Restoration Druid Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 22:02 by Torty 13 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Restoration Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Restoration Druid Healer talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Restoration Druid

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

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheets for Restoration Druid

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

There are multiple talents that require a change to your rotation in order to use them optimally. You can find more information on how your rotation will look after selecting your talents on our rotation page below.

2.1.

Raid Healing

This is the best generic raid healing build for Shadowlands.

The build suggested above does not account for specific fights in the current raid tier. If you wish to have a boss-by-boss breakdown of talent choices, you should check out our dedicated page below.

2.2.

Dungeon Healing

This is our recommended build for dungeons.

If you want more detailed advice specific to Mythic+, check out our page below.

3.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Restoration Druids

Abundance Abundance Nourish Nourish Cenarion Ward Cenarion Ward
  • Nourish Icon Nourish is an active ability that heals your target for a moderate amount. Receives triple bonus from Mastery: Harmony Icon Mastery: Harmony.
  • Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It places a buff on an ally, lasting up to 30 seconds. When the player takes damage, Cenarion Ward activates a 8-second HoT on them, consuming Cenarion Ward in the process.
  • Abundance Icon Abundance causes each instance of Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation that you have active to reduce the Mana cost of Regrowth Icon Regrowth by 6% and increase its critical effect chance by 6%.

Nourish Icon Nourish is generally a terrible choice. The healing is not much better than Regrowth Icon Regrowth to make it a viable choice over other talents that provide direct healing benefit.

Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward is a good talent in almost all situations. It is a strong, efficient heal that synergises with your Mastery: Harmony Icon Mastery: Harmony and Flourish Icon Flourish.

Abundance Icon Abundance can be a strong talent both in dungeons and in raids. It provides stronger spot healing for dungeon healing and an efficient filler for raid healing. You should only be using this talent on fights or in dungeons where you use Regrowth Icon Regrowth a lot. Usually, this is the case for weeks with Grievous Icon Grievous or Bursting Icon Bursting, or on fights with heavy hitting debuffs.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Restoration Druids

Tiger Dash Tiger Dash Renewal ? Renewal Wild Charge Wild Charge
  • Renewal Icon Renewal is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown. It heals you for 30% of your maximum health, it is usable in all shapeshift forms, and it is off the global cooldown.
  • Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash replaces Dash Icon Dash with a 45-second cooldown, 200% movement speed sprint that decays over 5 seconds when activated.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is an active ability that is off the global cooldown and which differs based on the shapeshift form you are in, as follows:
    • No shapeshift form: you fly to an ally's location.
    • Travel Form Icon Travel Form: you leap forward.
    • Moonkin Form Icon Moonkin Form: you leap backwards.
    • Bear Form Icon Bear Form: you charge an enemy, immobilising them for 4 seconds.
    • Cat Form Icon Cat Form: you leap behind an enemy, dazing them for 3 seconds.
    • Aquatic Form Icon Aquatic Form: your swim speed is increased by 150% for 5 seconds.

In this tier, you will have to choose between two movement talents. Taking Renewal Icon Renewal for survivability is generally unnecessary until you reach higher Mythic+ levels or for raid encounters with nearly no movement.

Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge has a much shorter cooldown and travels the distance required a bit faster than Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash. The downsides are: a requirement to have a friendly person in range and a need to use a macro.

Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash's biggest downside is the fact that it replaces Dash Icon Dash. The movement speed increase is very strong, it is very easy to use. Although cooldown is a bit too long, Tiger Dash should be a fine choice, especially for dungeons and solo content.

5.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Restoration Druids

Balance Affinity Balance Affinity Feral Affinity ? Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity ? Guardian Affinity

The passive damage reduction you gain from Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity is extremely valuable during progression content, and even the active abilities can be very beneficial. Notably, Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration can be used after taking heavy damage in order to heal yourself for free. The HoT from Frenzied Regeneration scales with Mastery and contributes to it. In cases where you expect to take a heavy hit, you should put Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation on yourself beforehand to make Frenzied Regeneration even stronger.

Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity could be used for fights where the raid is spread out, due to the passive increase in the range of your abilities. A 5-yard increase is not much and will only see niche use on fights where both your survivability is not important and players are spread far enough for 5 yards to make a difference. Furthermore, Typhoon Icon Typhoon can be a very potent tool in dungeons. If you have joined Night Fae covenant, this affinity is also the default damage choice.

Feral Affinity Icon Feral Affinity offers the ability to deal substantial damage without Mana cost. This can be useful on progression content, to help your raid beat enrage timers, while leaving you with healthy amount of Mana for healing phases. For a few encounters, a passive movement speed increase can be considered as the sole reason to pick this talent. Although it is a bit worse than Balance Affinity, it can still find its place in Torghast or in PvP.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Restoration Druids

Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Heart of the Wild Heart of the Wild
  • Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is an active ability with a 60-second cooldown, which stuns the target for 4 seconds. It is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which roots the target and all enemies within 15 yards of them in place for 30 seconds. Damage done to rooted targets may break the effect. Mass Entanglement is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild is an active ability with a 5-minute cooldown. It substantially increases your chosen Affinity's abilities.

