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Restoration Druid Heart of Azeroth Essences

Updated 1 month ago for patch 8.3 by Preston. View the change log.

This page gives an overview of the Restoration Druid Heart of Azeroth essences.

Your Heart of Azeroth is leveled up using Artifact Power and its level determines how many essence slots you have, out of a total of three. 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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Heart of Azeroth Essence Layout

The Heart of Azeroth essence slots first become available at Artifact Power level 50, following a short questline that begins with Essential Empowerment. This unlocks the center slot which allows the use of both the Main Power and Minor Power of any essence put there. The three other slots are unlocked at Artifact Power levels 55, 65, and 75. Essences placed in these only activate their Minor Power. In addition to the essence slots, stamina increases will also be unlocked at Artifact Power levels 53, 57, 62, 67, 71, and 80. Beyond level 80, the Heart of Azeroth will continue to gain item level increases, which increase not only the stats on the neck but also the strength of the socketed essences.

Essences can be added at the Heart Forge in The Chamber of Heart, accessed from the Titan Translocator in Silithus. Once added, essences can be changed at any inn, like talents.

Heart of Azeroth Essence Layout

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Heart of Azeroth Essences

Essences come in multiple ranks, from 1 to 4. Higher ranks are more powerful and often have additional effects. Different essences are obtained from nearly all types of content, including raids, dungeons, PvP, and reputation. Rank 4 of an essence grants a purely cosmetic effect and will be functionally the same as Rank 3.

Obtaining Essences - +

Essences are obtained through all types of content, along with their increased ranks. Below is information on where to obtain each essence available to Restoration Druids.

  1. Unwavering Ward (Guardian Shell, Unwavering Ward)
  2. Spirit of Preservation (Spirit of Preservation, Devout Spirit)
  3. The Formless Void (Replica of Knowledge, Symbiotic Presence)
  4. The Well of Existence (Refreshment, The Well of Existence)
    • Rank 1 - Reputation, Honored with Rustbolt Resistance
    • Rank 2 - Reputation, Revered with Rustbolt Resistance
    • Rank 3 - Reputation, Exalted with Rustbolt Resistance
    • Rank 4 - Chance from Rustbolt Supplies
  5. The Ever-Rising Tide (Overcharge Mana, The Ever-Rising Tide)
    • Rank 1 - Reputation, Honored with The Unshackled (H) / Waveblade Ankoan (A)
    • Rank 2 - Reputation, Revered with The Unshackled (H) / Waveblade Ankoan (A)
    • Rank 3 - Reputation, Exalted with The Unshackled (H) / Waveblade Ankoan (A)
    • Rank 4 - Chance from Unshackled Supplies (H) / Ankoan Supplies
  6. Life-Binder's Invocation (Life-Binder's Invocation, Seed of Enoar)
  7. Artifice of Time (Standstill, Artifice of Time)
  8. Vitality Conduit (Vitality Conduit, Transference)
    • Rank 1 - Raid, The Eternal Palace, combine 9 Aqueous Reliquary
    • Rank 2 - Raid, The Eternal Palace, combine 18 Aqueous Reliquary
    • Rank 3 - Raid, The Eternal Palace, combine 27 Aqueous Reliquary
    • Rank 4 -  Raid, The Eternal Palace, defeat Queen Azshara on Mythic difficulty
  9. The Crucible of Flame (Concentrated Flame, Ancient Flame)
  10. Vision of Perfection (Vision of Perfection, Strive for Prefection)
  11. Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance, Lifeblood)
  12. Memory of Lucid Dreams (Memory of Lucid Dreams, Lucid Dreams)
  13. Ripple in Space (Ripple in Space, Reality Shift)
  14. Conflict and Strife (Conflict, Strife)
    • Rank 1 - PvP, Weekly War Chest
    • Rank 2 - PvP, reach Rank 1000
    • Rank 3 - PvP, combine 15 Burgeoning Battlefield Furor
    • Rank 4 - PvP, reach Elite rank

Raiding - +

The rankings below are relevant for all builds when raiding, except where noted in parenthesis. Any talent builds noted correspond to those on the Talents and Builds page. The rankings are based on the Rank 4/Rank 3 version of each essence.

