Restoration Druid Healing Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 15, 2019 at 01:00 by Torty 47 comments

Select the optimal Azerite items and traits for Restoration Druids using this guide (in addition to which we recommend reading our Heart of Azeroth guide, since the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth is the gateway to the Azerite system). Both guides are up to date for Patch 8.1.5 of the Battle for Azeroth World of Warcraft expansion.

1. Choosing Azerite Gear as a Restoration Druid

There are no general rules to compare items, due to all of the rings potentially providing some sort of throughput. An Azerite piece 30 item level higher can easily be worse if you have not unlocked all rings on it, or if all the traits are much worse than on the lower item level one. In almost all cases you should consult a table with item level values below or use the spreadsheet to get accurate results for your character.

Your end goal should be to pick any traits from S or A tiers, and avoid stacking multiple Restoration specific traits, since all of them become significantly weaker as soon as you pick a second one.

2. Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Restoration Druid

Below, we have listed the relative strength of most of the traits. Keep in mind, that some traits are nearly impossible to evaluate without per-fight analysis or without you specifically playing around this specific trait due to their nature, for example Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance and Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves.

As usual, the best way to figure out the best choice for yourself is to use the Twig It spreadsheet to compare the total power of Azerite pieces.

Azerite Trait rankings for raids per piece. Head and Chest pieces have the same values:

Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Restoration Druids in Raids

In case you are not looking for exact numbers, we will rank the traits by a tier system.

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful traits; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these traits are either slightly weaker than the S Tier traits, or only as strong in specific situations, but are still solid choices.
  3. B Tier: a below-average trait that should be picked only in the absence of an S or A Tier trait.
  4. C Tier: a weak trait that provides very little healing output or other utility and should be avoided if possible.
  5. D Tier: the worst of the worst traits, these are virtually useless.

Any trait not listed in one of the above tiers provides no increase in healing output, or significant utility, though some may increase damage dealt.

2.1. S Tier

  • Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves provides good output even if you do not attempt to play around it in the raid setting, as long as you do not pick Cultivation Icon Cultivation and Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms talents. Around half of the strength comes from the extra Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation duration, so avoid using more than one Autumn Leaves trait.
  • Bonded Souls Icon Bonded Souls provides a lot of healing and a small amount of Haste. Since the vast majority of the value from this trait comes from the healing effect, it is not a good idea to stack more than one of it.
  • Endless Hunger Icon Endless Hunger is essentially a better version of Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans. You get Versatility instantly and there is a healing proc on top of it. Only available to Horde players.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit can be a very strong trait, if you manage to line up the Intellect buff with burst damage and the buff from Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life. The mana regeneration part does not stack, so it is best to only run one Lively Spirit.

2.2. A Tier

  • Ancients' Bulwark Icon Ancients' Bulwark is a slightly worse version of Endless Hunger Icon Endless Hunger. Only available to Alliance players.
  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is a very strong trait, but it only comes with items that have 4 Azerite rings, so you will quickly replace it with almost any Mythic dungeon or World Quest.
  • Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might provide a good and consistent proc.
  • Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together / Combined Might Icon Combined Might provide a decent proc, although a bit random.
  • Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve are especially good during progress, when your co-raiders will frequently die.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion provides a solid proc with decent uptime.
  • Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth provides amazing throughput, but requires you to keep Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom and use Regrowth Icon Regrowth on other targets. The initial bonus of an extra HoT is what makes this trait good and having it more than once on your gear is extremely undesirable.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands provides a strong secondary stat proc. The duration increase part is trivial to fulfill with all the HoTs Restoration Druids have ticking.
  • Treacherous Covenant Icon Treacherous Covenant provides a solid amount of Intellect. You very rarely drop below 50% Health even on progression fights, which makes this trait a good choice in pretty much all situations.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection is an all-round strong trait. It is always useful and provides solid throughput.
  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage provides steady healing throughout the fight, which can add up to quite a lot of healing, especially on encounters with frequent raid-wide damage events.

