Resto Shaman Stat Priority
Welcome to the Resto Shaman Stat Priority page! Stats are an important part of the World of Warcraft and are officially called “Attributes”. Improving certain stats as a Resto Shaman will improve your ability to Heal. There are primary stats and secondary stats. As a Healer your most important primary stats are Intellect and Spirit. Stamina is another primary stat that isn’t as important but appears on most pieces of gear anyway, this increases your HP.
Intellect increases your spell power which makes your spells stronger and heal for more. This stat is always on Resto Shaman gear and you should almost always aim to boost this stat. There is no Intellect maximum or “cap”.
Spirit is what gives you mana regeneration. Mana regeneration means that while you spend mana to cast your healing spells, the higher your spirit stat is, the more mana is returned to you during combat. Again, appears on most Resto Shaman gear. You should boost this stat should you be having problems with running out of mana. If you come to a point where you’ve got an excessive amount of mana during encounters, it’s worth regemming spirit to another secondary stat.
For those Resto Shamans below level 90, all you need to worry about in the stats department is making sure your gear is Leather or Mail, and you have at least 1 (if not both) of those 2 base stats, Intellect and Spirit, you need not worry so much about secondary stats.
For those aiming to hit dungeons or start raiding or to become a strong healer, the secondary stats that are most important to you as a Resto Shaman are Mastery and Haste.
Mastery is the first stat for you to focus on. Each and every spec of each class has a different Mastery. Mastery for the Resto Shaman is Deep Healing, which is a straight percentage increase to all of your healing spells, which increases further the lower your target’s health is. More Mastery rating increases this percentage. Mastery is also the Resto Shaman’s Secondary “Attunement” through Purification which gives you 5% more Mastery from all sources.
Haste does exactly as it sounds, speeds up the casting time of your spells, enabling you to cast more over the course of an encounter. It also causes Heals over Time(HoTs) such as Riptide, Healing Rain and any Healing Totems, to heal for additional ticks. There is no Haste cap.
Crit has become quite important becuse of the Resurgence effect, which gives you mana back when you critically heal with your healing spells: Healing Wave, Healing Surge, Riptide, Unleash Life and Chain Heal. With mana being less abundant in Warlords, these Crits are going to provide you with much needed mana refunds. Crit is also good because it gives you a chance to double your heal and that’s always a good thing!
To sum up, our recommendation on stat priority for Resto Shaman is:
Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste > Crit > Multistrike > Versatility
These very general guidelines to follow. Once you get a handle on the general idea of stats you will learn what you need to focus on.
Now that you have an idea on stat priority, head to the Resto Shaman Enchanting page to begin improving your stats, referring back to this guide as you go.