Cataclysm Classic Feral Druid Tank Guide

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

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


Cataclysm Classic Feral Druid Tank Overview

Feral TankFeral Tank is a flexible tank which has the unique perk of sharing its main talent tree with the DPS-focused Feral DPSFeral DPS. 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 Tank Druid Viable in Cataclysm Classic?

Feral Tanks are expected to be one of the top tanking specializations in Cataclysm, and a great off-tank companion to Blood Death Knights. The main strength of a Druid tank is their ability to go Cat Form Icon Cat Form at any moment and deal decent damage, which is not the case with any of the other tank specializations, who can only deal good damage while actively tanking and getting Vengeance Icon Vengeance.

Druid 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;
  • +Strong survivability even with bad gear as tanking talents are extremely strong in order to provide good survivability even when using pure Agility DPS gear.
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Suffers in fights requiring continuous tanking, as there are better main tank options, especially against Magic damage;
  • -Area damage is limited to the weak Swipe Icon Swipe and time-limited Mangle Icon Mangle with Berserk Icon Berserk active;
  • -While pure tanking gameplay is very simple, dealing maximum DPS when not tanking requires good Energy and DoT management as well as knowing the correct timings to return to tanking.

Best Races for Feral Tank Druid

On the Horde side, Taurens are the best for survivability purposes due to Endurance Icon Endurance, but Troll (who can now be Druids) are the best for damage purposes, as they have Berserking Icon Berserking and Beast Slaying Icon Beast Slaying.

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 Tank Druid

The best professions for damage purposes 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.

If you are interested in extra survivability instead, these professions are not ideal, but Leatherworking will give you 195 extra Stamina, and most other professions will give you 120 Stamina, including Mining which can be great for gold making!


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.
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