So, we’ve learned a little bit about our spells, but perhaps more importantly we must learn when to cast what. This is usually very encounter specific, and we cover it in detail in the encounters guide (coming soon). These are more general strategies that can work well in a wide variety of situations.

Tank Healing Rotation and Strategy
You should look to keep a full set of HoTs on the tank at all times, even if you’re raid healing since we offer pretty good tank healing value for very few GCD’s spent and tanks are much squishier early in the expansion.

  • Keep Lifebloom up at all times. Refresh it in the 0-4.5 second range to proc the bloom effect without losing any Lifebloom ticks.
  • Keep Rejuvenation up at all times.
  • Respond to extra damage by first casting Cenarion Ward if taken. It’s very mana efficient and applies another stack of our Mastery.
  • Respond to bursts of damage by casting Regrowth, or Swiftmend if a 1.5 second cast is too slow.
  • Use Regrowth if the damage is spiky. If it’s not, trust your HoT’s to do their job. You shouldn’t expect to have the tank at 100% HP for an entire fight.
  • (Extra) Use Ironbark if the incoming damage is too much to handle, or if you’re expecting incoming damage to be huge.
  • (Extra) Your Efflorescence can be dropped under the tank to supplement healing. Just make sure you hit the melee group with it too.


Raid Healing Rotation and Strategy

To raid heal as a Resto Druid you will learn to anticipate damage. This can be a very rewarding play style as you’ll find your numbers going steadily up as you learn how best to heal each boss. It can be easy as a new player to react to damage going out by casting Rejuvenations on damaged players which is acceptable but not optimal. Raid healing is very encounter specific, but here are a few general strategies:

  • Keep Efflorescence on a stack of at least three allies who are likely to take damage. You can often line up both the tank and melee group to guarantee full value.
  • Cast Wild Growth on cooldown if there are six or more allies that have taken damage. You shouldn’t cast Wild Growth before the damage hits as the first few ticks of the HoT are the largest and shouldn’t be wasted. Wild Growth is very efficient, and should be cast as often as possible.
  • Cast Rejuvenation on any allies that are about to take damage, or that have taken significant damage.
  • Use Regrowth and Swiftmend to keep low HP people from dying. Prioritize targets with already existing HoTs for a larger emergency heal. If you are running Abundance then feel free to cast quite a few Regrowths after damage has hit.

Always remember: Your job is to keep people alive, and you should throw everything into making sure that’s the case. Even when they stand in fire, or volcanoes, or ooze explosions.


What to do with downtime

Especially early in fights, you’ll have many opportunities where there just isn’t any / much damage going out. Instead of wasting your mana overhealing, consider the following line:

  • Keep your tank rotation going, including Efflorescence as tanks are likely to take more consistent damage and often won’t have much Rage / Runic Power / Fury early in the fight for defensive abilities.
  • Cast Moonfire, and Sunfire, then chain cast Solar Wrath on the boss. A more optimal DPS rotation might be available if you’ve taken the Balance or Feral affinities.
  • If raid-wide damage will occur in the next 10 seconds, start pre-hotting the raid with Rejuvenation.


“Special Techniques”

The Innervate Bomb

Innervate gives you 10 seconds of free, or reduced cost casting. Your rotation is the same regardless of whether you keep or give away your Innervate. For best results:

  • Pop your innervate 5-6 seconds before raid-wide damage hits. Open with Efflorescence to maximise mana saved.
  • Spend your 5-8 free global cooldowns blanketing the raid in Rejuvenations.
  • As the damage hits cast Wild Growth and then follow it up with Flourish.
  • This puts eight to ten 15+ second rejuvenations ticking at double speed across the raid. All for little to no mana.

There are opportunities in every fight for a good Innervate Bomb and you should aim to include as many in a fight as possible.


Spring Stacker

This one will depend on your raids general healing strategy but because of the way mastery works we are somewhat better at healing a smaller group of targets instead of blanketing the entire raid. So if we’re going to blanket the raid in Rejuvenations we should prioritize those that we can hit with other HoTs. Using the Spring Stacker strategy (you can substitute ‘melee group’ for ‘ranged group’):

  • Run the Spring Blossoms talent and keep Efflorescence up at all times on the melee group.
  • Cast Wild Growth on a melee target. It’s a smart heal within 30 yards and should hit mostly damaged melee allies (unless your raid is stacked).
  • When casting Rejuvenation, prioritize those in this melee / tank stack.
  • Prioritize the same group with any Regrowth procs that you get for an even bigger boost.
  • This means that you’re getting a 10-20%+ boost to your two strongest spells (Wild Growth / Rejuvenation) and even more on the tank target and anyone low enough to proc Cultivation.



