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Restoration Druid Stat Weights and Gearing

Updated 1 day, 23 hours ago for patch 8.0 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers the stats that are relevant for a Restoration Druid and what kind of things you should look for when gearing up. As a general rule, it’s almost always better to go with the higher item level piece of gear. Feedback is always welcome. You can leave a comment at the bottom of the page, contact me, or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

Stat Priority and Weights

The priorities and weights below correspond to the different builds on the Talents and Builds page.

Raiding

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste = Mastery = Leech = Versatility = Critical Strike

Quick Notes

  • Always use your highest item level piece while trying to keep a relative balance between secondary stats. Use enchants, gems, and consumables to help keep the balance.
  • Leech is worth about 5-10 item levels when comparing pieces.
  • Using better Azerite Armor traits can also be worth 5-10 item levels (i.e. comparing a piece with mostly above average traits to one with mostly average or below average traits).
  • Reference the Best in Slot lists below to see which Azerite Armor pieces you should be looking for.

Mythic+

The Mythic+ priority will need additional testing once BFA is released and I can run more Mythic+ dungeons. It's almost certain that Mastery/Intellect will be the top picks.

  1. Intellect
  2. Mastery = Haste = Leech = Versatility = Critical Strike

Additional Resources

Use the tools below to get stat weights specifically for your current gear and item level, which will be more accurate than the general weights provided above.

HealerStatWeights - An addon that shows real-time stat weights based on the current encounter you're fighting.

Twig It - A robust spreadsheet that allows you to get stat weights based on your current stats and healing breakdown for different fights, using WarcraftLogs data.

Stat Explanations

Intellect increases the power of all your spells. This includes how much healing your spells heal for and how much damage your damaging spells do.

Haste decreases the cast time of your spells, increases how frequently your heal over time effects heal, and decreases your global cooldown. Your global cooldown affects how quickly you can cast spells that have no cast time, such as Rejuvenation. Getting a low global cooldown is essential as a Restoration Druid because our main healing spell does not have a cast time.

Critical Strike increases the chance of both your healing and damage spells being critical strikes. A critical heal will heal for twice as much as a non-critical heal, this includes heals from healing over time effects. This equates to free healing, but you can't reliably control when it happens.

Mastery increases the amount your heal over time effects heal for based on the total heal over time effects you have on the target. For example, if your mastery is 10% and you have one heal over time effect on a player, that heal over time will be healing for 10% more. If you have two heal over time effects on a player they will both be healing for 20% more. There is no cap on this effect, so the more heal over time effects that are active the more powerful it will be.

Versatility increases all healing and damage you do by a flat percentage. It also decreases all damage you take. This is similar to our Mastery, but without the chance to multiply with more healing effects on a target.

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Best in Slot List, Bosses to Bonus Roll

With the changes to power gains between item levels in Battle for Azeroth, item level should once again be the primary indicator of an upgrade. This will make Best in Slot lists slightly more useful than in Legion, however, there will still be situations that stray from this list. Always use your best judgement when picking gear!

Raiding - +

The gear below is relevant for all builds when raiding, except where noted in parenthesis. The talent builds noted correspond to those on the Talents and Builds page. Gear from your weekly Mythic+ cache should be 5 item levels lower than the current Mythic-level raid, and Azerite Armor from the weekly cache will be the same item level as the current Mythic-level raid. This is why you see some dungeon items as best in slot. I've tried to always include one Mythic+ item and one Raid item to keep things more flexible.

Information on selecting Azerite Armor Traits can be found on the Azerite Armor page.

Bosses to Bonus Roll On

Uldir
Taloc (2), MOTHER (2), Fetid Devourer (1), Vactis (2), Zek'voz (1), Zul (2), G'huun (2)

Dungeons (Mythic+, Weekly Cache)
Atal'Dazar - Vol'kaal (1)
Freehold - Council o' Captains (1)
King's Rest - Mchimba the Embalmer (1)
Siege of Boralus - Sergeant Bainbridge (1)
Temple of Sethraliss - Adderis and Aspix (1), Galvazzt (1)
The MOTHERLODE - Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (1), Mogul Razdunk (2)
The Underrot  - Elder Leaxa (1), Cragmaw the Infested (1)
Tol Dagor - The Sand Queen (1)
Waycrest Manor - Gorak Tul (1), Lord and Lady Waycrest (1)

