Restoration Druid Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 14, 2021 at 18:41 by Torty 50 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. Here, you will learn how to heal as a Restoration Druid in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your output.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Restoration Druid guide.

1.

Restoration Druid Overview

Restoration Druids specialise in maintaining a steady stream of healing on a few targets in the raid and offer strong bursts of healing after using cooldowns. Restoration Druids also do well when healing a small amount of targets for a prolonged period of time(such as players with debuffs).

Restoration Druids suffer in general when they have to react to damage for which they were not prepared and when they did not have the time to set up their HoTs ahead of time. Tranquility Icon Tranquility and Flourish Icon Flourish offer strong burst healing when needed.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +A lot of high-impact cooldowns, such as Tranquility Icon Tranquility, Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life, and Flourish Icon Flourish.
  • +Ability to sustain good healing on the move.
  • +Retains strong healing even in situations of heavy spread.
  • +Great tank healing.
  • +Very good survivability.
  • +Good debuff and spot healing.
X Weaknesses
  • -Lack of a raid-wide damage reduction cooldown.
  • -Very punishing in the case of mistimed cooldowns.
  • -Mediocre damage output in raids and dungeons.
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Druids

We are maintaining a list of changes for Druids, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Restoration's specific changes this patch.

4.

Leveling and Getting Started as a Restoration Druid

Before you start leveling your Druid, we suggest you to take a look at our Addons page, as setting up your UI before you begin will allow you to get more comfortable with playing your character on max level.

Unfortunately, leveling as a Restoration Druid is not very optimal, unless you have a group and plan on doing it in dungeons. But if you decide to do it anyway, refer to our leveling guide:

Restoration Druid is all about using your abilities strategically. Rather than a fixed rotation, you will be using your flexible spell kit to adapt and overcome whatever the game throws at you.

There are two abilities that require constant maintenance throughout the combat: Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence and Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom. Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth has relatively low cooldown, high Mana efficiency, and high group wide healing. Using these 3 spells often is one of the basic things to learn as a Restoration Druid. Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation will be used as a filler spell for as much as your Mana will allow, but preferably concentrated around heavy group damage and coupled with your cooldowns such as Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life, Innervate Icon Innervate, Flourish Icon Flourish.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Restoration Druid, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages for more detailed information.

5.

How to Gear Up a Restoration Druid

Gearing can get quite complicated as a healer due to many variables and multiple group sizes available. You can find information on how best to gear a Restoration Druid on the gearing page linked below, which includes Best in Slot recommendations from this tier.

After acquiring gear, you will want to make sure that you have the best consumables, gems, and enchants. You can also find more information about the role of each stat for a Restoration Druid, which one you should be stacking and why.

6.

Restoration Druid End-Game

End-game content can be very daunting right after leveling. Our Mythic+ Dungeon, Torghast, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your content preference.

Another important aspect of end game as a Restoration Druid is dealing damage. You can check in-depth guide here.

7.

Improving as a Restoration Druid

If you are finding your performance lacking and you are not sure what you are doing wrong, you can check out the pages below that will help you improve.

8.

Changelog

  • 14 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 14 Jul. 2021 (talents page): Adjusted Affinity talent recommendation for Mythic+.
  • 14 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary recommendations for Mythic+ and raiding based on recent hotfixes.
  • 11 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated with Anima Power and Tormented affix recommendations.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Guide added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 21 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated some information after recent PTR patch.
  • 21 May 2021 (Legendaries): Fixed Circle of Life and Death possible crafting slot.
  • 19 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 01 May 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind recommendations.
  • 01 May 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Sun King's Salvation recommendations; changed talent and Legendary recommendations for Stone Legion Generals.
  • 01 May 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary recommendations for raiding.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated talent advice.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated recommendations regarding Verdant Infusion, Circle of Life and Death, Memory of the Mother Tree, and The Dark Titan's Lesson.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (FAQ page): Added clarification on Haste diminishing returns.
  • 02 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added two PvP trinkets.
  • 02 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Mythic Denathrius Tips.
  • 02 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind recommendations for Night Fae.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (simulations page): Added explanation about Restoration Druid simulations.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated multiple boss recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Added some clarifications and edited rankings of certain powers.
  • 17 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Adjusted intermission Tips on Sire Denathrius.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated with Heroic raid recommendations for all encounters.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Adjusted advice on raid and Mythic+ Legendaries.
  • 09 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated with encounter recommendations.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated weapon recommendations.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added note about 2H vs 1H and OH.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Added clarifications on Unending Growth and Mother Tree interactions with Soul of the Forest and Nature's Swiftness.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated Unbound Changeling position.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations for raiding.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Fixed enchant recommendations, added cloak enchant recommendation.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Update Nature's Swiftness and Innervate usage recommendations.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (spells page): Added clarification on Nature's Swiftness usage.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands release with Covenant and Legendary recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (DPS guide): Updated with Balance affinity rotations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated spells that receive leveling perks.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands patch 9.0.2.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands consumables.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands patch 9.0.2.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands patch 9.0.2.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands patch 9.0.2.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Clarification on Haste breakpoints for Vision of Unending Growth.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page created.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 06 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated talent recommendation.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (DPS guide): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 17 Sep. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated recommendations.
  • 09 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated recommendations.
  • 25 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated recommendations for the first 3 bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 18 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated tips for both bosses.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Mythic Jaina advice, clarified Stormwall Blockade Phase 2.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added some clarification to all encounters.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page created.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added some suggestions for Mythic versions of the bosses.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated recommendations for Fetid Devourer.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated talents.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
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