Feral Druid PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated on Oct 08, 2018 at 05:36 by Mysticall 12 comments

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Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Feral Druid in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, pvp talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2300 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta for Feral Druids

Feral Druids excel at having sustained spread pressure. With great mobility, they are able to keep their bleed damage on multiple targets. You will focus on maximizing damage and relentlessly focusing down an enemy as much as possible. Feral Druids have some utility in their toolkit, being able to heal teammates and root enemies in their place.

1.1. Strengths of Feral Druids

  • Strong sustained damage
  • Multiple mobility spells
  • Strong burst damage

1.2. Weaknesses of Feral Druids

  • Cannot do damage when forced into Bear Form Icon Bear Form
  • Very few defensives
  • Long burst cooldown

2. Stat Priority for Feral Druids in PvP

The stat priority for Feral Druid in PvP is as follows:

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

Agility is the best stat in all situations. Haste is the strongest secondary stat at all times due to it reducing the Global Cooldown on abilities and increasing your attack speed. Mastery scales much better with additional targets than any other stat and that is the reason it is listed above the other secondaries that are not Haste.

3. Azerite Traits for Feral Druids

Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage or healing of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.

3.1. Outer Ring

Below are the best Outer Ring traits.

  1. Raking Ferocity Icon Raking Ferocity
  2. Gushing Lacerations Icon Gushing Lacerations
  3. Wild Fleshrending Icon Wild Fleshrending
  4. Masterful Instincts Icon Masterful Instincts

The most important trait you are going to want to get in all pieces of your gear is Raking Ferocity Icon Raking Ferocity. This increases your sustained and burst damage. It also makes it easier to kill enemies with low health. You also have the option of getting 2 Raking Ferocity traits and one Gushing Lacerations Icon Gushing Lacerations. With this trait, you will still have good burst damage, but you will have much more consistent damage.

3.2. Middle Ring

Below are the best Middle Ring traits.

  1. Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed
  2. Earthlink Icon Earthlink
  3. Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames
  4. Ablative Shielding Icon Ablative Shielding

The Middle and Inner rings are important for additional defensives. Feral Druids are very weak when they are put into stuns. Traits like Ablative Shielding Icon Ablative Shielding helps drastically. Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed and Earthlink Icon Earthlink give a minor boost to your damage output.

3.3. Inner Ring

Below are the best Inner Ring traits.

  1. Longstrider Icon Longstrider
  2. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  3. Ursoc's Endurance Icon Ursoc's Endurance
  4. Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification

All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.

4. Talent Choices for Feral Druids

Level Choices
15 Blood Scent Blood Scent Predator Predator Lunar Inspiration Lunar Inspiration
30 Tiger Dash Tiger Dash Renewal Renewal Wild Charge Wild Charge
45 Balance Affinity Balance Affinity Guardian Affinity Guardian Affinity Restoration Affinity ? Restoration Affinity
60 Mighty Bash Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Mass Entanglement Typhoon Typhoon
75 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Jagged Wounds Jagged Wounds Incarnation: King of the Jungle Incarnation: King of the Jungle
90 Sabertooth Sabertooth Brutal Slash Brutal Slash Savage Roar Savage Roar
100 Moment of Clarity Moment of Clarity Bloodtalons Bloodtalons Feral Frenzy Feral Frenzy

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.

4.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Lunar Inspiration Icon Lunar Inspiration is the best choice in this tier. Feral Druids focus on taking advantage of their spread pressure. Being able to add Moonfire Icon Moonfire to the list of Bleeds helps their spread damage even more.

4.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is the best choice in this tier. When in Cat Form Icon Cat Form, this helps with getting to an enemy quickly and slowing them.

4.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity is the best choice in this tier. This is a great talent when you are the focus for the enemy team. This greatly improves Feral survivability. If you prefer to have additional healing for you and your teammates, you can switch to Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity. This gives you access to spells like Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend and Ysera's Gift Icon Ysera's Gift.

4.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is the best choice in this tier. This is best because you will usually be on only one target. This will help when you are using your burst cooldowns to get a kill, or as extra crowd control on the enemy team.

4.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle is the best choice in this tier. This ability will help you do large amounts of pressure to the enemy team and is a very important cooldown for Feral Druids.

4.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Sabertooth Icon Sabertooth is the best choice in this tier. This talent increases both your burst and sustained damage.

4.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons is the best choice in this tier. Because you will be casting Regrowth Icon Regrowth on yourself or on teammates, you will get full value from this talent. Try casting Regrowth before using a Rip Icon Rip, Rake Icon Rake, or Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite.

5. PvP Talents for Feral Druids

The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel. Feral Druids are also notorious for dying in stuns and this well help you trinket and kite incoming damage.

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.

Ferocious Wound Icon Ferocious Wound causes 5-Combo Point Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bites to reduce the target's maximum health by up to 8% for 30 sec, stacking up to 2 times. Ferocious Wound Icon Ferocious Wound can only be active on one target at once. This makes Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite an incredibly important ability and creates a large amount of pressure on an enemy player.

