Guardian Druid Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 18:50 by Pumps 13 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Guardian Druid in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Feral Tank Druid gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing Early in Shadowlands

The best loot in the game will come from the weekly chest (now the Great Vault), and from Mythic raiding. Prior to the raid being released you can do your daily Covenant quests which can reward some good gear, Mythic 0 dungeons, or even Heroic dungeons to increase your item level early on.

2.

Dungeon Gear Recommmendations for Guardian Druids

The following is a recommendation for what items might constitute a best in slot list for Guardian Druids with items purely available from dungeons. The majority of your gearing decisions will be based off what items have the best stats on them. To fully understand what stats are the best to prioritize and why, please visit the Stats page linked below.

Slot Item Source
Head Vicious Surge Faceguard Icon Vicious Surge Faceguard Spires of Ascension
Neck Azure-Venom Choker Icon Azure-Venom Choker Spires of Ascension
Shoulders Malodorous Gristle-Sown Spaulders Icon Malodorous Gristle-Sown Spaulders Plaguefall
Cloak Blighted Margrave's Cloak Icon Blighted Margrave's Cloak Plaguefall
Chest Anima-Splattered Hide Icon Anima-Splattered Hide Sanguine Depths
Wrists Radiant Light Binders Icon Radiant Light Binders Sanguine Depths
Gloves Gloves of Haunting Fixation Icon Gloves of Haunting Fixation Halls of Atonement
Belt Shadowhirl Waistwrap Icon Shadowhirl Waistwrap Spires of Ascension
Legs Abyssal Disharmony Breeches Icon Abyssal Disharmony Breeches Spires of Ascension
Boots Viscera-Stitched Footpads Icon Viscera-Stitched Footpads The Necrotic Wake
Ring #1 Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet The Necrotic Wake
Ring #2 Ritual Commander's Ring Icon Ritual Commander's Ring The Necrotic Wake
Trinket #1 Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale De Other Side
Trinket #2 Overcharged Anima Battery Icon Overcharged Anima Battery Spires of Ascension
Weapon Xav's Pike of Authority Icon Xav's Pike of Authority Theater of Pain
3.

Best Mythic+ Pieces to Upgrade with Valor

Patch 9.0.5 brought the ability to upgrade Mythic+ gear with Valor points.

Below is a small list of the some of the best Mythic+ items that can use your Valor points on to upgrade.

Slot Item Source
Trinket Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale De Other Side
Trinket Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device De Other Side
Trinket Overcharged Anima Battery Icon Overcharged Anima Battery De Other Side
Trinket Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction Plaguefall
Weapon Xav's Pike of Authority Icon Xav's Pike of Authority Theater of Pain
Legs Abyssal Disharmony Breeches Icon Abyssal Disharmony Breeches Spires of Ascension
4.

Castle Nathria Recommmendations for Guardian Druids

Below is a guideline of which items to seek from Castle Nathria.

Slot Item Source
Head Sadist's Sinister Mask Icon Sadist's Sinister Mask Sire Denathrius
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor
Shoulders Wicked Flanker's Gorget Icon Wicked Flanker's Gorget Stone Legion Generals
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals
Chest Miasma-Lacquered Jerkin Icon Miasma-Lacquered Jerkin Hungering Destroyer
Wrists Precisely Calibrated Chronometer Icon Precisely Calibrated Chronometer Artificer Xy'Mox
Gloves Bleakwing Assassin's Grips Icon Bleakwing Assassin's Grips Sun King's Salvation
Belt Heedless Pugilist's Harness Icon Heedless Pugilist's Harness Sludgefist
Legs Volatile Shadestitch Legguards Icon Volatile Shadestitch Legguards Hungering Destroyer
Boots Enchanted Toe-Tappers Icon Enchanted Toe-Tappers The Council of Blood
Ring #1 Hyperlight Band Icon Hyperlight Band Artificer Xy'Mox
Ring #2 Ritualist's Treasured Ring Icon Ritualist's Treasured Ring Lady Inerva Darkvein
Trinket #1 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius
Trinket #2 Hateful Chain Icon Hateful Chain Sludgefist
Weapon Mystic Anima Spherule Icon Mystic Anima Spherule Sire Denathrius
5.

Enchants and Gems

Whenever you get a new piece of gear, make sure to enchant it or gem it, if possible. In Shadowlands, sockets can come with or be put on: Head, Belt, Wrists, Rings, and Necks. The optimal enchants and gems for Guardian Druids can be found in the page linked below.

6.

Legendary Powers Guardian Druids

Shadowlands brings us multiple choices as to which item slot we would like to apply the unique legendary powers to, sometimes this can be quite significant as some item slots have different stat weights applied to them or some can be socketed. Choosing the right item slot to apply your special legendary power to can generally be the piece with the highest stat budget. You can check out our guide on Runecarving to learn more about this new feature.

Below is an in-depth guide for all the information you will need to decide which are the best legendary powers for you.

7.

Trinkets for Guardian Druids

The following is a list of the most noteworthy trinkets available overall, ranked in order of power assuming equivalent item level. If you do not have any of these, your best bet will be to use a stat proc trinket with a reasonably high item level.

  1. Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale
  2. Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel
  3. Hateful Chain Icon Hateful Chain
  4. Sanguine Vintage Icon Sanguine Vintage
  5. Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry
  6. Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device
  7. Shadowgrasp Totem Icon Shadowgrasp Totem
  8. Overcharged Anima Battery Icon Overcharged Anima Battery

Offensively, you can refer to the chart below (courtesy of Bloodmallet.com). Note that these are only recommendations based on general sims; for the most accurate results, you should sim yourself.

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
8.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor upgrade suggestions.
  • 31 Dec. 2020: Added Raid BiS and updated Trinkets.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands, added trinkets and gear from dungeons.
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