Restoration Druid Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 31, 2022 at 00:00 by Torty 55 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Restoration Druid gear and best in slot.

1.

Best in Slot for Restoration Druids

We do not believe a strict Best in Slot list is possible to make due to way stat weights work for Restoration Druids. Secondary stat are extremely close to each other with Intellect increasing the most per each item level. The optimal gearing strategy in this case would be to just equip highest item level pieces whenever possible, excluding trinkets.

Your first priority should be equipping tier set items as both the Renewing Bloom Icon Restoration Druid 2-Piece bonus and Ephemeral Blossom Icon Restoration Druid 4-Piece bonus are incredibly strong in raids. For Mythic+ you can skip the 4-piece bonus, only using 2-piece and using normal gearing methods elsewhere.

1.1.

Raid BiS List

Having said all that, there will be a few situations where item level upgrades will not be actual upgrades. Sockets are usually worth a bit more than 10 item levels, Leech on the first 2-3 pieces is worth about 15 item levels, Avoidance is worth around 5. Due to Leech providing so much power, we will not be giving a definite BiS list for any slots unless the gains from effects on them are better than a random piece with Leech in that slot.

For now, the only slots for which we can provide definite Best in Slot recommendations are listed below. For the rest, you will have to use whichever items you have available with highest item level, Leech, and sockets.

Slot Item Source
1H Weapon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Rygelon
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Ring #2 Rebooting Bit Band Icon Rebooting Bit Band Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Trinket #1 Amalgam's Seventh Spine Icon Amalgam's Seventh Spine Blackrook Hold (Legion Timewalking)
Trinket #2 Shadowed Orb of Torment Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment Remnant of Ner'zhul (Sanctum of Domination)

Keep in mind that the Legion Timewalking event will only be available on the reset starting on 16th (NA) or 17th (EU) of August. Until then you will have to use other trinkets. Rankings of them are outlined below.

1.2.

Mythic+ BiS List

Slot Item Source
1H Weapon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Rygelon
Trinket #1 Resonant Reservoir Icon Resonant Reservoir Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle (Sepulcher of the First Ones)

Make sure to check our Stats and Enchants pages to check how to fill the rest of your slots and what consumables you need.

2.

Items to Upgrade With Puzzling Cartel Dinars

Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars, a new Season 4 currency, is a quest reward for killing a number of Fated Raids raid bosses. The first Dinar is acquired after 30 weekly unique boss kills on any difficulty, the second quest needs 20 more, and the final quest requires only 10 more boss kills. Killing Heroic and Mythic Fated bosses provides you another currency, Confounding Cypher. Combining 20 Heroic or Mythic Confounding Cyphers awards a Creation Impetus, which upgrades any Fated items to Heroic or Mythic quality.

Keep in mind, that you can only acquire a total of 3 Dinars on any character. You can never get more and you cannot get them back at any point.

Each Dinar allows you to purchase a raid weapon, off-hand, or trinket of your choice from vendors behind the Great Vault in Oribos. None of the Mythic+ are available.

Your priority should be the following:

  1. Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos.
  2. Shadowed Orb of Torment Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment (Raid) or Resonant Reservoir Icon Resonant Reservoir (Mythic+).

It is extremely important to buy Antumbra as soon as possible and use the first upgrade on it. This dagger is incredibly strong in raids and provides a moderate upgrade for Mythic+. Your second pick should be either one of the trinkets, depending on which content you focus more on. For the third item you can either pick the trinket you have not picked as your second choice or run Scars of Fraternal Strife Icon Scars of Fraternal Strife as a second trinket for Raiding.

3.

Weapons

Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos is by far your best weapon. In raids the strategy to play it involves stacking the buff to 19 by casting any damage spells. After that you should stop casting damage spells altogether. Neither Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits, nor healing spells will give a stack. Optionally you can choose to proc the 20 stack effect for your last ramp of the fight.

Until you get Antumbra, you should be picking whichever combination will give you the most Intellect. It does not matter whether you use a 1-Handed weapon with an Off-Hand or a 2-Handed weapon; only the total amount of stats matters.

Genesis Lathe Icon Genesis Lathe from Lihuvim, Principal Architect in Sepulcher of the First Ones raid is roughly equal to weapons of the same item level. The effect is not too strong, so you should probably prioritise different weapons to it.

4.

