Feral Druid DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Wordup 26 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Feral Druid in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Feral DPS Druid rotation.


Feral Druid Rotation

Welcome to the Rotation section of our Feral Druid guide. If you came here without first checking over the Spell List/Glossary page, we recommend that you do so if you are new to the specialization. Understanding what your spells and abilities do will make it much easier to understand what is discussed on this page.

If you are looking for an introductory primer to get started and find the full breakdowns overwhelming, you can always start with our Easy Mode page to get yourself started with a close-to-optimal build and a more straightforward breakdown. While the recommendations on the page below are not strictly optimal for endgame, they provide an excellent springboard to get to grips with the core gameplay Feral focuses on:

In addition to your rotation in general content, there is also a separate section of this guide devoted to how your playstyle may change in Mythic+ as situations are often less scripted and more hectic. Please take a look at the page below if you are looking for more tailored information for that content:



The content on this page is purely PvE-related. If you are looking for PvP Rotation Tips, visit our PvP page below.


Feral Druid Rotations

Each of the sections below explain the rotation for Feral at different target counts. Click the boxes to switch to the desired damage type.


Feral Druid Rotation

The buttons below can be used to select between curated talent loadouts from our talent page. You can also use the switches below to add or remove individual talents you may also be using:

 Convoke ST  Sustain ST  Feral AoE
Talent Selections
Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons
Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits Double-Clawed Rake Icon Double-Clawed Rake
Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath
Sudden Ambush Icon Sudden Ambush Thrashing Claws Icon Thrashing Claws Season 4 Set
      Single Target       AoE       Opener   

Feral Druid Single Target Rotation

Feral Druids in single-target focus on building Combo Points via Energy spenders, and consuming them with powerful Finishing moves in a cycle. It is a mixture of resource management and DoT maintenance, with a heavy emphasis on planning with some reactive elements.

  1. Cast Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury on cooldown, ideally at 70 or more Energy below the cap.
  2. Cast Berserk Icon Berserk on cooldown with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury active, try to sync with Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits.
  3. Maintain Rip Icon Rip on your target with 5 Combo Points. Only refresh this with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons active.
  4. Cast Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite if at 5 Combo Points and Rip Icon Rip is active on your target.
  5. Maintain Thrash Icon Thrash, ideally with Omen of Clarity Icon Omen of Clarity procs.
  6. Cast Shred Icon Shred or Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash to build Combo Points.

The most important thread throughout all of Feral is making sure that you maintain Rip Icon Rip and Rake Icon Rake as efficiently as possible, ideally snapshotting them with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons. After that, your excess Energy and Combo Points are used to fuel Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite while always keeping in mind your Bleed maintenance. Some key notes are:

  • While in Berserk Icon Berserk, you want to make sure that all of your finishers are cast with 5 Combo Points. However, outside of this, you can spend at 4 Combo Points instead to avoid any potential overflow that would cost valuable resources.
  • The Season 4 set bonus just increases the frequency of your Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy casts, which should be done on cooldown to activate the damage window.

AoE Rotation for Feral Druids

Feral in AoE almost entirely hinges off powerful talent picks in the tree that allow for much easier application of Bleed effects in AoE. It relies heavily on a mix of the high power spender Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath (which can be selected above) and tab-target gameplay with Rake Icon Rake.

  1. Cast Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury on cooldown, ideally at 30 Energy or less.
  2. Cast Berserk Icon Berserk if available, ideally alongside Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury.
  3. Maintain Rip Icon Rip on as many targets as possible.
  4. Cast Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite if at 5 Combo Points, Rip Icon Rip is active on all targets and your Energy is about to cap.
  5. Maintain Thrash Icon Thrash, ideally with Omen of Clarity Icon Omen of Clarity procs.
  6. Cycle Rake Icon Rake on as many targets as possible.
  7. Cast Swipe Icon Swipe to build Combo Points.

