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Guardian Druid Tank NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 18, 2018 at 15:22 by Vlad 188 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Guardian Druids. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

The other pages of our Guardian Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. General Optimization Advice for Guardian Druids

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing through the Netherlight Crucible is straightforward; you are offered 2 initial paths, Shadow and Holy, and you should determine your path contingent on the following suggestions.

When deciding which path to take, compare the sum of the item level values of the tier 2 traits and the relics (listed in the section below) to determine which the optimal path is.

2. Tier 2 Upgrade Priority for Guardian Druids

You might sometimes get forced into picking certain Holy/Shadow crucible traits to get to whatever artifact trait you choose to go for, but when you have the ability to choose, you can follow the suggestions below.

Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of Light and Secure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light have a shared RPPM between their heal and damage, meaning that they do not really do either job great, but rather they do both jobs poorly instead.

2.1. Survivability

  1. Best: Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind, Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness, and Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell.
  2. Great: Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows and Light Speed Icon Light Speed.
  3. Good: Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent, Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of Light, and Secure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light.
  4. Bad: Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak, Shocklight Icon Shocklight, and Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows.

While defensively, Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows and Light Speed Icon Light Speed are technically much more reliable than Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind and Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness, they are also sort of weak unless the avoidance from Master of Shadows is effective.

2.2. Damage Output

  1. Best: Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind, Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness, and Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows (AoE).
  2. Good: Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of Light, Secure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light, and Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak (single target).
  3. Average: Light Speed Icon Light Speed, Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows, Shocklight Icon Shocklight, and Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent.
  4. Bad: Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell and Light's Embrace Icon Light's Embrace.

3. Tier 3 Upgrade Priority for Guardian Druids

The Tier 3 upgrades are identical to the relic priority found in our Artifact Traits and Relics page, however, they have been relisted here for your convenience.

3.1. Survivability

For survivability, the traits to look out for are, in rough order:

  1.  Icon Ursoc's Endurance;
  2. Scintillating Moonlight Icon Scintillating Moonlight;
  3.  Icon Reinforced Fur;
  4.  Icon Wildflesh;
  5.  Icon Bestial Fortitude.

Keep in mind that these traits all work slightly differently, and obviously the Ironfur Icon Ironfur relics have little impact against magic, while  Icon Wildflesh gains strength the more you actively use Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration.

Both  Icon Sharpened Instincts and  Icon Perpetual Spring are very weak traits, as Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts is generally way too strong already, so reducing damage taken during it further is overkill, and Perpetual Spring reduces the cooldown of Barkskin Icon Barkskin by 3% per stack, which is less than 3 seconds per rank.

3.2. Damage Output

The best offensive traits are, in rough order:

  1.  Icon Jagged Claws;
  2.  Icon Vicious Bites;
  3.  Icon Mauler.

While some of the defensive traits are fairly strong, the impact of  Icon Jagged Claws is hard to ignore; it can be worth sacrificing up to 40 item levels on a relic just to get Jagged Claws. This trait has greater impact in Mythic+ than any of the defensive traits, and even for raiding it is very valuable.

4. ChangeLog

  • 18 Mar. 2018: Revamped the page significantly.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Guardian Druid.
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