Restoration Shaman Healing Mythic+ Tips — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Jun 13, 2021 at 13:00 by Seksixeny 32 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5.


Restoration Shaman in Mythic+

Mythic+ Dungeons, especially high ones, are the highest level of competitive PvE content that WoW has to offer aside from Mythic raiding.

In Mythic Dungeons as a Healer, you will be responsible for the survival of your group, which includes healing through any mistakes that might happen related with standing in fire.

This makes your skill and execution absolutely critical to the success of the group, but fortunately Restoration Shamans are adept at reacting to unexpected damage and have various catch up mechanics for when things go wrong, such as our Mastery, Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing.

Besides Healing, you can also contribute to your group in various other ways by interrupting, offensively dispelling enemy targets, crowd controlling and using your stuns. Situations where you can make good use of your utility kit are much more common in Mythic+ than your usual Mythic raid, providing an interesting challenge after Healing is mastered.

Shamans are also great at dealing with the reworked Grievous Icon Grievous affix in Shadowlands. Instead of having to heal the affected players to over 90% health, you can remove individual stacks with direct heals. Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal counts as a direct heal on all players hit, making it the best spell to keep up with Grievous in the game.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 1 page below.

We would also recommend using the M+ Timer weak aura if you want to improve on the default UI run tracker, and a Spiteful tracker to help you dodging the ghosts on Skittish Icon Spiteful weeks.


Restoration Shaman Mythic+ Rotation

While Mythic+ demands more out of your single-target healing kit than raids, your spell priority does not change in Mythic+ content. For more information, check out the full Restoration Shaman Healing Rotation.


Mythic+ Talents for Restoration Shamans

Note that the talents recommended below are specifically for Mythic+. If you wish to see a more general overview of Restoration talents, you can check our main page below.

Below are the suggested talents for Mythic+.

Level Choices
15 Torrent Torrent Undulation Undulation Unleash Life ? Unleash Life
25 Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements Deluge ? Deluge Surge of Earth Surge of Earth
30 Spirit Wolf ? Spirit Wolf Earthgrab Totem ? Earthgrab Totem Static Charge Static Charge
35 Ancestral Vigor Ancestral Vigor Earthen Wall Totem Earthen Wall Totem Ancestral Protection Totem ? Ancestral Protection Totem
40 Nature's Guardian Nature's Guardian Graceful Spirit Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem ? Wind Rush Totem
45 Flash Flood ? Flash Flood Downpour Downpour Cloudburst Totem Cloudburst Totem
50 High Tide ? High Tide Wellspring Wellspring Ascendance Ascendance

There are a few talent builds you can run, with all of them giving out similar results.

A popular talent combination is Undulation Icon Undulation, Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem, and Ascendance Icon Ascendance. With these talents, you will constantly have single-target healing boosts, big Cloudbursts, and Ascendance as a powerful extra party cooldown for emergencies.

Deluge Icon Deluge can be an option if you need extra healing, but we would generally recommend using Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements for extra damage and healing flexibility.


Best Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbinds for Restoration Shamans

While the recommendations here apply to Mythic+, feel free to check out our Covenant page for the full details on everything this system has to offer.

Your options vary between Covenants:

Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Necrolord Emeni Emeni Tree
Venthyr General Draven Draven Tree
Kyrian Kleia Kleia Tree
Night Fae Dreamweaver Dreamweaver Tree

Each of these soulbinds offers the best throughput and / or survivability in their respective Covenants, and they do it mostly through non-Mastery secondary stat increases, which will also increase your DPS potential!

Conduits wise, Swirling Currents Icon Swirling Currents and either your Covenant ability Conduit or Heavy Rainfall Icon Heavy Rainfall are your best options for Potency, Refreshing Waters Icon Refreshing Waters or Vital Accretion Icon Vital Accretion are your best options for Endurance and Totemic Surge Icon Totemic Surge is your best Finesse Conduit, for the added Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem cooldown reduction.

Heavy Rainfall Icon Heavy Rainfall is especially useful when dealing with Prideful Icon Prideful, as it will allow you to output huge healing by the time the party damage starts to get out of hand.

At early levels of renown you might not have your optimal soulbind available, as is the case with General Draven, or your best power, as is the case with Kleia. Use Nadjia the Mistblade and Pelagos until you unlock the final powers on your best soulbinds!


Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Restoration Shamans

This list is not ordered in any particular way. Any of these Legendaries has its own perks and all can be used in M+ to good effect. Make your Legendary choice based on what is best for your other favored content (Raiding = Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core, PvP = Earthen Harmony Icon Earthen Harmony, Torghast or high keys = Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone, and so on), rather than purely for M+ as all of them are good in dungeon content.

Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone is a pure damage Legendary, but also by far the strongest one. The Earthquake Icon Earthquake effect makes your Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental cooldown be a strong contributor to your group's damage, especially when its use is planned ahead of time in a coordinated group. Once you no longer have any issues healing keys, this is the obvious Legendary choice.

