Guardian Druid Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Oct 01, 2019 at 19:07 by Pumps 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5. 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.

Patch 8.2 Changes for Guardian Druid

Guardian Druids underwent the following changes in Patch 8.2:

In addition, Guardian Druids gained access to the following:

3.

Guardian Druid's Strengths

  • Strong passive damage reductions
  • 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
4.

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
5.

Guardian Druid Viability in the Current Patch

After receiving numerous buffs, Guardian is in a very competitive state in both raids and dungeons. Their defensive power has been boosted quite significantly by increasing Rage generation and lowering the cost of Ironfur Icon Ironfur, resulting in more stacks more often. In terms of damage output, Guardian received a modest buff to Mangle Icon Mangle and Thrash Icon Thrash, which will help with snap threat generation. The addition of the ability to dispel in Bear Form Icon Bear Form greatly improves our small group utility. As a result, Guardian looks to be one of the top tanks in Patch 8.2 and will be a first-rate choice for raiding in the Eternal Palace.

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.

6.

Changelog

  • 01 Oct. 2019 (simulations page): Extra notes added to sims.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (Essences page): Large reorganization of essences.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (rotation page): Minor wording, mainly mastery fix.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (mythic+ page): Minor reorganization.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (spells page): Pumps' first edit: general wording and added Power of the Moon trait.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Edited talent trees and essences for all bosses.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (FAQ page): Added Kul tiran racials and updated for 8.2.5
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Pumps' first edit: reorganized Azerite section.
  • 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.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (how to improve page): Minor update to maximimizing damage output.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (easy mode page): Pumps' first edit: Changed stat priority and essences.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (gear page): Updated BiS list and added benthic boots.
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (easy mode page): Changed The Crucible of Flame to Concentrated Flame
  • 01 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Pumps's first edit: changed Talent trees, updated Soul of the Forest and Galactic Guardian.
  • 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 (this page): Added further updates for viability and Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Changed enchant recommendations to reflect updated stat information.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added further updates for Season 3.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added section for Operation: Mechagon.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added information about the Conflict and Strife Azerite essence to the PvP talent section.
  • 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 (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 (gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3 and The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (enchants 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 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (FAQ 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 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Reviewed tips and talents after raid release.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (this page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (talents 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 (mythic+ page): Updated for 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 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (stats page): Updated for 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 (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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated viability section for Mythic+ Season 2.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2, including information about Reaping.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor guide for Guardian Druids.
  • 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 (FAQ page): This page has been for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Wild Charge global cooldown change.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (spells 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 (how to improve 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants 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 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear 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 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ 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.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Gory Regeneration nerfs.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added section for catweaving in execute.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear 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 (how to improve page): Added "Not Casting Enough" and "Facing Away From Enemies" mistakes.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added Luffa Wrappings, and updated some numbers for the stat squish.
  • 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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