Restoration Shaman Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 21, 2021 at 08:05 by Seksixeny 34 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. Here, you will learn how to heal as a Restoration Shaman in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your output.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Restoration Shaman guide.

1.

Restoration Shaman Overview

Restoration Shaman is an extremely flexible specialization that shines when healing groups of players that are clumped together. They have a variety of unique tools to deal with otherwise deadly influxes of damage, such as Spirit Link Icon Spirit Link.

Because Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal has no cooldown, Restoration Shamans are one of the few healers that can area-of-effect heal continuously when dangerous unexpected damage happens, a situation also perfectly suited to their Mastery effect: Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing.

While mobility is not one of the specialization's strong points, periods of heavy movement can be handled by Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace. It is also notable that Restoration Shamans can deal significant damage with just instant casts through Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge-enabled Lava Burst Icon Lava Bursts. These can easily be used in between heals with little loss to your healing output.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Loses some healing potential in situations that force a group to spread.
  • -Weak burst-mobility along with no teleport or jump ability.
  • -Non-cooldown healing is inefficient or tied to high cast times.
  • -Mediocre damage potential, with next to none of it coming from passive sources.
  • -No tank cooldowns.
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Shamans

We are maintaining a list of changes for Shamans, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Restoration's specific changes this patch.

3.1.

Notable 9.1 Changes for Restoration Shaman

3.2.

Notable 9.0.5 Changes for Restoration Shaman

This change increase area-of-effect damage, and with the recent removal of the 10% Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst nerf for Restoration, we had a pure damage buff! While this is a small change, overall, it still bumps Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning priority slightly in our DPS rotation.

  • Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest deals 15% more damage and healing.
  • Fae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion deals 25% more damage, converts 20% more damage into healing and now splits healing among 4 allies within a larger radius of 20 yards.
  • Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem deals 25% more damage and healing.
  • Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft was reworked and now provides a 40% of Maximum Health shield over 3 seconds of channeling, during which you also take 20% less damage. Also, moving near corpses consumes them to reduce Fleshcraft's cooldown by 1 second per corpse. Volatile Solvent Icon Volatile Solvent now activates when a corpse is consumed by this effect.

While all Covenants other than Necrolord got significant number buffs, Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft and Plague Deviser Marileth in particular also got buffed, making things somewhat even in the end. Overall, if you were using Necrolord before, you will be perfectly fine continuing to do so. If you were one of the few on the other Covenants, however, you will feel more powerful than you were before. Thus, all Covenants are now closer to being balanced with each other.

Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus had a massive buff, which brings it into parity with the most popular all-rounder Legendaries, but due to its extra difficulty to use optimally relative to the alternatives is likely to stay in the bags until we can use two Legendaries or the perfect fight for it is found.

Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem was already strong before and is even stronger now, but the buff was pretty small overall, especially when taking into account that Restoration Shamans are the most Mana-efficient healer right now.

All considered, Restoration Shamans got buffed with the patch, with the less-used Covenants and Legendaries being made much stronger and everything being closer in balance than before. I would not consider a Covenant or Legendary change if you are already doing well, but if you were already on the fence about swapping, use the time between Patch 9.0.5 and the next tier to try different things and figure out if you prefer other Covenant or Legendary playstyles!

4.

Leveling a Restoration Shaman

If you want to play a Restoration Shaman, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

5.

Basics of Restoration Shaman Gameplay

Restoration Shaman, like any healer, is all about using your abilities strategically. Rather than a fixed rotation, you will be using your flexible spell kit to adapt and overcome whatever the game throws at you.

Cooldown abilities, such as Riptide Icon Riptide, Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life and Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain are very efficient, and thus important to use as many times as possible over the course of a fight, while the likes of Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave and Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal can be thrown in at any time they are needed, as long as you still have Mana left.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Restoration Shamans, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump right into more detailed information.

6.

Covenants, Soulbinds and Conduits for Restoration Shamans

In Shadowlands, once you are at level 60, you will be prompted to choose from one of the four major covenants: Kyrian, Necrolord, Night Fae or Venthyr. This choice will determine your end-game questing and some of your weekly activities.

