Classic Restoration Druid Healer Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities
On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Restoration Druid Healer Healer, depending on the type of damage your group is receiving while doing PvE content in WoW Classic. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your healing output and your mana efficiency.
If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Restoration Druid rotation.
As a healer, your "rotation" depends on both the situation and build that you are playing. Calling it a rotation is disingenuous since you are reacting to different situations, different damage outputs, and different levels of danger. However, there are some basic rules that you can follow.
If you are trying to heal a tank, keeping your HoT effects rolling on them at all times is critical. This means keeping Rejuvenation and Regrowth up. If you need more healing than that, you will want to either use Healing Touch or Regrowth depending on your build, mostly coming down to if you have Improved Regrowth along with Nature's Grace. Most of the time you will probably be using Healing Touch if you are tank healing since this is more likely to occur in dungeons. If you have Swiftmend, it is a great emergency button to press if your tank is low and needs a fast heal to save them.
For raid healing, you will want to use the correct spell to deal with the correct situation. If you are using the Regrowth build, then Regrowth is going to be your most commonly used spell. If you are playing the Moonglow build, then Rejuvenation and Healing Touch are going to be great, efficient sources of healing that you can use on anyone in the raid. HoT effects, specifically Rejuvenation, are especially good if you know that damage is coming, allowing you to preemptively place them on raid members to prepare for the damage.
The last thing to consider for normal healing is Mana efficiency. If you only use the max ranked versions of your healing spells, you will probably run out of Mana fairly quickly. You should have lower-ranked versions of your healing spells on your bars for times when you want a weaker, more efficient heal. The single best one to always have is Rank 4 Healing Touch. Rank 4 of Healing Touch is the single most Mana-efficient heal in the game, making it a must-have on your bars for low Mana consumption healing. It is also worth noting that for some lower ranks of spells, such as Healing Touch Rank 3, the cast time is also lower than at max rank, making them potentially much more valuable in a situation where you need to get a fast heal off.
While you will spend most of your time healing, do not forget that as a Druid, one of your core strengths is your versatility. Rebirth is amazing for getting a free do-over on a dead raid member, Innervate can give someone a full new Mana bar, and Entangling Roots can provide some much-needed control on enemies that might be running rampant. Tranquility is also a powerful healing cooldown that can be used when you need a solid burst of extra healing on the raid. You have a wide and varied toolkit; part of mastering a Druid is becoming familiar with all parts of your toolkit so you always have an answer for any situation.
- 24 Jul. 2019: Page added.
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