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Restoration Druid Artifact, Relics, and Crucible

Patch 7.3.2 Updated
November 24, 2017

This page gives a brief overview of the Restoration Druid artifact weapon, G'hanir, the Mother Tree, with a focus on what trait paths you should take when starting out. While you’ll eventually have all of the traits unlocked, there are a few different paths you can take to get there.

You unlock traits by gaining Artifact Power, which is obtained from doing nearly anything in game, including: world quests, dungeons, raids, and PVP. Once you have enough Artifact Power for a new trait, you must go back to the Dreamgrove (Druid Order Hall) to select your new trait at the Seed of Ages, located to the west of the Circle of Spirits.

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Recommended Artifact Paths, before Empowerment

Below, you'll find recommended paths to take with your first 35 artifact traits.

Mana Efficiency (Green) | Throughput (Blue) | Utility (Yellow)

Restoration Druid artifact trait paths Nature's Vigor Grovewalker Nature's Essence Essence of Nordrassil Dreamwalker Natural Mending Blooms of G'hanir Armor of the Ancients Blessing of the World Tree Tranquil Mind Essence of G'hanir Infusion of Nature Persistence Knowledge of the Ancients Power of the Archdruid Seeds of the World Tree Mark of Shifting

I recommend starting with the mana efficiency (green) path. Mana will be much tighter in Legion and this path focuses heavily on reducing the mana cost of spells, increasing the duration of your spells, and even giving you completely free bonus spells from the Power of the Archdruid trait at the end.

With the mana efficiency path done, I recommend going through the throughput (blue) path next. This provides the highest raw healing increase. The Dreamwalker trait at the end even provides additional mana efficiency along with more throughput.

Finally, you can go through the utility (yellow) path, or just fill in traits as you see fit. I recommend getting to the Tranquil Mind trait as quickly as possible. It’s easily the best utility trait on the artifact, eliminating one of the huge drawbacks Tranquility has.


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Recommended Artifact Paths, after Empowerment

After unlocking all 35 initial traits, you'll be able to empower your weapon with a short quest line, starting with The Broken Shore: Investigating the Legion quest. Empowering your weapon unlocks a new, small trait tree and allows you to increase all of your 3-point traits to 4-points. Below is my recommendation for the order you should get the empowered traits. 

Restoration Druid empowered artifact trait paths

This order focuses on picking up consistent throughput increases, followed by consistent mana efficiency increases, and finally less consistent increases for both. The order is based on simulation data as well as my own feelings on how effective each of the traits are in normal healing situations.

Artifact Relics

Artifact Relics are primarily used to raise the item level of your artifact weapon. They also provide a bonus rank to certain artifact traits. You can put relics into your weapon just by Shift+Right-clicking the weapon. When you overwrite a relic with a new one, the old relic is destroyed.

When picking between relics, you'll want to consider the item level increase to your weapon as well as which trait you're gaining. You can see the approximate weapon item level worth in parentheses for each available trait below. Remember, this is the item level gain to your weapon, not the item level gain between the relics themselves.

Relic Trait Recommendations

  1. Persistence (5 item levels)
  2. Grovewalker (3 item levels)
  3. Knowledge of the Ancients (3 item levels)
  4. Infusion of Nature (2 item levels)
  5. Essence of Nordrassil (1 item level)
  6. Eternal Restoration (1 item level)
  7. Natural Mending (0 item levels)
  8. Armor of the Ancients (0 item levels)
  9. Blessing of the World Tree (0 item levels)
  10. Seeds of the World Tree (0 item levels)

Netherlight Crucible, Relic Empowerment

The Netherlight Crucible is a forge located on the Vindicaar on Argus, it's unlocked by completing all quests in the Krokuun and Mac'aree zones, ending in the An Offering of Shadow quest. Once unlocked, it allows you to increase the item level of your artifact weapon, gain additional effects based on your relic, and gain additional trait points for some traits.

Restoration Druid Nether Crucible

The added abilities and traits that are available on each relic are randomized when the relic is socketed into your weapon or previewed in the Crucible. As noted with basic relics above, you'll want to consider the item level increase to your weapon as well as which basic relic trait you're gaining, along with the new abilities and additional trait. You can see the approximate weapon item level worth in parentheses for each available ability and trait below. Remember, this is the item level gain to your weapon, not the item level gain between the relics themselves.

Crucible Ability and Trait Recommendations

Abilities
  1. Infusion of Light (6 item levels)
  2. Refractive Shell (5 item levels)
  3. Secure in the Light (5 item levels)
  4. Light's Embrace (4 item levels)
  5. Master of Shadows (4 item levels)
  6. Light Speed (1 item level)
  7. Shocklight (0 item levels)
  8. Murderous Intent (0 item levels)
  9. Chaotic Darkness (0 item levels)
  10. Shadowbind (0 item levels)
  11. Torment the Weak (no inherent healing benefit)
  12. Dark Sorrows (no inherent healing benefit)
Traits

The traits you pick follow the same Recommended Relic Traits information listed above.

  1. Persistence (5 item levels)
  2. Grovewalker (3 item levels)
  3. Knowledge of the Ancients (3 item levels)
  4. Infusion of Nature (2 item levels)
  5. Essence of Nordrassil (1 item level)
  6. Eternal Restoration (1 item level)
  7. Natural Mending (0 item levels)
  8. Armor of the Ancients (0 item levels)
  9. Blessing of the World Tree (0 item levels)
  10. Seeds of the World Tree (0 item levels)

Data used to calculate item level worth of traits and abilities.

