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Restoration Druid PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 16, 2020 at 18:53 by Mysticall 1 comment
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Druid PvP guide.


Restoration Druids in the Current Meta

Restoration Druids are the jack-of-all-trade healers. They are the best healer to date and continue to dominate other healers in the Arena. With high amounts of mobility, strong single target and spread healing and powerful defensives, they are unmatched. With all of these tools, they are also the hardest healer to master. It is not a healing spec that can be learned in a day.


Strengths of Restoration Druids

  • Great control
  • Decent mobility
  • Very hard to kill

Weaknesses of Restoration Druids

  • Hard to play for newer players
  • Hard to heal against teams with strong spread damage
  • Struggle against teams with a Purge Icon Purge ability

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 16 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for patch 8.3 and no updates were necessary.
  • 11 Dec. 2019: Reorganized the guide in 7 different pages.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Updated Horde races.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Updated Alliance races.
  • 28 Jun. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.2.
    • Updated Stat Priority.
    • Added Azerite Essence section.
    • Added Major and Minor essence section.
    • Updated PvP talents.
    • Updated Burst and Sustained healing.
  • 28 Apr. 2019: Several changes made to the guide.
    • Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 5 regular talent.
    • Updated Honor Talents.
    • Updated Burst Healing rotation.
    • Updated Sustained Healing rotation.
  • 14 Mar. 2019: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 09 Feb. 2019: Updated Gear Recommendations section.
  • 12 Jan. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.1.
    • Updated Stat Priority.
    • Updated talent table.
    • Updated Tiers 2 and 5 regular talents.
    • Updated PvP talents.
    • Updated Burst Healing section.
    • Updated Sustained Damage Healing section.
    • Updated Spread Healing section.
    • Updated Defensives.
    • Updated Best Team Compositions.
  • 03 Dec. 2018: Added Gear Recommendations section.
  • 08 Oct. 2018: Added talent table.
  • 02 Oct. 2018: Removed PvP Gear and War Mode sections.
  • 27 Sep. 2018: Added Azerite Traits section.
  • 09 Sep. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.0.1.
    • Updated Introduction and spec overview.
    • Added Stat priority.
    • Updated tier 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 regular talents.
    • Added PvP (War Mode) talents and gear sections for the new BfA system.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses section.
    • Updated Burst Healing section.
    • Updated Sustained Healing section.
    • Updated Spread healing section.
    • Updated Defensives section.
    • Updated Macros section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Removed Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 05 Jun. 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 04 Apr. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 24 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.5.
  • 12 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.2, so only updated "About The Author" section.
  • 30 Aug. 2017: Removed artifact trait description.
  • 09 Aug. 2017: Updated recommended tier 1 and 5 regular talents. Updated recommended tier 5 honor talents. Updated burst and sustained healing rotation.
  • 20 Apr. 2017: Guide added.
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