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Restoration Druid Guide

Updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago for patch 8.0 by Preston. View the change log.

Welcome to my Restoration Druid guide! To give you a brief background on myself: I've been raiding as a Restoration Druid for over 13-years, since the days of Rank 4 Healing Touch and Decursive mashing! I enjoy Druid's heal over time centric style and their high mobility.

This guide is targeted at new and intermediate players. I will try to lay everything out in plain words while leaving the math and theories to the people that want them. Feedback is greatly appreciated! Feel free to leave comments at the bottom of any guide page, contact me, or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

Restoration Druid Spells and Abilities

Below are details on how each Restoration Druid spell functions and what its best use conditions are. Druids excel at using and buffing heal over time effects and as a result are one of the more mobile healers. While they have no problem single-target healing, they really shine in group-healing situations where multiple players are taking damage at one time. Read more...

Restoration Druid Talents and Builds

Below you'll find details on how each Restoration Druid talent functions and what its best use conditions are. Druid talents allow you to customize your setup for any encounter, be it single-target healing, group-healing, or utility. Feedback is greatly appreciated! Feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the page, contact me, or tweet @PrestonDvorak. Read more...

Restoration Druid Healing Tips and Tricks

Healing doesn't have a rotation of spells to go through like a DPS spec does, however, there are often certain types of situations that arise where you can respond in a certain fashion. I've detailed some of the most common situations below, as well as how to heal them. In the heat of battle, you may not always be able to stick to these things exactly, but with a little practice they should become second nature. Read more...

Restoration Druid Azerite Armor Traits

This page gives an overview of the Restoration Druid Heart of Azeroth and the corresponding Azerite Armor traits. 

Your Heart of Azeroth is leveled up using Artifact Power and its level determines how many tiers of traits you can access on Azerite Armor in your Head, Shoulder, and Chest slot. Unlike in Legion, you only have one Heart of Azeroth and any Artifact Power you acquire is automatically applied to it, there's no need to click items in your bag or worry about which spec's item you're leveling up.

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Restoration Druid Addon Overview & Setup

There is an endless amount of addons available for World of Warcraft, and while I encourage you to experiment with your own interface setups, I wanted to write an overview of some addons I use as a starting point. Feedback is appreciated, you can tweet @PrestonDvorak or leave a comment below. Read more...


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

October 03, 2018 - 12:00 pm (Enchants, Gems, Consumables) - Updated weapon enchants.

September 28, 2018 - 11:51 am (Addons) - Removed Grid2 saved variable download and replaced it with an import code.

September 15, 2018 - 4:32 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Updated stat weights to reflect different builds.

September 15, 2018 - 4:15 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Updated Azerite Armor under the Raiding list to reflect different pieces for different builds.

September 06, 2018 - 9:30 am (Talents and Builds) - Changed Abundance to Cenarion Ward in the Cooldowns build.

September 03, 2018 - 6:34 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 saved variables with Uldir debuffs and other small updates. Updated Threat Plates saved variables with minor tweaks.

September 03, 2018 - 5:19 pm (Addons) - Updated all addon links to consistently point to the Curse Forge.

September 02, 2018 - 9:38 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Updated some Azerite Armor to reflect changes on the Azerite Armor Traits page.

September 02, 2018 - 9:37 pm (Azerite Armor Traits) - Completed a full review and update of Azerite Armor traits.

August 28, 2018 - 8:22 am (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Added Darkmoon Deck: Tides to trinket list and reviewed trinket lists overall. Made minor updates to the Mythic+ gear list to reflect a slight Mastery focus.