Restoration Shaman Torghast Guide and Best Anima Powers — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 23, 2020 at 12:00 by Seksixeny 22 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you all you need to know to prepare your Restoration Shaman before entering Torghast and then how to pick up the right Anima Powers once you are inside!

1.

Restoration Shaman Torghast Guide

While this guide focuses on Torghast, Tower of the Damned, its lessons can be applied to any solo content, including world questing and leveling.

Albeit counter-intuitive, healers are often as good as or better than their DPS counterparts for clearing solo content.

This is because inside Torghast enemy health is reduced by 40%+ to account for healing specializations having a lower damage output, but Restoration Shamans can do a lot of damage when healing is not required, as explained in the guide below.

Shamans are also the most self-sufficient healers inside Torghast, with an interrupt, stun, and offensive dispel, which are all valuable against dangerous enemies (especially the interrupt)!

Overall, your greatest strength in Torghast is your self-sustain and utility, while your greatest weakness is your low area of effect damage, which forces you to do small pulls. Take note that there is no time limit on Torghast, so pulling small and steadily without deaths is a very viable way to progress.

2.

Best Torghast Talents for Restoration Shamans

The talents recommended below apply to Torghast / general soloing. If you are looking for a general overview of Restoration talents, check our main page below:

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

Because of the AoE healing nature of most of our talents, there are only a few good talents for soloing, and when decisions are required they are mostly down to personal preference, such as Undulation Icon Undulation (less work, less power) against Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life (more work, more power).

3.

Best Torghast Covenant / Soulbind / Conduits for Restoration Shamans

While the recommendations here apply to Torghast / general soloing, feel free to check the Covenant page for full details on everything this system has to offer.

Your options vary between Covenants:

Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Heirmir Tree
Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Nadjia Tree
Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Mikanikos Tree
Night Fae Korayn Korayn Tree

Our suggested soulbinds and trees are mostly damage-oriented and considerably different from what you would want to use while in group content where you are expected to heal a lot, as you are likely to be doing Torghast solo or in a small group that does not require a lot of healing. Feel free to consult our Mythic+ Covenant suggestions if you are going in with a full 5 stack.

Conduit-wise, your damage-increasing options are mostly limited to the covenant ability conduits, and as such you will be looking for damage-increasing powers (skipping some potency conduit slots) whenever you can, instead. Since you can only heal yourself while solo, Refreshing Waters Icon Refreshing Waters is very strong and always taken, with the remaining conduits being down to preference.

At early levels of Renown, you might not have your optimal soulbind available, as is the case with General Draven. As long as you focus on grabbing the potency conduit slots, any of the other soulbinds are a good option until you can unlock the best one down the road.

4.

Best Torghast Legendaries for Restoration Shamans

  1. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure
  2. Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation
  3. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone
  4. Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem

Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a specialized Torghast legendary that increases your Phantasma Icon Phantasma gains when used. While this does not increase your damage or survivability directly, it allows you to buy more (or better) Anima Powers throughout your run, and these are your biggest power source while in Torghast, especially towards the end of a run.

Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation is a special legendary that enables a simple rotation of Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning. This will result in big self-healing while dealing good area of effect damage, all while moving towards new mobs and having your Mana constantly recharged by being hit with melee attacks while Water Shield Icon Water Shield is up. You can also get this ability as an Anima Power.

Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone is a great burst damage boost and makes some of the harder Torghast fights easier. Finally, Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem Icon Spiritwalker's Tidal Totem provides you with a very powerful extra healing cooldown for emergencies, although you should not need it. If you run with a full 5-man group, you might want to use our Mythic+ Legendary suggestions, instead.

For extra alternatives and full descriptions, be sure to check out all the legendaries on our guide below!

5.

Best Anima Powers for Restoration Shaman

Anima Powers are only available inside Torghast and need to be found or bought with Phantasma Icon Phantasma. You can accumulate and stack multiple of these (including copies of the same power), and pairing them together synergistically is a big part of what makes Torghast fun!

