Shadowlands Compilation: Resto Druid

Last Updated: 21 July

This page will exist as a compendium of all Resto Druid changes in the upcoming Shadowlands expansion. We don’t know anywhere near enough to comment on viability or strength yet but I’ll add commentary where relevant. This page will be updated as we learn more. Overall the Resto Druid changes are big positives so far and our new talent tree in particular is looking great. 


Returning Spells

  • Cyclone
  • Stampeding Roar
  • Nature’s Swiftness (tooltip missing, makes your next Regrowth instant and increases its healing by 100%).
  • Nourish (talent, previously PVP only, replaces Prosperity)
  • Heart of the Wild (talent) – Replaces Typhoon. 
  • Overgrowth (talent, previously PVP only, replaces Stonebark). Its cooldown has been increased to 1 minute.

Resto Druid is already stacked with Mythic+ utility. Now we have more. With mastery unchanged our dungeon outlook remains as good as it has been in Legion and BFA at this early juncture. If Feral Affinity remains the strongest DPS option on the row then we’ll trade Typhoon for Maim, Cyclone and Mighty Bash which is a large upgrade. Nature’s Swiftness could be expanded to include Nourish but will be quite a large heal either way. 

Overgrowth will see about as much play as Stonebark did unless it sees further changes. A mana cost reduction would be a great start. 


Spell Changes

  • Swiftmend replaced with Swiftmend Classic™. It’s cheaper and has a shorter cooldown (15s), but it consumes a HoT on the target. 
  • Multiple spell mana costs have changed. Some spells are also slightly stronger / weaker than on live. This is discussed further below.
  • Ironbark cooldown increased to 90s (from 60) but at level 56 gains Stonebarks effect of increasing HoT healing on the target while active. 
  • If Innervate is cast on an ally you now get the effect at 50% effectiveness for its duration. 
  • Regrowth initial heal has a 40% increased crit chance at level 54 if the target already has a Regrowth HoT. 

The Swiftmend change gives Soul of the Forest a large increase in power and it should compete well on that tier so long as New-Swiftmend is worth casting. Baking Stonebark into Ironbark is a great move since it effectively removes a dud talent. The cooldown increase is no doubt to curb our dungeon strengths. 

The Innervate change is great for raid utility and you shouldn’t find yourself ever wanting to self-cast it during progression. 


Current Talent Tree

You can also play around with the wowhead talent calculator here. Germination likely still needs a little work to be viable. Overgrowth is a great addition to its row since it provides something quite different to the other choices on the row. It is still quite expensive for what you get and I’d love to see them slash the mana cost to keep it competitive. 


Spell Comparisons

Consider these informational only for now. They will likely change throughout alpha and we still have Covenant “trees” to come which will likely modify spec abilities like the Artifact weapons did in Legion. We’ll go into much more depth when they get a few more builds along. 

Mastery: 9%, Haste: 8%. These are based on the stats we had at the beginning of BFA which is likely to follow in Shadowlands. Crit / Spell Aura not included since they are consistent across spells with the exception of the second Regrowth cast which is minimally affected. 



Covenants are basically four mini-factions of which you’ll pick one to align yourself with. There will be a process to switch covenants but they’ve indicated it won’t be an ultra quick process. Signing up to a covenant gives you one “signature ability” which is the same for every class, and a special “spec ability” which differs depending on what you’re playing. These are going to be tuned up until the day the expansion goes live (and probably for weeks after that) so we can only speculate about which might be best. They should also eventually have skill trees attached to them that give a variety of passive abilities. We don’t know much about these yet but they could factor into our decision.

Kyrian (Bastion)

Signature Ability: Summon Steward. You get your own personal butler that can give you a potion that heals and removes Curse, Diseases, Poisons and Bleeds. In BFA this would have been occasionally useful in Mythic+ but probably not enough so that you’d take it over the other three alternatives. Feels like the heal could be larger if you are giving up a large defensive or mobility cooldown for it given the debuff removal will see only niche use. 

Druid Ability: Kindred Spirits. As Resto we get to form a bond with an ally that lasts for an hour. Every minute we can empower the bond for 10 seconds. The bond replicates 50% of all healing we do onto the target. Think of it as an on-use Beacon of Light. We also get some benefit on ourselves for the duration but these haven’t yet been datamined.