Many of the rules that Feral plays by in single-target remain in Cleave and AoE situations, and it introduces the multi-DoT requirement of cycling Rake Icon Rake depending on choices. Your finishers are largely replaced by Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath whenever taken, with Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving procs being consumed as quickly as possible. Key notes are:

  • Swipe Icon SwipeBrutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash replaces Shred Icon Shred as soon as an additional target is present, and you also need to make sure to maintain Thrash Icon Thrash on all nearby targets as much as possible.
  • Dire Fixation Icon Dire Fixation in AoE is more of a priority damage tool you can use to single out an important target to anchor your damage from. This does not need to be maintained but is something that can be helpful.
  • Rake Icon Rake should be maintained on as many targets as possible, using any Sudden Ambush Icon Sudden Ambush procsto amplify them. Aim not to overwrite stronger snapshot Bleeds when possible while switching targets quickly. Moonfire Icon Moonfire with Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration should also be maintained when at lower target counts.

Feral Druid Opening Sequence

Feral has a relatively fixed opening sequence to generate enough Combo Points to get its Bleeds set up, then enters into its cooldowns. How you spend your first few sets of Combo Points, however, varies depending on target count, so select the encounter type below:

Encounter Type
       Single-target           AoE   
  1. Cast Prowl Icon Prowl before combat starts.
  2. Cast Rake Icon Rake
  3. Cast Shred Icon Shred until you are at 5 Combo Points.
  4. Cast Swipe Icon SwipeBrutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash until you are at 5 Combo Points.
  5. Cast Berserk Icon Berserk.
  6. Cast Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and spend your opening Combo Points on Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath.
  7. Cast Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and apply Rip Icon Rip to your primary target.
  8. Cast Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and immediately apply Rip Icon Rip.
  9. Continue with the normal priority list.

Always try to have all of your major effects applied before entering into Berserk Icon Berserk, as you will be spending a lot of time casting building and spending aggressively due to the resource flood. Some notes are:

  • Both Berserk Icon Berserk and Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury are off the GCD so that they can be used alongside another ability immediately.

Tier Set Bonus for Feral Druid

With Season 4 consolidating the set bonuses into one chosen set, Feral has received an increased item level version of the Season 3 set from Amirdrassil. The Benevolent Embersage's Guidance focuses on Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy, and grants the following bonuses:

  •   Druid Feral 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Druid Feral 10.2 Class Set 2pc — casting Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy also  grants Smoldering Frenzy Icon Smoldering Frenzy, increasing all damage you deal by  20% for 8 seconds.  
  •   Druid Feral 10.2 Class Set 4pc Icon Druid Feral 10.2 Class Set 4pc — reduces the cooldown of Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy  by 15 seconds, and during Smoldering Frenzy Icon Smoldering Frenzy, enemies burn  for 10% of the damage you deal to them over 10 seconds.  

This bonus requires you to take Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy at all times to activate the effect. While extremely powerful, adding in a big 30-second cooldown burst window to overlap with other effects; it plays intuitively. You simply cast it on cooldown, making sure to line other cooldowns up with these casts. Make sure as well to have all of your DoTs set up before entering into it — you want to fill the 8 seconds with as much direct damage as possible.


Feral Druid Talent Details

Certain talents on the tree have specific interactions and management styles that change your approach. Below, we cover the most rotation-altering picks and how to play around them.


Rotation Warping Talents

Bloodtalons Adaptive Swarm Sudden Ambush Brutal Slash Lunar Inspiration Apex Predator's Craving


When playing with Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons, you will often be playing in a cycle. That means you will trigger the effect by spending Energy in quick succession via Shred Icon Shred into Rake Icon Rake into Thrash Icon Thrash/Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash (if taken), and then sit on the three charges before you consume them for a Finisher. If you do not have any charges remaining from a previous cycle, that means you need to think about your Energy pool before casting a Finisher to make sure you can quickly cast three different Combo Point generators following that to re-activate the buff.

Due to there now being 3 charges, you should be able to buff all of your finishers with Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons with as little waste as possible. Plan out expected refreshes of Rake Icon Rake with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury to efficiently generate these stacks, and aim to overlap your Rip Icon Rip Bleed inside this buff window as well paired with a Bloodtalons stack.


