Restoration Druid Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis

Last updated on Aug 08, 2021 at 16:02 by Torty 53 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Restoration Druid affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.


Restoration Druid Patch 9.1 Changes Overview

On this page we will look into the changes to Restoration Druids as well as other changes to the game that can affect our playstyle or representation in Raids and Mythic+. This is a first look as changes are still ongoing and very likely to continue given the current balancing of a lot of new Legendaries and lack of raid testing of the later bosses. This page will be updated with new information as it is discovered or released.

A full list of changes to the entire Druid class can be found on our dedicated page below. For an additional list of content coming in Patch 9.1, you can also check out our Patch 9.1 Overview page.


How does Restoration Druid look going into Patch 9.1?

Restoration Druids might end up using a different Legendary in Raids: Celestial Spirits Icon Celestial Spirits. Other than that, we will play roughly in the same way with significantly higher power on one of our cooldowns. Night Fae remains a superior choice both for Mythic+ and Raids, and if Celestial Spirits ends up being strong the gap will be even bigger.

Due to few changes to Restoration Druids thus far, our viability in 9.1 will mostly depend on how changes to our competition shake up. With current tuning it is unlikely that Paladins will be replaced as a premier Raid or Mythic+ healer; Shamans, Holy Priests, and Mistweaver Monks are virtually unchanged; Discipline Priests are the only healer spec that received potentially big changes. We will dive more into the specifics below.

In raid content the biggest change by far is Spirit Shell Icon Spirit Shell going to a 90-second cooldown from 60 seconds. Spirit Shell often overlapped with our own ramps or straight-up prevented us from using our cooldowns in preferential spots. At worst, this change narrows the gap between Discipline Priests and Restoration Druids significantly. At best, we might fill the shoes of Discipline Priests in raid content.

Holy Paladins received some moderate damage nerfs — around 13-15% — and still remain kings of healer damage both in Raid and Mythic+ content. Paladin changes will probably make no impact on their representation.

None of the other 3 healing specializations have been changed in a major way, so we expect their power to remain relatively where it is now.

Now let us dive into all the Restoration Druid Patch 9.1 changes below.


Base Spec and Talent Changes for Patch 9.1

There are no changes to any spells or talents in Patch 9.1.


Legendary Changes for Patch 9.1


New Legendary Powers in Patch 9.1

  • Night Fae: Celestial Spirits Icon Celestial Spirits halves every aspect of Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits. With this Legendary, it is instead a 2-second channel that casts 9 spells on a 1-minute cooldown. This new Convoke also has a significantly higher chance to cast Flourish Icon Flourish.
  • Kyrian: Kindred Affinity Icon Kindred Affinity gives you and your partner a stat bonus based on their Covenant. This bonus doubles when you activate your Covenant ability. It grants 160 Mastery for Kyrian, 8% Haste for Night Fae, 8% Critical Strike chance for Venthyr, and 8% Versatility for Necrolord.
  • Necrolord Icon Necrolord: Unbridled Swarm Icon Unbridled Swarm gives Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm a 60% chance to split into two swarms each time it jumps to another target.
  • Venthyr: Sinful Hysteria Icon Sinful Hysteria increases the duration of Ravenous Frenzy Icon Ravenous Frenzy by 0.2 seconds each time it gains a stack. When Ravenous Frenzy expires, you gain stacks of Sinful Hysteria equal to the lost Ravenous Frenzy stacks for 5 seconds. Each stack of Sinful Hysteria increases damage and healing by 2% and Haste by 1%.

What these Legendary Additions Mean

So far none of the Legendaries save for Celestial Spirits Icon Celestial Spirits and Kindred Affinity Icon Kindred Affinity look stronger than preferred choices in both Raids and Mythic+.

Celestial Spirits Icon Celestial Spirits is a very interesting Legendary for Druids because it is not completely random. It works on a deck system where Flourish Icon Flourish will have an ~85% chance to proc in 1 out of every 2 casts of Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits. This provides decent a throughput increase over Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth and, more importantly, it provides a throughput increase in the form of improving our cooldown.



  • 08 Aug. 2021: Updated information.
  • 21 May 2021: Updated some information after recent PTR patch.
  • 19 May 2021: Page created with initial information.
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