You will also gain two new abilities: one rotational spell and one utility spell. We explain what each of these covenants brings to our class, as well as their Soulbinds and Conduit impacts in our dedicated guide.

7.

Restoration Shaman Legendaries

Legendaries are back with Shadowlands and you can pick from a large selection of powers to apply to special gear crafted by professions, and which can be bought from other players.

Learn more about what the new Legendaries can offer you and their niches in our guide below.

8.

How to Gear Up a Restoration Shaman

Gearing can be hard to pin down, due to the huge number of variables that can affect your character's performance. You can find information on how best to gear a Restoration Shaman on our dedicated gearing page, which includes the current Best in Slot from this tier.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

9.

Restoration Shaman End-Game

Starting off can look very different from end-game pursuits. Our Mythic+ Dungeon, Torghast, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your favored focus in end-game content.

10.

Restoration Shaman DPS

While you will be primarily focused on healing, being able to consistently deal damage when healing is not required is what separates good players from great players. Learn more on this subject in our specialized page below!

11.

Improving as a Restoration Shaman

If you are finding your performance lackluster, but are not sure where you are going wrong, you can check out the pages below for potential tips, or answers to questions you may have.

12.

Changelog

  • 21 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Added Domination Shard upgrading tips.
  • 15 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added tips on which Anima Powers to choose in Shadowlands Season 2 and mini-boss abilities.
  • 15 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings and added a new item level disclaimer.
  • 15 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Marileth with its usage in PvE Mythic Raiding progression and other hard content.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated for Mythic Raiding and Covenant Legendary release week.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page created.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (Torghast): Added 9.1 information and links to the new Score, Adamant Vaults and Box of Many Things guides.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated with the new Patch 9.1 Legendaries.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (DPS guide): Added Covenant-specific Legendaries considerations.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Conduits, Soulbinds, and Covenant recommendations for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated the page for Patch 9.1 release.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated with Patch 9.1 changes to Legendaries, Covenants, and Soulbinds.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated with answers relevant to Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated with Patch 9.1 changes.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Updated with Patch 9.1 Soulbind trees.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1 with Domination Shards and new gear / trinkets.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 9.1 with new Legendaries, Covenants, and Soulbinds.
  • 16 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reworked Conduit recommendations slightly.
  • 16 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Changed the general-purpose Legendary recommendation.
  • 13 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Revamped the Legendary priority based on the current meta.
  • 13 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Revamped the Legendary priority based on the current meta.
  • 13 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Revamped many answers based on current meta.
  • 13 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Revamped the Torghast Legendary rankings.
  • 13 Jun. 2021 (DPS guide): Revamped the Legendary priority.
  • 12 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added new legendary and PvP talent information.
  • 28 Apr. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial testing information.
  • 18 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Changed the secondary stat rating requirements to be correct for Shadowlands stats.
  • 18 Mar. 2021 (this page): Updated with the removal of the 10% Lava Burst nerf from recent hotfixes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Added the new 9.0.5 Anima Powers to the rankings and explained their usage.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (DPS guide): Changed the DPS rotation slightly to account for the 9.0.5 Lava Bust nerf and Chain Lightning buff.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated with the 9.0.5 buffs to Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem and Jonat's Natural Focus.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated with 9.0.5 changes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Covenant descriptions to account for the 9.0.5 buffs.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for the Patch 9.0.5 changes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added information on the new 9.0.5 Valor system to the dungeon gear BiS section.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added the Consumptive Infusion trinket to the rankings.
  • 28 Feb. 2021 (Torghast): Added Corruption Antenna.
  • 11 Feb. 2021 (gear page): Adjusted the trinket ratings and added more information on gear sockets.
  • 10 Feb. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Added mythic tips for Sire Denathrius.
  • 10 Feb. 2021 (stats page): Updated stats with PvE and PvP priorities.
  • 10 Feb. 2021 (Legendaries): Corrected a typo on whether Legendaries can have sockets or not.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Added mythic tips for the final bosses other than Sire.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Weak Aura for tracking Spiteful ghosts.
  • 29 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added a Mythic+ timer Weak Aura.
  • 25 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added the 30 primary stat chest enchant as a good raw throughput option.
