Level 100 Restoration Shaman Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.2.4

Heal Rotation & Cooldowns for Restoration Shaman in PvE | Latest Patch 6.2.4

The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and 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 loosely follows the priority above. Maintain Earth Shield on the target taking the most damage and use Riptide as much as possible. Work your way down the priority list based on the amount of damage received by your target. Unleash Life should be used on cooldown and is best paired with Healing Wave for a big, efficient heal. Finally, consume Tidal Waves charges with Healing Wave or Healing Surge based on the amount of healing required and the time you have available to heal your target.

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 some additional DPS.

AoE Rotation

For AoE healing, Riptide should be maintained on 3 more more targets at all times. Chain Heal should be used when 3 or more players need healing and you should try to cast Chain Heal on targets with Riptide or Earth Shield for additional healing. It is often quite 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 heal at least 5-6 people. Finally, remember to consume Tidal Waves with Healing Wave or Healing Surge even while AoE healing.


Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

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