Season of Discovery Druid: Rune Slots and Rune Locations
On this page, you will find all information about the Druid Runes in WoW Classic - Season of Discovery.
The single largest new feature of Season of Discovery is the addition of Rune Engravings for your gear. Runes will allow you access to new abilities, the ability to augment your current spells, and in some case unlock entirely new possibilities for your class.
When we list specific races for the unlocks below, they are the races most commonly associated with the area the Rune is found in, rather than hard requirements for the Rune unlock. If you are someone of another race (and often even of a different faction) you can still use the listed method to unlock if you follow the listed steps.
Druids could already perform all roles in the game and that has not changed, but their viability when doing so is drastically increased by many of the Runes!
Quality of Life Skill Locations
Starting in Phase 2, you can also find extra base skills and quality of life improvements to existing skills in consumable items dropping around the world, which do not count as a Rune but still need to be discovered in order to be learned.
Druids can currently obtain:
- Leaflet of Revive — can drop from any boss in Scarlet Monastery Graveyard wing;
- Leaflet of Deeper Wilds — can drop from any boss in Scarlet Monastery Graveyard wing;
- Leaflet of Enhanced Restoration — can drop from any boss in Scarlet Monastery Graveyard wing.
Sunfire — Burns the enemy for small Nature damage and then deals additional moderate Nature damage over 12 seconds. This is another Moonfire-like ability, which increases Balance's damage capabilities.
For Taurens, it is found near the 36,70 map coordinates in Mulgore. Cast Moonfire on the three white Lunar Stones nearby and a chest will appear with the Sunfire Rune inside.
For Night Elves, it is found around the 52,79 map coordinates in Teldrassil. The conditions to obtain are the same as Tauren; use Moonfire on the three white Lunar Stones nearby and loot the chest.
Lacerate — Debuffs the enemy target, making them bleed for moderate damage over 15 seconds, plus 20% weapon damage per existing application of Lacerate on the target. Causes a high amount of threat and stacks up to five times on the same target. This is a great ability to generate high single target threat on any enemy for a relatively low Rage cost.
Taurens get this Rune in the Barrens, by taking the eggs at 44,22 to the 48,40 location.
Night Elves, get this Rune in Darkshore: either kill Furbolgs for Crab Treats or fish the treats, and then feed these treats to a crab on the beach. You can also get it in Loch Modan by buying Rainbow Fin Albacore Chum from Khara Deepwater at 40,39 and feeding it to a nearby thresher in the lake.
Wild Growth — Heals all of target player's party members within 40 yards of target player for a moderate amount over 7 seconds. The amount healed is applied quickly at first, and slows down as Wild Growth reaches its full duration. This is a great ability for area healing, which is something Restoration lacked before.
Careful: multiple level 25 enemies! You need to perform three tasks. First, go to Ashenvale at the 86,43 map coordinates and click the Owl statue, followed by killing multiple waves of enemies. Secondly go to Duskwood and click the Owl statue to the right of Twilight Portal around 50,35, use the buff you get to kill Agon at 66,23. Finally go to Hillsbrad where you need to click two statues within 2 minutes. This is meant to be done with the help of Aquatic Form, and the statues are at 54,81 and 36,75. Turn in the looted items at your trainer in Moonglade for the Wild Growth Rune.
Mangle — Replaces your Claw ability with Mangle, which deals high damage and causes the target to take 30% more damage from bleed effects for 1-minute. This ability benefits from and triggers all effects associated with Claw and Maul. This is a powerful new attack for Feral Druids.
Looted from random enemies past the starting zone in Mulgore for Tauren, and guaranteed drop from Rageclaw for Night Elves. Once you loot the Idol of Ursine Rage you need to stay at above 50 Rage for a minute while in Bear Form in order to be able to learn Mangle.
Starsurge — Deals high Arcane damage and benefits from and triggers most talents and effects that trigger or benefit from Wrath or Starfire. Although it has a lengthy 10-second cooldown, this is a powerful new instant cast for Balance.
Talk to a Dwarf in a cave around 35,14 in the Wetlands to get a Marshroom, which you can use to see a frog on a stump in a pond around 31,18, which gives you the Rune.
Skull Bash — Charge and interrupt a target within 13 yards, preventing any spell in that school from being cast for 2 seconds. Shares a cooldown with Feral Charge. This is a standard interrupt, which Feral Druids previously lacked.
Reach Friendly reputation with the new Durotar Supply and Logistics faction on Horde, or equivalent Azeroth Commerce Authority in the Alliance and buy the rune for 2 gold.
You can increase your reputation with these factions by turning in Supply Shipment green items randomly looted from world content, preferably after combining them with the profession materials requested in their description in order to increase the reputation and amount of currency awarded.
Lifebloom — Heals the target for a moderate amount over 7 seconds. When Lifebloom completes its duration or is dispelled, the target instantly heals for a significant amount and the Druid regains half the cost of the spell. This effect can stack up to three times on the same target. This is a new heal over time for Restoration Druids.
For Taurens, in Mulgore 60,33 there is a corpse which you can interact with to start a summoning ritual. If someone else in your party clicks you will get the Rune.
