Feral Druid DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Jan 20, 2021 at 08:07 by Wordup 10 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Feral Druid for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Feral Druid specific information to deal with each boss in the Castle Nathria raid.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Feral Druid and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

Most of your talent choices are not altered by Covenant choices, but will assume you are playing with Night Fae due to its strength in many encounters.

1.1.

Feral Druid Castle Nathria Legendaries

A few of the Feral legendary choices are specific in their uses or require you to do a little extra to make use of them. Some important notes to bear in mind with the recommendations:

  • Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving really likes extra Rip Icon Rips being active. If you are not playing Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath that means you need to be applying them manually (and potentially refreshing them with Sabertooth Icon Sabertooth). Bear that in mind and make use of it if you can.
  • Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus is purely single-target. If there is ever other targets active, this should not be taken.
  • Circle of Life and Death Icon Circle of Life and Death requires targets to live for a reasonable amount of time to get use out of. While it is the best AoE choice, if targets die too quickly for you to capitalize upon it, it begins to fall off.

Please refer to our dedicate page for more information.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Sun King's Salvation Artificer Xy'Mox Hungering Destroyer Lady Inerva Darkvein The Council of Blood Sludgefist Stone Legion Generals Sire Denathrius

We advise to use the following talents on Shriekwing.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Shriekwing.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Huntsman Altimor: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

We advise to use the following talents on Sun King's Salvation.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sun King's Salvation.

  1. Circle of Life and Death Icon Circle of Life and Death
  2. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Artificer Xy'Mox.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lady Inerva Darkvein: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

We advise to use the following talents on The Council of Blood.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Council of Blood.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sludgefist.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

We advise to use the following talents on Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Stone Legion Generals: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sire Denathrius: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

3.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Shriekwing.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

Purely single-target encounter, so your build is standard. Legendary choice between Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving and Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus depends on preference, but both work.

3.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

4.

Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following talents against Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

While there are extra targets active throught the encounter, they either last for short periods of time or are often out of range. Therefore, a more single-target oriented approach with manual Bleed maintenance is ideal here.

4.1.

Tips

  • Try to maintain Bleeds on both the boss and the active Gargon, especially if you are playing with Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.
  • Try to make sure that you have Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury ready to burst down the Shades of Bargast Icon Shades of Bargast, this also extends to Berserk Icon Berserk but the timing is more dependant on your group here.
  • Shapeshifting allows you to remove the slowing effect from Petrifying Howl Icon Petrifying Howl, giving you more time to place it.
  • If you are hit by Sinseeker Icon Sinseeker, use Barkskin Icon Barkskin. The damage is significant and the cooldown of Barkskin is low enough to let you use it without much worry.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

5.

Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following talents against Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sun King's Salvation.

  1. Circle of Life and Death Icon Circle of Life and Death
  2. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving

This has a significantly different playstyle depending on Heroic or Mythic for you. The ability to contribute to healing Kael'thas via Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild and (if Night Fae) Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits mean you may shift up your choices.

5.1.

Tips

  • Try to snipe Predator Icon Predator resets if playing it here on adds that are dying. You will often be away from groups of enemies because this is a very spread out fight, but watch out for opportunities.
  • On Mythic. aim to pool some Combo Points to deal with Cloak of Flames and burst it down.
  • Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath is a good choice to deal with the high number of enemy targets, and can sync up well with Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving to funnel into higher health enemies.
  • Pay special attention to adds dying to avoid taking hits from Fragmentation Icon Fragmentation. This is lethal if you stand in a stack.
  • You can assist with healing needed on both Kael'thas and on canisters with Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness procs, and, if taken, Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild paired with Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity.
  • Make sure to assist with interrupting Vulgar Brand Icon Vulgar Brand, as this effect can be a big problem to deal with if it goes off. If it does, you can use Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption to get rid of it.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

6.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Artificer Xy'Mox.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

Purely single-target encounter, but has some downtime that can allow for DoTs to shine. Both Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving and Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus have their ups and downs depending on if you are targeted by mechanics.

6.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

7.

Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following talents against Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

Purely single-target encounter with some downtime that means both Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving and Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus work well depending on preference.

