6. Resto stats and gear

6. Stats & Gear 

Overview. In general, it doesn’t much matter what your gear is like is for the month before legion comes out.  There are two general strategies for stats (large group vs small group) since the value of mastery goes down as the number of people in your party goes up. Spirit and multistrike have been removed from all of your gear. For the pre-patch month, just wear whatever is highest ilevel, since you’ll replace everything soon anyway, but here’s a quick set of potential priority lists. Higher ilevel things with more intellect, of course, will always help your healing the most.

For level 110, personalizing stats to your own current gear & situation via tools such as Ask Mr Robot is preferable to using a general stat strategy. However, listed below are two potential possibilities.


Stats for large raids:

Haste >= crit > versatility = mastery.

Mastery doesn’t work very well with large numbers of targets to heal (e.g., groups of 20+ such as LFR or Mythic raids), as you aren’t able to stack HOTs on enough targets to really benefit from your mastery bonus. So, haste & crit seem to come out higher than mastery. Whether haste wins over crit depends somewhat on talents & how much of your healing is done by tranquility. In most situations, haste will be higher unless you choose Inner Peace in your talent build. Finding pieces with BOTH haste and crit, though, will be Best in Slot for a SOTF-focused talent build.


Stats for 5-mans & small group content:

Mastery > haste = crit > versatility.

For smaller groups, mastery clearly comes out ahead of all other stats, due to the increased ability to stack HOTs on multiple people more reliably (regardless of which talent build you take). Note that as the party size increases, the mastery bonus decreases, so choosing how to gear is particularly difficult for resto druids with no clear obvious gearing strategy that works best for all situations.


Gearing at 110 (new legendary gear!):

There are 6 new potential legendary world drops you can acquire (though you can only equip one at a time, unless you choose the special Class order hall upgrade that allows you to have two equipped).

See wowhead’s guide to legendaries: http://legion.wowhead.com/guide=4149/a-guide-to-legion-legendaries

 For the new artifact weapon system, see my Artifact weapon guide.

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21 comments on “6. Resto stats and gear
  1. Chris says:

    Hi Lissana,

    Thanks for the website. I enjoyed it very much and found it helpful.

    I’ve kind of wondering what amount of spirit I should stack. My meters are kind of all over the place. I’ve been running lfr to try and gauge it. We’re still doing some DS10 heroic for fun and I’d kind of like to improve my game.

    This is my toon:


    If you’re able to give any input, I’d appreciate it.

    Thank you,


    • Lissanna says:

      Hi Chris, It is currently about a week before the new expansion launches and we can all level to 90. So, the best advice I can give you now is that you want enough spirit so that you are able to last the whole fight. At some point, when you are no longer running OOM, getting other stats will do more to increase your healing output. so, you may just have to work with what you have for the few raids you have left before the new expansion.

  2. Pikuni says:

    I have been starting a few 10-man MSV my Druid by far should be able to push more stronger heals, the 3rd boss in MSV a healer has 30 sec to heal myself and two others that go in the totum, (spirit realm) during this time my heals are weak any advice be great on how to boost my healing my current item is 481

  3. Kara says:


    Your site has helped a ton with my rotations and stat prioritisation (thanks, by the way xD), but I’ve been wondering about one thing…
    Is it worth reforging a little bit of mastery to haste to if it’ll push me up to a breakpoint? I’ve already reforged as much crit as I can to spirit/haste, and I’m just a couple hundred haste down from where I’d like to be. (Due to time constraints and gear level I don’t run current-expansion raids, if that’s at all relevant.)

    Thank you!

  4. Ryan says:

    I have a question in a similar vein. I’m currently at a point with my gear where I can reforge/gem and hit the next haste cap, but I’m wondering if it’s really worth the loss of mastery/spirit it would take to do so. I believe Askmrrobot has me drop 2080 spirit and 3.5% mastery to get the 8.96% haste im missing to cap it. So from 10600 spirit down to 8531, is that still enough mana regen to be effective?

    • Lissanna says:

      At this gearing point, the only breakpoint I recommend is the 12.52% breakpoint (assuming you have the 5% haste buff) that equals 3043 haste. I should probably send Askmrrobot a message about wanting to stop at that breakpoint overall.

  5. Jim says:

    This whole thing is wrong. All you need is 860 haste then mastery. All the toons are healed to full before you even get those last extra ticks. Drop the haste and fix your toon. Strong heals > overhealing extra ticks.

    • Lissanna says:

      With how easy it is to get to the 3K Haste breakpoint, it is generally worth trying for, and is what the EJ thread recommends.

    • Chug says:

      While it is true that overhealing is usually frowned upon, the buff they’ve given to Wild Mushroom causes all that overhealing to account for itself when it’s really needed, and haste makes it much easier to get them charged quick while the party/raid is still at full health. Your raid healing will suffer if you opt for mastery over haste with the current patch.

  6. bob says:

    Hi, I’m a resto druid and pretty much a total noob :/
    When it comes to gear, is spirit the most important stat? And what is the least important for healers? I just want to be sure…

    • Lissanna says:

      Intellect ends up being the most important stat overall, since it is associated with higher item level gear. Spirit and mastery are both definitely useful secondary stats, with spirit being important for not running out of mana.

  7. Liellopu says:

    Hi Lissanna,

    I have some doubts about the gear transition from 5.4 -> 6.0.3

    I have the tier 16 4/4 parts and the tier bonuses are great! Even on level 100! Do you know when I can start changing my gear? I Have some 600~610 blues but I think the 4 pieces bonuses are still better.

  8. Tricia says:

    Hi Lissanna,
    As of today, 12/11/14, I am seeing conflicting stat priorities for Resto druid. Several sites now say Mastery > haste, while others still show Haste > Mastery. I was going with haste. Has the priority changed to Mastery?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Lissanna says:

      Both haste and mastery are good, and are preferred to the other secondary stats. At this point, I’m going to call haste and mastery close enough to be considered equal in importance. In general, personalizing your stats based on personalized gearing simulators is going to do more for you.

  9. Rootzi says:

    Curious, when going into Mythic’s now (currently 5/13 HFC), is there any point in which I should stop stacking haste and go back to Mastery? I’m seeing mixed setups through out Resto Druids around the world. I’m seeing some druids higher on Mastery than they are on Haste that are currently doing Mythic’s. Don’t have any examples off hand.

    • Lissanna says:

      At this point, there doesn’t seem to be a soft-cap per say for gearing the way there was in Pandaria. However, people often customize their gear based on use of simulations (used to derive personalized stay weights), or end up with some slightly lower value stat based on available gear item levels (e.g., int > haste). Mastery and haste usually sim close to each other.

  10. Moe says:

    “Finding pieces with BOTH haste and mastery, though, will be Best in Slot for a SOTF-focused talent build.”

    This has to be haste and crit, right?

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