Restoration Druid Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic
On this page, you will find our level-by-level Restoration Druid leveling guide for TBC Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Druid leveling guide. We also have a Balance Druid leveling guide and a Feral Druid leveling guide.
Level by Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills
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Leveling Talent Tree & Build
Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.
These talents will allow you to be as good of a healer as possible, and are optimal for group play. We recommend the use of a different specialization if you intend to solo level.
- Level 20 — 1 point in Omen of Clarity
- Levels 21 to 23 — 3 points in Intensity
- Level 24 — 1 point in Nature's Focus
- Levels 25 to 27 — 3 points in Improved Rejuvenation
- Levels 28 & 29 — 2 points in Tranquil Spirit
Omen of Clarity allows you to get some free casts whenever you can melee enemies safely. Intensity improves your Mana sustainability, while Nature's Focus helps with healing while taking damage. Improved Rejuvenation is a fine throughput boost and Tranquil Spirit further helps with Mana management.
- Level 30 — 1 point in Nature's Swiftness
- Levels 31 to 35 — 5 points in Gift of Nature
- Levels 36 to 39 — 4 points in Improved Regrowth
Nature's Swiftness is an active ability which is usually combined with maximum-rank Healing Touch for instant emergency healing. Gift of Nature is a strong throughput increase, as is Improved Regrowth.
- Level 40 — 1 point in Swiftmend
- Level 41 — 1 point in Improved Regrowth
- Levels 42 to 44 — 3 points in Living Spirit
- Levels 45 to 49 — 5 points in Empowered Rejuvenation
Swiftmend is an active ability that burst-heals a target on a relatively short cooldown, but also requires and consumes one of your heal-over-time effects on the target. Finish maximizing Improved Regrowth, then get Living Spirit for extra Mana regeneration and Empowered Rejuvenation for more throughput, especially once you start getting a lot of spell healing gear.
- Level 50 — 1 point in Tree of Life
- Levels 51 to 53 — 3 points in Natural Shapeshifter
- Levels 54 to 57 — 4 points in Nature's Focus
- Levels 58 & 59 — 2 points in Empowered Touch
Tree of Life allows you to enter a tree form that increases the healing received by your group and reduces your Mana costs, but also prevents you from using many of your spells while inside it. Most notably, you cannot cast Healing Touch. To help you manage the shapeshifting Mana costs, take Natural Shapeshifter. Finish maximizing Nature's Focus for the reduced spell pushback when under attack and get Empowered Touch to power up your emergency healing.
- Levels 60 to 64 — 5 points in Subtlety
- Levels 65 to 67 — 3 points in Tranquil Spirit
- Levels 68 to 70 — 3 points in Natural Perfection
Subtlety makes it less likely that you will pull attention to yourself while healing your group. Finish maximizing Tranquil Spirit for the maximum cost reduction to some of your most expensive heals and finish with Natural Perfection for a minor Critical Strike chance and survivability gain.
Unlike the other specializations, Restoration is meant to be played in a group setting, typically while leveling through dungeons. The rotation below is made with that in mind and details your healing rotation at any given level, which you can adjust with the level slider at the start of the guide.
- Make sure Mark of the Wild is active on you and any party members at all times.
- Make sure Mark of the Wild and Thorns are active on you and any party members at all times.
- Make sure Mark of the Wild, Thorns, and Omen of Clarity are active on you and any party members at all times. Melee enemies in between heals when possible for Omen of Clarity procs.
- Be in Tree of Life whenever possible for the healing increase and Mana reduction, but be prepared to drop it in order to cast Healing Touch and Tranquility if emergency healing is required.
- Keep a triple stack of Lifebloom active on players taking significant, steady damage such as the tank of the party.
- Keep Rejuvenation active on players taking damage.
- Keep Rejuvenation and Regrowth active on players taking damage.
- Keep Rejuvenation and Regrowth active on players taking damage. Consume low duration heal-over-time effects with Swiftmend for extra burst healing if the target is taking heavy damage.
- Heal large amounts of single-target damage with Healing Touch.
- Heal large amounts of single-target damage with Healing Touch, using Nature's Swiftness if the target is about to die.
List of Trainer Skills to Buy
Buying everything is, essentially, the way to go, as spell costs are quite low and all of them have uses, even if small ones.
If you are doing a completely new character and want to save as much gold as you can for your first mount at Level 30, you can opt to buy only the recommended skills for the rotation in the section above.
Restoration Druid Macros and Addons
By setting yourself up with an upgraded user interface and macros from the get-go, you will make your leveling process much easier. Check out our Restoration Druid Macros and Addons guides in the links below for the full list.
Restoration Druid Quests and Weapons
When leveling, stay alert for weapon upgrades you might encounter, as these will improve your experience significantly. You will also need to complete various class quests in order to be able to use your animal forms.
These quests can be different for Horde and Alliance Druids, and the early quests also have differences between Horde races. To help you with both weapons and quests, we have made two dedicated guides:
Playing a Restoration Druid beyond Level 70
Once you reach maximum level, we recommend you dive into our Restoration Druid Guide, which covers everything you need to know about playing Restoration in the end game.
We especially recommend reading through these pages:
- Our Restoration Druid Talent builds guide contains the PvE-oriented builds for Restoration Druids;
- Restoration Druid Rotation guide contains details on how to play in a variety of situations, including some advanced totem management tips;
- Browse the Restoration Druid Stats guide to learn about your stat priority as an Restoration Druid and how they contribute to your performance at maximum level;
- The Gear guide for Restoration Druids contains the best gear pieces to look for at Level 70 in order to maximize your damage;
- 31 May 2021: Added links to the new Weapon, Quest, Addons, and Macros guides, as well as the specialization guides.
- 18 May 2021: Page added.
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