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Guardian Druid Tank Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Feb 14, 2017 at 07:12 by Vlad 119 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Guardian Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Justwait, a top tank who raids in Method. You can also watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Guardian Druid tanks are currently fairly well balanced, being equipped to deal with any incoming damage types, be they Physical or magic. Guardian Druids offer a high amount of utility to any raid or dungeon group. They rely on their high health pools (boosted in part by their Mastery) and the increases to healing received that they benefit from. As such, they take more damage than other tanks, but also have the means to handle this damage and be healed up accordingly.

As a Guardian Druid, you are well suited for single target tanking and excel at AoE tanking.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects which are specific to Guardian Druids, and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. What Has Changed in Legion?

  • Resolve has been removed.
  • Lacerate, Savage Defense, and Berserk have been removed, as have Primal Fury, Ursa Major, and Tooth and Claw passive abilities.
  • Mastery has been changed to Mastery: Nature's Guardian Icon Mastery: Nature's Guardian, which increases maximum health, healing received, and attack power.
  • Active mitigation is now done through Ironfur Icon Ironfur (armor increase), Mark of Ursol Icon Mark of Ursol (magic damage reduction), and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration (self-heal).

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

  • 14 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated description of Restoration Affinity to correctly reflect that it heals for 1.5% of maximum health per 5 seconds.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added Archimonde's Hatred Reborn legendary trinket to legendary item rankings.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (this page): Removed a mention of Displacer Beast being baseline for Guardian, since this is not the case.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated the description of Soul of the Forest following the official patch note release.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the rotation to include Pulverize usage, and made a mention of choosing Pulverize as the tier 7 talent.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation, and updated the legendary rankings.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 and improved the tier 2, 5, 6, and 7 discussions.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added mentions of using Pulverize in the rotations, as well as making various updates to account for changes to abilities in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated Mangle and Ironfur descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 17 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 17 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr to the neck enchants and added Potion of Prolonged Power to the potion list (while also removing Potion of Deadly Grace).
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Revised Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc as a situational (?) talent, and updated the description of Restoration Affinity.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed an error whereby we were referring to Galactic Guardian generating 15 Rage (when it is actually 10).
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Removed a mention of relics that enhance Roar of the Crowd, since none actually exist.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Added a mention that Darkmoon Deck: Immortality is currently the best trinket, and re-ordered the legendary item ranking slightly.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Added Armor to the list of stats.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 changes.
    • Updated the description of Galactic Guardian (causes 10 Rage to be generated, down from 15, and increases the damage of the next Moonfire by 300%).
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention that the goal of the single target rotation is to generate as much Rage as possible.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Slightly updated the discussion of the Guardian of Elune and Lunar Beam talents.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Removed a mention that stated you can prioritise Haste over Mastery if you have enough maximum health, as this is no longer the case.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated pre-raid trinket mentions slightly.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS list.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to match the new stat priority (with Versatility as the preferred stat).
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a section on using Guardian of Elune.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added a mention that Critical Strike also increases your chance to dodge.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated tier 1 talent discussion and added Moonfire (with Galactic Guardian procs) to the rotations.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revised tier 1 and 5 talent discussions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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