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Feral Druid DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 22, 2020 at 02:50 by Wordup 79 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Feral Druid in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Feral Druid

At this stage in the game, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, Azerite traits, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

2.

What Gear Do I Farm/Bonus Roll/Chase After?

When identifying what gear you should be aiming after, we recommend using RaidBots' Droptimizer feature. It requires the SimulationCraft Addon. Once you have the addon installed, write "/simc" into the chat in-game, and copy-pasting the contents into the RaidBots Droptimizer.

Simply select the raid and difficulty you are interested in, and RaidBots will take a while to figure out where you should spend your bonus rolls, and more.

3.

Weekly Mythic+ Chest

You should be completing at least one keystone at a high item level each week to make use of the weekly chest. Each week you will receive one piece of loot, and a fixed amount of Titan Residuum. The highest keystone you complete (up to a maximum of 15) will determine the final reward.

Mythic+ Level Loot iLvl - End of Dungeon Loot iLvl - Weekly Chest # of Loot - End of Dungeon Titan Residuum in Weekly Chest
Mythic+10 455 465 3 1700
Mythic+11 455 465 3 1790
Mythic+12 460 470 3 1880
Mythic+13 460 470 3 1970
Mythic+14 460 470 3 2060
Mythic+15 465 475 3 2150
3.1.

Operation: Mechagon

There are a number of Rings that can be paired together to create a unique proc effect as long as you have one of each equipped. The "Logic Loop" rings will drop from the fourth boss, the HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit found within the Junkyard in Mythic+. The "Bit Band" rings will drop from the seventh boss, the Machinist's Garden within the Workshop. Ideally, the combinations of rings you want to pair for Feral are:

There is also the Pocket-Sized Computation Device Icon Pocket-Sized Computation Device trinket provided from Mechagon island content, which can be filled with 3 different punchcards. Yellow provides secondary stat combinations, Red provides unique damage procs or active abilities, and Blue provides separate utility effects. You will only be concerned with Red and Yellow for performance purposes.

The overall item level of the trinket is dictated by the combined item level of the Red and Yellow punchcards placed in the slots of the trinket. Red and Yellow punchcards come from a number of sources, including the Operation: Mechagon dungeon, some rares on the island, Reputation rewards, and the Pascal-K1N6 Junkyard Tinkering.

Ideally, you want to aim for a Yellow punchcard that provides high Mastery and low Critical Strike when using this trinket (namely an Optimized Logic Board Icon Optimized Logic Board). For Red punchcards, currently the strongest option is Cyclotronic Blast Icon Cyclotronic Blast, which gives an on-use single-target damage effect, but is interrupted by other ability casts. This is easy to access, as it is purchased for Gold when you reach revered with the Rustbolt Resistance. This provides a strong burst on-use effect with the cast, and Feral has ample opportunity to find gaps in its rotation to get the full channel off. Alternatively you can acquire higher item level versions of Subroutine: Overclock Icon Subroutine: Overclock or Subroutine: Recalibration Icon Subroutine: Recalibration.

4.

Corruption

Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character the more of it that you have, but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful the affixes will be. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.

5.

Noteable Corruptions for Feral Druid

We have provided simulations below for all the different Corruptions, but we still feel the need to explain why some Corruptions are good and so on, as simulations rarely tell the full story.

5.1.

Secondary Stat Passives:

All of these are heavily dependant on what secondaries are present on your gear, meaning that simulations and the Top Gear tool on Raidbots are very useful. All 4 of the secondary options will scale variably based on what you have equipped, Feral having relative parity between secondaries (in most cases) you should see these all give similar results. Some specific cases may cause others to be more valuable however, such as the added Critical Strike from Jungle Fury Icon Jungle Fury if equipped.

Strikethrough Icon Strikethrough provides an amplification to all Critical Strikes you deal. While this does add a respectable amount (getting better with the more Critical Strike you have), its DPS per Corruption value can also compete with some secondaries, largely due to the high amount of Critical Strike already available for Feral.

5.2.

Corruption Proc Effects

  • Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars is very heavily weighted toward single target situations due to the star debuff requiring high uptime, and time to stack. This falls off quickly in AoE, meaning that you should be aware of its limitations despite its performance.
  • Echoing Void Icon Echoing Void provides the best DPS-per-Corruption bar none, in both single-target and AoE situations. This is currently expected to be the go to Corruption if you have it available, but has strong competition from some of the passive options.
  • Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is currently simming slightly worse than in practice, and provides high AoE burst. Unfortunately it is particularly poor in single-target, meaning that you need to know the situation when this is appropriate to use due to its high Corruption cost.
  • Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound is a single-target randomly procced DoT, but is very efficient per point of Corruption and scales well with Haste as well.
  • Racing Pulse Icon Racing Pulse and Surging Vitality Icon Surging Vitality both provide the best options for secondary stat procs. The former has a very short duration so can be wasted, and the latter requires you to be taking damage to trigger it. This means you need to be aware if you are using these two options of the drawbacks as they are quite average DPS-per-Corruption.
5.3.

Corruption Weapon for Feral Druid

An'zig Vra Icon An'zig Vra is the Ny'alotha Corruption Weapon for Feral Druids. It comes with the Devour Vitality Icon Devour Vitality Corruption Affix, which causes your auto attacks to have a 25% chance to deal 2% of your Maximum Health to your target, and Heal for the same amount. This provides a good single target boost though doesn't scale up at all on multiple targets, so while good and easier to access than other RNG Corruption effects, isn't spectacular.

