Restoration Druid PvP Guide | 8.3 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // June 16, 2020

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Best race:

    Night Elf is the strongest option as it allows you to drop combat on demand with Shadowmeld and go for a drink while in stealth via Prowl


Best race:

  • Tauren is the clear winner with War Stomp usable to peel for yourself with Cyclone or to assist your teams kill attempts – the extra stamina from Endurance is another added bonus to help you survive


Feral Affinity can be used to assist your teams damage and crowd control as long as you can get away without the added durability from Guardian Affinity or if you’re playing a comp that can easily peel swaps on you, for example when playing MLD, RMD or when playing 2s

Balance Affinity can be used against mages to avoid Polymorph or in matchups where you plan to stay far away from the opposing team while still going for Cyclones

Mass Entanglement is a niche pick that can be used to better kite demon hunters, mostly in 2s

Incarnation: Tree of Life is a viable pick when facing double dps in 2s

Spring Blossoms can significantly increase your healing throughput when playing with low mobility classes, such as destruction warlocks and shadow priests, that will make good use of your Efflorescence


  • Gladiator’s Medallion should be used in matchups where you need to break out of important crowd control, such as Blind against rogues
  • Relentless can be considered if the opposing team has lots of short duration crowd control, for example against destruction warlocks


  • Focused Growth should always be used
  • Cyclone should always be used in 2s and 3s when playing a comp that relies on crowd control to score kills but can be much less valuable when playing with a warlock, priest or in melee cleaves as you’re less likely to push in and go for crowd control
  • Overgrowth is an excellent spell for quickly recovering and should always be used when playing against mages to counter Kleptomania but can be dropped in favor of more overall healing in matchups where your hots are unlikely to fall off


  • Master Shapeshifter pairs well with Feral Affinity and is your best aggressive talent for 2s
  • Thorns can be used for some extra damage or as a pseudo defensive cooldown when facing a melee in 2s and can be considered against melee cleaves in 3s
  • Nourish is a niche pick for situations where you need additional healing and are able to freely cast, primarily when you’re playing with casters and can sit back while playing for dampening
  • Revitalize although a rare pick, can be used together with Focused Growth and Overgrowth to increase your healing throughput against melee
  • Mark of the Wild is a good pick when facing destruction warlocks to reduce a lot of their passive damage


  • Vitality Conduit – best all around defensive option that’s great for recovering and increasing your overall healing
  • The Crucible of Flame – more offensive option that’s primarily used in 2s but can be considered for some rare cases in 3s where the added damage could be useful
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams – great for longer games where winning on mana tends to be your win condition
  • Conflict and Strife – can be considered when you’re at high risk of dying in stuns due to the extra versatility making you much more durable – it can also be used if you want access to an additional PvP talent while retaining access to Overgrowth



  1. Versatile or Masterful – one of your best choices for the passive increase to one of your favored stats
  2. Surging Vitality or Honed Mind – alternate pick to proc one of your best stats

Haste = Mastery > Versatility > Crit

/target [@party1]

/target [@party2]

/cast [target=party1] Nature’s Cure

/cast [target=party2] Nature’s Cure

/cast [target=YOUR CHARACTER NAME] Innervate

/cancelaura Cat Form
/cancelaura Bear Form
/cancelaura Travel Form
/cast Wild Charge

/cast [target=focus] Bash

/cast [target=focus] Entangling Roots

/cast [target=focus] Hibernate

/cast [target=focus] Cyclone

/cast [target=arena1] Cyclone

/cast [target=arena2] Cyclone

/cast [target=arena3] Cyclone

  • 0
    8 months ago
    any updates on vitality?
  • 1
    11 months ago
    Hi skillcapped. I seem to be dieing quick against Rogues or even most melee in 2v2. I've noticed on the ladder that some are running high versa with equal mastery/haste. Is there a recommended min versa i should be going and are there any tips you could give me to survive?
  • 1
    14 months ago
    Any updates for 8.3?
  • 0
    18 months ago
    Hello, I only play 2v2 as a resto druid and my current stats are 30% haste and 20% vers. I've been told that many that the haste being this high is a waste, should I trade some haste for mastery? Thank you in advance.
    • 0
      12 months ago
      You want to try and keep your haste and mastery close to each other.
  • 1
    20 months ago
    Hey! It would be incredibly helpful if the "best stats" portion contained recommendations as to when you should take ilvl over best stats. For example is a crit/vers piece better than a haste/mastery piece at 10 ilvls or 20?
    • 0
      20 months ago
      We generally recommend dropping up to 10 item levels for worse stats unless it's a ring, in which case you can drop as much item level as you want to get the best stats possible.
  • 2
    21 months ago
    Will this be updated? no info for 8.2?

    What essences should be used for 2v2? is there a tier list somewhere?
    • 2
      20 months ago
      Update's in progress at the moment. We've got several waves of class guide videos for every spec coming out throughout August and will then be updating our written articles to include that information.
  • 0
    24 months ago
    is revitalize really worth it ? On the tooltip it's healing really few... does it count for mastery ?
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