Restoration Druid PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Restoration Druid and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Restoration Druid PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Restoration Druids
|15||✘ Abundance||✔ Prosperity||✔ Cenarion Ward|
|30||✘ Tiger Dash||✘ Renewal||✔ Wild Charge|
|45||✔ Balance Affinity||✘ Feral Affinity||✔ Guardian Affinity|
|60||✔ Mighty Bash||✘ Mass Entanglement||✘ Typhoon|
|75||✔ Soul of the Forest||✘ Cultivation||✔ Incarnation: Tree of Life|
|90||✘ Inner Peace||✔ Stonebark||✘ Spring Blossoms|
|100||✘ Photosynthesis||✔ Germination||✘ Flourish|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
If you are playing against a team with multiple Purge effects, Cenarion Ward is the best choice in this tier. This is an extra HoT and will increase your overall healing output. This is a good spell to use right before being put in crowd control. Against any other team, Prosperity is the best choice in this tier. This gives you strong on-demand healing without having to cast.
Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents
Wild Charge is the best choice in this tier. This gives you many options to increase your mobility. You will primarily be using it while in Travel Form to kite incoming damage or in Cat Form to get crowd control on the enemy healer.
Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
If you think the enemy team will focus you at any point in the arena, Guardian Affinity is the best choice in this tier. Reducing overall damage dealt to you and having access to abilities like Frenzied Regeneration greatly increases your survivability.
If you do not think the enemy team will focus you at all, Balance Affinity is the best choice in this tier. The increases in range of your spells is handy for healing at maximum distance from the enemy team. You can also use Moonkin Form to prevent Mages from using Polymorph on you.
Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
Mighty Bash is the best choice in this tier. This is a versatile talent that can be used for getting an enemy off your teammates or setting up crowd control on a healer.
Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents
Soul of the Forest is the best choice in this tier. This is crucial for single target healing. However, if you are playing against a team with strong single-target damage or a Mage on it, Incarnation: Tree of Life is the best choice in this tier.
Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
Germination is the best choice in this tier. This gives you an additional HoT on your target that will increase your overall healing output. It is also useful against teams that might have a Purge.
PvP Talents for Restoration Druids
The first PvP talent tier will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless, and Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you so you can use defensive cooldowns like Ironbark.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Cyclone is a powerful crowd control that can be used to control the enemy team. Use this ability on healers if you are trying to secure a kill or on DPS if your teammates are being focused. Important Note: you can also use Cyclone if an enemy player is low and your teammates cannot secure a kill. This will prevent all healing, and damage, done to that enemy.
Focused Growth makes it so that every time you use Lifebloom on a teammate, they will gain a stack of Focused Growth, up to 3 stacks. These stacks increase the healing of your Lifebloom. It is important to maintain your Lifebloom and Focused Growth stacks on the teammate that is the primary target for the enemy team.
Situational PvP Talents
Revitalize makes it so that when you use Rejuvenation on a teammate, they will get 2 charges of Revitalize. These charges will instantly heal your teammate when they are struck by a melee attack and increase the duration of Rejuvenation. This greatly increases your team's survivability with 1 or more melee on it.
Thorns, when you place this on you or a teammate, any melee strikes against them will deal Nature damage to the attackers. This is not normally used in 3v3 arena, as the other talents are stronger, but you should use this in 2v2 versus a team with a melee on it.
Overgrowth instantly places all of your HoTs on one of your teammates. This is a great ability with a relatively short cooldown. This should be used versus teams that can easily swap between you and your teammates. Most of the time, this will be used against teams with casters on it. You should replace Thorns with this PvP talent.
Master Shapeshifter is a great PvP talent with many different uses. This works well in combination with the Affinity regular talents. In general, it is recommended to use this when running Guardian Affinity to further increase your survivability. You can replace Thorns with this PvP talent.
- 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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