Restoration Druid Healing Mythic+ Tips — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Torty 54 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Restoration Druid in Mythic+

Restoration Druid is one of the better healing specialisations for Mythic+. It has enough throughput to get through almost any healing situation, good crowd control, and the best tank cooldown in the game. The weakness is a pretty low damage output during heavy healing portions of dungeons.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our dedicated Mythic+ page below.

1.1.

Restoration Druid Mythic+ Rotation

While there is no specific rotation you should follow in Mythic+ content, it is important to know which spells are most efficient to cast or do the most healing so that you can make better informed decisions.

  1. Keep Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence down. This is by far the best spell both in terms of Mana efficiency and healing output per global spent.
  2. Keep Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom on a tank by default. Swap it to yourself during group damage if you are playing Photosynthesis Icon Photosynthesis.
  3. Use Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward on cooldown, if you are using the talent. Use it on the tank since it is a poor method of catching up.
  4. Keep Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation on an active tank and any players with debuffs. Avoid casting too many unnecessary Rejuvenations. A lot of small damage can be healed passively by your AoE healing or even self-healed by players themselves.
  5. Use Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend to activate Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest. Most of the time you will be using this to buff Regrowth Icon Regrowth, but in any scenario where multiple people are taking damage you should use it on Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth.
  6. Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth as an emergency heal.

During downtime from healing you should be actively looking to deal as much damage as you can. The rotation might be complicated to master fully, but you should still learn which spells to prioritise to time more keys.

For more information about the Restoration Druid spell priority in Raids, refer back to the Rotation page.

1.2.

Restoration Druid Utility

Restoration Druid provides much more to the group than just healing. Due to the nature of dungeon content, you will be expected to do damage, crowd control, and heal all at the same time.

  • Typhoon Icon Typhoon knocks enemies in front of you away in the direction the cast was aimed. Use this to knock enemies away from the tank, yourself, or away from special mob-specific mechanics such as Sanguine Icon Sanguine pools. Keep in mind that you only have access to it through Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity.
  • Soothe Icon Soothe dispels all enrage effects from the target. It removes various strong buffs from enemies in dungeons, including Raging Icon Raging.
  • Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots can be used to root patrols. If you apply them to the leading mob in the group, the entire patrol will stop moving. It is useful in tight quarters or to skip certain packs altogether.
  • Hibernate Icon Hibernate puts enemy Beast or Dragonkin to sleep for up to 40 seconds. Any damage will awaken the target. Hibernate works in the same way as Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots for stopping patrolling packs in dungeons without pulling them. It can also be used to interrupt casts of NPCs without removing DoTs from the target.
  • Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex conjures a ground zone for 10 seconds that will slow all enemies affected by 50%. It will also pull them to the center after the first time they attempt to leave the circle. It is an extremely powerful tool for kiting, especially during Necrotic Icon Necrotic weeks. You can pair Ursol's Vortex with Typhoon Icon Typhoon to group packs on top of each other for better AoE.
  • Cyclone Icon Cyclone can be used to make certain enemies immune to everything for 6 seconds. You can avoid mobs getting Bolstering Icon Bolstering stacks, or delay them from dying and refreshing Bursting Icon Bursting. Make sure you use it with caution, because you will also make them immune to taking damage, which might slow your group down instead of helping.
2.

Mythic+ Talents for for Restoration Druids

Below are the suggested talents for Mythic+, these talents are recommended for all groups and keys at the current time.

Level Choices
15 Abundance Abundance Nourish Nourish Cenarion Ward Cenarion Ward
25 Tiger Dash Tiger Dash Renewal ? Renewal Wild Charge ? Wild Charge
30 Balance Affinity Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity Guardian Affinity
35 Mighty Bash Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Mass Entanglement Heart of the Wild Heart of the Wild
40 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Cultivation Cultivation Incarnation: Tree of Life Incarnation: Tree of Life
45 Inner Peace Inner Peace Spring Blossoms Spring Blossoms Overgrowth Overgrowth
50 Photosynthesis Photosynthesis Germination Germination Flourish Flourish

The default talents to play are Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward, Feral Affinity Icon Feral Affinity, Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest, Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms, and Flourish Icon Flourish.

Flourish Icon Flourish is the preferred choice over Photosynthesis Icon Photosynthesis since Decrypted Urh Cypher Icon Decrypted Urh Cypher from the Encrypted Icon Encrypted affix gives a lot of cooldown reduction that lets us cast significantly more Flourishes during the run.

Refer to the Talent page for descriptions of all talents, their strengths and weaknesses.

