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Guardian Druid Tank Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 20, 2016 at 00:08 by Vlad 31 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Guardian Druids in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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 Naowh, a top tank who raids in Serenity. You can also watch his stream on Twitch, where you can learn some new things.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Brambles ? Brambles Bristling Fur Bristling Fur Blood Frenzy Blood Frenzy
30 Guttural Roars Guttural Roars Displacer Beast ? Displacer Beast Wild Charge ? Wild Charge
45 Balance Affinity ? Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Feral Affinity Restoration Affinity Restoration Affinity
60 Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Typhoon ? Typhoon
75 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Galactic Guardian Galactic Guardian
90 Earthwarden Earthwarden Guardian of Elune Guardian of Elune Survival of the Fittest ? Survival of the Fittest
100 Rend and Tear Rend and Tear Lunar Beam ? Lunar Beam Pulverize Pulverize

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city).

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Brambles ? Brambles Bristling Fur Bristling Fur Blood Frenzy Blood Frenzy
  • Brambles Icon Brambles is a passive effect that causes all attacks made against you to have an amount of their damage absorbed and reflected back to the attacker. Moreover, if you choose Brambles, while Barkskin Icon Barkskin is active, you pulse a small amount of Nature damage to all nearby enemies every second.
  • Bristling Fur Icon Bristling Fur is an active ability with a 40-second cooldown. For its 8-second duration, you gain Rage from damage taken.
  • Blood Frenzy Icon Blood Frenzy causes Thrash Icon Thrash to generate 2 Rage each time it deals damage.

Blood Frenzy Icon Blood Frenzy is your standard go-to talent for long term cleave/AoE situations. The passive Rage generation it provides is great in the long run. Check the advanced section to see when you should be picking Blood Frenzy.

Bristling Fur Icon Bristling Fur is the best talent when it comes to Rage generation. This talent should be your standard choice for single target fights. This ability should only be used when you are taking damage, and since it has a 40-second cooldown you need to make sure that you are not wasting its potential.

Brambles Icon Brambles is passive, making it easier to use, but it does not generate any Rage for you and therefore does not improve your active mitigation usage. The actual damage mitigation from Brambles is not impressive. We only recommend taking Brambles if you are not concerned with survivability and just want to improve your damage output.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Guttural Roars Guttural Roars Displacer Beast ? Displacer Beast Wild Charge ? Wild Charge
  • Guttural Roars Icon Guttural Roars increases the radius of Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar by 200% and reduces its cooldown by 50%, and also increases the radius of Incapacitating Roar Icon Incapacitating Roar by 100%.
  • 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 and Travel Form Icon Travel Form: you fly to an ally's location.
    • Moonkin Form Icon Moonkin Form: you leap backwards.
    • Bear Form Icon Bear Form: you charge an enemy, immobilising them for 4 seconds.
    • Cat Form Icon Cat Form: you leap behind an enemy, dazing them for 3 seconds.
    • Aquatic Form Icon Aquatic Form: your swim speed is increased by 150% for 5 seconds.

This tier provides you with 3 situational talents, and the choice will depend on your playstyle and the requirements of the encounter.

Guttural Roars Icon Guttural Roars will be your default choice, since it provides benefits not just for yourself but also for the entire raid, by buffing Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar. Overall, this is very useful.

Displacer Beast Icon Displacer Beast is useful if you need to dodge mechanics, but keep in mind that this shifts you into Cat Form Icon Cat Form, which can put you in danger if you are actively tanking at the time. Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is useful if you need to quickly switch from one target to another, when they are far apart and you want to close the gap.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Balance Affinity ? Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Feral Affinity Restoration Affinity Restoration Affinity

The best choice in this tier is Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity. Even the passive Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift healing is relevant and a nice benefit, but the active abilities make the talent even more appealing. While you are not actively tanking, it can be a good idea to shift out of Bear Form Icon Bear Form in order to heal an injured ally with Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend, for example (although Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation and Regrowth Icon Regrowth are never worth using).

If the healing provided by Restoration Affinity is not needed, the only other remotely viable choice is Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity, the benefit of which is the 5-yard increase to the range of your abilities.

