Restoration Druid DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 12:38 by Torty 55 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to DPS as a Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. We cover rotation, talents, stat priority, gear advice, etc.

1.

Introduction to DPS as Restoration Druid

One of the main reasons to do damage as a healer is that damage is damage. Whether it comes from the tank, a DPS, or a healer, all damage contributes equally toward killing the boss. If you neglect your damage, you are hindering your group's chances at a kill by lowering the overall damage output.

While not being as noticeable in raids, the difference between 0 damage healer in a Mythic+ dungeon and a healer that actively uses his damage abilities can be up to 10% of the total group DPS. It is important to remember that enemies only die when their Health reaches zero, not based on the amount of time your allies spend at 100% Health. In some situations, you can afford to heal your group between the pulls instead of during them.

2.

Spells and Passives Summary

2.1.

Caster Form

  • Moonfire Icon Moonfire is a strong single target DoT.
  • Sunfire Icon Sunfire is a strong AoE DoT.
  • Wrath Icon Wrath is a weak single-target damage spell.
  • Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm, while not technically a caster form spell since it can be used in any form, will be listed here. It is a powerful tool in our kit that you should actively play around with. More on this spell below.
2.2.

Moonkin Form

  • Starfire Icon Starfire is a cleave spell that damages all targets around your main target. Unfortunately, it is weaker than feral cleave spells, so you will never use it.
  • Starsurge Icon Starsurge is a strong single target instant cast spell that increases the power of your Eclipse Icon Eclipse. It has a 10-second cooldown.
2.3.

Cat Form

  • Shred Icon Shred is a medium strength single target attack. It generates a Combo Point.
  • Rake Icon Rake is a solid single target DoT. It generates a Combo Point.
  • Swipe Icon Swipe is a decent AoE attack. It generates a Combo Point if it hits at least one target. Also usable in Bear Form Icon Bear Form for no cost and no cooldown, but it does less damage than the Cat Form Icon Cat Form version.
  • Thrash Icon Thrash is a strong AoE DoT. Awards a Combo Point.
  • Rip Icon Rip is a solid single target DoT. It uses up to 5 Combo Points.
  • Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite is a strong single-target attack. It uses up to 5 Combo Points. It can use up to 25 extra Energy to deal up to 100% extra damage.
  • Maim Icon Maim is a single target stun that deals mediocre damage. The stun duration is equal to the amount of Combo Points used.
  • Prowl Icon Prowl activates Cat Form Icon Cat Form and puts you in Stealth. While stealthed, Shred Icon Shred will deal 60% extra damage and have double the chance to critically strike; Rake Icon Rake will stun the target and deal 60% extra damage.

Pandemic is a passive effect that makes it so that when refreshing your periodic damage or healing effects, the remaining duration is added to the new one, up to 130% of the base duration. Understanding this effect is very important to maximizing your damage. For example, if you attempt to refresh Moonfire Icon Moonfire (16-second base duration) at 10 seconds left, the new duration will become 16 + (16 * 0.3) = 20.8 seconds. You will want to refresh your DoTs in a so-called Pandemic window, defined as any time before the DoT expiration and 30% of its maximum duration. For the Moonfire example, it will be a time frame between 0 and 4.8 seconds. Casting Moonfire at this point will add full 16 seconds, ensuring you lose no damage and your DoT is always on the target dealing damage.

3.

Rotation for Restoration Druid

One important thing to note is that you will receive 104% of your Intellect as Attack Power at all times. While technically, your Cat Form Icon Cat Form and Bear Form Icon Bear Form abilities scale only from Attack Power, this conversion makes you scale very well from Intellect. It also means that Rake Icon Rake and Rip Icon Rip will deal full damage even when you are not in Cat or Bear forms. Furthermore, you gain absolutely nothing from Agility, so trinkets and weapons with this stat are useless.

3.1.

Basic Rotation

While utilizing all of the DoTs, multiple Combo Point generators, and different finishers might look daunting at first, you can do a large portion of your DPS with rather simplistic rotations.

3.1.1.

1-2 Targets

  1. Use Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm on cooldown according to WeakAura.
  2. Use Rip Icon Rip whenever you have 5 Combo Points, and the target has a long time to live. Otherwise, use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite.
  3. Keep Rake Icon Rake up.
  4. Keep Moonfire Icon Moonfire up.
  5. Keep Sunfire Icon Sunfire up.
  6. Keep Thrash Icon Thrash DoT up.
  7. Use Shred Icon Shred to generate Combo Points on single target. Use Swipe Icon Swipe on two targets.
3.1.2.

