Restoration Druid Healing Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 19:59 by Torty 39 comments

On this page, we explain how to easily play Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1. Foreword

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.

2. 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.

3. Talent Choice for Restoration Druids

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

4. Stat Choice for Restoration Druids

It is important to note that Restoration Druid stats are close to each other in value, 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.

4.1. Raid Healing

Intellect is close in value to 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 and necklaces. 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 5-10 item levels for a piece with Avoidance; doing more is too much of a survivability loss to be worth it.

4.2. Dungeon healing

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

5. Basic Playstyle for Restoration Druids

5.1. 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.

5.2. 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.

6. 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.
  • 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.
  • Flourish Icon Flourish should be used during heavy raid damage. Ideally, you should use it together with Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth.

7. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for 8.1 changes.
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