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Feral Druid DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2017 at 18:18 by Wordup 222 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Feral Druids. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

The other pages of our Feral Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Xanzara, a top-ranking Feral Druid, who sometimes streams on YouTube.

1. Artifact Progression

The Fangs of Ashamane have a number of different directions you can branch off from when you gain your first trait,  Icon Shredder Fangs, allowing for some flexible decisions. However, the extreme power of some specific traits deep in one path choice limits them, and as such there is only one path you can realistically take to optimise your output.

1.1. Early Progression

Artifact Progression

The goal of the path is to reach  Icon Razor Fangs and  Icon Ashamane's Bite as quickly as possible, as these present over half of the total benefit of the Artifact.

Whilst this path does forego some of the multi target oriented traits until later, the enormous boost to single target is more than worth the trade off.

  1.  Icon Ashamane's Frenzy
  2.  Icon Shredder Fangs
  3.  Icon Tear the Flesh
  4.  Icon Protection of Ashamane
  5.  Icon Attuned to Nature
  6.  Icon Ashamane's Energy
  7.  Icon Razor Fangs
  8.  Icon Scent of Blood
  9.  Icon Powerful Bite
  10.  Icon Ashamane's Bite
  11.  Icon Open Wounds
  12.  Icon Feral Instinct
  13.  Icon Shadow Thrash
  14.  Icon Feral Power
  15.  Icon Sharpened Claws
  16.  Icon Honed Instincts
  17.  Icon Hardened Roots
  18.  Icon Fangs of the First

This path aims to reach  Icon Ashamane's Bite as early as possible, which is a huge boost. After that, it grabs other traits in descending order of power, whilst avoiding the weakest traits such as  Icon Hardened Roots until the end.

You will finally invest one point in  Icon Fangs of the First, unlocking the new bonus traits added in 7.2 which are covered below.

1.2. Patch 7.2 Progression

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Following Patch 7.2, additional traits have been added upon reaching 35 traits in your current Artifact. This includes 4 additional new traits, a 4th rank in each of the previous Relic traits, and finally a new Paragon trait in Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

The Feral path has some options with its selections, but this path will focus on the largest output gain per point leading up to the Paragon trait, which requires all other traits unlocked. This path begins by foregoing some of the new traits until the more powerful fourth rank options have been acquired.

  1. Ferocity of the Cenarion Circle Icon Ferocity of the Cenarion Circle
  2. Fourth rank of  Icon Tear the Flesh
  3. Fourth rank of  Icon Razor Fangs
  4. Fourth rank of  Icon Ashamane's Energy
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Feral Instinct
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Feral Power
  7. Thrashing Claws Icon Thrashing Claws
  8. Fury of Ashamane Icon Fury of Ashamane
  9. Bloodletter's Frailty Icon Bloodletter's Frailty
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Powerful Bite
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Sharpened Claws
  12. Personal choice filling out both  Icon Attuned to Nature and  Icon Honed Instincts
  13. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Artifact Ability

The Feral Artifact opens with the active ability,  Icon Ashamane's Frenzy, which deals high Physical damage over 3 seconds, and then high Bleed damage over 6 seconds. It has no cost, generates 3 Combo Points, and a 75-second cooldown. This is a great burst tool in single target, and works very well with some of the short duration buffs such as Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons.

3. Relic Choice

Unlike many other specs, Item Level is not the deciding factor on your Feral Relics. This is largely tied to poor weapon damage scaling, coupled with very high values for the Feral trait bonuses. As an example, a  Icon Tear the Flesh Relic can potentially be worth a staggering 11 weapon Item Levels worth of stats depending on the trait it is competing against. I will list trait powers below. All of these values are weighted against a trait with no DPS effect.

3.1. 1: Tear the Flesh

 Icon Tear the Flesh increases the damage of Rake Icon Rake, and is the highest priority pick in single target. This can be worth up to 11 weapon item levels at higher gear, so should be prioritised.

3.2. 2: Razor Fangs/Ashamanes Energy/Feral Power

Despite the 7.1.5 reduction,  Icon Razor Fangs is still worth up to 8 weapon item levels, and  Icon Ashamane's Energy and  Icon Feral Power are worth up to 7. These are good alternatives if you do not have access to  Icon Tear the Flesh.

3.3. 3: Feral Instinct

Lastly, Feral Instinct Icon Feral Instinct can be worth up to 6 weapon item levels, and is the last powerful trait available to Feral.

3.4. 4: AoE Relics

One additional Relic merits a mention, being  Icon Sharpened Claws. In large scale multi-target situations, the effect of this Relic on Swipe Icon Swipe is valuable, and worth considering. In low target cleave, both DoT Relics in  Icon Razor Fangs and  Icon Tear the Flesh however take the top spots.

Currently it is unknown as to whether Thrashing Claws Icon Thrashing Claws will be present on any Relics as it is the newly implemented eligible trait, but it is unremarkable and is unappealing regardless of gameplay situation.

4. ChangeLog

  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated for new trait values.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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