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Shrine of the Storm, Healer Guide

Updated 3 years, 2 months ago for patch 8.3 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for the Shrine of the Storm dungeon. While it's tailored for healers, other roles may also find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.


Below are guides for the bosses in Shrine of the Storm, including their abilities, healer notes, and addon settings.

Aqu'sirr Dungeon Journal Model Aqu'sirr

  • The tank must stay near the boss at all times to prevent Sea Blast.
  • Avoid the path of Surging Rush.
  • Players affected by Choking Brine (dispel, magic) will take moderate damage over time.
  • When affected by Undertow, avoid being pushed off the platform.
  • On Heroic, Grasp of the Depths will root random players and must be killed.
  • At 50% health, Erupting Waters splits Aqu'sirr into three Aqualings.
    • These use the same abilities as Aqu'sirr, but deal 40% less damage.
    • When killed, these deal damage to Aqu'sirr, and when all are killed Aqu'sirr reemerges.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Aqu'sirr

Brother Ironhull Dungeon Journal Model Tidesage Council

During this fight, players will be fighting against the two members of the Tidesage Council.

Galecaller Faye

Brother Ironhull

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Tidesage Council

Lord Stormsong Dungeon Journal Model Lord Stormsong

  • Interrupt Void Bolt when possible to minimize damage done to the tank.
  • During Waken the Void, avoid the Awoken Void orbs.
    • Touching an Awoken Void triggers Explosive Void (dispel, magic), dealing light damage and stunning for 4-seconds.
  • When affected by Ancient Mindbender, run through the Awoken Void orbs until the effect is broken.
    • Alternatively, if no orbs are available the affected player can be damaged to break the effect.
  • On Heroic, dispel Mind Rend (magic).

 Healing Notes

  • Watch for players being hit by Awoken Void.
 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Lord Stormsong

Vol'zith the Whisperer Dungeon Journal Model Vol'zith the Whisperer

  • Managing stacks of Whispers of Power is an important part of this fight.
    • Each stack increases damage and healing done, but also effectively reduces maximum health by 10%.
    • This seems to only be cast on the healer and can be used to kill the Sunken Denizens quickly, explained below.
  • Avoid Yawning Gates.
  • Avoid Tentacle Slam.
  • At 100% energy, Vol'zith triggers Grasp of the Sunken City.
    • DPS players are sent to a realm to fight Forgotten Denizens.
    • Tank and Healer players are sent to a realm to fight Sunken Denizens.
    • When both realms are clear of enemies, players are reunited in the normal realm.
  • On Heroic, Call of the Abyss summons five Manifestation of the Deep that must be killed and prevented from reaching Vol'zith.
    • Upon death or reaching Vol'zith, these trigger Abyssal Eruption, dealing moderate damage to the group.
    • If these reach Vol'zith, they grant him additional energy.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Vol'zith the Whisperer


 Trash Mobs

Below are notes for the trash mobs in Shrine of the Storm. Shrine of the Storm has a relatively linear layout. The trash below is ordered as if you're completing the bosses in the order they're listed above. Some spells don't exist in the database and will be added as soon as they're available.

Entrance thru Aqu'sirr

  • Shrine Templar
    • Interrupt Tidal Surge (dispel, purge) to prevent the damage buff.
  • Temple Attendant
    • Interrupt Wash Away or avoid the impact location.
  • Tidesage Spiritualist
  • Living Current

Aqu'sirr thru Tidesage Council

  • Galecaller Apprentice
    • Interrupt Tempest or avoid the vortex as it travels towards the targeted player.
  • Windspeaker Heldis
  • Ironhull Apprentice
  • Runecarver Sorn
  • Guardian Elemental
    • Dispel [Electrifying Shock] (magic) to prevent the affected player taking additional damage. 
    • Shipbreaker Storm deals heavy damage to the entire group.
  • This area also includes Temple Attendant, detailed above.

Tidesage Council thru Lord Stormsong

  • Deepsea Ritualist
  • Tidesage Enforcer
  • Drowned Depthbringer
  • Abyssal Cultist
    • Don't stand in front of these to avoid the stun from Mental Assault (dispel, magic). 
    • Interrupt Detect Thoughts (dispel, purge) to prevent the 100% dodge chance increase.
    • Interrupt Consuming Void (dispel, purge) to prevent the absorb shield and healing.

Lord Stormsong thru Vol'zith the Whisperer

  • While swimming through the cave, avoid the jellyfish.
  • Forgotten Denizen
  • Sunken Denizen
    • The tank may need to use a defensive cooldown or kite this due to the high damage from Leviathon's Wake.

 Trash Debuffs to Track

 Trash Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Shrine of the Storm Trash


Mythic 11, 2 Upgrade Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Shrine of the Storm on Mythic 11 difficulty in time for a 2 upgrade.

Mythic 0 Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Shrine of the Storm on Mythic difficulty.

Normal Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Shrine of the Storm on Normal difficulty on the Battle for Azeroth Beta.

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

March 11, 2019 - 7:11 pm (Healer) - Reviewed guide for 8.1.5, made minor wording changes/clarifications.

February 19, 2019 - 4:29 pm (Healer) - Minor update to Lord Stormsong's Awoken Void/Mindbender mechanics.

September 28, 2018 - 9:30 pm (Healer) - Added DBM settings for bosses and trash.

September 02, 2018 - 11:36 am (Healer) - Added Mythic 0 clear video.

September 02, 2018 - 8:35 am (Healer) - Added Enrage effects to dispel and buffs to Purge to Trash Mobs.