Restoration Shaman Healing Mythic+ Tips — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Seksixeny 34 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 9.2.5.


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. As the group's healer, their survival is in your hands, and fortunately Restoration Shamans are great at healing through unexpected damage and recovering from mistakes.

Besides Healing, you can also contribute to your group by dealing high damage with Kyrian's Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem and Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex, as well as by interrupting, removing buffs on enemies, and crowd controlling enemies. Situations where you can make good use of your utility kit are more common in Mythic+ than raiding, providing an interesting change of pace.

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.


Season 3 Mythic+ Affix: Encrypted

Encrypted Icon Encrypted spawns enemies in the dungeon that provide powerful buffs depending on which enemy is killed first. The buffs that are obtainable are:

  • Decrypted Vy Cypher Icon Decrypted Vy Cypher grants 15% Haste and a chance to do extra damage or healing for 45 seconds;
  • Decrypted Urh Cypher Icon Decrypted Urh Cypher increases your cooldown recovery rate by 200% and restores 10% Health and Mana per second for 10 seconds;
  • Decrypted Wo Cypher Icon Decrypted Wo Cypher increases movement speed by 150% and grants 15% damage reduction for 45 seconds. It also stealths the group when out of combat, similar to Shroud of Concealment Icon Shroud of Concealment.

Most groups should get the Haste increase or cooldown reduction, depending on the situation and group composition. While Haste is straightforward, cooldown reduction will enable you to use your short cooldowns more, and deal even more damage with Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem and Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental / Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone combo.


Mythic+ Restoration Shaman Tier Set in Patch 9.2

Whether from doing the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid or from the Mythic+ friendly weekly Great Vault and new Creation Catalyst system, Restoration Shamans can get a new tier set in Patch 9.2 with the following bonuses:

Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal is not a particularly strong spell in Mythic+ but, once you have any of the set bonuses, you will be looking to use it a lot more whenever there are multiple injured party members in close proximity of each other.

Once the 4-piece bonus is unlocked this will be particularly important, as you can gain a lot of cooldown reduction for Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem while healing your party, thus also increasing your DPS for free. Make sure to keep using your damage and single-target healing spells, as Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal is neither Mana efficient nor has any damage component attached.

We go into more detail on how the tier set affects your rotation and how to obtain the set pieces, including info on the new tier set crafting system in the guides linked below.


Legion Timeworn Keystone Affix: Infernal

When participating in a level 10 or higher Legion Timeworn Keystone you will encounter the new affix: Infernal, which adds Infernal Beacons near some bosses. Activating a Beacon or engaging a nearby boss will trigger a Legion invasion, which consists of multiple Legion-themed enemies for your group to deal with.


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.

Overall, the best Covenant for Mythic+ is Kyrian due to Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem's huge damage potential, especially when combined with Elysian Dirge Icon Elysian Dirge. Venthyr is also strong, with balanced damage and healing output, and is very easy to use.

Necrolord is the most defensive option, and does not provide any damage boosts. Finally, Night Fae is damage-focused like Kyrian, but lacks scaling area-of-effect damage, which makes it weaker in Mythic+.

These are the recommended Soulbinds for each Covenant:

Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Mikanikos Tree
Venthyr Theotar the Mad Duke Theotar Tree
Necrolord Emeni Emeni Tree
Night Fae Niya Niya 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, Vital Accretion Icon Vital Accretion, or Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere 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 high-area-damage enemy abilities, as it will allow you to output huge healing by the time the party damage starts to get out of hand.


Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Restoration Shamans

While healing is your main role in Mythic+, dealing high damage is what sets Shamans apart from other healers. Thus, we will want to boost our damage further by using damage legendaries such as Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex, Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit, Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone, and Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium.

  1. Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex (Kyrian)
  2. Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit (Venthyr)
  3. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone
  4. Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium

Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex, the Kyrian Legendary, makes Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem deal extra bursts of damage and healing once its healing or damage charges are spent. As long as you use all charges and hit players and enemies with the totem, this is an extremely strong Legendary.

Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit, the new Venthyr Legendary, applies Riptide Icon Riptide to all friendly targets hit by Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest and Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to all enemy targets. It also reduces the cooldown of Chain Harvest by 1 second for each Flame Shock critical strike. You can combine it with Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise for maximum cooldown reduction, but it is usually best to just use a damage Legendary instead.

Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone is a pure damage Legendary, and also very strong for that purpose. 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.

Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium also adds extra damage, but does it in a more steady and safe way. It does require you to use Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock occasionally, which you would otherwise not use, but is the logical choice if your Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental keeps dying.

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, strong stat increases, or strong damage effects 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.

  • Shamans are great at dealing with Grievous Icon Grievous, as each bounce on Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal counts as a direct heal and will remove a grievous stack from any players hit.
  • 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.


  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 07 Mar. 2022: Added and adjusted trinket recommendations.
  • 06 Mar. 2022: Adjusted the new seasonal affix information.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Added Tier set thoughts, more Legendaries, and more trinkets.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 06 Nov. 2021: Changed the recommended Kyrian Soulbind.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Added information about the new Infernal affix.
  • 02 Oct. 2021: Small typo fix.
  • 27 Aug. 2021: Reworked trinket section.
  • 15 Jul. 2021: Added tips on which Anima Powers to choose in Shadowlands Season 2 and mini-boss abilities.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 with new Legendaries, Covenants, and Soulbinds.
  • 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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