For Night Elves, on the North side of Teldrassil there is a Skeleton on the floor where the Harpies are, around the 33,35 map coordinates. Click it and a summoning portal will come out which another player needs to help click, causing a spirit to spawn that gives you the Rune.
Savage Roar — A finishing move that increases Physical damage done by 30% while in Cat Form. It also lasts longer per combo point, from 14 seconds at one combo point to 34 seconds at five. This is a new maintenance buff for Feral DPS Druids.
Taurens get this Rune by opening Kolkar's Booty chests in the Barrens. After equipping the item you get from them, you need to deal 20 ticks of bleeding damage to humanoids, upon which you can learn the Rune from the item.
Night Elves get the Rune by killing and looting the Den Mother in Darkshore. The conditions for learning the Rune after getting the Ferocious Idol drop are the same as described for Taurens above.
Fury of Stormrage — Reduces the mana cost of Wrath by 100%. Each time you deal damage with Wrath, you have a 12% chance for your next cast of Healing Touch within 15 seconds to be instant. No-mana Wrath is amazing for caster Druids and the instant Healing Touch provides significant self-healing or group utility.
For Tauren, you pick up the early quest Relics of the Tauren for this Rune and loot a Lunar Idol from a chest up on a hill in the Brambleblade Ravine, 61.76 map coordinates in the Mulgore area. Path to go up starts at 60,75. After you got the idol, kill six enemies affected by Moonfire and click the idol, which will give you the Rune.
For Night Elf, the quest is the same once you get the Lunar Idol, but in order to loot it you need to pick up the early quest and then kill Grell enemies until you get it.
Survival of the Fittest — Reduces the chance you will be critically hit by melee attacks by 6% and reduces all damage taken by 10%. Damage taken reduced by an additional 10% while in Bear Form or Dire Bear Form. This talent single-handedly makes Feral tanks very strong and viable in all forms of content.
You will need to be at least level 20 and maybe also have a decent amount of gold on you to get Grizzby, found in Ratchet in the Barrens to talk to you and offer three quests: turn in 24 Fish Oil , looted from fish and Murloc enemies, 20 Dark Iron Ordinance looted from Dark Iron Dwarves in Dun Morogh or north Wetlands, and 16 Shredder Turbocharger obtained by using Shredder Autosalvage Unit on Shredder NPCs in Ashenvale. The pattern for this Engineering craft drops from Sneed in Deadmines. Once the quests are finished, you can buy the Survival of the Fittest Rune for 5 gold.
Living Seed — Plant a Living Seed on the target for 30% of the amount healed when you critically heal your target. This seed lasts 15 seconds and heals the target when next attacked. It can be decent with the high critical chance of talented Regrowth.
For Tauren, after leaving the starting area, loot three Prairie Flowers and combine them into a Prairie Crown. Find the Wooden Effigy at the 38,49 map coordinates in Mulgore and use the crown on it, spawning a Level 7 Elite that drops the Rune.
For Night Elves, you can pick three Glade Flowers near Dolanaar, which are used to craft a Glade Crown which can then be used on the Wooden Effigy at the 67,58 map coordinates in Teldrassil, also spawning a Level 7 Elite which drops the Rune.
Wild Strikes — While you are in Cat Form, Bear Form, or Dire Bear Form, party members within 20 yards gain increased combat ferocity. Each melee hit has a 20% chance of granting the attacker an extra attack with 20% additional Attack Power. No effect if the party member is already benefiting from Windfury Totem. This is essentially Windfury for alliance, and also more convenient than the totem, making Feral DPS Druids a must in any group with a lot of melee.
Drops from Grimtotem Taurens at the Barrens connection to Stonetalon Mountains for both Horde and Alliance players. You need to heal damaged Hunter pets or yourself in Bear Form in order to be able to convert the idol into the Rune, which can be easily done with healing over time effects or Mark of the Wild on random pets that have heals over time on.
Berserk — When activated, this ability causes your Mangle (Bear) ability to hit up to three targets and have no cooldown, and reduces the energy cost of all your Cat Form abilities by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds. Requires Bear Form, Cat Form, or Dire Bear Form to activate. Clears the effect of Fear and makes you immune to Fear for the duration. This is a great DPS and threat cooldown, and also notable for allowing Bear tanks to generate area threat, which is usually their main weakness.
Use Challenging Roar on an effigy in southern Thousand Needles around 69,55 to spawn an NPC that drops Idol of the Heckler . Kill enemies taunted by Challenging Roar five times in order to be able to learn Berserk.
Eclipse — Starfire increases the critical strike chance of your next two Wraths by 30%, and Wrath reduces the cast time of your next Starfire by 1 second, both effects stacking up to 4 charges. Both spells also gain 70% chance at all times to not lose casting time when you take damage. This talent single-handedly allows Balance Druids a chance to show up on the meters, increasing DPS drastically and also providing a ton of cast time reduction resistance.
Once you are Level 30 or higher, find the extinguished campfire on a hill northwest of the kodo graveyard in Desolace, around the 47,55 map coordinates. Follow up by talking to Bibbly F'utzbuckle around 62,39, by Kormek's hut.
