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Restoration Druid Healing Easy Mode

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 21:16 by Vlad 154 comments

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This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Restoration Druids rely on HoTs to provide a steady stream of healing throughout a fight. They do well healing single targets, but they require some amount of time to set up their HoTs, and as such they are not very well suited to dealing with unexpected bursts of damage.

2. Talent Choice

These are currently the best talent choices as a Restoration Druid.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows, depending on whether you are interested in raid healing or tank / Mythic+ healing.

3.1. Raid Healing

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility.

3.2. Tank / Mythic+

  1. Haste;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Playstyle

4.1. Single Target Healing

  • Maintain Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence under the target(s). You should ideally have Efflorescence heal 3 targets, but in any case at least 2.
  • Keep up Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom (maximum of 1 target; refresh with 5 seconds left or less), Regrowth Icon Regrowth, and Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation HoTs on the targets. This will not only heal them but also increase the benefit you gain from your Mastery: Harmony Icon Mastery: Harmony.
  • If the target is taking more damage than these HoTs can heal, supplement your healing with Healing Touch Icon Healing Touch.
  • If the damage is still too high (or if there was a damage spike), use Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend to stabilise the target, and use additional Regrowth Icon Regrowths.
  • When the target is taking extreme amounts of damage, make use of Ironbark Icon Ironbark to help them survive the damage.

4.2. Raid Healing

  • Maintain Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence under the targets. You should ideally have Efflorescence heal 3 targets.
  • Apply Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation to raid members who you think will take damage.
  • During periods of moderate or high raid damage, use Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth.
  • If a raid member suddenly drops to low health, use Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend to heal them.

Naturally, while healing the raid in this way, nothing prevents you from also keeping up your HoTs on the tanks, as mentioned in the previous section, which you should do.

5. Cooldown Usage

As a Restoration Druid you have 2 healing cooldowns by default. Additionally, your artifact weapon grants you one more.

  • Tranquility Icon Tranquility should be used whenever a very large amount of raid healing is needed. You may be assigned to use this at a specific time, as part of a rotation with other healers.
  • Ironbark Icon Ironbark should be used to reduce the damage a tank is taking during critical moments (such as when important boss abilities are about to be cast). In the absence of such situations, you should just use it on players who are taking damage. You may be assigned to use this at a specific time, as part of a rotation with other healers and the tanks' own cooldowns.
  •  Icon Essence of G'Hanir should be used to help you deal with bursts of AoE damage, assuming that you have a lot of HoTs up.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Gamko, a top Restoration Druid who raids in Serenity, one of the best guilds in the world.

6. ChangeLog

  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 18 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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