Introduction to the Restoration Shaman

Calling upon the healing properties of water, Resto 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 Shaman is an extremely flexible specialization that shines when healing groups of players that are clumped together. Restoration Shamans are one of the few healers that can area of effect heal continuously when dangerous unexpected damage happens.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Restoration Shaman, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Be sure to check out our guide on which healer should you pick here

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Restoration Shaman


  • Excels at burst healing and sustained stacked group healing
  • Can often cast while moving, using Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker’s Grace


  • Mediocre sustained targeted healing and no tank cooldowns
  • Low group healing in situations that force a large spread
  • Mediocre mobility, most of a Restoration Shaman’s healing comes from spells with high casting times


15Torrent TorrentUndulation UndulationUnleash Life Unleash Life
30Echo of the Elements Echo of the ElementsDeluge DelugeEarth Shield Earth Shield
45Spirit Wolf Spirit WolfEarthgrab Totem Earthgrab Totem Static Charge Static Charge
60Ancestral Vigor Ancestral VigorEarthen Wall Totem Earthen Wall TotemAncestral Protection Totem Ancestral Protection Totem
75Nature's Guardian Nature’s GuardianGraceful Spirit Graceful SpiritWind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem
90Flash Flood Flash FloodDownpour DownpourCloudburst Totem Cloudburst Totem
100High Tide High TideWellspring WellspringAscendance Ascendance

Rotation of the Restoration Shaman

The basic rotation of the Restoration Shaman is as follows:

  • Use your short (1 minute or less) cooldown spells first — as long as they will not heavily overheal — and prioritize using the shorter cooldowns first, in order to maximize the amount of casts you can get of them in a given encounter.
  • When a cooldown spell is not available, use the best non-cooldown spell for the situation. This means Healing Wave IconHealing Wave for non-emergency single-target healing and Healing Surge IconHealing Surge for emergency single-target healing. When multi-target healing, use Chain Heal IconChain Heal unless you already have two charges of Tidal Waves IconTidal Waves

You can use the recommended Addon ConRo for help with your rotation, it can be found in our Addons Guide here

Healing Cooldowns

Bloodlust IconBloodlust and Heroism IconHeroism allow your group to dish out increased damage / healing for a long duration, which is of critical importance to beating soft and hard enrages on raid bosses and succesfully dealing with Mythic keystone dungeons / PvP situations.

Spirit Link Totem IconSpirit Link Totem represents one of the most unique and flexible cooldowns within the World of Warcraft. Every second, the health of the group inside the totem’s area of effect is redistributed, so all targets have an equal percentage of maximum health. It also grants 10% damage reduction to players inside its area of effect. 

Healing Tide Totem IconHealing Tide Totem is your main throughput cooldown. This totem is placed beneath you and pulses periodically, healing all members within 40 yards for 10 seconds. Healing Tide Totem is mainly used to counteract very high incoming group damage periods.

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Restoration Shaman is

  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Strike
  3. Versatility
  4. Haste = Mastery