Feral Druid DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jun 24, 2019 at 21:24 by Wordup 78 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Feral Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. 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.

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. Patch 8.2 Changes for Feral Druid

Feral remains the same as previously, but with the addition of Essences now available for your Heart of Azeroth.

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Feral Druid

Feral has received some adjustments to the specialization, alongside some talent tree changes, along with some small Azerite changes.

3.1. Base Changes

  • Mastery: Razor Claws Icon Mastery: Razor Claws now applies to all finishing moves as well.
  • Rip Icon Rip duration now scales with Combo Points, and now costs 20 Energy.
  • Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite now no longer refreshes Rip Icon Rip duration baseline.
  • Shred Icon Shred damage increased by 20%, but now only deals 30% increased damage when stealthed.
  • Maim Icon Maim Energy cost has been reduced to 30, and damage increased by 50%.
  • The bonus modifier to Haste rating has been removed.

3.2. Talents

  • Jagged Wounds and Blood Scent have been removed.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is now no longer on the Global Cooldown.
  • Sabertooth Icon Sabertooth has been moved to the level 15 tier, now increasing Rip Icon Rip duration rather than refreshing the debuff.
  • Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar moved to the 75 tier, and now increases Energy regeneration when active by 10%, and the damage bonus has been reduced to 10%.
  • Two new AoE talents have been added to the level 90 tier, Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood and Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath.

3.3. Azerite

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 showed itself as a strong contender when executed properly in both Battle of Dazar'alor and Crucible of Storms, but still suffers from the issue of space for melee in a raid environment. Its damage profile is still desirable and many of the Essence options open up some good choices in Eternal Palace.

7. Changelog

  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (stats 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 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (rotation 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 (mythic+ 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.
  • 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 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (talents 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 (easy mode page): Updated for current 8.1.5 patch with new stat details.
  • 01 May 2019 (spells page): Amended Rebirth notes regarding Predatory Swiftness.
  • 01 May 2019 (enchants page): Updated to indicate Mastery can sometimes be a superior choice.
  • 01 May 2019 (stats page): Removed some redundant text and moved Agility to bottom.
  • 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 (this page): Updated current viability note.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Season 2 with Battle for Dazar'Alor gear.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated to include new information regarding talent usage trends in Patch 8.1.
  • 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.
  • 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 (enchants 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 (Uldir 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 (easy mode page): Updated for patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1 talent recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 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 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (simulations page): Updated weapon enchant simulations for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 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.
  • 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 (rotation 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 (gear page): Updated for 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 (FAQ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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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