Feral Druid DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

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General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Feral Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1. Foreword

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics for Feral Druids

Feral can be quite overwhelming to the new player due to the focus on dual resource management and maintaining numerous buffs/debuffs at once. Despite the quite complex base toolkit however, talents offer a number of options that can simplify some of the management mechanics that are required of a Feral player. This page will focus on a build that negates some of the more extreme management requirements that the advanced sections encourage, to make the playstyle more forgiving.

An important thing to take note of here, however, is that bleeds are still omnipresent in a Feral build. Due to that, you will need to be able to track them and your Energy/Combo Points effectively so you do not fall behind. This build will grant a lot more room for failure but will not compensate for more egregious mistakes, as Feral has a naturally unforgiving nature toward mismanagement.

3. Talent Choices for Feral Druids

The talents selected below have been chosen due to their ease of use and low impact on the rotation. In many cases they also increase the room for failure on core mechanics, whilst not strictly being the best for bottom line performance. You will always find a better benefit from playing around the more advanced rotation, but this provides the best way to ease into the spec and get a feel for its mechanics.

4. Stat Choices for Feral Druids

The current Feral stat priority is as follows when using this build:

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Haste;
  5. Agility.

Critical Strike is currently the ideal choice due to the additional Combo Point generation alongside free damage. Mastery comes in a very close second to enhance both Bleeds and Finishers, so these are the stats to focus on if possible.

5. Basic Rotation for Feral Druids

  • Use Berserk Icon Berserk to grant a period of free Energy expenditure.
  • Use Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury when under 40 Energy to increase damage and gain Energy, or if Berserk Icon Berserk is active.
  • Cast Rip Icon Rip if at 5 Combo Points and it is not present on the target.
  • Maintain Rake Icon Rake if it is not present, this can be refreshed if under 4 seconds remaining.
  • Maintain the Thrash Icon Thrash debuff with 2 or more targets nearby.
  • Cast Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite if at 5 Combo Points with Rip Icon Rip active to refresh it.
  • Cast Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash to build Combo Points.
  • Cast Shred Icon Shred to build Combo Points if no Brutal Slash charges are available.

Take note here that due to the fluid nature of the Feral DPS style being based around dual resources and Bleed uptime, you will have a less strict rule to using your skills. Talents selected minimize the number of effects that you need to actively maintain, and allow for a reduced Energy requirement to sustain your rotation. You can opt into taking Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath if you want a better AoE package, but Sabertooth Icon Sabertooth provides an easy solution to Rip Icon Rip management when learning the specialization. It is still imperative, however, to make sure that Rake Icon Rake is active as much as is allowed and Rip is activated as soon as possible to allow for it to be refreshed.

6. Feral Druid Azerite Traits

Currently, the best trait to aim for as Feral in most situations is Jungle Fury Icon Jungle Fury and you should stack as many as possible. After this, you want a mix of as many Wild Fleshrending Icon Wild Fleshrending traits as you can, and some good one point traits, such as:

Middle Ring traits to aim for are Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power, Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call, Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call, and Gutripper Icon Gutripper, in any order.

7. Feral Druid Azerite Essences

Ideally, Feral should be aiming to use The Crucible of Flame Major essence, unlocked via leveling your Heart of Azeroth. However, the following essences are good substitutes:

  • Blood of the Enemy — unlocked via gaining Honor in battleground content;
  • Essence of the Focusing Iris — unlocked via Mythic+;
  • Condensed Life-Force — unlocked from The Eternal Palace raid content.

In the Minor slots that you unlock at Heart of Azeroth Level 55 and 65, you should be using the following Minor essences:

  • Memory of Lucid Dreamshighest priority unlocked via your Nazjatar followers;
  • Worldvein Resonance (in groups) — unlocked via Island Expeditions;
  • The Crucible of Flame — unlocked via progressing your Heart of Azeroth level;
  • Conflict and Strife — unlocked via Rated PvP.

Please refer to our Feral Essence page, for more information.

8. Changelog

  • 18 Jul. 2019: Updated with Season 3 Azerite and Essence recommendations.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 01 May 2019: Updated for current 8.1.5 patch with new stat details.
  • 15 Dec. 2018: Updated stat priority after reviewing new APL info.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Updated to show Thrash should be maintained in single target.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Updated for the Battle for Azeroth launch.
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