NOTE: I only list pre raid instance gear! This guide is meant for
people who have not yet been to ZG or MC!
With this guide you should be able to get the best restoration
gear outside of raid instances. The guide should prepare you for end
Why would you make a restoration shaman?
In almost all endgame content shamans are considered healers and
party support with totems, so if you want to play endgame content
then the best talent build you can get is restoration focused.
I have been a restoration shaman for like 7 or more months and here
is MY point of view on a Restoration-shaman. This doesn't
mean this guide is 100% perfect.
Before I start, you need to realize this is not a 1-70 leveling guide, it's just a guide that will help you get your
shaman in gear!, if you need a leveling guide, the best ones are:
Joana's 1-70 Horde leveling Guide for horde, and
Brian's Alliance 1-70 Leveling Guide
Ancestral Knowledge - rank 5/5
Thundering Strikes - rank 5/5
Two-Handed Axes and Maces - rank 1/1
Why would a restoration-shaman get enhancement points?
Simple, a shaman is a hybrid class and there for is sometimes
expected to do more then just heal. When a raid is lacking on dps
(damage per second) or has enough healers, shamans can use a good 2H
axe or mace so that he can do some DPS and heal when needed
Restoration Talents - 40 points
Tidal Focus - rank 5/5 (so you save mana and therefore heal more)
Totemic Focus - rank 3/5 (The more mana you save the more you can
Ancestral Healing - rank 5/5 (shamans usually spam lesser healing
wave on MT and this will proc a lot then)
Eventide - rank 5/5 (needed to get mana tide)
Improved Lesser Healing Wave - rank 5/5 (Good during battles where
you get hit)
Tidal Mastery - rank 5/5 (5% more crit means ancestral healing
proc’s more and is needed for NS)
Improved Mana Spring Totem - rank 5/5 (needed for mana tide and nice
bonus on the mana totem)
Nature's Swiftness - rank 1/1 (very good for emergencies)
Purification - rank 5/5 (more healing power is always useful)
Mana Tide Totem - rank 1/1 (best totem in the game :D Give your
whole party + 1K mana)
Note: In patch 1.10 our healing wave will get a buff, so
depending on how big the buff is maybe we should get talents in imp
healing wave from then
Oke, well that was he talent build, but now you need the gear that
fits with it. The Elements set is good of course, but there is
better gear out there witch is a lot easier to obtain.
All the gear posted below is found outside endgame instances if you
got this gear you have a very good base of gear to do instances like
Molten core and Onyxia. For Blackwing lair you need some Earthfury
witch you can find in MC.
First Blackwing lair boss is stronger then Ragnaros so before you
start there you should have already farmed MC a lot.
What stats are important in endgame raid instances?
1.The most important thing in these instances is mana
regeneration. You got a lot of items that got stats like: Restores X
mana every 5 sec. The reason that these items are so important is
because they regenerate mana even when you’re casting, unlike
2.Intellect, of course a great mana pool is always important.
3.+healing spells. If you got a lot of +healing on spells you
heal more DOH you might say, but if you got a lot of it you can use
lower ranks of healing wave’s to save a lot of mana!
4. Spirit. Even though it doesn’t regenerate while you’re
casting it is still important to have some of it.
How does spirit work?
Well I just said that spirit isn't a main priority for a shaman.
Spirit works like this. When you’re NOT casting (not finishing
spellcasts) 8 spirit regenerates 1 mana every second. When you start
casting (this means finishing a spellcasts and losing mana) spirit
does not regenerate mana at all. You have to take a 5 second break
for spirit to regenerate mana. So after a 5 second break spirit will
regenerate at the normal rate until you start casting (this means
finishing a spellcasts and losing mana)again. Since most shamans
still spam lesser healing wave to give tanks the armour buff and
heal them up fast you will not often have much time to take a long
healing break, so in order to have less down time (time when you
have to regenerate mana) you should focus on getting as much gear
with X mana every 5 seconds.
How does plus healing work?
"Increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 42." Also
referred to as +healing or +damage.
What does this mean? Counter intuitively, it doesn't mean casting a
healing spell grants a random bonus between 1 and 42 for that
particular cast. Each healing spell will get a particular, fixed
benefit from this "up to 42." This benefit can be calculated mainly
from casting or channelling time.
Actual Benefit = Advertised Benefit * (Casting Time / 3.5)
Casting Time above 3.5 is ignored for this equation
So for example you have an item witch has +42 healing and your using
lesser healing wave witch has a cast time of 1.5 seconds. The actual
benefit you would have from this particular item would be:
42 * (1.5/3.5)=18 +healing.
