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For the ship in Stranglethorn Vale, see The Riptide and for the Throne of the Tides subzone, see Riptide (Abyssal Maw).
Spell nature riptide
  • Riptide
  • 40 yards  range
  • 6 seconds cooldown
  • 10% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Heals a friendly target for X and another Y over 15 sec. Your next Chain Heal cast on that primary target within 15 sec will consume the healing over time effect and increase the amount of the Chain Heal by 25%.
Usable by
Cooldown6 seconds
Talent treeRestoration, Tier 7
Tidal Focus, Ancestral Healing, Healing Grace, Tidal Mastery, Improved Water Shield, Thundering Strikes, Blessing of the Eternals, Purification, Ancestral Awakening, Tidal Waves
Other information
Related buff
Spell nature riptide
  • Magic
  • Riptide
  • Heals [Y/5] every 3 seconds. Increases caster's Chain Heal by 25%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Riptide is a 1 point talent in the shaman Restoration tree. It is an instant cast healing spell with a heal over time. If the shaman casts Chain Heal on the target while the Riptide buff is still up, it will consume the heal over time spell and give the chain heal a 25% increase in healing.


Similar to a druid's Regrowth spell, Riptide is both a direct healing spell and a heal over time spell. The direct healing part of the spell can crit, but this will not increase the healing done by the HoT component.

Being instant the spell cannot be interrupted, which makes it a very powerful ability in PvP


  • Purification increases the healing done by the spell by 10%.
  • Tidal Focus reduces the mana cost by 5%. Improved Water Shield returns mana every time the spell crits, further increasing mana efficiency.
  • Tidal Mastery increases the critical effect chance of the spell by 5%. Thundering Strikes increases that by another 5%. Blessing of the Eternals adds a further 4%.
  • Ancestral Awakening allows the spell to heal a secondary target for 30% of the initial heal if the spell crits. Note that this only affects the direct heal and not the heal over time part.
  • Ancestral Healing causes the spell to increase the target's armor when it crits.
  • Tidal Waves causes Riptide to decrease the casting time of your next two Lesser Healing Wave or Healing Wave spells if cast within 15 seconds.
  • Healing Grace reduces the threat caused by the spell by 15%, and gives a 30% chance for the heal over time buff to resist dispel mechanics.
  • Glyph of Riptide increases the duration of the heal over time effect by 6 seconds.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): This spell has a new icon and a new sound effect.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Healing done increased. Now triggers Tidal Waves.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.

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Patch date14 April 2009 +, 4 November 2008 + and 14 October 2008 +

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