Feral Druid DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoD 6.0.3)

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent and glyph choices for Feral Druids in World of Warcraft WoD 6.0.3. We detail what each of the talents and glyphs do and in which situations they should be taken.

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

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This guide has been reviewed and approved by Stenhaldi, one of the best Feral Druids in the world, who raids in Midwinter.

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1. Talent Choices↑top

Level Choices
15 Feline Swiftness Displacer Beast Wild Charge
30 Ysera's Gift Renewal Cenarion Ward
45 Faerie Swarm Mass Entanglement Typhoon
60 Soul of the Forest Incarnation: King of the Jungle Force of Nature
75 Incapacitating Roar Ursol's Vortex Mighty Bash
90 Heart of the Wild Dream of Cenarius Nature's Vigil
100 Lunar Inspiration Bloodtalons Claws of Shirvallah
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  • Performance-enhancing
  • Survival
  • Crowd Control
  • Movement
  • Utility
  • Situational

Talents can easily be changed, thanks to Tome of the Clear Mind Icon Tomes of the Clear Mind. You will frequently find yourself changing talents and glyphs between encounters, in order to adapt your play style to different mechanics. Therefore, it is important to understand what each of your talents does and how they affect your play style.

2. Tier 1 Talents↑top

Tier 1 talents offer a choice between 3 means of increasing your movement abilities.

  • Feline Swiftness Icon Feline Swiftness is a passive ability that increases your movement speed by 15% at all times.
  • Displacer Beast Icon Displacer Beast is an active ability that teleports you 20 yards forward, activates Cat Form Icon Cat Form, and grants you a 50% increase in movement speed for 4 seconds.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is an active ability that differs based on the shapeshift form you are in, as follows:
    • No shapeshift form: you fly to an ally's location.
    • Bear Form Icon Bear Form: you charge an enemy, immobilizing them for 4 seconds.
    • Cat Form Icon Cat Form: you leap behind an enemy, dazing them for 3 seconds.
    • Travel Form Icon Travel Form: you leap forward 20 yards.
    • Aquatic Form Icon Aquatic Form: your swim speed is increased by 150% for 5 seconds.

All three choices in this tier are relatively well-balanced, and you should choose based on personal preference and encounter requirements.

Displacer Beast Icon Displacer Beast has a lot of versatility to offer, and it is very reliable at bypassing encounter mechanics (it allows you to move through fire-wall style mechanics without taking damage).

Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is a good option if you need something with a lower cooldown than Displacer Beast.

Since Feline Swiftness Icon Feline Swiftness's bonus stacks with the movement speed increase granted by Cat Form Icon Cat Form, this talent is also a strong choice.

3. Tier 2 Talents↑top

Tier 2 talents offer a choice between 3 healing spells.

  • Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift is a passive spell that heals you for 4% of your maximum health every 5 seconds. If you are at maximum health, then it heals a random injured party or raid member within 100 yards for the same amount.
  • Renewal Icon Renewal is a self-heal for 22% of your maximum health with a 2-minute cooldown.
  • Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward is a buff that you can place on a friendly player, lasting up to 30 seconds. When the player takes damage, Cenarion Ward activates a 6-second HoT on the player, consuming Cenarion Ward in the process.

Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift is arguably the best choice for most situations. Not only is the talent entirely passive, and therefore very comfortable to use, but it also provides the most healing out of the three choices in this tier.

Renewal Icon Renewal provides a very reliable self-heal that may be preferable in some situations, or if you simply prefer to have more control over your abilities.

Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward is may have some good uses in situations where there are predictable bursts of damage.

4. Tier 3 Talents↑top

Tier 3 talents offer a choice between 3 crowd control spells.

  • Faerie Swarm Icon Faerie Swarm is an improved version of Faerie Fire Icon Faerie Fire, which it replaces. In addition to Faerie Fire's effects, Faerie Swarm also slows the target's movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds.
  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement roots all enemies in an area around the target for up to 20 seconds.
  • Typhoon Icon Typhoon is a spell that affects enemies in a cone in front of you, knocking them back and dazing them for 6 seconds.

The choice between these talents is largely irrelevant in terms of DPS performance. You will simply choose the one which you prefer most, or which best suits the encounter mechanics.

5. Tier 4 Talents↑top

Tier 4 offers a choice between 3 performance-enhancing talents.

  • Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest passively causes your Finishing Moves to grant you 4 Energy for each Combo Point used.
  • Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle allows you to use Prowl Icon Prowl while in combat, and causes Shred Icon Shred and Rake Icon Rake to function as if stealth were active. This ability lasts 30 seconds, and it has a 3-minute cooldown.
  • Force of Nature Icon Force of Nature is an active ability that summons a treant which roots your current target and attacks it for 15 seconds, dealing melee damage every 2 seconds. Force of Nature has a maximum of 3 charges, with a 20-second recharge timer.

Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest is the best talent choice in this tier in every situation.

Force of Nature Icon Force of Nature is a reasonable single target option, but it is better to use Soul of the Forest.

Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle provides you with burst damage on a 3-minute cooldown, and it is useful if the encounter you are progressing on calls for that, but aside from this type of situation, you should choose one of the other two talents.

6. Tier 5 Talents↑top

Tier 5 talents offer a choice between 3 crowd control spells.

  • Incapacitating Roar Icon Incapacitating Roar is an AoE incapacitate that lasts for 3 seconds and affects all enemies in a 10 yard radius. It has a 30-second cooldown.
  • Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex is a targeted AoE slow, which slows down enemies in an 8-yard radius by 50%. When enemies first try to leave the slowing area, they are pulled back in. The vortex lasts 10 seconds, and it has a 1-minute cooldown.
  • Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is a single target 5-second stun.

