Restoration Shaman

Patch 8.3

Written by Chrispotter Last Updated: 24th Feb, 2020

Azerite Traits

Resto Shaman Azerite Traits

Best Raiding Traits

Spouting Spirits - Extended radius on Spirit Link and a nice chunk of raid healing on top. 2 or 3 of these traits will turn your Spirit Link into a full healing cooldown.

Overflowing Shores - Good to Grab one of these for the radius increase and additional healing on the healing rain cast.

Igneous Potential - If you run 3 of these traits you can do absurd DPS as a restoration shaman. 3 of these turn your lava burst into a deadly weapon and you can easily mimic damage dealing specs.

Heart Of Darkness - Increases your secondary stats by a nice chunk if you have a corruption level over 25 (which ideally you should). While it doesn't look as impactful as our other traits, the stats make this trait very good and the stats do get increased by Stat Amp Corruption effects.

Average Raiding Traits

Ancestral Resonance - The mastery proc can be really strong on progress, and the extended lust duration is great too. However the extra mastery during bloodlust is often wasted because of bloodlusting the pull when there is little incoming damage. If you bloodlust during high healing times, this trait changes into a best raiding trait.

Turn of the Tide - On some fights it is great to grab one of these, greatly enhances your spot healing.

Ancient Ankh Talisman - A good trait to pick up for progress raiding, more Reincarnation = less wipes.

Weak Raiding Traits

Soothing Waters - Weak additional healing and only to your primary target.

Swelling Stream - Weak additional healing, does not contribute to Cloudburst despite it being active when using Cloudburst.

Surging Tides - When the raid is below 50% you will usually be chain healing, not riptiding. However can situationally be okay.


Best Major Essences

Vision of Perfection - Vision is already very good for resto shamans and in 8.3 Vision of Perfection it's getting buffed, making it a huge part of your healing. While this essence is very RNG dependent, on average its going to be very strong.

Worldvein Resonance - A huge stat increase on a 1 minute cooldown, ideal for fights where damage events are 1 minute or more apart. Vision wins out on fights with regular damage.

Best Minor Essences

Conflict and Strife - Flat versatility is very strong for healing output, damage output and survival. An all round great minor essence.

The Ever-Rising Tide - Provides intellect or mana back, providing a nice bonus to throughput via the Intellect and allows you to sustain higher throughput with the mana return. Rank 3 makes it especially strong.

Unwavering Ward - Its passive absorb and damage reduction is great. On fights where you are stacked or the damage events have large gaps between them, this essence is amazing. On fights where you are not stacked, you should swap to The Formless Void.

The Formless Void - Very high uptime of Intellect as well as buffing your teammates with some extra haste. Switch between this essence and Unwavering Ward depending on how stacked you will be during the fight.


Drest'agath Weapon - Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer


The best Corrupted items you can get for pure healing throughput are going to be stat increases.

Flash of Insight (Drest’agath Weapon) > Crit Amp (Severe) > Void Ritual > the rest

If you want to contribute dps through corrupted items, the Twisted Appendage will usually perform best on the average fight, but infinite stars will perform better on pure single target fights.