Restoration Druid Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Sep 17, 2019 at 19:00 by Torty 50 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Restoration Druid Healer 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.

Patch 8.2 Changes for Restoration Druids

3.

Restoration Druid 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
  • The best tank cooldown in the game
  • Great tank healing
  • Very good survivability
4.

Restoration Druid Weaknesses

  • Below average throughput without cooldowns
  • Very punishing in case of mistimed cooldowns
  • Bad spot healing
5.

Restoration Druid Viability

Restoration Druid's role in the raid edges slightly more towards healing big damage spikes while keeping HoTs on the tanks. We retain all the powerful options we had before to do so: Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life, Flourish Icon Flourish, and Tranquility Icon Tranquility. You can add even more burst healing with Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit Azerite trait and The Ever-Rising Tide Major Essence (Overcharge Mana Icon Overcharge Mana). Unfortunately, this playstyle leads to a significant loss in steady healing throughout a fight. Due to the nature of all Druid cooldowns, we excel in prolonged heavy damage situations and dealing with abilities that hit the raid multiple times in a row.

In The Eternal Palace raid released in Patch 8.2 Restoration Druids perform the same role they have done in Battle of Dazar'alor. Heavy cooldown playstyle, high survivability, and mobility work well with pretty much every hard boss. The biggest downside of not having a raid-wide damage reduction cooldown might not make Druids the first choice, but put them as a solid second or third option for any encounter.

For dungeon content Restoration Druids remain one of the higher DPS healers while providing highest healing throughput, and having an access to a wide variety of utility spells for almost any situation. All of this makes Druids the best healer both for lower level Mythic+ farming and high level Mythic+ key pushing.

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Changelog

  • 17 Sep. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated recommendations.
  • 17 Sep. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Conflict and Strife recommendation.
  • 09 Aug. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated trait recommendations due to Ever-Rising Tide bug fix.
  • 09 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated recommendations.
  • 25 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated recommendations for the first 3 bosses.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated with The Eternal Palace trinket rankings and Azshara staff.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (addons page): Added universal Major Essence activation macro.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Edited stat weight analysis tool recommendations.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic gear section.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated information.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (DPS guide): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear 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 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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.
  • 06 May 2019 (FAQ page): Removed Darkmoon Deck information.
  • 06 May 2019 (gear page): Added weapon section.
  • 06 May 2019 (simulations page): Added Dungeon Slice simulations instead of multi-target simulations.
  • 06 May 2019 (talents page): Added generic talent recommendations for raids and dungeons.
  • 18 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated tips for both bosses.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (DPS guide): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 07 Apr. 2019 (addons page): Added Healer Stat Weights addon after the update.
  • 20 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Added Tortollan Seekers world quest trinkets.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (this page): Added Patch 8.1.5 changes.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (addons page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (DPS guide): Updated for 8.1.5 changes.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Mythic Jaina advice, clarified Stormwall Blockade Phase 2.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (stats page): Adjusted stat recommendations based on Battle of Dazar'alor data.
  • 22 Feb. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings, added Gift of the Loa set.
  • 22 Feb. 2019 (enchants page): Updated enchant and gem preferences.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added some clarification to all encounters.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page created.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Dazar'alor.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait rankings.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Race advice and clarification for Haste caps.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Update for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (DPS guide): Updated for 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (simulations page): Updated simulations for 370 item level.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Changed talent recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Changed talent recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (this page): Updated strengths and weaknesses.
  • 01 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Changed trait recommendations based on Uldir data.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added some suggestions for Mythic versions of the bosses.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite trait rankings and talent suggestions.
  • 18 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted trait rankings based on Archive of the Titans hotfix. Added PvP traits.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings for latest hotfixes.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted Azerite trait rankings based on Uldir data.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated recommendations for Fetid Devourer.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Feral and Balance affinity recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Page created.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (DPS guide): Added DPS guide for Restoration Druid.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated talents.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite trait rankings, added optimal dungeon Azerite pieces.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted Azerite trait rankings, changed recommended Azerite pieces.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Removed Doom's Hatred from the trinket list.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added Dinobone Charm and Leyshock's Grand Compilation trinkets.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added detailed Azerite trait rankings.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Weapon choice clarification.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Tradewinds and Incite the Pack traits, adjusted rankings.
  • 16 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 16 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added some questions.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted for Beta hotfixes, added tiered rankings.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent selections for recent hotfixes.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Clarifications for some traits.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Engineering traits.
  • 05 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted data for Beta build hotfixes.
  • 03 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Fixed a couple of typos.
  • 03 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Healer Stat Weights addon.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Added Healer Stat Weights addon instead of RDSW2 WeakAura.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated description of Spring Blossoms talent.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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