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Restoration Druid Healing Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 12, 2017 at 22:48 by Vlad 187 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Druid healing guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Restoration Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Torty, a theorycrafter in the Dreamgrove Discord server, author of this Restoration Druid spreadsheet, and currently raiding in Pure.

1. Class Overview

Restoration Druids specialise in maintaining a steady stream of healing on the raid, which they do primarily through their HoTs. Restoration Druids also do well when tank healing or when healing a small amount of targets for a prolonged period of time (such as players with strong debuffs).

Moreover, Restoration Druids offer a surprisingly high amount of sustained DPS, both against a single target as well as against multiple targets, when talented and geared accordingly (this is in fact the highest DPS output of all healing specialisations).

Outside of using Tranquility Icon Tranquility, Restoration Druids are limited in reacting to sudden bursts of damage, and they are also not very good at snipe-healing individual raid members. Moreover, 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.

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. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • The healing of abilities overall has been slightly reduced, and the healing of the Cultivation Icon Cultivation talent in particular has also been reduced.
  • The damage of many abilities has been increased slightly.
  • Two new legendary items, Soul of the Archdruid Icon Soul of the Archdruid and Chameleon Song Icon Chameleon Song, have been added.

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Slightly updated the initial artifact path and revamped the 7.2 artifact path. Also updated relic recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated the remaining duration with which Lifebloom should be refreshed.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated both stat priorities.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Changed the recommendations to Mastery (and the neck enchant to Mark of the Trained Soldier), as well as adding Potion of the Old War.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Made updates to tier 1, 2, and 3 talent sections (descriptions and discussions).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated this page to reflect the changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Revamped both raid and dungeon healing playstyles, and made various other tweaks and fixes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations and revamped the legendary recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 May 2017 (gear page): Added a clarification about choosing your Tier 19 Set Bonus pieces.
  • 22 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Clarified that Wild Charge when in Travel Form causes you to jump to the location of an ally, and not to fly to them.
  • 22 Apr. 2017 (addons page): Replaced a mention of Remove Corruption with Nature's Cure, since this Remove Corruption is no longer available to Restoration Druids.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Changed the 7.2 artifact path to move the Grace of the Cenarion Circle trait to the first position.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the artifact traits added in Patch 7.2 and made a slight change to the relic priority.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary recommendations and added a Tier 19 Set Bonus section.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Changed neck enchant to Mark of the Ancient Priestess (it was stealth-buffed in Patch 7.1.5).
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 18 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 18 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 28 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 5 talent section to reflect that Cultivation is now the best choice.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Living Seed description to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 updates
    • Updated Prosperity's description (now reduces Swiftmend's cooldown by 3 seconds, down from 5).
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
    • Updated Guardian Affinity's description (Thick Hide now passively reduces damage by 6%, down from 10).
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a typo.
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Changed the neck enchant to Mark of the Trained Soldier, since Mark of the Claw no longer procs from heals.
  • 31 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Removed a mention that you need to let Lifebloom expire in order to benefit from its large heal, and added that it can be refreshed with 5 seconds remaining or less.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention of how to use Cenarion Ward, if you have chosen this talent.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Made a small tweak to the stat priority (which did not affect the best secondary stat).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a mention of GridStatusHots, an addon that has since been discontinued.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated the trinket recommendation and removed some outdated mentions of Tier 17 gear.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Removed an outdated mention of Spirit on gear.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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