Druid - Boon Support Healer

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Information

Healing Druid is a meta-defining support build that provides multiple damage buffs to 10 players including
,
, and 25 stacks of Might Might with
. It also provides healing, CC,
,
, permanent Fury Fury and Regeneration Regeneration, high Vulnerability Vulnerability, and tons of utility from various pets and utility skills.
One healing Druid is standard in every raid squad, with some squads running an extra Druid or other healer for safety. Experienced Druid players can consider running the build variants Druid - Boon Support Condi DPS or Druid - Boon Support Power DPS, which sacrifice healing to squeeze out more DPS.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Druid - Boon Support Healer (Fractal).

Skill Bar

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Axe/WarhornHealingUtilityElite
Staff

Weapon Variants

  • Longbow provides
    , a short cooldown and easily accessible knockback. On bosses where pushing or CC is important, you should swap out Staff and use
    to help your squad.
  • Offhand axe can replace Staff for more DPS if you don't need the defensive utility. It also provides
    for pulling adds on certain encounters.

Pets

You will mainly be bringing these pets to fights:
In certain situations, you might also find these pets useful:
  • Juvenile Red Moa Juvenile Red Moa provides Fury Fury with its pet skill
    , useful if you're struggling with fury uptime.
  • Juvenile Jungle Stalker Juvenile Jungle Stalker provides Might Might with its pet skill
    , useful if you're struggling with might uptime.
  • Juvenile Wolf Juvenile Wolf provides AoE fear, useful if your group is having trouble with adds (e.g. on Escort towers).
  • Juvenile Brown Bear Juvenile Brown Bear provides
    Shake It Off Shake It Off
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    Shake It Off
    Cure a condition on yourself and all nearby allies.
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    for extremely condition-heavy fights.
  • Juvenile Fern Hound Juvenile Fern Hound provides Regeneration Regeneration if you have difficulty keeping it up.

Spirits

Spirits are unique Ranger summons that buff 10 players in a large radius around them. As they can affect an entire raid squad they are extremely powerful and almost all of them provide great benefits to a raid comp.
  • provides Might Might and a 5% increase to your squad's power DPS.
  • provides Vigor Vigor and a ~5% increase to your squad's condition DPS.
  • provides Regeneration Regeneration and sustained healing to 10 people in a huge radius. This keeps them from dying, sustains their
    bonus, and rapidly fills your
    .
  • provides Stability Stability and an emergency resurrect that can affect up to 10 people, including yourself.
  • provides Protection Protection, which again keeps your squadmates from dying and sustains their
    bonus.
Most raid commanders will expect a
and
in their squad. You will generally want to take
for your
generation. Depending on the fight, many commanders will also expect
and
.
Coordinating spirits: If there's another Ranger in the squad, you should coordinate spirits with them before the fight so that you cover all spirits between the two of you. This is usually done by pinging the spirits on your skillbar in chat. If you're the only Ranger then filling your skillbar with spirits is usually a safe choice.
When not to bring spirits: On many encounters, Druid is expected to bring utility skills to deal with mechanics, for example
for knockbacks or
for a stun break. In these situations, you will not be able to bring every spirit as a solo Druid and will need to replace one of your spirits. Alternatively, you may realize that some of your spirits aren't doing anything and wish to replace them with other utility skills like
.
You can swap out
in groups that don't need help surviving,
in groups that mainly deal power damage, or
in groups that mainly deal condition damage.

Other Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • is a good alternative to
    on condition-heavy fights (e.g. Slothasor, Xera). If you take this run
    .
  • if
    is already covered.
Utility Skills
  • is an extremely strong damage increase for any power DPS in your subgroup and is the default go-to if you have a free slot.
  • provides a short cooldown AoE knockback and is the cornerstone of many raid boss strategies.
  • provides instant vulnerability and 300 breakbar damage, useful on bosses like Samarog where CC is important.
  • provides an AoE stun break, useful for saving your subgroup on bosses like Slothasor.
  • is a strong safety net for inexperienced groups.
  • or
    if you don't need anything else.
Elite Skills
  • on fights where the immobilize is needed.
  • if you need more
    healing and don't need
    or
    .

