Guardian Druid Tank Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.7

Last updated on Mar 20, 2023 at 14:16 by Pumps 33 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7. 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 WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Feral Tank Druid guide.


Guardian Druid Overview

Guardian Druid is a sturdy tank that manages damage intake by having strong passive reductions, a large health pool, increased healing received from Mastery, and a stackable active mitigation with Ironfur Icon Ironfur. 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 would like to learn more about tanking in general, we recommend you read our tanking guide.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Relatively low initial threat output as most of our damage is a DoT.
  • -Lack of accessible CC options in tree.
  • -Talent tree lacks flexibility.

Dragonflight Changes for Druids

We are maintaining a list of changes for Druids, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.

Guardian received pretty minor changes in patch 10.0, apart from the major talent tree rework that all specs gained, we naturally lost our second charge of both Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration and Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts, now having to talent into those. However, some fantastic talents now make Guardian a very high magic damage dealer with several talents to buff the Moonfire Icon Moonfire spell like Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian and Twin Moonfire Icon Twin Moonfire.

Guardian players who remember playing at the end of Legion should have quite a familiar time returning to playing Guardian in Dragonflight as rotationally, they are extremely similar.


Guardian Changes in Patch 10.0.7

Guardian received minimal changes in Patch 10.0.7, with only minor bug fixes.


Guardian Druid Viability in Dragonflight

Guardian is currently one of the strongest tank specs in Dragonflight. We are an extremely sturdy tank, can deal massive AoE damage, and have great self-sustain. We also bring multiple utility spells like Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar and Mark of the Wild Icon Mark of the Wild, or group healing tools like Dream of Cenarius Icon Dream of Cenarius or After the Wildfire Icon After the Wildfire. We are fantastic in Raids, Mythic+ and PvP alike.


Leveling and Getting Started as a Guardian Druid

Before you begin leveling, you may want to take a quick look at our Addons page, as setting up your UI before you begin will allow you to get more comfortable with where things are and improve your gameplay significantly. Levelling as a tank has quite a few advantages, one of the main ones being the number of mobs you can comfortably pull and survive thanks to your powerful defensive capabilities. Levelling as a tank is also great in a group, as all your party members will appreciate your ability to quickly tag and collect mobs. It can also be a fantastic way to learn your rotational abilities and get more comfortable with the spec. Starting to play a tank may be daunting at first, but if you are seeking a better understanding of leveling as a Guardian Druid, you can look at our leveling guide below.


Basics of Playing a Guardian Druid

Being one of the tank specializations, your main goal first and foremost is to stay alive and to ensure that you have aggro on all of the enemies, so that they are not on your weaker party/raid members. To tank efficiently as a Guardian Druid, your goal is to spread as many Moonfire Icon Moonfires as possible then generate as much Rage with spells like Mangle Icon Mangle and Thrash Icon Thrash. This Rage can be spent defensively, with Ironfur Icon Ironfur and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration, or offensively, with Maul Icon Maul. You can learn about all the various Guardian spells that will be at your disposal by reading the Spell Summary page.

To get a quick rundown of how the class works in practice, you can look into the Easy Mode guide linked below. This page will go over all the things you will need to know to play the class.

If you are already slightly familiar with what Guardian Druids can do, you may benefit from heading to our more in-depth breakdown of Talents and the Rotation linked below. This will cover everything you need to play Guardian Druid optimally.


Gearing up as a Guardian Druid

There are quite a few different things to consider when looking at how to gear and it can be overwhelming at the beginning. To start with, you can take a look at our Best in Slot guide linked below. This will go over the best gear available to you from Mythic+ and Raid content.

Understanding what stats to go for on your gear is an integral part of knowing which gear will be good for you or not. The same goes for other gear improvements like enchants, consumables, and gems. Fortunately, we have pages dedicated to all of that information to assist in finding what is the best for you.


End-Game as a Guardian Druid

Once you have made it to the maximum possible level, you can begin your journey into the main end-game activities, Raiding, Mythic+, and PvP. Starting with Mythic+ is a good choice, as you only need 5 players and it can be done at any time. Progressing into raids, you will likely need to find a guild, especially if you want to do Mythic raid content. It can be daunting starting to play a tank as it is a pivotal role with lots of societal pressure applied but the best way to learn is to read up as much as you can and then just start playing.

For PvP, however, it is likely you will find more success as Resto/Balance or Feral, although Guardian does have some viability, especially in Rated Battlegrounds. For whichever end-game content you are focusing on, if not all three, we have guides to assist you on how to perform at your very best.


How to Improve as a Guardian Druid

After you have become more comfortable playing as a Guardian Druid, you may benefit from browsing our pages on common mistakes or frequently asked questions by people who also play Guardian. Not everything will be immediately clear to everyone and these pages hopefully can clear up any confusion or misconceptions quickly, allowing you to further improve and progress.



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