The choice between these talents is largely irrelevant in terms of DPS performance. You will simply choose the one which you prefer most, or which best suits the encounter mechanics.

7. Tier 6 Talents↑top

Tier 6 talents offer a choice between 3 talents that improve your ability to act as a hybrid.

  • Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild is a 6-minute cooldown that greatly improves your ability to tank, heal, and cast spells for 45 seconds.
    • When in Bear Form Icon Bear Form, you gain a massive increase in Armor (as well as in Agility).
    • Your healing and damaging spells are more effective, can also be cast in Bear Form, and cost no Mana.
  • Dream of Cenarius Icon Dream of Cenarius is a passive ability that increases the healing done by Healing Touch Icon Healing Touch and Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation by 20%. Every time you heal someone with these two spells, you are also healed.
  • Nature's Vigil Icon Nature's Vigil is a 90-second cooldown that causes all single-target healing and damaging spells and abilities to heal a nearby friendly target, based on the amount of healing or damage done (30% for heals, and 40% for damaging spells or abilities).

The choice in this tier depends on what kind of assistance you want to be able to provide for your raid.

Dream of Cenarius Icon Dream of Cenarius offers a continuous boost to your healing, making it quite easy to manage. Because it boosts your targeted heals, it means that your healing is increased specifically on those targets that you want to heal.

Nature's Vigil Icon Nature's Vigil gives you a lot more control over when your healing is increased, since it acts as a healing cooldown. This is the most passive option. All you need to do is cast it and it will do the healing for you.

Finally, Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild is very versatile, but has a long cooldown to compensate for this. You can use it to blanket your entire raid with Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation, for example (although you will lose DPS doing so), or you can use it to tank. Technically, it is possible to use it to cast offensive spells, but this is not worth doing unless the targets are otherwise unreachable, or they take extra spell damage.

8. Tier 7 Talents↑top

Tier 7 talents offer you a choice between 3 passive ways of improving your DPS performance.

  • Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration gives you the ability to use Moonfire Icon Moonfire while in Cat Form Icon Cat Form, causing it to generate 1 Combo Point, deal damage based on your attack power, and cost 30 Energy.
  • Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons causes your Healing Touch Icon Healing Touch casts to increase the damage of your next two melee abilities by 30%.
  • Claws of Shirvallah Icon Claws of Shirvallah is an improvement over Cat Form Icon Cat Form, which it replaces. In addition to Cat Form, Claws of Shirvallah allows you to use all non-damaging Druid spells while shapeshifted, and also provides a constant 5% increase in Versatility.

The two viable talent choices in this tier are Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration and Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons, with Claws of Shirvallah Icon Claws of Shirvallah currently being sub-par.

Bloodtalons is the talent to go for in single target and short-duration cleave or AoE situations, while Lunar Inspiration is better against 2-4 long-lived enemies.

9. Major Glyphs↑top

There is a rather wide variety of Major Glyphs to choose from.

To begin with, you will have to choose between Glyph of Cat Form Icon Glyph of Cat Form and Glyph of the Ninth Life Icon Glyph of the Ninth Life, two mutually exclusive glyphs. The first increases the healing received by you by 20% while Cat Form Icon Cat Form is active, while the second reduces all damage taken by 10% while in Cat Form. Glyph of Cat Form is generally the preferred choice, unless you are afraid of dying to a burst of damage, in which case you should use Glyph of the Ninth Life.

Glyph of Savage Roar Icon Glyph of Savage Roar causes you to gain a Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar (as though cast with 5 Combo Points) each time you use Rake Icon Rake or Shred Icon Shred while Prowl Icon Prowling. If you are using Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle, then this glyph is essentially mandatory, but otherwise you can skip it.

Glyph of Stampeding Roar Icon Glyph of Stampeding Roar increases the range of Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar by 30 yards. If using this ability is vital to your raid's strategy, this glyph is excellent.

Ideally, the glyphs listed above should always be in use. That said, if you drop Glyph of Savage Roar Icon Glyph of Savage Roar (or even sometimes Glyph of Stampeding Roar Icon Glyph of Stampeding Roar), then you can fit in another glyph, from among the ones we discuss below.

Glyph of Rebirth Icon Glyph of Rebirth is very useful if you ever intend to use your Rebirth Icon Rebirth, since it allows the target of your Rebirth to come back to life with full health, meaning that they do not risk instantly dying again to environmental damage.

Glyph of Dash Icon Glyph of Dash reduces the cooldown of Dash Icon Dash by 60 seconds, allowing you to use it more often and thus increasing your mobility.

Glyph of Ferocious Bite Icon Glyph of Ferocious Bite causes you to be passively healed for 1.5% of your maximum health for each 10 Energy you use, granting a small boost in survivability.

Glyph of Survival Instincts Icon Glyph of Survival Instincts reduces the cooldown of Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts by 40 seconds, but also reduces its duration by 50%. This glyph is useful whenever you want to be able to use Survival Instincts more frequently, for example if the encounter has regular damage spikes that you want to mitigate.

10. Minor Glyphs↑top

There is only one Minor Glyph worth talking about. Glyph of Grace Icon Glyph of Grace reduces the damage you take from fall damage even when you are not in Cat Form Icon Cat Form. While this is not likely to be of use often during PvE progression, it can sometimes help.

11. Changelog↑top

  • 16 Oct. 2014: Revised the tier 4 talents discussion to state that Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest is the best talent.