Restoration Druid Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 18:41 by Torty 49 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands 9.1. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.

1.

Are Restoration Druids Good in Shadowlands (Patch 9.1)?

Restoration Druids continue to do one of the highest HPS in game in all forms of PvE content. We can do the most single-target healing in Mythic+ and deliver large bursts in raids through our multiple cooldowns. The downsides remain being a lack of a group-wide damage reduction cooldown and mediocre DPS output compared to Holy Paladins. If you are looking strictly to outheal incoming damage in Mythic+ or in Raids, then Restoration Druid is one of the better specs to do it on.

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

2.

Are Restoration Druids Good in Raids?

Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits is essentially another mini-cooldown. You can pair it really well with both Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life and with Flourish Icon Flourish or even use it as a standalone CD. Overall, our strengths are amplified, but the weaknesses still remain: a lack of damage reduction cooldown and low overall damage output put us a couple positions down. You can overcome some damage issues with aggressively using Convoke for DPS with Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild, but not all. The main role of a Restoration Druid in raids remains as a strong cooldown-oriented throughput healer with good survivability and tank healing.

3.

Are Restoration Druids Good in Mythic+?

Access to Druid Verdant Infusion Icon Verdant Infusion offers an unrivaled amount of tank healing. Having this Legendary allows Restoration Druids to spend more global cooldowns on either healing the rest of the group or dealing damage. You will not see the same damage from your character as you would from a Paladin, but it can still be decently strong depending on the amount of time you commit to it.

4.

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. Finally, Zandalari Trolls offer nothing exceptional, but they are not too far behind that it would realistically make a difference in any content, even cutting edge.

5.

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 cannot be, any breakpoints. Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth looks like it may have a breakpoint, but the proc chance is proportional to the power of the partial tick in the end, making it also scale linearly with Haste, just like everything else. You will have a 10% reduction of Haste rating effectiveness starting at 30% Haste, which will make it slightly weaker overall. At your discretion, you can start gearing for other stats at that point.

6.

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.

7.

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.

8.

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

Right now you should just pick a higher item level of the two. Both combos will provide the same amount of stats with very minor differences in roughly 1-2 secondary stats.

9.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 06 Mar. 2021: Added clarification on Haste diminishing returns.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated weapon recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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