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Restoration Druid Healing Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 23, 2020 at 08:00 by Torty 52 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of Restoration Druids

Restoration Druids rely on HoTs to set up strong bursts using Flourish Icon Flourish. They do good healing on single targets, but they require some amount of time to set up their HoTs, and as such they require knowledge of the encounter in order prepare for the incoming damage.


Talent Choice for Restoration Druids

These are currently the best talent choices as a Restoration Druid:


Stat Choice for Restoration Druids


Raid Healing

Intellect is a bit lower in value than all secondaries, but each item level increase on a piece of gear will increase the amount of Intellect by a lot, thus making virtually any higher item level item an upgrade. The only exceptions are rings. You generally want to equip higher item level ones, but there might be small exceptions for those within 5 item levels. Gem sockets are worth 10-15 item levels. You can also drop 15-20 item levels for a piece with Leech and 5 item levels for a piece with Avoidance; doing more is too much of a survivability loss to be worth it.


Dungeon healing

Haste and Mastery are by far the strongest secondaries. Both are stronger than Intellect by a large margin in small group content, thus making it a possibility to drop 10 item levels on pieces with both stats compared to pieces with neither.


Azerite Traits and Essences for Restoration Druids


Azerite Traits

There are a few traits that are strong as long as you avoid using more than one of those. Your goal should be to pick up Azerite gear with single copies of good specialisation traits, fill the rest with good neutral traits, and make sure they have good defensive traits as well. Traits that you should consider looking for are mentioned below.

  • Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves provides good output even if you do not attempt to play around it in the raid setting. Avoid using more than one.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit can be an extremely strong trait, if you manage to line up the Intellect buff with heavy damage. The Mana regeneration part does not stack, so it is best to only run one copy.
  • Rampant Growth Icon Rampant Growth provides amazing throughput as long as you keep Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom up and use Regrowth Icon Regrowth often on targets other than the Lifebloom one. Use only one copy of this trait.
  • Grove Tending Icon Grove Tending is a staple Mythic+ trait. It is so strong in small group content, that you should consider using subpar pieces just to have it. Do not use more than one.
  • Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness is an incredibly powerful neutral trait.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands, Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion, Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds, Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack are good neutral stat boost traits that you should consider using after getting specialisation traits. Critical Strike ones are slightly better for raiding and Mastery ones will be better for Mythic+.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection is a defensive trait, but it can provide throughput competitive with traits in first tiers, sometimes even doing more.
  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage is another defensive trait that you should consider when picking an Azerite item.


Essences have both Major and Minor powers, with Major powers typically being a new ability you can use, and the Minor powers granting you a passive buff of some kind. Good essences to aim for are:

  • The Ever-Rising Tide — Major effect (Overcharge Mana Icon Overcharge Mana) is a must have in Mythic+ and extremely strong in raids. Consider getting this Essence as your priority due to its universal and unique strength.
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams — a staple for raid healing, both Major and Minor parts (Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams and Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams respectively). It provides the highest Mana regeneration of any Essence.
  • Vision of Perfection — can be a strong choice in raid content as a Minor Essence (Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection).
  • Conflict and Strife — is your best Minor Essence for any content (Strife Icon Strife).
  • Formless Void — is generally your best Minor essence in raids once you start reaching high throughput encounters (around 100 thousand HPS or more). It is also an extremely potent Mythic+ Major essence, if you are able to copy Essence of the Focusing Iris.
  • Unwavering Ward — can be a strong choice in raid content as a Minor Essence.
  • Spirit of Preservation — strong single-target healing Minor essence, which is often used in small group content.

Basic Raid Essence Combination


Basic Mythic+ Essence Combination

If you are unable to copy Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam with Replica of Knowledge Icon Replica of Knowledge, you can consider using Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame. As a healing Major, you can run either Vitality Conduit Icon Vitality Conduit or The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide.


Basic Playstyle for Restoration Druids


Raid Healing

It is important to note that Restoration Druids are unable to continuously cast Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation, as such we use DPS abilities as fillers to be able to maintain healthy Mana for burst phases. In cases of unfamiliarity with encounters you should match your Mana percentage to boss's Health percentage.


Dungeon Healing

  • Keep Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom on an active tank.
  • Keep Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation on the tank and on members of the group that just took damage or are about to take damage.
  • Use Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth when at least 4 members of the group are damaged.
  • Use Tranquility Icon Tranquility, if the group is still taking heavy damage. It does 100% more healing in 5-man content.
  • Use Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend on a player that just took heavy damage. If they are not in immediate danger, you should apply Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation to them first.
  • Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth as an emergency heal.
  • During downtime, use Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire and Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath on enemies to help with the damage.

Cooldown Usage for Restoration Druids

  • Tranquility Icon Tranquility should be used during heavy raid damage or when you are assigned to use it by your raid leader. Casting Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth before Tranquility is recommended to increase the benefits from Mastery. In cases where Tranquility might be too dangerous to cast, you might want to use either Barkskin Icon Barkskin, Ironbark Icon Ironbark or even both on yourself.
  • Innervate Icon Innervate should be used as many times during the fight as possible. Refresh Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence, cast Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth, and spam Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations during Innervate.
  • Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life should be used during heavy raid damage, often paired with Innervate Icon Innervate (when using Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit trait) and Flourish Icon Flourish.
  • Flourish Icon Flourish should be used during heavy raid damage. Ideally, you should use it together with Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth.
  • Ironbark Icon Ironbark should be used to reduce the damage a tank is taking during critical moments (such as when important boss abilities are about to be cast). In the absence of such situations, you should just use it on players who are taking damage. You may be assigned to use it at a specific time, as part of a rotation with other healers and the tanks' own cooldowns.


  • 23 Apr. 2020: Slight changes to essence and talent recommendations.
  • 15 Jan. 2020: Added Essence priority.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019: Updated for Season 3.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for 8.1 changes.
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