Restoration Druid Class Overview
Welcome to my Restoration Druid Healer guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.
Restoration Druid is a hybrid-healer. You can take the role of Tank or Raid healer. Playing this class requires you to know encounters, because out of 7 main spells – 5 of them are HoTs (Heal over Time). You have to predict incoming damage and be ready to blanket your raid with HoTs beforehand. Overall is a solid choice and an interesting class.
This is a core build. You have 4 points left which you can use anywhere you see fitting. Naturalist, Improved Barkskin, Nature's Grace and Tranquil Spirit are good options.
Glyph of Wild Growth
Glyph of Swiftmend
The first two are a must have, the last one you choose yourself
Glyph of Regrowth – for 5-man instances and for new healers
Glyph of Nourish – the more HoTs on the target, the more you heal. Works with Nourish
Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational.
Head – Arcanum of Blissful Mending
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Crag
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Tuskarr's Vitality or Greater Spirit
Weapons – Mighty Spellpower if one-handed or Greater Spellpower if you have a staff
Gameplay & Rotations
This is definitely a lot more to learn, but I won't write how to use a direct healing spell for obvious reasons. These are the very basics that will get you started.
Tranquility is used after a massive AoE or when the raid is about to die.
Boss mods for all raid bosses.
A must have addon.
User Interface (UI) AddOn. Quartz is a modular approach to a casting bar addon.
User Interface (UI) AddOn. A complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames and raid tools.
OmniCC is an addon that adds text to items, spell and abilities that are on cooldown.
Omen is one of the most popular threat meters.
A must have addon.
Tool for helping Healer to their work. Highly customizable tool for faster and more efficient healing.
The addon will notify you in the middle of your screen with an icon, name of the spell that has procced.