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Restoration Druid Guide

Updated 3 weeks, 3 days ago for patch 8.2.5 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 Races and Racials

Below are details about the different races Restoration Druids can be as well as how to best utilize their racial abilities. Generally speaking, you should play the race you're most excited about playing because no racial offers too significant of a benefit. However, it can still be useful to know what your options are and how to best make use of them. Read more...

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. - +

September 24, 2019 - 9:42 am (Restoration) - Reviewed guide and updated for 8.2.5. Small tweaks to BiS trinkets and azerite essences.

August 23, 2019 - 2:18 am (Enchants, Gems, Consumables) - Changed Machinist's Brilliance to be the weapon enchant of choice.

August 04, 2019 - 12:29 am (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code with Mechagon trash debuffs, plus debuff fixes for Eternal Palace.

July 14, 2019 - 10:08 am (Addons) - Updated Clearcasting WeakAura to new aura trigger.

July 13, 2019 - 10:51 am (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Updated Mythic+ gear and trinkets.

July 13, 2019 - 10:34 am (Heart of Azeroth Essences) - Updated Mythic+ essences.

July 10, 2019 - 2:21 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code with additional Eternal Palace debuffs and Operation: Mechagon debuffs.

July 09, 2019 - 12:02 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code for Eternal Palace.

July 08, 2019 - 11:00 am (Heart of Azeroth Essences) - Updated Raiding essence lists.

July 08, 2019 - 10:58 am (Azerite Armor Traits) - Added Eternal Palace traits to Raiding lists.