Welcome to the Restoration (Resto) Shaman Class Summary Page. This page will take you through all you need to know to get started as a Resto Shaman and to educate you so that you can be the best Resto Shaman Healer you can be, with links to different areas throughout the site so you can learn more. Hopefully you have already had a read through the Healing Class Summaries Page to get an idea about all the available healers and their play styles and you’ve decided to go with the Resto Shaman. Cool! Read on…
We covered the Resto Shaman briefly in the Summary, which you have hopefully taken a glance at to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into! But let’s go over the basics of a Resto Shaman Healer and what is required of them.
Shamans are wise beings spiritually connected to the elements of fire, earth, air and water. They use their connection to these elements to cast spells for Healing, Spell Damage and to enhance their physical strength. They also have the ability to summon totems that can be beneficial to the shaman and their party/raid members.
A Resto Shaman can call on the elements to heal their party/raid members using a multitude of strong healing spells, from instant to cast-time to Area of Effect (AoE) heals. A large part of a Resto Shaman’s spell set includes Earth Shield, which is cast on the target (usually a tank) and heals that target when it is hit by enemies for up to 9 times, at which point it will need to be re-cast on the target.
Your arsenal of spells as a Resto Shaman includes multiple cast-time heals and AoE spells, shields and totems. Healing Rain and Chain Heal are your main AoE Heals, while you’ve got an instant cast heal in Riptide. You’ve also got some very strong cool down based utility spells such Spirit Link Totem. The typical game play style of a Resto Shaman is a bit of a proactive role but more a reactive role as you respond to damage that is suffered by your group.
Not only can you be a very strong healer in all situations, but you also have the option of playing a DPS role should you become burnt out on Healing. The Shaman can play as a Melee DPS (Enhancement) that uses physical attacks along with spells, or you can play as a ranged caster DPS (Elemental) using offensive spells.
What Races can I play as a Resto Shaman?
As a Resto Shaman, you have a few races to choose from within each Faction. As a Horde, you can choose Goblin, Troll, Tauren, Orc or Pandaren. As Alliance, you can choose between Dwarf, Draenei or Pandaren. To find out what races you can play for all classes and the benefits of each, head over to the Race & Class Combinations page.
We take you through all the spells a Resto Shaman will have in your arsenal once you hit level 100. We give you a quick run down of how to use each spell, what level you receive each spell and we give you a suggestion for the key bind for each spell.
We take you through the most important talents that you can take as a Resto Shaman and provide you with a base talent selection that will work for almost all situations, giving you something to start from and grow your knowledge of your specialization.
You’ve chosen your talents, now it’s time to fill in your Glyphs to effect your spells and your chosen talents.
After leveling, choosing your talent specialization, learning what your talents do, learning what your spells do and have set up your key binds, it’s time to learn how to play. We cover buffing your group, spell priority, “what if” situations and general gameplay.
Now that you know how to play a Resto Shaman, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Gear is dropping and it’s time to enhance it, but you’re not sure what stats you should focus on, so we’ll do our best to help.
A way of adding the stats you learnt about in the previous section by way of enchanting your gear and items. We take you through what are the best enchantments (depending on your budget) for you and your class.
Another way of adding stats to your gear is by inserting gems into said gear which has empty sockets available. We’ll show you what gems you should go for, depending on what stats you already have and according to your budget.
Reforging was a method used to adjust your stats by taking away stats you don’t need and putting those numbers into stats you have more need for. This has since been removed with the release of Warlords of Draenor.
Professions provide 3 things to your character: a passive buff, items to craft & use and items to craft & sell. We’ll go through each profession and provide you with the benefits those professions can give your class.
Consumables are elixirs and potions your character can drink (consume) to further enhance your healing ability, albeit for a limited time (usually 1 to 2 hours). We’ll show you the most beneficial consumables to increase your healing ability.
Is your Resto Shaman an alt? Have you got a high level character already? Speed up the levelling process with these Bind on Account Heirloom pieces!
Let’s start covering the Resto Shaman more by navigating to the Resto Shaman Spells page to begin with.