Restoration Druid Healing Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.2.5
On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5, 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 in raids or have strong and steady output in dungeons using Photosynthesis. 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.
If you are completely new to Restoration and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.
Talent Choice for Restoration Druids
These are currently the best talent choices as a Restoration Druid:
- Level 15: Abundance (raids) or Cenarion Ward (dungeons)
- Level 25: Tiger Dash
- Level 30: Balance Affinity (raids) or Feral Affinity (dungeons)
- Level 35: Heart of the Wild
- Level 40: Incarnation: Tree of Life (raids, without Restoration Druid 4-Piece) or Soul of the Forest (dungeons and raids with Restoration Druid 4-Piece)
- Level 45: Spring Blossoms
- Level 50: Flourish
Some of these talents are selected for their ease of use, while not sacrificing too much power. If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Restoration, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.
Best Covenant for Restoration Druid
Currently the strongest Covenant for raiding Restoration Druids is Night Fae by a large margin. Venthyr is terrible in all forms of content and should never be used. Necrolord and Kyrian are optimal choices for Mythic+, mostly due to their damage output where using Feral Affinity can be quite a lot stronger than anything Night Fae Druids can do. If you want more detailed explanations on each Covenant, how to play them, what they do, and which Conduits and Soulbinds to choose, head over to our Covenant page linked below:
Best Legendary for Restoration Druid
There is not one overall best Legendary for Restoration Druids. Until the Unity Legendary becomes available, you will have to craft following Legendaries for their respective content: Celestial Spirits for raiding, Draught of Deep Focus (Necrolord) or Kindred Affinity (Kyrian) for dungeons.
After acquiring Unity you will be using Vision of Unending Growth in raids alongside it. In dungeons Draught of Deep Focus will be the preferred choice for any covenant you might decide to play. Due to the power of this Legendary in combination with Feral Affinity, you will most likely never play Balance Affinity in dungeon content.
For more in-depth analysis of all Legendaries you can check our Legendaries page:
Stat Choice for Restoration Druids
Intellect is significantly stronger than all secondary stats, thus making virtually any higher item level item an upgrade. The only exceptions are rings and necks. 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 item levels for a piece with Leech; doing more is too much of a survivability loss to be worth it.
In general you will want to use items with Haste at equal item levels. After acquiring the Restoration Druid 2-Piece ideal raid healing items will have both Haste and Mastery on them.
Haste and Mastery are by far the strongest secondaries for pure healing. However, most players prefer to run as close to 0 Mastery as possible in dungeons. This is mainly done due to Mastery not contributing to your damage output. You should run as much Mastery as needed to heal and after that invest in other stats.
If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.
Basic Playstyle for Restoration Druid
It is important to note that Restoration Druids are unable to continuously cast 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.
- Maintain Efflorescence under the melee group.
- Keep Lifebloom on an active tank.
- Use Clearcasting procs to cast Regrowth on any person in the raid.
- Use Flourish as often as possible. Make sure you have cast Wild Growth before using Flourish.
- Use Wild Growth when at least 6 members of the raid are damaged.
- Apply Rejuvenation to the active tank(s) and members of the raid who are taking or will take damage.
- You should be filling your free global cooldowns with Wrath.
- Keep Lifebloom on an active tank.
- Keep Rejuvenation on the tank and on members of the group that just took damage or are about to take damage.
- Use Wild Growth when at least 4 members of the group are damaged.
- Use Tranquility, if the group is still taking heavy damage. It does 100% more healing in 5-man content.
- Use Swiftmend and follow it up with either Regrowth or Wild Growth, depending on whether you need single target healing or AoE.
- Use Regrowth as an emergency heal.
- During downtime, use Moonfire, Sunfire and Wrath on enemies to help with the damage.
For a more detailed and optimized version of the priority list, check the full rotation page linked below. On top of that, doing competitive damage as Restoration Druid can be rather complicated, so make sure you check the DPS guide as well.
Cooldown Usage for Restoration Druid
- Tranquility should be used during heavy raid damage or when you are assigned to use it by your raid leader. Casting 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, Ironbark or even both on yourself.
- Innervate should be used as many times during the fight as possible. Refresh Efflorescence, cast Wild Growth, and spam Rejuvenations during Innervate. The basic idea is to use Innervate as many times as possible, while preferrably not doing so in Tree of Life.
- Incarnation: Tree of Life should be used during heavy raid damage, often paired Flourish. Avoid using Innervate with Tree of Life, since you already get Rejuvenation Mana cost reduction.
- Flourish should be used during heavy raid damage. Ideally, you should use it together with Wild Growth.
- 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.
- 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 06 Mar. 2022: Updated talent recommendations.
- 17 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
- 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
- 08 Aug. 2021: Changed Legendary recommendations.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release with Covenant and Legendary recommendations.
- 06 Nov. 2020: Updated talent recommendation.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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