- Author: Nevermore
- Date: February 16, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Welcome to the Restoration Druid PvP guide for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King! In this guide, you will learn how to properly play a Restoration Druid in PvP scenarios, whether those might be battlegrounds, arenas, or the open world.
Arena Team Setups
When it comes to teams for the Arena you will want to try the following combinations:
2 vs 2 teams:
- Arms Warrior/Restoration Druid
- Unholy Death Knight/Restoration Druid
- Affliction Warlock/Restoration Druid
- Shadow Priest/Restoration Druid
- Elemental Shaman/Restoration Druid
- Retribution Paladin/Restoration Druid
3 vs 3 teams:
- Elemental Shaman/Restoration Druid/Destruction Warlock
- Elemental Shaman/Restoration Druid/Affliction Warlock
- Affliction Warlock/Arms Warrior/Restoration Druid
- Frost Mage/Destruction Warlock/Restoration Druid
- Arms Warrior/Unholy Death Knight/Restoration Druid
- Retribution Paladin/Restoration Druid/Arms Warrior
- Tauren: The only available race on the Horde to play a Druid, the Tauren are mighty creatures with a strong connection to nature. They provide several interesting racials for PvP encounters that bolster their overall survivability.
First one is the Endurance, which increases their base health by 5%. Meanwhile, the War Stomp is a stun that takes 0.5 seconds to cast and lasts 2 seconds, providing increased survivability in clutch situations. It may also provide a way to chain up crowd control to set up a kill.
Another useful racial is the Nature Resistance, which reduces the chance to be hit by nature spells by 2%. Lastly, this race provides a racial which can help guide your profession choices – Cultivation, which increases your base Herbalism skill by 15.
- Night Elf: The only available race available for Alliance players who want to play a Druid, Night Elves are a proud race who have been blessed with immortality by the World Tree, Nordrassil. After losing their immortality after the third war, the Night Elves nonetheless retain an extreme bond with nature and offer several interesting racials.
The first of these is Shadowmeld, which offers several interesting effects. First one is making you invisible as long as you remain standing still. Meanwhile, the second one is vastly powerful in PvP: it removes your opponent’s target from you, forcing them to target you again. This effect can offer you the edge over your opponents – the split-second you gain can be used to interrupt a spell from being cast or a channel effect.
The second interesting racial is the Wisp Spirit, which offers a 75% increase to your movement speed while dead. While this ability is entirely useless in arenas or battlegrounds, it is quite useful in open-world situations. Hey, at least you can respawn faster, right?
Elusiveness is a racial that reduces the chance to be detected if you are in stealth or Shadowmeld. Other beneficial racials are: Quickness, which reduces the chance to be hit by melee and ranged attacks by 2%, and Nature Resistance, which works the same as the Tauren passive.
- Herbalism will generate you a very good source of income, especially when paired with Alchemy. It also offers one, potentially life-saving ability for PvP scenarios – Lifeblood, which offers a heal-over-time effect that can save you in clutch situations.
One of the reasons why Herbalism is such a great choice for Druids is the ability to pick the herbs while maintaining Swift Flight Form. This offers you a great advantage compared to your competitors, because you do not need to dismount.
- Alchemy offers a variety of useful potions and flasks. While you are generally unable to use any potions in arenas, you can still use one specific flask dedicated to alchemists: the Flask of the North. It offers either spell power, attack power, or raw strength and is the only usable flask in an arena.
Alchemy also offers potions like Free Action Potion, which can be used as an improvised trinket in dire situations.
- Engineering has always been the number one profession when it comes to player-versus-player content. Since the early days of WoW, it has provided players with several gadgets that have given them an edge over their opponents, some of those being the Nitro Boots, Saronite Bomb, Mind Amplification Dish, Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket, and the Frag Belt.
- Tailoring comes with the ability to craft your own gear in the first phases, which allows for a very powerful advantage. However, as the time progresses, it becomes more obvious that the true benefit of this profession is its Lightweave Embroidery enchantment.
- Skinning is mainly used as a gathering profession, but it also offers you a nice boost to your critical strike rating in the form of Master of Anatomy.
- Mining will generate you a good source of income, while also generating enough raw materials to level up professions like Engineering or Jewelcrafting. Most people underestimate the profitability of mining, but rest assured that it will go a long way.
Not only will it provide you with a sustainable source of gold, but it will also grant you a special passive that will enhance your PvP potency – Toughness, which will increase your stamina by 60 at max rank.
- Enchanting offers you the ability to enchant your equipment, as well as your ally’s equipment with various magical effects that give you an edge. This profession also allows you to disenchant equipment to break it down into rare magical essences required not only for the practitioners of this craft, but for other professions as well.
Picking up Enchanting gives you access to special enchantments for your rings. For example, melee classes can benefit from Enchant Ring – Assault, increasing their Attack Power by 40 on each ring.
This profession is best paired with Tailoring due to the Disenchanting ability, allowing you to effectively craft equipment that can be broken down into magical essences.
- Jewelcrafting is one of the professions which can lend you plenty of gold, while also contributing to the min-maxing aspect of the game. A Jewelcrafter can create special gems such as the Mystic Dragon’s Eye, which boost your resilience by a considerable value.
- Blacksmithing grants you the ability to forge equipment from ingots and other materials. This profession can be quite profitable, since you can craft a lot of bind-on-equip gear pieces and sell them. Aside from the gold that you can gain from this profession, Blacksmithing allows you to utilize two extra sockets for your equipment: one for the gloves and one for the bracers.
- Leatherworking is a profession that allows you to craft gear pieces from leather you have been gathering from animals all around the world. Leatherworkers have the Fur Lining ability, which allows them to place a special enchantment on the bracers. This enchantment has different bonuses – a particularly beneficial one for this build will be Fur Lining – Spell Power, which will increase your spell power by 76.
- Inscription allows you to create various glyphs, trinkets, and special parchments which can then be used by Enchanters. This profession also unlocks a special enchantment for your shoulders, which can offer a variety of effects, such as increased spell power and MP5 – the Greater Inscription of the Crag.
- First Aid comes with the benefit of crafting bandages from various cloth items you can find throughout the world. You will find these useful in a few different situations – they can often prove to be lifesavers.
- Cooking is a profession that allows you to create delightful dishes to satisfy the needs of others. With Cooking you can create powerful food items that can buff you and your allies. However, keep in mind that you cannot use those buffs in arenas.
My personal recommendation would be to pick up Herbalism and Alchemy because of the druid’s ability to gather plants while in Flight Form, as well as the various beneficial effects that can be acquired from flasks and potions.