WotLK Classic Feral Druid Tank Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs

Last updated on Jun 22, 2023 at 20:35 by Seksixeny 1 comment

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Feral Druid Tank in WotLK Classic, as well as advised glyphs.


Feral Leveling Talents

If you were looking for leveling builds, please refer to our leveling guide for Druids.


Wrath Feral Main-Tank PvE Talent Build

This is the Main-Tank build for Feral, which picks up all Dire Bear Form IconDire Bear Form-enhancing talents, including Natural Reaction IconNatural Reaction and Improved Mangle IconImproved Mangle.

Notably, the debuffing talents Feral Aggression IconFeral Aggression and Infected Wounds IconInfected Wounds are skipped even though their debuffs are very important because they are usually brought by other classes, such as Paladins (Vindication IconVindication) and Death Knights (Frost Fever IconFrost Fever with Improved Icy Touch IconImproved Icy Touch).


Wrath Feral Off-Tanking PvE Talent Build

One of Feral's strengths is that it is the only spec in the game that has two intended builds built into a single talent tree. This talent build makes use of that to pick up most of the important talents needed to DPS and to tank, while only making minor sacrifices in each spec. This enables you to swap between tanking and DPS at moment's notice, making you a great choice for potentially off-tanking during a Raid. Even mid-fight, you can instantly swap between DPS and tanking whenever needed.


Wrath Feral Tank Glyphs

In Wrath you will be able to unlock Glyphs that improve your abilities and can be swapped around freely as long as you have the consumable glyph item on your bags.

As a Feral Tank Druid, you will want to be using Glyph of Mangle Icon Glyph of Mangle, Glyph of Maul Icon Glyph of Maul, and Glyph of Survival Instincts Icon Glyph of Survival Instincts for maximum survivability in PvE situations.

For minor glyphs, you will want to use Glyph of Challenging Roar Icon Glyph of Challenging Roar and two out of Glyph of Thorns Icon Glyph of Thorns, Glyph of the Wild Icon Glyph of the Wild, and Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth Icon Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth.


Notable Feral Tank Druids Talents


Balance Tree

The Balance Tree provides no real benefits to Feral Tank and should be ignored.


Feral Tree

The Feral Tree carries most of the power of a Feral Tank Druid, as would be expected. It also has a lot of PvP utility, which you can learn more about in our Wrath Feral Druid PvP guide.

Feral Aggression IconFeral Aggression is a minor damage gain for Feral Druids, and the maximized Attack Power debuff can be brought by other common classes, instead.

Survival Instincts IconSurvival Instincts is a survivability cooldown that grants you 30% of your maximum health for 20 seconds, similarly to Last Stand IconLast Stand.

Predatory Strikes IconPredatory Strikes increases your melee Attack Power and allows you to perform instant casts after using a finishing move, which is very important while soloing (for self-healing) and in PvP (for crowd control).

Primal Precision IconPrimal Precision increases your Expertise by up to 10 and causes your missed finishing moves to refund 80% of the Energy spent on them. Since regular skills already have this refund mechanic, this means that missing attacks as a Cat Druid is not a huge deal, as you can almost immediately try again, with only a minor Energy loss.

Feral Charge IconFeral Charge allows you to quickly move through the encounter area by charging at distant enemies, interrupting them and immobilizing them for 4 seconds. This is a great ability to catch any incoming or fleeing enemies before they can cause trouble for your group.

Survival of the Fittest IconSurvival of the Fittest increases your stats, the Armor gained from gear, and decreases your chance of getting critically struck by up to 6%, which makes you uncrittable by itself with zero defensive gear requirements.

Improved Leader of the Pack IconImproved Leader of the Pack is the only buff of its kind and allows allies to heal when attacking, in a way similar to Judgement of Light IconJudgement of Light.

Protector of the Pack IconProtector of the Pack increases your damage and reduces damage taken while in Dire Bear Form IconDire Bear Form, which is helpful for Bearweaving and mandatory for tanking.

King of the Jungle IconKing of the Jungle reduces the cost of your DPS forms by 60%, allowing you to Bearweave without quickly exhausting your Mana pool and increases your damage in Dire Bear Form IconDire Bear Form by 15% while Enrage IconEnrage is active, which is also very beneficial for Bearweaving. Its main Cat DPS benefit is making Tiger's Fury IconTiger's Fury grant 60 Energy instantly upon use, which is a huge damage increase when properly used.

Mangle (Bear) IconMangle (Bear) applies a 30% damage increase debuff for bleeds for 1-minute, which is a huge multiplier to your damage and should always be present on your target unless you have an Arms Warrior with Trauma IconTrauma in your raid.

Berserk IconBerserk is a strong 3-minute cooldown which causes your Mangle (Bear) IconMangle (Bear) to hit 3 targets and have no cooldown, and also reduces the Energy cost of your Cat abilities by 50% for 15 seconds. It also removes and makes you immune to Fear effects for its duration.


Restoration Tree

The Restoration Tree is mostly used for Furor IconFuror, Naturalist IconNaturalist, Omen of Clarity IconOmen of Clarity, and some minor stat buffs.



  • 22 Jun. 2023: Removed PvP talent and glyph references.
  • 13 Jun. 2023: Added Glyph of Omen of Clarity and associated explanation.
  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 20 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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