Restoration Shaman Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Seksixeny 34 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Restoration Shaman gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing a Restoration Shaman

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Restoration Shaman, where we will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.

2.

Gearing Up in Shadowlands

There are three main paths to gear your characters in Shadowlands:

  • World Content (crafting, reputations, quests, world bosses, world PvP)
  • Instanced PvE Content (dungeons and raids)
  • 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. 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.

3.

Restoration Shaman Tier Set in Patch 9.2

Within the new Sepulcher of the First Ones raid that will be coming in Patch 9.2, every class will once again earn pieces of a gear set that is uniquely class-themed with its own set bonuses for every specialization. For Restoration Shamans, these set bonuses are:

Tier set pieces can also come from your weekly Great Vault and you can turn almost any piece of loot of an adequate slot into a tier piece with the new Creation Catalyst system, which will cause it to keep any upgrade paths, socket, or tertiary bonuses it originally had!

You will ideally put Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core's Legendary power into your helmet slot in order to gain the maximum amount of stats and a guaranteed socket, but you can also put it into the hands and use the better stats of the tier helmet, instead, as the overall difference is small.

We have a detailed breakdown of the set bonuses and what they mean for our gameplay in 9.2 in the specialized guide below:

4.

Restoration Shaman Legendaries

While Legendaries are, technically, gear pieces, they are important enough to have their own dedicated page, which you can consult below!

We will not be listing any Legendaries on the best in slot lists down below, as you are expected to be using at least one, but the slot where you use it in depends on whether that gear slot is already occupied by tier set gear. For most players, this means you will be using four tier items, one Legendary in the remaining tier slot and another legendary in an off-tier slot.

5.

Best in Slot List for Restoration Shamans in Sepulcher of the First Ones

Below are the recommended Sepulcher of the First Ones items. As usual, higher item level drops of different items are preferable to the listed items. Also, feel free to mix and match this gear with the dungeon best in slot gear listed further down.

Slot Item Source
Helm Theurgic Starspeaker's Howl Icon Theurgic Starspeaker's Howl Anduin Wrynn
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Theurgic Starspeaker's Adornment Icon Theurgic Starspeaker's Adornment Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread
Chest Theurgic Starspeaker's Ringmail Icon Theurgic Starspeaker's Ringmail Rygelon
Wrists Interdimensional Manica Icon Interdimensional Manica Rygelon
Gloves Theurgic Starspeaker's Runebindings Icon Theurgic Starspeaker's Runebindings Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Belt Combustible Collaboration Girdle Icon Combustible Collaboration Girdle Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Legs Theurgic Starspeaker's Tassets Icon Theurgic Starspeaker's Tassets Halondrus the Reclaimer
Boots Ephemera-Stained Sollerets Icon Ephemera-Stained Sollerets Halondrus the Reclaimer
Ring #1 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon
Ring #2 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid Vigilant Guardian
1H Weapon Genesis Lathe Icon Genesis Lathe Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Shield Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Icon Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Lords of Dread
6.

Gear Sockets in Shadowlands

In Shadowlands, only Helms, Necks, Bracers, Belts and Rings can have sockets. These are guaranteed when crafting a Legendary on those slots, but can also show up randomly on an item when it drops.

7.

Domination Sockets for Restoration Shaman

Domination Shards were updated to not work in any of the new patch content, and can therefore be safely ignored. You should look into replacing your domination socket items with regular socket items whenever possible!

8.

Trinkets for Restoration Shamans

Take note that a trinket's worth might vary wildly between types of content. For example, in PvP a PvP trinket set should almost always be the best due to the powerful set bonus. A powerful damage trinket such as Resonant Reservoir Icon Resonant Reservoir from Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle is great for Mythic+, while Raiding is great for area healing trinkets. Stat increasing trinkets tend to be useful across all types of content.

When in doubt, stat increasing trinkets tend to always be valuable, no matter the situation. Also, some trinkets are much easier to get at a higher item level than others, meaning, Sanctum of Domination trinkets (for example), are ranked lower now that we are in the Sepulcher of the First Ones patch.

The ranking system is as follows:

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful trinkets; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these trinkets are slightly weaker than the S Tier traits, but are still solid choices.
  3. B Tier: a below-average trinket that should be picked only in the absence of an S or A Tier trinket.
  4. C Tier: a weak trinket that provides very little healing output or other utility and should be avoided if possible.
8.1.

S Tier

8.2.

A Tier

8.3.

B Tier

8.4.

C Tier

None! All of the Shadowlands healer trinkets so far are actually usable, if not at an equal power level or equally easy to use optimally.

