Feral Druid DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 10, 2021 at 03:05 by Wordup 16 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Feral Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. 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 TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Feral DPS Druid guide.

1.

Feral Druid Overview

Feral, the Melee DPS specialization for Druids, forms its core gameplay around balancing two separate resources while leveraging those to apply powerful Bleed DoT effects on targets. Alongside that, Energy and Combo Points are used in tandem to set up high burst windows via pooling gameplay. Feral in Shadowlands has remained mostly a similar package with some small tweaks, so those who have played it in previous expansions should feel at home.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Strong single-target damage.
  • +Powerful cooldown tools with Berserk Icon Berserk and Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits.
  • +Very high mobility and flexibility in a raid environment.
  • +Strong survival tools.
  • +Uncapped AoE option via Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath.
  • +Flexible talent choices, allowing for advantages in different fight archetypes.
X Weaknesses
  • -Can require ramp-up to reach full damage on priority targets.
  • -Strong AoE tools are DoT-based, so burst is lacking.
  • -Some damage profiles require talents that push you strongly into one damage profile.
  • -Gameplay relies on pooling and smart resource management, which can be punishing.
  • -Low base utility in raids as a melee spec.
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Druids

We are maintaining a list of changes for Druids, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Feral's specific changes this patch.

4.

Leveling a Feral Druid

If you are interested in playing a Feral Druid, but have not got one at max level yet, you can take a look at our leveling guide for pointers to help you along the way.

Adjusting once you hit max level to a whole new UI can also be quite difficult, especially with the number of things that Feral requires you to track. Therefore, we recommend taking a look at our Addons and Macro page to make use of these while leveling to get used to them to make the transition smoother.

5.

Basics of Feral Druid Gameplay

Feral is one of the more complex specs to grasp due to relying on a dual resource system that both requires you to manage and pool them correctly at different times. It has a slow passive resource in Energy that can be converted into Combo Points via generator spells, such as Shred Icon Shred, and then spent on finishing moves, such as Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite.

Alongside this, Feral also has Bleed mechanics that apply debuffs to your target that require different resources, e.g. Rake Icon Rake needing Energy and Rip Icon Rip needing Combo Points. This creates a spec that, on paper, seems very busy with a lot to pay attention to, but tends to play slower and more measured. This puts more weight into your decision making and foresight, rather than your snap gameplay. Once you grasp the concepts however, it tends to click into place and becomes a lot more fluid to manage, it just takes a little practice!

If you have never played Feral before and are looking to learn the basics of what the spec has access to, we recommend looking through our Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below too.

6.

How to Gear Up as a Feral Druid

While giving hard rules on how to gear directly due to the increasing number of variables and systems in World of Warcraft, you can find some basic information on what you should be looking out for, especially Best in Slot options in the current tier in our dedicated gear page.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page that covers these questions and also a stat page that covers what stats are good when, and what to aim for.

7.

End-Game as a Feral Druid

Like all specs, Feral when leveling plays very different at max level when progressing or doing end-game content. Therefore we have dedicated pages for Mythic+, Torghast, Raiding and PvP to cover nuances for these content paths.

8.

Improving as a Feral Druid

If you are looking for an answer to a specific question, often these are common queries that many players have. We keep pages that cover the most frequently asked questions, and also mistakes players tend to run into.

9.

Changelog

  • 10 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 17 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Page updated for Patch 9.0.5 to account for Frenzyband/Cat-eye Curio buffs. Small adjustments to recommendations with other picks.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; small reformatting for weapon enchants.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Page updated for Patch 9.0.5 to reflect main guide pages.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; updated to focus on Night Fae and added extra Soulbind explanations for other Covenants.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; added note regarding Valor.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; updated Adaptive Swarm values.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Updated item levels for rewards; removed trinket recommendations due to Bloodmallet support.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated recommendations.
  • 22 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated sections relating to Night Fae and Kyrian.
  • 10 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Changed best Raiding and Torghast Covenant to Night Fae.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands Season 1 release.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added preliminary recommendations for Castle Nathria.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands Season 1 launch.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated to account for recent sims that reduce Cat-eye Curio value - replaced with alternatives in recommended.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added note that choices are very close and Night Fae is within margin.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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.
  • 03 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated with notes for each boss.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for patch 8.1 with disclaimer about information being unclear currently.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for preliminary Uldir release.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created (empty for now) in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
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