Restoration Druid Overview
The ramp-based healing specialization of the Resto Druid entails the use of spells like Rejuvenation to anticipate damage and produce vast healing windows. Want to heal your tank more? Consistency? larger time limits? Resto Druid is adaptable enough to handle everything. Druids wear leather armor and have a wide variety of defensive spells at their disposal to handle any situation. Resto incorporates a lot of shapeshifting into its gameplay, allowing you to play as a Cat, a Bear, a Tree, a Stag, and even a Bird, all of which have their own specific skills.
Depending on the race you're playing, Druid has different forms for each of its shapeshifts. Druids in the Alliance can choose from Night Elf, Worgen, or Kul Tiran. Tauren, Troll, Highmountain Tauren, and Zandalari Troll are the available races for Horde Druids. There are some unlock criteria for some of these "allied races," take note.
Restoration Druid Talent Builds
For a more raid oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Raid talent build with the following loadout code: BkGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQSSiSJSSUSaIRgU0ikAAAAAAAAAAAAAKChICCSAkkkkIIplAAAAAAQEAAA
For a more Mythic+ oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Mythic+ talent build with the following loadout code: BkGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIkkoJJJJFplEIB0SJJAAAAAAAAAAAAgSQIJCCgESSkkASaJAAAAAAEBAAA
Restoration Druid Stats
Intellect is our main primary stat, and is found on most gear, except rings and some trinkets.
For secondary stats, Restoration Druids have the following:
- Intellect > Haste > Mastery > Versatility = Critical Strike
Critical Strike: Provides a chance to double the healing done by your spells. Crit doesn't tend to be very random for us since we have so many healing events that it evens out over a given fight.
Haste: Decreases the cast time of your spells, adds ticks to our HoTs, reduces the Global Cooldown (GCD). While we don't typically have many cast time spells, the extra HoT ticks and GCD reduction are the primary reason we value Haste. Haste breakpoints for our HoTs still exist, but they are generally irrelevant today because when you are in between these specific breakpoints, the HoT receives a partial tick that is added onto the regular tick. Most HoTs can be refreshed within 30% remaining of their original duration, allowing them to be extended without losing any healing. Haste also increases the number of Rejuvs you can have active at once which provides extra value to extensions like Flourish.
Mastery: Mastery: Harmony is our mastery, awarding us additional healing on that target for each HoT we have active on them. It adds healing even when you just have one HoT on the target. We have a lot of different HoTs in our kit and mastery value tends to be quite high - particularly in small group content.
Versatility: A linear gain in outgoing healing and damage, as well as a reduction in damage taken. Versatility is generally of similar value to crit chance overall.
Best Restoration Druid Consumables
Best Restoration Druid Enchants
Below is a list of the recommended enchants to use on your Restoration Druid gear in Dragonflight.
|Slot||Best Enchant||Cheaper Version|
|Weapon||Sophic Devotion||Sophic Writ|
|Cloak||Regenerative Leech||Writ of Leech|
|Chest||Waking Stats||Reserve of Intellect|
|Bracers||Devotion of Leech||Writ of Leech|
|Legs||Temporal Spellthread||Vibrant Spellthread|
|Ring||Devotion of Haste||Writ of Haste|
Restoration Druid Phials
You'll use Phial of Elemental Chaos most of the time. In addition to a really nice stat buff you also get the following:
+2% healing on critical strikes while the Versatility buff is active.
+10% movement speed while the Haste buff is active.
+2% damage on critical strikes while the Crit buff is active.
-5% damage taken while the Mastery buff is active.
They cycle every 60 seconds so you're likely to see all of them during each boss attempt or dungeon. Phial of Tepid Versatility is also very competitive and you can effectively pick whichever you prefer. The technically optimal choice will depend on your exact loadout, but you don't have to spend too much time thinking about it because the difference is extremely small.
In Mythic+ I'd recommend Phial of Glacial Fury instead once you are comfortable with the dungeons. It does a ton of damage.
Restoration Druid Combat Potions
You'll carry a few different potions as Resto Druid:
Raiding: Potion of Chilled Clarity (Note that GCDs don't suffer from the cast time increase so we're able to use this with little drawback).
Raiding: Potion of Frozen Focus (A niche potion for when you'd prefer to avoid using a Toxic item (which adds a DoT to you.)
Mythic+: Elemental Potion of Power
Restoration Druid Weapon Buff
Howling Rune is the best Weapon Buff by a substantial amount.
Best Restoration Druid Food
Feast: Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak
Personal Food: Sizzling Seafood Medley
Best Restoration Druid Gems
You'll want to use Keen Ysemerald or Crafty Queen's Ruby (cheaper) where possible, however gem slots are extremely flexible. You can socket one "Primal Gem" and once you have a good place to put it I'd recommend Fierce Illimited Diamond.
Restoration Druid Rotation and Priority
Keep Efflorescence active as frequently as possible. Put down a new one if the raid group moves, though you can hold off if you expect more movement in the next 5-10 seconds.
Cast Swifmend → Wild Growth during downtime, aiming to pick up 3x stack of Reforestation in between Convoke casts.
When damage is coming in the next 12-15 seconds, start putting Rejuvenations out across the raid. This is covered in more detail in the "how to use cooldowns" section below, but Rejuvenation is our primary ramp spell and by learning the damage patterns of a given fight you'll be able to better line up your "ramp" and do more healing as a result.
React to anyone dropping very low with Nature's Swiftness + Regrowth, or just Regrowth if it's on cooldown. Try to avoid leaning too heavily into Regrowths in general play. If you have a lot of Abundance stacks (usually after a Flourish ramp), or an Omen of Clarity proc then feel free.
Fill any free time with Wrath (if it's a significant amount of time, then check the DPS rotation below).
Restoration Druid Damage Rotation and Priority
Caster basedOften used in raid where you can't spend a lot of time in a form.
Wrath will make up most of your damage casts in raid.
Cast Starsurge on cooldown during downtime.
Add Moonfire if you're running Protector of the Pack, or if damage is of particularly high value for a given phase or boss.
When Mana is of no issue
Cast Starsurge if it's available.