Cataclysm Classic Feral Druid DPS Leveling

Last updated on Jun 03, 2024 at 15:30 by Seksixeny

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Feral Druid DPS leveling guide for WoW Cataclysm Classic.

1.

Feral Druid DPS Level-by-Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1
2.

Leveling Talents

Your first talent point unlocks at Level 10.

Start by picking some useful passives, including 30% more movement speed from Feral Swiftness Icon Feral Swiftness.

Start by picking some useful passives, including 30% more movement speed from Feral Swiftness Icon Feral Swiftness. Follow up with Furor Icon Furor for much improved quality of life while leveling.

Start by picking some useful passives, including 30% more movement speed from Feral Swiftness Icon Feral Swiftness. Follow up with Furor Icon Furor for much improved quality of life while leveling. Get two points into Feral Aggression Icon Feral Aggression in order to instantly apply the maximum armor debuff with Faerie Fire (Feral) Icon Faerie Fire (Feral).

Start by picking some useful passives, including 30% more movement speed from Feral Swiftness Icon Feral Swiftness. Follow up with Furor Icon Furor for much improved quality of life while leveling. Get two points into Feral Aggression Icon Feral Aggression in order to instantly apply the maximum armor debuff with Faerie Fire (Feral) Icon Faerie Fire (Feral), and finish the early leveling with two points into Predatory Strikes Icon Predatory Strikes for a huge increase in your opener damage and to enable instant healing while leveling.

Pick up two points into Primal Fury Icon Primal Fury.

Pick up two points into Primal Fury Icon Primal Fury and the combination of Feral Charge Icon Feral Charge and Stampede Icon Stampede.

Pick up two points into Primal Fury Icon Primal Fury and the combination of Feral Charge Icon Feral Charge and Stampede Icon Stampede, as well as the critical King of the Jungle Icon King of the Jungle talent.

Pick up two points into Primal Fury Icon Primal Fury and the combination of Feral Charge Icon Feral Charge and Stampede Icon Stampede, as well as the critical King of the Jungle Icon King of the Jungle talent and raid buff Leader of the Pack Icon Leader of the Pack.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes and get your main defensive, Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes and get your main defensive, Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts. You can also improve your defenses a ton with Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes and get your main defensive, Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts. You can also improve your defenses a ton with Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide. Pick up more useful passives such as Primal Madness Icon Primal Madness.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes and get your main defensive, Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts. You can also improve your defenses a ton with Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide. Pick up more useful passives such as Primal Madness Icon Primal Madness and Infected Wounds Icon Infected Wounds.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes and get your main defensive, Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts. You can also improve your defenses a ton with Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide. Pick up more useful passives such as Primal Madness Icon Primal Madness, Infected Wounds Icon Infected Wounds, and the first point in Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear.

Follow up by maximizing Fury Swipes Icon Fury Swipes and get your main defensive, Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts. You can also improve your defenses a ton with Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide. Pick up more useful passives such as Primal Madness Icon Primal Madness, Infected Wounds Icon Infected Wounds, and the first point in Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear on the way to your capstone DPS cooldown Berserk Icon Berserk.

Finish your leveling talents by picking up the best passives from the Restoration tree, such as Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild.

Finish your leveling talents by picking up the best passives from the Restoration tree, such as Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild. Get Endless Carnage Icon Endless Carnage also, now that you can learn Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar.

Finish your leveling talents by picking up the best passives from the Restoration tree, such as Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild. Get Endless Carnage Icon Endless Carnage also, now that you can learn Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar, and finish Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear.

Finish your leveling talents by picking up the best passives from the Restoration tree, such as Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild and Natural Shapeshifter Icon Natural Shapeshifter. Get Endless Carnage Icon Endless Carnage also, now that you can learn Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar, and finish Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear.

Finish your leveling talents by picking up the best passives from the Restoration tree, such as Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild, Natural Shapeshifter Icon Natural Shapeshifter and the powerful Master Shapeshifter Icon Master Shapeshifter. Get Endless Carnage Icon Endless Carnage also, now that you can learn Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar, and finish Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear.

3.

