Restoration Druid Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 22:51 by Torty 1 comment
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On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.


Are Restoration Druids Good in Shadowlands Pre-patch (Patch 9.0)?

Restoration Druids remain the best healing in Mythic+ and one of the better specs in raid healing environment. Combination of strong passive tank healing, a wide variety of raid healing cooldowns, and an ability to do burst DPS makes the spec desirably in pretty much all forms of content.

A summary of all changes can be found on our intro page.


Are Restoration Druids Good in Raids?

A 10% nerf to Mastery: Harmony Icon Mastery: Harmony is almost inconsequential in raid content, amounting to about 1.5% healing reduction with Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms talented. We still have access to Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life, Flourish Icon Flourish, Innervate Icon Innervate, and Tranquility Icon Tranquility. Combining any of these results in substantial burst healing, which is one of the most desirable qualities a healer can provide in raid environment. Lack of raid-wide damage reduction cooldown is a negative on some encounters, but they are usually rare or can be played around with higher burst healing Druids provide.


Are Restoration Druids Good in Mythic+?

Mastery nerf affects Mythic+ content a lot more. Substantial Sunfire Icon Sunfire nerf reduces our passive AoE damage by quite a bit, although Moonfire Icon Moonfire buff negates the effects of it on single target. Furthermore, 5-target cap on Swipe Icon Swipe reduces our AoE damage even more. However, we gained Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar, more frequent access to burst healing via stronger Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest, and better burst damage using Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild. Overall, Restoration Druids are the best healing spec in Mythic+ environment.


Which race is best for Restoration Druids?

For Alliance, Night Elves are slightly be better, due to the power of Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld in dungeon content. Both Night Elf and Worgen passive racials are inconsequential in raid content.

As for Horde, you have to choose between a better throughput from Trolls and better utility racials from Taurens and Highmountain Taurens. There is no formula that will help you make this decision, but the differences between all three races are pretty small.


How Much Haste Should I Use? Is There a Haste Cap?

There are no goals for stats, no set amounts to aim for, no combinations of stat distributions that are good. It is a very common misconception to focus on stats, or aim for the "right" ones. They do not exist. The only stat that will always be correct to pick is Intellect.

Haste increases the healing of all your HoTs linearly, which means there are no, and can not be, any breakpoints.


Which Raid Frames Should I Use?

Grid2, VuhDo or ElvUI all provide strong, customisable raid frames options. Standard Blizzard frames, unfortunately, do not offer options to show the same amount information or ways to filter out useless information.


Can I Level to 60 as Restoration?

You can, but there are no good reasons to do it. Playstyle in any of the affinities is essentially the same as the specs they mimic, but with much lower damage. If you choose to still level as Restoration, make sure you drop any and all gear with Mastery on it and try to use any trinkets with damage procs or on-use effects.


Does Extra Healing from Autumn Leaves Work with Germination?

Trait will provide extra 1 second to both Rejuvenation and Germination at all times.


Two-Handed weapon or One-Handed plus Off-Hand?

Pick whichever option provides you the most Intellect. Seabreeze Icon Seabreeze provides slightly less Haste than an equal item level weapon would provide otherwise. The difference in stats means that Seabreeze is about 5 item levels worse than another weapon.



  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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