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Restoration Druid Healing Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.2
2022/02/22 at 2:15 AM
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Welcome to our Restoration Druid starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Restoration Druid, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Restoration Druid Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
NEW Patch 9.2 Changes
NEW Tier Set Bonus
Rotation, Priority, and Abilities
Macros & Addons
NEW Castle Nathria Tips
NEW Sepulcher Tips
About the Author
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Best Restoration Druid Covenant
Regarding Restoration Druids and covenant choice, there aren't any absolutely abysmal choices of covenant. If you want to choose a particular covenant for whatever reason then that option is open for you as a Restoration Druid. Most reasonable goals within the game can be accomplished regardless of covenant choice. If you're looking to push the absolute highest levels of PvE and PvP content then you're going to likely need to specialize your covenant depending on the content or specific need.
Best Restoration Druid Covenants and Soulbinds for Raid
Best Restoration Druid Covenants and Soulbinds for Mythic+
Best Restoration Druid Legendaries
Best Legendaries for Restoration Druid in Patch 9.2
Best Single Legendary for Restoration Druid in Patch 9.2
Restoration Druids have received mostly changes to their covenant-specific legendaries for patch 9.2 which really has only affected their Mythic+ selection. During the first few weeks of Patch 9.2, you won't be able to use two legendaries, they only become available during week 5.
Best Single Legendaries
: Healing -
Damage - Either
Best Double Legendaries for Restoration Druid in Patch 9.2
Eternity's End allows players to wear two legendary items, instead of one, with a restriction. One of the two legendaries must be your covenant legendary, making covenant choice now also impacted directly by the strength of Covenant Legendaries. Double Legendaries become available during week 5, after completing its story chapter.
Best Double Legendaries
Vision of Unending Growth
: Healing -
Damage - Either
Draught of Deep Focus
Restoration Druid Legendaries Guide
Best Restoration Druid Talents
These Restoration Druid builds are well rounded and suited for group content. More information on all of the different talents choices and reasons for using them can be found on the Restoration Druid Talent Guide.
Restoration Druid Talents Guide
Restoration Druid Stat Priority
With a diminishing return on secondary stats in Shadowlands, we're returning to a more balanced secondary stat setup for raiding Restoration Druids that prioritizes gearing for item level.
For raiding, you'll always prioritize item level over specific stats, but haste does tend to gain a small edge.
Critical Strike, Versatility, and Mastery
For Mythic+, you'll still want to gear for item-level, but prioritize more Haste and Mastery when looking at similar item level pieces. Mastery is by far the strongest healing stat in dungeons, but it's worth noting that Mastery does not provide additional damage. If your goal is to provide as much damage as possible in Mythic+ then consider prioritizing other stats over Mastery.
Versatility & Crit
Restoration Druid Stats Guide
Restoration Druid Enchants and Consumables
For a brief look at enchants you'll want to utilize on your gear, we've provided the below table. For more information on all the consumables used by Restoration Druids, please see our consumables guide.
Restoration Druid Enchants
Tenet of Mastery
Tenet of Haste
Restoration Druid Consumables Guide
Best Restoration Druid Rotation
This is a simple priority for Resto Druids, though situations and circumstances can vary. If someone in danger of dying, then you should take whatever action necessary to prevent it regardless of how inefficient or where the action falls in this priority. More information about ability priority, important ability explanations, and advanced tips can be found in the Restoration Druid Rotation Guide.
on the active tank at all times.
can be swapped to non-tank targets that are taking moderate to heavy damage or to yourself if using
active under injured targets. Usually keeping it in melee is a safe bet. However, if the ranged are taking significant raid damage and are mostly stacked you can use it there as well.
on cooldown when incoming AoE damage occurs.
on priority or highly injured targets on cooldown. These players will require a
HoT on them that will be consumed. Apply the HoT before if necessary, but try to prefer consuming an expiring HoT if possible to improve efficiency.
Omen of Clarity
on heavily injured targets.
heavily injured players if necessary.
as a filler raid healing ability by spreading
to players that are (or are about to) taking damage.
when the entire group or raid is heavily injured being mindful of other healers' raid cooldowns.
as damaging filler abilities during periods of little to zero incoming damage.
Restoration Druid Rotation Guide
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