Head

  1. High Altitude Turban - The MOTHERLODE, Mogul Razdunk
  2. Hood of Pestilent Ichor - Uldir, Vectis

Shoulder

  1. Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders - Uldir, Zul
  2. Gorak Tul's Mantle - Waycrest Manor, Gorak Tul

Cloak

  1. Fetid Horror's Tanglecloak - Uldir, Fetid Devouror
  2. Drape of the Loyal Vassal - Atal'Dazar, Vol'kaal

Chest

  1. Venture Co. Plenipotentiary Vest The MOTHERLODE, Mogul Razdunk
  2. Tunic of the Sanguine Deity - Uldir, G'huun

Wrist

  1. Wristwraps of Coursing Miasma  - Uldir, Vectis
  2. Wristguards of the Sandswimmer - Tol Dagor, The Sand Queen

Hands

  1. Gloves of Descending Madness - Uldir, Taloc
  2. Wharf Warden's Gloves - Siege of Boralus, Sergeant Bainbridge

Waist

  1. Bloodstorm Buckle - Uldir, Taloc
  2. Bloodfeaster Belt - The Underrot, Cragmaw the Infested

Legs

  1. Pathogenic Legwraps - Uldir, MOTHER
  2. Silver-Trimmed Breeches - Freehold, Council o' Captains

Feet

  1. Quarantine Protocol Treads - Uldir, Zek'voz
  2. Moss-Covered Wingtip Shoes - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest

Finger

  1. Band of Certain Annihilation - Uldir, Mythrax the Unravler
  2. Rot-Scour Ring - Uldir, MOTHER
  3. Footbomb Championship Ring - The MOTHERLODE, Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler
  4. Loop of Pulsing Veins - Elder Leaxa - The Underrot

Two-Hand Weapons

In general, Two-handed weapons have more Intellect than secondary stats, but the difference isn't often significant at similar item levels.

  1. Heptavium, Staff of Torturous Knowledge - Uldir, G'huun
  2. Staff of the Lightning Serpent - Temple of Sethraliss, Adderis and Aspix

One-Hand Weapons

In general, One-hand/off-hand combinations have more secondary stats than Intellect, but the difference isn't often significant at similar item levels.

  1. Tusk of the Reborn Prophet - Uldir, Zul
  2. Galvanized Stormcrusher - Temple of Sethraliss, Galvazzt

Off-Hand Items

  1. Codex of Imminent Ruin - Uldir, Zul
  2. Vessel of Last Rites - King's Rest, Mchimba the Embalmer

Mythic+ - +

The gear below is relevant for Mythic+ and dungeon content. This is best used with the Mythic+ build on the Talents and Builds page. Gear from your weekly Mythic+ cache should be 5 item levels lower than the current Mythic-level raid, and Azerite Armor from the weekly cache will be the same item level as the current Mythic-level raid. This is why you see some dungeon items as best in slot. I've tried to always include one Mythic+ item and one Raid item to keep things more flexible.

Information on selecting Azerite Armor Traits can be found on the Azerite Armor page.

Bosses to Bonus Roll On

Uldir
Taloc (2), MOTHER (2), Fetid Devourer (2), Zek'voz (1), Vectis (1), Mythrax the Unravler (2), Zul (3), G'huun (1)

Dungeons (Mythic+, Weekly Cache)
Atal'Dazar - Vol'kaal (1), Yazma (1)
Freehold - Council o' Captains (1)
King's Rest - Mchimba the Embalmer (1)
Siege of Boralus - Sergeant Bainbridge (1)
Temple of Sethraliss - Adderis and Aspix (1), Galvazzt (1)
The MOTHERLODE - Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (1), Mogul Razdunk (1)
The Underrot - Elder Leaxa (1), Cragmaw the Infested (1), Unbound Abomintation (1)
Tol Dagor - The Sand Queen (1)
Waycrest Manor - Lord and Lady Waycrest (1)

Head

  1. High Altitude Turban - The MOTHERLODE, Mogul Razdunk
  2. Cowl of Dark Portents - Uldir, Mythrax the Unravler

Shoulder

  1. Shoulders of the Sanguine Monstrosity The Underrot, Unbound Abomination
  2. Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders - Uldir, Zul