It is generally obvious which talent you should be picking on this tier, since they have different purposes entirely. If you specifically need one of the Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash or Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement, then you pick them. In all other cases you should default to Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild, because free damage increase is strong in all types of content.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Restoration Druids

Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Cultivation Cultivation Incarnation: Tree of Life Incarnation: Tree of Life

Cultivation Icon Cultivation essentially offers a passive increase to your Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation healing, increasing your Mastery synergies. Unfortunately, this talent is significantly weaker than either of the other options.

Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life is a very strong cooldown. Both the flat healing increase and the buff to Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation apply to spells you cast before activating Tree of Life and last through entire duration of the Tree. Tree of Life has a very good synergy with Flourish Icon Flourish since it lines up with every second one.

Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest is a potent option for both raids and dungeons. The buff is best used on either Regrowth Icon Regrowth or Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth, depending on which type of healing you need. For maximum throughput it is advised to use it strictly with Wild Growth.

Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life is a default option for raid content, while Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest is a default option for dungeon content. Cultivation Icon Cultivation does not provide enough throughput the other two options give you.

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Restoration Druids

Inner Peace ? Inner Peace Spring Blossoms Spring Blossoms Overgrowth Overgrowth

Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace is a very strong talent for raids. The power comes from fitting extra casts of Tranquility Icon Tranquility into a fight. In cases where it is impossible to do so due to either awkward timings, movement, or your raid cooldown assignments, it is advised to take Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms instead.

Overgrowth Icon Overgrowth unfortunately costs too much Mana for the healing it provides and has too long of a cooldown. You will find better results from Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms even in dungeons. It is unlikely to find use in any dungeons and raids.

Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms requires a few players in the group to be stacked, because it makes your Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence prioritise targets that do not have Spring Blossoms HoT on them and ignore the injured player rule. It is the most optimal if you can keep Efflorescence under 9 people or more consistently throughout the fight, although it is still strong if there are only 5-6 players standing in Efflorescence. The HoT effect is extended by Flourish Icon Flourish, but does not speed up or scale with Haste, with the exception of Photosynthesis Icon Photosynthesis. You should pick this talent on any fight you cannot utilise 2-minute cooldown Tranquility Icon Tranquility effectively. Otherwise, Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace would be the preferred choice.

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Restoration Druids

Photosynthesis Photosynthesis Germination Germination Flourish Flourish
  • Photosynthesis Icon Photosynthesis makes all your HoTs heal 20% more — by giving them 20% Haste — while Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom is on yourself. Alternatively, while Lifebloom is on another ally, each of your periodic heals on them has a 4% chance to cause a final bloom.
  • Germination Icon Germination allows you to apply two Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations to the same target. When Rejuvenation is already applied on a target, a second cast of Rejuvenation applies a second version of the HoT. From this point on, as long as both HoTs are active on the target, Rejuvenation will always refresh the HoT with the shortest remaining duration.
  • Flourish Icon Flourish is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown. It extends the duration of all your HoTs within 60 yards by 8 seconds and speeds up their tick rate by 100%.

For raiding, the best talent in this tier is Flourish Icon Flourish. The power of this cooldown is too strong to pass up on. Furthermore, it has good synergy with every single covenant ability.

Photosynthesis Icon Photosynthesis is, unfortunately, too weak for AoE healing in raids. While it provides a steady healing increase, it does so by removing Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom as a source of tank healing. Lifebloom will mostly overheal while being on yourself, thus reducing the added throughput substantially. Photosynthesis is, however, the best Mythic+ option.

Germination Icon Germination is unfortunately a very lackluster pick in both dungeons and raids.

Photosynthesis Icon Photosynthesis can find niche use in raid content. Most of the time you will want to pick it for tank healing, sacrificing significant a portion of your raid healing in return. Do not make the decision to pick it lightly, your role needs to be clearly defined for Photosynthesis to be worth it over Flourish Icon Flourish.

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

In Shadowlands, you have the option to go into "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • 10-30% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level.
  • 10-30% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be killed while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

10.1.

Restoration Druid War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Restoration Druid-specific PvE talents.

10.1.1.

Restoration Druid PvP Talents

  1. Thorns Icon Thorns is a good choice, that offers a direct damage increase. It is usable in any form and can provide significant damage on big pulls.
  2. Master Shapeshifter Icon Master Shapeshifter offers a very strong damage increase in Cat Form Icon Cat Form and Moonkin Form Icon Moonkin Form.

Disentanglement Icon Disentanglement, Entangling Bark Icon Entangling Bark, Deep Roots Icon Deep Roots, Focused Growth Icon Focused Growth, Early Spring Icon Early Spring have limited effect on PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world, or healing in a small group setting.

11.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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