Feral Druid DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 00:39 by Wordup 60 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Feral Druids in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Feral Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. The Basics of Stats for Feral Druid

The stat priority for Feral Druid is as follows:

  1. Agility;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery.

Haste remains the strongest secondary at all times due to the impact it has on your Bleed tick rates.

Feral in Battle for Azeroth much like most classes heavily relies on Primary stats, and this means item level is (as a very general rule) preferred on most gear. It also does not currently appear to have any fixed ratios to aim for between secondaries. Ideally to decide on specific gear, you should generate your own stat weight plot within SimulationCraft, as due to this the stats currently present on your gear can drastically alter which is the ideal choice.

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Feral Druid Stats

Agility provides you with Attack Power, which increases the damage of your melee attacks and abilities.

Critical Strike increases the chance for your attacks and abilities to critically strike, dealing double damage. Your Combo Point-generating abilities such as Shred Icon Shred also grant an extra Combo Point when they Critically Strike.

Mastery, through Mastery: Razor Claws Icon Mastery: Razor Claws, increases the damage of your Bleed effects. This gains in value in multiple target situations where you have multiple instances of the same Bleed spread across different targets.

Haste increases attack speed, Energy regeneration and the tick rate of your Bleed DoT effects. Haste also decreases the your Global Cooldown to a minimum of 0.750 seconds. Feral Druids also gain 50% additional Haste from rating on gear.

Versatility increases all damage and healing you do, and reduces all damage taken.

3. Advanced Feral Druid Stats

When considering these stat priorities, be aware that Feral has a good amount of synergy between each of them, so going too far into one direction can in some cases have negative effects. Try to generally aim for Haste as much as possible, and a balance of Critical Strike and Versatility after this. Still play close attention, however, to simulations of your gear that indicate trends with stats you may be neglecting.

Also remember that certain talents lean toward your Bleed effects more than others (such as Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons versus Moment of Clarity Icon Moment of Clarity), which can increase or decrease the power of Mastery relative to others if taken.

4. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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