Resto druid specs for 4.0.6

Looking for a spec for 4.1? Look here.

4.0.6 brought a few changes to the restoration talent tree. These changes are:

  • Empowered Touch now also affects Regrowth. In addition, after Tree of Life is no longer active, this talent will only refresh the most recently cast or refreshed Lifebloom, and will not refresh other copies of Lifebloom.
  • Natural Shapeshifter has been reduced to a 3/6-second increase to Tree of Life’s duration, down from 5/10.
  • Nature’s Bounty no longer affects Swiftmend, but now has a new effect. When the druid has Rejuvenation on 3 or more targets, the cast time of Nourish is reduced by 10/20/30%.

There are currently a LOT of desirable talents in the resto and balance trees, but unfortunately we don’t have the points to take them all. Individual specs will vary based on playstyle and gear level.

Here is a basic spec that includes all the talents that I consider mandatory for PVE:

Basic restoration druid spec for 4.0.6

This is a very bare bones spec. It leaves 5 points that must be spent in the restoration tree, plus another 10 points that can be spent elsewhere. The mandatory resto talents are:
Natural Shapeshifter
Naturalist
Heart of the Wild
Master Shapeshifter
Improved Rejuvenation
Revitalize
Nature’s Bounty (at least a couple points)
Empowered Touch
Malfurion’s Gift
Wild Growth
Nature’s Cure
Gift of the Earthmother
Tree of Life

Here are some possible talent specs:

Efflorescence spec

Restoration druid spec with EfflorescenceLink

If Efflorescence is something you just can’t give up, I’d suggest a spec like this. It leaves room to put full points in Nature’s Bounty and GotEM, while still leaving room for mana talents like Moonglow and 1 point in Furor. If mana isn’t too much of a concern you can flip some of those points into Genesis or Swift Rejuvenation.

Efflorescence-free zone

Restoration druid spec without EfflorescenceLink

If the six points in Living Seed and Efflorescence are too excessive for you, try out a spec like this. You can use your 6 ‘found’ talent points to fill out other optional talents in the resto tree with things like Swift Rejuvenation, Nature’s Swiftness and Blessing of the Grove. This leaves 2 points to spend as you like. Go with Furor if you need more mana, Genesis if you want more throroughput or Perseverence for damage reduction.

Screw mana, give me more thoroughput

Restoration druid spec without mana talentsLink

If you’ve got the gear and a variety of mana cooldowns in your raid group, mana might not be an issue for you. If that’s the case, try out a spec that maximizes healing output. The big difference in this spec is that is takes 3 points in Genesis, and none in Moonglow or Furor. This spec leaves you with one point to spend as you choose: you best bets are Swift Rejuvenation or Nature’s Swiftness.


Note: I have updated my Restoration Druid Guide to include the changes from 4.0.6, please check it out.

 

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  3. People don’t give fury of the stormrage nearly enough love. Considering we have a much more rare chance with our OoC procs, I love making my wrath spell cost no mana so I can hope for a few extra procs while my HoTs tick away.

    • Interesting idea. I don’t have a whole lot of time for casting wrath in raids though, and I think other talent options would be better for solving mana issues.

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