Primal Tide Core Icon Primal Tide Core is strongest in a raid setting, but it can be good in dungeons too. While it can sometimes miss to activate due to the low jump range on the copied Riptide Icon Riptide, it will activate in the next cast, provided there is an ally in range. This makes it a consistent help against area damage, especially for Necrolords.

Earthen Harmony Icon Earthen Harmony is another strong choice, but helps on single-target rather than area healing, which also makes it great in PvP. The added healing provided on the tank is comparable to the benefits of the other Legendaries, especially once you get used to it and stop focusing on the tank as much during your runs.

Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation is a special Legendary that improves your movement by allowing you to fit in some instant casts of Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning. While casting only these two spells is not recommended, being able to perform some of them instantly allows you to react to unexpected damage and movement more easily. This is the only recommended Legendary that will help your damage, albeit slightly.

Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem is a strong all-purpose Legendary which can be used to recover from mistakes. It is especially useful against Prideful Icon Prideful's ramping damage, which can sometimes overwhelm your group on the highest key levels.

Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus is another great all-rounder that supercharges your Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal when you use your single-target casts. It has extra synergy with the Necrolord Covenant as the replicated Healing Wave Icon Healing Waves from Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave all contribute stacks towards Jonat's effect.

For extra alternatives and full descriptions, be sure to check out all the Legendaries on our guide below!


Best Trinkets for Restoration Shamans in Mythic+

As this is the Mythic+ section, we will be listing trinkets with strong single-target healing effects or strong stat increases below.

Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal is strong enough to be in the list, but you will gain less from it in a party setting, as you will have less potential players with it around you. Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device has multiple effects that can be useful, which you can consult in our gear page linked below.

You can change the stat increased by Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling by eating stat food, the workings of which is also explained in the gear page. Consult it for extra information, gearing tips and the dungeon BiS list:


Restoration Shaman Utility

Restoration Shaman provides support for the party through healing, damage, and other additional effects such as dispels and crowd control.

  • Purify Spirit Icon Purify Spirit removes all Curse and Magic effects from a friendly target on a 8-second cooldown. This can often allow the purified ally to survive otherwise deadly situations and usually lowers the damage intake of that ally.
  • Purge Icon Purge removes one beneficial Magic effect from an enemy target. This is very useful in Mythic+, as there are a lot of enemies with very powerful Magic buffs that we can remove immediately.
  • Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear interrupts an enemy target and prevents spells of the interrupted school from being cast for 3 seconds on a 12-second cooldown. Restoration Shaman is the only healer that can interrupt and Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear has the shortest cooldown out of all ranged interrupts. As interruptible enemy casts are, often, some of the most dangerous abilities you will face in Mythic+, you should try to interrupt enemies as much as possible, prioritizing the most dangerous casts / ranged enemies that are hard for melee allies to interrupt.
  • Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem allows you to place a totem up to 30 yards away that, 2 seconds after being placed, explodes to stun a group of enemies in a 16-yard diameter for 3 seconds, on a 1-minute cooldown. When facing dangerous trash packs, 3 seconds can easily be the difference between victory and defeat, especially against Raging Icon Raging / Necrotic Icon Necrotic. Be careful not to stun enemies on top of Sanguine Icon Sanguine pools.
  • Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem and Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem allow you to root / slow enemies in an area. This is very useful whenever your group has to crowd control powerful enemies, for example when facing Skittish Icon Spiteful / Raging Icon Raging or Necrotic Icon Necrotic.
  • Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem places a totem beneath you that periodically removes Fear, Charm, and Sleep effects from allies within 30 yards. It lasts for 10 seconds on a 1-minute cooldown. This should be used whenever enemies are casting Fear, Charm, or Sleep effects on your group.
  • Hex Icon Hex disables a non-boss humanoid or beast enemy for 1 minute. It has a 10-second cooldown but only one enemy can be hexed at a time. This allows you to disable especially powerful enemies ahead of a pull.
  • Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental summons an elemental with a large health pool and good non-boss tanking capabilities — its taunt does not work on bosses — for 1 minute on a 5-minute cooldown. Since it costs no Mana, it can be used for a minor DPS increase or as an emergency cooldown capable of distracting dangerous non-boss enemies.
  • Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust and Heroism Icon Heroism increase Haste by 30% for 40 seconds for all group members within 100 yards. This ability applies a debuff to everyone in the group which prevents them from benefiting from other casts of this ability or other classes' equivalent abilities for 10 minutes.


  • 13 Jun. 2021: Revamped the Legendary priority based on the current meta.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated for the Patch 9.0.5 changes.
  • 24 Jan. 2021: Added Weak Aura for tracking Spiteful ghosts.
  • 29 Dec. 2020: Added a Mythic+ timer Weak Aura.
  • 22 Dec. 2020: Fleshed out the best trinket list.
  • 20 Dec. 2020: Adjusted talent and Legendary recommendations and their justification text.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Adjusted Legendary priority slightly.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Added more information on how to deal with Grievous in Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 22 Oct. 2020: Updated the page for Shadowlands Season 1.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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