Restoration Shaman talents guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 8th Aug, 2022
Thaner Restoration Shaman Author

Recommended Talents

Recommended Raiding Build

Recommended Mythic+ Build

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Restoration Shaman Torrent TalentTorrentPassive
Restoration Shaman Undulation TalentUndulationPassive
Restoration Shaman Unleash Life TalentUnleash LifeInstant


Unleash Life brings more flexibility and HPS than the other two options. Ideally, you want to pair it with Chain Heal or Healing Wave with Primordial Wave if you are with the necrolord covenant. 


Undulation shines because of how much healing surge is being used in dungeons. Helps with throughput / tank healing.

Tier 2 (25)

Restoration Shaman Echo of the Elements TalentEcho of the ElementsPassive
Restoration Shaman Deluge TalentDelugePassive
Restoration Shaman Surge of Earth TalentSurge of EarthInstant

Raiding and Mythic+

Echo of the Elements gives an extra charge on Riptide, Cloudburst Totem and Lava Burst. The healing output from the extra Riptide charges and Cloudburst Totems is much stronger than the other options and increases your damage with a second Lava Burst.

Tier 3 (30)

Restoration Shaman Spirit Wolf TalentSpirit WolfPassive
Restoration Shaman Earthgrab Totem TalentEarthgrab TotemInstant
Restoration Shaman Static Charge TalentStatic ChargePassive


Spirit Wolf is the default choice for this talent row.


It's a very flexible row. Static Charge if no one in your group has an AoE stun, or if your strategy requires it. Earthgrab Totem for spiteful weeks or if your group needs extra root for dungeons like Plaguefall. Spirit Wolf if you need extra mobility for dungeons like ToP or DoS where you have to run a lot between wings or simply need an extra personal cd.

Tier 4 (35)

Restoration Shaman Ancestral Vigor TalentAncestral VigorPassive
Restoration Shaman Earthen Wall Totem TalentEarthen Wall TotemInstant
Restoration Shaman Ancestral Protection Totem TalentAncestral Protection TotemInstant


Always use Earthen Wall Totem unless your raid is cheesing a specific mechanic with Ancestral Protection Totem or you need the extra health pool from Ancestral Vigor during progress.


Simple rule in this row. Earthen Wall Totem for more raw HPS and Ancestral Vigor for more survivability vs one shot mechanics. I'd recommend Earthen Wall Totem for lower keys and Ancestral Vigor for higher keys. At some point being able to survive one shot mechanic thanks to more HP is more important than more HPS.

Tier 5 (40)

Restoration Shaman Nature's Guardian TalentNature's GuardianPassive
Restoration Shaman Graceful Spirit TalentGraceful SpiritPassive
Restoration Shaman Wind Rush Totem TalentWind Rush TotemInstant


Use Wind Rush Totem if your raid needs it, otherwise, it’s a personal preference with Graceful Spirit offering more mobility.


Graceful Spirit is the default choice.If your personal survivability matters a lot then Nature's Guardian is also a good option, it normally becomes more valuable in higher keys.

Tier 6 (45)

Restoration Shaman Flash Flood TalentFlash FloodPassive
Restoration Shaman Downpour TalentDownpour1.5 sec cast
Restoration Shaman Cloudburst Totem TalentCloudburst TotemInstant


Cloudburst Totem - Strongest in this tier by far.


Cloudburst Totem is the best choice for Mythic+.

Tier 7 (50)

Restoration Shaman High Tide TalentHigh TidePassive
Restoration Shaman Wellspring TalentWellspring1.5 sec cast
Restoration Shaman Ascendance TalentAscendanceInstant


Wellspring - With current tuning on Chain Heal, it is the go to talent. You want to make sure that you always have a Cloudburst Totem up when you cast it. High Tide is also an option.


Ascendance is the best choice for Mythic+.