Lvl 50 Slot - Major and Minor Power Active
  1. The Ever-Rising Tide (Overcharge Mana, The Ever-Rising Tide)
  2. Unwavering Ward (Guardian Shell, Unwavering Ward)
  3. Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance, Lifeblood)
  4. The Well of Existence (Refreshment, The Well of Existence)
  5. Life-Binder's Invocation (Life-Binder's Invocation, Seed of Enoar)
  6. Spirit of Preservation (Spirit of Preservation, Devout Spirit)
  7. Artifice of Time (Standstill, Artifice of Time)
  8. The Crucible of Flame (Concentrated Flame, Ancient Flame)
  9. Vitality Conduit (Vitality Conduit, Transference)
  10. Ripple in Space (Ripple in Space, Reality Shift)
  11. Conflict and Strife (Conflict, Strife)
Special Considerations
Lvl 55/Lvl 65/Lvl75 - Minor Power Active
  1. The Ever-Rising Tide (The Ever-Rising Tide)
  2. The Well of Existence (The Well of Existence)
  3. Unwavering Ward (Unwavering Ward)
  4. The Formless Void (Symbiotic Presence)
  5. Conflict and Strife (Strife)
  6. Life-Binder's Invocation (Seed of Enoar)
  7. Spirit of Preservation (Devout Spirit)
  8. Artifice of Time (Artifice of Time)
  9. Worldvein Resonance (Lifeblood)
  10. Ripple in Space (Reality Shift)
  11. Vitality Conduit (Transference)
  12. The Crucible of Flame (Ancient Flame)
Special Considerations
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams (Lucid Dreams)
    • During progression or on encounters where more mana is needed.
  • Vision of Perfection (Strive for Prefection)
    • Fights where Tranquility is needed more frequently.

Mythic+ - +

The rankings below are relevant for Mythic+ dungeons using the talent build on the Talents and Builds page. The rankings are based on the Rank 4/Rank 3 version of each essence.

Lvl 50 Slot - Major and Minor Power Active
  1. The Ever-Rising Tide (Overcharge Mana, The Ever-Rising Tide)
  2. Spirit of Preservation (Spirit of Preservation, Devout Spirit)
  3. Vitality Conduit (Vitality Conduit, Transference)
  4. The Crucible of Flame (Concentrated Flame, Ancient Flame)
  5. Unwavering Ward (Guardian Shell, Unwavering Ward)
  6. Memory of Lucid Dreams (Memory of Lucid Dreams, Lucid Dreams)
  7. The Well of Existence (Refreshment, The Well of Existence)
  8. Artifice of Time (Standstill, Artifice of Time)
  9. Life-Binder's Invocation (Life-Binder's Invocation, Seed of Enoar)
  10. The Formless Void (Replica of Knowledge, Symbiotic Presence)
  11. Ripple in Space (Ripple in Space, Reality Shift)
  12. Conflict and Strife (Conflict, Strife)
  13. Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance, Lifeblood)
  14. Vision of Perfection (Vision of Perfection, Strive for Prefection)
Special Considerations
  1. The Crucible of Flame (Concentrated Flame, Ancient Flame)
    • This is the top choice if you're looking for something to primarily use for added DPS.
Lvl 55/Lvl 65/Lvl 75 - Minor Power Active
  1. The Ever-Rising Tide (The Ever-Rising Tide)
  2. Conflict and Strife (Strife)
  3. The Well of Existence (The Well of Existence)
  4. Unwavering Ward (Unwavering Ward)
  5. Spirit of Preservation (Devout Spirit)
  6. Vitality Conduit (Transference)
  7. Life-Binder's Invocation (Seed of Enoar)
  8. Memory of Lucid Dreams (Lucid Dreams)
  9. Artifice of Time (Artifice of Time)
  10. The Formless Void (Symbiotic Presence)
  11. The Crucible of Flame (Ancient Flame)
  12. Ripple in Space (Reality Shift)
  13. Worldvein Resonance (Lifeblood)
  14. Vision of Perfection (Strive for Prefection)


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

March 01, 2020 - 1:34 am (Heart of Azeroth Essences) - Moved The Formless Void up the list for Raiding Minor Essences.

February 21, 2020 - 3:33 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code with some M+ debuffs, and fixed some duplicate debuffs.

February 19, 2020 - 2:09 am (Azerite Armor Traits) - Added a few missing traits, reordered some traits, but no major changes overall.

February 06, 2020 - 9:40 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Added Forbidden Obsidian Claw to situational trinket lists.

February 04, 2020 - 2:48 am (Heart of Azeroth Essences) - Changed order of Mythic+ minor essences.

January 31, 2020 - 11:20 pm (Heart of Azeroth Essences) - Moved Worldvein Resonance essence up in the level 50 slot for raiding.

January 26, 2020 - 10:56 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code to remove duplicate Incineration and Mind Flay indicators.

January 21, 2020 - 9:00 pm (Addons) - Fixed Grid2 import missing Ny'alotha debuffs in indicator spots.

January 14, 2020 - 11:52 am (Corrupted Gear and Effects) - Moved Siphoner up the rankings a bit, I had originally misread what it did.

January 13, 2020 - 9:41 pm (Corrupted Gear and Effects) - Added Malefic Core information.