Some notes on specific trinkets:

Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling changes the stat buff it gives based on the food you recently ate, and can change once per day. Eat Critical Strike food (Spinefin Souffle and Fries Icon Spinefin Souffle and Fries) once per day until you make it change into the all-stat buff. Since we value all of our stats closely, and this version provides the largest overall amount of stats, that is how you can maximize the value you get from your trinket. You can eat feast food only from that point on to avoid the stat buff changing again. The value of the trinket is similar if you use the Critical Strike version, regardless.

Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device has various effects depending on when you activate it:

  • Ally health under 30% nearby = it heals;
  • Healer nearby under 20% Mana = grants Mana;
  • You are crowd controlled = removes it;
  • You have aggro from something nearby = spawns a taunting NPC;
  • Your target is under 20% health = deals huge damage to it;
  • None of the previous is true = huge secondary stat buff.

We are assuming you will be getting the stat buff effect here, but the other effects can also be valuable, depending on the situation.

9.

Best PvP (BiS) Gear for Restoration Shamans in Shadowlands

PvP gear is special for us in Shadowlands: you buy it from the PvP vendor in Oribos and it will always have Versatility as one of its two stats. You can buy blue gear for Honor, which is quite easy to get and upgrade, and epic gear for Conquest, which is obtained more slowly but can is also upgradeable with Honor up to a maximum item level depending on your rated PvP rating. This gear also increases in item level during PvP combat, making it the best gear for PvP.

Even in PvE, PvP gear is a great way to deterministically fill slots where you did not get upgrades from Mythic+ and Raiding. This ensures you can never get unlucky with a particular gear slot, as long as you are the PvP type. We decidedly recommend giving it a try, as it has been great fun for us so far in Shadowlands!

10.

Best in Slot List for Restoration Shamans (Dungeon Gear Only)

Below are the recommended dungeon items in Shadowlands. As usual, higher item level drops of different items are preferable to the listed items. Also, feel free to mix and match this gear with the raid best in slot gear from the next section of the guide.

Using the Valor system, you can upgrade these items significantly, which makes them competitive with raid and PvP gear.

Slot Item Source
Helm Rattling Deadeye Hood Icon Rattling Deadeye Hood Bonefang in The Necrotic Wake
Neck Azure-Venom Choker Icon Azure-Venom Choker Kin-Tara in Spires of Ascension
Shoulders Plagueborne Shoulderguards Icon Plagueborne Shoulderguards Margrave Stradama in Plaguefall
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Devos in Spires of Ascension
Chest Forsworn Stalker's Hauberk Icon Forsworn Stalker's Hauberk Kin-Tara in Spires of Ascension
Wrists Shackles of Alluring Vitality Icon Shackles of Alluring Vitality Kryxis the Voracious in Sanguine Depths
Gloves Iron Spiked Handgrips Icon Iron Spiked Handgrips Grand Proctor Beryllia in Sanguine Depths
Belt Belt of Wretched Manipulations Icon Belt of Wretched Manipulations Domina Venomblade in Plaguefall
Legs Blightborne Chain Legguards Icon Blightborne Chain Legguards Globgrog in Plaguefall
Boots Striders of Restless Malice Icon Striders of Restless Malice Surgeon Stitchflesh in The Necrotic Wake
Ring #1 Arachnid Cipher Ring Icon Arachnid Cipher Ring Domina Venomblade in Plaguefall
Ring #2 Entwined Gorger Tendril Icon Entwined Gorger Tendril Kryxis the Voracious in Sanguine Depths
Weapon Gluttonous Rondel Icon Gluttonous Rondel The Grand Menagerie in Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Shield Encrusted Canopic Lid Icon Encrusted Canopic Lid Surgeon Stitchflesh in The Necrotic Wake
11.

The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Restoration Shaman

While this is mostly applicable to DPS classes, Restoration Shamans do have a DPS simulation profile, which you can use in order to optimize your gear for DPS. Learn more about how to optimize your damage rotation below.

For Healing, we recommend analyzing your performance in past encounters, instead. Tools such as WoW Analyzer are capable of giving you an accurate stat weight and tips on how to improve based on your logs.

You can find more details on how to make the most out of these tools in the specialized page below.

12.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 07 Mar. 2022: Added extra info on DPS trinkets.
  • 02 Mar. 2022: Updated trinket rankings for Shadowlands Season 3.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Added a section on Legion Timewalking trinkets.
  • 27 Aug. 2021: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 21 Jul. 2021: Added Domination Shard upgrading tips.
  • 15 Jul. 2021: Updated trinket rankings and added a new item level disclaimer.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 with Domination Shards and new gear / trinkets.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added information on the new 9.0.5 Valor system to the dungeon gear BiS section.
  • 04 Mar. 2021: Added the Consumptive Infusion trinket to the rankings.
  • 11 Feb. 2021: Adjusted the trinket ratings and added more information on gear sockets.
  • 22 Dec. 2020: Added the full trinket rankings.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Added a Castle Nathria best in slot recommendation and PvP gear thoughts.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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