Traits

Trait With Trait
(HPS, 400 second fight)
Without Trait
(HPS, 400 second fight)
Item Level Worth
(gain to match HPS)
Report With Report Without Report to Match Item Level
Persistence 152,397 147,797 5 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/20857cd525504f61bafaf4cf1b69c4c0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/065eb2b4f9644b5bb290e6c47ec9a697  http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d9b6f2a2bd9c4733b9bdd43147b9afa4
Grovewalker 148,113 146,323 3 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/008cb3f6ef194432a25ddc4d65d3c738 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/8f75086a13bc447182518e529f997b23 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/0fdcdfbb83e24ff78d9e42f1eb6bf299
Knowledge of the Ancients 147,014 145,194 3 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/44279c16864044ff968ffca5384c64ee http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/12d2fcd2d74e47f2b7e23b0b67d7439b http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/e008cb3ac79b4450ac9d5850f880c195
Infusion of Nature 148,569 147,234 2 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/19230d5041d74e469b10ee62003f9574 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/699dde80866940a492f32b839eb7ba50 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b8302f7173a445f8bacf35d520db902a
Essence of Nordrassil 143,282 143,205 1 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/dfc0d4afe7d14797a114760a77c0cc02 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/9e5df3d0c53840c2afbfee160538968c -
Eternal Restoration 160,354 160,335 1 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/2ceae95a98df467e835db6b593c9e560 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/499c627c7e8f4aec9e2219a65368bec9 -
Natural Mending 146,572 146,312 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/039068544b5d4a1a947a6e8b394af0b9 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/0d8c0c1ff1f743d29bb478c99eef0a70 -
Armor of the Ancients 147,126 146,276 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/bcb1230ea1934040b3e4411b8581ed20 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/501f74c276fd40359a807c8beeee1de0 -
Blessing of the World Tree 148,264 148,143 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/0191c67223d34016b4f23edbabdf13c0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/90c4f13b64e54a01beefcbc94be2b4a2 -
Seeds of the World Tree 148,456 147,240 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/fc28647ab18647c7bfacbce35e6cee03 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/eb4d04727a0544c4928a7c79a264a19d -

Abilities

Ability With Ability
(HPS, 400 second fight)
Without Ability
(HPS, 400 second fight)
Item Level Worth
(gain to match HPS)
Report With Report Without Report to Match Item Level
Infusion of Light 158,378 149,403 6 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/6122456b608b49ddb182eb903b766e68 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/795e1dc0792b437f921041eb53390d58 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/84374016e6e84d7ca339be85f76fdb86
Refractive Shell 156,092 149,173 5 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/bbeb57e5ca8a445f952a8f485c425189 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ce3a7d76beeb4f0f8ba1ecd326348656 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d464243e7dde4549b339a5c9fe146f84
Secure in the Light 155,480 149,600 5 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/df7b503f451e49689b177767e74eb5f8 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ce3a7d76beeb4f0f8ba1ecd326348656 -
Light's Embrace 152,207 149,696 4 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/4a753c39d3884631bfed8ab89cc8b6d1 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b0edf3c2eed64bd5acf9585322f2cf95 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/44280775303245ce8782552395608520
Master of Shadows 152,252 149,893 4 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b52db2f5eea94d90a17cc14764eb81b2 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ec28e29dbbfd45a6ba9725fd94b1d322 -
Light Speed 150,540 149,543 1 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/63807c19bd7544a8b06fd46c02535da1 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/8bd99b49aae143aa8f4ea4b14c748d55 -
Shocklight 149,931 149,546 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/c5f6d27ac69b411bbcfd1c887c4c1c95 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/66e3d86f4cd14726b6251318a633617c -
Murderous Intent 149,338 149,253 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/ef82867bd8f5413b888a7668e8b40bd8 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/6341a2f433cd46de8371f72c7f9805b1 -
Chaotic Darkness 149,705 149,460 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/910a2b9d16764379a514a63ad6e70db0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/b9847279c88444c4a69fd94e1376ae1c -
Shadowbind 148,710 149,765 0 http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/d68497fe5c0c41dda60b3254190229ca http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/simulator/report/c27fa49910544c3a8ed7b40b21838665 -
Torment the Weak - - 0 - - -
Dark Sorrows - - 0 - - -


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November 24, 2017 (Enchants, Gems, Consumables) - Updated raiding enchant and consumable information to favor mastery.

November 24, 2017 (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Updated Best in Slot, Legendary, and Trinket information for Antorus, including the new "item level worth" system for trinkets.

October 25, 2017 (Restoration Druid Guide) - Guide reviewed and updated for 7.3.2, no major changes needed. Added new notes about T19 to the Stats and Gearing page.

October 21, 2017 (Artifact Weapon and Relics) - Added date used to calculate item level worth of traits and abilities to the bottom of the page.

October 12, 2017 (Artifact Weapon and Relics) - Added approximate item level worth of relic traits and crucible abilities.

September 26, 2017 (Addons) - Added the proper import code for the Cenarion Ward WeakAura.

September 25, 2017 (Restoration Druid Guide) - Added new WeakAuras and updated Grid saved variables.

September 12, 2017 (Restoration Druid Guide) - Added simulation information for Netherlight Crucible abilities and adjusted rankings.

September 05, 2017 (Restoration Druid Guide) - Added Invasion Point gear to best in slot lists.

August 27, 2017 (Restoration Druid Guide) - Added Nether Crucible information to the Artifact page.




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