Earthen Grasp Icon Earthen Grasp makes Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots no longer dispellable and reduces the target's chance to hit by 80%, but now has a 10-second cooldown. This is a very versatile talent. You can using it when playing against a melee player to stop their incoming damage. You can also use it to prevent the enemy healer from avoiding incoming crowd control.

Savage Momentum Icon Savage Momentum makes interrupting a spell with Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash reset the cooldown of Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury. This is a good talent to have on small maps or if you will be primarily focusing a caster DPS. This helps with your overall consistent damage.

King of the Jungle Icon King of the Jungle increases your damage and movement speed by 3%, for every enemy you have Rip Icon Rip active on. This talent works great on larger maps like Tol'viran arena. If you play a team with casters on maps like this you should replace Savage Momentum Icon Savage Momentum with this talent.

Thorns Icon Thorns sprouts thorns for 12 seconds on the friendly target. When victim to melee attacks, thorns deal up to 5% of the attackers total health in Nature damage. Attackers also have their movement speed reduced by 50% for 4 sec. This is a crucial talent against teams with double melee on it. Because you will not have much to interrupt, you can replace Savage Momentum Icon Savage Momentum with this talent.

6. Racial Bonuses for Feral Druids

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

Tauren is the best race for Feral Druids, thanks to the passive increased critical strike (Brawn Icon Brawn) and the AoE stun (War Stomp Icon War Stomp), which are very strong.

The passive Troll bonus (Berserking Icon Berserking) is also good for on-demand Haste increase.

6.2. Alliance

The Night Elf bonus (Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld) is a great way to avoid incoming crowd control or to quickly use Prowl Icon Prowl and Rake Icon Rake.

7. Playstyle for Feral Druids

Feral Druids have two roles when in an Arena match: use your strong bleeds to apply spread pressure to the enemies and use your utility healing spells to help your teammates. Make sure to take advantage of of the strong sustainable damage that Feral Druids can putout. They are one of the most mobile melee classes and you should use that to your advantage. They can easily chase down targets and kite enemies away from them.

7.1. Before Gates Open

Have a plan for who you will be mainly using your crowd control on. Feral Druids have two powerful stuns in Maim Icon Maim and Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash, that can be used on kill targets or the enemy healer. They also have Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots, which is great when used against melee classes.

You also have Soothe Icon Soothe. This dispels all enrage effects on your target. It is very strong against Warriors. You also have Hibernate Icon Hibernate. This ability only works on Beasts and Dragonkin, but it is great versus Druids that are in their animal forms.

Cast Regrowth Icon Regrowth on yourself when the gates open, so you get the Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons buff.

7.2. Offensive Rotation

Feral Druids have something called "snapshotting", which means that if you apply bleeds to an enemy while you have damage buffs active (such as Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury or Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons), and refresh those bleeds with Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite, the refreshed bleeds will still benefit from those damage buffs even if they have faded from you in the meantime.

7.2.1. The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns.

If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. In the opener, Feral Druids should focus on quickly and applying their bleeds to multiple enemies.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth on yourself. This will give you the Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons buff.
  2. Use Prowl Icon Prowl.
  3. Use Rake Icon Rake.
  4. Use Moonfire Icon Moonfire until you have 5 Combo Points.
  5. Use Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury to restore Energy.
  6. Use Rip Icon Rip at 5 Combo Points.
  7. Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth when you get a Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness proc. When you have the Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons buff, use it when using Rip Icon Rip or Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite

7.2.2. Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

  1. Use Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle.
  2. Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth with a Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness proc.
  3. Use Prowl Icon Prowl.
  4. Use Rake Icon Rake to stun the target.
  5. Use Shred Icon Shred to 5 Combo Points.
  6. Use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite.
  7. Use Tiger's Fury Icon Tiger's Fury.
  8. Cast Regrowth Icon Regrowth with a Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness proc.
  9. Use Rip Icon Rip.
  10. Use Moonfire Icon Moonfire.
  11. Use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite to refresh Rip Icon Rip or if you are close to killing the enemy.
  12. If you are not close to killing an enemy, refresh Rake Icon Rake.

7.2.3. Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use Shred Icon Shred or Moonfire Icon Moonfire to generate Combo Points.
  2. Maintain Rake Icon Rake on the target.
  3. Maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire on the target.
  4. Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth for the Bloodtalons Icon Bloodtalons buff.
  5. Use Rip Icon Rip at 5 Combo Points.
  6. Use Ferocious Bite Icon Ferocious Bite to refresh Rip Icon Rip and for single target pressure.

7.3. Defensive Techniques

Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts is your main defensive cooldown. If the enemy team is starting to focus you, it is important for you to use this before you get stunned. Stuns are the biggest weakness for Feral Druids, so be cautious when playing against teams with multiple stuns. Use this only when you need to, so do not use it too early.

Bear Form Icon Bear Form is another great ability Feral Druids have. When you see incoming damage on you, it is a good idea to use Bear Form Icon Bear Form. When using the Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity talent, you get great defensive abilities such as Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration. This is best used when the enemy has used their cooldowns and your team is trying to stabilize your health.

Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots is a great ability when playing against melee. You can use this to help you or your teammates get distance between them and an enemy.

Feral Druid mobility also helps with survivability. Dash Icon Dash can be used when running after enemies or when you are in trouble. If you are not slowed or rooted, this is effective for kiting enemies.

Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge will mostly be used to catch up to an enemy. However, when you are in caster form, it allows you to fly to a nearby ally or leap forward when in Travel Form Icon Travel Form.

Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar, just like Dash Icon Dash, will mostly be used to run after enemies. If you are being focused, use this to get away from the enemy team.

8. Best Team Compositions for Feral Druids

Now that you have the correct talents and understand your damage rotation, it is time to step into the arena with your team. With spells like Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle, great mobility, and multiple charges of Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts, Feral Druids have a very aggressive playstyle, but can also play defensively with Bear Form Icon Bear Form.

8.1. 2v2 Arena

In 2v2 Arena, you have a few options. Your primary goal is to force multiple defensive cooldowns without using Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle. You need to be swapping from player to player and maintaining multiple bleeds on them.When you finally force multiple cooldowns or trinket, you can use your burst rotation.

Here is a list of the best team compositions for 2v2:

  • Feral Druid + Holy Paladin;
  • Feral Druid + Restoration Shaman;
  • Feral Druid + Mistweaver Monk;
  • Feral Druid + Discipline Priest.

8.2. 3v3 Arena

Your role in 3v3 is similar to 2v2 Arena. Your teammate can use their burst rotation whenever they want, but you should save Incarnation: King of the Jungle Icon Incarnation: King of the Jungle for when your team has forced multiple defensives. Keep swapping between targets to maintain your bleeds on them. If a team tries to swap to you, make sure to use Bear Form Icon Bear Form and kite away from players using their burst rotation. It is important to note that your Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash ability has a 13-yard range. This means you do not have to be in melee range to use it and it is also additional mobility.

Here is a list of the best team compositions for 3v3:

  • FLS (Feral Druid + Affliction Warlock + Restoration Shaman);
  • Jungle (Feral Druid + Marksmanship Hunter + Discipline Priest);
  • Ebola (Feral Druid + Frost Death Knight + Holy Paladin).

9. Useful Macros for Feral Druids

Macros are crucial to be successful in PvP. They allow players to use abilities on enemies without having to target them. This helps increase overall damage/healing and general awareness in the arena. Here are a few macros that all Feral Druids can benefit from.

9.1. Entangling Roots Focus Macro

  • #showtooltip Entangling Roots
  • /cast [target=focus] Entangling Roots

If you find that you do not have much room on your actionbars, you can use a focus macro. This is much simpler to use than the arena123 macro. Put an enemy on focus and this macro will cast Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots on that player while you are still focused on your target.

9.2. Skull Bash Focus Macro

  • #showtooltip Skull Bash
  • /cast [target=focus] Skull Bash

This macro will use Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash on whichever enemy you have on focus. Because you will be primarily using Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash on the enemy healer, you should only need this focus macro.

9.3. Remove Corruption Macro

  • #showtooltip Remove Corruption
  • /cast [@PlayerNameHere, exists] Remove Corruption

This macro will use Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption on whichever teammate you put into the macro. It is recommended that you make a macro for both of your teammates.

9.4. Mighty Bash Focus Macro

  • #showtooltip Mighty Bash
  • /cast [target=focus] Mighty Bash

This macro will use Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash on whichever enemy you have on focus. Because you will be primarily using Mighty Bash on the enemy healer, you should only need this focus macro.

10. Changelog

  • 08 Oct. 2018: Added talent table.
  • 02 Oct. 2018: Removed PvP Gear and War Mode sections.
  • 27 Sep. 2018: Removed Artifact Traits section.
    • Removed Relics section.
    • Added Azerite Traits section.
  • 12 Sep. 2018: Corrected racial bonuses section.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Updated Stat Priority description.
  • 27 Aug. 2018: Updated Air Drops section.
  • 21 Aug. 2018: Updated guide for patch 8.0.1.
    • Updated Introduction and spec overview.
    • Added Stat priority.
    • Updated tier 3 regular talent.
    • Added PvP (War Mode) talents and gear sections for the new BfA system.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses section.
    • Updated Burst Damage and Sustained Damage sections.
    • Updated Macros section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Updated Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 05 Jun. 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 03 Apr. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 24 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.5.
  • 12 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.2, so only made the following updates:
    • Updated "About The Author" section.
    • Changed recommended Tier 5 honor talents.
  • 13 Sep. 2017: Several updates were made to the guide.
    • Changed recommended Tier 5 regular talents.
    • Updated burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 09 Sep. 2017: Performed several updates to the guide.
    • Removed Artifact Trait descriptions.
    • Changed recommended Tier 6 regular talents.
    • Changed recommended Tier 5 honor talents.
    • Updated burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 01 Jul. 2017: Changed recommendation for Tier 4 honor talent.
  • 13 Apr. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 07 Mar. 2017: Guide was created.
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