Restoration Shaman Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:58 by Seksixeny 32 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 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Restoration Shaman Healer 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.

The item levels available right now vary a lot depending on both the type of content and the difficulty you are doing it at. Check the picture below for details!

3.

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 one, but the slot where you use it in depends on the item level of your gear in the slots the legendary can occupy. Try to craft it on one of your weakest gear slots.

4.

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.

5.

Gear Sockets in Shadowlands

In Shadowlands, only Helms, Necks, Bracers, Belts and Rings can have sockets. These can show up randomly on the item when it drops, or be crafted into an item, Legendaries included.

By gathering Stygia Icon Stygia in The Maw, you will be able to eventually buy Spatial Realignment Apparatus Icon Spatial Realignment Apparatus from Ve'nari, unlocking the possibility of obtaining maximum sockets in your gear!

6.

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. Mythic+ damage patterns encourage the use of single-target healing trinkets, while Raiding is great for area healing trinkets.

When in doubt, stat increasing trinkets tend to always be valuable, no matter the situation.

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.
6.1.

S Tier

6.2.

A Tier

6.3.

B Tier

6.4.

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.

Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal gains power as more people in your group are using it, which is reflected in the ranking. Make sure to use it if there are other people in your group doing the same! Even at its baseline it is very strong.

Finally, DPS trinkets like Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel are not listed but can be very valuable as you can use them to contribute significant damage, even as a healer spec.

7.

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 makes it often the best itemized gear available, as long as you can get it at an equal or higher item level to your other options. Because you can buy it, you are free to fill in your weakest slots with PvP gear! 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!

8.

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.

With the new Valor system in Patch 9.0.5, you can upgrade these items up to a cap of 220 item level, which makes them much more competitive relative to 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 Surgical Pustule Extractor Icon Surgical Pustule Extractor Globgrog in Plaguefall
Shield Encrusted Canopic Lid Icon Encrusted Canopic Lid Surgeon Stitchflesh in The Necrotic Wake
9.

Best in Slot List for Restoration Shamans in Castle Nathria

Below are the recommended Castle Nathria 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 from the previous section of the guide.

One thing to note in Castle Nathria is that, instead of direct weapon and shield drops, Shamans will get token drops from the final two bosses: Stone Legion Generals for off-hands with Thaumaturgic Anima Bead Icon Thaumaturgic Anima Bead and Sire Denathrius for weapons with Venerated Anima Spherule Icon Venerated Anima Spherule. The items we list for these slots below are purchased with these tokens.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of Insatiable Appetite Icon Helm of Insatiable Appetite Hungering Destroyer in Castle Nathria
Neck Noble's Birthstone Pendant Icon Noble's Birthstone Pendant The Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Shoulders Pauldrons of Fatal Finality Icon Pauldrons of Fatal Finality Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Mantle of Manifest Sins Icon Mantle of Manifest Sins Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Chest Consumptive Chainmail Carapace Icon Consumptive Chainmail Carapace Hungering Destroyer in Castle Nathria
Wrists Bangles of Errant Pride Icon Bangles of Errant Pride Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Gloves Oathsworn Soldier's Gauntlets Icon Oathsworn Soldier's Gauntlets Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Belt Double-Chained Utility Belt Icon Double-Chained Utility Belt Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Legs Greaves of Enigmatic Energies Icon Greaves of Enigmatic Energies Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Boots Stoneclas Stompers Icon Stoneclas Stompers Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Hyperlight Band Icon Hyperlight Band Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Weapon Grasp from the Grave Icon Grasp from the Grave Sire Denathrius (token) in Castle Nathria
Shield Barrier of the Chosen Icon Barrier of the Chosen Stone Legion Generals (token) in Castle Nathria
10.

Changelog

  • 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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