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Restoration Druid Healing Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 29, 2018 at 16:45 by Vlad 215 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Druid healing guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 7.3 Changes for Restoration Druids

  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement was slightly changed to now root the target and any enemies within 15 yards immediately, instead of spreading.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Restoration Druids

  • 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.

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Restoration Druids

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 11 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 29 May 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Page added.
  • 23 Feb. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated relic and trait priorities.
  • 23 Feb. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated priorities again to fix an error in the earlier update.
  • 23 Feb. 2018 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 23 Feb. 2018 (artifact page): Updated priority again to fix an error in the earlier update.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (stats page): Updated the stat priorities.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Made a small tweak to the Set Bonus recommendation section.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for Mastery being the recommended stat.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (artifact page): Made a small update to the Essence of Nordrassil relic weight.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated the page to reflect stat priority changes.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Made a small update to the weights of Essence of Nordrassil, Refractive Shell, Infusion of Light, and Secure in the Light.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Added a mention that Typhoon does not trigger Sephuz's Secret.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for the secondary stat recommendation changes, and also added Potion of Prolonged Power as a suggestion.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (artifact page): Made a small change to the item level values of Persistence and Infusion of Nature.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priorities.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 21 Set Bonus recommendations and updated the legendary recommendations.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated page to reflect stat priority changes.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Made a small change to the item level values for Master of Shadows, Infusion of Light, and Secure in the Light.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Restoration Druid.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated Mass Entanglement's description.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 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 (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 (artifact page): Slightly updated the initial artifact path and revamped the 7.2 artifact path. Also updated relic recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Made updates to tier 1, 2, and 3 talent sections (descriptions and discussions).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated both stat priorities.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated this page to reflect the changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated the remaining duration with which Lifebloom should be refreshed.
  • 12 May 2017 (gear page): Added a clarification about choosing your Tier 19 Set Bonus pieces.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 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 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 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 (enchants page): Changed neck enchant to Mark of the Ancient Priestess (it was stealth-buffed in Patch 7.1.5).
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary recommendations and added a Tier 19 Set Bonus section.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for 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.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents 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 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats 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 (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.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a mention of GridStatusHots, an addon that has since been discontinued.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants 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 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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