Guardian Druid Tank Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (WoW MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for a Guardian Druid in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

The other pages of our Guardian Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Arielle, (@ArielleEJ), a prominent Guardian Druid theorycrafter and the main author of The Inconspicuous Bear (a very respected Guardian Druid resource).

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket
Prismatic SocketYellow Socket Smooth Sun's Radiance Icon Smooth Sun's Radiance/Perfect Smooth Sunstone Icon Perfect Smooth Sunstone or Smooth Serpent's Eye Icon Smooth Serpent's Eye (JC)
Red Socket Crafty Vermilion Onyx Icon Crafty Vermilion Onyx/Perfect Crafty Tiger Opal Icon Perfect Crafty Tiger Opal
Blue Socket Jagged Wild Jade Icon Jagged Wild Jade/Perfect Jagged Alexandrite Icon Perfect Jagged Alexandrite

Regarding meta-gem choice, we would like to mention that the Indomitable Primal Diamond Icon Indomitable Primal Diamond is the best meta-gem for progression content in Patch 5.4.

Additionally, once you reach 79% Critical Strike chance on your character sheet, you should gem for Haste Rating instead of Critical Strike Rating.

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders
Back
Chest Enchant Chest - Superior Stamina Icon Enchant Chest - Superior Stamina
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs
Feet Enchant Boots - Blurred Speed Icon Enchant Boots - Blurred Speed Enchant Boots - Greater Haste Icon Enchant Boots - Greater Haste (cheaper)
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina (Enchanting)
Weapons

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Stamina. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

You should use a combination of elixirs, namely you should use Mantid Elixir Icon Mantid Elixir and Mad Hozen Elixir Icon Mad Hozen Elixir. Alternatively, if you really need more Stamina, you can use a Flask of the Earth Icon Flask of the Earth.

If you have over 79% Critical Strike chance, then you should use Elixir of the Rapids Icon Elixir of the Rapids instead of Mad Hozen Elixir.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of the Mountains Icon Potion of the Mountains for physical damage and Master Healing Potion Icon Master Healing Potion for magic damage.

Alternatively, you can use a Virmen's Bite Icon Virmen's Bite potion if you wish to boost your DPS.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Guardian Druid can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Blacksmithing Provides a 640 Critical Strike Rating gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Smooth Sun's Radiance Icon Smooth Sun's Radiance.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Critical Strike Rating gain through the ability to use 2 Smooth Serpent's Eye Icon Smooth Serpent's Eye
Alchemy Provides a 480 Stamina gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 480 Stamina gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina.
Engineering Provides a 1,920 Dodge Rating bonus for 10 seconds, on a 1 minute cooldown, through Phase Fingers Icon Phase Fingers or a 1,920 Agility bonus for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Agility).
Inscription Provides a 480 Stamina gain through Secret Ox Horn Inscription Icon Secret Ox Horn Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides +750 Stamina through Fur Lining - Stamina Icon Fur Lining - Stamina, instead of the usual +170 Dodge provided by Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge Icon Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge or +170 Mastery provided by Enchant Bracer - Mastery Icon Enchant Bracer - Mastery. Also provides Heavy Leg Reinforcements Icon Heavy Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Ironscale Leg Armor Icon Ironscale Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Tailoring Provides +1000 Attack Power in average through Swordguard Embroidery Icon Swordguard Embroidery, instead of +200 Stamina from Enchant Cloak - Greater Protection Icon Enchant Cloak - Greater Protection.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 29 Sep. 2013: Added Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs as an Engineering bonus.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update.
    • Removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
    • Added mentions of alternative gems, enchants, and consumables if you reach the 79% Critical Strike chance cap.
  • 23 May 2013: Added Capacitive Primal Diamond Icon Capacitive Primal Diamond to the list, and added a short mention of tanking versus DPS meta-gems below the gem table.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 05 Apr. 2013: Added Agile Primal Diamond Icon Agile Primal Diamond as a potential meta-gem for increasing your DPS. Also added Enchant Gloves - Greater Haste Icon Enchant Gloves - Greater Haste and Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise Icon Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise as options for hand enchants. Added suggestion to use a combination of elixirs instead of Flask of the Earth Icon Flask of the Earth (unless you really need additional Stamina), and added Virmen's Bite Icon Virmen's Bite as an option for a potion if you want more DPS.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.