  • 23 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Added best Torghast trinkets.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Adjusted Mythic+ Legendary recommendations and their justification text.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Improved the PvP talent explanations and adjusted High Tide as it has been performing poorly of late.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added the full trinket rankings.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Updated the page with the Shaman Anima Power reworks and adjusted the power rankings.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (DPS guide): Added a mention to Shadowlands DPS trinkets with examples.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (FAQ page): Added a Best Trinkets section.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Fleshed out the best trinket list.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Added a summarized best trinkets section.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added more tips, including mythic mode for the first five bosses.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (addons page): Added more addons and tips on how / when to use them.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Fixed a small typo about Augment Runes in Shadowlands, thanks for the heads up, Kyle! Added Shadowcore Oil as a good Oil option.
  • 20 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Adjusted the talent recommendations and explanation text.
  • 20 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Adjusted M+ legendary recommendations and their justification text.
  • 20 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Adjusted talent and Legendary recommendations and their justification text.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Added more Anima Powers.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated guide for Castle Nathria launch.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Adjusted Legendary priority slightly.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added more information on how to deal with Grievous in Shadowlands.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (DPS guide): Added weak auras to help with the DPS rotation.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a weak aura for tracking Necrolord Primordial Wave.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Small legendary order adjustments.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added a Castle Nathria best in slot recommendation and PvP gear thoughts.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Added a weak aura to track Undulation procs.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Added more information on the Primal Tide Core and Chronicle of Lost Memories Legendary catch-up item.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Added a crafting plan section and reworked Legendary priority post live testing.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Removed the BFA int gem after nerfs.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (simulations page): Updated the description on the final analysis website.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 29 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Added more consumables and enchants, as well as information on when to use each.
  • 29 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Added more Anima Powers and much more information on the usage of S-Rank powers.
  • 28 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Added the new augment runes.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (DPS guide): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added details on Marileth's Volatile Solvent power and recommendations for low-renown soulbinds.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Clarified the stats to craft on the Legendaries and added details on Chains of Devastation.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 19 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a tree for Korayn and more details on the potency conduit choice.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added multiple changes to recommendations and trees after the latest hotfixes.
  • 15 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 22 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated the page for Shadowlands Season 1.
  • 18 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Reworked the talent recommendations and the explaining text for the level 15 row.
  • 18 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Updated Earth Shield's description.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (DPS guide): Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (DPS guide): Added DPS guide for Restoration Shaman.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added the final mythic boss tips.
  • 20 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added mythic boss tips for the first four bosses after killing them.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Removed mention to PTR testing as the guide is now 100% complete for live servers.
  • 06 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic Uu'nat recommendations post kill videos.
  • 27 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic Cabal recommendations after killing it on live.
  • 20 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added a recommendation to use Tremor Totem if a cast of Terrifying Echo will go through.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 09 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added mention to Tremor Totem temporarily dispelling the Mind Control totem at Rastakhan.
  • 16 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Changed the recommended talents for Jaina Mythic and added an explanation to the text.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Removed mention of the Spouting Spirits and Ascendance combo, as it no longer works in Patch 8.1.5.
  • 02 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added new Jaina Mythic tips.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Corrected some typos and updated tips for Stormwall Blockade and Jaina Mythic encounters.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Tweaked some recommendations and added extra input based on live experience.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss by boss guide for Restoration Shaman in Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Minor typo and talent fixes and added extra tips for Mythic G'huun.
  • 08 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated talent and boss information based on our full Mythic progression experience.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Tremor Totem boss information and other tips.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talent cheatsheet.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talent recommendations.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated MOTHER, Zul and Mythrax recommendations.
  • 05 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added preliminary Uldir guide for Restoration Shamans.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (Uldir page): Removed Legion content in preparation for BfA.
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