Heal Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.2)
Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Restoration Druid. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.
Single Target Rotation
There are no set healing rotations in World of Warcraft. Instead, you should familiarize yourself with the mechanics and suggested uses for each healing spell.
HoTs: These are the most frequently used heals by Restoration Druids.
Direct Heals: Direct heals are less frequently used than HoTs, but still play a role in healing.
- Nourish Use on targets taking little to moderate damage.
- Healing Touch Use on targets taking a lot of damage.
- Regrowth Emergency heal to save players facing death.
Healing is a very situational activity. Learn to use your HoTs and direct heals by following the advice above. Make sure to maintain Mastery Harmony by casting a direct heal every 20 seconds. Watch for Omen of Clarity procs and consume them with Healing Touch or Regrowth as needed.
As a raid healer, you want to always use Wild Growth and Swiftmend on cooldown, with Rejuvenation and Nourish used on individual raid members. Wild Mushroom + Wild Mushroom Bloom may be used but only if the Wild Mushroom can be placed without interfering with your healing (ideally pre-pull). Genesis can be used to burst AoE heal targets already affected by Rejuvenation, best used after Swiftmend.
These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.
These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.