Feral Druid DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 23, 2020 at 09:30 by Wordup 79 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Feral Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to play as a Feral Druid in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Feral Melee DPS Druid guide.

1.

Feral Druid Overview

Feral, the Melee DPS specialisation for Druids, forms its core gameplay around balancing two separate resources whilst also leveraging those to apply powerful Bleed Damage over Time effects on targets. In terms of single target DPS, Feral is powerful and can often shine in these situations. When it comes to multiple target situations, Feral can perform well due to increased targets to apply Bleed effects too, and has large-scale AoE tools to contribute well with.

2.

Shadowlands Changes for Druids

We are maintaining a list of changes for Druids for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Feral Druid

The chances to Feral were not huge in Patch 8.3, but you can take a look at the list of Druid changes below.

In addition, we have:

4.

Feral Druid's Strengths

  • Solid single target damage
  • Very high mobility and flexibility in a raid environment
  • Solid AoE options available on the 90 talent tier
  • Strong low target cleave achieved through maintaining DoTs on multiple targets
  • Flexible talent choices allowing for advantages in different fight archetypes
5.

Feral Druid's Weaknesses

  • Can require ramp-up to reach full damage on priority targets
  • Gameplay relies on pooling and smart resource management, and can be punishing
  • Can be hampered by enemies dying too early before your Bleeds deal their full damage
6.

The Viability of Feral Druids in the Current Patch

Feral struggled to pull itself above the pack in The Eternal Palace, and it is possible this may continue due to the bloated state of Melee and the potentially limiting Ny'alotha raid encounter styles. However, it still deals good damage when given the right scenarios, and gear available supports the ideal builds.

7.

Changelog

  • 23 May 2020 (Corruption page): Added MOTHER purchase recommendations.
  • 24 Apr. 2020 (gear page): Moved Corruption to a separate page.
  • 24 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Page added (moved from Gear section).
  • 09 Feb. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Added Ny'alotha Essence and Talent choices.
  • 22 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated with BiS from Ny'alotha, and some note tweaks for other notable pieces.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with new Corruption details, BiS to follow.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Checked for Patch 8.3 and currently no changes needed.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.3, adjusted Enchants and Potion recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 4 and Awakened.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated to account for Patch 8.3 Essence options.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3 to include new Essences and rankings.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with Ny'alotha trait.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page added.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): Checked for Patch 8.3 and no changes needed.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Checked for Patch 8.3, very slight tweaks.
  • 05 Aug. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 and Beguiling.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added notes of new content available in 8.2.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added note regarding Conflict & Strife talent.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated with Benthic, Operation: Mechagon, and Eternal Palace specific details.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Adjusted for Potion of Unbridled Fury.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated with Season 3 Azerite and Essence recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated notes to show Crit and Mastery sometimes swap priority.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Made another pass to further update the page, in part to indicate Mastery and Critical Strike parity.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed and updated for Season 3 release and The Eternal Palace.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 03 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated with notes for each boss.
  • 01 May 2019 (FAQ page): Updated with Racial simulations and small notes about viability.
  • 01 May 2019 (talents page): Small wording updates, recommendations remain the same.
  • 01 May 2019 (enchants page): Updated to indicate Mastery can sometimes be a superior choice.
  • 01 May 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for current 8.1.5 patch with new stat details.
  • 01 May 2019 (stats page): Removed some redundant text and moved Agility to bottom.
  • 01 May 2019 (this page): Updated current viability note.
  • 01 May 2019 (spells page): Amended Rebirth notes regarding Predatory Swiftness.
  • 01 May 2019 (rotation page): Slight updates to opener along with note regarding Talent switches, and small note regarding Predatory Swiftness at 4 Combo Points in advanced section.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchant to Deadly Navigation.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Season 2 with Battle for Dazar'alor gear.
  • 20 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated with additional notes.
  • 20 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Changed to Critical Strike consumables to reflect new priorities.
  • 15 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority after reviewing new APL info.
  • 15 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated with new APL information regarding new stat priority.
  • 15 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated to include new information regarding talent usage trends in Patch 8.1.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Additional notes on some altered traits.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Patch 8.1 with disclaimer about information being unclear currently.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated to change note regarding Mastery and Finishing Moves.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for patch 8.1 with disclaimer about information being unclear currently.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1 talent recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Altered note regarding Soul of the Forest to indicate it being more competitive.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for preliminary Uldir release.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for preliminary Mythic+ launch.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated to show Thrash should be maintained in single target.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated to indicate Thrash usage in single target.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Sabertooth to be a recommended option.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated weapon enchant simulations for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Changed to Bloodmallet charts for Outer Ring.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added absent Azerite traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created (empty for now) in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Hekili to the list as a regularly updated rotation aid tool.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (simulations page): Updated racial simulations with Raidbots profile.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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