Specializations

Variants
  • if running
    .
  • if you don't need the safety buffer of
    .
  • to carry inexperienced groups that are going down a lot.
  • in fights with boon corruption where the Stability Stability from
    might be corrupted into Fear Fear.
  • if you need more CC, or if you need your staff skills a lot for some reason (e.g. projectile destruction on Cairn). It will also trigger when you enter
    .
  • or
    is technically better when not running any glyphs, but they don't provide any real advantage so you don't have to retrait if you're lazy.
  • if there is already another Druid with
    . This will change your role from providing might to spamming massive heals on the group.

Marksmanship Pushing Variant

On some specific bosses, you will need to use
to push and can't afford to have the projectile be intercepted. In this case replace Skirmishing with Marksmanship so that you can take
.

Wilderness Survival Kiting Variant

If you're far off on your own kiting a mechanic and aren't able to grant
to your DPS, you can run Wilderness Survival instead of Skirmishing for more personal survivability. You can also consider traiting
in Druid.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Monk
18x
Healing Infusion
Remember to also get a longbow with the same sigils as your staff.

Consumables

Food
  • Delicious Rice Ball Delicious Rice Ball
    Delicious Rice Ball.pngDelicious Rice Ball
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png100 Healing Power+10% Healing Effectiveness (Outgoing)+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year
    Consumable
Utility
  • Bountiful Maintenance Oil Bountiful Maintenance Oil
    Bountiful Maintenance Oil.pngBountiful Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain 0.6% Outgoing Healing Increase for Every 100 Healing PowerGain 0.8% Outgoing Healing Increase for Every 100 Concentration+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

As a Druid you wear many hats in a raid encounter. This is your priority during fights, from highest to lowest:
  1. Stay alive
  2. Do mechanics
  3. Rescue teammates low on health
  4. Maintain boons and healing on your squad
  5. Maximize your DPS

Boons

Your main job for most of the fight is maintaining 25 stacks of Might Might on your squad. As a Druid you are uniquely equipped to do this with
. At the start of the fight, and any time
is available, you should go into
and do the following might sharing rotation:
  • while standing in your squad
  • If done right the
    will explode shortly afterwards, healing teammates and granting you astral force for your next
    .
In addition to spamming
you will want to spam
on your warhorn. This will top off your subgroup's Might Might and Regeneration Regeneration, and grant Fury Fury to your Chronomancer who can then sustain it with
. You can
if you have trouble with boon uptime (see "Quick Draw" below).
Combined with the passive pulsing might from
, you should have no trouble maintaining 25 might on your squad.

Healing

Healing is the secondary role you provide to your raid squad. Many new Druid players focus excessively on healing their teammates and camp Staff for the whole encounter. In reality, you don't need to do this as Regeneration Regeneration and your
rotation are enough to take care of random damage and keep people topped off. You only need to swap to Staff if you need emergency healing or utility.
Healing becomes important when mistakes or mechanics cause your teammates to get dangerously low on health. As a support healer, it's your responsibility to keep them alive, top them off, and maintain their
bonus. You can provide burst healing in any of the following ways:
  • Go into
    and spam
    and
  • Activate
    or
  • Drop a water field on your allies with
    or
    , and then blast it with
    or
A combination of these should be sufficient to heal your team back up to full. Make sure to turn on "Thick Party Health Bars" in your options so that you can see who needs healing at a glance.
If your teammates still go down after you babysit them and drop all your healing on them, that's on them, not you. Make a judgment call on whether it's worth putting yourself in danger to revive them, or popping your
to give them a second chance.

