Cataclysm Classic Feral Druid DPS Guide

Last updated on Jun 09, 2024 at 16:00 by Seksixeny

Welcome to our Feral Druid DPS guide for Cataclysm Classic, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how all you need to know to play Feral Druid DPS proficiently. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.


Cataclysm Classic Feral Druid DPS Overview

Feral DPSFeral DPS is a flexible melee DPS specialization which has the unique perk of sharing its main talent tree with the tank-focused Feral TankFeral Tank. This allows for hybrid talent builds and playstyles where you off-tank for the least time possible, and DPS in the remainder of the time, which is the role where Druid excels.


Is Feral DPS Druid Viable in Cataclysm Classic?

The strength of Feral Druid as a DPS mostly comes from its flexibility to off-tank whenever needed, as its damage is only middle of the pack in Cataclysm. It is also a strong leveling class and world / stealth farmer, for players who enjoy the soloing lifestyle.

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Good utility with Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar, Rebirth Icon Rebirth, and even the nerfed Innervate Icon Innervate;
  • +Faerie Fire (Feral) Icon Faerie Fire (Feral) is the best way to apply this critical raid buff due to Feral Aggression Icon Feral Aggression;
  • +Best Tank / DPS hybrid, as most talents and gear are shared between both roles, allowing for relatively large damage output while not actively tanking;
  • +Decent overall damage and high survivability due to talents such as Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts and Predatory Strikes Icon Predatory Strikes, which enables instant free healing while in form.
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Weaker damage than other classes makes Feral a poor choice on encounters without tanking opportunities;
  • -Relies on being behind bosses to hit with main damage ability Shred Icon Shred, which is a problem on bosses such as Sinestra;
  • -High skill-cap class, requiring good Energy and DoT management, with multiple advanced techniques for filling in global cooldown gaps.

Best Races for Feral DPS Druid

Trolls can now play as Druid. They are the best Horde race, bringing Berserking Icon Berserking which has no equivalent counterpart on Taurens.

Alliance Druids should roll Worgen as they are vastly superior to Night Elf due to Darkflight Icon Darkflight and Viciousness Icon Viciousness.


Best Professions for Feral DPS Druid

The best DPS professions in Cataclysm are Engineering, which provides more burst damage with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs and extra mobility with Nitro Boosts Icon Nitro Boosts, and Tailoring, which provides even more burst with Swordguard Embroidery Icon Swordguard Embroidery.


Druid Addons and Macros

Addons and Macros can greatly improve your quality of life during Cataclysm. Listed below are some of our recommendations on Addons and Macros to help get the most out of your time playing the game.



  • 09 Jun. 2024 (gear page): Added ReforgeLite information.
  • 03 Jun. 2024 (leveling page): Updated leveling talents post feedback.
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