Restoration Shaman

Patch 9.0

Written by Turbosixpack Last Updated: 20th Nov, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Covenants

Raiding

Currently the best restoration shaman Covenant for raiding is Necrolord. 

Primordial Wave is a great ability as it covers a lot of the bases that healers need to deal with during progress. On top of that, Necrolord soulbinds look very good, which also contributes to the overall choice.

Mythic+

Currently, the best Resto Shaman Covenant for Mythic+ is Kyrian. 

Vesper Totem is very good because of its versatility. You can use it for either extra damage or healing depending on what you need at the time. Kyrian soulbinds are also looking good currently, and the Kyrian signature ability (Summon Steward) can prove itself useful very often.

However, Venthyr can also be a decent pick and is not far behind.

Soulbinds and Conduits

Raiding

Potency: Swirling Currents

This is a great conduit which increases the healing of your next 3 Healing Surge, Healing Wave or Riptide after you cast Cloudburst Totem. It had great synergy with Primordial Wave because all duplicated Healing Waves get buffed and only use 1 stack of the buff.

Potency: Heavy Rainfall

A decent conduit which increases the healing of your Healing Rain for 20 seconds after casting Healing Tide Totem, which can be useful during heavy raid damage events.

Potency: Tumbling Waves

A covenant-specific conduit which gives Primordial Wave a chance to not incur its cooldown. While it sounds good, it currently seems to be completely random and can proc off itself a couple of times or not proc at all during the whole fight, which is not ideal for healers. An important thing to note: when you get a proc, you NEED to cast Riptide before casting Primordial Wave again.

Endurance: Vital Accretion

An amazing conduit, which increases your maximum health while your Earth Elemental is up. This makes Earth Elemental a decent defensive cooldown with an extremely long duration.

Finesse: Thunderous Paws

A nice conduit, which increases your movement speed after casting Ghost Wolf. It doesn’t have much of an impact on early ranks, but a higher rank of it provides you with a significant movement speed boost.

Finesse: Spiritual Resonance

Provides you with 4-18 seconds (based on the rank) of Spiritwalker’s Grace whenever you gain Bloodlust or any similar buff. This can be useful for repositioning during Bloodlust, however, the viability heavily depends on the moment when Bloodlust is used.

Finesse: Totemic Surge

Reduces the cooldown of your Tremor Totem, Capacitor Totem and Earthbind Totem. The viability heavily depends on whether you need to use these totems in the raid, meaning bosses with a Fear, Charm or Sleep effect, which can be removed with Tremor Totem, or bosses with adds which are not immune to CC.

Mythic+

Potency: Swirling Currents

This conduit is very decent in Mythic+ settings since Healing Surge and Riptide are the primary sources of healing in the dungeon setting. Overall a strong pick if you need more healing output.

Potency: Embrace of Earth

This conduit additionally increases your healing done on a target with your Earth Shield. Although this conduit overall is quite weak, it could be used to amplify your single-target healing on the tank or a party member who is taking heavy damage.

Potency: Elysian Dirge

Increases the effectiveness of your Vesper Totem on the nearest target. Just like Vesper Totem itself, this conduit is very versatile. It will improve your priority healing on the party member closest to the totem, or can boost your damage to the enemy target closest to the totem. 

Endurance: Vital Accretion

An amazing conduit, which increases your maximum health whilst your Earth Elemental is active. This makes Earth Elemental a decent defensive cooldown with an extremely long duration.

Finesse: Totemic Surge

Reduces the cooldown of your Tremor Totem, Capacitor Totem and Earthbind Totem. Unlike in the raid, this conduit gets a lot of value in Mythic+ by default, allowing you to use CC and remove Fear mechanics much more often. Overall a very solid pick and gives a lot of extra utility.

Finesse: Thunderous Paws

A nice conduit, which increases your movement speed after casting Ghost Wolf. It doesn’t have much of an impact on early ranks, but a higher rank of it provides you with a significant movement speed boost.

Legendaries

Primal Tide Core - One of the better legendaries due to the synergy with the Necrolord Build.

Jonat’s Natural Focus - Also an option, but since the Chain Heal nerf we don’t use it as much.