Adaptive Swarm

Playing around Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm has some small quirks that can be optimized if you choose to do so, and there are additional rules to consider depending on if you play with Unbridled Swarm Icon Unbridled Swarm:

  • Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm - when played, this should be applied to your main target with Bleeds active. This can be refreshed, and the charges will be added if it bounces back from an ally. The ideal tactic (once you have an active swarm) is usually to refresh a swarm on the boss that has 1 or 2 stacks as close-to-optimal to the end of the duration as possible, refreshing the dot and extending the duration on your desired target.
  • Unbridled Swarm Icon Unbridled Swarm - grants Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm bounces a chance to clone into two swarms, making the ability more complex to optimize with slightly different rules for single-target and AoE:
    • In single-target, ideally, you should build up swarms and then leave them alone. When you do not have any (or few) active swarms, cast it on the enemy (refreshing 1-2 stacks at the end of the duration as with a normal swarm). When you have a lot of active swarms, cast it on an ally with 1 stack or no swarms on them. This is to maximize the possible number of bounces (and, therefore, chances for cloning).
    • On multi-target, you generally apply the same rule to enemy targets; Prioritizing enemies with 2 stacks, then 1 stack, and finally targets without any swarm active. In Mythic+, you can refresh active swarms on allies between pulls when out of combat to keep them rolling between different packs. Your priority should be 2 stacks > 1 stack > no swarm > 3 stacks in that order.

Sudden Ambush

Sudden Ambush Icon Sudden Ambush procs are generated from Finishers, so you will generally be at zero Combo Points when this is generated. Ideally, you should spend these on Rake Icon Rake if possible for the Stealth damage bonus and, when possible, pair it with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury to snapshot it at its highest potential. In multi-target situations, you should use this on separate targets to have multiple stronger Rake Icon Rakes ticking. In contrast, try to avoid overwriting a buffed Rake Icon Rake in single-target if you can. In all other situations, use it for Shred Icon Shred if you have excess procs. Note as well that during Berserk Icon Berserk, this adds another multiplier to both of these abilities, keeping it valuable during cooldowns.


Brutal Slash

When using Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash, try to ensure that you always have at least one charge on cooldown, but bank charges for when a wave of enemies is about to spawn. Try to have short-duration buffs such as Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury active for as many high-target casts as possible. In single-target, this is worth casting as a more energy-efficient equivalent to Shred Icon Shred. With Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons taken as well, this is usually the third activator in single-target when you have your Bleeds already maintained.


Lunar Inspiration

Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration revolves around keeping up the Moonfire Icon Moonfire DoT. This should be maintained on a single target at all times. You should also multi-DoT targets with it when you are dealing with a cleave situation and have selected this. Moonfire should be refreshed when there are 4.8 seconds or less left on its duration to make maximum use of the pandemic effect. With this talent, it also becomes a Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons activator.


Apex Predator's Craving

Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving is quite simple to play around with — whenever a proc happens, you should aim to consume it as quickly as possible to avoid wasting a follow-up proc. Due to the Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite being free of any resource cost and dealing the maximum possible damage, there is no reason to sit on these procs when they occur.

These procs also have their trigger chance reduced as additional Rip Icon Rips are applied in AoE, meaning that your trigger rate should be roughly similar at most target counts.


Feral Druid Cooldowns

Feral comes with 2 DPS cooldowns, one being a short cooldown, high uptime buff that is more rotational, while the other is a mid-duration, long cooldown.

  • Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury increases your damage done by 15% for 10 seconds, on a 30-second cooldown, and is also off the Global cooldown. Additionally, it instantly restores 50 Energy. It should be used on cooldown, but try to burn any excess Energy before casting so it does not waste the generation portion.
  • Berserk Icon Berserk has a 20-second duration and a 3-minute cooldown, and provides the following benefits:  
    • Generate 1 Combo Point every 1.5 seconds
    • Combo Point generating abilities generate 1 additional Combo Point
    • Finishing Moves restore up to 3 Combo Points generated over the cap of 5
    • Shred Icon Shred and Rake Icon Rake damage increased by 50%
    This should always be paired with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury and other powerful cooldowns such as Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust.

You should always be planning your Energy around the refund provided by Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury, so drain in advance as its cooldown is ending. You should aim to refresh any Bleeds that you need to while it is active for the snapshot effect. Note as well in AoE scenarios (especially Mythic+) if enemies are frequently dying and you are using Predator Icon Predator, you can use this even if you are refreshing an old buff solely for the quick burst of Energy.

Berserk Icon Berserk requires you to more aggressively cycle between builders and Finishers due to the resource flood. This means you will sometimes drain yourself, but try to make sure you enter the window with as much Energy in reserve as possible to cast as many high-impact spells while it is active. Remember that the overflow protection granted means that you can generate up to 3 extra Combo Points without worrying about resource waste.