Travel to Booty Bay and speak to Tokal in the Salty Sailor Tavern, at the 27,77 coordinates in Stranglethorn Vale and buy cherry grog from the Food and Drink vendor next to her.
Follow up by traveling to Arathi Highlands, where you should head to the broken bridge, go down to the water and click the rowboat at 53,91. Head north after traveling in the rowboat to find Illari Duskfeather at 94,71. Loot a key from her bag to open a cache by the shack on dock for the Eclipse rune!
Nourish heals a friendly target with a fast cast time. Heals for an additional 20% if you have a Rejuvenation, Regrowth, Lifebloom, or Wild Growth effect active on the target. This spell benefits from and triggers all effects associated with Healing Touch. Classic Restoration Druids usually rely on Healing Touch and in SoD they have mostly relied on Wild Growth. If the cost of Nourish comes down from the data mined 36% of base Mana cost it could be a great spot healing tool, especially when combined with Wild Growth.
Go to 45,51 in Dustwallow Marsh and kill the Rotting Ancient. Loot the Rotten Seed item, which starts a quest to go to Moonglade and talk to Orokai around 42,43. His follow up requires you to find four saplings:
- 47,72 in Arathi Highlands
- 33,65 in Stranglethorn Vale
- 58,44 in Alterac Mountains
- 10,39 in Swamp of Sorrows
As you only have one hour to complete the quest and will be marked as having failed if you ever gain the Honorless Target buff while on your way, make sure to avoid any PvP and have PvP flag off when starting your journey.
Once you finally water all seedlings in time, turn in the quest at Orokai for the Nourish rune.
Dreamstate — Your damaging spell critical strikes grant you 50% of your mana regeneration while casting for 8 sec and increase Nature damage dealt to the target by 20% for 12 seconds. This is the perfect rune to combine with Eclipse, as you will get 30% critical strike for free, making it activate all the time.
Kill Kolkar Centaurs around 69,44 in Desolace for Desiccated Seed Pod . Swim on any pond water to hydrate it, for example near 71,71, to turn it into Satyrweed Bulb and plant this bulb on soil spots found around the 74,21 area to receive the Dreamstate rune.
King of the Jungle — Tiger's Fury now increases all physical damage you deal by 15% instead of by a flat value, and instantly grants you 60 Energy. It is no longer on the global cooldown, but it now has its own 30 sec cooldown. Easily one of the contenders for best rune in Phase 2, this rune increases Feral DPS drastically on a small 30-second cooldown while also speeding up the rotation due to the extra Energy.
Begin by traveling to Deadwind Pass and interact with the Dalaran Agent NPC near 52,35 to obtain Ariden's Sigil . By wearing and using this trinket you can make 7 Dark Rider enemies show themselves at certain spots in the world, which you must kill and loot to receive the rune. You will know the Dark Rider is close enough to be revealed when you gain the Dark Presence buff.
- The closest rider can be found near 42,30 in Deadwind Pass;
- Next, go towards nearby Swamp of Sorrows, where a rider can be found around 69,29;
- Trace back your steps and head towards 23,48 in Duskwood, where a rider awaits;
- Head south towards Booty Bay and take the boat to the Barrens, where you will find another rider around 52,36;
- Move towards nearby Desolace where a rider patrols around 65,26;
- Change continent and head to 60,40 in Arathi Highlands where another rider can be found;
- Finally, head towards the Badlands, where the final rider can be found around 58,53.
Once you finally take down the final rider, return to the Dalaran Agent and turn all relics to obtain the King of the Jungle rune!
Survival Instincts — When activated, this grants you 30% of your maximum health for 20 sec. After the effect expires, the health is lost. Usable in any form. In addition, you regenerate 5 rage every time you dodge while in Bear Form or Dire Bear Form, 10 energy while in Cat Form, or 1% of your maximum Mana while in any other form. This is a strong defensive for all Druids, but especially good for Feral tanks, who will also benefit from extra rage after dodging.
Start by going to 25,54 on Swamp of Sorrows and buy Entomology Starter Kit from Amaryllis Webb. Open the kit and go to 45,20 in Stranglethorn Vale to catch a bug on a tree stump with the net. You should also catch similar bugs on 30,27 Arathi Highlands and 51,60 Desolace. Once all 3 bugs have been caught, return to Amaryllis Webb for the Survival Instincts rune!
- 15 Feb. 2024: Clarified location and level 30 requirement for Campfire rune.
- 10 Feb. 2024: Added King of the Jungle rune location.
- 09 Feb. 2024: Added Eclipse, Survival Instincts, Nourish, and Dreamstate rune locations.
- 08 Feb. 2024: Added Berserk rune location.
- 06 Feb. 2024: Added a new section with quality of life skill locations.
- 05 Feb. 2024: Updated with new Level 40 Rune information.
- 28 Jan. 2024: Fixed Night Elf Sunfire rune location.
- 15 Dec. 2023: Added the cost of bought runes.
- 14 Dec. 2023: Fixed Mangle tooltip.
- 13 Dec. 2023: Runes coming from the new reputation vendors can now be bought at Friendly.
- 02 Dec. 2023: Updated with the final rune locations!
- 25 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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