Restoration Druid Covenants, Soulbinds, Legendaries & Gear guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 8th Aug, 2022
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Covenants

Covenants Overview

Kyrian

Kindred Spirits, form a bond with an ally. Every 1 minute, you may empower the bond for 10 sec, granting you an effect based on your partner’s role and granting them an effect based on your role. ‘Healer’ Focus on your bonded partner replication 30% of all healing you deal onto them.

Necrolord

Adaptive Swarm is a 25 second cooldown. Command a swarm that heals 1,364 or deals 1,299 shadow damage over 12 seconds to a target, and increases the effectiveness of your periodic effects on them by 20%. Upon expiration, jumps to a target within 25 yards, alternating between friend and foe up to 3 times.

Venthyr

Ravenous Frenzy is a 3 minute cooldown. For 20 seconds, druid spells you cast increase your damage and healing by 2%, and Haste by 1% stacking. If you spend 2 seconds idle, the Frenzy overcomes you, consuming 1% of your health per stack, stunning you for 1 second and ending.

Night Fae

Convoke The Spirits is a 2 minute cooldown. Call upon the Night Fae for an eruption of energy channelling a rapid flurry of 12 druid spells and abilities over 4 seconds. You will cast Wild Growth, Swiftmend, Moonfire, Wrath, Regrowth, Rejuvenation, Rake and Thrash on appropriate nearby targets favouring your current shapeshift form.

The best covenant for Restoration Druids

The best covenant for druids right now is currently Night Fae. It gives the best healing CD while also offering the flexibility of a big damage burst window in combination with Heart of the Wild. Convoke the Spirits also doesn’t cost mana so it just adds a lot of free healing and or damage that you normally wouldn’t have in your kit. If you are a huge mythic  + fanatic with the recent nerfs to kyrian, your best bet will probably be Necrolord if you want single-target damage. You’ll most likely use Draught of Deep focus alongside your covenant legendary in this scenario.

The Night Fae ability turns you into a Vulpin teleporting you forward 15 yards, this is an extra blink and offers great mobility, you can reactivate this ability to keep blinking so it offers great utility and movement in a lot of settings.

Soulbinds and Conduits

The best Soulbind for Night Fae Restoration Druid

Dreamweaver is currently looking like our strongest soulbind. This is mainly because of the fact you can get two potency slots unlocked very early on in progress and these can be very powerful.

Conduits

Potency Conduits

Flash of Clarity - Clearcasting Regrowth heals for an additional 20%.

Floral Recycling - Swiftmend’s healing is increased by 40% of the consumed heal over time effect.

Ready for Anything - Nature’s Swiftness cooldown is reduced by 10%.

Unstoppable Growth - Wild Growth’s healing falls off 20% less over time.

Conflux of Elements - While channelling Convoke the Spirits, your damage and healing are increased by 15%.

You will almost always want to go Unstoppable Growth in a raid environment. It is just too big of a healing increase to Wild Growth, especially at higher ranks. For M+ a strong contender is Flash of Clarity it offers a nice strong burst of ST healing that you can use in Moonkin form and you won’t lose a lot of DPS uptime for topping up your members. Once you unlock a second potency slot You’ll want to take Conflux of Elements for raiding, this makes your Convoke the Spirits ramp a huge healing or DPS increase, depending what you opt to use it on. For M+ your second potency slot should go to Floral Recycling this offers you a huge burst of instant-cast healing to top a member quickly.

Endurance Conduits

For the endurance slot it’s very fight dependent, but for a generic one, I really like Innate Resolve. This increases the healing of Regrowth and frenzied regeneration on yourself by 12%. An almost must have Endurance conduit is Well-Honed instincts. This procs on every spec even out of bear form so is extremely handy on high damage fights.

Legendaries

Legendaries for Raiding

A few weeks into patch 9.2, you’ll be allowed to wield two legendaries (a covenant legendary and any other legendary you want). With our covenant legendary already being strong this brings our second legendary back to the one we were using in patch 9.0. So, when you unlock the ability to wield 2 legendaries (after you complete chapter 7 in the new campaign), you will use a combination of Celestial Spirits and Vision of Unending Growth.

With the most recent nerfs to the Wild Growth spreading legendary, the legendary we will most likely use for raids is Vision of Unending Growth.

Equip: Rejuvenation healing has a 2.5% chance to create a new Rejuvenation on a nearby target. There isn’t a haste breakpoint anymore due to the recent discovery of them being prorated ticks. So you will almost always want to take this legendary in a raid setting around 15-20 players or more.

You’ll most likely craft the Rejuvenation one first. After the recent buffs in 9.0.5 to the Verdant Infusion legendary there are some fights where this legendary may become viable and even BiS, however it’s very unlikely to replace Vision of Unending Growth as the main raiding legendary.

In 9.1 they added a new legendary called Celestial Spirits. This legendary has the potential to be used in raids for niche fights or even as a consistent pick, however it’s not perfectly clear how it works yet so we’ll need to wait until we get more raid footage before swapping off our BiS legendary.

Legendaries for Mythic+

For healing you’ll almost always want to run the newly buffed Verdant Infusion legendary in high end M+ where there is heavy damage this legendary is extremely good. If you are more of a damage orientated player Circle of Life and Death is a great option for pure damage increase and if you’re comfortable healing the keys you are doing it's a great option to fit in the extra damage you may need to time a key.

Gear

Season 4 gear Vendor

In season 4 there is a new vendor that offers a new way for people to gear.You can trade these normal version trinkets/weapons and so on from three different raids, you can later upgrade them to heroic or even mythic difficulty, your first purchase of this item will be the third week into season 4 so what you buy first may depend on what you’ve already looted so I will list a few suggestions of high ticket items.

It is important to note items like REsonant Reservoir is mainly for M+ and damage and Shadowed Orb of Torment is purely for the HPS aspect.

Tier set:

The restoration 2 set bonus: Healing from Rejuvenation has a 25% chance to grant renewing bloom, healing 356 over 8 seconds, swiftmend can consume Renewing Bloom.

The restoration 4 set bonus: Every 3 casts of swiftmend grants you Incarnation: Tree of life for 9 seconds.

It’s important to note that these 2 bonuses are extremely powerful for raiding and will provide a significant increase to your HPS output. However, it will likely change your playstyle or at least your talents. With swiftmends 15-second cooldown, you can easily line it up with your 1 minute convoke (due to the legendary you’ll be playing) and have incarnation with every single convoke. This means you no longer need the incarnation baseline and you can take Soul of the Forest as your go-to talent. It synergises well with your covenant ability. Something important to note is that your swiftmend does not proc your 4 piece interaction during convoke and Renewing Bloom does count towards your mastery.

Additionally to the tier pieces, there is an interesting new one-handed mace specifically for healers called ‘Lathe of the lifeweaver’ and reads: “Every 30 seconds you gain ‘Ephemeral Effusion’ causing your next regrowth cast to be enhanced, granting the target precisely what they require’

Here are the effects that can proc depending on the situation:

  • If the target is above 90% health, they will gain a small absorb and a speed buff
  • If the target is between 40 and 90% health, it will give them a small HoT and a leech buff
  • If the target is below 40% health, it will give a flat heal and an avoidance buff

For druids, this is very easy to proc, and they have buffed it a lot during testing; however, it does not have any secondary stats on it, so it will provide no DPS. However, with the buffs it’s been getting during PTR, it should be better HPS than an equal item level weapon but less DPS due to no secondary stats.