Qwor N'lyeth Icon Qwor N'lyeth also guarantees a chance at getting access to Echoing Void Icon Echoing Void, making it a good option for cleave and AoE instead of using the more single target oriented option.

5.4.

Corruption Simulations for Feral Druid

5.4.1.

Single-Target DPS per Corruption Point

The top chart is more generally useful. Corruption is a resource that we want to minimize wherever we can, and the top chart provides you an idea of which Corruption affixes provide the most DPS for the Corruption they add to your gear. The bottom chart is more of a showcase of the DPS potential of the Corruptions.

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5.4.2.

Single-Target Corruption DPS Overall

We do not recommend making choices based off of this chart. We recommend using the "DPS per Corruption Point" chart instead.

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5.4.3.

AoE DPS per Corruption Point

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5.4.4.

AoE Corruption DPS Overall

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5.4.5.

Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

  • Feral can very easily deal with the Grasping Tendrils Icon Grasping Tendrils slow, both Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush by simply shapeshifting out of it if it spawns at an inopportune time.
  • Eye of Corruption Icon Eye of Corruption can be moved out of due to Cat Form Icon Cat Form's innate extra movement speed, but Dash Icon Dash provides an emergency option if it catches you off guard.
  • Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash stuns will cause the add to despawn, but as this puts you closer to the target may not be ideal. You can also opt into Typhoon Icon Typhoon to knock it away. Feral's high mobility and access to tools such as Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity should allow you to stand at a safe range and stay active.
  • Inevitable Doom Icon Inevitable Doom indicates you have invested too much corruption on your gear, and should probably consider removing some pieces as the damage taken increase and healing taken reduction will likely be overwhelming.
5.5.

Notable Trinkets

Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Feral are listed against each other below.

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5.5.1.

Azerite

You can check through the Feral Azerite page to look through the values of different traits and target different items. There are strong pieces available within Ny'alotha however that provide a great set of traits, though you can get superior options if using the Titan Residuum vendor:

Slot Item Traits
Helm Gibbering Maw Icon Gibbering Maw
Shoulder Gorak Tul's Mantle Icon Gorak Tul's Mantle
Chest Tortured Fleshbeast Cuirass Icon Tortured Fleshbeast Cuirass
5.6.

Ny'alotha Best in Slot

This list only includes gear obtained within Ny'alotha, but the extra notes beneath have some extra points to consider. Due to this being the final tier, there are a lot of legacy gearing choices that are still relevant, so they are especially useful to consider as options. As always, using the Top Gear feature in Raidbots is recommended, to make sure you are making the right choice. All these selections are also not taking into account any Corruption you may have acquired on the pieces. Trinkets are not listed, as they are covered in the section above.

Slot Item Source
Helm Gibbering Maw Icon Gibbering Maw Ra-den the Despoiled in Ny'alotha
Shoulder Pauldrons of the Great Convergence Icon Pauldrons of the Great Convergence N'Zoth the Corruptor in Ny'alotha
Cloak Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Legendary Cloak acquired from 8.3 Intro Quest
Chest Tortured Fleshbeast Cuirass Icon Tortured Fleshbeast Cuirass Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha
Wrists Bracers of Dark Prophecy Icon Bracers of Dark Prophecy The Prophet Skitra in Ny'alotha
Gloves Chitinspine Gloves Icon Chitinspine Gloves The Hivemind in Ny'alotha
Belt Cord of Anguished Cries Icon Cord of Anguished Cries Dark Inquisitor Xanesh in Ny'alotha
Legs Macabre Ritual Pants Icon Macabre Ritual Pants The Prophet Skitra in Ny'alotha
Boots Corpuscular Leather Greaves Icon Corpuscular Leather Greaves Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha
Ring #1 Ichorspine Loop Icon Ichorspine Loop Drest'agath in Ny'alotha
Ring #2 Ring of Collective Consciousness Icon Ring of Collective Consciousness The Hivemind in Ny'alotha
Weapons An'zig Vra Icon An'zig Vra Maut in Ny'alotha
Alternative Qwor N'lyeth Icon Qwor N'lyeth The Hivemind in Ny'alotha
5.7.

Ideal Bosses to Coin

You should ideally be spending your Seal of Wartorn Fate Icon Seal of Wartorn Fate on a combination of Maut, The Hivemind, and Carapace of N'Zoth. This is to make sure you can get hold of a strong Corruption effect on your weapon and strong Azerite. An alternative if you already have a weapon is N'Zoth the Corruptor for more Azerite choices.

5.7.1.

Other Noteworthy Pieces

While the above list focuses solely on the raid, there are also some very powerful alternatives that you may find uses for:

  • Both Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division and Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band, when paired together, are the ideal rings to make use of if you can acquire them from Mythic+. These will outdo raid options if at relatively similar item level, so also watch out for these if you can get hold of the set.
  • While trinkets are not listed, bear in mind that both Ashvane's Razor Coral Icon Ashvane's Razor Coral and Dribbling Inkpod Icon Dribbling Inkpod are likely to remain relevant currently within Ny'alotha, due to how strong these individual items are.
6.

Changelog

  • 22 Jan. 2020: Updated with BiS from Ny'alotha, and some note tweaks for other notable pieces.
  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3 with new Corruption details, BiS to follow.
  • 18 Jul. 2019: Updated with Benthic, Operation: Mechagon, and Eternal Palace specific details.
  • 09 Jul. 2019: Reviewed and updated for Season 3 release and The Eternal Palace.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for Season 2 with Battle for Dazar'alor gear.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 Sep. 2018: Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2018: Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
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