Welcome to Healcraft.net’s T18 Best in Slot guide for Restoration Druids! Remember, many of the choices below come down to very minor mathematical differences and in some cases small personal discretion. Additionally, this is just an absolute best in slot list. This means there is no consideration of what boss each item drops from or potential “loot competition.” We will be releasing a progression best in slot list soon, which will prioritize gear off earlier/easier encounters.
Absolute Best In Slot
Head: Oathclaw Helm (Kormrok)
Neck: Locket of Unholy Reconstitution (Mannoroth)
Shoulders: Oathclaw Mantle (Xhul’horac)
Back: Drape of Beckoned Souls (Socrethar the Eternal)
Chest: Oathclaw Vestment (Mannoroth)
Wrist: Manacles of the Multitudes (Fel Lord Zakuun)
Hands: Felfinger Runegloves (Archimonde)
Waist: Waistwrap of Banishment (Archimonde)
Legs: Oathclaw Leggings (Gorefiend)
Feet: Oppressor’s Merciless Treads (Tyrant Velhari)
Ring: Pompous Ceremonial Ring (Tyrant Velhari)
Weapon: Edict of Argus (Archimonde)
Trinket 1: Demonic Phylactery (Socrethar the Eternal)
Trinket 2*: Unstable Felshadow Emulsion (Xhul’horac)
*I’ve seen many resto druids opting for Seed of Creation over Unstable Felshadow Emulsion on many encounters. This is almost always the incorrect choice. Seed of Creation’s “high” healing on our meter/log breakdown often leads people to believe that it is very good. However, you need to remember that Seed of Creation gives ZERO stats. This means that the healing from its proc needs to be exceptionally high to overcome the stat loss. This is generally around 23-25%+ of your total non-overhealing heals needs to be from Flourish (Seed of Creation’s proc) to overcome the stat loss. This almost never happens even during completely stacked up situations. Thus, it is not worth the stat loss. Furthermore, Unstable Felshadow Emulsion’s contribution to Leech healing is generally even higher than Flourish healing AND the trinket provides stats. However, the leech healing is not currently shown on meters or logs, so many players undervalue the leech trinket’s healing. Overall, Unstable Felshadow Emulsion is far superior to Seed of Creation in 99% of scenarios.
I hope this best in slot list has been helpful. 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!