Leveling Glyphs

Your leveling glyphs are mostly the same as your endgame glyphs with a few exceptions that are better for leveling, such as Glyph of Mangle Icon Glyph of Mangle and Glyph of Ferocious Bite Icon Glyph of Ferocious Bite. Glyphs can be a huge boost to your DPS capabilities as some glyphs greatly improve the baseline power of your key abilities.

3.1.

Prime Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Mangle Icon Glyph of Mangle — increases the damage of Mangle Icon Mangle, which is very useful while leveling.
  2. Glyph of Berserk Icon Glyph of Berserk — increases the duration of your Berserk Icon Berserk by 10 seconds.
  3. Glyph of Tiger's Fury Icon Glyph of Tiger's Fury — reduces the cooldown on Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury by 3 seconds, allowing you to deal burst damage with it more often.
3.2.

Major Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Thorns Icon Glyph of Thorns — you will be likely to fight many enemies at once while solo leveling, making Thorns Icon Thorns surprisingly strong for extra damage.
  2. Glyph of Ferocious Bite Icon Glyph of Ferocious Bite — makes your Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite heal you, reducing downtime.
  3. Glyph of Feral Charge Icon Glyph of Feral Charge — reduces the cooldown of Feral Charge Icon Feral Charge, increasing your mobility.
3.3.

Minor Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Mark of the Wild Icon Glyph of Mark of the Wild — reduces the Mana cost of Mark of the Wild Icon Mark of the Wild by 50% which makes it cheaper to cast when buffing someone recently resurrected.
  2. Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth Icon Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth — removes the reagent requirement from Rebirth Icon Rebirth, saving some gold over time.
  3. Glyph of Dash Icon Glyph of Dash — reduces the cooldown of Dash Icon Dash by 20%, increasing your potential mobility in the process.
4.

Leveling Rotation

Make sure to debuff enemies with Faerie Fire (Feral) Icon Faerie Fire (Feral) during your opener, especially if they are particularly tough ones such as elites.

Make sure to keep yourself buffed with Mark of the Wild Icon Mark of the Wild and debuff enemies with Faerie Fire (Feral) Icon Faerie Fire (Feral) during your opener.

Defensive cooldowns such as Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts should be used whenever you drop low or are facing heavy damage.

Defensive cooldowns such as Barkskin Icon Barkskin and Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts should be used whenever you drop low or are facing heavy damage.

  1. Use Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury when available while you are under 40 Energy;
  2. If Berserk Icon Berserk is available and 15 or more seconds remain on Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury's cooldown, auto-attack until ~90 Energy and use Berserk;
  3. Keep Mangle Icon Mangle's debuff on your target if you are the source of the bleed debuff;
  4. Use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite at 4+ Combo Points;
  5. Use and refresh (after it expires) Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar;
  6. Use and refresh (after it expires) Rake Icon Rake;
  7. Feral Charge Icon Feral Charge on cooldown and use the free Ravage Icon Ravage you get from Stampede Icon Stampede;
  8. Use Claw Icon Claw for the early levels.
  9. Use Mangle Icon Mangle to build Combo Points.
  10. Use Shred Icon Shred (or Mangle Icon Mangle if you cannot attack from behind the target) to build Combo Points.
  11. Use Wrath Icon Wrath for the early levels.

For area-of-effect damage you will use a different rotation:

  1. Use Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury when available while you are under 40 Energy;
  2. If Berserk Icon Berserk is available and 15 or more seconds remain on Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury's cooldown, auto-attack until ~90 Energy and use Berserk;
  3. Use and refresh (after it expires) Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar, using Rake Icon Rake to build a combo point for it if needed;
  4. Use Swipe Icon Swipe.
5.

Abilities to Skip While Leveling

While leveling, you will not need to use all of your spells. Many can be skipped to save gold and trained at a later date, when you have more gold available to you. We recommend to not train these spells below, and save your gold for gear, glyphs and mounts instead.

  • Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots
  • Starfire Icon Starfire
  • Insect Swarm Icon Insect Swarm
  • Nourish Icon Nourish
  • Hurricane Icon Hurricane
  • Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom
6.

Continue Improving at Level 85

Congratulations on hitting Level 85 in Cataclysm! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about maximum level Feral DPSFeral DPS gameplay by reading our detailed guide below.

7.

Changelog

  • 03 Jun. 2024: Updated leveling talents post feedback.
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