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Restoration Shaman Quick Start Guide
This guide will cover basic information needed for new or returning Resto Shamans so that they can adventure on the Broken Isles in Legion. Whether they're questing, doing dungeons, raiding casually, collecting achievements, or just just trying out a new spec the information here is intended to cover thing you may need or want to know to quickly jump into the fray. For more in-depth information on individual talents, spell use, artifact investment, gearing and other such topics head on over to the primary
Resto Shaman guide
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Ancestral Guidance converts a portion of your damage into light healing while you kill mobs. Echo of the Elements increases our damage output slightly by allowing a second charge of Lava Burst.
This build is centered around entry level dungeons with several passive effects.
In Mythic+ dungeons, having extra oomph in your heals can be important. Increasing Tidal Waves frequency can help with this.
Several of our talents see use in raids based upon difficulty level. Changing talents on the 15/90/100 rows to suit your needs is important.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
The recommended initial artifact path is this:
After reaching 35 traits follow the following path:
Its important to understand that no secondary stat is a bad secondary stat and they all increase your healing. Maintaining a balance of stats is key, as they all effect each other.
While leveling, simply choose the highest item level gear available, as stats fluctuate too much to bother balancing. At 110, World Quests are an easy source of gear, along with trading in Nethershards for Dauntless and Relinquished Tokens on the Broken Shore. Use the
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide to learn more, and remember that any gear can randomly Titanforge into a higher item level version, allowing the chance for upgrades from practically any source.
are usually the first priority to collect in raid content, as they provide powerful bonuses not found elsewhere.
are powerful, but limited equipment which are awarded randomly over time. To maximize your chances of receiving them, complete as many Emissary Cache daily quests, Broken Shore world quests for turn ins, Dungeons, and Raids as possible.
Healing is less of a rotation and more of a priority. Resto Shamans have a large number of spells that we like to call "micro-cooldowns" because they are maintenance spells that are frequently cast on a short-ish cooldown.
on cooldown, usually on people taking continued damage over time and to gain
Healing Stream Totem
on cooldown for small passive group healing.
on grouped players who are or soon will be taking damage. Most situations this will be on the melee/tank cluster.
for efficient healing and
when an emergency heal is required for short bursts of damage.
Gift of the Queen
is a great smaller cooldown for a large burst of AoE healing on a cluster of players during heavier damage. Using on cooldown as damage allows.
and the resulting
procs as mana allows to contribute damage to a boss or priority target.
during healing downtime is a great way to contribute mana free damage.
Resto Shamans have several cooldowns at their disposal for personal and raid use. Always coordinate your cooldown use with groups as to make the best use of them and remember to use them efficiently by not spending tons of mana on AoE healing that will otherwise be done by your cooldown.
Healing Tide Totem
for heavy group wide damage.
Spirit Link Totem
is an incredibly strong cooldown for clustered groups of players in the raid taking heavy damage that redistributes their health with other people.
is the only personal defensive cooldown available to Resto Shamans but is powerful. Use this frequently to reduce the damage you take, ensuring you hold it for a large damage event if you know its coming.
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the
can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For Tier 2 choices, prefer paths with
Master of Shadows
For Tier 3, prefer paths with
Pull of the Sea
Overall, the Netherlight Crucible is a really complicated system. In order to get in-depth information on it, please check out our
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