Restoration Druid Healing Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for a Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

The other pages of our Restoration Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Celece, a Restoration Druid who raids in Midwinter, one of the best guilds in the world. You can watch her stream on Twitch.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Burning Primal Diamond Icon Burning Primal Diamond (throughput)/Revitalizing Primal Diamond Icon Revitalizing Primal Diamond (Spirit) or Courageous Primal Diamond Icon Courageous Primal Diamond (better)
Red Socket Prismatic Socket
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket

The same gem choices apply if you are going for the 12.5% haste cap, although given the stat budgets of Tier 16 gear, you are unlikely to have to gem for this cap at all. In all cases, +60 socket bonuses are worth sacrificing in order to either reach a haste cap or get more Mastery Rating, whereas +120 or +180 socket bonuses are generally only worth sacrificing for a haste cap.

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands Enchant Gloves - Superior Mastery Icon Enchant Gloves - Superior Mastery
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs
Feet Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect (Enchanting)
Weapon Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit Icon Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit
Off-Hand Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect Icon Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

If you are comfortable with your mana regeneration, you should eat food that gives you Intellect. You will be granted:

If you are not comfortable with your mana regeneration, you should eat food that gives you Spirit. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

If you are comfortable with your mana regeneration, your flask should be a Flask of the Warm Sun Icon Flask of the Warm Sun.

If you are not comfortable with your mana regeneration, your flask should be a Flask of Falling Leaves Icon Flask of Falling Leaves.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Master Mana Potion Icon Master Mana Potion, which instant grants you 30,000 mana, or Potion of Focus Icon Potion of Focus, which grants you 45,000 mana over 10 seconds (provided you do not need to perform any action during this time).

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Restoration Druid can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 320 Intellect through Lightweave Embroidery Icon Lightweave Embroidery or a gain of approximately 750 Spirit through Darkglow Embroidery Icon Darkglow Embroidery, instead of +180 Intellect from Enchant Cloak - Superior Intellect Icon Enchant Cloak - Superior Intellect. It also provides Sanctified Spellthread Icon Sanctified Spellthread, a much cheaper equivalent of Greater Pearlescent Spellthread Icon Greater Pearlescent Spellthread, the usual leg enchant.
Blacksmithing Provides a 320 Intellect gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Brilliant Primordial Ruby Icon Brilliant Primordial Ruby.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through the ability of using 2 Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Intellect gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Intellect for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Intellect).
Inscription Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Secret Crane Wing Inscription Icon Secret Crane Wing Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Fur Lining - Intellect Icon Fur Lining - Intellect.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 17 Nov. 2013: Updated gem suggestions to account for current trends.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 29 Apr. 2013: Added Revitalizing Primal Diamond Icon Revitalizing Primal Diamond as a meta-gem alternative for more Spirit, and Enchant Chest - Mighty Spirit Icon Enchant Chest - Mighty Spirit.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.