alchemy allows you to craft a stat-increasing trinket.
- Jewelcrafting allows you to craft a ring with a guaranteed socket.
- Engineering allows you to craft an Azerite helm.
- Leatherworking allows you to craft leggings and gloves.
World quest rewards scale with your item level, up to Heroic dungeon item level. While these items are not very powerful, world quests are relatively low effort and can be completed quickly. On top of that, trinkets from world quests are generally strong, so if you manage to get one at a high item level, you are likely to wear it for a good while.
Keep an eye out for Emissary caches, as these can award Heroic raid item level Azerite pieces if your own item level is high enough. Such pieces will be massive upgrades for most players and can be obtained effortlessly, once unlocked.
1.2. Instanced PvE Content
Dungeons require a party of 5 players and can usually be completed within about 30 minutes of starting, depending on the dungeon. Because they are available at a wide range of difficulty settings, with scaling rewards, you can use them to gear up while leveling, and continue all the way up to Heroic raid item level when finishing high Mythic+ dungeons. You should aim to complete at least one high level Mythic+ dungeon every week, in order to get the best reward possible from your weekly chest, which can go up to Mythic raid item level.
Raids require a group of 10+ players, depending on the difficulty setting chosen, and can take a varying amount of time to complete, depending on your group's gear and experience with the encounters. Like dungeons, there are multiple difficulty settings, ranging from the automated Raid Finder tool, up to 20-man Mythic raiding, which drops the best gear in the game, but also requires the most coordination and time commitment. When raiding, you can only receive loot from your first kill of a given boss on each difficulty every weekly reset.
Warfronts are a relatively short and easy way to gear up, as they can be queued for in your faction's capital city, and award one Heroic raid item level piece of gear, once per activation cycle. These can be completed as many times as you wish, awarding a random Raid Finder item level piece of gear after each win.
While Island Expeditions are not meant to be farmed for loot, they are very important for power leveling your Heart of Azeroth, thus allowing you to use your Azerite Armor to its maximum potential.
1.3. Instanced PvP Content
Battlegrounds come in various types and sizes and provide a quick solo queue PvP experience or, in the case of Rated Battlegrounds, a 10 versus 10 challenging / rewarding experience that can award gear which scales up to slightly above Heroic raid item level, based on your rating. A weekly brawl is also usually available.
Arenas are fast paced 2v2 / 3v3 death-matches against other teams with a similar rating to yours, with gear up to slightly above Heroic raid item level being randomly awarded at the end of each match. Due to their great amount of utility (especially Wind Shear and Purge), Restoration Shamans are one of the best healers to play in arenas.
By participating in one (or both) types of content, you gather both Honor and Conquest Points, which unlock various rewards. These are purely cosmetic in the case of Honor, but scale up to mythic raid item level for the weekly Conquest rewards: the War Chest and weekly 500-Conquest cap.
2. Trinkets for Restoration Shamans
The following is a draft ranking of trinkets, aimed at use in a raid environment. These rankings are formulated with all trinkets at the same item level. Due to how close in value most trinkets in each tier are, generally it is the higher item level that will decide which one is optimal. To simplify things, you can consider each trinket tier to be worth 5 extra item levels compared to the tier immediately under it.
The ranking system is as follows:
- S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful trinkets; these are always good choices.
- A Tier: these trinkets are slightly weaker than the S Tier traits, but are still solid choices.
- B Tier: a below-average trinket that should be picked only in the absence of an S or A Tier trinket.
- C Tier: a weak trinket that provides very little healing output or other utility and should be avoided if possible.
Any trinket not listed in one of the above tiers provides no increase in healing output, or significant utility, though some may increase damage dealt.
2.1. S Tier
- Ward of Envelopment (Champion of the Light in Battle of Dazar'alor)
- Void Stone (Uu'nat in Crucible of Storms)
- Gilded Loa Figurine (World Quest)
- Dinobone Charm (World Quest)
- Doom's Hatred / Lion's Grace (Arathi Warfront World Boss)
- Conch of Dark Whispers (Vol'zith the Whisperer, Shrine of the Storm)
- Dread Gladiator's Medallion (PvP)
- Mirror of Entwined Fate (King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor)
- Tidal Alchemist Stone (Alchemy, crafted).
- Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix (Mythrax the Unraveler in Uldir)
2.2. A Tier
- Incandescent Sliver (Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor)
- Leyshock's Grand Compilation (World Drop)
- Fangs of Intertwined Essence (Avatar of Sethraliss, Temple of Sethraliss)
- Drust-Runed Icicle (Hailstone Construct, World Boss)
- First Mate's Spyglass (World Quest)
- T'zane's Barkspines (T'zane, World Boss)
- Emblem of Zandalar (World Quest)
- Crest of Pa'ku (Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor)
2.3. B Tier
- Lady Waycrest's Music Box (Lord and Lady Waycrest, Waycrest Manor)
- Inoculating Extract (Vectis in Uldir)
- Pearl Diver's Compass (World Quest)
- Incessantly Ticking Clock (World Quest)
- Azurethos' Singed Plumage (Azurethos, The Winged Typhoon, World Boss)
- Ignition Mage's Fuse (Knight Captain Valyri, Tol Dagor)
- Balefire Branch (Soulbound Goliath, Waycrest Manor)
- Ancient Knot of Wisdom (Darkshore Warfront World Boss)
2.4. C Tier
- Darkmoon Deck: Tides (Inscription)
- Dread Gladiator's Badge (PvP)
- Revitalizing Voodoo Totem (Vol'kaal, Atal'Dazar)
- Plunderbeard's Flask (World Quest)
- Dread Gladiator's Emblem (PvP)
- Dread Gladiator's Insignia (PvP)
- Surging Alchemist Stone (Alchemy)
- Endless Tincture of Fractional Power (Alchemy)
3. Best in Slot List for Restoration Shamans in Battle of Dazar'alor / Crucible of Storms
Below are the recommended items from each boss in the Battle of Dazar'alor, as well as the Crucible of Storms raid, accounting for balanced stats and recommended Azerite traits. This list does not take into account gear from sources other than these raids. There might be better pieces of gear available from other instances, especially with the potential for titanforging. Bonus roll advice is also included in the table below.
For more detailed information on the Crucible of Storms healing gear, I would recommend that you read Voulk's work at Questionably Epic, where he goes into the numbers behind each piece of gear.
- 15 Apr. 2019: Added Crucible of Storms gear and trinkets, as well as updated the raid best-in-slot list.
- 26 Jan. 2019: Added profession / crafting recommendations and swapped the recommendations for chest and shoulder Azerite slots in the BIS list.
- 21 Jan. 2019: Added Battle for Dazar'alor trinkets, ranked them and added the new raid best-in-slot list.
- 19 Dec. 2018: Added the new crafted Alchemy trinket.
- 14 Dec. 2018: Added the Darkshore Warfront World Boss trinket.
- 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
- 11 Nov. 2018: Minor title / BiS table boss link fixes.
- 22 Oct. 2018: Updated with new layout and the complete information on Battle For Azeroth loot systems.
- 12 Sep. 2018: Updated with new trinket theorycrafting after hotifxes.
- 26 Aug. 2018: Updated with trinket and general gear recommendations for the pre-raid period.
- 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
- 18 Jul. 2018: Updated to reflect Soul of the Farseer now giving Echo of the Elements instead of Flash Flood.
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