Restoration Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)
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
|15||✘ Torrent||✘ Undulation||✔ Unleash Life|
|25||✔ Echo of the Elements||✘ Deluge||✘ Surge of Earth|
|30||✔ Spirit Wolf||✔ Earthgrab Totem||✘ Static Charge|
|35||✘ Ancestral Vigor||✔ Earthen Wall Totem||✘ Ancestral Protection Totem|
|40||✔ Nature's Guardian||✘ Graceful Spirit||✘ Wind Rush Totem|
|45||✔ Flash Flood||✘ Downpour||✘ Cloudburst Totem|
|50||✘ High Tide||✘ Wellspring||✔ 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 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 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 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. 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 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 is the best choice in this tier. This talent is crucial for Restoration Shaman survivability.
Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
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 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
Unleash Shield provides impressive 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.
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.
Ancestral Gift makes you immune to all Silence and Interrupts after using Spiritwalker's Grace. This talent is great versus teams with multiple interrupts and works great in combination with Tidebringer for guaranteed use large Chain Heal to fully heal your whole team.
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 almost mandatory if you think the enemy team will not focus you and you need to increase your healing output.
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.
Situational PvP Talents
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 as well. This is a good option to be able to self-heal to help during burst damage.
Voodoo Mastery makes you able to use 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. 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 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.
- 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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