NOTE: This guide is also available (in slightly better format) on my blog:
[/u]Version: 4.1, level 85 cataclysm[/u] (4/26/2011)
How to heal as an 85 restoration druid in Cataclysm.
Introduction to druid healing, written at a beginner/intermediate level. The talent section has undergone significant revisions, due to the changes in talent tree design for 4.1. In most cases, variability in terms what content you are healing will make a difference in what strategies, talents, & gear work best for you. There isn't a "one size fits all" approach, and so you will frequently find (especially for more advanced players) that the guide is not able to cover every possible permutation of healing style, raid size, ilevel, etc.
The major changes for 4.1 come in terms of changes to our talents:
- Living seed was unlinked from Efflorsescence, allowing you to move those 3 points wherever you want.
Tranquility’s cooldown was reduced through Malfurion’s Gift.
Efflorescence’s healing effect got changed so that now it’s a smart heal that scales with haste. It will target the lowest 3 players and heal them for a decent sized chunk of health. This is a much better design and should heal for more overall than the old version.
Table of contents:
1. healing part 1: Description of Healing spells
2. Healing part 2: Mastery, tree form, and other spells
3. Healing part 3: Tank and raid healing advice
4. Resto: Talents
5. Resto: Glyphs
6. Resto: Stats and Gearing
7. Consumables, Gems, and Enchants
Other Helpful resources:
Hamlet of EJ has an updated guide for level 85 resto druids:
Keeva’s VERY comprehensive Healing Guide outgrew her blog, and is now it’s own website here:
More advice for 5-man dungeon healing:
Revital's level 85 instance healing advice on the forums:
Another post on healing heroics at level 85: