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Bucking for a Lightning Bolt
comment 5 Written by on November 18, 2008 – 11:18 am

Ok – so this is a healery type blog right?  I do all the healing dances (well, not Druids – yet!), and you guys have come to expect lots of tasty healery goodness when you come here.

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But… I have a confession to make.  I’ve not healed anything in Lich King.  Sure – I’ve done Utgarde Keep and The Nexus, Azjol-Nerub and Ahn-Kehat… but I have lots of healer friends.  Lots of them.  Part of being on a 25 man healing team means that proportionally you have 1 tank, 2 healers, and 3 DPS for every 5 people.

Soooo that leaves those of us that play healers with a decision to make.  PUG – or DPS.  I’ve chosen the second option.  Now, for Aelflaed that’s not been so big a deal – a full respec to Ret has been fun, and an enjoyable way to solo.  And Annalira’s Disc spec is perfectly viable for smite-spam (though I’ve hardly played her at all).  But Annorah?  Well… I’m loath to make her into a full on elemental shaman.  I like me some riptide.

So Annorah got a bit of a respec – not a huge one, but one that’s helped significantly with the “soloing” I’ve done with my husband’s paladin, and lets me not feel like a gimp when I’m having to DPS while one of the holy priests gets to heal.

This is what I eventually settled on: 25/0/37 (at level 71) and 30/0/40 (at level 79)

Are they the best builds EVAR?  No way.  Would I recommend them for raiding?  Hell no.  But for leveling, they’ve provided me with enough damage to be useful without gimping my healing so much as to be useless.

Elemental Combat:

  1. Convection and Concussion – more damage for less mana, a no brainer
  2. Elemental Fury – bigger crits = better
  3. Elemental Focus – because not only does this increase my mana management, but the 40% mana reduction applies to healing spells as well
  4. 4 points in Reverberation, because they’ve gotta go somewhere!
  5. Call of Thunder – similar to Elemental Fury – the crits, they are tasty!
  6. Elemental Reach – standard range increasing talent
  7. 2 points in Unrelenting Storm – again for the mana regen goodness
  8. And eventually, 5 points in Lightning Mastery, which reduces the cast time of offensive lightning spells.


  1. Improved Healing Wave and Tidal Focus – casting time and mana efficiency, standard spells
  2. Tidal Force – to force crits when things go downhill
  3. Healing Focus – a purely soloing talent, this one won’t be in my healing build at 80, but it’s useful when you’re running around killing Mammoths (or whatever)
  4. Improved Water Shield – tasty manas are tasty
  5. Restorative Totems and Tidal Mastery – since mana regen and extra crit benefits both healing and damage dealing
  6. Nature’s Swiftness – 3 minute instant-spell, great for casting a fast healing wave if the tank gets blasted… even if you’re DPSing!
  7. 5 points in Purification – better healing, and prerequisite for Cleanse Spirit, which rawks.
  8. Mana Tide Totem (again with the synergy)
  9. Blessing of the Eternals – more crit and a buff to Earthliving Weapon, which I’ll be relying on if I have to heal.
  10. And eventually 3 points in Nature’s Blessing – which only buffs Healing spells.

So that leaves me at level 79, with one last point to put either in Elemental Mastery (forced, mana-free, critical on any damage spell) or Earth Shield (rocks rock!).  Whether I pick one of the two, or respec  back to my intended healing spec at 80 will depend on how much instancing I’m doing, how likely I am to be in a 10 man, and whether I feel like it or not.

What have I learned from all this?  Well, among other things… I like healing.  A lot.  I like healing MUCH better than I like DPS.  I miss it, and being in an instance when I’m not healing feels supremely weird (at least on the “healing” characters – Angoleth doesn’t mind).  So you’ll not likely find much here on DPS, at least not once I get to 80.  For now though, this seems to be the easiest way to get through.

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5 Responses to “Bucking for a Lightning Bolt”

  1. Elemental focus is to very much awesome.

    If, by some odd chance, you decide to give full elemental a try… make sure to pick up Thunderstorm. Despite what you might hear about it, I think it’s a really awesome spell.

    There’s just something fun about making stuff fly away from you, then throwing lightning in its face.

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  2. I’m with Grizz, thunderstorm is so much fun! I’ve respecced fully into elemental for levelling and so far I’ve not had any trouble healing instances – the highest one I’ve done so far is Gundrak (at about level 75), though.

    I echo the feeling of it being weird not healing in instances, though – I’m looking forward to getting back to my little healing comfort zone 🙂


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  3. Oh no! not DPS! LOL!, it does make it easier, but I will have to admit that running 10/51 Resto isn’t too bad at all if you have some DPS gear. Granted it might take one or two more bolts to kill something it hasn’t killed my ability to solo too bad.
    I will have to admit that when I went DPS I also learned that I love healing…alot.

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  4. @Jagerbombz:

    The respec was actually more geared towards instancing – there are a lot of capable, specced healers in my group of friends, and we can’t all go as healers all the time. Soloing as Resto isn’t bad, nor is duo-ing (since Annorah always has her friendly pocket prot pally around), but trying to DPS in an instance with a full on Resto spec was annoying and ineffective.

    By Anna on Nov 19, 2008 | Reply
  5. @Anna, Ahhh, ok makes sense. I am one of the very few in my guild levleing up a healer so I am pretty much the go to guy when it comes to healing the 5 mans.

    Jagerbombzs last blog post..Resto Shaman 5 Man Dungeon Guides – Utgarde Keep

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