5.4 PvE Resto Druid Gear Guide

Druid T16

Here you will find a list of leather gear available with the release of Patch 5.4 in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. The primary focus of this gear guide is based around Restoration Druids. Balance Druids and Mistweaver Monks may find this guide fairly useful as well. ilvl 566+ (Heroic) are listed. Flex, Normal, Warforged, and Heroic Warforged versions of this loot are at 540, 553, 559, and 572 ilvl respectively.  All loot can be found in the new Siege of Orgrimmar raid.

*I will be updating this guide as we get closer to release.

Stat Priority: Spirit (until regen feels comfortable) > Haste (to 13163) > Mastery > Intellect > Crit













One-Handed Weapons


2-Handed Weapons

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  1. So, after generating lists of gear that doesn’t depend on RNG and raid drops, I realized that the rep pieces cost valor. If something like costs for non-raid drops could be included that’d be super helpful! :D

    1. Thanks for the tip! I have modified the epic raid gear reputation pieces to reflect the Valor needed for purchase!

  2. As someone who was a hard raider and is just getting back into things after taking a six year break, I’ve found this invaluable. Thanks so much for putting it together! Good luck to you and your guild!

    1. I know this is a bit belated but thanks for the good wishes!

      1. Since the 5th I managed to lvl up to 85 and get all the pre-raid gear you suggested for that level except for shoulders (Mannoroth doesn’t like me). While we’re now on the verge of mists, and I need to start all over, this list is even more useful! Hopefully raiding will be in my near future again! Good luck in MoP!

        1. Fantastic! I’ll definitely be keeping this gear guide updated as new info comes out!

  3. wondering why there is no PVP gear in this list, for example I’m looking at the shoulders and I find Dreadful Gladiator’s Kodohide Spaulders better than Incarnadine Scarlet Spaulders

    1. This guide is meant to help Resto Druids who need PvE gear find/farm the correct drop locations. PvP gear is not included because you just purchase it all from a vendor. And while some PvP gear may be better than lower ilvl PvE gear, I don’t particularly advocate going into progression raids wearing PvP gear.

  4. Hi, every other guide I looked at an the general knowledge for resto druids says that our first an main stat priority is intellect > then haste until at least soft cap > then spirit because spirit is no longer a major concern like it was in Cata. I love your guide an it is very helpful but I’m just wondering what made you choose spirit so I don’t make a mistake while gearing/reforging.

    1. After doing more research I noticed a lot are guides are switching an found some explanations. So I pretty much answered my own question. At first guides were saying spirit/mana isn’t a problem anymore but now the guides are saying choose spirit if you’re having mana pool issues during encounters..makes sense.

      1. You are correct. Spirit is our #1 stat until we are comfortable with our regen, then we’ll focus on output stats.

        1. I’m noticing that personally, around 4.8K – 5K spirit unbuffed is a great pre-raid number.

  5. Why isn’t Jerthud the real BiS weapon when the only downside to it is something around 100 spirit but better Int&Mastery ?
    Is it likely that it is dropping from Ra-Den ?

    1. I’m not sure if you and I are looking at the same thing here.

      Torall offers 160 more Intellect than Jerthud when socket bonuses are taken into account and 159 more Spirit while also adding 179 Haste rating (reforged into Mastery). Jerthud does offer 503 more Mastery rating, but it falls short in everything else. The extra 160 Intellect is what pushes it ahead here.

      That’s not to say that the other options are bad. In fact the other options are a fairly even split for us and aren’t too far behind Torall. Since Torall is taken from Lei Shen it may be in your best interest to pick up one of these other 1-handers or possibly a Staff if you aren’t lucky enough for a higher ilvl off-hand.

      1. I’m not sure either…
        Put an Int/Mastery gem in Jerthud socket and it’s better than LeiShen’s weapon quite clearly.

  6. Hey juvenate. Was wondering something. Do you think the socket bonus from Hood of Smoldering Flesh is going to push that head piece ahead of the tier piece? And potentially make it the off piece this tier? It’s 180 int over 180 spirit. Thoughts?

    1. I think it will depend on what items you get that are Thunderforged. Personally, I managed to grab a Thunderforged Hood of SF so it is indeed my off-piece this tier.

  7. Not really sure my reply went through last time so I’m just gonna post again :)

    Could the Hood of Smoldering Flesh potentially be the off piece this time as its 180 int over 180 spirit from the socket bonus?

    1. For some reason I couldn’t see my own post, now I can. Sorry for the double posting ;)

  8. The resto druid off-piece tier in tot is lei shen’s gloves, the crit on mags helm is so so bad for a resto druid, resto druids stats in that gear should be spirit/int>haste to 21.47% (raid buffed)>Mastery>crit. The only reason resto druids use the tier chest which isn’t so good is because the gloves that drop off lei shen are so good.

  9. There is a trinket called Contemplation of Chi Ji as well – http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=103988

  10. With the amplification trinket, what are our new haste breakpoints going to be, if you happen to know off-hand?

    && Is the amp trinket going to outweigh the Cleave/MS trinkets for BiS?

    1. Assuming my math is correct, we’ll want to hit 12188 Haste rating with the Amp trinket equipped to be bumped up to 13163. So far I’ve seen the Multi-strike and Cleave trinkets to be a bit lackluster. Personally I’ll be going for the Amp trinket as well as the Intellect w/ Spirit proc.

  11. Sorry but are these listed by priority? I’m trying to work out what piece I should be going for as an non tier piece under ideal conditions (yeah I realise this rarely coincides with the real/wow situations.) and finding no real info out there. I realise the randomness skews the balance but any help would be appreciated.

  12. Apologies I meant Warforged randomness

  13. First of all thank you so much for the gear guide! I am frequently referencing it and find it extremely useful. One question that I haven’t been able to find an answer to – what is the current recommendation for when to switch from 4 piece t15 to 2 piece t16? The 4 set bonus on tier 15 is great, and compared to the lackluster t16 2 set bonus, I am wary to upgrade just for the increase in stats. I’m hoping you have some guidance on this? thanks again!

  14. Just had a quick question i don’t see any of the gear that ordos drops in the list anywhere. I got Flame Healers Shoulderguards off of Ordos would those be acceptable to use?

  15. This is really nice but… Is there a list for level 90 gear ilvl around 500 to 560?

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