Bear in mind the Berserk Icon Berserk bonus damage to Rake Icon Rake is dynamic rather than a snapshot, so you do not need to worry about squeezing a Rake Icon Rake in just before it fades.


Mastering Feral Druid Mechanics

The above information tells you everything you need to know to get the most out of your Feral Druid's DPS toolkit. Here, we go through the more specific details that let you understand the fundamentals of what makes Feral Druid tick, helping your decision-making and understanding of how it works.


Feral Druid Insights

Combo Points and Energy Bleeds and DoTs Snapshotting Refreshing Bleeds Ferocious Bite Other Talents

Combo Points and Energy

As a Feral Druid, the core of your abilities needs Energy to be used. Your Energy bar has a capacity of 100 Energy and refills at a rate of 11 Energy per second. Your Energy regeneration is increased by your Haste.

Feral has a pool of abilities that build Combo Points (defined as builders) being Shred Icon Shred, Rake Icon Rake, Swipe Icon Swipe / Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash, and Thrash Icon Thrash. To go with this, you have abilities that spend these (defined as Finishers), consuming all current Combo Points. The more Combo Points a Finishing Move consumes, the more powerful (or longer-lasting) its effect is. Your Combo Point generation is increased by Primal Fury Icon Primal Fury, which causes your Combo Point generating abilities to grant an additional Combo Point any time they critically strike with direct damage.


Energy Pooling

Energy pooling is beneficial and should be done in most circumstances. It is not mandatory but can be helpful to improve your output when dealing with specific fight mechanics. Making sure you have a healthy pool of Energy before dumping allows you to frontload damage more effectively. You should always make sure to spend any excess before pressing Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury if possible, to not waste the generation it grants.

Omen of Clarity Icon Omen of Clarity procs should be used as soon as your cycle allows so that they do not get overwritten by subsequent procs. With Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity, this allows for more flexibility to sit on one charge, allowing it to accumulate up to 2.


Bleeds & DoTs

You should always strive to have 100% uptime on the target with Rake Icon Rake and Rip Icon Rip. This forms the core of your damage output and DoT maintenance gameplay. Bear in mind, if you are playing Circle of Life and Death Icon Circle of Life and Death all of the below effects expire 25% faster.

  • Rake Icon Rake costs 35 Energy to apply and lasts for 15 seconds, making it the easiest tool to manage.
  • Rip Icon Rip costs 20 Energy, but its duration is also dependent on how many Combo Points it is applied with, so you should aim to apply Rip at 5 Combo Points for the best Energy efficiency. When done at 5, it lasts for 24 seconds.
  • Thrash Icon Thrash costs 40 Energy to cast and deals its damage over 15 seconds. This, much like Rake, is easy to maintain and applies to all targets hit and should be maintained at all times in AoE and Single-Target. If playing Thrashing Claws Icon Thrashing Claws, however, this is completely removed from the rotation and instead maintained by Shred Icon Shred and Swipe Icon Swipe.

If you have taken the Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration talent, then you also need to have 100% uptime with Moonfire Icon Moonfire. Note this is not a Bleed, so it gains no benefit from Mastery. Still, it can be cast from 40 yards, making it easier to maintain as a filler during downtime or on different targets not in melee range.



Bleed snapshotting does still exist for Feral Druids, but it only works with some specific damage-increasing buffs. Snapshotting means that the damage to the Bleed effect will be decided at the time of application and carry over the amplification effect of the following buffs (where applicable) for the entire duration.

The effects that have the snapshot interaction with Bleeds are:

  • Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury;
  • Sudden Ambush Icon Sudden Ambush;
  • Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons.

Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury applies to any Bleed effect, while Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons will only apply to your Finishers in Rip Icon Rip and Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath. Sudden Ambush Icon Sudden Ambush also only applies to Rake Icon Rake via the Pouncing Strikes Icon Pouncing Strikes effect.


