Lesser Healing Wave
|The subject of this article was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.1.
|Lesser Healing Wave|
Lesser Healing Wave is a shaman healing spell intended for fast healing when mana is not the primary concern. It is generally less mana efficient than , but has a much shorter casting time. The spell is commonly referred to as 'LHW'.
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While Lesser Healing Wave has a short casting time, it does significantly less healing per second than Healing Wave does when talented to reduce the casting time. The spell is very useful when there is a high risk that the target will not survive long enough for a slower heal to land, but it is generally not well suited for healing a tank due to the poor healing per mana and healing per second.
greatly increases the spell's usefulness for tank healing when combined with talents like Improved Water Shield, which benefits Lesser Healing Wave considerably more than it does Healing Wave.
- Bonus Healing: Purification increases the amount healed by 10%. increases this by 5-15% of your Intellect. can give bonus healing up to 10% of your Spell power.
- Casting Speed: can turn Lesser Healing Wave into an instant cast spell, though Lesser Healing Wave's speedy 1.5 cast time makes this unnecessary. This talent should be used with other, slower-casting spells.
- Critical Effect Chance: When activated, increases its critical effect chance by 60%, lessened by 20% each time you have a critical effect. , and each increase your passive critical effect chance for Lesser Healing Wave.
- Mana Cost: reduces the mana cost by 5%. Improved Water Shield returns mana with 20/40/60% chance when the spell crits, further increasing mana efficiency. Clearcasting from will also reduce its cost by 40%.
- Interruption: Healing Focus reduces interruption caused by damage by up to 70%.
- Miscellaneous: causes the spell to increase the target's armor when it has a spell critical effect. allows the spell to heal a secondary target for 30% of the amount healed every time the spell crits.
Tips & Tactics
- The fast casting time can make the spell difficult to interrupt in PvP.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
- > Hotfix (2009-04-22): "The will no longer increase the casting time of or Lesser Healing Wave when is active."
- Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost and heal amount reduced.