Restoration Shaman Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 20, 2019 at 16:23 by Seksixeny 23 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5.

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.

Finally, Nazjatar introduces Benthic Gear, which is obtained from doing activities in the zone and scales from 385 to 425 item level, making it great for new and solo focused characters. While there are no notable Benthic powers for healing, Igneous Potential Icon Igneous Potential users can use Vim's Scalecrusher Belt Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Belt, Waveblade Farseer's Bindings Icon Waveblade Farseer's Bindings, Poen's Deepsea Gloves Icon Poen's Deepsea Gloves and Akana's Reefstrider Soles Icon Akana's Reefstrider Soles to increase their damage potential.

Since Benthic pieces randomly roll sockets / Leech, it can also be useful to buy them until you get one, or both, of these desirable rolls, at which time you can upgrade them to 425 item level and have an item that you can use for the rest of the tier.

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 Icon 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 Icon Wind Shear and Purge Icon 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:

  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.

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, with the notable exception of Pocket-Sized Computation Device Icon Pocket-Sized Computation Device, Mechagon's customizable trinket, whose power varies depending on what it has socketed.

While most healing-oriented punchcards are good but not great, Cyclotronic Blast Icon Cyclotronic Blast is notable in the sense that it is easily obtainable (revered with Mechagon's allied faction: Rustbolt Resistance) and allows you to regenerate some Mana while dealing significant damage from range with its effect. A great trinket for the Igneous Potential Icon Igneous Potential-minded Shamans out there.

2.1.

S Tier

2.2.

A Tier

2.3.

B Tier

2.4.

C Tier

3.

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

Below are the recommended items and bosses from which they drop in Battle for Azeroth dungeon system. Keep in mind that higher item level drops are always preferable to the listed items if you get lucky enough to get them! Feel free to mix and match this gear with the raid best in slot gear from the next section of the guide.

Slot Item Source
Helm Sethraliss' Fanged Helm Icon Sethraliss' Fanged Helm Avatar of Sethraliss in Temple of Sethraliss
Shoulders Crashguard Spaulders Icon Crashguard Spaulders Mogul Razdunk in The MOTHERLODE!!
Cloak Sporecaller's Shroud Icon Sporecaller's Shroud Sporecaller Zancha in The Underrot
Chest Circuit-Linked Chainmail Icon Circuit-Linked Chainmail King Mechagon in Operation: Mechagon
Wrists Bindings of Enraged Earth Icon Bindings of Enraged Earth Azerokk in The MOTHERLODE!!
Gloves Blood Tick Crushers Icon Blood Tick Crushers Cragmaw the Infested in The Underrot
Belt Mekgineer's Utility Belt Icon Mekgineer's Utility Belt Gunker in Operation: Mechagon
Legs Nettle-Scarred Greaves Icon Nettle-Scarred Greaves Heartsbane Triad in Waycrest Manor
Boots Gnawed Iron Fetters Icon Gnawed Iron Fetters Jes Howlis in Tol Dagor
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit in Operation: Mechagon
Ring #2 Rebooting Bit Band Icon Rebooting Bit Band Machinist's Garden in Operation: Mechagon
Trinket #1 Conch of Dark Whispers Icon Conch of Dark Whispers Vol'zith the Whisperer in Shrine of the Storm
Trinket #2 Revitalizing Voodoo Totem Icon Revitalizing Voodoo Totem Vol'kaal in Atal'Dazar
Weapon Leaxa's Thought-Piercer Icon Leaxa's Thought-Piercer Elder Leaxa in The Underrot
Shield Bulwark of Brimming Potential Icon Bulwark of Brimming Potential Galvazzt in Temple of Sethraliss
4.

Best in Slot List for Restoration Shamans in The Eternal Palace

Below are the recommended items from each boss in The Eternal Palace, accounting for balanced stats and recommended Azerite traits. This list does not take into account gear from sources other than the raid. 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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Hood of Lightless Depths Icon Hood of Lightless Depths Blackwater Behemoth
Shoulders Gardbrace of Fractured Reality Icon Gardbrace of Fractured Reality Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha
Cloak Drape of the Hatcher Icon Drape of the Hatcher Orgozoa
Chest Servitor's Heartguard Icon Servitor's Heartguard Radiance of Azshara
Wrists Arcanamental Bindings Icon Arcanamental Bindings Radiance of Azshara
Gloves Hands of the Fanatic Icon Hands of the Fanatic The Queen's Court (coin)
Belt Tanglekelp Waistwrap Icon Tanglekelp Waistwrap Lady Ashvane
Legs Cherished Empress's Leggings Icon Cherished Empress's Leggings Queen Azshara (coin)
Boots Vethan's Icewalkers Icon Vethan's Icewalkers Queen Azshara (coin)
Ring #1 Ring of the Highborne Courtier Icon Ring of the Highborne Courtier The Queen's Court (coin)
Ring #2 Cursed Lover's Ring Icon Cursed Lover's Ring Queen Azshara (coin)
Trinket #1 Deferred Sentence Icon Deferred Sentence The Queen's Court (coin)
Trinket #2 Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power Queen Azshara (coin)
Weapon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Icon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Queen Azshara (coin)

Due to its powerful special effect (as seen here, and here), Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Icon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal is well worth using over a one-hand and shield combination, if you manage to get your hands on it. Otherwise, use Fang of the Behemoth Icon Fang of the Behemoth and Bulwark of the Seaborn Avatar Icon Bulwark of the Seaborn Avatar.

5.

Changelog

  • 20 Jul. 2019: Fixed a typo in the gear list.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Added section detailing the power of the staff dropped by Azshara.
  • 14 Jul. 2019: Updated with Operation: Mechagon and The Eternal Palace bis gear list, added the new trinkets to the tier list and updated their rankings.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: Updated the trinket rankings due to the new, improved scaling of non-stat effects. Added Benthic Gear.
  • 20 Apr. 2019: Updated the trinket rankings.
  • 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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