Restoration Druid Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 15, 2019 at 01:00 by Torty 47 comments

Welcome to our Restoration Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. 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.

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 8.1.5 Changes for Restoration Druids

3. January 29, 2019 Hotfixes for Restoration Druids

4. Patch 8.1 Changes for Restoration Druids

  • Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth healing increased by 10%.
  • Tranquility Icon Tranquility direct healing decreased by 10%. Tranquility heal over time decreased by 40%.
  • New Azerite Trait: Early Harvest Icon Early Harvest, replacing Fungal Essence. When Wild Growth expires it heals the target for a moderate amount if they’re injured or reduces the cooldown of Innervate Icon Innervate by 1 second if they’re full health.
  • New Azerite Trait: Switch Hitter Icon Switch Hitter, replacing Azerite Fortification. An ability from your chosen Affinity grants an additional bonus for 20 sec: Starsurge Icon Starsurge: 287 Leech; Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite: 287 Speed; Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration: 287 Avoidance.
  • Autumn Leaves Icon Autumn Leaves Azerite trait healing bonus reduced significantly. Now also increases the duration of Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation by 1 second.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit Azerite trait Intellect gain reduced. Now restores 0.5% Mana per spell cast.
  • Ephemeral Recovery Icon Ephemeral Recovery Azerite trait no longer provides a stackable Mana regeneration buff. Instead it restores small amount of Mana when you fall below 20% Mana. 3-minute cooldown.

5. Restoration Druid Strengths

  • A lot of high-impact cooldowns
  • Ability to sustain decent healing on the move
  • The best tank cooldown in the game
  • Very good survivability

6. Restoration Druid Weaknesses

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

7. Restoration Druid Viability

Restoration Druid's role in the raid edges slightly more towards healing big damage spikes. 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. Unfortunately, this playstyle leads to a significant loss in steady healing throughout a fight. However, being able to cover harder parts of the encounters has been historically a very strong niche to fill, assuming your throughput is competitive with other healers in the raid.

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

8. Changelog

  • 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 (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 (mythic+ page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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 (FAQ 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 (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 (stats 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 (this 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 (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 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (addons 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 (addons page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (DPS guide): Updated for 8.1.5 changes.
  • 14 Mar. 2019 (this page): Added Patch 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 (enchants page): Updated enchant and gem preferences.
  • 22 Feb. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings, added Gift of the Loa set.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added some clarification to all encounters.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page created.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (DPS guide): Updated for 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir 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 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Update 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 (mythic+ page): Changed talent recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (talents 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 (Uldir page): Updated recommendations for Fetid Devourer.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted Azerite trait rankings based on Uldir data.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Page created.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (DPS guide): Added DPS guide for Restoration Druid.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Feral and Balance affinity recommendations.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 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 (Uldir page): Updated talents.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Removed Doom's Hatred from the trinket list.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added detailed Azerite trait rankings.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added Dinobone Charm and Leyshock's Grand Compilation trinkets.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Tradewinds and Incite the Pack traits, adjusted rankings.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Weapon choice clarification.
  • 16 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added some questions.
  • 16 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants 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 (talents page): Updated talent selections for recent hotfixes.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Clarifications for some traits.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Engineering traits.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 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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