Restoration Shaman

Patch 8.3

Written by Chrispotter Last Updated: 24th Feb, 2020

Playstyle & Rotation

General Rotation

Generally Resto Shaman is about managing your short cooldown abilities.

Healing Rain, Unleash life and Cloudburst Totem should be used almost on cooldown assuming there is incoming damage.

Outside of these cooldown type abilities, as always with healing it's about using the best spell for the situation:

  • Chain heal when multiple players require big heals.
  • Use your tidal waves charges to weave in Healing waves on players taking low damage.
  • Use your tidal waves charges to weave in Healing Surges on players taking heavy damage.
  • Riptide during movement, low or medium damage phases, or on players when they will require spot healing, or moving out of range/light of sight.

Generally your healing officer or raid leader should have cooldowns assigned to specific points on progression. However you should always watch for where you can save a wipe as a Resto shaman; both Spirit Link Totem and Ankh totem are 1 button press abilities that can instantly save a wipe or save someone's life.

The key to being an insane resto shaman is using your High Tide and Cloudburst Totem well, and planning accordingly. Even myself I do not always do this, and it really is the best way to push your output at key moments.

Resto shaman has a lot of utility, always look for times where a Wind Rush Totem or Earthgrab totem could be useful.

When Astral shift is on cooldown, think about how you can prepare Spirit Wolf stacks to survive a damage hit.