Restoration Druid PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)
Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.
This page is part of our Restoration Druid PvP Guide.
Azerite Essences for Restoration Druids
Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Restoration Druids in PvP.
For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.
Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Mistweaver Monk. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.
Conflict and Strife gives you the spell Overgrowth as a baseline ability. The minor also gives you Strife. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.
Memory of Lucid Dreams increases your Mana generation by 100% for 12 seconds. This is a powerful trait versus teams that do well in high-dampening. Restoration Druids' weakness is that they can run out of Mana quickly versus teams with strong, consistent damage.
In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.
Seed of Eonar will put a HoT on one of your teammates that takes damage. It will heal when they take damage again. This is a great passive heal to increase your overall output.
Strife, from Conflict and Strife, grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.
Memory of Lucid Dreams gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund 50% of the Mana spent on them and heal you. This is great for staying at a healthy Mana level throughout a long match.
The Crucible of Flame gives the minor ability Ancient Flame. This gives your spells and abilities a chance to put a dot on an enemy that took damage. This will be an overall increase to your sustained damage.
Azerite Traits for Restoration Druids
Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage or healing of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.
For more information about Azerite traits and your Heart of Azeroth, please refer to our dedicated guide.
Below are the best Outer Ring traits.
The most important trait you are going to want to get in all pieces of your gear is Grove Tending. This increases your on demand burst healing. It also helps you save Mana because you will have to use less spells to keep your teammate alive. You also have the option of getting 2 Grove Tending traits and one Waking Dream. With this trait, you will be passively healing your team.
Below are the best Middle Ring traits.
The Middle and Inner rings are important for additional defensives. However, because you already have multiple defensive spells in the form of Bear Form and Barkskin, you want to get traits that will boost your overall healing output. Blessed Portents, Earthlink, and Concentrated Mending all help do this. Azerite Veins is a defensive trait and works great versus teams that might swap to you.
Below are the best Inner Ring traits.
All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.
- 17 Feb. 2020: Updated Major and Minor essences.
- Updated Azerite Traits.
- 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 11 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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