Restoration Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 31, 2022 at 17:05 by Tiqqle 5 comments

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.


Regular Talents for Restoration Shaman

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

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.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life is the best choice in this tier. This is a great ability that will help with single target healing, while being instant cast.


Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is the best choice in this tier. This gives you additional charges of important healing spells that can help you keep multiple teammates alive.


Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem is the best choice in this tier. This gives you the ability to root to either get away from enemies or to land crowd control. However, if you are playing against a team with two melee on it, you can take Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf. This will allow you to pre-emptively take 20% less damage if you know the other team will be opening on the Restoration Shaman at the start of the game. This also allow you to kite away from melee damage much easier.


Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Earthen Wall Totem Icon Earthen Wall Totem is the best choice in this tier. This spell is amazing for keeping your team alive. Whether your team is stacked or if you only use it on one player it will help you heal through damage that otherwise could not be healed through.


Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian is the best choice in this tier. This talent is crucial for Restoration Shaman survivability.


Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Flash Flood Icon Flash Flood is the best choice in this tier. This will make your cast times much quicker, allowing you to avoid being interrupted.


Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is the best choice in this tier. This will be your major healing cooldown if your team is taking strong spread pressure. This cooldown will distribute the heals to any nearby allies. If the Restoration Shaman needs the full value of this cooldown to keep themselves alive, avoid being around others when pressing this cooldown.


PvP Talents for Restoration Shaman


Mandatory PvP Talents

Living Tide Icon Living Tide makes Healing Tide Totem Icon 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 Icon 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.

Ancestral Gift Icon Ancestral Gift makes you immune to all Silence and Interrupts after using Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace. This talent is great versus teams with multiple interrupts and works great in combination with Tidebringer Icon Tidebringer for guaranteed use large Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal to fully heal your whole team.

Unleash Shield Icon Unleash Shield provides impressive utility for the Restoration Shaman, specifically the Water Shield Icon 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.

Tidebringer Icon Tidebringer reduces the cast time of Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal every 8 seconds. This is great for when you need to heal through spread pressure or cleave damage. This PvP talent is almost mandatory if you think the enemy team will not focus you and you need to increase your healing output.

Electrocute Icon Electrocute causes your enemy to suffer damage over 3 seconds when you successfully Purge Icon 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 Icon Ancestral Gift with this talent.


Situational PvP Talents

Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves is a great defensive pick. This talent only impacts heals you use on yourself, but is significant with the 20% increase from Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield as well. This is a good option to be able to self-heal to help during burst damage.

Voodoo Mastery Icon Voodoo Mastery makes you able to use Hex Icon Hex with no cooldown. This makes the Restoration Shaman have spammable crowd control and allows for more a more setup-based playstyle with this healer. This also allows for repeated crowd control on the healer by the Restoration Shaman, which was only previously possible by a Restoration Druid with Cyclone Icon Cyclone. This should be taken when the Shaman can get crowd control or setups with their teammates. Against melee cleaves, this will be not be as viable.

Skyfury Totem Icon 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.

Spectral Recovery Icon Spectral Recovery is a great PvP talent when you will be the main target for the other team. This, in combination with Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf, makes you a very hard target to kill.



  • 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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