2.3. B Tier

  • The second and third Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit traits do not provide any extra Mana, but they still provide more Intellect per stack. You will rarely need that much burst, but in the cases where you might or without any good alternatives, this might be a decent pick.
  • Waking Dream Icon Waking Dream is decently strong when you have only one trait of it, but the added value of a second and third trait are slightly lower. The healing will do more during parts where you ramp with multiple Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations, essentially scaling with the damage.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming is a very strong trait, but requires you to pay attention to a buff you receive in order to activate an extremely strong Haste buff.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds provides a very high amount of Mastery on proc and will even increase the damage of your other raid members.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack also provides a high amount of Mastery and will increase the damage of your raid members on top of that.
  • Grove Tending Icon Grove Tending provides good tank healing via Mastery stacking and the HoT itself is not weak either.
  • Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst's biggest downside is the requirement to stand still, which is not always feasible. Otherwise, not a terrible trait, assuming you can manage to stay in the zones.
  • Blessed Portents Icon Blessed Portents can be extremely potent on encounters with high damage.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon provides a good passive increase to your stats.
  • Bracing Chill Icon Bracing Chill and Concentrated Mending Icon Concentrated Mending both proc healing in one way or another. The healing itself is decent.
  • Ephemeral Recovery Icon Ephemeral Recovery provides a mediocre amount of Mana, but other traits in that ring do not provide impressive throughput either, which makes Ephemeral Recovery a decent alternative.
  • Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed is a very good trait to pick up even just for Haste itself. Avoidance increases your survivability, which makes it invaluable during progression.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way is a decent trait with passive movement speed increase on top of it.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance is only good if you can manage to stay far away from enemies, which might be more challenging than it seems. Most of the extra add spawns will likely come close to you and disable the effect. This trait should be judged on a per-fight basis.
  • Ursoc's Endurance Icon Ursoc's Endurance gives a decent absorb, but coupled with a damage reduction from activating Barkskin Icon Barkskin it becomes quite strong. This is generally a fight dependent trait.

2.4. C Tier

  • Early Harvest Icon Early Harvest adds a decent amount of healing to a spell you should cast during heavy damage. The Innervate Icon Innervate cooldown reduction is mostly irrelevant, and you are unlikely to get extra Innervate casts because of this trait. On top of that, you will usually want to sync Innervate usage with Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life, so cooldown reduction will mostly affect nothing.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite provides a mediocre proc with decent uptime. Unless you can guarantee constant refreshes from enemies getting killed, Blood Rite will provide very little throughput.
  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep requires you to move around and pick up orbs, but that also allows you some leeway in when you want to activate the buff. It should be easy to pick them up as a Restoration Druid, unless encounter mechanics force you to stick to a certain position.
  • Second and third Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves provide very mediocre value. About half the value of the trait is in the 1-second increase to Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation, which does not stack.
  • Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins provides incredible healing once it procs, although it can be unreliable with only 1 proc per minute.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink does not provide enough Intellect to be considered a solid choice.
  • Savior Icon Savior does not proc often enough to do a good amount of healing.
  • Synergistic Growth Icon Synergistic Growth does not provide a good amount of Mastery.
  • Second and third Waking Dream Icon Waking Dream traits are not completely useless, but they are worth significantly less than the first one.

2.5. D Tier

  • Seductive Power Icon Seductive Power requires you to pay attention to things spawning near your character. It can be a good trait if you never miss the ghost, but becomes very bad very quick once you start missing them.
  • Apothecary's Concoctions Icon Apothecary's Concoctions (Horde) and Shadow of Elune Icon Shadow of Elune (Alliance) are both terrible and should not be picked in any situation.
  • The second or third Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth traits provide very little throughput and should be avoided when possible.
  • Woundbinder Icon Woundbinder procs Haste, but on low uptime and the amount is pretty low.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider is probably the worst trait there is. The movement speed increase is laughable for a spec with incredible mobility, as well as having no extra throughput benefits on top.
  • Switch Hitter Icon Switch Hitter provides no throughput since the Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend portion does not work in Restoration specialisation. However, it gives roughly 10% Avoidance on Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration cast, which can be a life-saver. The Starsurge Icon Starsurge proc is pretty bad, since you will not be able to utilise it properly.

3. Azerite Trait Details for Restoration Druid

Some of your Azerite Traits can have big impact on the way you play the game, select your gear and even affect talent choices. It is important to understand how they work with each other and on its own.

The following traits only partially stack with each other:

  • Grove Tending Icon Grove Tending only applies one HoT. Second and third traits only increase its power.
  • Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth only applies one extra Regrowth Icon Regrowth HoT. Second and third traits only increase its power. Since the extra HoT provides the vast majority of the power, getting second or third Rampant Growths is not nearly as strong as getting the first one.
  • Waking Dream Icon Waking Dream does not reduce the Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift healing intervals below 4 seconds no matter how many traits you have. The power of the second and third Waking Dream traits is slightly lower compared to the first one.
  • Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves's Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation duration increase does not stack.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit's Mana portion of the trait does not stack.

Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves does not proc if you have both Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation and Germination Icon Germination on the target. It will only work if you have a single instance of Rejuvenation: normal one or Germination, does not matter.

