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Restoration Druid PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 20, 2020 at 20:52 by Mysticall 1 comment

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

Level Choices
15 Abundance Abundance Prosperity Prosperity Cenarion Ward Cenarion Ward
30 Tiger Dash Tiger Dash Renewal Renewal Wild Charge Wild Charge
45 Balance Affinity Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity Guardian Affinity
60 Mighty Bash Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Mass Entanglement Typhoon Typhoon
75 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Cultivation Cultivation Incarnation: Tree of Life Incarnation: Tree of Life
90 Inner Peace Inner Peace Stonebark Stonebark Spring Blossoms Spring Blossoms
100 Photosynthesis Photosynthesis Germination Germination Flourish 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 Icon Purge effects, Cenarion Ward Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Travel Form to kite incoming damage or in Cat Form Icon 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 Icon Guardian Affinity is the best choice in this tier. Reducing overall damage dealt to you and having access to abilities like Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration greatly increases your survivability.

If you do not think the enemy team will focus you at all, Balance Affinity Icon 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 Icon Moonkin Form to prevent Mages from using Polymorph Icon Polymorph on you.


Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Mighty Bash Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life is the best choice in this tier.


Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Stonebark Icon Stonebark is the best choice in this tier. This reduces the cooldown of one of your best defensive tools, Ironbark Icon Ironbark, making it a crucial talent.


Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Germination Icon 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 Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon 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 Icon Ironbark.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Cyclone Icon 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 Icon Focused Growth makes it so that every time you use Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom on a teammate, they will gain a stack of Focused Growth Icon Focused Growth, up to 3 stacks. These stacks increase the healing of your Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom. It is important to maintain your Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom and Focused Growth Icon Focused Growth stacks on the teammate that is the primary target for the enemy team.


Situational PvP Talents

Revitalize Icon Revitalize makes it so that when you use Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation on a teammate, they will get 2 charges of Revitalize Icon Revitalize. These charges will instantly heal your teammate when they are struck by a melee attack and increase the duration of Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation. This greatly increases your team's survivability with 1 or more melee on it.

Thorns Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Thorns with this PvP talent.

Master Shapeshifter Icon 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 Icon Guardian Affinity to further increase your survivability. You can replace Thorns Icon 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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