3.

Gear and Best in Slot for Restoration Druids for Dungeons

There is no obvious Best in Slot list possible due to the varying nature of damage intake in different dungeons, but you can get a general direction running mostly Haste and Mastery pieces in the slots with similar item level. Replace Mastery with Versatility and Crit as you feel necessary. Basically, run Mastery up until you do not need more of it to heal damage. Most Druids at higher levels aim to have as close to 0 Mastery from gear as possible.

Make sure you check the Gear page for trinket and significant item recommendations.

4.

Specific Affix Recommendations

While most affixes do not need any specific advice, there are some that can be abused by a Restoration Druid toolkit or pose a lot more threat than others. We will try to provide some examples and advice here.

4.1.

Encrypted

The Encrypted Icon Encrypted Affix will spawn three Relics on certain packs and on every boss in the dungeon. These Relics buff the pack they are in, and should usually be killed as the highest priority.

Depending on the Relic that you kill first, you will spawn an Elite, after killing which you will gain one of the following buffs:

  • Killing the Wo Relic first will grant you a 1-minute stealth outside of combat, movement speed boost, and damage reduction via Decrypted Wo Cypher Icon Decrypted Wo Cypher.
  • Killing the Vy Relic first will grant you a 15% Haste buff for 45 seconds and a chance to deal extra damage on your attacks via Decrypted Vy Cypher Icon Decrypted Vy Cypher.
  • Killing the Urh Relic first will grant you a 200% cooldown recovery rate and 10% Health and Mana recovery for 10 seconds via Decrypted Urh Cypher Icon Decrypted Urh Cypher.

The relics themselves are not dangerous since they die almost instantly. What you generally need to worry about are elites that spawn after all 3 relics die. Each buff is associated with its own unique elite NPC.

  • Urh Dismantler is a very generic tank-buster enemy. It follows normal aggro rules, occasionally applies a Physical damage taken increased by 25% debuff on the current tank, and casts a frontal AoE stun. Do not stand in front and make sure you are prepared to heal your tank a lot. Cooldown recovery rate can be abused to get more short cooldown spells off such as Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward or Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm.
  • Vy Interceptor has no aggro table. It will shoot at random group members and teleport around. It will occasionally cast a frontal beam that deals very heavy damage. On higher levels it will kill anyone who stands in it. This NPC deals the most group damage and can be sometimes dangerous to deal with if its beam is cast during certain boss mechanics.
  • Wo Drifter only has one 3-second interruptible cast that does AoE damage. Since Druids cannot interrupt it, the best we can do is make sure entire group is full Health.
4.2.

Legion Timewalking Affix: Infernal

During Legion Timewalking Events introduced in Patch 9.1.5, you are given the option to experience a number of Legion Mythic+ dungeons which also include the unique Infernal Icon Infernal affix. This affix adds three Legion Beacons placed near specific bosses of each dungeon that will spawn a commander along with waves of additional enemies from the Burning Legion when activated. Each commander brings with it a set of unique abilities and reinforcements to fight.

As playing around these seasonal affixes applies to more than just Restoration Druids, please feel free to consult our larger guides about Mythic+ affixes below.

4.3.

Bursting

This affix usually provides the most problems to all healers. Make sure you are keeping an eye on enemies dying and prepare accordingly with Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations on entire group. If you notice some mobs dying later, start dispelling Bursting Icon Bursting early to get another dispel later. Most often you should dispel the tank, since they have higher total Health and are going to require more healing. You can consider using Cyclone Icon Cyclone to make sure one enemy will not die, but keep in mind that it is a last resort option. The goal is to go through the dungeon as fast as possible, making enemies immune does not help with that.

4.4.

Spiteful

Skittish Icon Spiteful will spawn Spiteful Shades from dead enemies, which will fixate on players in your group. They have a decent amount of Health, but lose 8% of it every second. They also hit very hard, often nearly killing everyone they come in touch with. Make sure you use all forms of your crowd control on them. The best ability for that is Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex, since it does not interfere with anything else. If you are not already specced into Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity for a Spiteful week, it is probably a good idea to do that just to stay in range and safely use Typhoon Icon Typhoon on Spiteful Shades without hitting mobs positioned for melee players by the tank.

5.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 06 Mar. 2022: Updated with Encrypted affix recommendations and changed talent recommendations.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Aug. 2021: Changed Soggodon Anima Power recommendation.
  • 11 Jul. 2021: Updated with Anima Power and Tormented affix recommendations.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated talent advice.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
  • 22 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands patch 9.0.2.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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