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Guardian Druid Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jun 18, 2020 at 13:53 by Pumps 26 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Guardian Druid in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Feral Tank Druid guide.

1.

Guardian Druid 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. They are an excellent sponge tank and once you have acquired enough gear they are mostly self-sufficient with a unique playstyle unlike any class. They bring good utility to raid and Mythic+ groups as a 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.

Shadowlands Changes for Druids

We are maintaining a list of changes for Druids for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Guardian Druid

The chances to Guardian were not huge in Patch 8.3, but you can take a look at the list of Druid changes below.

In addition, we have:

4.

Guardian Druid's Strengths

  • Strong passive damage reductions
  • High Health pool for stable damage intake
  • Stackable, no-cooldown active mitigation in Ironfur Icon Ironfur
  • Good raid utility in Rebirth Icon Rebirth and Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar
  • Able to perform flexible hybrid duties through the affinity talents
5.

Guardian Druid's Weaknesses

  • Has to sacrifice significant amounts of survivability to be competitive
  • Weak self-sustain leads to a heavy reliance on healers
  • Poor magic damage mitigation
6.

Guardian Druid Viability in the Current Patch

After receiving numerous buffs in the previous patch and now scaling into the final tier of the expansion, Guardian is in a very competitive state in both raids and dungeons. Their defensive power has been boosted quite significantly by the amount of Agility and secondary stats we will be acquiring, increasing Armor gained from Ironfur Icon Ironfur greatly and raising our dodge to levels above 50% passively, making Druid one of the most stable and fun to play tanks in the game in 8.3. Guardian is shaping up to be one of the top tanks in both Mythic+ and Raids alike.

Self-sustain is still a weak point for Guardian; even with the significant buff to Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration's healing capacity, it is still on the global cooldown and therefore difficult to use as an emergency heal. As our health pool increases, this is becoming less of an issue.

7.

Changelog

  • 18 Jun. 2020 (talents page): Minor update to pvp talents and Pulverize.
  • 20 May 2020 (Corruption page): Updated page for Echoes Corruption Vendor.
  • 08 Apr. 2020 (gear page): Updated BiS List and trinket list, added link to Corruption page.
  • 08 Apr. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated raid tips and builds for Ny'alotha.
  • 08 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Added page.
  • 01 Apr. 2020 (rotation page): Minor Update to Catweaving rotation.
  • 25 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated Raid tips for Ny'alotha.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for 8.3, added new Season 4 essences and information.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for 8.3, changed Roaring speed to Freedom of the Herd.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated Essences for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.3 and added Gouged Eye of N'Zoth, Wild Mending potion and permanent augment.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3, all setups adjusted for new essences and Worldvein.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3, added new BiS List.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3, added Heart of Darkness and new Azerite armour.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Guide updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Edited talent trees and essences for all bosses.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (how to improve page): Minor update to maximimizing damage output.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (spells page): Pumps' first edit: general wording and added Power of the Moon trait.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Pumps's first edit: changed Talent trees, updated Soul of the Forest and Galactic Guardian.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (simulations page): Extra notes added to sims.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Pumps' first edit: reorganized Azerite section.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (easy mode page): Changed The Crucible of Flame to Concentrated Flame
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (gear page): Updated BiS list and added benthic boots.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (Essences page): Large reorganization of essences.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (easy mode page): Pumps' first edit: Changed stat priority and essences.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (FAQ page): Added Kul tiran racials and updated for 8.2.5
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (rotation page): Minor wording, mainly mastery fix.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (mythic+ page): Minor reorganization.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (this page): Pumps' first edit: first paragraph intro, added self-sufficiency.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (stats page): Minor stat priority change.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (enchants page): Added Unbridled Fury potion.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added several more tips for bosses based on post-launch observations and experience.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added information about the Conflict and Strife Azerite essence to the PvP talent section.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added further updates for viability and Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added further updates for Season 3.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Changed enchant recommendations to reflect updated stat information.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added section for Operation: Mechagon.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3, including information about Beguiling.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 27 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Updated rankings with post-patch observations.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 13 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Reviewed tips and talents after raid release.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (talents page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (stats page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (this page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor guide for Guardian Druids.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2, including information about Reaping.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated viability section for Mythic+ Season 2.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 04 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated talent recommendations and utility spells.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added responses to questions about racials and viability.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Wild Charge global cooldown change.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 22 Nov. 2018 (this page): Added Strengths/Weaknesses and Viability sections.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait priorities and added a Gearing section.
  • 13 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated all bosses with information after Heroic week.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Uldir raid release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated several traits for raid release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Uldir raid release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ release.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Wild Fleshrending hotfixes and added a few notable non-Guardian traits.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Masterful Instincts.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added section for catweaving in execute.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Gory Regeneration nerfs.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth.
  • 25 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Updated Hibernate description.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added Luffa Wrappings, and updated some numbers for the stat squish.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (how to improve page): Added "Not Casting Enough" and "Facing Away From Enemies" mistakes.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Updated offensive stat priority based on new simulations.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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