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Guardian Druid Tank Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 18, 2018 at 15:29 by Vlad 186 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Guardian Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, who has been a long-time leading tank who has competed for world first kills for 5 years. He is one of the casters for both last year's and this year's upcoming Mythic Dungeon invitational. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Guardian Druid tanks are currently fairly well balanced, being equipped to deal with any incoming damage types, be they Physical or magic. Guardian Druids offer a high amount of utility to any raid or dungeon group. They rely on their high health pools (boosted in part by their Mastery) and the increases to healing received that they benefit from. As such, they take more damage than other tanks, but also have the means to handle this damage and be healed up accordingly.

As a Guardian Druid, you are well suited for single target tanking and excel at AoE tanking.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects which are specific to Guardian Druids, and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement was slightly changed to now root the target and any enemies within 15 yards immediately, instead of spreading.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • Gore Icon Gore now also procs from Maul Icon Maul.
  • Mark of Ursol was removed.
  • Maul Icon Maul now costs 45 Rage (up from 20), no longer has a cooldown, is on the global cooldown, and deals considerably more damage.
  • Ironfur Icon Ironfur now provides 65% Armor, down from 80%.
  • Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian proc chance is now 7% (down from 10%).
  • Two new legendary items, Soul of the Archdruid Icon Soul of the Archdruid and Fury of Nature Icon Fury of Nature, have been added.

4. Patch 7.2 Changes

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 18 Mar. 2018 (gear page): Completely revamped the entire page, with most sections being entirely re-written.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (stats page): Revamped the entire page.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (rotation page): Made wide-ranging updates to the entire page.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (spells page): Updated Thrash and Gore sections, as well as the Cooldowns section.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Completely rewrote all sections.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (enchants page): Updated Gems and Consumables sections.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (addons page): Added a mention of Tidy Plates: Threat Plates.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Revamped the page significantly.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (artifact page): Significantly revamped relic priority.
  • 18 Mar. 2018 (easy mode page): Made many updates to the page to account for updates made to other parts of the guide.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Added a mention that Typhoon does not trigger Sephuz's Secret.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendations.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated Tier 5 talent suggestion.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 5 talent discussion.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Guardian Druid.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a small update to tier 1 talents.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the multiple target rotations slightly.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Made a small tweak to the priority to add Stamina and Agility.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Changed Blood Frenzy (tier 1) from recommended to situational and updated Mass Entanglement's description.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Updated the survivability legendary ranking.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (addons page): Added a WeakAura for tracking Frenzied Regeneration and removed outdated WeakAuras.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (stats page): Made a small tweak to the priority.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the single target rotation and the Pulverize mentions in all rotations. Removed Catweaving section (since it is now obsolete).
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Clarified that Soul of the Forest is now viable against a single target.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to account for updates made to other parts of the guide (stats, rotation, and talents).
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (this page): Added a mention that Maul is now on the global cooldown.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (enchants page): Added a mention that you can also use feasts to boost Stamina.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Fixed an issue where we incorrectly listed the amount of Armor provided by Ironfur.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Slight rewrites to account for the removal of Mark of Ursol in patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated Set Bonus and legendary item recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the page to account for the removal of Mark of Ursol and for changes to Maul in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to account for the removal of Mark of Ursol and for changes to Maul in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated the page to account for the removal of Mark of Ursol and for changes to Maul in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 23 May 2017 (enchants page): Added a mention of switching to Feral before eating in order to receive the Agility buff.
  • 22 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Clarified that Wild Charge when in Travel Form causes you to jump to the location of an ally, and not to fly to them.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Intimidating Roar description to account for changes made to it in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Slightly updated the survivability legendary ranking.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 14 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated description of Restoration Affinity to correctly reflect that it heals for 1.5% of maximum health per 5 seconds.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added Archimonde's Hatred Reborn legendary trinket to legendary item rankings.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (this page): Removed a mention of Displacer Beast being baseline for Guardian, since this is not the case.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated the description of Soul of the Forest following the official patch note release.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the rotation to include Pulverize usage, and made a mention of choosing Pulverize as the tier 7 talent.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation, and updated the legendary rankings.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated Mangle and Ironfur descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 and improved the tier 2, 5, 6, and 7 discussions.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added mentions of using Pulverize in the rotations, as well as making various updates to account for changes to abilities in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 17 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 17 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Added Armor to the list of stats.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed an error whereby we were referring to Galactic Guardian generating 15 Rage (when it is actually 10).
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Removed a mention of Relics that enhance Roar of the Crowd, since none actually exist.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Revised Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc as a situational (?) talent, and updated the description of Restoration Affinity.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Added a mention that Darkmoon Deck: Immortality is currently the best trinket, and re-ordered the legendary item ranking slightly.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr to the neck enchants and added Potion of Prolonged Power to the potion list (while also removing Potion of Deadly Grace).
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 changes.
    • Updated the description of Galactic Guardian (causes 10 Rage to be generated, down from 15, and increases the damage of the next Moonfire by 300%).
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Slightly updated the discussion of the Guardian of Elune and Lunar Beam talents.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention that the goal of the single target rotation is to generate as much Rage as possible.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated pre-raid trinket mentions slightly.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Removed a mention that stated you can prioritise Haste over Mastery if you have enough maximum health, as this is no longer the case.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS list.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to match the new stat priority (with Versatility as the preferred stat).
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a section on using Guardian of Elune.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revised tier 1 and 5 talent discussions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added a mention that Critical Strike also increases your chance to dodge.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated tier 1 talent discussion and added Moonfire (with Galactic Guardian procs) to the rotations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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