Restoration Druid Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1
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.
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 reigning supreme. 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.
We will list notable trinkets that you should aim to get. Most of the World Quest trinkets offer similar power to each other and to Conch of Dark Whispers with the exception of Dinobone Charm, which is listed on this page separately.
- Inoculating Extract (Vectis, Uldir).
- Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix (Mythrax, Uldir).
- Fangs of Intertwined Essence (Avatar of Sethraliss, Temple of Sethraliss).
- Conch of Dark Whispers (Vol'zith the Whisperer, Shrine of the Storm).
- Ignition Mage's Fuse (Knight Captain Valyri, Tol Dagor).
- Revitalizing Voodoo Totem (Vol'kaal, Atal'Dazar).
- Balefire Branch (Soulbound Goliath, Waycrest Manor).
- Lady Waycrest's Music Box (Lord and Lady Waycrest, Waycrest Manor).
- Azurethos' Singed Plumage (Azurethos, The Winged Typhoon).
- T'zane's Barkspines (T'zane).
- Drust-Runed Icicle (Hailstone Construct, World Boss).
- Lion's Grace / Doom's Hatred.
- Darkmoon Deck: Tides (Inscription, crafted).
- Dread Gladiator's Medallion (PvP).
- Leyshock's Grand Compilation (World drop).
- Dinobone Charm (World Quest).
- Tidal Alchemist Stone (Alchemy, crafted).
2.1. 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.
- Tier A: Lion's Grace / Doom's Hatred, Conch of Dark Whispers, Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix, Dinobone Charm, Leyshock's Grand Compilation, Fangs of Intertwined Essence, Tidal Alchemist Stone.
- Tier B: Drust-Runed Icicle, Darkmoon Deck: Tides, Lady Waycrest's Music Box, T'zane's Barkspines, Ignition Mage's Fuse.
- Tier C: Azurethos' Singed Plumage, Inoculating Extract, Revitalizing Voodoo Totem, Dread Gladiator's Medallion.
- Tier D: Balefire Branch.
2.2. Trinket Tier Rankings for Mythic+
- Tier A: Drust-Runed Icicle, Leyshock's Grand Compilation, Ignition Mage's Fuse, Azurethos' Singed Plumage, Dinobone Charm.
- Tier B: T'zane's Barkspines, Conch of Dark Whispers, Lady Waycrest's Music Box, Balefire Branch, Tidal Alchemist Stone, Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix, Lion's Grace / Doom's Hatred.
- Tier C: Dread Gladiator's Medallion, Inoculating Extract, Revitalizing Voodoo Totem.
- Tier D: Darkmoon Deck: Tides, Fangs of Intertwined Essence.
3. Azerite Gear for Restoration Druid
For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.
- 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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