Tidal Waves

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Tidal Waves
Spell shaman tidalwaves
  • When you cast Chain Heal or Riptide, you gain the tidal wave effect, which reduces the cast time of your Healing Wave and Greater Healing Wave by X% and increase the critical effect chance of your Healing surge by X%, until two such spells have been cast.
Usable by
LocationRestoration, Tier 6
AffectsChain Heal, Riptide, Healing Wave, Healing Wave
Points required25
Spec specificYes
Related buff
Spell shaman tidalwaves
  • Magic
  • Tidal Waves
  • Increases your spell haste by 30% for your next Lesser Healing Wave and Healing Wave spells.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Tidal Waves is a Shaman talent in the Restoration tree. It provides a passive boost to the scaling of Lesser Healing Wave and Healing Wave, and also reduces the casting time of those spells when used right after Chain Heal or Riptide.

Rank table

Rank Healing Wave/Greater Healing Wave cast time Healing Surge Critical Chance
1 + 10% + 10%
2 + 20% + 20%
3 + 30% + 30%


The talent has two separate effects:

  • Your Healing Surge gains an increased chance to get a critical effect.

Tips and tactics

When healing a single target, Tidal Waves allows you to briefly increase your healing output by casting Riptide followed by two fast Lesser Healing Waves or Healing Waves. This can help you overcome damage spikes on tanks, or help you or an ally survive in PvP.

When using Chain Heal to heal a raid group, Tidal Waves allows you to cast a quick Lesser Healing Wave or 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.

Patch changes

  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): 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.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 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."
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Will now also proc from Riptide. Number of charges increased from 1 to 2.
  • 0200Bc icon/0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.

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Patch date4 August 2009 +, 4 November 2008 + and 14 October 2008 +

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