Ancestral Awakening
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  • Ancestral Awakening
  • Level 34 Restoration shaman ability
  • Passive
  • When you critically heal with a single-target direct heal, you summon an ancestral spirit to aid you, instantly healing the most injured party or raid target within 40 yards for 30% of the amount healed.
Usable by
Class Shaman
Other information
Level learned 34
Affects [Healing Wave], [Greater Healing Wave], [Riptide]

Ancestral Awakening is a passive specialization ability for Restoration shamans, available at level 34. It causes your [Greater Healing Wave], [Healing Wave], and [Riptide] spells to heal a second target when they have critical effect.


The second target will be healed for up to 30% of the total healing done to the first target, including the 200% critical effect multiplier. Ancestral Awakening currently benefits from Purification in a rather peculiar way: the 25% bonus is applied to the healing done by the spirit. Since the 25% bonus was already included in the heal that triggered Ancestral Awakening, this means that the talent effectively gains the bonus from Purification twice, healing for 12.5/25/37.5% of the original heal. In practice, this means that your critical heals will heal for 275% of a non-critical heal, distributed across two targets.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-07-19): Ancestral Awakening should now properly interact with [Battle Fatigue]. Previously, Battle Fatigue was being incorrectly applied a second time while healing nearby party or raid members.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Moved from tier 9 to tier 5. Now only mentions single-target direct heal spells.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): This talent now accounts for your ineffective healing, rather than effective.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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