Guardian Druid Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 21, 2022 at 22:42 by Pumps 18 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 9.2.

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 Signet of Collapsing Stars Icon Signet of Collapsing Stars Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
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 Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
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 Ticking Sack of Terror Icon Ticking Sack of Terror Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Trinket Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction Plaguefall
Weapon Xav's Pike of Authority Icon Xav's Pike of Authority Theater of Pain
3.1.

Tazavesh Items in Patch 9.2

The Tazavesh, the Veiled Market mega-dungeon is now available as two separate Mythic+ dungeons and hosts a few particularly strong trinkets for us to farm or look out for in the Great Vault.

  1. Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique
  2. Ticking Sack of Terror Icon Ticking Sack of Terror
  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.

This section contains the best gear to look for in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid. It does not include anything from outside sources, so with some drops you have access to you might have better choices. This list prioritizes the highest item level gear possible and the Architect's Aligner Icon Guardian Druid 4-Piece tier set bonuses.

Slot Item Source
Head Headpiece of the Fixed Stars Icon Headpiece of the Fixed Stars Anduin Wrynn
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Shoulderpads of the Fixed Stars Icon Shoulderpads of the Fixed Stars Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread
Chest Chestguard of the Fixed Stars Icon Chestguard of the Fixed Stars Rygelon
Wrists Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Icon Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener
Gloves Grasps of Abducted Fate Icon Grasps of Abducted Fate Lords of Dread
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer
Legs Leggings of the Fixed Stars Icon Leggings of the Fixed Stars Halondrus the Reclaimer
Boots Treads of Titanic Curiosity Icon Treads of Titanic Curiosity Rygelon
Ring #1 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon
Ring #2 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid Vigilant Guardian
Trinket #1 The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil Prototype Pantheon
Trinket #2 Cache of Acquired Treasures Icon Cache of Acquired Treasures Artificer Xy'mox
Weapon Zovastrum, the Unmaking Icon Zovastrum, the Unmaking The Jailer
5.

Guardian Druid Tier Set in Patch 9.2

Within the new Sepulcher of the First Ones raid in Patch 9.2, every class will once again earn pieces of a gear set that is uniquely class-themed with its own two- and four-piece bonuses for every specialization. You can also acquire tier set pieces from the Great Vault in all 3 categories (Raid/M+/PvP). For Guardian Druids, these set bonuses are:

This tier set bonus is extremely strong for Guardian Druids, largely boosting their AoE DPS and initial threat generation that has been an issue for all of Shadowlands. The ability to spam Thrash Icon Thrash for 4-5 seconds after each Barkskin Icon Barkskin in addition to the pulsating AoE makes picking up mobs much easier. If you would like to know more about how the tier set bonus plays into our rotation, check out the rotation page linked below.

It is important to get the 4-piece bonus in any item slots you can but once you have all 5, the optimal 4 pieces to equip will be Head, Chest, Shoulders and Legs, as there are higher item level gloves from the raid.

5.1.

Creation Catalyst

The Creation Catalyst is a new feature in 9.2 that allows you to convert any Season 3 piece into Tier while retaining item level, socket and tertiary perks. This can help you to further optimize your gear similar to the old reforging system.

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.

6.1.

Domination Sockets

Domination Shards no longer work for any content outside of The Maw, Korthia, and Torghast. These are now able to be largely ignored for any relevant content in Patch 9.2.

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 Tier set bonus slot. 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. Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals
  6. The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil
  7. Pocket Protoforge Icon Pocket Protoforge
  8. Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device
  9. 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

  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for the launch of Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 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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