3+ Targets

  1. Use Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm on cooldown according to WeakAura.
  2. Use Rip Icon Rip whenever you have 5 Combo Points, and the target has a long time to live. Otherwise, use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite.
  3. Keep Sunfire Icon Sunfire up on all enemies.
  4. Use Thrash Icon Thrash for the DoT.
  5. Cast Moonfire Icon Moonfire if you have full Protector of the Pack Icon Protector of the Pack
  6. Use Swipe Icon Swipe, if you are talented into it.
3.2.

Advanced Rotation for Feral Affinity

There is a lot of depth to doing damage as a Restoration Druid. Some universal tricks you can use are described below.

  • Always try to open on the enemy with Rake Icon Rake out of Prowl Icon Prowl unless stun diminishing returns are important on this particular enemy. Refrain from pandemic refreshing this Rake early. Let it drop, and immediately apply a new one. It is a DPS increase if you cast a new one within 2 seconds of letting it drop.
  • Night Elf racial Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld is considered stealth, so you can use it in Cat Form Icon Cat Form and instantly apply Rake for a 60% damage increase and a stun.
  • You can use Prowl Icon Prowl outside of combat in caster form to shift into Cat Form Icon Cat Form without triggering global cooldown.
  • You can use these last two tricks together. Cast Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld, immediately use Prowl, then cast Rake Icon Rake to stun your target. Remember that you will only leave combat when fighting trash packs, as bosses always keep you in combat.
  • Use Adaptive Swarm WeakAura to optimise the usage of this spell. It will highlight friendly targets on your raid frames as soon as Adaptive Swarm comes off cooldown.
  • Use Protector of the Pack WeakAura to optimize your Moonfire Icon Moonfire usage.
3.2.1.

Single Target

  1. Use Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm on cooldown according to WeakAura.
  2. Use Rip Icon Rip whenever you have 5 Combo Points, and the target has a long time to live.
  3. Use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite at 50 Energy and 5 Combo Points, and if there are more than 12 seconds left on Rip Icon Rip.
  4. Keep Rake Icon Rake up.
  5. Keep Moonfire Icon Moonfire up.
  6. Keep Sunfire Icon Sunfire up.
  7. Use Starsurge Icon Starsurge.
  8. Keep Thrash Icon Thrash DoT up.
  9. Use Shred Icon Shred to generate Combo Points.

You want to use as few global cooldowns as possible on shifting into Cat Form Icon Cat Form. Try to refresh Sunfire Icon Sunfire as late as possible and immediately after refreshing Moonfire Icon Moonfire, even if it is not in a Pandemic window yet. If you can use Starsurge Icon Starsurge in that window as well, you will gain quite a bit of DPS.

3.2.2.

2-3 Targets

  1. Use Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm on cooldown according to WeakAura.
  2. Use Rip Icon Rip whenever you have 5 Combo Points, and the target has a long time to live.
  3. Keep Sunfire Icon Sunfire up on all targets.
  4. Keep Rake Icon Rake up on all targets.
  5. Keep Moonfire Icon Moonfire up on all targets.
  6. Use Thrash Icon Thrash for the DoT.
  7. Use Swipe Icon Swipe to generate Combo Points if you are specced into it.
  8. Cast Moonfire Icon Moonfire if you have full Protector of the Pack Icon Protector of the Pack stack.

Do not cast Sunfire Icon Sunfire until enemies are clumped up. Ideally, you want to spend only 1 global cooldown to put Sunfire on everyone.

3.2.3.

4+ Targets

  1. Use Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm on cooldown.
  2. Use Rip Icon Rip whenever you have 5 Combo Points.
  3. Keep Sunfire Icon Sunfire up on all targets.
  4. Use Thrash Icon Thrash for the DoT.
  5. Try to cast Moonfire Icon Moonfire on as many targets as you can when your Protector of the Pack Icon Protector of the Pack is full.
  6. Use Swipe Icon Swipe to generate Combo Points if you are specced into it.

While Rip Icon Rip is a DPS increase to use over Swipe Icon Swipe, rarely, 5+ target packs live long enough for it to be worth casting. Most of the time, you will sit on 5 Combo Points and continue spamming Swipe.

3.3.

Using Convoke the Spirits Effectively

You should always try to stand close to the enemies while casting Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits in Moonkin Form Icon Moonkin Form. Standing closer will provide a decent damage increase while removing some healing abilities from Convoke. It is vital to cast Convoke in Moonkin Form, especially when more than 2 targets are involved.

4.

Stat Priority

Equipping the highest item level pieces without Mastery will give you the highest damage. If you have equal item-level pieces, you will want to prioritize them in the following ways.

4.1.

Single Target

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Versatility
4.2.

2+ Targets

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Versatility
5.

Changelog

  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 18 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 29 Oct. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated with Balance affinity rotations.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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