Restoration Druid PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)
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||✘ Nourish||✔ Cenarion Ward|
|25||✘ Tiger Dash||✘ Renewal||✔ Wild Charge|
|30||✔ Balance Affinity||✘ Feral Affinity||✔ Guardian Affinity|
|35||✔ Mighty Bash||✘ Mass Entanglement||✘ Heart of the Wild|
|40||✔ Soul of the Forest||✘ Cultivation||✔ Incarnation: Tree of Life|
|45||✘ Inner Peace||✘ Spring Blossoms||✔ Overgrowth|
|50||✘ 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
Cenarion Ward is the best choice in this tier. This is an extra HoT and will increase your overall healing output. This also scales with your Mastery and cannot be purged by the enemy team. This is a good spell to use right before being put in crowd control.
Tier 2 (Level 25) 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 30) 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. Not only do you get Frenzied Regeneration, but you also get Incapacitating Roar. This gives you even more crowd control to use on the enemy team. Quick note here: if you press Incapacitating Roar, it will automatically put you in Bear Form, so you do not need to press Bear Form for it.
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 35) 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 40) 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 45) Talents
Overgrowth is the best choice in this tier. It will instantly place all of your HoTs on one of your teammates. This should be used when the enemy team is hitting a teammate that does not have any HoTs on them. Be careful when playing against Mages, as they can use Kleptomania that can steal all of your HoTs off of your teammate.
Tier 7 (Level 50) 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
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
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.
Reactive Resin makes it so that when you use Rejuvenation on a teammate, they will get 2 charges of Reactive Resin. 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.
Situational PvP Talents
Mark of the Wild makes it so you and your teammates take less damage from Nature, Fire, Frost, and Arcane damage. This is a great talent to use versus teams with two casters 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.
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.
If you find yourself using Cyclone defensively, High Winds is another useful PvP talent. When used on an enemy, it will reduce their damage once they leave Cyclone. If you are playing against a team with minimal interrupts and they do not focus you, this can be used to help your teammates survive.
- 02 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
- 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 27 Dec. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 10 Dec. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 23 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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