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

Last updated on Jul 03, 2020 at 08:45 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. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

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

  • 03 Jul. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Fixed value for Masterful Instincts.
  • 14 Jun. 2020 (Essences page): Slight adjustment to move Breath up based on current standings.
  • 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 (rotation page): Checked for Patch 8.3 and no changes needed.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 4 and Awakened.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Checked for Patch 8.3, very slight tweaks.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated to account for Patch 8.3 Essence options.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with Ny'alotha trait.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page added.
  • 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 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3 to include new Essences and rankings.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated with Season 3 Azerite and Essence recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Adjusted for Potion of Unbridled Fury.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated notes to show Crit and Mastery sometimes swap priority.
  • 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.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear 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 (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 (simulations 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation 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 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 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 (easy mode 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 01 May 2019 (stats page): Removed some redundant text and moved Agility to bottom.
  • 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 (this page): Updated current viability note.
  • 01 May 2019 (spells page): Amended Rebirth notes regarding Predatory Swiftness.
  • 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 (enchants page): Changed to Critical Strike consumables to reflect new priorities.
  • 20 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated with additional notes.
  • 15 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated with new APL information regarding new stat priority.
  • 15 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority after reviewing new APL info.
  • 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 (easy mode 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 (addons page): Updated for Patch 8.1 with disclaimer about information being unclear currently.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated to change note regarding Mastery and Finishing Moves.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 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.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Changed to Bloodmallet charts for Outer Ring.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated to indicate Thrash usage in single target.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated to show Thrash should be maintained in single target.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated weapon enchant simulations for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Sabertooth to be a recommended option.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added absent Azerite traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents 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 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created (empty for now) in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode 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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