As a healer you already have great self-sustain from your baseline abilities, so you should almost always pick damage dealing powers. Powers that reduce your damage intake are also great, as they increase the relative value of your heals.

While this also means that the value of each Anima Power can only be evaluated in the context of the powers you already have, we will try to give you an idea of the potential behind each of them in the S - C tier list below.

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful powers; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these powers are either slightly weaker than S Tier powers or more situational, but are still solid choices.
  3. B Tier: below-average powers that should be picked only when you have strong synergies with them already set up, or in the absence of S or A Tier powers.
  4. C Tier: weak powers that have little impact on your Torghast outcome and should be avoided whenever possible.

For a complete list of Anima Powers available to Shamans, please refer to the pages linked just below. We will focus on the most common and relevant powers here, as the complete list is incredibly large, especially when having to account for every Covenant plus Rare Torghast enemy power.

As a rule of thumb, damage powers are the best, followed up by (non-mastery) stat increases and large effective health increases. Most self-healing powers are next to useless for us as a healer spec and there are many undertuned powers which you should avoid, including most of the Covenant ability powers.

5.1.

S Tier

  • Deathseer's Whip Icon Deathseer's Whip — makes your totems grant your party 15 seconds of Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust or Heroism Icon Heroism, once every every 30 seconds. Having 50% uptime on the 30% Haste buff is very good, especially as you can boost this effect itself further with Essence of the Ancestors Icon Essence of the Ancestors and other effects.
  • Blackened Boulder Icon Blackened Boulder — stunning or knocking down an enemy increases their damage taken by 25%, permanently. This works on pretty much all Torghast enemies, including bosses, and is one of the best general damage increases available.
  • Elemental Core Icon Elemental Core — Each Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge buff you consume increases the damage of Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst by 3%. After generating 20 stacks, the cooldown of Lava Burst is reduced by 50%.
  • Flames of the Cauldron Icon Flames of the CauldronFlame Shock Icon Flame Shock's damage over time effect now happens 40% more frequently. This allows it to proc more Lava Burst Icon Lava Bursts and is a decent damage increase on its own. Stackable.
  • Storm Conduit Icon Storm ConduitLightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning damage increased by 50%. This is a great damage increase, especially for area of effect damage Stackable..
  • Essence of the Ancestors Icon Essence of the AncestorsBloodlust Icon Bloodlust or Heroism Icon Heroism grants an additional 15% Haste. Since you can use Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust quite liberally inside Torghast this is generally good and amazing if you also have Deathseer's Whip Icon Deathseer's Whip. Stackable.
  • Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor StoneEarth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental has a permanent Earthquake Icon Earthquake attached to it. While the uptime can be low without Deadened Earth Icon Deadened Earth, this will allow you to make large area of effect pulls and speed up your run.
  • Deadened Earth Icon Deadened Earth — cooldown of Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental reduced by 40%. It has good synergy with the previous power and will enable higher uptime, or even permanent if you stack it. Stackable.
  • Offer of Souls Icon Offer of Souls — Obtain 10 Soul Remnants. This is equivalent to gaining 10% extra Intellect, which is a permanent strong throughput boost.
  • Gift of Ardenweald Icon Gift of Ardenweald — Your spells and attacks have a chance to grant you 35% Haste for 15 sec. This is a powerful throughput boost.
  • Venthyr's Gratitude Icon Venthyr's Gratitude — Your spells and attacks have a chance to grant you 35% Critical Strike chance for 15 sec. This is also a powerful throughput boost.
  • Maldraxxian Repayment Icon Maldraxxian Repayment — Your spells and attacks have a chance to grant you 35% Versatility for 15 sec. This is also a powerful throughput boost.
5.2.

