For the ship in Stranglethorn Vale, see The Riptide. For the subzone in Throne of the Tides, see Riptide (subzone). For the makrura tribe, see Riptide (group). For the water elemental, see Riptide (Stormsong Valley).
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  • Riptide
  • Level 10 shaman ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 8% of base mana
  • 6 sec recharge
  • Instant
  • Restorative waters wash over a friendly target, healing them for (250% of Spell power) and an additional (300% of Spell power) over 18 sec.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Nature
Recharge 6 seconds
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements [Crashing Waves]
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Riptide
  • Heals (50% of spell power) every 3 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 seconds

Riptide is a Restoration shaman ability. It is an instant cast healing spell that also does additional healing over time.


Similar to a druid's [Regrowth] spell, Riptide is both a direct healing spell and a heal over time spell. The direct heal and each tick of the heal over time effect have independent critical effect chances, with an initial critical heal having no effect on the healing over time component.

Being instant, the spell can be cast while moving and cannot be interrupted, which makes it a very powerful ability in PvP.

Tips and tactics

  • Its low mana cost and high amount of healing done over time make Riptide one of the Restoration shaman's best healing spells. Its main disadvantage is the six second cooldown.


Patch changes

  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13): Riptide heals for an additional 30% in PvP situations.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-22): Casting Riptide directly after a Chain Heal will now award two stacks of Tidal Waves.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Direct healing increased by 81%, heal over time increased by 66%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): No longer increases [Chain Heal]'s effectiveness by 25% on the primary target.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Riptide's healing has been adjusted to put significantly more of it into the initial heal. The initial heal amount has been increased by 70%, while the periodic healing amount has been reduced by 20%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Mana cost has been reduced by 25%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Periodic healing coefficient has been increased by 50%. The initial direct heal is unchanged.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): This spell has a new icon and a new sound effect.
    Previous icon was Ability druid typhoon.png.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Healing done increased. Now triggers Tidal Waves.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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