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Restoration Shaman Class Guide
The Gotwarcraft Restoration Shaman Guide

This is an ancient, out of date page.

For the up to date Resto Shaman pages, for Cataclysm 4.,3 and beyond, see:

  • Restoration Shaman PvP - Resto build, glyphs, gems, macros, and videos.
  • Restoration Shaman PvE - The same, but for PvE.

  • Need to get leveled? For Cata or Mists of Pandaria (lev 90 cap?) Our favorite leveling guide will always be up to date for the latest patches and expansions. See below.

This rest of this page is Obsolete -

The info on this page is pre-cataclysm and this page will not be updated. See the links above for more current Resto info.

 

Contents

Restoration Shaman Guide

Other Shaman Guides

 

This guide is simply intended to provide a general overview of the Shaman class.

For a more in-depth and highly detailed resource on all Shaman, from leveling to PvP to Raiding to earning gold, check out the Killer Guides' Shaman guide.

 

1.0 - The Restoration Shaman

The Restoration tree focuses on the Shaman's healing capability, reducing the casting time and mana cost of healing spells, while increasing their effectiveness. Restoration Shamans are well suited for any healing situation in the game. On top of that they offer good utility (like Mana Regeneration by Mana Tide Totem), and the best multi-target heal spell in the game (Chain Heal). The 41 point talent Earth Shield acts as a very mana-efficient single-target HoT with a long duration.

This tree is highly useful in PvP and group PvE, the only drawback being the rather low damage output, so solo play is more difficult. In return, a Restoration Shaman hardly ever dies while questing/soloing.

Restoration Shaman Class Guide

2.0 - Talent Builds

2.1 - Leveling Shaman Build

0/16/45

10 - 14 Tidal Focus
15 - 19 Totemic Focus
20 - 24 Healing Focus
25 - 27 Nature's Guidance
28 - 32 Tidal Mastery
33 - Nature's Swiftness
34 - 38 Ancestral Knowledge
39 - 43 Thundering Strikes
44 - Shamanistic Focus
45 - 49 Restorative Totems
50 Healing Way (1/3)
51 - Mana Tide Totem
52+ Branch out and pick up either more enhancement for improved melee damage or more restoration for greater healing effectiveness

Restoration Shaman Class Guide

3.0 - Restoration PvP Build

Restoration Shaman Class Guide

4.0 - Number Crunching

Intellect - 1 = 15 Mana
Spell Hit - 12.6 = 1%
Spell Critical - 22.1 = 1%

Spell Haste - 15.7 = 1%/0.025 seconds off of Global Cooldown & Spell Cast Time

Spellpower Coefficients:

125.0% Chain Heal
85.71% Healing Wave
42.86% Lesser Healing Wave

4.5% Healing Stream Totem (Per Tick)

EXAMPLE: Lesser Healing Wave W/ 100 Spell Healing = +43 Points of Actual healing per cast

125.0% Chain Lightning
79.4% Lightning Bolt
100% Lightning Shield
42.86% Earth Shock
42.86% Frost Shock
15% Flame Shock Direct Damage/52% Flame Shock DoT

4.1 - Spell Hit, Crit, etc.

Defacto Priority:

+Healing = MP5 - Spirit - Spell Haste

What to shoot for when entering Karazhan & Heroics:

If you simply want to make certain you're good to begin attempting karazhan and heroics try aiming for the stats below as an absolute minimum, surpassing them however is recommended to make things overall quite easier.

Additionally, you can downgrade these stats somewhat for the easier heroic dungeons as Karazhan is definitely more challenging than most if not all of them.

+Healing: 900+
Mana Per 5 Seconds(While Casting): 75+
Health: 8,000
Mana: 7,000

What to shoot for when heading into 25-Raids:

These numbers should cover you for passing Karazhan into the 25-man raiding content, statistics such as spell hit will be notably harder to achieve prior to gearing up in Karazhan & Heroics quie a bit. Otherwise if you have this or higher by the time you eclipse Karazhan you'll be fine.

+Healing: 1200+
Mana Per 5 Seconds(While Casting): 125+
Health: 9,000
Mana: 8,000


4.2 - Gems

Lustrous Star of Elune
Teardrop Living Ruby

Luminous Noble Topaz
Royal Nightseye
Insightful Earthstorm Diamond

4.3 Enchantments

Head: Glyph of Renewal
Shoulders: Aldor/Scryer Inscription
Back: Subtlety
Chest: Exceptional Mana
Wrist: Superior Healing
Hands: Major Healing
Legs: Golden Spellthread
Weapon: Major Healing

 

5.0 - Restoration Shaman PvE Gear Guide

Note that much of the gear below has become obolete with Cataclysm.

Note: As this is a PvE gear guide I'll only list the PvP rewards capable of being obtained via Honor, arena rewards are however viable alternatives to many pieces of gear.

