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Restoration Druid Stat Weights and Gearing

Updated 2 days ago for patch 8.1 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

Heal Over Time Build

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 Raid Gearing 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

Battle of Dazar'alor
Soon

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

Shoulder

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

Cloak

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

Chest

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

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

Battle of Dazar'alor
Soon™

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 any Raiding 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.

This list is ordered as if every trinket is item level 385, except where noted, and should be accurate for trinkets within 5-10 item levels of each other. When comparing trinkets >10 item levels apart, you should use the higher item level trinket.

  1. Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix - Uldir, Mythrax the Devourer
  2. Doom's Hatred / Lion's Grace - Warfront World Boss, The Lion's Roar
  3. Drust-Runed Icicle - World Boss, Hailstone Construct
  4. Conch of Dark Whispers - Shrine of the Storm, Vol'zith the Whisperer
  5. T'zane's Barkspines - World Boss, T'zane
  6. Lady Waycrest's Music Box - Waycrest Manor, Lord and Lady Waycrest
  7. Azurethos' Singed Plumage - World Boss, Azurethos, the Winged Typhoon
  8. Darkmoon Deck: Tides (355) - Crafted, Inscription
  9. Ignition Mage's Fuse - Tol Dagor, Knight Captain Valyri
  10. Balefire Branch - Waycrest Manor, Soulbound Goliath
  11. Ancient Knot of Wisdom - Warfront World Boss, Ivus the Forest Lord/Ivus the Decayed

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 - +

Healing Over Time

 

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinket)
Raw HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets (BiS Uldir) 0 27,845 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/63814b03d33a4759bbe66b69e1383800 Matching trinkets to ~15 ally deaths (-17% modifier vs 0% modifier)
Ancient Knot of Wisdom 1494 29,339 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/761837ad1af44d2b8bff7ab194f2bbe3  
T'zane's Barkspines 2160 30,005 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/51e804553ec441fe88914803cbc0202f  
Ignition Mage's Fuse 1828 29,673 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/6380df87e9a8474baf7d1663d72dac3b  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage 1934 29,779 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/a46a5ff03c9e4a4baec8d9300037ad96  
Drust-Runed Icicle 2182 30,027 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ae5de20e32f54851808ea0b0cd4545f2  
Doom's Hatred / Lion's Grace 2319 30,164 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/5980f2ba9b3e412aa590e135e24ea355  
Lady Waycrest's Music Box 2239 30,084 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/a49cd25618884c68a774ffa87a7dd4ab  
Darkmoon Deck: Tides (355) 2045 29,890 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/898051c7118846008140f681ed29a0e1  
Conch of Dark Whispers 2220 30,365 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/1be6585ec5e4443082337bad71d3c2e5  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix 2144 29,989 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/5c9a46829d8e4bf0956457765d101b9b  
Balefire Branch 1705 29,550 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/df5022589f104b40a5aa9fdee87ff669  

 

Cooldowns

Trinket HPS Difference
(vs no trinket)
Raw HPS Report Notes
No Trinkets (BiS Uldir) 0 25,322 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/295e00f1c4274676956c69458e2d71be Matching trinkets to ~20 ally deaths (-17% modifier vs 0% modifier)
Ancient Knot of Wisdom 1126 26,448 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b99875b819ca448fb87c2a0d8f956d07  
T'zane's Barkspines 1887 27,209 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/632a7fd8c8a64920a8fd446d91d150bb  
Ignition Mage's Fuse 1526 26,848 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/fb09541f74ee488ea47583719b7ab8b2  
Azurethos' Singed Plumage 1716 27,038 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/0f3cb5939132404f9910b64e1853df91  
Drust-Runed Icicle 2031 27,353 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/71174f7ec3804d0b8b898131348ff079  
Doom's Hatred / Lion's Grace 2049 27,371 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/aa3733e3da674d22a8668e1a31c2c223  
Lady Waycrest's Music Box 1857 27,179 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/3d98a09c4abe494ca91c03da13b4c329  
Darkmoon Deck: Tides (355) 1698 27,020 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/6ec15dd5de2f413380348ed95f049604  
Conch of Dark Whispers 1968 27,290 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/f34a129e09e949e1a7bca39e80ec9e75  
Twitching Tentacle of Xalzaix 2070 27,392 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/faa6d4598ce6445e85718cc3e2bee20d  
Balefire Branch 1506 26,828 https://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/debe8ea927ad4b3fb2af31bfcaabd4ab  

 

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. - +

December 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Minor updates to best in slot gear, completed a full review and update of best in slot trinkets. Removed Standard Build references.

December 12, 2018 - 1:59 pm (Talents and Builds) - Restructured Talent Builds, removed Standard build.

December 10, 2018 - 11:45 am (Restoration) - Guide reviewed with minor updates for 8.1. New azerite armor traits added.

November 13, 2018 - 2:36 pm (Addons) - Added Flourish WeakAura and moved Verdant Embrace to the Old WeakAuras section.

November 13, 2018 - 2:24 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code with new debuffs from dungeons as well as a full rebuild of how debuffs are categorized.

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.