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Guardian Druid Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 03, 2017 at 09:13 by Vlad 182 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Guardian Druids. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Guardian Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Justwait, a top tank who raids in Method. You can also watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Tier 21 Set Bonuses

The 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus is fairly good, and it is worth using when you have high enough item level gear, while the 4-piece bonus is weak and should only be taken if your set items are much better than any off-set items you may have.

In fact, the tier 20 Set Bonuses are actually so good for you that you should keep the 4-piece well into the new Antorus raid tier, until you have high very good items for the 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus. At that time, you can get rid of the 4-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus and just keep the 2-piece together with the 2-piece of Tier 21. Using a 4+2-piece combination is not feasible since some legendary items, such as the chest, are too good to give up.

2. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Purely for maximising survivability, use the following ranking.

  1. Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds Icon Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds
  2. Soul of the Archdruid Icon Soul of the Archdruid
  3. Dual Determination Icon Dual Determination
  4. Skysec's Hold Icon Skysec's Hold
  5. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  6. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  7. Elize's Everlasting Encasement Icon Elize's Everlasting Encasement (note that this is particularly powerful if you have taken the Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear talent)
  8. Oakheart's Puny Quods Icon Oakheart's Puny Quods

For increasing your damage output, use the following ranking.

  1. Luffa Wrappings Icon Luffa Wrappings
  2. Fury of Nature Icon Fury of Nature (if there is AoE potential)
  3. Elize's Everlasting Encasement Icon Elize's Everlasting Encasement
  4. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  5. Soul of the Archdruid Icon Soul of the Archdruid
  6. Fury of Nature Icon Fury of Nature (single target)
  7. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote
  8. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret

3. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Balance/Feral/Restoration Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Balance/Feral/Restoration Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Blood Death Knight Druids, Vengeance Demon Hunters, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

4. ChangeLog

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  • 03 Dec. 2017: Updated set bonus recommendations.
  • 07 Jul. 2017: Updated the survivability legendary ranking.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated Set Bonus and legendary item recommendations.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Slightly updated the survivability legendary ranking.
  • 22 Jan. 2017: Added Archimonde's Hatred Reborn legendary trinket to legendary item rankings.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation, and updated the legendary rankings.
  • 16 Dec. 2016: Added a mention that Darkmoon Deck: Immortality is currently the best trinket, and re-ordered the legendary item ranking slightly.
  • 19 Sep. 2016: Updated pre-raid trinket mentions slightly.
  • 09 Sep. 2016: Added BiS list.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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