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Restoration Druid Guide

Updated 23 hours, 45 minutes 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. - +

August 18, 2018 - 2:53 am (Enchants, Gems, Consumables) - Added Battle-Scarred Augment Rune.

August 14, 2018 - 3:16 pm (Restoration) - Fixed Disqus thread title, it should no longer appear as a BlizzCon article.

August 11, 2018 - 7:55 pm (Talents and Builds) - Minor build updates and added naming schemes that correspond with the rest of the guide.

August 11, 2018 - 7:37 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Added Best in Slot lists for Raiding and Mythic+, updated Stat Priority, and cleaned up information and formatting.

August 11, 2018 - 7:27 pm (Azerite Armor Traits) - Added Azerite Armor page.

August 11, 2018 - 6:53 pm (Enchants, Gems, Consumables) - Updated all enchants, gems, and consumables to correspond with gearing strategies.

August 08, 2018 - 1:19 am (Addons) - Updated addons for BFA and added Threat Plates variables.

July 20, 2018 - 5:36 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Page added with initial information.

July 17, 2018 - 11:19 am (Healing Tips and Tricks) - Added Incarnation: Tree of Life, reformatted some of the sections and expanded the information.

July 16, 2018 - 9:32 pm (Spells and Abilities) - Added Hibernate and Soothe.