Guardian Druid Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 18:41 by Pumps 17 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 9.1.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC 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 Recommendations 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
3.1.

Tazavesh Items in Patch 9.1

The new mega-dungeon introduces new items at a base item level of 226, or 233 if completed on the hard-mode difficulty. Due to the inability to upgrade them, they are mostly sidegrades or great for alts and catch up items for people coming back.

One exception to this however is the quest item to access hard-mode, the Passably-Forged Credentials Icon Passably-Forged Credentials neck. The proc here activates anywhere, and is extremely powerful to the point of outdoing even max item level options, so it should be used if you have access to it.

Tazavesh, the Veiled Market also brings some unique and powerful trinkets that will be great to pick up early.

  1. Ticking Sack of Terror Icon Ticking Sack of Terror
  2. Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique
  3. So'leah's Secret Technique Icon So'leah's Secret Technique
  4. Miniscule Mailemental in an Envelope Icon Miniscule Mailemental in an Envelope
4.

Patch 9.1 Domination Sockets

Patch 9.1 introduces the Domination socket system, with unique slots that can have Shards applied to them that are acquired within the Sanctum of Domination raid. For Leather, these are present on Helms, Shoulders, Chests, Gloves, and Boots acquired within the raid and are something you should aim to get all 5 of.

Your priority for Shards in Raids is in the following order:

  1. Complete the Blood gem set bonus, requiring a Shard of Bek Icon Shard of Bek, Shard of Jas Icon Shard of Jas and Shard of Rev Icon Shard of Rev. This bonus also requires you to have a Domination Socket Chest to activate.
  2. Fill out your 4th and 5th slots with Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz and Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor gems from the Unholy and Frost types respectively.

Your priority for Shards in Mythic+ is different because the set bonus is not active inside Mythic+ and therefore shifts the order to focus on the 5 overall strongest gems of each set:

  1. Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor
  2. Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz
  3. Shard of Kyr Icon Shard of Kyr
  4. Shard of Bek Icon Shard of Bek
  5. Shard of Zed Icon Shard of Zed

If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:

5.

This section contains the best gear to look for in the Sanctum of Domination raid. It does not include anything from outside sources, so with some drops you have access to you might have better choices.

Of note is the Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call Icon Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call weapon that has a unique on-use effect, granting a large amount of all secondary stats for 30 seconds. This shares a cooldown with trinkets and is an extremely strong option if synced with Berserk Icon Berserk and Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits.

Slot Item Source
Head Cap of Writhing Malevolence Icon Cap of Writhing Malevolence Remnant of Ner'zhul
Neck Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad
Shoulders Spaulders of the Crooked Confidant Icon Spaulders of the Crooked Confidant Kel'Thuzad
Cloak Self-Replicating Tissue Icon Self-Replicating Tissue Guardian of the First Ones
Chest Witherheart Studded Breastplate Icon Witherheart Studded Breastplate Sylvanas Windrunner
Wrists Fate-Threaded Bindings Icon Fate-Threaded Bindings Fatescribe Roh-Kalo
Gloves Hangman's Knotbinders Icon Hangman's Knotbinders Painsmith Raznal
Belt Windrunner's Baldric Icon Windrunner's Baldric Sylvanas Windrunner
Legs Elite Aranakk Breeches Icon Elite Aranakk Breeches Kel'Thuzad
Boots Trenchant Warmonger Treads Icon Trenchant Warmonger Treads Soulrender Dormazain
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring #2 Oscillating Ouroboros Icon Oscillating Ouroboros Fatescribe Roh-Kalo
Trinket #1 Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix Guardian of the First Ones
Trinket #2 Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis The Nine
Weapon Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call Icon Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call The Nine
6.

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.

7.

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 that does not conflict with a Domination Socket. 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.

8.

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. Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix
  2. Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis
  3. Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale
  4. Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction
  5. Salvaged Fusion Amplifier Icon Salvaged Fusion Amplifier
  6. Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device
  7. Ticking Sack of Terror Icon Ticking Sack of Terror

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
9.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Added Domination Shards and sockets.
  • 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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