Trinkets

For direct trinket comparison, use QELive made by Voulk. We will list a few notable trinkets here with some comments on their power level.

4.1.

Raid trinket recommendations

  1. S-tierAmalgam's Seventh Spine Icon Amalgam's Seventh Spine and Shadowed Orb of Torment Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment are by far the best trinkets. Scars of Fraternal Strife Icon Scars of Fraternal Strife can be used instead of Amalgam's Seventh Spine if you did not manage to get it during Legion Timewalking.
  2. A-tierSo'leah's Secret Technique Icon So'leah's Secret Technique, Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals, Titanic Ocular Gland Icon Titanic Ocular Gland, Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal are weaker than the S-tier trinkets, but still provide solid throughput increase otherwise.
  3. B-tierFlask of the Solemn Night Icon Flask of the Solemn Night is a decent trinket, but falls behind A-tier trinkets. Cosmic Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Cosmic Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity is also not bad, but unfortunately is not available at Mythic raid item level and remains slightly behind others even at equal item levels.
  4. C-tierThe Lion's Roar Icon The Lion's Roar is another trinket that you do not want to use due to its mechanics and power level.
  5. D-tier — The other trinkets either have poor numbers, are hard to use, or both. Avoid using them unless they are significantly higher item level than anything you have. Considering you can spend Dinars only on weapons and trinkets, it should be not too hard to avoid using any of the worse trinkets.

When choosing trinkets for the raid, keep in mind that Amalgam's Seventh Spine Icon Amalgam's Seventh Spine is only good when you actually spend all your Mana. If you end the fight at 20.000 Mana, while the trinket gave you 25,000, then you effectively gained only 5,000, which makes the effect horrible. For encounters like these you should be using trinkets listed in the S- or A-tiers.

4.2.

Trinket Tier Rankings for Mythic+

Due to the nature of Mythic+ healing, players usually run at least one damage trinket and sometimes even two. If you run only one damage trinket or even zero, your other options are generally going to be stat trinkets.

  1. S-tierResonant Reservoir Icon Resonant Reservoir.
  2. A-tierInfinitely Divisible Ooze Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze, any of the passive stat trinkets listed in A-tier for raid BiS.
  3. B-tierSatchel of Misbegotten Minions Icon Satchel of Misbegotten Minions, Miniscule Mailemental in an Envelope Icon Miniscule Mailemental in an Envelope.
5.

Valor gear for Restoration Druids

Patch 9.0.5 introduced a new gearing system accessible via Valor. There are not any particularly strong items you would want to upgrade, but there are some you should prioritize over other.

  1. Weapon — If you have a weapon below the highest item level, you should get one, then upgrade it. It does not matter too much which you choose, but try to pick one with Haste.
  2. Trinkets — The only two trinkets you should ever upgrade are S- and A-tier ones.
  3. Any item that is far below Heroic raid item level — Prioritize slots with a higher budget if all other things are equal: any of the tier pieces, Mechagon rings, then other slots where you do not use a legendary.
6.

Restoration Druid Tier Set

In the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid, every specialization will be able to get a tier set with its own two- and four-piece bonuses. For Restoration Druid, these set bonuses are:

Both tier bonuses are extremely strong for raiding. The 4-piece bonus is not that good for dungeons, so you can safely skip grinding it if you are only doing Mythic+. The estimated power of 2-piece is around 7-10% more healing. 4-piece is harder to give an approximation of because so much of it depends on individual play, but it should provide at least 7% and as high as 10% additional healing.

Since tier has 5 possible slots, but you only need 4 to activate bonuses, you should plan on using those that have higher item level, do not interfere with your Legendaries, and possibly provide sockets or Leech. You can use the Creation Catalyst to make tier pieces out of non-tier items, retaining sockets and tertiaries. You can pick Great Vault items with Leech, save them, and transform them into tier pieces.

7.

Changelog

  • 31 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 23 Apr. 2022: Updated trinket recommendations for Mythic+.
  • 02 Mar. 2022: Updated for recent hotfixes and Sepulcher trinkets.
  • 18 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Aug. 2021: Changed Domination Shard recommendations.
  • 14 Jul. 2021: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 02 Mar. 2021: Added two PvP trinkets.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Added note about 2H vs 1H and OH.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Updated Unbound Changeling position.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated trinket recommendations for raiding.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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