The reference sheet is updated for 7.3! You might also want to check out the Resto Druid 7.3 FAQ here.
Reference sheets offer a quick way to get into a class (especially an alt that has just reached 110). For the full Resto Druid guide, complete with advanced explanations, click here. The reference guide is unlikely to offer the best strategy for any particular fight, but should be ‘pretty good’ across the board. Restoration Druids specialize in heal over time (HoT) effects and excel at reacting to consistent damage while being weak at dealing with burst damage outside of cooldowns. In raid they often focus on healing the raid while keeping multiple hots on the tanks. They are currently very powerful in both Mythic+ dungeons, and Legion raids.
- Lifebloom. Heal over time that can only be cast on one target at a time. Aim for 100% lifebloom uptime on a tank.
- Rejuvenation. Heal over time effect that lasts 15+ seconds. Likely to be your most cast spell, but can be expensive when undergeared.
- Wild Growth. AoE heal over time effect on a short cooldown that hits six targets. Very efficient (especially once you pick up the related artifact traits). Should be cast almost on cooldown to keep the party healthy.
- Efflorescence. Targeted healing effect that heals allies in the green circle. It lasts for 30 seconds and is very efficient so practice keeping it up at all times.
- Regrowth. Fast, inefficient heal that applies a smaller HoT effect. High crit chance. Actually a very strong spell but take care that you don’t overuse it. Useful for saving low HP allies if Swiftmend is on cooldown.
- Healing Touch. Slow, efficient heal that ends up being bad in most situations. Cast it on tanks that have a full set of hots already rolling. Consider taking this spell off your bars and use downtime to DPS instead.
- Swiftmend. Instant heal on a 30 second cooldown. Our only emergency single target heal.
- Barkskin. Reduces the damage you take by 20% for 12 seconds. This is off the global cooldown, so get into the habit of casting it whenever you’re in danger.
- IronBark. Reduces the damage your target takes by 20% for 12 seconds. Use this whenever tank damage has gotten too high for your HoTs, or if another key ally is in trouble.
- Tranquility. Heals ALL allies within 40 yards. One of the strongest raid cooldowns in the game, and on a 3 minute cooldown!
- Essence of G’Hanir. Basically forces your heal over time effects to heal twice as often for its duration. A short 1.5 minute cooldown so use it often.
In the level 90 tier all three talents have a place in raid however Spring Blossoms and Germination are often the best picks. You can read more about our talents here.
Resto Druid has three strong golden traits, and you’ll pick up all three with your first Artifact Power item when you hit 110.
After you’ve filled out your artifact path, you will unlock a quest to empower your artifact. Once you have done so, the following order is recommended for the new traits:
Concordance of the Legion (14 above) has 50 ranks and you’ll be putting points into it for the rest of the expansion.
Item Ilvl > All. Any ‘generic’ stat weights you see are at best misleading. More information here.
- Resto Druid cooldowns are quite short. It’s common as a newer player to save them for emergencies. Instead you should make sure they’re keybound and use them often. Flourish and Essence of G’Hanir especially.
- Innvervate reduces the mana cost of spells to 0 for its duration. Use Flourish to extend the duration of the extra HoTs you’ll have up. Try and fit in both a Wild Growth and an Efflorescence refresh to maximise the value of the Innervate.
- Use Bear Form to help survive burst damage and buy yourself a few extra seconds to receive heals. If you are talented into Guardian Affinity you can cast Frenzied Regeneration to heal yourself back up. Keybind it. It will save your life frequently and at high gear levels can gain you more than 2 million extra HP.