As powerful as Tranquility is, it is even more so on targets with stacks of HoTs. Unless it’s an absolute emergency, consider doing the following before you pop it:

  • If you are running Spring Blossoms, make sure an Efflorescence is out.
  • Cast Wild Growth in the global cooldown immediately before you Tranq.
  • (Extra) Cast Rejuvenation on key targets.


Let’s get our talents up to scratch.

14 responses to “Rotation”

  1. Midsummerr says:

    I was wondering if you could add swiftmend to the cursor weak aura? I’d like to know as soon as its off cooldown and i think it will be even more important with upcoming patch when we have new 4 set bonus.

  2. Stich says:

    I found during raids, emergency Healing is needed.. eff is down, wg, rejuv on low hp, LB tank + Convoke+Tranq finished with Flourish will bring back the entire raid grp to 100% Hp, this has been a win win and GG for getttin some of the proggression bosses down…

  3. Tahlius says:

    thanks for all your content, I am really enjoying reading through all your amazing tips and tricks.

    As you also cover “special techniques” here is one I think is by far our strongest hps output.
    10 seconds before raid dmg hits you activate Tree of Life and start blanketing the raid. Just before the dmg income you cast Wild Growth and refresh Efflorescence and follow with Convoke. This should get a Reju and Wild Growth hot on almost all players (considering a 20 man raid). To maximize output you can then cast Flourish to get a massive hps output for the next 10-15 seconds.

    Another thing to think about is the Tranq – convoke combo, especially with the new night fae legendary as it will give you a high chance to Flourish the Tranq hots.
    If it somehow doesnt Flourish you can still cast it yourself. With the new legendary you will then only have a minute downtime until your convoke is rdy again, which you could then use combined with your tree.

    Imo there are so many amazing ways we can utilize convoke and the new legendary now. I love playing Resto in 9.1

  4. Kristi Griggs says:

    Hi. Has this section been updated for Shadowlands? I’m particularly curious about the “special techniques.”
    Thank you!

    • Voulk says:

      Hi! It’s been given a brief update today, and I have a larger update that should go out in the next few days – in particular to refine the special techniques section.

  5. Lifender says:

    Hello, do you think it’s worth it in raid to cast a flourish after a convoc if it has been cast during it ?

  6. Recyclone says:

    I find you can replicate an innervate bomb with Memory of Lucid Dreams. It won’t be as powerful if you’re running lively spirit, but it can produce similar results. I tend to use early in a fight to maximize my lucid dreams usage.

  7. Christophe Gervolino says:

    Hi, i would like to know if you have a tree of life form tip. Because wowanalyzer would like 5% heal with it and i am at 2%.

    • Voulk says:

      Make sure you’re filling your Tree of Life GCD’s with the right spells. Your priority in tree is Efflorescence > Wild Growth > Rejuv. Fit three Wild Growths into every tree and avoid Regrowth as much as possible.

  8. Huntingtiger says:

    I use a version of the innervate bomb with Incarnation: Tree. I pop tree then innervate and load up a ton of hots with WG, Regrowth, and rejuv. If damage is heavy I’ll Flourish afterwards for some truly inspiring healing.
    Also for Tranq + I usually tranq WG and lay a few more rejuvs before Flourish. Again some amazing results.

  9. Hornlig says:

    Uldir opened normal and heroic opened last night and because our guild had a full roster signed up for heroic we ended up with 27 people. I’m quite new to raid healing as druid but i found myself using Tranq followed up with Flourish (so the stacks from tranq ticks faster and get extended) on the MOTHER encounter. It should be noted that i was sent through the gates first. However since Tranq hits the other sides this felt like a solid option for topping people off and sending more through faster.

  10. Proph says:

    Thanks for your guide. I’m reading through it and had a question about talents. I like to use 2120132 (Prosperity and Soul of the Forest) to get the synergy between the two talents. All the guide makers seem to be on the same page and I’m not sure if it’s a group thought thing or if it’s a situational thing or if the two talents are really that bad. Is there any reason you can’t use those two talents? Can you help me understand why not if there is?

    Thanks and thank you for your work 🙂

  11. Snuffey says:

    One thing if found out on the innervate bomb is that you prob want to refresh your efflorencence aswell since that also is a very mana heavy spell, doesnt really increase your hps if your a good healer and have high uptime but its just as costly as WG 🙂

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