Cloak

  1. Fetid Horror's Tanglecloak - Uldir, Fetid Devouror
  2. Drape of the Loyal Vassal - Atal'Dazar, Vol'kaal

Chest

  1. Spymaster's Wrap - Atal'Dazar, Yazma
  2. Jerkin of the Aberrant Chimera - Uldir, Fetid Devourer

Wrist

  1. Wristwraps of Coursing Miasma  - Uldir, Vectis
  2. Wristguards of the Sandswimmer - Tol Dagor, The Sand Queen

Hands

  1. Gloves of Descending Madness - Uldir, Taloc
  2. Wharf Warden's Gloves - Siege of Boralus, Sergeant Bainbridge

Waist

  1. Bloodstorm Buckle - Uldir, Taloc
  2. Bloodfeaster Belt - The Underrot, Cragmaw the Infested

Legs

  1. Pathogenic Legwraps - Uldir, MOTHER
  2. Silver-Trimmed Breeches - Freehold, Council o' Captains

Feet

  1. Quarantine Protocol Treads - Uldir, Zek'voz
  2. Moss-Covered Wingtip Shoes - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest

Finger

  1. Band of Certain Annihilation - Uldir, Mythrax the Unravler
  2. Rot-Scour Ring - Uldir, MOTHER
  3. Footbomb Championship Ring - The MOTHERLODE, Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler
  4. Loop of Pulsing Veins - Elder Leaxa - The Underrot

Two-Hand Weapons

In general, Two-handed weapons have more intellect than secondary stats, but the difference isn't often significant at similar item levels.

  1. Heptavium, Staff of Torturous Knowledge - Uldir, G'huun
  2. Staff of the Lightning Serpent - Temple of Sethraliss, Adderis and Aspix

One-Hand Weapons

In general, One-hand/off-hand combinations have more secondary stats than Intellect, but the difference isn't often significant at similar item levels.

  1. Tusk of the Reborn Prophet - Uldir, Zul
  2. Galvanized Stormcrusher - Temple of Sethraliss, Galvazzt

Off-Hand Items

  1. Codex of Imminent Ruin - Uldir, Zul
  2. Vessel of Last Rites - King's Rest, Mchimba the Embalmer

Best in Slot Trinkets

Trinket rankings are subject to change following Battle for Azeroth's release when more data is available.

Raiding - +

The trinkets below are relevant for the different raiding talent builds. The talent builds noted correspond to those on the Talents and Builds page. Gear from your weekly Mythic+ cache should be 5 item levels lower than the current Mythic-level raid, and Azerite Armor from the weekly cache will be the same item level as the current Mythic-level raid. This is why you see some dungeon items as best in slot.

Standard/Healing Over Time

The Standard and Healing Over Time builds favor trinkets with more persistent or static effects due to their slightly more consistent healing output.

  1. Drust-Runed Icicle - World Boss, Hailstone Construct
  2. Doom's HatredLion's Grace - Warfront World Boss, The Lion's Roar
  3. Lady Waycrest's Music Box - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest
  4. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  5. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  6. T'zane's Barkspines - World Boss, T'zane
  7. Ignition Mage's Fuse - Tol Dagor, Knight Captain Valyri
  8. Azurethos' Singed Plumage - World Boss, Azurethos, the Winged Typhoon
  9. Fangs of Intertwined Essence - Temple of Sethraliss, Avatar of Sethraliss
  10. Balefire Branch - Waycrest Manor, Soulbound Goliath

Cooldowns

The Cooldowns build favors trinkets that can be used on demand to either further enhance a cooldown or to bridge the gap between two cooldowns.

  1. T'zane's Barkspines - World Boss, T'zane
  2. Ignition Mage's Fuse - Tol Dagor, Knight Captain Valyri
  3. Azurethos' Singed Plumage - World Boss, Azurethos, the Winged Typhoon
  4. Drust-Runed Icicle - World Boss, Hailstone Construct
  5. Doom's HatredLion's Grace - Warfront World Boss, The Lion's Roar
  6. Lady Waycrest's Music Box - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest
  7. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  8. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  9. Balefire Branch - Waycrest Manor, Soulbound Goliath

Situational

The trinkets below won't see normal use, but may have some situations where they're useful.

  1. Inoculating Extract - Uldir, Vectis (If additional heavy single-target healing is needed.)
  2. Revitalizing Voodoo Totem - Atal'Dazar, Vol'kaal (If additional heavy single-target healing is needed.)
  3. Balefire Branch - Waycrest Manor, Soulbound Goliath (If you need more mana.)

