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Restoration Druid Stat Weights and Gearing

Updated 2 weeks, 6 days 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 below correspond to the different builds on the Talents and Builds page. Where are the stat weights? Now, more than ever, generalized stat weights are unnecessary. I made a case for them in Legion due to the high value of secondary stats, but in Battle for Azeroth item level is really the sole indicator of an upgrade outside of some Azerite Armor Traits (something stat weights won't factor in). If you want stat weights for yourself, I recommend the Additional Resources section below.

Raiding

Cooldowns Build

This build favors talents that don't add extra heal over time effects, making Mastery slightly weaker than all other stats.

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

Standard/Heal Over Time Builds

These builds generally favor talents that add more healing over time effects, bringing Mastery back up the list.

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

General Notes

  • Always use your highest item level piece while trying to keep a relative balance between secondary stats (except as noted above). Use enchants, gems, and consumables to help keep the balance.
  • Leech is worth about 5 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 favor Mastery slightly over other secondary stats, but you should still use your higher item level pieces or best Azerite Armor Traits. Leech also loses a bit of its usefulness in Mythic+ as a lot of your healing will be going into the tank and the need to save mana overall is much lower.

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

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 (2), Vectis (2), Zek'voz (1), Zul (2), G'huun (1)

Dungeons (Mythic+, Weekly Cache)
Atal'Dazar - Vol'kaal (1)
Freehold - Council o' Captains (1), Harlan Sweete (1)
King's Rest - Mchimba the Embalmer (1)
Siege of Boralus - Sergeant Bainbridge (1), Viq'Goth (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)
Tol Dagor - The Sand Queen (1), Overseer Korgus (2)
Waycrest Manor - Lord and Lady Waycrest (1)

Head

  1. Flashpowder Hood (Cooldowns Build) - Tol Dagor, Overseer Korgus
  2. Circlet of Enveloping Leviathan (Standard/Heal Over Time Builds) - Siege of Boralus, Viq'Goth
  3. Hood of Pestilent Ichor (All Builds) - Uldir, Vectis

Shoulder

  1. Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders (All Builds) - Uldir, Zul
  2. Pistoleer's Spaulders (Cooldowns Build) - Tol Dagor, Overseer Korgus
  3. Gold-Tasseled Epaulets (Standard/Heal Over Time Builds) - Freehold, Harlan Sweete

Cloak

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

Chest

  1. Raiment of the Blighted Tribe (Cooldowns Build) - Waycrest Manor, Gorak Tul
  2. Venture Co. Plenipotentiary Vest (Standard/Heal Over Time Builds) - The MOTHERLODE, Mogul Razdunk
  3. Jerkin of the Aberrant Chimera (All Builds) - 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

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 (1), Fetid Devourer (2), Vectis (1), Zak'voz (1), Mythrax the Unravler (2), Zul (3), G'huun (2)

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

Head

  1. Circlet of Enveloping Leviathan - Siege of Boralus, Viq'goth
  2. Cowl of Dark Portents - Uldir, Mythrax the Unravler

Shoulder

  1. Gold-Tasseled Epaulets Freehold, Harlan Sweete
  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. Striders of the Putrescent Path - Uldir, G'huun
  2. Moss-Covered Wingtip Shoes - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest

Finger

  1. Band of Certain Annihilation - Uldir, Mythrax the Unravler
  2. Ring of the Infinite Void - Uldir, Zek'voz
  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. Darkmoon Deck: Tides - Crafted, Inscription
  5. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  6. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  7. T'zane's Barkspines - World Boss, T'zane
  8. Ignition Mage's Fuse - Tol Dagor, Knight Captain Valyri
  9. Azurethos' Singed Plumage - World Boss, Azurethos, the Winged Typhoon
  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. Darkmoon Deck: Tides - Crafted, Inscription
  8. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  9. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  10. 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. Fangs of Intertwined Essence - Temple of Sethraliss, Avatar of Sethraliss (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. Darkmoon Deck: Tides - Crafted, Inscription
  7. Lady Waycrest's Music Box - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest
  8. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  9. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  10. 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. Fangs of Intertwined Essence - Temple of Sethraliss, Avatar of Sethraliss (If you need more mana, which is highly unlikely in Mythic+.)

