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Restoration Druid Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 13:49 by Vlad 90 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Restoration Druids in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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 Gamko, a top Restoration Druid who raids in Serenity, one of the best guilds in the world.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Prosperity Prosperity Cenarion Ward Cenarion Ward Abundance Abundance
30 Renewal Renewal Displacer Beast Displacer Beast Wild Charge Wild Charge
45 Balance Affinity ? Balance Affinity Feral Affinity ? Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity Guardian Affinity
60 Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Typhoon ? Typhoon
75 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Incarnation: Tree of Life Incarnation: Tree of Life Cultivation Cultivation
90 Spring Blossoms Spring Blossoms Inner Peace Inner Peace Germination Germination
100 Moment of Clarity Moment of Clarity Stonebark Stonebark Flourish Flourish

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Prosperity Prosperity Cenarion Ward Cenarion Ward Abundance Abundance
  • Prosperity Icon Prosperity causes Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend to have 2 charges and a 25-second recharge time (instead of simply having a 30-second cooldown).
  • Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It places a buff on an ally, lasting up to 30 seconds. When the player takes damage, Cenarion Ward activates a 8-second HoT on them, consuming Cenarion Ward in the process.
  • Abundance Icon Abundance causes each instance of Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation that you have active to reduce the cast time of Healing Touch Icon Healing Touch by 10% and increase the critical effect chance of Regrowth Icon Regrowth by 10%.

In this tier, we recommend taking Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward whenever you require tank or single target (snipe) healing. This should normally apply to progression content, where tanks are likely to take very high amounts of damage.

Alternatively, you could take Prosperity Icon Prosperity if you feel you want to boost your raid-healing capabilities.

Abundance Icon Abundance is not currently recommended.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Renewal Renewal Displacer Beast Displacer Beast Wild Charge Wild Charge
  • Renewal Icon Renewal is an active ability with a 2-minute cooldown. It heals you for 30% of your maximum health, it is usable in all shapeshift forms, and it is off the global cooldown.
  • Displacer Beast Icon Displacer Beast is an active ability that teleports you 20 yards forward, activates Cat Form Icon Cat Form, and grants you a 50% increase in movement speed for 4 seconds.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is an active ability that differs based on the shapeshift form you are in, as follows:
    • No shapeshift form and Travel Form Icon Travel Form: you fly to an ally's location.
    • Moonkin Form Icon Moonkin Form: you leap backwards.
    • Bear Form Icon Bear Form: you charge an enemy, immobilising them for 4 seconds.
    • Cat Form Icon Cat Form: you leap behind an enemy, dazing them for 3 seconds.
    • Aquatic Form Icon Aquatic Form: your swim speed is increased by 150% for 5 seconds.

In this tier, you will have to choose between movement and survivability. For a movement increase, Displacer Beast Icon Displacer Beast is by far better than Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge in almost every way, and should generally be the default choice.

Alternatively, during fights with heavy damage (or progression raiding in general), Renewal Icon Renewal is a good source of self-healing that can help keep you alive. The choice between Renewal and Displacer Beast is yours.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Balance Affinity ? Balance Affinity Feral Affinity ? Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity Guardian Affinity

In this tier, we feel that the default choice should be Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity. The passive damage reduction you gain is extremely valuable during progression content, and even the active abilities can be very beneficial. For example, in Mythic+ dungeons, you can often save the tank's life by off-tanking the boss while certain debuffs expire from the tank.

Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity could be used for fights where the raid is spread out, due to the passive increase in the range of your abilities, and Feral Affinity Icon Feral Affinity is good for fights that require ample amounts of movement. That said, you should rarely chose something other than Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Typhoon ? Typhoon
  • Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is an active ability with a 50-second cooldown, which stuns the target for 5 seconds. It is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which roots the target in place for 20 seconds, with the root effect spreading to nearby enemies. Damage done to rooted targets may break the effect. Mass Entanglement is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Typhoon Icon Typhoon is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It knocks back all targets within 15-yards in a cone in front of you, dazing them for 6 seconds. It is usable in all shapeshift forms.

The choice between these talents is irrelevant in terms of your performance. You will simply choose the one which you prefer most, or which best suits the encounter mechanics. That said, Typhoon Icon Typhoon will probably be the most useful talent in the majority of fights.

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Incarnation: Tree of Life Incarnation: Tree of Life Cultivation Cultivation

We consider Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest to be the default choice in this tier, both for progression raiding and Mythic+ dungeons. When using Soul of the Forest, you will want to use its effects mostly on Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth.

Alternatively, you can take Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life for longer fights (since it uses less Mana than intensive Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth usage with Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest would use), or for fights during which there are predictable periods that require burst healing. Likewise, it can be used for Mythic+ dungeons with large pulls that create spike damage.

Cultivation Icon Cultivation is a worthwhile choice for encounters in which the raid drops low on health, especially if this happens regularly (such as Ursoc).

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Spring Blossoms Spring Blossoms Inner Peace Inner Peace Germination Germination
  • Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms places a 6-second HoT on targets who are healed by your Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence.
  • Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace reduces the cooldown of Tranquility Icon Tranquility by 60 seconds.
  • Germination Icon Germination allows you to apply two Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations to the same target. When Rejuvenation is already applied on a target, a second cast of Rejuvenation applies a second version of the HoT. From this point on, as long as both HoTs are active on the target, Rejuvenation will always refresh the HoT with the shortest remaining duration.

If the encounter on which you are progressing has regular bursts of damage that come at 2-minute intervals, allowing you to efficiently use Tranquility Icon Tranquility for each of them, then you should take Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace. If not, we recommend Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms. However, keep in mind that Spring Blossoms is a bad choice on fights where there is a high amount of movement, since re-placing your Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence often is not viable due to its Mana cost.

Germination Icon Germination is viable if you want to dedicate yourself to tank healing, and it is also the preferred choice for Mythic+ dungeons.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Moment of Clarity Moment of Clarity Stonebark Stonebark Flourish Flourish
  • Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity causes your Omen of Clarity Icon Omen of Clarity to affect the next 3 Regrowth Icon Regrowth casts (up from one).
  • Stonebark Icon Stonebark reduces the cooldown of Ironbark Icon Ironbark by 30 seconds and increases the healing of your HoTs by 20%.
  • Flourish Icon Flourish is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown. It extends the duration of all your HoTs within 60 yards by 6 seconds.

The best talent in this tier is clearly Flourish Icon Flourish. There might be some very particular scenarios in which Stonebark Icon Stonebark would be good, but this would be very rare indeed. Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity is not worth choosing.

9. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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