Quick Draw

is a very useful trait that provides a safety buffer for both your boons and healing. Every 9 seconds, this trait will activate after you Weapon swap Weapon swap or enter/leave
, and it will reduce the cooldown of the next skill you use that has a cooldown. This is usually going to be
or
. This extra buffer is great for new Druids or for chaotic fights where you can't keep up a regular rotation.
has a 9 second cooldown, so get a feel for the timing or keep an eye on your skill bar to see if
is active. It's better to autoattack for a few seconds rather than accidentally waste
on inconsequential skills.
also won't trigger if you are in the middle of a skill cast when you
, so remember to finish your cast animations.

Mechanics

As a utility support class, Druid is often called upon to do specific raid mechanics. These are varied and highly encounter dependent. Ask your commander what they want you to do in any given fight.
  • Entangling: On many bosses, Druids are asked to bring
    to immobilize or clear adds. An example is on Gorseval where you have to keep 4 spirits from reaching the center. Generally this boils down to pressing
    when your commander tells you to.
  • Pushing: Druids have 2 reliable knockbacks in
    and
    , which means they usually have the responsibility of handling knockbacks ("pushes"). An example is on Soulless Horror where you will be asked to push Tormented Dead far away from the main group. If asked to do this, position carefully and have your pushing skills ready when the time comes.
    • If there is a risk of your
      getting intercepted then you should run the "Marksmanship Pushing Variant" traits listed above.
  • Kiting: As Druids can heal and support from range, they are sometimes asked to stand apart from the main grop to keep a specific mechanic away. An example is on Sabetha where you may be asked to stand further away to kite flak. In these scenarios, you should run as many spirits as possible, drop them all on your group at the beginning, then go to your kiting spot and stay there while dropping heals on the main group. You won't be expected to maintain might (although it's obviously a nice bonus if you can).
    • If you're so far away that you're out of
      range, consider running the "Wilderness Survival Kiting Variant" traits listed above.
  • Healing Through: Some advanced strategies rely on ignoring mechanics by having the Druid heal through heavy damage. This generally involves saving
    and then spamming
    and
    .

CC

You can help with breakbars using any of the following skills:
  • Fang Grapple Fang Grapple or
    or Head Toss Head Toss
  • or
  • Storm Spirit Storm Spirit
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    Storm Spirit
    Spirit. Summon a storm spirit that grants nearby allies a chance to apply vulnerability when attacking.
    Storm Spirit.pngStorm Spirit (6s): 75% chance to apply vulnerability on hit.
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (10s): 3% Incoming Damage, 3% Incoming Condition Damage
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngEffect recharge: 10 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 1,000
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    Call Lightning Call Lightning
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    Call Lightning
    Spirit. Your storm spirit sacrifices itself to generate a powerful blast of electricity.
    Damage.pngDamage: 353
    Daze.pngDaze: 3 seconds
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
  • Swapping to staff or
    with
    traited
  • (not recommended as you generally need this skill for other mechanics)

Miscellaneous Tips

  • If running
    , you should spam it off cooldown, unless your teammates are busy and can't make use of the buff, or a burn phase is coming up which you should save the buff for.
  • only lasts for 60 seconds and has a very long cooldown. Save it for the phases when people are most likely to go down.
  • Place your spirits where all your squad members will be in range of them. This is important if you will be constantly moving (e.g. on VG).
  • provides Chill Chill and Weakness Weakness, which will be a DPS increase for many classes due to traits like
    ,
    , and
    . Always use
    off cooldown if possible.
  • If you need to cleanse conditions, use
    . The light field can be blasted with
    or
    . If you need a lot of condition cleanse take
    and
    .
    can also cleanse certain conditions like chill and immobilize.
  • Use
    , Jacaranda's Embrace Jacaranda's Embrace, or
    if you need to immobilize things. In dire situations you can use
    (not recommended).
  • blocks projectiles, which is relevant for certain encounters like Cairn.
  • Always cast another spirit before
    . This is so that when you see the other spirit expire, you can manually activate
    just before
    expires for extra damage.
  • Your pets are dumb and will take damage from enemies and mechanics. Swap them out if they're about to die.
  • can be used to blind adds.
  • If you have nothing else to do, maximize your DPS and astral force generation by spamming axe/warhorn skills until you need to heal or do your boon rotation again.