Trinket Data - +

Standard/Healing Over Time

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinkets)
Total HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets 0 19,451 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/66b94027c0eb4937899a09db0425f231 BiS gear from Uldir with Versatility DPS trinket
Revitalizing Voodoo Totem 390 19,841 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/c51c22e082b240af9af0f574c9846663  
Conch of Dark Whispers 406 19,857 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/cd2d4173f31142ddb3a817bf8a90d05c  
Fangs of Intertwined Essence 292 19,743 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/27c46b2f7ec141258a51df90c1d71852  
Ignition Mage's Fuse 357 19,808 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/742a2fddf13f40b5b9a793851e77645a  
Balefire Branch 28 19,479 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/e355ee6ae5244266ac4f4b77739a5fdd Sim may not have optimal usage
Lady Waycrest's Music Box 544 19,995 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/dc44f7636fd848f1adf4623b69b66a47  
Inoculating Extract 333 19,784 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ee4ab6dbc6174f71995494e0b7569947  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix 483 19,934 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/3f6b6a0b98a74d71b3e30968b521936f  
Doom's HatredLion's Grace 457 19,908 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/2b48ec5a6d724220b0ff5e5d4296edca  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage 368 19,819 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/8229c20f4de647a49cb1674a52379fc4  
Drust-Runed Icicle 1004 20,455 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/3605024baff84f45b0f47d3860a334eb  
T'zane's Barkspines 549 20,000 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/05e47d51e6514970a3db4de1b8caa3c3  
Darkmoon Deck: Tides 684 20,135 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/a17922ecb735439ea29664f6975b0ee6  

 

Cooldowns

 

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinkets)
Total HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets 0 16,983 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/f061855a08c047288a3ecaadf1df90ad BiS gear from Uldir with Versatility DPS trinket
Doom's HatredLion's Grace

333

17,316 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b0bb2b90597643d988901a4681bea391  
Drust-Runed Icicle

554

17,537 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/a0a7e83981c24d89b05d1e90ab50eb66  
Lady Waycrest's Music Box

418

17,401 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d0d7cbdc80b24bc387045beb1690c4f4  
Conch of Dark Whispers

361

17,344 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/29ef944ec2c14f63a430ab5a0936e718  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix

378

17,361 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b9967fa6fbe04d99a2f8c9aa9d02badb  
T'zane's Barkspines

219

17,202 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ed5f72141c5448638ab6bf0529aaf25c  
Ignition Mage's Fuse

170

17,153 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/64a3dbcdc11e4c6fa9543672e86b09de  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage

35

17,018 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d435e67269b343e99463875a3b83a462  
Fangs of Intertwined Essence

439

17,422 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d7dfac5d65714001a259a7fc75a92e0c  
Balefire Branch

0

16,967 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b658fe6fd2a4454b835d4f095c4ba30b  

 

Mythic+

 

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinkets)
Total HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets 0 19,480 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/62761db2502d4c7c8516f08e75e98397 BiS gear from Uldir with Versatility DPS trinket
Doom's HatredLion's Grace

453

19,933 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/126ac728a7bd4b3f991e7fafd873c996  
Drust-Runed Icicle

634

20,114 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/f0cb7459cae6410eb3115f590d021d5b  
Lady Waycrest's Music Box

477

19,957 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/9fa44375b4f34b76ab747ec5c93fbb1f  
Conch of Dark Whispers

428

19.908 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/4b6b04e5706f49228238aeb19b34475a  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix

348

19,828 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/5ec611c6e7834d5b8970569a00d5655e  
T'zane's Barkspines

322

19,802 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/3aa748217abc4b10b23c59cb8557cda3  
Ignition Mage's Fuse

338

19,818 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/0390f3d1f64441a1a530f36d900bf666  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage

246

19,726 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/06ff6dda19c84d018b7aa4674c74d57c  
Fangs of Intertwined Essence

363

19,843 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/138d333ad41e49d9a750aae26d77484a  
Balefire Branch

218

19,698 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/1701c4899d094559a814e480c1be766d  
Darkmoon Deck: Tides

665

20,145 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/bc60badfc91a4227adb080b919ad46a7  

 


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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.