One criticism of class guides is that they are too overwhelming, and they have too much information to wade through. I’ve really tried hard to encompass all of the things that newer druids would want to know about, but in doing so, it’s turned into quite a mountain of info to take in.
So I’ve created this cheat sheet as a super-quick reference guide for people who just want to know how to spec, what to gem, and what gear they should be wearing, for level 85 PvE. If you want to know more, you can follow through to the appropriate sections. Or, of course, you can work through the sections using the navigation menu above – whichever method works best for you.
I have to stress though that these are the basics, and if you want to really maximise your performance, then you should read through the relevant sections and also look to additional resources for information.
|Best race for resto||Worgen for Alliance, Troll for Horde.||Races & racials|
General purpose 8/2/31 (link) – general purpose heroics and raiding.
Tank-centric 8/0/33 (link) – grabs all of the tanky talents for druids who are assigned mostly to tank healing.
Max throughput 8/0/33 (link) – maxes everything that can boost your healing, but sacrifices some regen/utility.
|Stat priority||Raiding: Intellect >> Spellpower > Spirit > Haste (to ~920) > Mastery > Haste (to ~2010) > Mastery > Crit
Dungeons: Intellect >> Spellpower > Spirit > Haste > Mastery > Crit
All druids should aim for an extra tick on Rejuv at the very least:
The next breakpoint to aim for is for an extra tick on WG and Efflorescence:
If you can’t reach the WG/Efflorescence breakpoint, you can reforge down to the Rejuvenation breakpoint and into Mastery instead, but if you’re doing dungeons, you may want to keep your haste a bit higher in case you don’t land a group with a 5% buff.
|Reforging||When first starting out in heroics, reforge for Spirit and Haste. Later, reforge to Haste if you can get to the next breakpoint, otherwise reforge Haste and Crit to Spirit (if you need better regen) and Mastery. The reforging page will spell this out better.||Reforging|
|How to heal||
||How to heal|
Only match gem socket colours to activate your meta gem, or if the socket bonus is +20 Intellect or more. Otherwise, gem with Intellect (red) gems as a priority, unless you need a small amount of haste to reach a Rejuvenation or Wild Growth haste breakpoint.
Haste-only ("Quick") gems should really only be used if you are very close to a haste breakpoint. Reckless and Artful are generally better choices for Yellow slots (and can be used in red slots also)
|Professions||For raiding, don’t choose herbalism, skinning, or mining. All other professions give roughly the same bonus.