Mythic+ - +

The trinkets below are relevant for the Mythic+ build on the Talents and Builds page. Gear from your weekly Mythic+ cache should be 5 item levels lower than the current Mythic-level raid, and Azerite Armor from the weekly cache will be the same item level as the current Mythic-level raid. This is why you see some dungeon items as best in slot.

The Mythic+ build excels at keeping heal over time effects on players to provide constant healing. It falls slightly behind in large cooldowns (depending how you customize it) so the trinkets below can help fill in the gaps when damage is critical.

  1. T'zane's Barkspines - World Boss, T'zane
  2. Ignition Mage's Fuse - Tol Dagor, Knight Captain Valyri
  3. Azurethos' Singed Plumage - World Boss, Azurethos, the Winged Typhoon
  4. Drust-Runed Icicle - World Boss, Hailstone Construct
  5. Doom's HatredLion's Grace - Warfront World Boss, The Lion's Roar
  6. Lady Waycrest's Music Box - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest
  7. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  8. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  9. Balefire Branch - Waycrest Manor, Soulbound Goliath

Situational

The trinkets below are special cases, and the single-target healing focused ones may be particularly useful in high Mythic+ levels when you need to respond to spikes of damage on a single player.

  1. Inoculating Extract - Uldir, Vectis (If additional heavy single-target healing is needed.)
  2. Revitalizing Voodoo Totem - Atal'Dazar, Vol'kaal (If additional heavy single-target healing is needed.)
  3. Balefire Branch - Waycrest Manor, Soulbound Goliath (If you need more mana, which is highly unlikely in Mythic+.)

Raiding Trinket Data - +

Standard/Healing Over Time

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinkets)
Total HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets 0 18,076 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/be4f2fb1bb964cb1857cb93df5a3b75a BiS gear from Uldir
Revitalizing Voodoo Totem 1 18,077 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/5345ac4771d042f3ad90b26bace253c5 Sim may not have optimal usage
Conch of Dark Whispers 219 18,295 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/e1dd803ac08c4ea38a77925905027cae  
Fangs of Intertwined Essence 25 18,101 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/39f20dee3a3c4648bdbd1e0b76056243  
Ignition Mage's Fuse 160 18,236 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/f906bb9203264e7399a0491e62a6dd4a  
Balefire Branch -94 17,982 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/6ae2264ffc9e40ebb7e381edc5df128c Sim may not have optimal usage
Lady Waycrest's Music Box 275 18,351 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b9f2e1a573f844dd9653f7ffd93540d3  
Inoculating Extract 254 18,330 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/4d53dda34ba94d7c9fb7a11ecb7a5b2a  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix 248 18,324 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/087edba0227244e9893f4593a2371813  
Doom's HatredLion's Grace 249 18,325 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/230c69f07c7846aaa9ebbf64a3fafc31  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage 114 18,190 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/0409166a087544d4b6243f5306ed637f  
Drust-Runed Icicle 654 18,730 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/94258dea4ea14cdfbeb3c4ff6e62e575  
T'zane's Barkspines 254 18,330 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d3d59da624994837b4f8cbfa521d638b  

 

Cooldowns

 

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinkets)
Total HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets 0 14,159 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/c980181f025b4de7a0810d49a3afbc02 BiS gear from Uldir
Doom's HatredLion's Grace

959

15,118 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/5898833131a6493bbfda7f2ca2ce0d5a  
Drust-Runed Icicle

1,153

15,312 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/a5302a9e0866441c8cb793e7d53f2526  
Lady Waycrest's Music Box

1,045

15,204 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/9e31b1aab770445bbff0fec2ccd92a5c  
Conch of Dark Whispers

958

15,117 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/2d8635bc4a7447be893716539abd92d6  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix

984

15,143 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/718e811078394261948197694808b838  
T'zane's Barkspines

910

15,069 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/e32d1a1d09ce4fd0839b8d626c36951f  
Ignition Mage's Fuse

913

15,072 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/1360fe62a71d4daea69126193118d51e  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage

657

14,816 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d1f842eb7ee541dc8095ad909f92a822  
Fangs of Intertwined Essence

3,114

17,273 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/4ccf6cb43e7b4547b948cd4d5e5c0e43  
Balefire Branch

579

14,738 https://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/5a77400495d842b98439c1870922e96f  

 


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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.