Restoration Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Dragonflight / 10.0.7)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Restoration Shaman and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Restoration Shaman PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Restoration Shaman
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Shaman Tree Talent Highlights
- Totemic Recall allows you to reset the cooldown on your Earthen Wall Totem.
- Nature's Swiftness is now available giving the Shaman a free casted heal or damaging ability.
- Gust of Wind gives mobility to dive into combat, or get away.
- Improved Lightning Bolt increases Lightning Bolt damage for more offensive playstyles.
- Earthgrab Totem gives more crowd-control against double melee teams.
- Planes Traveler gives a reduced cooldown for Astral Shift
- Elemental Warding gives more defense against magic damage.
- Many new utility totems which will be situationally useful like: Stoneskin Totem, Tranquil Air Totem, Poison Cleansing Totem.
- Lightning Lasso and Thunderstorm is now available to all Shaman specializations.
Restoration Shaman Tree Talent Highlights
- Earthliving Weapon has returned providing increased passive healing.
- Earthen Harmony give Earth Shield more value.
- Ancestral Awakening and Living Stream give increased passive healing through existing abilities of the Restoration Shaman.
- Ascendance and Deeply Rooted Elements gives a fun proc-based playstyle for using Riptide on cooldown.
- Stormkeeper gives an offensive cooldown option for Restoration Shaman to burst with your team. Along with Call of Thunder and Improved Lightning Bolt this can result in a lot of damage.
PvP Talents for Restoration Shaman
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Living Tide makes Healing Tide Totem do significant healing. This is often top healing now and allows Restoration Shaman to have a healing cooldown which heals the whole team, during burst or even during crowd-control if placed beforehand. This is a default choice.
Grounding Totem summon an Air Totem with 5 Health at the feet of the caster that will redirect all harmful spells cast on a nearby party or raid member to itself. It will not redirect area of effect spells and lasts 3 seconds. This talent is important to help you avoid incoming crowd control. You can also use this to stop some incoming spell damage.
Swelling Waves is a great talent for passive healing. This is also increased through the 20% benefit if Earth Shield is on the target will provide significant side healing.
Unleash Shield provides situational utility for the Restoration Shaman, specifically the Water Shield benefit dropping a puddle reducing healing and damage done by 50%. Using this on the healer in a root, or on enemies bursting allows for a lot of fun gameplay.
Situational PvP Talents
Electrocute causes your enemy to suffer damage over 3 seconds when you successfully Purge a beneficial effect. If your team's strategy is to play aggressively, this is an important talent to have. You can replace Ancestral Gift with this talent.
Precognition can be useful if you can juke the enemy team interupts, even though Haste is not a primary stat for Restoration Shaman.
Skyfury Totem summons a Fire Totem with 5 Health at the feet of the caster that lasts for 15 seconds and increases the critical effect of damage and healing spells of all nearby allies within 40 yards for 15 seconds. This is helpful if you are playing with two caster DPS.
Traveling Storms is a situational PvP talent to use with Earthgrab Totem to reduce the pressure melee teams have on your teammates.
Spectral Recovery is a great PvP talent when you will be the main target for the other team. This, in combination with Spirit Wolf, makes you a very hard target to kill.
Tidebringer reduces the cast time of Chain Heal every 8 seconds. This is great for when you need to heal through spread pressure or cleave damage. This PvP talent is very situational and build dependent.
- 21 Mar. 2023: Updated for Dragonflight 10.0.7.
- 04 Feb. 2023: Updated for 10.0.2 updates.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight post-launch.
- 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
- 31 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
- 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 27 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2 of Shadowlands
- 17 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5 of Shadowlands.
- 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
- 19 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 02 Dec. 2020: Revised to prepare for Shadowlands first PvP Season.
- 29 Nov. 2020: Removed Azerite mentions.
- 20 Nov. 2020: Updated for Covenants and Legendaries for Shadowlands.
- 19 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, and new author.
- 02 Mar. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 16 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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