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Restoration Shaman Healing Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 12, 2018 at 22:26 by Seksixeny 14 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Shaman healing guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Restoration Shaman in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Seksixeny, Restoration Shaman and general healing expert. He has raided with all healer specializations since vanilla, and currently plays on Group Therapy with his shaman. While you can routinely find him participating in discussions across all healer discords, he is particularly active on the restoration channels of Earthshrine and in Ancestral Guidance. You can find him for questions / suggestions there; make sure to tag Seksi#5191.

1. Class 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 Bursts 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. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Restoration Shaman

  • The Netherlight Crucible and Artifacts traits are now disabled.
  • There has been a stat squish, meaning all the numbers in the game have been heavily reduced and rebalanced accordingly.
  • Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave now heals for more than Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge.
  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance is now on the global cooldown.
  • Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem returns as a baseline ability, removing fear, sleep and charm effects for 10 seconds, on a 1-minute cooldown.
  • Lightning Surge Totem is now baseline and called Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem, its 8-yard stun now lasts 3 seconds on a 1-minute cooldown.
  • Gust of Wind was replaced by Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian.
  • Crashing Waves was replaced by Flash Flood Icon Flash Flood.
  • Voodoo Totem was replaced by Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf.
  • Ancestral Guidance was replaced by Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield.
  • Bottomless Depths was replaced by Downpour Icon Downpour.
  • Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is now a level 30 talent (swapped from level 90).
  • Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge has a 5% higher chance to activate on Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock ticks.
  • Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem now stores 30% (was 25%) of the healing done by your other spells. Items and Azerite traits no longer count towards the stored healing.

3. Restoration Shaman Strengths

4. Restoration Shaman Weaknesses

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

5. Restoration Shaman Viability in the Current Patch

Most of all, Restoration is a fun specialization with lots of viable talent choices that affect your playstyle. These choices make the gameplay as complex / simple as you want, allowing for your own growth as a player to reflect on the talents you pick as well as your gameplay.

Raid content, especially while clearing for the first time, is where Restoration thrives. Their burst / emergency healing is very strong and allows the raid to recover from mistakes that cause high raid damage. This strength is helped along by their Mastery, Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing, which gains value when healing low health targets. Last, but decidedly not least, they also have some of the best group support tools out of all healer specializations.

In Mythic+ dungeon content, Restoration's weaknesses in sustained targeted healing, spread group healing and survivability cause it to fall behind some of the other healer specializations when pushing the highest keys. It is of note, however, that Restoration Shamans are the only healers that bring the full package of tools (interrupt / offensive dispel / crowd-control, among others) you need to successfully complete a key by themselves. Thus, if your group is missing any — or several — of these tools, bringing a Restoration Shaman will help!

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 12 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added Tremor Totem boss information and other tips.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and Azerite traits to match other guide pages.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated ranks to reflect new theorycrafting information.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated with new trinket theorycrafting after hotifxes.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Small changes to rankings and typo correction.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated weapon enchants to recommend Coastal Surge or Deadly Navigation.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Introduced ranking buckets.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added talent cheatsheet.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated ranks to reflect new theorycrafting information.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added two new FAQ entries.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Changed dungeon-recommended talents.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated weapon enchant.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated with trinket and general gear recommendations for the pre-raid period.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Simplified stat priority and updated ratings per 1% based on live testing.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated ranks to reflect new theorycrafting information.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Azerite traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Updated some talent recommendations.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added a short list of the best Azerite traits.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added final missing traits and descriptions and updated ranks to reflect recent hotfixes.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Some PvP missing traits added, updated rank based on new theorycrafting information.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Updated MOTHER, Zul and Mythrax recommendations.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Cloudburst Totem storing 30% of healing after the latest hotfix and clarified items / Azerite traits do not count towards stored healing. Small note on Unleash Life: it can be used in Ghost Wolf.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated Cloudburst Totem storing 30% of healing after the latest hotfix.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Corrected a few typos and added a few missing traits.
  • 05 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Added preliminary Uldir guide for Restoration Shamans.
  • 05 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added page.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Vastly expanded the amount of traits listed and categorized them according to their power in the current Beta build.
  • 03 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Clarified some of the text.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (bosses page): Removed Legion content in preparation for BfA.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite page.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): General text clarifications and style improvements.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Small clarifications to general text and on when / how to use Chain Lightning.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated to reflect Soul of the Farseer now giving Echo of the Elements instead of Flash Flood.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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