Restoration Shaman Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Restoration Shaman Healer 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.

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 deal most of their maximum potential damage in the form of instants: Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge-enabled Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst allow them to put out a respectable amount of damage while moving, without cutting into healing time.

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
  • -Mediocre sustained single-target healing and no tank cooldowns.
  • -Mediocre group healing in situations that force a large spread.
  • -Mediocre mobility, most healing comes from spells with high casting times.
  • -Mediocre survivability, no immunities or very high damage reduction defensive abilities.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Shamans

We are maintaining a list of changes for Shamans for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

Restoration Shaman is staying mostly the same in Shadowlands and is still a fun specialization with lots of viable talent choices that affect your playstyle. While multiple spells are returning, the ones most relevant to the specialization are:

  • Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield was already available as a talent, and is now returning as a baseline ability, increasing our sustained single target healing potential, which is especially relevant in PvP and Mythic+.
  • Water Shield Icon Water Shield is also an old ability which returns in order to provide us with a small Mana regeneration increase, made more significant if you are being hit by melee attacks.
  • Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem, an old favorite, returns as a Mana regeneration boost for all allies nearby, with a really small radius; make sure to warn in voice chat before you use it!

As Earth Shield's replacement in the talent row, Surge of Earth Icon Surge of Earth competes in the level 25 row with Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements and Deluge Icon Deluge. As it currently stands, it is by far the weakest talent in the row, while also being the least flexible.

Finally, the removal of Corruption in the Shadowlands pre-patch means that you will likely be running much lower levels of Critical Strike and / or Versatility. While this is a big power loss, it affects everyone else equally and the content has been adjusted accordingly. There are no gameplay changes for Restoration Shamans due to the loss of the Corruption system.

Gameplay changes will come from the new borrowed powers in Shadowlands: Covenant Abilities, Soulbinds and Legendaries, which are not available yet. Keep an eye out on this guide for new pages detailing what and why to pick in each of these categories going forward!

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

  • 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 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (simulations page): Updated the description on the final analysis website.
  • 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 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats 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 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (DPS guide): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ 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 (simulations page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): 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 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): 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 (spells page): Updated Earth Shield's description.
  • 18 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Reworked the talent recommendations and the explaining text for the level 15 row.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (DPS guide): Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (DPS guide): Added DPS guide for Restoration Shaman.
  • 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 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 (The Eternal Palace 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 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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.
  • 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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