Restoration Shaman Healing Guide

Level 120, Patch 8.0.1

Restoration Shaman PvE Healing Rotation - 8.0.1

Below is our guide for prioritizing your Restoration Shaman abilities optimally. This should help give you a basic understanding of what to do and what's most important to focus on. Keep in mind that simply following this (or any other) rotation guide will not guarantee you to be amazing at healing. How aggressively you execute the rotation, how fast and intelligently you react in encounters, your FPS, latency, etc. play a large part in the end-result of your performance. We encourage you to really focus on those things and perfect this rotation if you're very performance-focused.

Single Target Rotation

Healing Priority: Use this spell priority for single target healing.

Restoration Shaman single target healing loosely follows the priority above. Maintain Riptide on as many targets as possible. Work your way down the priority list based on the amount of damage received by your target. Remember to consume Tidal Waves charges with Healing Wave or Restoration 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.

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. It is often quite effective to cast Chain Heal on the tank to heal the melee or any one else around. Downpour should be used on cooldown (if selected).

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 Restoration Healing Surge even while AoE healing.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate in each encounter.