Restoration Shaman Overview
Welcome to the Restoration Shaman Guide Overview, updated for World of Warcraft Legion Patch 7.2.5! This guide is written by
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Every race except for Blood Elves, Gnomes, Human, Night Elves, Undead, and Worgen.
Shaman can use daggers, staves, shields, fist weapons, maces, and axes.
Iconic Restoration Shaman abilities:
: Increases healing from your spells by up to 24%, based on the current health of your target. Lower health targets are healed for more.
Special Class Hall Rewards
Shamans are on the
Protector Tier Token
, sharing tier tokens with
Tier 19 set:
Two piece bonus:
Tidal Waves also increases the healing done by Healing Wave and Healing Surge by 15%.
Four piece bonus:
Each time you trigger Tidal Waves, the cooldown of Healing Stream Totem is reduced by 3 sec.
Tier 20 set:
Two piece bonus:
Your healing spells have a chance to increase the Critical Strike chance of your next Riptide by 100%.
Four piece bonus:
When Riptide's initial heal critically strikes, the healing done by your next Healing Rain is increased by 50%.
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
What makes Restoration Shaman Special
Learn more in our
Legion Healing Overview
: Calling upon the healing properties of water, Restoration Shamans use not only the soothing, calming nature of water to heal their allies but also powerful totems that are iconic to the class.
: Restoration Shamans use mana as their resource for spells.
is their personal damage reduction while having
to aid not only themselves but allies.
: Restoration Shamans have an array of healing abilities. Instant heals such as
, single target heals as in
, and group healing such as
, and powerful healing cooldowns like
and these are just to name a few.
on cooldown to maximize generation of
during large raid damage intake.
, which is baseline for all shamans. There is also a mobility talent row that they can pick and choose if they want to give themselves or their allies more mobility.
are both strong group healing/defensive cooldowns.
on a shorter cooldown, aids in healing 1-3 members, very strong in dungeons.
strengthens your overall healing for 15 secs.
: Harnessing the power of the depths themselves,
a weapon imbued with water as well as
in your offhand.
: Intellect + Mail
: Specializes in group and single target healing through cooldowns and totems.
Shaman have the free hearth
, can see into the distance with
, and can transform into a spectral wolf with
: effect of old Glyph of Flaming Serpent
: effect of old Glyph of Rain of Frogs
: effect of old Glyph of Elemental Familiars
: effect of Water Totem
Key Changes in Patch 7.2.5
Generally speaking, Resto Shaman gameplay is unchanged from before the patch. Tier 20 set bonuses are overall nothing to shake a fist at, improving our single target and group based healing via buffing Riptide and Healing Rain. Shamans are still very strong group healers that come with moderate mobility, powerful cooldowns, and a variety of utility options to assist their party. The playstyle that has worked for Resto Shamans throughout Legion thus far should continue to work well in
New Legendary Items
is a new Chest slot legendary that grants a random chance upon casting
, duplicating all your healing and redistributing it among allies within range. This legendary is underwhelming in comparison to the additional throughput granted via other more potent options such as
. Its important to remember that even in scenarios where you want 50% uptime on Healing Rain (being generous for many encounters), thats assuming 18 casts in 6 minutes. Given a 15% chance to proc, that means ~3 procs (rounding UP to be in favor of it) granting you 18 seconds of duplicated healing randomly throughout 6 minutes. Underwhelming. Worse when you pre-place Rain before damage and waste 1-2 seconds of the proc. Great stat budget, however, for those who have less potent Legendaries.
is the Shaman talent ring added with this patch. For Restoration, this ring grants us access to two talents on the level 90 row by granting us
for free, allowing us to select either
in addition to it. This is a niche option for Restoration Shamans, as
expects Shamans to maximize throughput globals like
during its collection period and pre-cast things like
. An interesting option for some Mythic+ affixes that may play well towards having Cloudburst available with 2 Healing Streams dropped at the start of a pull or for raid encounters where you prefer to manage several micro cooldowns, delaying Healing Stream casts during Cloudburst windows for more throughput. Unfortunately also does not compete in terms of raw throughput gain when compared to other top contenders, mostly due to a lack of Intellect for such a high ilevel item.
mana cost reduced by 43%.
Damage of all spells increased by 25%
How to Use This Guide
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