Guardian Druid Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Pumps 4 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Guardian Druid leveling guide for Shadowlands Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Druid leveling guide.


Gear Options

The best gearing while levelling is quick and easy upgrades with the highest item level possible, stats are not relevant and the gear will be swiftly replaced as you go through the levels, so try not to go too out of your way for a single piece of gear while levelling.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1

Talents to Level Up as a Guardian Druid

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


Rotation to Level Up as a Guardian Druid

Due to Guardian being unlocked as a talent specialization at Level 10, you should make use of the abilities provided to you in the intro quests until you are presented with the option.

  1. Enter Bear Form Icon Bear Form.
  2. Cast Moonfire Icon Moonfire on the target.
  3. Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin on cooldown.
  4. Use Berserk Icon Berserk on cooldown, ideally against multiple enemies.
  5. Cast Thrash Icon Thrash on cooldown.
  6. Cast Mangle Icon Mangle on cooldown on 4 targets or fewer.
  7. Fill downtime with Swipe Icon Swipe.
  8. Spend Rage offensively against a single target with Maul Icon Maul.
  9. Spend Rage defensively with Ironfur Icon Ironfur.
  10. Use Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration if your health gets below 50%.
  11. Make sure to always be in Bear Form Icon Bear Form while in combat.

Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Guardian Druids

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Wrath Icon Wrath.

  1. Moonfire Icon Moonfire is a great damage over time effect that we can use to pull multiple mobs.
  2. Bear Form Icon Bear Form Bear form unlocks new bear abilities like Mangle Icon Mangle which is a powerful single target bear attack.
  3. Maul Icon Maul is one of your strongest hitting single target abilities at the cost of 40 rage.
  4. Thrash Icon Thrash should be used off cooldown to maintain the bleed debuff.
  5. Growl Icon Growl is your taunt ability, allowing you to take the monsters focus for a short period of time.
  6. Ironfur Icon Ironfur is your active mitigation spell, reducing the amount of physical damage you take significantly while active, it is also your main rage spender if you feel like you are taking too much damage.
  7. Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration is your main self healing ability, costs 10 rage and will heal you for 24% of your health.
  8. Swipe Icon Swipe is your spammable AoE filler spell and best for defeating multiple monsters at the same time.
  9. Barkskin Icon Barkskin is another excellent AoE tool in combination with your Level 15 talent Brambles Icon Brambles. The short cooldown is good for reducing damage taken while also increasing your damage.
  10. At Level 34, you unlock Berserk Icon Berserk. This is your biggest damage increasing cooldown, reducing the cooldown of Mangle Icon Mangle Thrash Icon Thrash and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration by 50%, allowing you to spam your best spells more frequently.

In addition to these baseline abilities, there are multiple passive effects that you unlock throughout the leveling process that are worth knowing about:

  • At Level 10 — Ursine Adept Icon Ursine Adept — Moonfire, Soothe, Remove Corruption and Rebirth are usable in Bear Form.
  • At Level 27 — Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide — Reduces all damage taken by 6%.
  • At Level 37 — Gore Icon GoreThrash Icon Thrash, Swipe Icon Swipe, Moonfire Icon Moonfire, and Maul Icon Maul have a 15% chance to reset the cooldown on Mangle Icon Mangle and cause it to generate an additional 4 Rage.
  • At Level 37 — Infected Wounds Icon Infected WoundsMangle Icon Mangle and Maul Icon Maul cause an infected wound in the target, reducing their movement speed by 50% for 12 seconds.
  • At Level 47 — Lightning Reflexes Icon Lightning Reflexes — You gain Dodge equal to 100% of your Critical Strike from gear.
  • At Level 52 — Regrowth Icon Regrowth — you gain rank 2 of this, which increases the Critical Strike chance of the initial heal by 40% if the target is already affected by Regrowth Icon Regrowth.
  • At Level 54 — Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration— you gain rank 3 of this which causes Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration to increase all healing received by 20% while active.
  • At Level 56 — Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots — you gain rank 2 of this, which increases the amount of damage targets affected by Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots can take before the root is broken.
  • At Level 58 — Berserk Icon Berserk — you gain rank 2 of this, which reduces the cooldown of Mangle Icon Mangle, Thrash Icon Thrash, Growl Icon Growl and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration by an additional 25%.

Guardian Druid War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will highlight the most useful War Mode PvP talents to speed up your levelling process.

  • Sharpened Claws Icon Sharpened Claws — Maul increases the damage done by your Swipe Icon Swipe and your Thrash Icon Thrash by 25% for 6 seconds, this is very significant damage increase while levelling as you can often maintain near 100% uptime.
  • Overrun Icon Overrun — Charge to an enemy, stunning them for 3 seconds and knocking back their allies within 15 yards. Just another charge adding more mobility to your toolkit allowing you to speed up levelling even more.
  • Raging Frenzy Icon Raging Frenzy — Your Frenzied Regeneration also generates 60 Rage over 3 seconds. This provides you with enormous amounts of rage allowing you to more comfortably deal damage with Maul Icon Maul and keep the Sharpened Claws Icon Sharpened Claws buff up easily.
  • Charging Bash Icon Charging Bash — Increases the range of your Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash by 10 yards. This is just a little more added mobility, increasing your interrupt range significantly which you can use to move around a bit easier.


Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60, we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Updated for levelling perks up to 60.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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