Encounter Specific Tips

Spirit Vale

Dark-icon-raid.png Vale Guardian
  • This fight puts a lot of pressure on the tank, so make sure you keep them healthy.
  • Bring
    for seeker control. You can use
    to knock them away and
    to immobilize them.
  • Pop your spirits during the split phases so that they will be up for the next boss phase. If the tank plans to rotate around the arena, place your spirits near the center so that your squad can still benefit from them while on the move.
  • If you're healing through greens, save your
    for it -- not having it up right after a green circle will likely lead to a raid wipe.
  • In inexperienced groups
    is really useful for saving people who get ported.
  • If you get ported use
    to quickly dash back.
Dark-icon-raid.png Gorseval the Multifarious
  • The tank will be standing a short distance from the main group, so make sure you tag them with your healing and
    .
  • Pop your spirits during the split phases so that they will be up for the next boss phase.
  • Bring
    to immobilize the Charged Souls. With high group cleave, you can immobilize them very near the center and have your power DPS cleave all the Charged Souls down.
  • If you are delaying breakbars, be prepared to spam healing through the breakbar phase so that you can heal your DPS through the retaliation. It's ok to camp in
    for this section as there isn't any other damage pressure and your
    will refill your astral force during the split.
Dark-icon-raid.png Sabetha the Saboteur
  • Keep an eye on the squad members doing cannons and be prepared to refresh their Might Might when they come back.
  • can be used to blind the adds so they don't knock your teammates into the flamewall.
  • Place
    in the last 25% phase.

Salvation Pass

Dark-icon-raid.png Slothasor
  • Consider traiting
    for this fight as the Stability Stability from
    might be corrupted into Fear Fear.
  • Place your spirits near the center so that your squad can still benefit from them while on the move.
  • can be used against slubling projectiles.
  • You can bring
    for an AoE stun break.
Dark-icon-raid.png Matthias Gabrel
  • Bring
    for condition cleanse.
  • Save
    for the 60% phase so that you can share stability to counter Downpour knockdowns.
  • can be used for projectile destruction but be careful of accidentally destroying Bloodstone Shards.

Stronghold of the Faithful

Dark-icon-raid.png Siege the Stronghold (Escort)
  • On this fight Druids are normally asked to babysit Glenna. Try to remain as close to the group as possible without putting Glenna in danger. If you can't get close, you can still leave Glenna for short periods of time to stack might with
    and
    .
  • Use
    , Jacaranda's Embrace Jacaranda's Embrace, and
    to keep wargs immobilized.
  • can be used to blind trash.
  • You can bring
    for an AoE stun break.
  • You can bring Juvenile Wolf Juvenile Wolf to fear mobs as an emergency measure. If you aren't escorting Glenna, you can use it to fear mobs when you go up to the towers.
Dark-icon-raid.png Keep Construct
  • On this fight Druids are normally asked to push the orb into the rifts. Just go around with your axe and position so that your autoattacks will hit it into each rift. Your Chronomancers will help you by pulling the orb.
  • Make sure that your pets are set to Passive, otherwise they might push the orb out of the arena.
  • Make sure you have
    and
    ready for the burn phase.
  • Save
    for the first and third burn phases.
Dark-icon-raid.png Xera
  • This fight puts a lot of pressure on the tank, so make sure you keep them healthy.
  • Bring
    for condition cleanse.
  • can be used to blind adds.
  • Due to the very high damage pressure in this fight, a healer should always be on the main platform. If you're solo healer this means you should always go back down if you get ported. If there are two healers, decide who is going back down if both get ported.
  • Coordinate with your tank about where they're going to be tanking, so you know where to place your spirits ahead of time.
  • During the pre-event, you should summon and instantly pop your spirits on each island.
  • Make sure your pet is on Passive so it doesn't attack the orbs during the orb pushing sections.
  • Some squads will require you to bring
    for the buttons in the pre-event. Use it to resurrect your button crew when the Bloodstone Shard has around 30% health remaining - this should give them enough time to kill it and then leave buttons before they get downed a second time.
  • Pop your spirits during the split phase so they will be ready for phase 2.
  • During phase 2, try not to have Juvenile Fanged Iboga Juvenile Fanged Iboga out, as Confusion Confusion will be converted to Retaliation Retaliation if Xera stands in a shard field.

