Heal Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)
Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Restoration Shaman. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.
Single Target Rotation
Buffs: Maintain these buffs at all times.
Healing Priority: Use this spell priority for single target healing.
Restoration Shaman single target healing follows the priority above. Maintain Earth Shield on the target taking the most damage and use Riptide or Healing Wave as much as possible. Work your way down the priority list based on the amount of damage received by your target. Unleash Elements provides Unleash Life which is best paired with Greater Healing Wave for a more Mana efficient large heal. Consume Tidal Waves charges with Healing Wave or Greater Healing Wave based on the amount of healing required.
What are the best totems?: The most relevant totems to Restoration Shamans are all used as healing cooldowns and are discussed in the cooldown section of the this guide. However, you should keep Searing Totem up at all times for a slight DPS gain.
Telluric Currents: If you have Glyph of Telluric Currents, then you should try to cast Lightning Bolt when possible for some extra Mana. You should also consider using Glyph of Eternal Earth if you’re able to use Lightning Bolt in a fight.
Elementals: Your Elementals are powerful healing tools with Primal Elementalist. The Fire Elemental gains Empower and the Earth Elemental offers Reinforce. Both of these tools provide a strong, on-demand healing boost in addition to other group benefits.
Chain Heal should be used when a nearby group of ~3 players need healing. Try to cast Chain Heal on targets with Riptide or Earth Shield for additional healing. It is often most effective to cast Chain Heal on the tank to heal the melee or any one else around.
Healing Rain should ideally be used when it is going to affect at least 5-6 people. For this reason, it may be more beneficial in a 25M raid as opposed to a 10M raid setting.
These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.
These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.