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Restoration Shaman Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 28, 2017 at 08:43 by Furty 102 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Restoration Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Restoration Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Seksixeny, Restoration Shaman and general healing expert. He has been raiding in Group Therapy since Cataclysm and currently creates articles for Chain Heal as well as heavily participating in Discord healing discussion at various WoW healing channels. You can find him for questions / suggestions on Earthshrine, in the Restoration Shaman lounge.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Undulation Undulation Unleash Life Unleash Life Torrent Torrent
30 Gust of Wind ? Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem
45 Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem ? Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem ? Voodoo Totem
60 Crashing Waves Crashing Waves Ancestral Guidance Ancestral Guidance Deluge Deluge
75 Ancestral Protection Totem Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Shield Totem Earthen Shield Totem Ancestral Vigor Ancestral Vigor
90 Bottomless Depths Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements
100 Ascendance Ascendance Wellspring Wellspring High Tide High Tide

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an okay starting point as a "standard" raid setup. It is very highly recommended you read the individual talent points as this specialization, in particular, is highly situational with respect to talent choice.

2.2. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing, dungeons, or general purpose usage.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Undulation Undulation Unleash Life Unleash Life Torrent Torrent

Tier 15 talents offer a boost to sustained healing.

Torrent Icon Torrent is a good choice for most situations, as it gives your Riptide Icon Riptide a little more instant punch. It can be very helpful for qu ickly getting low health party members back up to safe levels, and given Riptide Icon Riptide is already one of your most efficient heals it is a great talent in nearly all situations. Extremely potent when combined with Intact Nazjatar Molting Icon Intact Nazjatar Molting, but keep in mind this is one of the weaker legendaries overall.

Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life provides a great boost for a Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal oriented build, as you can reliably increase Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal output by 45% for low Mana and only a single global cooldown. This ability should be used on cooldown, and used on Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal whenever possible. If Chain Healing would cause heavy overheal, you should instead use it on Riptide Icon Riptide.

Undulation Icon Undulation's performance depends mainly on the total amount of Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave + Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge numbers you are putting out. If these 2 spells account for a total of 20% of your healing or more, then this talent is easily the best choice on the tier. If the total is closer to around 10%, it will be a weaker option than the other choices. This is the best talent on the tier for spot/surgical healing.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Gust of Wind ? Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem

Tier 2 talents focus on improving mobility for both you and your raid members.

Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem should be your go-to talent in situations where your group can benefit from a movement speed buff.

Graceful Spirit Icon Graceful Spirit should be your go-to talent in situations where additional raid movement speed is not required.

Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind is not exactly useless, but it is difficult to imagine a situation where this talent would be preferred over the other available options.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem ? Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem ? Voodoo Totem

Tier 3 talents offer a variety of totem choices that increase your ability to control mobs.

  • Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem explodes after 2 seconds to stun all enemies within 8 yards for 5 seconds. This is an upgraded version of the old Capacitor Totem from previous expansions.
  • Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem pulses a root effect to all enemies within 10 yards for 5 seconds. If the roots are broken, the next pulse will instead slow the targets.
  • Voodoo Totem Icon Voodoo Totem summons a totem for 10 seconds that Hex Icon Hexes all targets within 8 yards.

Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem is the default choice for this tier. It provides a lengthy 5-second stun with only a short charge time and has the widest variety of use out of the 3 totems. Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem and Voodoo Totem Icon Voodoo Totem could see very specific use on fights that require AoE roots or crowd control, but should be avoided for general usage.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Crashing Waves Crashing Waves Ancestral Guidance Ancestral Guidance Deluge Deluge

Tier 4 talents grant additional utility to your standard spells and the choice of a powerful cooldown.

Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance is a flexible talent to suit any situation, be it raids or Mythic+. It can allow for an immense burst of healing, particularly when combined with Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem, allowing you to easily power through the spookiest of situations with relative ease. It can also be an exceptional choice on encounters where high incoming damage on a spread group is an issue.

Deluge Icon Deluge is an unbeatable talent in situations where your raid will stay stacked within your Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain for an extended period. It should always be paired with Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life and High Tide Icon High Tide to create a truly superlative combination that cannot be matched for sustained healing. Unfortunately there are not (m)any good uses for this talent in the Tomb of Sargeras.

Crashing Waves Icon Crashing Waves is usable for situations where your single target healing needs a bit of a booster. It also smooths out the rotation nicely. Definitely an option for fights where tank or single target damage is the limiting factor. Generally speaking, however, Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance will be a better choice and outperform Crashing Waves in virtually every scenario.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Ancestral Protection Totem Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Shield Totem Earthen Shield Totem Ancestral Vigor Ancestral Vigor

Tier 5 talents provide some interesting new totems and utility.

Ancestral Vigor Icon Ancestral Vigor is the most flexible choice and works well in any situation. Your highest priority with this talent is to ensure it is running on the tanks at all times to grant them additional survivability.

Ancestral Protection Totem Icon Ancestral Protection Totem can be extremely potent if you can predict a situation where lethal damage is likely to occur. This is a great choice for healers that are experienced at reading the relative health of the raid (e.g. how many cooldowns are available, when a certain mechanic might not be healable, etc.) and will be able to reliably use the cooldown to save a life. It can also be used reactively, as it grants nearby allies 10% increased health, reducing the chance of fatalities.

Earthen Shield Totem Icon Earthen Shield Totem is good for reducing stable incoming damage on a stacked group of players, though it is more of a throughput tool and its actual lifesaving potential is relatively low compared with Vigor. It can also save you and the other healers Mana when placed correctly, though its uses are very limited if few targets are taking damage.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Bottomless Depths Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements

Tier 6 talents offer unique changes to existing abilities and a powerful totem.

Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem is the clear winner in most situations, as it allows you to preempt major bursts of raid damage with ease. It can also be cancelled early, which makes timing a non-issue. The cooldown is very short, and the Mana cost to heal ratio is very low.

Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is good for high movement fights where throughput is less of a concern, such as Trilliax. Also quite good in dungeons as it provides good damage and flexibility.

Bottomless Depths Icon Bottomless Depths does not really have enough Mana return to justify taking it over the other options, and it devalues Critical Strike.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance Ascendance Wellspring Wellspring High Tide High Tide

The Tier 7 talents offer new abilities and powerful augments to staple spells.

  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance lasts 15 seconds and causes all healing to duplicated and evenly split between allies.
  • Wellspring Icon Wellspring is a wave of healing, traveling in a cone, with a short cooldown.
  • High Tide Icon High Tide allows Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal to bounce to 1 additional target, and decreases the falloff penalty with each bounce by 50%.

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is the most versatile talent on this tier. It allows you to deal with a large spectrum of situations and has extremely potent synergy with Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem and Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance, allowing for a massive burst of healing to carry you through difficult moments of an encounter.

High Tide Icon High Tide is the best choice if the encounter dictates the frequent casting of Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal. There is really no other option than High Tide Icon High Tide for situations where you are leaning very heavily on your Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal.

Wellspring Icon Wellspring allows for widespread group healing, a limitation Restoration can struggle with. It should be combined with Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem for frequent large bursts of healing. This is a good option if the encounter has frequent, but not constant, bursts of incoming damage.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated several talents and their viability/descriptions.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 21 Jan. 2017: Modified several talent usage descriptions and added Undulation as a potential talent.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Slight update for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Nov. 2016: Fully updated talents and descriptions with the aim of also offering more information for Mythic+ dungeons.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: In Patch 7.1, Torrent provides a 30% bonus to Riptide‚Äôs initial heal (was 40% before).
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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