I’ve made a short video trying to explain on how to level as a healer, however since I didn’t prepare in advance on what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it, the video might not be as clear for some people as I intended and that’s why I’ve created this section of the site to give you a brief explanation on how you should level if you plan on having your main specialization being a healer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are some healing specializations like Resto Shamans for example who are said to have about the same leveling speed as Elemental/Enhancement Shamans. I personally haven’t tested leveling Resto Shaman + Elemental Shaman + Enhancement Shaman, so I can neither confirm, nor deny this. What I’m suggesting is merely the “safer” choice. While we won’t know for sure what healing specialization is easy to level till probably 1 week after Legion launches, we can definitely assume that tanking and dps specs will do fairly well, so it’s only normal if you are going to have an off-spec that is either tank or dps to use it instead of the healing specialization right?
Overall it’s extremely simple.
No matter what you are going to choose for your main specialization(Holy Paladin, Resto Druid/Shaman, Mistweave Monk, Holy/Discipline Priest) you can follow this simple guide and level without having to face the difficulties of leveling a healer specialization. It should be noted that some healing specialization aren’t that bad for leveling actually, nonetheless in my opinion leveling as a tank or dps is a lot more fun – again that’s just my personal opinion.
So here is what you have to do.
Let’s say you are going to play a Resoration Druid. Logically Restoration Druids should be the slowest to level among their 4 available specializations(Restoration, Guardina, Moonkin, Feral).
So what you are going to do is pick as your FIRST specialization let’s say Feral(or Guardian/Moonkin it’s up to you what you want to play as alternative specialization).
Once you pick Feral you will start leveling using that specialization right?
So let’s say you start with Azsuna. You do all the quests there and you use all the Artifact Relics you find to upgrade your Feral artifact weapon, so that you can level even easier right?
Then let’s say you head for Highmounts and you do the same. After that you go to Val’sharah and you do the same.
Now you are finally entering the final zone – Stormheim. So what you should do from now on is, that whenever you are about to do a RELIC QUEST to make sure that you would first change your loot specialization to Restoration before you pick and do the quest. Once you complete the quest you can either leave the Relic in your bag or you can go straight ahead and switch to your Restoration specialization(if you have done the quest to unlock your 2nd specialization and you have respectively the Artifact for that specialization) and equip it and afterwards switch back to your Feral/Guardian/Moonkin specialization. Continue leveling and repeat this whenever you are about to do a Relic quest.
You can do the same with any specialization that would be slow to level otherwise. For example if you are planning on playing Arcane Mage I’d suggest you level as Fire/Frost since it will be a lot faster or at least a lot easier.
ALSO IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DON’T USE YOUR ARTIFACT POWER ITEMS ON YOUR LEVELING SPECIALIZATION, BUT YOU SHOULD INSTEAD SAVE THEM IN YOUR BAGS AND USE THEM ON YOUR MAIN SPECIALIZATION.
Bare in mind that you should do this if you plan on not really using your second specialization(the one you are using to level), HOWEVER if you plan on using it you can and should invest a total of 6500 artifact power. In fact even if you don’t really plan on using it, it might not be a bad idea to do it anyway.
You can check Artifact Power and Artifact Knowledge!!! to get an idea why I say that you can and should invest 6500 artifact power in your secondary specialization.
tl;dr: Basically pick your second specialization you plan to play as your first and level while using that specialization.
Once you are in the last leveling zone(or even better let’s say halfway through the 3rd from total of 4 leveling zones) make sure that whenever you are about to begin a RELIC QUEST that you would first switch the loot specialization to the specialization you want the Relic rewards to be, then pick the quest, complete it and get the appropriate relic.
Also during the last zone you can feel free to leave your loot specialization to the specialization you plan to play, so that you can get some items for that specialization.
Lastly save your artifact power items and use them on your main specialization rather than on your leveling specialization.