Necrolords (Maldraxxus)

Signature Ability: Fleshcraft. A channeled 4 second cast that creates an absorb for 20% of your maximum HP. If you channel near a corpse it absorbs between 20% and 50% instead (scaling with the strength of the mob). It also has a long two minute cooldown. Not good in its current iteration for general play. Large defensives can be good in Mythic+ but Druid does already have a strong supply of them.

Druid Ability: Adaptive Swarm. A large HoT or DoT that heals over 12 seconds and increases our other HoTs by 20%. Bounces between allies and enemies on expiration. If you can have multiple of these out at once then it’s reasonably good and a great design. Given it is random and only heals one target at a time we will probably want this to be very good numerically to justify the pick. 

Night Fae (Ardenweald)

Signature Ability: Soulshape. A movement speed buff with a blink attached? Yes. Please. You can also collect different forms to turn into including a moth, wolfhawk, unicorn and much more. 

Druid Ability: Convoke the Spirits. Channel a flurry of Druid abilities over a 4 second cast. The tooltip mentions that it’ll prefer restoration abilities but it remains to be seen what kind of percentage we’re looking at here. This could be amazing so long as ~75% or so of the casts are regrowth, rejuv or Wild Growth.

Venthyr (Revendreth)

Signature Ability: Door of Shadows. This is a blink with a 1.5s cast time and a 1 minute cooldown. Blinks are generally given quite high value and they should only feel “mandatory” with very specific dungeon / raid boss design. I don’t think we’ll ever end up in a situation where you are only invited to a key or raid if you are Venthyr – at least with what we currently know.

Druid Ability: Ravenous Frenzy. For 20 seconds, spells you cast increase your damage, healing and haste by 2%. If you stop casting for 1.5s you’ll take a huge self-hit and be stunned. This is like a mini Ever Rising Tide. With starter haste levels you’re looking at an average of ~16% haste and healing for the 20 second duration on a three minute cooldown. This is likely to start the expansion poor and then become a monster by the time it ends. Lines up very well with Tree, though it doesn’t function well with Tranq.


7 responses to “Shadowlands Compilation: Resto Druid”

  1. Squibzhealer says:

    I think I’m going to pick the covenant that I like the best thematically and work with the abilities it comes with as best I can.
    Expac after expac and patch after patch people throw themselves into the best ability and then cry so loud when it inevitably gets nerfed. So cool transmog or fun ability or best soulbinds for me is what i’ll be picking.

  2. Cikon says:

    So i loved to play Prosperity + Soul of the Forest + Germination even tho it wasnt the best, its playstyle just was realy fun to use.
    With Prosperity no longer available and the change to Swiftmend, do u think its still possible to play around Soul of the Forest?

  3. Skyrix says:

    Hey, do you think that the Night Fae druid ability will choose cat’s spells if you are in cat even if you are in resto spec ? This could be HUGE in mm+ combined with Heart of the Wild and Feral afinity

  4. Shandra says:

    As a healer I am really happy about the return of Stamp Roar and HotW. I loved the added utility before they were removed.
    Regarding covenant abilities I am sceptical at best. Don’t get me wrong I do like what blizz is trying to do. But either we are forced into a certain covenant (which would be the case now) or the abilities will be nerfed into oblivion so that the choice doesn‘t really matter.
    Ion said that they want players to choose what they like and that (at the moment) you won‘t be able to change covenants. So they realistically have to make the abilities irrelevant to achieve that because otherwise players will always pick the statistically best covenant for their spec. And don‘t even think about possible nerfs later down the line without players being able to change the covenant.

    TLDR: I do hope they get it right but I‘m sceptical because there are way to many factors to consider throughout the expansion.

    Anyway that got way longer than I expected it to be, what do you think?

  5. Lame One says:

    Kindred spirits applies the same buff but backwards. So if you use it on a healer, they’ll place a beacon on you, a tank will sac you, and a dps will give you stacking int.

  6. Nelix says:

    Really nice write up. Thanks for this.

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