Head:

[Headdress of the Tides] - Crafted
[Spellstrike Hood] - Crafted
[Hood of Oblivion] - Arcatraz
[Battlecast Hood] - Crafted
[Gladiator's Felweave Cowl] - PvP Reward

Neck:

[Vindicator's Pendant of Reprieve] - PvP Reward
[Natasha's Guardian Cord] - Quest Reward
[Necklace of Eternal Hope] - (25) Badges of Justice
[Sethekk Oracle's Focus] - Quest Reward

Shoulders:

[Mantle of the Sea Wolf] - Heroic Mana-Tombs
[Volanic Pauldrons] - Heroic Hellfire Ramparts
[Tidefury Shoulderguards] - Shattered Halls
[Otherwordly Pauldrons] - Quest Reward

Back:

[Light-Touched Stole of Altruism] - Heroic Auchenai Crypts
[Lifegiving Cloak] - BoE World Drop
[White Remedy Cape] - Crafted BoE
[Cloak of Scintillating Auras] - Arcatraz

Chest:

[Void Slayer's Tunic] - Quest Reward
[Earthpeace Breastplate] - Crafted BoE
[Harness of the Deep Currents] - Shadow Labyrinth
[Worldfire Chestguard] - Arcatraz

Wrist:

[Primal Surge Bracers] - Black Morass
[World's End Bracers] - Heroic Bloodfurnace
[Wave-Fury Vambraces] - Heroic Steamvault
[All-Weather Armguards] - Quest Reward

Hands:

[Fathomheart Gauntlets] - Steamvault
[Thundercaller's Guantlets] - BoE World Drop
[Earth Mantle Handwraps] - Steamvault
[Tidefury Gauntlets] - Steamvault

Belt:

[Stillwater Girdle] - Mana-Tombs
[Wave-Song Girdle] - Heroic Auchenai Crypts
[Girdle of the Gale Storm] - Normal Bloodfurnace
[Tarren Mill Defender's Cinch] - Quest Reward

Legs:

[Oceansong Kilt] - Heroic Hellfire Ramparts
[Stormsong Kilt] - Heroic Underbog
[Tidefury Kilt] - Shadow Labyirinth
[Molten Earth Kilt] - Mechanar

Boots:

[Wavefury Boots] - Heroic Slave Pens
[Auchenai Boots] - Quest Reward
[Magma Plume Boots] - Heroic Auchenai Crypts
[Earthbreaker's Greaves] - Quest Reward

Rings:

[Anveena's Touch] - (60) Badges of Justice
[Kharmaa's Ring of Fate] -
Normal Magister's Terrace
[Vindicator's Band of Salvation]- PvP Reward
[Ancestral Band] OR [Ring of Convalescence] - Reputation Reward
[Band of the Crystalline Void] - Heroic Mana-Tombs
[Celestial Jewel Ring] - Quest Reward

Trinkets:

[Oshu'gun Relic] - Quest Reward
[Shiffar's Nexus-Horn] - Arcatraz
[Essence of the Martyr] - Vendor(41 Badges of Justice)
[Scarab of the Infinite Cycle] - Drop(Black Morass)
[Lower City Prayerbook] - Reputation Reward
[Xi'ri's Gift] - Reputation Reward

Main-Hand:

[Gavel of Naaru Blessings] - (150) Badges of Justice
[Gladiator's Salvation]- PvP Reward
[Hand of Eternity] - Crafted
[Shockwave Truncheon] - Heroic Shadow Laybrinth
[The Ancient Scepter of Sue-Min] - World Drop BoE
[Gavel of Pure Light] - Reputation Reward

Shield:

[Light-Bearer's Faith Shield] - (33) Badges of Justice
[Stormshield of Renewal] - Heroic Underbog
[Crystal Pulse Shield] - BoE World Drop
[Silvermoon Crest Shield] - Shadow Laybrinth

Totem:

[Totem of Spontaneous Regrowth] - Heroic Slave Pens
[Totem of the Plains] - Quest Reward
[Voidfire Wand] - Normal Mana-tombs
[Gladiator's Touch of Defeat] - PvP Reward

 

1-90 Shaman Leveling Guide

The best way to get to level 90 fast (assuming you have Mists of Pandia installed, 85 otherwise) is to do it with a pre-written Shaman leveling guide.

If that guide is automated to the point where you don't have to look anything up then the leveling will be that much faster. Zygor's Guide fits this bill and can get you to 85 or 90 in well under ten days in game time, assuming you stay out of the time wasting activites, such as endless trade chatting.

Zygor's shows up as a small window in your main game screen and it tracks everything that you need to do and always dispalys an arrow to youir next objective. You'll never have any doubt as to where to go or what to do, regardless of what level you happen to be. Leave the game and come back and the guide will remember where you left off.

Skip the questing to gain a few levels in PvP or the dungeons (in which Resto excels) then come back to questing and Zygor's will notice your new level and show you where to go next. You'll even be able to delete all of your obsolete quests.

Ready for Cataclysm or Mists? Zygor's is. Grab it now, level fast, and be set for which ever new patch or expansion comes your way.

Snag your copy of Zygor's Guide here or read our review.

 


 

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