Restoration Druid Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 23, 2020 at 08:00 by Torty 52 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Restoration Druid Healer 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, Corruption 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.

There is no recommended cloak for this raid, as players will have access to the Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve. The gear below shows only the slots you can get definite Best in Slot pieces for. For the rest, you will have to use whichever items you have available with highest item level, Leech, and sockets.

Slot Item Source
Helm Stygian Guise Icon Stygian Guise Maut in Ny'alotha
Shoulders Tentacle-Laced Spaulders Icon Tentacle-Laced Spaulders Residuum
Chest Darkheart Robe Icon Darkheart Robe Vexiona in Ny'alotha
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon
Ring #2 Rebooting Bit Band Icon Rebooting Bit Band Operation: Mechagon
Trinket #1 Forbidden Obsidian Claw Icon Forbidden Obsidian Claw Maut in Ny'alotha
Trinket #2 Manifesto of Madness Icon Manifesto of Madness N'Zoth the Corruptor in Ny'alotha
2.

Corruptions and Corrupted Items

For more information about the best Corruptions and corrupted items you can get, please refer to our dedicated page.

3.

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. There are a few exceptions listed below:

  • 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.
  • Neural Synapse Enhancer Icon Neural Synapse Enhancer is a terrible weapon that you should avoid using. Self damage and below average amount of Intellect, even with optimal usage, make it worse than weapons even 10 item levels below it.
  • Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Icon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal drops from Queen Azshara herself. It has slightly more secondary stats than an equal item level weapon and the proc itself is really strong. In a typical raid fight you can expect it to be worth 15-20 item levels. If you have a Mythic version, it will outpace even Heroic level Ny'alotha weapons.
4.

Trinkets

We will list notable trinkets that you should aim to get. For direct trinket comparison, use QELive made by Voulk.

4.1.

Trinket Tier Rankings for Raiding

Three of the best trinkets you should aim to get: Peerless Alchemist Stone Icon Peerless Alchemist Stone, Forbidden Obsidian Claw Icon Forbidden Obsidian Claw, Humming Black Dragonscale Icon Humming Black Dragonscale.

4.2.

Trinket Tier Rankings for Mythic+

Due to the nature of Mythic+ healing, players usually run at least one damage trinket. One of the best trinkets is Aquipotent Nautilus Icon Aquipotent Nautilus from Ashvane. If you manage to get Mythic version, it will most likely be used until the end of the expansion. Other than that, you can use either one of the raid trinkets listed above.

5.

Azerite Gear for Restoration Druids

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

6.

Changelog

  • 23 Apr. 2020: Updated gear recommendations.
  • 13 Feb. 2020: Updated corruption recommendations based on recent hotfixes.
  • 06 Feb. 2020: Updated with damage corruption recommendations.
  • 15 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019: Updated with The Eternal Palace trinket rankings and Azshara staff.
  • 09 Jul. 2019: Added Benthic gear section.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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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