Feral Druid DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 22:02 by Wordup 5 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Feral Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Feral Melee DPS Druid talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Feral Druid

Level Choices
15 Predator Predator Sabertooth Sabertooth Lunar Inspiration Lunar Inspiration
25 Tiger Dash ? Tiger Dash Renewal ? Renewal Wild Charge ? Wild Charge
30 Balance Affinity Balance Affinity Guardian Affinity ? Guardian Affinity Restoration Affinity ? Restoration Affinity
35 Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Heart of the Wild ? Heart of the Wild
40 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Savage Roar Savage Roar Incarnation: King of the Jungle Incarnation: King of the Jungle
45 Scent of Blood Scent of Blood Brutal Slash Brutal Slash Primal Wrath Primal Wrath
50 Moment of Clarity ? Moment of Clarity Bloodtalons Bloodtalons Feral Frenzy ? Feral Frenzy

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheet for Feral Druids

Feral has a number of flex choices within the talent tree that lean toward different damage delivery methods, both with single-target and AoE focuses. Below are two different options that will serve you best in different scenarios as a quick pick up and play build.

2.1.

Open World, Levelling and Dungeons — AoE Oriented

This build is very much focused upon your multi-target gameplay allowing for additional boosts and flexibility with movement between encounters. It also leverages extra targets dying to allow you to deal more damage, alongside better sustained AoE tools.

2.2.

Raids — Single Target Oriented

Note that if a Raid encounter specifically demands AoE, then the above build used in Dungeon situations will likely serve you better, in particular if you can capitalize upon Predator Icon Predator resets for single-target boosts. Otherwise, use the following build to get the most out of your damage to one target.

2.3.

Raiding

While the builds above cover different broad profiles, they do not cover specific nuance of each individual boss. You can get a breakdown of each encounte ron our dedicated raid page below.

2.4.

Mythic+

Mythic+ tends to require a more versatile damage profile that can necessitate you mixing and matching different talents to cover a full run depending on affixes or composition each week. If you want advice tailored to Mythic+, you can check our page below.

2.5.

How To Use Feral Druid Talents

Some of the Feral talents also require additional maintenance to make use of during moment to moment gameplay. You can find more details on how to incorporate these into your priority on our rotation page.

3.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Feral Druid

Predator Predator Sabertooth Sabertooth Lunar Inspiration Lunar Inspiration

Tier 1 talents offer a variety of different damage boosting effects for different situations.

  • Predator Icon Predator causes Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury to last an additional 5 seconds, and the cooldown is reset whenever a target dies with one of your Bleed effects active on them.
  • Sabertooth Icon Sabertooth increases the damage of Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite by 20%, and increases the duration of your Rip Icon Rip effect on the target by 1 second per Combo Point spent.
  • Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration allows the use of Moonfire Icon Moonfire in Cat Form Icon Cat Form, causing it to grant 1 Combo Point, deal damage based on Attack Power, and cost 30 Energy.

Sabertooth Icon Sabertooth will almost always be the ideal choice in single-target scenarios due to the extra Combo Point retention it grants by extending your Rip Icon Rip effect. Coupled with the additional Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite casts and damage, this makes it a strong pick.

Predator Icon Predator in any situation where you will have enemy targets dying consistently to trigger the reset will always be the strongest pick. This makes it a powerful dungeon and cleave talent, due to the extra damage increase uptime and Energy to fuel ability casts.

Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration unfortunately requires too much upkeep and is too locked to a niche multi-DoT playstyle to really shine anywhere. While the two other options have room to gain additional resources, this only costs more to maintain. There are some extremely niche builds that can use this with Necrolord's Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm and the Draught of Deep Focus Icon Draught of Deep Focus legendary, but is purely single-target and unlikely to be worth the payoff compared to the alternatives.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Feral Druid

Tiger Dash ? Tiger Dash Renewal ? Renewal Wild Charge ? Wild Charge

Tier 2 provides movement and survival options.

  • Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash replaces your Dash Icon Dash ability, replacing it with a short burst of 200% movement speed decaying over 5 seconds on a 45-second cooldown.
  • Renewal Icon Renewal instantly heals you for 30% of your maximum health on a 1.5-minute cooldown. This can be used in any Shapeshift form.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is an active ability that has a 15-second cooldown. This provides a different movement option based on the shapeshift form you are in, as follows:
    • No shapeshift form: Fly to the targeted allies location.
    • Travel Form Icon Travel Form: You leap forward 20 yards.
    • Cat Form Icon Cat Form: You leap behind your target within 25 yards, dazing them for 3 seconds.
    • Bear Form Icon Bear Form: You charge your target within 25 yards, immobilizing them for 4 seconds.
    • Moonkin Form Icon Moonkin Form: You leap 15 yards backwards.
    • Aquatic Form Icon Aquatic Form: Your swim speed is increased by 150% for 5 seconds.

This talent tier provides some situational choices, but usually you will be taking Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge due to its low cooldown and flexibility. This gives you ways to stick to your target more consistently without impacting your other movement tools. Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash on the other hand can provide a very powerful non-committal burst of speed, but the loss of your baseline Dash Icon Dash in exchange is not ideal, so is more situational based on the encounter.

As for Renewal Icon Renewal, the talent is generally not worth taking since you have other healing options (such as Regrowth Icon Regrowth paired with Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness), and you can always take Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity as well if you desperately need more healing. It does, however, have uses in solo play, such as Torghast.

5.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Feral Druid

Balance Affinity Balance Affinity Guardian Affinity ? Guardian Affinity Restoration Affinity ? Restoration Affinity

Tier 3 grants access to affinities, which allow you to focus on a secondary Druid specialization, granting access to a small amount of the tools available to them alongside one crowd control tool.

For increasing your DPS, the only option in this tier is Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity, where the increased ability range will make it easier to multi-DoT targets. The ability to shift into Moonkin Form for short periods of downtime as well is useful when out of range (though its DPS output obviously does not compare with Cat Form Icon Cat Form abilities if you can stay in melee). Typhoon Icon Typhoon is also a useful tool to control targets or create distance if needed.

Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity offers a very useful passive damage reduction that will almost always be of great worth during progression raiding. Moreover, going into Bear Form Icon Bear Form (combined with using Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts), you can soak up very dangerous abilities and in some cases tank an enemy in an emergency if needed. Incapacitating Roar Icon Incapacitating Roar also provides a very strong AoE disruption tool to nearby enemies.

Finally, Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity is the least appealing talent in this tier. The active abilities it provides will not be of much use during raids due to pulling you out of Cat Form Icon Cat Form, but they can be helpful during solo content. The passive ability is decent for raids but most often out-classed by the Guardian Affinity damage reduction passive. Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex, on the other hand, is a unique tool that could make this very powerful if enemies need to be locked down in a specific spot.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Feral Druid

Mighty Bash ? Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement ? Mass Entanglement Heart of the Wild ? Heart of the Wild

Tier 4 offers different utility options.

  • Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is an active ability with a 60-second cooldown, which stuns the target for 4 seconds. It is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which roots the target and all enemies within 15 yards of them in place for 30 seconds. Damage done to rooted targets may break the effect. Mass Entanglement is usable in all shapeshift forms.
  • Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild is an active ability with a 5-minute cooldown. It substantially increases your chosen Affinity's abilities.

Both Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash and Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement will only find use on specific encounters or situations, so your choice here will in most cases come down to personal preference.

Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild, on the other hand, provides much more flexible benefits, as a long cooldown amplification to your selected Affinity from the Tier 3 talent row. This can result in extra damage at range via Balance Affinity, additional on demand survival via Guardian Affinity, or the ability to output more support healing via Restoration Affinity. Judging this talent is very hard because the mileage is going to vary significantly, and will depend on how good you are at adapting to emergency situations with off role support.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Feral Druid

Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Savage Roar Savage Roar Incarnation: King of the Jungle Incarnation: King of the Jungle

Tier 5 provides a variety of damage delivery boosts depending on the type of fight you are engaging with.

  • Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest causes your finishing moves to grant 5 Energy per Combo Point spent and deal 5% increased damage.
  • Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar is an active finisher ability that grants you 15% increased damage and 10% increased Energy generation when active. Its duration depends on how many Combo Points you consume when cast, as follows:
    • 1 Point: 12 seconds.
    • 2 Points: 18 seconds.
    • 3 Points: 24 seconds.
    • 4 Points: 30 seconds.
    • 5 Points: 36 seconds.
  • Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle replaces Berserk Icon Berserk. It lasts 30 seconds (up from Berserk's 20), and in addition to Berserk's other bonuses, it also allows Prowl Icon Prowl to be used once while in combat and reduces the Energy cost of all Cat Form Icon Cat Form abilities by 20% while active.

Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest is currently the recommended choice due to its ease of use, and provides the best overall boost to Energy generation alongside a strong boost to your Finishers.

Savage Roar Icon Savage Roar is an option that provides a good overall benefit assuming it is maintained in single-target and a smaller benefit for AoE. However, maintaining this efficiently is difficult, compared to its relatively low payoff versus easier options, and the Combo Points required could be spent on more impactful Finishers when using a different talent. Therefore, it is not currently recommended.

Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle had its bonus effect flipped with Berserk Icon Berserk in Shadowlands, and the benefit of this talent is now drastically reduced. If burst damage is a necessity this could see play, but is unlikely to be a good pick compared to the much more flexible option in Soul of the Forest.

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Feral Druid

Scent of Blood Scent of Blood Brutal Slash Brutal Slash Primal Wrath Primal Wrath

Tier 6 grants a variety of different AoE tools that specialize in different target counts.

  • Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood causes each enemy hit by your Thrash Icon Thrash casts to reduce the cost of Swipe Icon Swipe by 3 Energy for 6 seconds.
  • Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash replaces Swipe Icon Swipe, has 3 charges and an 8-second recharge time (reduced by Haste), a reduced Energy cost and like Swipe, also awards one Combo Point when used.
  • Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath is an active finisher ability that deals AoE damage around you, and applies the Rip Icon Rip effect to all targets hit. Duration and damage is increased based upon Combo Points spent, as follows:
    • 1 Point: 4 seconds.
    • 2 Points: 6 seconds.
    • 3 Points: 8 seconds.
    • 4 Points: 10 seconds.
    • 5 Points: 12 seconds.

Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath serves as the strongest sustained AoE option, becoming the best choice whenever an additional target is present. This allows for a much better resource cycle, granting a strong outlet for Combo Points generated when multiple targets are active for high damage. It is also completely uncapped in AoE allowing you to deal damage to a higher number of targets at once.

Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash provides the only option on the row to impact single-target damage due to the reduced Energy cost when cast, generating more efficient Combo Points. It can also be used as a small burst of AoE on targets, but is still limited by the 5 target cap that Swipe Icon Swipe suffers from.

Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood is extremely unlikely to see play due to the AoE cap applied to Swipe Icon Swipe, and the other talents it has to compete with. While Thrash Icon Thrash is uncapped allowing you to still stack this very high, the payoff is simply not there for this talent and should be avoided.

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Feral Druid

Moment of Clarity ? Moment of Clarity Bloodtalons Bloodtalons Feral Frenzy ? Feral Frenzy

Tier 7 provides alterations to your rotational tools, requiring additional Global Cooldowns to capitalize upon.

  • Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity causes Omen of Clarity Icon Omen of Clarity to trigger 50% more often, and increase the damage of Shred Icon Shred, Thrash Icon Thrash, Swipe Icon Swipe, or Brutal Slash Icon Brutal Slash casts by 15% when consumed, and can stack up to 2 times. It also increases your maximum Energy by 30 when taken.
  • Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons increases the damage of your next two Rip Icon Rip or Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite casts by 30% after using 3 different Combo Point generating abilities within a 4-second window.
  • Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown that deals a burst of Physical damage and additional Bleed damage over 6 seconds. This also rapidly generates 5 Combo Points over 1.5-seconds when cast.

Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons is currently the strongest choice on the tier, allowing you to enhance all of your finishers consistently by 30% alongside still snapshotting the effect to Rip Icon Rip. This is the most mechanically demanding talent on the tier to get used to especially following the Shadowlands change requiring you to pool then rapidly trigger different Energy spenders, but provides excellent throughput when played correctly to feed more damage into big finishers such as Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite and Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath.

Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy provides a burst tool that can smooth out dips in the rotation when you are unlucky with your Primal Fury Icon Primal Fury triggers and become resource-starved. It can also be paired with Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury every other cast to provide a mid-range burst tool if a fight demands this. The gameplay smoothing this provides by smoothing out resource gaps alongside providing good burst when paired with said tools makes this a solid option in short or timer-based encounters.

Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity provides an easy alternative for the rotation, increasing your Energy generation via free Shred Icon Shred casts, and by extension increasing the cycle of your Combo Point expenditure. This has a lower ceiling compared to both other options, but is much easier to execute if you find yourself struggling.

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

"War Mode" is an optional feature that enables open world PvP encounters that confers some benefits when active:

  • Grants access to PvP talents in the open world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at max level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will open yourself up to open world PvP, so be aware of hostile enemy players who could interfere with you, this is a risk you will have to decide on your own if you want take.

If you are interested in doing PvP as a Feral Druid or just want to know how to navigate Feral Druid PvP encounters, check out our dedicated PvP guide.

10.1.

Feral Druid War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents for leveling and playing in open world PvE scenarios. Note that in the Shadowlands update, the PvP crowd control reduction talents have been removed, and will be replaced by trinkets available at level 60.

10.1.1.

Feral Druid PvP Talents

Generally the selections are made to optimize your ability to kill enemies faster, increasing your pace when moving through content.

  1. Leader of the Pack Icon Leader of the Pack increases the Critical Strike chance of you and nearby allies by 5%, and causes players to heal for 4% of their maximum health when they critically strike with a 6-second cooldown. This is the best option available on the PvP tree for open world purposes.
  2. Rip and Tear Icon Rip and Tear provides an instant way of applying both Rip Icon Rip and Rake Icon Rake to your target without a Combo Point cost, and is great for starting a fight with more powerful enemies without requiring any ramp up, so is highly recommended as an extra tool.
  3. Fresh Wound Icon Fresh Wound can provide additional burst to targets when applying your Rake Icon Rake effect, and is a solid increase across the board when cycling between targets.
  4. Ferocious Wound Icon Ferocious Wound provides additional damage to your Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite that can be useful on high health targets due the maximum health reduction it applies. Value is mostly tied to the difficulty of the enemies you are encountering.
  5. Savage Momentum Icon Savage Momentum causes successful interrupts with Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash to reset the cooldown of Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury. This can be useful for additional Energy and damage windows, but you will generally be using Predator Icon Predator in the open world so they may overlap make it less flexible.
  6. Thorns Icon Thorns can provide some use if in situations with extra enemies present, to allow you to deal additional damage back when being hit.

King of the Jungle Icon King of the Jungle can provide very limited uses for extra movement speed, but you will rarely have a large number of Rip Icon Rips active unless you are AoEing large groups with Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath, at which point you will likely not be moving far away.

Freedom of the Herd Icon Freedom of the Herd, High Winds Icon High Winds, Malorne's Swiftness Icon Malorne's Swiftness, and Strength of the Wild Icon Strength of the Wild on the other hand have very limited PvE uses, being more focused on in-combat control and group assistance. These are much more focused on PvP encounters, so are not recommended for open world play.

11.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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