Feral Druid DPS Guide — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 22:51 by Wordup 4 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Feral Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1. 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 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 while leveraging those to apply poweful 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 remains by and large a similar package with some tweaks, so those who have played it before will likely feel at home.

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.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Solid single-target damage.
  • +Powerful cooldown tools with the new Shadowlands Berserk Icon Berserk.
  • +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 direction.
  • -Gameplay relies on pooling and smart resource management, which can be punishing.
  • -Low base utility for a melee spec.
4.

Recent Changes for Feral Druid

We are maintaining a list of changes made to all classes in Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, and you can find the Druid changes using the link below:

5.

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.

6.

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.

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.

7.

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.

8.

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+, Raiding and PvP to cover nuances for these content paths.

9.

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.

10.

Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Essences page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells 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 (this 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 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants 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 (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.
  • 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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