4. Azerite Gear for Restoration Druids for Raiding

As Azerite gear comes with set traits we can identify the best Azerite gear for a given item level. Below are the best Azerite gear pieces for raiding. A list of optimal dungeon pieces can be found on Mythic+ page.

4.1. Azerite Helms

4.2. Azerite Shoulders

4.3. Azerite Chests

5. Azerite Traits for Restoration Druid

5.1. Outer Ring

  • Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves increases the healing of Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation, if Rejuvenation is your only heal over time effect on the target. Increases Rejuvenation duration by 1 second.
  • Early Harvest Icon Early Harvest causes your Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth to heal the target upon expiration if they are injured or reduce the cooldown of Innervate Icon Innervate by 1 second if they are not.
  • Grove Tending Icon Grove Tending causes Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend to apply a 9-second duration HoT.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit. When Innervate Icon Innervate expires, your Intellect is increased and Mana is restored for each spell the target cast using Innervate for 20 seconds.
  • Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth causes Regrowth Icon Regrowth to heals for slightly more over its duration, and its healing over time effect also applies to the target of your Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom.
  • Waking Dream Icon Waking Dream causes Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift to heal every 4 seconds, and heal for an additional amount for each of your active Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations.
  • Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat for 10 seconds. If an ally dies nearby you also instantly gain this effect. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Combined Might Icon Combined Might / Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together gives you and 4 allies a bonus to one of your secondary stats or to your Spellpower / Attackpower (depending on your role), chosen at random, for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
  • Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might causes your spells to have a chance to grant Critical Strike and Haste for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait, and attacking a member of the opposing faction significantly increases this chance, making these traits are much stronger in PvP content.
  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
  • Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.
  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Relational Normalization Gizmo Icon Relational Normalization Gizmo causes your spells to have a chance to grant you a primary stat and maximum health buff or Haste and 50% movement speed for 10 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw Icon Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw causes your spells to have a chance to heal up to 4 allies for a large amount. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Bonded Souls Icon Bonded Souls will make your spells and abilities have a chance to trigger a Soulbond for 15 sec. During Soulbond, every 5 sec. you and your nearest ally are both healed for and gain Haste for 5 sec.
  • Treacherous Covenant Icon Treacherous Covenant increases your Intellect while you are above 50% health. You take 15% increased damage while below 20% health.
  • Seductive Power Icon Seductive Power makes your spells and abilities have a chance to conjure Bwonsamdi's spectral visage. If you approach him, gain a bonus to all stats for 5 min., stacking up to 5 times. If you fail to do so, you lose 1 stack.

Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array gives you a buff that increases your highest secondary stat. The buff stacks for each week when you have killed 3 bosses in Uldir. This only works in Uldir.

5.2. Middle Ring

  • Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins has a chance to grant you Azerite Veins when taking damage, healing you every 3 seconds. It lasts 18 seconds or until you are fully healed.
  • Blessed Portents Icon Blessed Portents grants your healing spells a chance to apply Blessed Portents to the target for 20 seconds. When the target falls below 50% health, Blessed Portents is consumed and heals them.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • Bracing Chill Icon Bracing Chill causes your heals to have a chance to apply Bracing Chill to the target. Healing a target with Bracing Chill will heal for an additional amount and move Bracing Chill to a nearby ally, up to 6 times.
  • Concentrated Mending Icon Concentrated Mending causes your healing effects to have a chance to grant the target a HoT that heals every 2 seconds for 12 seconds. The amount healed doubles every 2 seconds.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  • Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed passively increases your Haste and Avoidance.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
  • Savior Icon Savior makes your heals on targets below 50% health have a chance to heal for an additional amount.
  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
  • Synergistic Growth Icon Synergistic Growth causes Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth casts to grant you Mastery for 10 seconds, on a 30-second cooldown.
  • Woundbinder Icon Woundbinder causes your healing effects to have a chance to increase your Haste for 12 seconds. Healing lower health targets will grant more Haste.

5.3. Inner Ring

  • Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer grants you a chance, when taking damage, to self-heal for a large amount and remove most bleed effects as well as slowing nearby enemies by 30% for 5 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
  • Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron grants you a chance, when taking damage, to gain a large absorb shield for up to 1 minute. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Reawakening Icon Reawakening causes Rebirth Icon Rebirth to grant its target an absorb shield for 15 seconds.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 12 yards of you.
  • Ursoc's Endurance Icon Ursoc's Endurance grants you an 8-second absorb shield when you use Barkskin Icon Barkskin.

6. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Restoration Druid. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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