On the other hand if your using healing wave witch has a 3 second
cast time you get the following benefit:
42 * (3/3.5)=36 +healing
SO if you have a lot of plus healing you have to use the healing
wave to get more benefit from the plus healing. Since healing wave
isn't more mana efficient at this point in time shamans are mostly
using lesser healing waves. They got a shorter cast time so you have
more change of actually landing one at the correct time and you cast
two times as many witch give you a better change to get of a crit
heal and give your target a 25% armour bonus witch is very good for
As i read on some forums that in the priest patch our healing wave
is also gone get a buff so maybe after patch 1.10 shamans will use
healing wave more but till that time I will take mana regeneration
over plus healing anytime from the simple fact that shamans don't
benefit that much from it wile using lesser healing wave.
Well then we got special bosses like Ragnaros and Onyxia witch
require a lot of Fire resistance. Restoration shaman’s are counted
as casters at these bosses since the heal from a distance, so they
should have about 100+- FR. Do not take crappy items that only
got fire resistance!! You also need mana regeneration,
intellect, +healing and spirit!
Good items you can find outside 20+ raid instances:
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35819 Mind tap Talisman: Very
easy to farm in DM west. Drops of the boss called Magister Kalendris
and has a +-6% drop change. They are not unique so you can wear two
of them. It will take some time to get them but it is the best
trinket for end game raid instances!
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=52068 Enamored Water Spirit It
is a shaman quest reward. The only disadvantage is that you can only
use this trinket totem or a water totem at the same time.
One of the best rings is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35710 Ring of Demonic Guile:This
ring is pretty easy to farm also drops from the final DM east boss.
His name is Alzzin the Wildshaper. This ring is also not unique so
you can wear two of them.
An other very good ring is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35701 Emerald Flame Ring: This
has plus healing and alot of intellect so the combination is very
nice. It drops of the final boss in Dire Maul West side. He is
called Prince Tortheldrin.
An other good ring is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=38657 Band of Rumination. It
drops of rend in UBRS. It is unique so you can
only get one of these.
Other good rings are:
Ring's Seal This ring is
obtained from the Tirion quest line. He can be found in Easter
Advisor's Ring You need to get
honoured with Warsong gulch to get this once.
I prefer this neck peace
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=40399 Frostwolf Advisor's Pendant.
You can buy it in Alterac Valley when you’re honoured.
Second choose would be
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=20126 Tooth of Gnarr drops of
drakki in UBRS.
Third I would choose
http://thottbot.com/?i=37252 Animated Chain Necklace
drops of Ramstein the Gorger, he is one of the last bosses in
Stratholme (undead side).
Fourth choose would be
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35769 Elder Magus Pendant.
This also has FR!, so it might be nice to get this for Ragnaros or Onyxia!. This drops from the trinket boss, so
wile your farming Magister Kalendris for the trinkets you will
probably get this neck peace as well.
First choice as resto shaman would be
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=36157 Hide of the wild.
The back that’s almost as good is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=51082 Faded Hakkari Cloak. It
is very easy to obtain. First you need to do all the quests you get
from Yeh'kinya then all the quests you get
from Prospector Ironboot they are both located at Tanaris (Steamwheedle
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=10451 Rhombeard Protector It
drops of the dog boss (Gizrul the Slavener) in LBRS.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=38455 Gizlock's Hypertech Buckler
It is very easy to obtain it drops from Tinkerer Gizlock in Maraudon.
A good weapon that fits good with one of the shields is:
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35617 Lorespinner. It is
a quest reward check for the chain Thottbot for more details.
A other good 1H weapon is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=51996 Cold Forged Hammer It
was the AV quest reward for the korrak quest, but since the quest
has been deleted you can get if FREE in AV!
An other good 1h weapon is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=17773 Gift of the Elven Magi
it drops from the final boss(Balnazzar) in Stratholme (scarlet
You could also get a nice staff i prefer
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35686 Quel'dorai Channeling
Rod It drops from Lethtendris in DM EAST.
You can farm her wile your farming for the rings.
Well a good armour set for raid instances can be elements set, but
you need almost the hole set to get a good set bonus. Other none set
items combined are probably a lot better and easier to obtain. Look
below for some good armour pieces.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35714 Merciful Greaves .
They drop of final boss in DM east (Alzzin the Wildshaper), so you
can get them wile farming for the rings.
There aren’t really any good mail restoration shaman legs, so the
best pants for restoration shaman are made of leather. They drop of
Jandice in Scholomance. http://www.thottbot.com/?i=23232
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=17565 Kilt of Elements will
Or check out these legs:
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=23876 Maelstrom Leggings drops
in Scholomance from Ras Frostwhisper (lich)
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35730 Silvermoon Leggings
They drop of Prince Tortheldrin in DM West you need to do a full DM west
run to be able to kill the Prince.
First choice would be
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=14045 Detention Strap . They
drop of the final boss in Scholomance (Darkmaster Gandling)
My second choice would be
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=15664 Cord of Elements
they drop in BRS but you can also find it in AH.
You can also check this + healing waist.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=37274 Barrage Girdle dropped
in Stratholme scarlet from Cannon Master Willey.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=52099 Spitfire GauntletsThese are
very nice they are crafted with any kind of LW. I think you need
honoured with Cenarion Circle in order to reserve the recipe.
