Feral Druid Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.0
On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Feral Druid, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.
1. Azerite Essences for Feral Druids
Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.
Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.
What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.
Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.
2. Notable Major Essence Powers for Feral Druids
Condensed Life-Force performs the best in single target situations, providing a strong burst cooldown that synergizes well with the Minor power when it reaches rank 3. This has not got any strong AoE implications however, so may fall off compared to other choices if extra targets are present.
Blood of the Enemy serves as a good catch all Essence, with strong Major and Minor powers that work in any situation. By rank 3, the Major provides a significant boost to your cooldown window (although brief), and a small burst of AoE damage on top when activated. The Minor also gives a solid boost of free Critical Strike rating that culminates in a burst of Haste.
The Crucible of Flame is the easiest Essence to acquire, and provides a good single target boost with the Major active ability. This can be used to fill empty GCDs when pooling Energy with a high damage cast, dealing heavy damage that can also be pooled for a burst window at rank 3 when the second charge is unlocked. The Minor power is a purely passive damage proc that deals solid damage, but you cannot play around this effect outside of doing your normal rotation.
Essence of the Focusing Iris gives a huge burst AoE tool for its Major power that also does solid damage even in single target, making it a good pick. Note however that it is channelled, so comes with a higher opportunity cost than any other power on the list. It also comes with a solid Minor power, giving a constant boost to your Haste rating (but is lost on target swaps). This can be quite problematic when switching to apply your Bleeds, so consider this when thinking about using it in high uptime Cleave encounters.
Vision of Perfection for Feral can provide additional bursts of Energy much like Blood Mist, and the Major effect is reasonably effective due to this. Because of the nature of Energy starvation that can happen this will alleviate some down periods, but its uncontrollable nature makes it less ideal. Note that if you are using Incarnation: King of the Jungle, this gets even better and becomes an extremely strong pick. The Minor effect on the other hand can cause a desync with your Tiger's Fury usage, and is unlikely to provide a significant chance to allow for an extra use. This can however have niche uses if an encounter requires burst windows that you otherwise could not achieve without it.
Memory of Lucid Dreams gives a Major that is a 100% boost to ALL Energy generation for 12-15 seconds, on a 2-minute cooldown. This should generally be used outside of your Berserk windows as you should already be able to sustain your Energy in this period, and can be used to shore up areas in your rotation when you feel starved, or combine with Tiger's Fury for a full Energy bar. The Minor power is one of the strongest available, giving a big boost to Energy generation alongside a sporadic Versatility buff. Given that Feral is often Energy starved, this provides an additional avenue to generate when you are forced to spend aggressively, making this a great essence pick.
3. Minor Essence Powers for Feral Druids
Worldvein Resonance can be useful if you use it exclusively in a Minor only slot (due to the relatively weak Major), assuming there are at least 4 other players in your group making use of this. With this number, you should realistically expect to maintain the Agility buff at maximum stacks assuming there is not too much movement.
Conflict and Strife provides a near-constant boost to your Versatility that can be treated as a free secondary stat bump, and slots in well as a Minor.
4. Essence Rankings for Feral Druid
Currently Essences are being hotfixed quite frequently, so this is only a cursory look at the power of each Essence in each of the slots. This will likely change over the coming weeks, especially as simulations are more readily available:
4.1. Major Powers:
- Vision of Perfection (if using Incarnation: King of the Jungle);
- Condensed Life-Force;
- Blood of the Enemy;
- Memory of Lucid Dreams;
- The Crucible of Flame;
- Essence of the Focusing Iris (AoE).
4.2. Minor Powers:
- Memory of Lucid Dreams;
- Essence of the Focusing Iris;
- Blood of the Enemy;
- Conflict and Strife;
- Worldvein Resonance (with a group).
5. Essence Comparison Simulations
This section will be updated in the future when more robust simulations are available for essence rankings.
As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.
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