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Guardian Druid Tank Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 10:56 by Vlad 168 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Guardian Druids. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Justwait, a top tank who raids in Method. You can also watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

For the first 35 Artifact points, the Guardian Druid Artifact progression path is mostly straightforward, but there is one to choice to be made at a certain point.

1.1. Shared Path

The first part of the progression path is the same no matter what choice you make later on. You will aim to go for  Icon Embrace of the Nightmare as your first golden trait, by choosing the following traits, in order.

  1.  Icon Rage of the Sleeper
  2.  Icon Iron Claws
  3.  Icon Vicious Bites
  4.  Icon Wildflesh
  5.  Icon Bear Hug
  6.  Icon Perpetual Spring
  7.  Icon Bloody Paws
  8.  Icon Jagged Claws
  9.  Icon Embrace of the Nightmare

1.2. Adaptive Fur Versus Gory Fur

At this point, you will need to choose if you want to unlock  Icon Adaptive Fur or  Icon Gory Fur as your second golden trait. We recommend Adaptive Fur, as going down this path is quicker. However, Gory Fur provides a greater survivability increase.

If you are going for  Icon Adaptive Fur, simply take  Icon Reinforced Fur and then Adaptive Fur.

If you are going for  Icon Gory Fur, then take  Icon Sharpened Instincts,  Icon Ursoc's Endurance, and then Gory Fur.

Regardless of your choice, your next step should be to take the golden trait that you chose not to take first.

Once you have unlocked the first 3 golden traits, all that is left is to take any remaining traits up to the new traits added in Patch 7.2.

  1.  Icon Bestial Fortitude
  2.  Icon Mauler and  Icon Roar of the Crowd
  3.  Icon Ursoc's Bond

1.3. Patch 7.2 Traits

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

For the traits added in Patch 7.2, you should follow this order:

  1. Fortitude of the Cenarion Circle Icon Fortitude of the Cenarion Circle
  2. Scintillating Moonlight Icon Scintillating Moonlight
  3. Fleshknitting Icon Fleshknitting
  4. Pawsitive Outlook Icon Pawsitive Outlook
  5.  Icon Jagged Claws
  6.  Icon Vicious Bites
  7.  Icon Ursoc's Endurance
  8.  Icon Wildflesh
  9.  Icon Bestial Fortitude,  Icon Perpetual Spring,  Icon Reinforced Fur,  Icon Mauler, and  Icon Sharpened Instincts, in any order
  10. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which Relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between Relics that grant the same item level, you should choose based on the traits that they enhance.

2.1. Single Target

2.1.1. With Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc

  1.  Icon Jagged Claws (+19 item levels);
  2.  Icon Vicious Bites (+6 item levels);
  3.  Icon Mauler (+4 item levels);
  4. Everything else (+0 item levels).

2.1.2. With Galactic Guardian

  1.  Icon Jagged Claws (+9 item levels);
  2.  Icon Vicious Bites (+7 item levels);
  3.  Icon Mauler (+4 item levels);
  4. Everything else (+0 item levels).

2.2. AoE

2.2.1. With Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc

  1.  Icon Jagged Claws (+32 item levels);
  2.  Icon Vicious Bites (+5 item levels);
  3.  Icon Mauler (+4 item levels);
  4. Everything else (+0 item levels).

2.2.2. With Galactic Guardian

  1.  Icon Jagged Claws (+18 item levels);
  2.  Icon Vicious Bites (+6 item levels);
  3.  Icon Mauler (+5 item levels);
  4. Everything else (+0 item levels).

3. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Sep. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 16 Dec. 2016: Removed a mention of Relics that enhance Roar of the Crowd, since none actually exist.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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