Restoration Druid

Patch 9.1

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Last Updated: 27th Jun, 2021

Some content in this guide is based on PTR or early patch data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

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.

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

Dreamweaver is currently looking like our strongest soulbind. For resto druid two potencies isn’t a huge benefit in a lot of fights so you will want to go down the Empowered Chrysalis tree. This is a very powerful soulbind and you can make great use of it.

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

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.