Restoration Shaman Gear and Best in Slot - Shadowlands 9.1
Gear is one of the most important elements in WoW to strengthen your Restoration Shaman, providing massive amounts of stats as well as armor, procs, and set bonuses.
In this guide, we will explain how to obtain the best gear for your Restoration Shaman in and how to check if a piece is BiS, an upgrade or just bad. This guide will help you select the best pieces of gear from Dungeons and Raids in Shadowlands, whether they be weapons, trinkets, or armor.
Should you wish to learn about all the various sources for gear in the expansion, check out our
Gearing Up in Shadowlands Overview
. We have also prepared several other Restoration Shaman guides on other gear topics, including best enchants for your new gear, best stats to aim for on gear, and simulation data to make informed choices.
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Recommended Gear for Restoration Shaman in Shadowlands
What is the BiS Restoration Shaman gear?
With many different sources of gearing and loot scarcity in Shadowlands, targeting your absolute Best in Slot gear isn't entirely realistic; instead, we've created a Best in Slot list from the ideal Restoration Shaman raid drops found in Shadowlands, from Mythic Dungeons, to help you decide what to prioritize.
These lists should give you several gearing paths in Season 2 including
, Mythic+, and
. Give the following guide a read to learn about all gearing options in Shadowlands Season 2.
Shadowlands Season 2 Gearing Guide
Sanctum of Domination Best in Slot Gear for Restoration Shaman
This gear setup favors the highest itemlevel options while avoiding Haste a little. However,
do not sacrifice item level
. Feel free to mix in items of other secondary stats -- specifically your lowest secondary stat if possible.
Best Shards of Domination for Restoration Shaman
Shards of Domination is a new system for
gear that provides customizable bonuses by slotting Shards of Domination into specific gear pieces from
. By killing more bosses in the Sanctum of Domination raid, these Shards of Domination can be upgraded to become more powerful.
Best Raid Shards of Domination for Restoration Shaman
Restoration Shamans are mostly focused on a Shard of Domination Build that enhances our healing throughput. As such, for raid, we'll look to maintain the Unholy Rune Word 3-set bonus
and fill with strong Frost Shards.
Shard of Domination
Best Mythic+ Shards of Domination for Restoration Shaman
Restoration Shamans are focused on a Shard of Domination Build that enhances our healing throughput in Mythic+. The 3-set bonus does not work in Mythic+ dungeons, so we don't need 3 Unholy Shards. For the final Shard of Domination, you can use
or any other offensive Shard.
Shard of Domination
For more information on the best Shards of Domination for both Raid and Mythic+, check out our Shards of Domination Restoration Shaman page:
Best Shards of Domination for Restoration Shaman
Mythic+ Best in Slot Gear for Restoration Shaman
Notable Tazavesh Gear for Restoration Shaman
With Patch 9.1 comes the release of
, a Mythic-only megadungeon for Shadowlands. Because this dungeon only has one difficulty option, all loot will drop at 226 item level.
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The weapons from Tazavesh are great ways to nab a 226 upgradable weapon quickly without having to enter Mythic+. Both trinkets offer fairly solid healing trinkets early on when you're still trying to obtain your best trinkets. Check the trinket section below to see how they compare.
Best Restoration Shaman Trinkets in Shadowlands
As healers, we usually have the option for mana regeneration trinkets or throughput trinkets depending on the situation. However, current Shadowlands trinket options that provide additional mana are practically nonexistent. As such, we'll primarily focus on healing throughput trinkets.
Due to gear being able to scale in a variety of content (Mythic+ and Raid), I'll typically list out the overall ranking of trinkets in order assuming equal iLvl. Significant item level differences will influence your selection.
In regard to throughput trinkets, healers tend to dislike random proc trinkets as we can't always utilize the extra throughput at that particular moment in the fight. As such, on-use effects and stat sticks are highly favored.
Very strong and consistent trinket. Gets even better if other people in your group use it as well.
Large amount of stats on a 2 minute cooldown. Doesn't line up with any of our cooldowns but its one of the best options regardless.
Strong stat trinket with 1.5ppm on its buff. Likely won't be available in a high enough item level to be competitive though.
Very strong passive trinket with the ability to change the stats it grants you to whatever secondaries you want. About 30% uptime on the buff.
