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Guardian Druid Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 00:00 by Pumps 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) 8.3.

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

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 Gibbering Maw Icon Gibbering Maw Ra-den the DespoiledNy'alotha
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Great Convergence Icon Pauldrons of the Great Convergence N'Zoth the CorruptorNy'alotha
Cloak Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Legendary Cloak
Chest Darkheart Robe Icon Darkheart Robe VexionaNy'alotha
Wrists Bracers of Dark Prophecy Icon Bracers of Dark Prophecy The Prophet SkitraNy'alotha
Gloves Chitinspine Gloves Icon Chitinspine Gloves The HivemindNy'alotha
Belt Belt of Braided Vessels Icon Belt of Braided Vessels Il'gynoth, Corruption RebornNy'alotha
Legs Macabre Ritual Pants Icon Macabre Ritual Pants The Prophet SkitraNy'alotha
Boots Corpuscular Leather Greaves Icon Corpuscular Leather Greaves Carapace of N'ZothNy'alotha
Ring #1 Ring of Cosmic Potential Icon Ring of Cosmic Potential N'Zoth the CorruptorNy'alotha
Ring #2 Ring of Collective Consciousness Icon Ring of Collective Consciousness The HivemindNy'alotha
Trinket #1 Void-Twisted Titanshard Icon Void-Twisted Titanshard Ra-den the DespoiledNy'alotha
Trinket #2 Vita-Charged Titanshard Icon Vita-Charged Titanshard Ra-den the DespoiledNy'alotha
Weapon Qwor N'lyeth Icon Qwor N'lyeth The HivemindNy'alotha
Weapon 2 An'zig Vra Icon An'zig Vra MautNy'alotha
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.

Corrupted Gear

For general information about Corrupted gear, please visit our Corrupted Items page.

These are the strong corruption bonuses for Guardian Druid:

Outside of these, all the secondary stat procs are good value for us and it will heavily depend on the amount of corruption resistance that you have available in deciding what items will be best for you.

4.

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. Void-Twisted Titanshard Icon Void-Twisted Titanshard
  4. Vita-Charged Titanshard Icon Vita-Charged Titanshard
  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

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
5.

Operation: Mechagon Gear

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

  • Pocket-Sized Computation Device Icon Pocket-Sized Computation Device - This trinket is extremely powerful for increasing your damage output, in combination with the Red Punchcard Cyclotronic Blast Icon Cyclotronic Blast this is one of the best trinkets in the game. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3, added new BiS List.
  • 01 Oct. 2019: Updated BiS list and added benthic boots.
  • 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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