Tidal Waves
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  • Tidal Waves
  • Level 50 Restoration shaman ability
  • Passive
  • Casting Chain Heal or Riptide reduces the cast time of your next Healing Wave by 30% or increases the critical effect chance of your next Healing Surge by 40%. Stacks up to 2 times.
Usable by
Class Shaman
Other information
Level learned 50
Improvements [Crashing Waves]
Affects [Chain Heal], [Riptide], [Healing Wave], [Healing Surge]
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Tidal Waves
  • Cast time of next Healing Wave reduced by 30%.
    Critical effect chance of next Healing Surge increased by 40%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Tidal Waves is a passive level 50 Restoration shaman ability. It causes your [Chain Heal] and [Riptide] to grant a buff that reduces the cast time of [Healing Wave], and increase the critical strike chance of [Healing Surge]. This effect stacks up to 2 times.


Tidal Waves is a staple of restoration healing, and allows you to significantly reduce the otherwise fairly long casting times of Healing Wave, while also providing a bonus to Healing Surge. The Healing Surge bonus is very rarely useful, however, as the main benefit of the spell is its short casting time; something that is only relevant when you don't have Tidal Waves active. The casting time reduction can be used to mitigate the main drawback of Healing Wave, namely it's low healing per second. Managing the buff and knowing when you'll be able to refresh it next can be tricky, but is necessary for getting the most out of your healing spells.

Tips and tactics

  • When using Chain Heal to heal a raid group, Tidal Waves allows you to cast a quick Healing Wave on a target that needs immediate healing. The reduced casting time of the heals not only means that a potentially life-saving heal can land faster, but also that you can get back to casting Chain Heal sooner.
  • The reverse of the above is also true: if you are chain-casting Healing Wave on a target, using Chain Heal will increase the casting time of your next two heals, allowing you to "sneak in" an occasional Chain Heal without losing much time on your main target. This can be useful if a tank is taking heavy damage while other players nearby also need healing.

Patch changes

  • 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): Now reduces the cast time of [Healing Wave] by 30% (up from 20%) and increases critical strike chance of [Healing Surge] by 40% (up from 30%).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now reduces the cast time of [Healing Wave] by 20% (down from 30%).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Tidal Waves effect now guaranteed. Now reduces cast time of Greater Healing Wave of 30% instead of the Lesser Healing Wave effect. No longer increases bonus healing effects, but increases critical strike chance of Healing Surge.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): No longer reduces the cast time of Lesser Healing Wave by 30%. It instead now provides +25% critical strike chance to Lesser Healing Wave, along with the previous 30% cast time benefit to Healing Wave.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-04-22): The  [Thunderfall Totem] will no longer increase the casting time of [Healing Wave] or [Lesser Healing Wave] when Tidal Waves is active.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Will now also proc from [Riptide]. Number of charges increased from 1 to 2.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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