Solid early trinket for Season 2 now that it can be upgraded to 230 ilvl via
Strong trinket for progress situations, but falls off quick when people don't drop low enough.
Not a fan of the 1 minute, but a good amount of starts regardless. Likely won't be available in a high enough item level to be competitive though.
The numbers aren't too amazing but it is at least somewhat smart and passive.
A useful extra on-use cooldown makes this pretty potent. The 40 second duration of the buff allows you to precast this ahead of boss abilities to negate the additional damage taken from the trinket.
A 3 minute cooldown gamble on
a few effects
. It's pretty good on average but the lack of control makes it less desirable.
This trinket strongly depends on the encounter. Being punished for being below 50% health hurts especially on progression raiding or high keys but it is somewhat manageable. Any fight where you can stay above 50% health for the majority of the time this will be a great pickup.
It's just badly budgeted for healers as its aimed at damage dealers.
The Nine -
is consistently one of our top heals, that comes mostly from the pure frequency we use this spell. Reducing the cooldown by 3.5 seconds every minute does next to nothing for throughput; even combining it with Necrolord shenanigans. I recommend not even looting it by being in a DPS loot specialization when killing this boss unless the intellect alone beats out other trinkets.
Best Items to Upgrade with Valor Points for Restoration Shaman in Shadowlands
Points is a returning currency brought back with Patch 9.0.5. With this new currency, players are able to upgrade items from Mythic+ Dungeon, either from running Mythic Keystones or from the Great Vault, up to item level 246. Similarly to
, Valor has a cap that is increased every week during the Season.
You can obtain Valor by completing Mythic+ dungeons or completing daily callings. You can learn more about Valor in our in-depth guide.
Earning and Spending Valor Points
When upgrading Mythic+ items to 220 with
, you'll prioritize items that give you the most value, which tends to be weapons and trinkets. I've noted the strongest selections for these gear slots below.
You'll then want to prioritize gear slots with higher stat budgets like helms, chests, and legs, especially if these gear slots are some of your lowest item level gear pieces. Next will be shoulders, gloves, belt, and boots. Finally, fill the remaining gear pieces by lowest item level slots. Please see the
Mythic+ Gear List
for suggestion on which specific pieces of gear to upgrade.
Generally our best itemized weapon from Mythic+.
Strongest trinket for Mythic+ and should be a priority to upgrade whenever possible.
The other strong trinket from Mythic+ with a variable secondary stat buff.
Items to Prioritize in the Great Vault for Restoration Shaman in Shadowlands
When selecting your weekly reward from the Great Vault, you'll prefer higher item level pieces when possible. Prioritize weapons early, since they give the most throughput for a single item upgrade. High priority trinkets will be your next best option, followed by items with a higher stat budget (typically Helms, Chests, and Legs followed by Shoulders, Gloves, Belt, and Boots).
Continue to favor high stat budget items over low stat ones. If there's a particular item in your gear set with a low item level then you can also select that over making minor item level upgrades to other pieces. As a bit of a cheat sheet:
Weapons → High Value Trinkets → High Stat Budget Gear (Helms, Chests, and Legs) → Large Item Level Upgrades → Everything Else
For more information on how the Great Vaults works, please see the following guide:
Great Vault Guide
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What happened to the list of gear for dungeons?
so the Ny'alotha gear list has a one handed axe but nothing listed for off hand or shield? Is that intentional?
This BiS list shows bracers (Shackles of Alluring Vitality), gloves (Iron Spiked Handgrips) and second ring (Entwined Gorger Tendril) as dropping in Spires of Ascension. These drop in Sanguine Depths.
drops from Kryxis in Sanguine Depths. Pre-Raid BIS Source List is currently incorrect. Says its from Spires of Ascension.
I feel Like
is a good resto shammy trinket. maybe it's juss me. I don't know how to get it to just show the name.. XD
Doing a bit of resto healing lately, typically elemental DPS. I noticed that your weapon choice is showing off Huntsman, however, it is off Hungering.
seems like a nice drop from the Maw world boss that isn't mentioned here. I'd like to know how it ranks against some of the other A-tier trinkets.
is the worst item I have seen in my life. Whoever made this needs to be fired. For real.
The Tazavesh weapons are not upgradable as this article says - I tried today with the staff.
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