7.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

8.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

While there are extra targets in the encounter, they are often short-lived and tend to line up with the natural cooldown of Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury. Therefore, a pure single-target build with some manual Bleed maintenance is better, while focusing on burning the boss.

8.1.

Tips

  • Try to hold some Combo Points to get a Rip Icon Rip active on Concentrated Anima Icon Concentrated Anima spawns to capitalize on the Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving procs.
  • Adds spawn roughly 55 seconds into the fight and every minute thereafter (though timers can be variable), so Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury should naturally hit this spot.
  • Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is extremely useful to speed up any melee targeted by Shared Suffering Icon Shared Suffering, so they can clear the orbs quickly, and should be used there.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

9.

The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following talents against The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Council of Blood.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

A deceptively single-target fight that has a lot of opportunity for funnel effects. However, since the benefit of Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath is nil here, the extra Rip Icon Rips maintained to generate Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving procs are not valuable, meaning it is roughly equal with Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus.

9.1.

Tips

  • If you find yourself struggling, save Dash Icon Dash/Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash for the intermission to make sure that you make it to your position in time.
  • Spend your time focusing on your kill target - Bleeds maintained on other enemies are useless as they reset to full when a member of the council dies.
  • Barkskin Icon Barkskin can mostly be used on cooldown in this encounter, due to the sheer amount of raid effects happening.
  • Save Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts if targeted by Dark Recital and your partner is not quick to react, as this will likely kill you.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

10.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sludgefist.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus

A heavily single-target focused boss with bursts of 10 seconds of damage amplification every minute. Both legendaries function here, depending on if you want the sustained extra damage throughout the encounter from Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus, or are willing to gamble on procs from Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving. Otherwise, a standard build is ideal.

10.1.

Tips

  • The first Destructive Impact Icon Destructive Impact occurs roughly 55 seconds into the encounter, so cooldowns should be planned around this moment. They will happen every minute thereafter.
  • Be aware of your partners position with Chain Link Icon Chain Link and avoid sprinting away from them (or charging the boss!) and breaking it.
  • Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits is extremely powerful here during the Destructive Impact Icon Destructive Impact windows, so try to align it with these moments.
  • Colossal Roar Icon Colossal Roar is the most dangerous unavoidable damage event in the fight, so is a good spot for Barkskin Icon Barkskin or, in emergencies Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts.

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

11.

Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following talents against Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

While there are often adds up in the encounter, there are also significant periods of downtime or enemies being immune. Therefore having a build focused on one target while maintaining Bleeds on those for some additional cleave will work out best.

11.1.

Tips

  • Maintain Bleeds on the active General at all times here, and also make sure to apply them to any spawning Stone Legion Goliath.
  • Try to pool some Combo Points (or have Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury ready) for when the Goliaths reach low health so you can burn then down quickly to end Soultaint Effigy Icon Soultaint Effigy.
  • Save Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar and personal movement tools for the intermission to carry Anima to Renethal as quickly as possible.
  • Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin liberally in the encounter, especially if you are hit by Wicked Blade Icon Wicked Blade and get stacks. Save Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts for Pulverizing Meteor Icon Pulverizing Meteor soaks, or if you need to soak an Echoing Annihilation Icon Echoing Annihilation.

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

12.

Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following talents against Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving.

There are a lot of opportunities to cleave and AoE on this boss, however the primary focus is on single-target. This is especially true in the final phase burn when no additional enemies are active, so your build should be focused on that.

12.1.

Tips

  • Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath can be used to gain extra damage in Phase 1 and 2, but has no real use in the final phase so it is a personal choice.
  • There are a lot of opportunities on this encounter where you may be forced out of range, and Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity combined with Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild are great for covering this.
  • Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar can be used at many times throughout the encounter: Phase 1 can assist the raid to avoid Ravage Icon Ravage, Phase 2 to dodge Crescendo Icon Crescendo and Command: Massacre Icon Command: Massacre, and Phase 3 to adjust for soaking seeds spawned by Fatal Finesse Icon Fatal Finesse.
  • Try to have Energy ready to apply Bleeds to the Cabalist spawns in the encounter to burn them down quickly.

For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.

13.

Changelog

  • 20 Jan. 2021: Updated recommendations.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Added preliminary recommendations for Castle Nathria.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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