Lastly, we feel that Feral Affinity Icon Feral Affinity is not worth picking. Its only real benefit is a 15% passive movement speed increase, but Guardian Druids do not lack mobility and this talent therefore is not as useful as the other two.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Typhoon ? Typhoon
  • Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is an active ability with a 50-second cooldown, which stuns the target for 5 seconds. It is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which roots the target in place for 20 seconds, with the root effect spreading to nearby enemies. Damage done to rooted targets may break the effect. Mass Entanglement is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Typhoon Icon Typhoon is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It knocks back all targets within 15-yards in a cone in front of you, dazing them for 6 seconds. It is usable in all shapeshift forms.

The choice between these talents is entirely situational and, in any case, it is unlikely to play any part in your performance.

Currently, you will get the most use out of Typhoon Icon Typhoon, since you can use it on a number of encounters.

Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement can also have some uses, but unfortunately it breaks very quickly on damage, making it unreliable.

Finally, Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is good if need to keep a target locked down.

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Galactic Guardian Galactic Guardian
  • Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest causes Mangle Icon Mangle to generate 5 additional Rage and to deal 15% more damage.
  • Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Icon Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc is an active ability with a 3-minute cooldown. For its duration, the cooldown of all melee abilities and Growl Icon Growl is reduced to 1.5 seconds, and Mangle Icon Mangle hits up to 3 targets.
  • Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian gives your damaging abilities a 10% chance to automatically cast a free Moonfire Icon Moonfire on the target. When this happens, the next Moonfire you cast (within 15 seconds) generates 15 Rage.

The best talent in this tier in terms of Rage generation is Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian. If you are looking to build as much Rage as possible, you should be looking into this talent. However, it requires you to actively use Moonfire Icon Moonfire and not only refresh the DoT effect it provides, which changes your rotation. This talent is also extremely solid for AoE fights since you do not need to manually refresh Moonfire on most of the enemies.

If you are looking to deal burst damage and generate burst threat, you should be looking into Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Icon Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc. Since your highest priority is to use Mangle Icon Mangle as much as possible during its uptime, you are going to find yourself with lots of Rage as well, so make sure to spend it wisely. Note that if you are using Pulverize Icon Pulverize as your tier 7 talent, you will be unable to spam Mangle (since you need to use Thrash Icon Thrash), therefore making Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc quite a poor choice.

Lastly we have Soul of the Forest. This talent is not as strong as the other ones, mostly because it provides less Rage than Galactic Guardian and it has no benefits when it comes to AoE.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Earthwarden Earthwarden Guardian of Elune Guardian of Elune Survival of the Fittest ? Survival of the Fittest

Guardian of Elune Icon Guardian of Elune is the best choice in this tier. The increase in duration for both Ironfur Icon Ironfur and Mark of Ursol Icon Mark of Ursol is extremely strong, and the increased healing from Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration is not negligible either.

Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest can be a good choice when the encounter presents you with regular high-damage special abilities, while Earthwarden Icon Earthwarden is only really good against sustained damage (from auto attacks), its strength quickly diminishing against special attacks (or against multiple targets).

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Rend and Tear Rend and Tear Lunar Beam ? Lunar Beam Pulverize Pulverize
  • Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear increases your damage done to targets affected by Thrash Icon Thrash, and reduces the damage you take from these same targets, by 2% for each stack of Thrash that is active on them.
  • Lunar Beam Icon Lunar Beam is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown which summons a beam of light at your location for 8 seconds. Any enemies in the beam take Arcane damage every second, and you are healed every second while in the beam. Note that the beam's location is fixed, and does not follow you as you move.
  • Pulverize Icon Pulverize is an active ability that consumes 2 stacks of Thrash Icon Thrash on the target, dealing Physical damage to them in exchange, and reducing all damage you take by 8% for 20 seconds.

The best talent choice in this tier is Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear, which provides slightly less damage reduction than Pulverize Icon Pulverize, but considerably more damage done. Pulverize has no offensive benefits whatsoever, so we feel that at the moment, it is not recommended.

Lunar Beam Icon Lunar Beam can be useful in encounters where you need to burst down adds quickly. It also heals you for an amount that is not insignificant.

9. ChangeLog

  • 20 Jul. 2016: Revised tier 1 and 5 talent discussions.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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