Restoration Druid Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on May 06, 2019 at 05:00 by Torty 47 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.

1. Best in Slot for Restoration Druids

We do not believe Best in Slot list is possible to make due to way stat weights work for Restoration Druids. Each secondary stat is 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 trinket and Azerite armor pieces.

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 15-20 item levels, Avoidance is worth around 10-15.

Seal of the Zandalari Empire Icon Seal of the Zandalari Empire and Loa Exultant's Shroud Icon Loa Exultant's Shroud set bonus works on all Battle of Dazar'alor bosses, in Atal'Dazar, and King's Rest dungeons. 150 Intellect bonus is equal to roughly 3 sockets, making it extremely hard to replace these 2 pieces.

2. Weapons

You should be picking whichever combination will give you the most Intellect. You can pick a 5 item level lower weapon with Leech, but anything else will not be worth downgrading for.

Seabreeze Icon Seabreeze is a unique weapon that provides Haste on proc, although a slightly lower average than an equal item level weapon would. It also has a very low proc rate and a rather long buff duration, which makes it very random. You should generally avoid picking the same item level Seabreeze over any other weapon.

Pillar of the Drowned Cabal Icon Pillar of the Drowned Cabal is another unique weapon. It does not have any secondary stats, but has a powerful on-use effect. If you are able to utilise the healing from the proc, it can be worth 5-10 item levels, depending on how efficient you are with it.

3. Trinkets

We will list notable trinkets that you should aim to get.

3.1. Trinket Tier Rankings for Raiding

Rankings by tiers assume equal item levels. Any disparities in item levels, sockets and Leech on trinkets within one tier will make them better than others. With enough of an item level gap, trinkets from lower tiers can surpass those from higher ones.

  1. Tier S:Fangs of Intertwined Essence Icon Fangs of Intertwined Essence, Tidal Alchemist Stone Icon Tidal Alchemist Stone, Spirited Alchemist Stone Icon Spirited Alchemist Stone, Eternal Alchemist Stone Icon Eternal Alchemist Stone, Incandescent Sliver Icon Incandescent Sliver.
  2. Tier A: Crest of Pa'ku Icon Crest of Pa'ku, Conch of Dark Whispers Icon Conch of Dark Whispers, Dinobone Charm Icon Dinobone Charm, Sea Giant's Tidestone Icon Sea Giant's Tidestone, Sinister Gladiator's Medallion Icon Sinister Gladiator's Medallion, Sinister Gladiator's Insignia Icon Sinister Gladiator's Insignia.
  3. Tier B: Lady Waycrest's Music Box Icon Lady Waycrest's Music Box, Ignition Mage's Fuse Icon Ignition Mage's Fuse, Moonstone of Zin-Azshari Icon Moonstone of Zin-Azshari, Void Stone Icon Void Stone.
  4. Tier C: Mirror of Entwined Fate Icon Mirror of Entwined Fate, Ward of Envelopment Icon Ward of Envelopment.
  5. Tier D: Balefire Branch Icon Balefire Branch.

3.2. Trinket Tier Rankings for Mythic+

  1. Tier A: Ignition Mage's Fuse Icon Ignition Mage's Fuse, Dinobone Charm Icon Dinobone Charm.
  2. Tier B: Sea Giant's Tidestone Icon Sea Giant's Tidestone, Crest of Pa'ku Icon Crest of Pa'ku, Conch of Dark Whispers Icon Conch of Dark Whispers, Eternal Alchemist Stone Icon Eternal Alchemist Stone, Spirited Alchemist Stone Icon Spirited Alchemist Stone, Lady Waycrest's Music Box Icon Lady Waycrest's Music Box, Tidal Alchemist Stone Icon Tidal Alchemist Stone.
  3. Tier C: Incandescent Sliver Icon Incandescent Sliver, Mirror of Entwined Fate Icon Mirror of Entwined Fate, Balefire Branch Icon Balefire Branch, Sinister Gladiator's Medallion Icon Sinister Gladiator's Medallion, Moonstone of Zin-Azshari Icon Moonstone of Zin-Azshari.
  4. Tier D: Ward of Envelopment Icon Ward of Envelopment, Fangs of Intertwined Essence Icon Fangs of Intertwined Essence.

4. Azerite Gear for Restoration Druids

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.

5. Changelog

  • 06 May 2019: Added weapon section.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 20 Mar. 2019: Added Tortollan Seekers world quest trinkets.
  • 22 Feb. 2019: Updated trinket rankings, added Gift of the Loa set.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for Battle for Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Update for Patch 8.1.
  • 01 Oct. 2018: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 09 Sep. 2018: Updated trinket rankings for latest hotfixes.
  • 01 Sep. 2018: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 23 Aug. 2018: Removed Doom's Hatred from the trinket list.
  • 18 Aug. 2018: Added Dinobone Charm and Leyshock's Grand Compilation trinkets.
  • 16 Aug. 2018: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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