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Restoration Druid Healing Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2016 at 15:28 by Vlad 117 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Druid healing guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Restoration Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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.

1. Class Overview

Restoration Druids specialise in maintaining a steady stream of healing on the raid, which they do primarily through their HoTs. Restoration Druids also do well when tank healing, provided that they have had a chance to set up their HoTs on the tank ahead of time.

Outside of using Tranquility Icon Tranquility, Restoration Druids are limited in reacting to sudden bursts of damage, and they are also not very good at snipe-healing individual raid members.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2. Significant Legion Changes

The Restoration specialisation has not changed much from Warlords of Draenor, but there are a few things that must still be kept in mind.

  • Nature's Swiftness, Genesis, and Wild Mushrooms have been removed (although Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence effectively replaces Wild Mushrooms).
  • Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend no longer requires players to have an active HoT on them to be viable targets.
  • Mastery: Harmony Icon Mastery: Harmony has been changed to instead increase the healing done to a player affected by a HoT for each HoT active on them at the time.
  • Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom can no longer be refreshed by Regrowth Icon Regrowth or Healing Touch Icon Healing Touch.
  • Innervate Icon Innervate has been re-added and slightly changed from its pre-Mists of Pandaria version.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 28 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 5 talent section to reflect that Cultivation is now the best choice.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Living Seed description to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 updates
    • Updated Prosperity's description (now reduces Swiftmend's cooldown by 3 seconds, down from 5).
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
    • Updated Guardian Affinity's description (Thick Hide now passively reduces damage by 6%, down from 10).
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a typo.
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Changed the neck enchant to Mark of the Trained Soldier, since Mark of the Claw no longer procs from heals.
  • 31 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Removed a mention that you need to let Lifebloom expire in order to benefit from its large heal, and added that it can be refreshed with 5 seconds remaining or less.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention of how to use Cenarion Ward, if you have chosen this talent.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Removed an outdated mention of Spirit on gear.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Made a small tweak to the stat priority (which did not affect the best secondary stat).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated the trinket recommendation and removed some outdated mentions of Tier 17 gear.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a mention of GridStatusHots, an addon that has since been discontinued.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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