When to Refresh Bleeds and Buffs

Feral benefits from the Pandemic effect on many tools, allowing you to refresh specific DoT effects, buff up to 30% early, and carry the remaining duration into the next cast. This does not carry over any snapshotting effects; they need to be present when the new effect is applied. The pandemic timers are as follows:

  • Rake Icon Rake — 4.5 seconds
  • Rip Icon Rip — 7.2 seconds (assuming 5 Combo Points)
  • Thrash Icon Thrash — 4.5 seconds
  • Moonfire Icon Moonfire — 4.8 seconds

Note that these amounts are reduced by 25% when using Circle of Life and Death Icon Circle of Life and Death due to the increased tick speed.

Tracking these is made considerably easier when using external addons to keep tabs on each buff and debuff. It is recommended to use some additional tools to make sure you are always aware of your current buff/debuff state due to how core it is for Feral, so check our addons page for recommendations.


Ferocious Bite

You should always be pooling Energy to 50 before using Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite if you intend to cast it (provided it does not impact your Rip Icon Rip uptime). The additional 100% damage is significant due to how hard Bites can hit in Dragonflight, especially if playing Saber Jaws Icon Saber Jaws.

As covered in the rotation section, ensure you have room to cast Ferocious Bite before committing the resources to it. That means you have your Bleed effects in Rake Icon Rake and Rip Icon Rip maintained and have enough excess resources that it will not cause either to fall off.


Other Talent Details

These are details on talents that are generally core picks in most builds, but are not rotationally warping enough to require extra rotational explanation. These are just mechanical details worth noting.



Predator Icon Predator is quite straightforward. The only thing to look out for is not wasting any of the Energy you gain from Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury casts when there are repeat triggers (unless you know you will be able to reset its cooldown again shortly after). Also, make sure that any target that is about to die has a Bleed applied to make sure to capitalize on it.


Dire Fixation

Dire Fixation Icon Dire Fixation should mostly play itself, as in single-target you should be casting Shred Icon Shred more often than every 10 seconds. In AoE, however, it can be worthwhile to weave them in on a priority target you are funneling into.


Thrashing Claws

Thrashing Claws Icon Thrashing Claws is a performance loss, but it does simplify the rotation by completely removing the need to press Thrash Icon Thrash actively. While it is not usually recommended, it can make the spec easier to learn early on by replacing this maintenance with your regular Shred Icon Shred and Swipe Icon Swipe casts.


Moment of Clarity

Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity means that you will have an increased frequency of Omen of Clarity Icon Omen of Clarity procs, allowing you periods of smoother Energy management by having some builders come free. Try to make sure you do not cap your Energy when these trigger (which is helped by the additional Energy limit granted), and be aware that you should pool less aggressively when using this to allow room to make use of the effect.


Feral Frenzy

Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy should be used when you have 0 Combo Points, and you should follow this up with a Finishing Move. This means you need to ensure that you have the Energy available to use the surge of Combo Points instantly. Ideally, you should pair every other cast of this with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury, too, to boost the damage. With the Season 4 Set bonus, this naturally aligns with Tiger's Fury, and you should plan around using this as soon as it is ready.



Incarnation: Avatar of Ashamane Icon Incarnation: Avatar of Ashamane empowers your Berserk Icon Berserk by increasing its duration to 30 seconds and reducing the Energy cost of all abilities by 20%. This should still be used on cooldown, and it is essential to pair it with other damage boosts like Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury to make the most of it due to it being a cooldown. Aim to have spent all resources as it is about to expire.


Convoke the Spirits

Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits should be cast on cooldown, but try to save it for burst periods if needed. Casting this after dumping Energy and Combo Points is good due to the spells casting for free and the flood of resources it provides.


Ashamane's Guidance

Ashamane's Guidance Icon Ashamane's Guidance, when paired specifically with Incarnation, each of your Rake Icon Rake and Rip Icon Rip effects on a target individually increase their damage taken from you by 3%. This is active during Incarnation and for 30 seconds after it fades. While this is active, aim to keep them both active throughout.


Soul of the Forest

Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest is a simple talent that boosts your Finishers and smooths out your Energy generation. The benefit this talent confers is enormous to the rotation after each Finisher and is always taken due to how much additional resource generation it represents.



  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Season 4, no gameplay changes but restructured page for readability.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5, moved Convoke to the primary button, added AoE opener switches.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2 and restructured the rotation tool.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Restructured for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5, small tweaks and notes about Dire Fixation AoE.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1 to include new Berserk changes and updated builds.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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