Feral Druid DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.7

Last updated on Jul 29, 2022 at 19:07 by Wordup 22 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 9.2.7.

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.

During Shadowlands Season 4, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will each spend time being featured as a Fated Raid. During these times encounters within the specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.

Feral remains largely similar to the original choices made when Nathria first released, with some extra additions. It is heavily recommended to be playing Night Fae not only due to its strength for Feral as a spec, but the benefits of Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits in multiple Nathria fights.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Feral only has one real build that it focuses on no matter the situation, with some very small deviations if needed. In particular your Legendary choice is mostly Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband, while Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving has some niche benefits for fights that can make use of funnel.

Covenant: Night Fae

Legendaries: Celestial Spirits Icon Celestial Spirits with either Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband or Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving

Soulbind: Niya (Link)

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Huntsman Altimor.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sludgefist.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sire Denathrius.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity
3.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Shriekwing.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Purely single-target encounter, and cooldown timers make Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband even stronger than usual due to the intermission timing not interfering with your Berserk Icon Berserk.

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 Legendaries against Huntsman Altimor.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

While there are extra targets active throught the encounter, are often moved in and out of range. Burst windows also further incentivize sticking to a single-target build with Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband.

4.1.

Tips

  • Try to maintain Bleeds on both the boss and the active Gargon whenever it is brought into melee range.
  • Try to make sure that you have Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury, Berserk Icon Berserk and Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits ready to burst down Shades of Bargast Icon Shades of Bargast when they have high debuffs.
  • Shapeshifting allows you to remove the slowing effect from Petrifying Howl Icon Petrifying Howl, giving you more time to place it in a good place.
  • If you are targeted 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.
  • Soulshape Icon Soulshape and Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash / Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge are useful to get to the ranged camps to soak Sinseeker Icon Sinseeker if you are targeted.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

While there are a lot of adds throughout the fight, they are usually very shortlived so AoE and funnel do not really get a chance to shine here.

5.1.

Tips

  • Berserk Icon Berserk has multiple uses here depending on whether you want to burst down adds via the 4-piece bonus, or burn down the Cloak of Flames Icon Cloak of Flames in the intermission.
  • Also aim to have Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits available for the Cloak of Flames cast to break the shield quickly.
  • Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath should be taken to deal with the main phases due to Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash's low impact here.
  • 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. If you stand out of range of enemies, Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits can be committed here as well.
  • 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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Purely single-target encounter, but has some downtime that can allow for DoTs and burst to shine. Therefore, Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband is the play here.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Purely single-target encounter with some downtime, so frontloaded damage that is less impacted by downtime works best here, suiting Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband.

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 Legendaries against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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 pool some charges of Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash and Combo Points to get a Rip Icon Rip up on Conjured Manifestation spawns.
  • 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 and Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits casts should naturally hit this spot.
  • Ideally if possible you should aim to have Berserk Icon Berserk ready to leverage the 4-piece bonus when adds spawn.
  • 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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  3. Unity Icon Unity

A deceptively single-target fight that has a lot of opportunity for funnel effects. Therefore, Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving is good here to make use of Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath to generate procs, but Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband is also an option due to the downtime present on the fight.

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.
  • The exception to this is Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath casts to maintain Rip Icon Rips to generate Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving procs if using it.
  • Barkskin Icon Barkskin can mostly be used on cooldown in this encounter, due to the sheer amount of raidwide damage 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.
  • Pooling some Combo Points for Dutiful Attendant spawns to burn them down quickly before they reach the boss.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

A heavily single-target focused boss with bursts of 10 seconds of damage amplification every minute. This heavily leans toward Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband due to how condensed these periods are that line up well with Feral cooldowns.

10.1.

Tips

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 Legendaries against Stone Legion Generals.

  1. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  2. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  3. Unity Icon Unity

While there are often adds up in the encounter, there are also significant periods of downtime or enemies being immune. There are some opportunities here to funnel with Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving, but Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband also provides extremely value burst to deal with certain parts of the encounter.

11.1.

Tips

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 Legendaries against Sire Denathrius.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

There are a lot of opportunities to cleave and AoE on this boss, however the primary focus is on single-target. Burst is also very useful here at some points, so Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband is the go-to.

12.1.

Tips

  • 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.
  • Pre-casting Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar can also be useful as Phase 1 ends and March of the Penitent Icon March of the Penitent begins, but you need to do it before you get silenced.
  • Try to have Energy ready to apply Bleeds to the Cabalist spawns in the encounter to burn them down quickly.
  • Also try to maintain Bleeds as much as possible on Remornia in Phase 2, as the health pool is shared.

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

13.

Changelog

  • 29 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4.
  • 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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