A Tier

  • Rimeblood Icon RimebloodFrost Shock Icon Frost Shock reduces all damage the target deals by 25% for 10 sec. This works on all enemies in Torghast and can be considered a permanent 25% damage reduction, especially on the final boss, making it that much easier to survive his damage.
  • Untaintable Waters Icon Untaintable Waters — targets healed by your Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem take 25% reduced damage for 10 sec. This ensures you will take a lot less damage with huge uptime, making it great to survive final boss one-shot mechanics.
  • Leeching Lilypad Icon Leeching LilypadHex Icon Hex drains your target's health every 2 sec, healing you for the amount drained. This damage will not break Hex. While slow, this power allows you to kill anything you can Hex for free, and is valuable when facing elite enemies in packs.
  • Volatile Flesh Icon Volatile FleshFleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft only lasts 15 sec, but when it is consumed or expires it explodes for 200% of the shield's initial value as Shadow damage to all nearby enemies. While the cooldown of Fleshcraft is somewhat long, this allows it to become a very powerful area of effect damage ability.
  • Wailing Winds Icon Wailing WindsWind Shear Icon Wind Shear cooldown reduced by 4 sec. Many enemies have dangerous interruptible abilities in Torghast, this will allow you to keep them disabled. Stackable.
  • Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation — Casting Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal makes your next Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning instant cast. Casting Chain Lightning makes your next Chain Heal instant cast. This power is much better in a group, but can still be of use while solo.
  • Blood of Heroes Icon Blood of Heroes — your first Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust or Heroism Icon Heroism on a floor does not cause the Sated or Exhausted effect, and will apply even if Sated or Exhausted. While this looks good, your cooldowns reset every new floor in Torghast and you still need to have your 5-minute cooldown ready, making it not nearly as useful as it sounds.
  • Cilice of Denathrius Icon Cilice of Denathrius — Gain an additional 15% damage and healing when you ascend to a new floor of the Jailer's Tower, but you also lose 5% of your maximum health. While this is a powerful effect, its downside is also significant.
  • Generosity of the Winged Seer Icon Generosity of the Winged Seer — Vesper Totem's damage or healing is increased by 50% for each respective charge consumed.
  • Vesperwind Bit Icon Vesperwind Bit — Vesper Totem will work on 1 additional damage and 1 additional healing event.
  • Wildzeal Wraps Icon Wildzeal Wraps — reduce the cooldown of Vesper Totem by 5 seconds.
  • Guardian's Cudgel Icon Guardian's CudgelCapacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem stun duration increased by 100%, and when Capacitor Totem fades, another Capacitor Totem is automatically dropped in the same place.
  • Bloody Thorn Stalk Icon Bloody Thorn Stalk — Fae Transfusion channel duration and periodic damage frequency reduced by 15%.
  • Crystalline Leaf Icon Crystalline Leaf — Fae Transfusion cooldown reduced by 15 sec.
  • Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit — targets hit by Chain Harvest have Riptide (allies) or Flame Shock (enemies) applied to them.
  • Crystallized Elemental Heart Icon Crystallized Elemental Heart — Chain Harvest doubles the damage of your next 5 Chain Lightnings and the healing of your next 5 Chain Heals.
  • Blood Stained Gauntlet Icon Blood Stained Gauntlet — Critical Strike chance of Chain Harvest increased by 10%.
5.3.

B Tier

5.4.

C Tier

At the bottom of the C Tier, we have the talent-granting Anima Powers. While these are essentially useless for a solo player, they can actually be extremely useful when running as a dedicated healer in a 5-stack so make sure to evaluate them differently if that is your case!

6.

Best Trinkets for Restoration Shamans in Torghast

While stat increasing trinkets are fine, some Shadowlands trinkets have powerful direct damage effects that will help a lot inside Torghast, and should be used if you have them while soloing.

If you want to learn more about trinkets for Restoration Shaman in group situations, check out the gear guide below!

7.

Changelog

  • 23 Dec. 2020: Added best Torghast trinkets.
  • 22 Dec. 2020: Updated the page with the Shaman Anima Power reworks and adjusted the power rankings.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Added more Anima Powers.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Added more Anima Powers and much more information on the usage of S-Rank powers.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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