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Feral Druid DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 25, 2016 at 20:24 by Wordup 157 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Feral Druids. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Xanzara, a top-ranking Feral Druid, who sometimes streams on YouTube.

1. Best in Slot List

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

Slot Item Source
Helm Cowl of Fright Icon Cowl of Fright Dragons of Nightmare
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Otherworldly Leather Mantle Icon Otherworldly Leather Mantle Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Chest Tunic of the Grove Keeper Icon Tunic of the Grove Keeper Cenarius
Wrists Wristwraps of Broken Trust Icon Wristwraps of Broken Trust Elerethe Renferel
Gloves Dreamsculptor's Gloves Icon Dreamsculptor's Gloves Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Belt Lifeless Buckled Girdle Icon Lifeless Buckled Girdle Nythendra
Legs Splotched Bloodfur Leggings Icon Splotched Bloodfur Leggings Ursoc
Boots Stained Maggot Squishers Icon Stained Maggot Squishers Nythendra
Ring #1 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Ring #2 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Trinket #1 Hunger of the Pack Icon Hunger of the Pack Fenryr - Halls of Valor
Trinket #2 Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command Viz'adum the Watcher - Karazhan

1.1. Trinkets

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces at Item Level 860, therefore in some cases due to the scaling effect, this list can be inaccurate. Due to that, there is a simulation of all trinkets against each other listed here:

Trinket Simulations

Some small disclaimers on this list for fringe situations are due here. First, Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command appears to be taking into account the 30% increase from the chest in SimulationCraft currently, which may overbudget it slightly. Target switching also heavily punishes this trinket, so be aware of that when selecting it.

I have opted for Hunger of the Pack Icon Hunger of the Pack as the trinket of choice because of its much higher consistency (as it is a stat stick), winning against other alternative stat sticks as bulk crit is very valuable. In the same vein, because this trinket exists a Crit stat stick is not currently simulated, because this trinket is effectively identical.

This was all simulated with a balanced profile weighted toward Critical Strike, so should be universally applicable, but as always you should sim yourself to be sure. Some Karazhan trinkets have some issues, so these will be updated as and when they are implemented.

1.2. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Feral stat weights:

These were calculated using the standard talent build, and a 21 point artifact:

  • Agility: 1
  • Mastery: 0.65
  • Critical Strike: 0.63
  • Versatility: 0.6
  • Haste: 0.51

If we then compare two cloaks, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak, comes with 945 Agility, 350 Critical Strike, and 481 Mastery, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

350×0.63 + 481×0.65 + 945×1 = 1485.15

Then comparing to Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape, this comes with 945 Agility, 270 Critical Strike, and 551 Haste, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

270×0.63 + 551×0.51 + 945×1 = 1401.51

Through this we can see that the value of Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak is higher than Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape, and is the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value. This is especially true for Feral given that stats are so close in value.

2. Racial Bonuses

Racial Simulations

Racial bonuses are quite minimal for most classes currently, for Feral however if Alliance, Night Elf has a strong showing if you capitalise correctly on extra stealth uses through Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld. Whilst this image shows rough estimations for each Race, there are always extra factors that can push some Races above the more passive ones, so I would recommend playing whichever you like the most as the difference can be so minor.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Chatoyant Signet Icon Chatoyant Signet increases your Energy by 100, allowing for more flexibility in resource management. Whilst this does not strictly increase your output as your Energy generation remains the same, it allows for more pooling and management over when you expend your Energy. Whilst using it you want to maintain a bank of Energy of around 150 until you need to burst a target, or gain additional on demand Combo points such as needing to refresh Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar or Rip Icon Rip in starved situations.

The Wildshaper's Clutch Icon The Wildshaper's Clutch has a lot of power in multiple target situations as it can trigger from Rake Icon Rake, Rip Icon Rip and Thrash Icon Thrash, so has a lot of benefits in Mythic+ Dungeons, whilst being a modest boost in single target. Whilst using this, you will want to alter your Combo Point management, opting instead to pool energy at 3 following a finisher instead of 5, so as to prevent any wasted from your DoT ticks generating them. You will then expend energy either when you need to refresh bleeds, or cap out your Combo Points from procs.

Luffa Wrappings Icon Luffa Wrappings has benefits in large scale AoE when you are maintaning Thrash Icon Thrash on a large amount of targets. However, both The Wildshaper's Clutch Icon The Wildshaper's Clutch and Ailuro Pouncers Icon Ailuro Pouncers do a better job of enhancing this, so it should not be a targeted item to equip.

Ailuro Pouncers Icon Ailuro Pouncers only has a direct impact on your DPS if using Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons (which is recommended). It not only increases the frequency of Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness by granting free charges every 15 seconds, but allows it to stack up to 3. With this equipped, you should alter your rotation to always aim to cast Finishing Moves with Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons active, and also refreshing Rake Icon Rake with it active. It is also advised to burn off some charges if you are about to reach the cap, usually with buffed Shred Icon Shred casts.

Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds Icon Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds has some fringe uses when coupled with the three affinity talents, increasing your range, flat damage reduction or passive healing output. Its benefits however are very muted and is not really recommended compared to alternatives.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote can be reduced down to a passive damage increase averaging out at around 3% increase over the course of a fight. It has some circumstances where bosses do not go through the entire Health pool (such as Odyn or Helya) where it shines even brighter. Note that the bonus damage it deals, whilst Physical, bypasses the targets armor and directly replicates 30% of the damage the triggering attack dealt. Its benefit however is limited to the first 10% on targets, so in some fights it can be a very minimal bonus.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret has some fringe bonuses for extra mobility and an extra Haste proc activating after crowd control effects, such as Maim Icon Maim, unfortunately this has a long cooldown and requires targets vulnerable to Stuns. There are talent options that can improve the uptime, but due to the Crowd Control requirement this largely relegates the effect to dungeons.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus could have some powerful survivability uses to survive large bursts of raid damage if it syncs up with the recharge time and avoiding damage is possible, but it is too specific to recommend until more is known about the texture of the upcoming raids.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Balance/Guardian/Restoration Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Balance/Guardian/Restoration Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

5. ChangeLog

  • 25 Nov. 2016: Updated trinket simulations.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Added Karazhan trinket to the trinket simulations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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