You could also have a look at these hands they got a lot of +healing
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35839 Harmonious Gauntlets
They drop of King Gordok in DM north.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=19646 Gauntlets of Elements
will have to do they drop of the fire elemental called Pyroguard
Emberseer in UBRS.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=52101 Spitfire Bracers
It is crafted with LW you can get the recipe in Silithus when you
get friendly with Cenarion Circle or you could just farm auction
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=36425 Flarecore Wraps they are
cloth but the best mana regeneration wrists in the game.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=19391 Loomguard ArmbracesVery
nice + healing wrist drops from Kirtonos the Herald in Scholomance.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=13424 Bindings of Elements
will also do nicely. They random drop in Stratholme, but can also be
found in AH.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=52102 Spitfire Breastplate
Very nice mana regeneration chest peace! These are very nice they
are crafted with any kind of LW. I think you need revered with
Cenarion Circle in order to Revered the recipe.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=24137 Vest of Elements Drops of
draki final boss in Upper Blackrock Spire
Dreamwalker Armour It is world drop, so the best place to
look for it is the Auction house.
Look at the new instance AQ you could also get this chest:
Dreamscale Breastplate This chest peace is crafted you need
to be exalted with Cenarion Circle.
It is also binds when picked up so it is very hard to get.
My first choice is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=14040 Drakesfire Epaulets
, but they are a world drop and pretty hard to get.
Second choice is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35759 Denwatcher's Shoulders
they drop of Guard Slip'kik in DM North so you will have to do some guard
killing in north to get them.
These shoulders will also do nicely.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=17563 Pauldrons of Elements
They drop in UBRS of rend.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=23552 Royal Cap Spaulders
very nice + healing shoulders. These drop of Jandice Barov Scholomance.
My first choice is
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=14049 Coif of Elements
drops of final boss in Scholomance (Darkmaster Gandling)
Here is an other super head called
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=8807 Horns of Eranikus
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35653 Clever Hat Nice
leather mana regent head. They drop in DM east of the demon boss
Well that was the “normal” gear get all these items and you got good
gear for raid instances.
Now the FR gear.
We don’t want FR gear with crappy stats so i will just post a list
of good FR items.
Drakefire Amulet 15 FR (Onyxia key)
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=35769 Elder Magus Pendant
drops DM west 10 FR
Tidal Loop You get it from the water elementals quest chain once
you completed the quest where you have to collect the hands of the
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=37407 Dimly Opalescent Ring of
Fire ResistanceA very nice ring. Drops from the final bosses in
Scholomance has a real small drop change so GL. 17 FR
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=18064 Jasper Link of Fire
Resistance World drop farm AH. 19 or 20 FR
Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas Shaman book from DM gets you this. 10 FR
Emblem World drop will be hard to get. 15 FR
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=10516 Smoking Heart of the
Mountain Recipe can be made by enchanters7 FR
If your got Engineering as profession you can make this trinket:
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=37473 Hyper-Radiant Flame
Reflector 18 FR
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=25219 Red Dragonscale Breastplate
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=13083 Searingscale Leggings
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=24655 Storm Gauntlets
Drop off Ambassador Flamelash10 FR
For Vaelastrasz these are an option since you need to stats from
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=13140 Molten Fists 10 FR
There no real mail restoration boots with FR so you could get these
though they got not restoration stats.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=39132 Flame WalkersThey drop of
Goraluk Anvilcrack UBRS10 FR
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=28132 Black Dragonscale Boots
You need honoured at Thorium Brotherhood and dragon scale leatherworking
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=27636 Fiery Chain Girdle
Crafted with armour smiting you can obtain the recipe from thorium
brotherhood 24 FR
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=36833 Fiery Chain Shoulders ]
Crafted with armour smiting you can obtain the recipe from thorium
brotherhood 25 FR
If you don't have the shoulders above then get these. It is a world
drop, so I guess AH is the best place to grid them :)
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=14040 Drakesfire Epaulets10
We will try to get everyone an
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=36050 Onyxia Scale Cloak
If you’re really low on FR and don't have Onyxia scale cloak get
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=20121 Wildfire Cape . If
you got enough FR don’t use it. 15 FR
I got these wrist, they are cloth but the stats own.
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=36425 Flarecore Wraps 7 FR
If your low n FR get these:http://wow.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?witem=11765
Pyremail Wristguards of the Owl 10 FR
If you get Revered with argent dawn you can get +5 FR Enchant on
You can also get +20 FR enchanted on head and legs with
http://www.thottbot.com/?i=4934 Libram of Resilience
Don’t forget for every important enchants for restoration
Mana Regeneration (+4mp/5secs): 16xIllusion Dust, 4xGreater Eternal
Essence, 2xEssence of Water
Healing Power (+24 healing): 2xLarge Brilliant Shard, 20xIllusion
Dust, 4xGreater Eternal Essence, 6xLiving Essence
Well this was about all I got at he moment.
I hope this helps shamans to get some good end game gear.
Now get busy grinding :D