T16: Restoration Druid Best in Slot List

Welcome to Healcraft.net’s Restoration Druid Best in Slot Gear List! My name is Lavathing, and I will be this guide’s author. As always, some of the selections below come down to very small mathematical differences, so some of the choices are based on gear availability and my personal discretion.

Introduction

As I stated above, some of the gear choices come down to very little differences in stats mathematically. In addition, pay attention to which list you are reading below, as we have a few different ones. The “Normal BiS” indicates your Best in Slot list with just normal item level gear (553). “Heroic Progression BiS” indicates your Best in Slot list with heroic item level gear and the placement of this gear within the instance is taken into consideration (566). Finally, the “Absolute BiS” indicates your absolute Best in Slot list which includes heroic warforged item level gear (572) and disregards the availability of the gear.

Finally, if you believe that one of the pieces I listed is “wrong” feel free to comment below or tweet us @Healcraft! We strive for 100% accurate and up to date content, so reader feedback is essential!

Normal BiS

Head:  Helm of the Haunted Forest
Neck:  Lost Necklace of the Mogu Empress
Shoulders:  Mantle of the Haunted Forest
Back:  Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji
Chest:  Robes of the Shattered Vale
Wrist:  Castlebreaker Bracers
Hands:  Handwraps of the Haunted Forest
Waist:  Seal of Karmic Return
Legs:  Legwraps of the Haunted Forest
Feet:  Boots of Perilous Infusion
Finger#1:  Signet of the Dinomancers
Finger#2:  Seal of Eternal Sorrow
Trinket#1:  Prismatic Prison of Pride
Trinket#2:  Thok’s Acid-Grooved Tooth (For stacked fights) / Dysmorphic Samophlange of Discontinuity (For when you’re going oom) / Nazgrim’s Burnished Insignia (For everything else)
Main Hand:  Kardris’ Scepter
Off Hand:  Revelations of Y’Shaarj

This tier is a bit of a headache for restoration druids.  The math for throughput gains from our Throne of Thunder 2 piece and 4 piece set bonuses ends up being larger than the stat gains from higher item level gear in Siege of Orgrimmar.  Due to this, we advise holding onto your heroic four piece, from last tier, for the duration of this tier.  Remember, this is normal mode non-warforged.

Heroic Progression BiS

Head:  Helm of the Haunted Forest
Neck:  Necklace of Fading Light
Shoulders:  Mantle of the Haunted Forest
Back:  Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji
Chest:  Robes of the Shattered Vale
Wrist:  Castlebreaker Bracers
Hands:  Handwraps of the Haunted Forest
Waist:  Dragonmaw Emergency Strap
Legs: Legwraps of the Haunted Forest
Feet:  Salt Water Sandals
Finger#1:  Seal of Eternal Sorrow
Finger#2:  Laser-Slice Signet
Trinket#1:  Prismatic Prison of Pride
Trinket#2:  Nazgrim’s Burnished Insignia
Main Hand:  Drakebinder Greatstaff
Off Hand:  N/A

Once again, this “Heroic Progression BiS” list is comprised of all non-warforged heroic gear.  The major difference between this list and a typical “Absolute Heroic BiS” list is that we take gear location into consideration.  Nothing from the final heroic bosses is on this list, as it does not help you during heroic progression.  Additionally, some consideration is given to “loot competition.”  If the item is a minor upgrade on heroic, but would be better served going to another class/role, it will only be listed in the Absolute list below.  For example, the fully heroic T16 4pc is a very minor upgrade from your fully heroic T15 4pc; thus, we do not advise you taking these tier tokens if anyone else needs them.  It will be better served that those tokens go to your DPS for progression.  For your complete BiS after progression refer to the list below.

Absolute BiS

Head:  Self-Reflecting Mask
Neck:  Lost Necklace of the Mogu Empress
Shoulders:  Mantle of the Shattered Vale
Back:  Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji
Chest:  Robes of the Shattered Vale
Wrist:  Castlebreaker Bracers
Hands:  Handwraps of the Shattered Vale
Waist:  Seal of Karmic Return
Legs:  Leggings of the Shattered Vale
Feet:  Boots of Perilous Infusion
Finger#1:  Seal of Eternal Sorrow
Finger#2:  Signet of the Dinomancers
Trinket#1:  Prismatic Prison of Pride
Trinket#2:  Thok’s Acid-Grooved Tooth (For stacked fights) / Dysmorphic Samophlange of Discontinuity (For when you’re going oom) / Nazgrim’s Burnished Insignia (For everything else)
Main Hand:  Kardris’ Scepter
Off Hand:  Revelations of Y’Shaarj

Above is the absolute best items for each slot of gear. There is no consideration of what boss each item drops from. Finally, we assume that all the items above that can be warforged, will be warforged.  Finally, we assume that this list is being used for once progression is over and “loot competition”, or stacking loot on certain roles, is no longer a concern.

Conclusion

I hope these Best and Slot lists have been helpful for you. Once again, if you spot any potential errors or have a different opinion on any of our choices, please comment below or tweet us @Healcraft! Happy Healing!

2 comments

  1. I have almost full bis resto druid (missing leggs) my opinion is that bis for off hand is cricket cage from second boss not revelations and salt water boots from first boss. Everything else i agree :)

    1. Revelations and the Perilous Infusion boots were selected over the Cricket Cage and Salt Water Sandals because we currently value Mastery way more than Spirit in most cases. This late in the expansion, we already probably have “too much” spirit naturally on our gear. This is why most resto Druids are choosing to forego spirit for more throughput stats (ie. haste and mastery). While the cricket cage and salt water sandals are fine choices, they are certainly not absolute heroic warforged BiS. We get plenty of spirit from other pieces, and mastery 1:1 is our best stat; thus, giving up a significant amount of mastery to gain more unnecessary spirit is a throughput loss. Best of luck! :)

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