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Guardian Druid Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:22 by Vlad 81 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Guardian 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 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 Untameable, a top Guardian Druid who raids in DNOgaming. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Cowl of Fright Icon Cowl of Fright Dragons of Nightmare
Neck Cursed Beartooth Necklace Icon Cursed Beartooth Necklace Ursoc
Shoulders Otherworldly Leather Mantle Icon Otherworldly Leather Mantle Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Cloak Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Cenarius
Chest Scarred Ragefang Chestpiece Icon Scarred Ragefang Chestpiece Ursoc
Wrists Wristwraps of Broken Trust Icon Wristwraps of Broken Trust Elerethe Renferal
Gloves Dreamsculptor's Gloves Icon Dreamsculptor's Gloves Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Belt Lifeless Buckled Girdle Icon Lifeless Buckled Girdle Nythendra
Legs Repulsive Leathery Pants Icon Repulsive Leathery Pants Xavius
Boots Stained Maggot Squishers Icon Stained Maggot Squishers Nythendra
Ring #1 Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Icon Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Ring #2 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Trinket #1 Grotesque Statuette Icon Grotesque Statuette Xavius
Trinket #2 Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Icon Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption

As far as pre-raid gear is concerned, you should look for Mythic dungeon trinkets, such as Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor, Coagulated Nightwell Residue Icon Coagulated Nightwell Residue, Shivermaw's Jawbone Icon Shivermaw's Jawbone, and Shard of Rokmora Icon Shard of Rokmora.

Both crafted trinkets (Darkmoon Deck: Immortality Icon Darkmoon Deck: Immortality and Infernal Alchemist Stone Icon Infernal Alchemist Stone) are good for Guardian Druids as well.

2. 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.

The overall ranking of legendary items for a Guardian Druid is:

  1. Luffa Wrappings Icon Luffa Wrappings
  2. Elize's Everlasting Encasement Icon Elize's Everlasting Encasement
  3. Dual Determination Icon Dual Determination
  4. Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds Icon Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds
  5. Skysec's Hold Icon Skysec's Hold
  6. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote
  7. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret
  8. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus

Purely for maximising survivability, use the following ranking.

  1. Skysec's Hold Icon Skysec's Hold
  2. Dual Determination Icon Dual Determination
  3. Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds Icon Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds
  4. Elize's Everlasting Encasement Icon Elize's Everlasting Encasement (note that this is particularly powerful if you have taken the Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear talent).
  5. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus

3. 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/Feral/Restoration Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Balance/Feral/Restoration Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Blood Death Knight Druids, Vengeance Demon Hunters, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

4. ChangeLog

  • 19 Sep. 2016: Updated pre-raid trinket mentions slightly.
  • 09 Sep. 2016: Added BiS list.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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