Guardian Druid Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 11, 2019 at 07:00 by Faide 25 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.

1. Best in Slot List for Guardian Druids

The following is a recommendation for what items might constitute a best in slot list for Guardian Druids. Bear in mind that due to Warforging/Titanforging, you may have items that are stronger than the ones listed simply due to their higher item level.

Slot Item Source
Head Shroud of Unmooring Whispers Icon Shroud of Unmooring Whispers Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alothaThe Eternal Palace
Shoulders Shoulderpads of Frothing Rage Icon Shoulderpads of Frothing Rage Radiance of AzsharaThe Eternal Palace
Cloak Cloak of Ill Tidings Icon Cloak of Ill Tidings Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alothaThe Eternal Palace
Chest Tunic of the Sycophant Icon Tunic of the Sycophant The Queen's CourtThe Eternal Palace
Wrists Ori's Tidal Wristwraps Icon Ori's Tidal Wristwraps Benthic Armor
Gloves Poen's Deepsea Grips Icon Poen's Deepsea Grips Benthic Armor
Belt Vim's Scalecrusher Clasp Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Clasp Benthic Armor
Legs Leggings of the Stormborn Icon Leggings of the Stormborn Radiance of AzsharaThe Eternal Palace
Boots Ardent Worshipper's Boots Icon Ardent Worshipper's Boots The Queen's CourtThe Eternal Palace
Ring #1 Cursed Lover's Ring Icon Cursed Lover's Ring Queen AzsharaThe Eternal Palace
Ring #2 Boralus Noble's Seal Icon Boralus Noble's Seal Lady AshvaneThe Eternal Palace
Trinket #1 Bloodthirsty Urchin Icon Bloodthirsty Urchin Lady AshvaneThe Eternal Palace
Trinket #2 Edicts of the Faithless Icon Edicts of the Faithless The Queen's CourtThe Eternal Palace
Weapon Aqua-Pulse Trident Icon Aqua-Pulse Trident OrgozoaThe Eternal Palace

2. Azerite Gear for Guardian Druids

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.

3. Trinkets for Guardian Druids

Defensively, there are several trinkets available that have particularly strong effects. The following is a list of the most noteworthy trinkets available, 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. Bloodthirsty Urchin Icon Bloodthirsty Urchin
  2. Edicts of the Faithless Icon Edicts of the Faithless
  3. Chain of Suffering Icon Chain of Suffering
  4. Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption Icon Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption
  5. Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism Icon Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism
  6. Harlan's Loaded Dice Icon Harlan's Loaded Dice
  7. Lurker's Insidious Gift Icon Lurker's Insidious Gift
  8. Lustrous Golden Plumage Icon Lustrous Golden Plumage
  9. Azerokk's Resonating Heart Icon Azerokk's Resonating Heart
  10. Ascended Alchemist Stone Icon Ascended Alchemist Stone
  11. Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power

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

4. Benthic Armor for Guardian Druid

In some cases, Benthic Armor is far more powerful offensively than other gear of equal item level, due to the effects present on the pieces. Here are some of the most powerful Benthic Armor pieces.

5. Operation: Mechagon Gear

Operation: Mechagon has a few pieces of noteworthy loot as well:

  • Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Icon Wraps of Electrostatic Potential - The bonus effect on these bracers makes up for the lack of secondary stats in terms of damage. Unfortunately, the Benthic armor in the Wrist slot not only has a very competitive bonus effect, but also comes with secondary stats, meaning this piece is not very desirable. Defensively, you will want to use a different item that has secondaries.
  • Pocket-Sized Computation Device Icon Pocket-Sized Computation Device - This trinket is customizable using Punchcards that are obtained from various content. Some of the Red Punchcards grant powerful effects for tanking, such as Trajectory Analysis Icon Trajectory Analysis and Subroutine: Defragmentation Icon Subroutine: Defragmentation. The Yellow cards contain flat secondary stat bonuses, and you should try to obtain stats that suit your preference for DPS or survivability (refer to the Stats page for more information). The Blue cards have unique utility or flavor effects that do not affect combat performance.
  • The Logic Loop/Bit Band ring combinations provide minor bonus effects, some of which are good for tanking if obtained at competitive item levels. Strong combinations for Guardian include Logic Loop of Maintenance Icon Logic Loop of Maintenance/Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion and Protecting Bit Band Icon Protecting Bit Band.

6. Changelog

  • 11 Jul. 2019: Added section for Operation: Mechagon.
  • 07 Jul. 2019: Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 20 Jan. 2019: Updated for Mythic+ Season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 04 Sep. 2018: Updated for Uldir raid release.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Added Luffa Wrappings, and updated some numbers for the stat squish.
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