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Restoration Druid Healing Easy Mode

Last updated on Jun 12, 2017 at 22:48 by Vlad 187 comments

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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.

1. The Basics

Restoration Druids rely on HoTs to provide a steady stream of healing throughout a fight. They do well healing 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 to set up for the incoming damage.

2. Talent Choice

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

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows, depending on whether you are interested in raid healing or tank / Mythic+ healing.

It is important to note that Restoration Druid stats are close to each other in value, generally, and the item levels of the items you are comparing usually matter more than their stat distribution. For reference, a 5 item level difference for raids, and a 10 item level difference for dungeons is enough to offset almost any stats present on the items in question.

3.1. Raid Healing

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste ~= Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility.

3.2. Tank / Mythic+

  1. Mastery >= Haste;
  2. Intellect;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Playstyle

4.1. Raid Healing

  • Maintain Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence under the melee group.
  • Keep Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom on an active tank. Refreshing it with less than 4.5 seconds left in order to proc the final Bloom and not lose any ticks is recommended.
  • Use Clearcasting Icon Clearcasting procs on one of the tanks.
  • Use Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward on cooldown.
  • Use Flourish Icon Flourish and  Icon Essence of G'Hanir as often as possible (no need to use them together).
  • Apply Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation to the active tank(s) and members of the raid who are taking or will take damage.
  • Use Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth when at least 6 members of the raid are damaged and you have some Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations up.

4.2. Dungeon Healing

  • Keep Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom on an active tank. Refreshing it with less than 4.5 seconds left in order to proc the final Bloom and not lose any ticks is recommended.
  • Use Clearcasting Icon Clearcasting procs on one of the tanks.
  • Use Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward on cooldown.
  • Keep Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation on the tank and on members of the group that just took damage or are about to take damage. Keep up both Rejuvenations on targets on which the damage is too high for a single one.
  • Use Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth when at least 4 members of the group are damaged.
  • Use Tranquility Icon Tranquility, if group is still taking heavy damage (it does 100% more healing 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 him first.
  • Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth as an emergency heal.
  • During downtime, use Moonfire Icon Moonfire and Sunfire Icon Sunfire on enemies to help with the damage.
  • If you have more free time, shift into Cat Form Icon Cat Form (if you have the Feral Affinity Icon Feral Affinity talent) to do more damage; if you do not have this talent, cast Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath instead.

5. Cooldown Usage

  • Tranquility Icon Tranquility should be used during heavy raid damage or when you are assigned to use it by your raid leader. It is recommended not to stack it with anything else. Casting Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth before Tranquility Icon Tranquility is recommended to increase the benefits from Mastery.
  • 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.
  • 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 this at a specific time, as part of a rotation with other healers and the tanks' own cooldowns.
  •  Icon Essence of G'Hanir should be used during heavy raid damage, when your Tranquility Icon Tranquility is on cooldown. Ideally, you should use it together with Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth. Depending on the situation, you can also couple it with Velen's Future Sight Icon Velen's Future Sight or Flourish Icon Flourish.
  • Flourish Icon Flourish should be used as close to on cooldown as possible.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Torty, a theorycrafter in the Dreamgrove Discord server, author of this Restoration Druid spreadsheet, and currently raiding in Pure.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated this page to reflect the changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 18 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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