Bastion of the Penitent

Dark-icon-raid.png Cairn the Indomitable
  • Ask your commander if they want a kiter. Adding a kiter makes the fight slower but much easier. If there is no kiter then Cairn's autoattacks will be hitting everyone and you will be under a lot of pressure to keep your teammates alive.
    • If you trust your squadmates not to get ported, you can stand just a short distance away from Cairn and "kite" without necessarily having to stand on the edge of the arena.
    • If you're kiting on the edge of the arena, use the "Wilderness Survival Kiting Variant" traits above and just afk in staff. You can easily use
      ,
      , your dodges, and your special action key to dodge every set of shards.
  • Don't be afraid to camp in
    and spam healing if the group needs it.
  • You should always take one agony, as you can heal and buff from range, and you can always heal yourself if you get low.
  • Use
    for mobility.
  • In high DPS groups
    can be used to share stability and ignore greens.
  • In inexperienced groups
    is really useful for saving people who get ported.
Dark-icon-raid.png Samarog
  • You can bring either
    for stability, or
    for immobilizing Rigom and clearing spears.
  • is great here, as it provides high CC and instantly refreshes vulnerability after each breakbar.
  • If a breakbar is coming up, you should save
    for CCing with
    and healing the fixated squadmate.
  • is useful for pushing Rigom during the split phase.
Dark-icon-raid.png Deimos
  • The tank takes heavy damage after blocking Deimos's Mind Crush attack, so watch out for this and make sure you keep them healthy. In Deimos CM this will apply to the entire squad.
  • Make sure your pet is on Passive, otherwise the Sauls might fixate on your pet and not come to the squad.
  • can block the projectiles from Demonic Tears.

Hall of Chains

Dark-icon-raid.png Soulless Horror
  • This fight puts a lot of pressure on the tank, so make sure you keep them healthy.
  • Juvenile Iboga Juvenile Iboga is strong here as Soulless Horror takes a lot of damage from confusion.
  • As the Druid you are normally tasked with pushing Tormented Dead. To do this you need to equip a longbow and
    , and use the "Marksmanship Pushing Variant" traits above. When a Tormented Dead walks into the group, do your first push with
    , wait for the Scourge to use
    , then do your second push with
    and knock it to the edge of the arena.
  • Use
    ,
    , and your blast finishers to cleanse conditions.
  • Be careful of placing
    as the Stability Stability will be corrupted into Fear Fear if anyone accidentally touches a boon corrupt zone. Consider running
    for this.
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

The premier raid healer and the cornerstone of most common raid strategies. You can't go wrong with a Druid.

5 stars
Narth gave this build 5 stars October 2016

This guide gives a lot of great details for any new Druid. This build should become the standard healing druid build for most raid groups unless you're running a speed comp. Personally, I found the zerker Druid build to be too low on healing since the recent balance patch and found this build to work as a good replacement for both myself and my raid group!

I really do think for the majority of gw2 raiders that this build is in the current meta.

5 stars
Gale gave this build 5 stars September 2016

Solid starting point for entry-level Druids or teams that require stronger healing. It's a tad overkill in a double-Druid meta but it's still a viable alternative by providing a forgiving safety net.

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5 stars
Yiwll gave this build 5 stars September 2016

Good healing, and extremely useful for high damage-inflicting fights.

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