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Guardian Druid Tank Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 20, 2018 at 19:30 by Faide 18 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid tank guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Guardian Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Faide, a Guardian Druid theorycrafter, moderator for the Dreamgrove Druid discord, and owner of Dreamgrove.gg, a Druid community website. He raids in Synergy on Bleeding Hollow US. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Guardian Druid is a sturdy tank that manages damage intake through having strong passive reductions, a large health pool, increased healing received from Mastery, and a stackable active mitigation. While Guardians may take more damage than other tanks, this is offset by their increased healing received. They bring good utility to raid groups and are an excellent raid tank.

Guardian Druids excel against encounters where a large majority of incoming damage is Physical or Melee damage.

This guide focuses specifically on Guardian Druid. As such, the more general aspects of tanking will not be covered here. If you'd like to learn more about tanking in general, we recommend you read our tanking guide.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Guardian Druid

2.1. Added/Removed Spells

  • Rage of the Sleeper has been removed.
  • All artifact traits associated with the artifact weapon have been removed.
  • Guttural Roars has been replaced with Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash.
  • Hibernate Icon Hibernate has been added.
  • Soothe Icon Soothe has been added.

2.2. Changed Spells

  • Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration has been changed to heal for a fixed amount rather than scaling with incoming damage, and has had its cooldown increased from 24 seconds to 36 seconds.
  • Ironfur Icon Ironfur now grants a portion of Agility, rather than base Armor, as Armor. Additionally, Ironfur's base duration has been increased to 7 seconds (up from 6 seconds).
  • Bear Form Icon Bear Form now grants 220% more Armor (up from 200%) and 45% more Stamina (down from 55%).
  • Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian has had its chance to proc reduced to 5% (down from 7%.)
  • Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity now increases spell range by 3 yards (down from 5 yards).
  • Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar has had its range increased to 15 yards (up from 10 yards).
  • Rebirth Icon Rebirth now costs 30 Rage (up from 10 Rage).
  • Bristling Fur Icon Bristling Fur, Dash Icon Dash, Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge, Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration, Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Icon Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc, are now subject to the global cooldown.
  • Many abilities have had their underlying damage formula changed to scale with both Weapon Damage and Attack Power.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

4. Changelog

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