Guardian Druid Tank Spec, Builds, and Talents — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Pumps 36 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Guardian Druid in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

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

1.

Best Dragonflight Talents for Guardian Druid

Note that these builds are generic recommendations for various content. For more specific recommendations for the Raid and Mythic+, check out the dedicated pages below.

2.

Best Talents for Guardian Druid

Single-Target/Raid Talents AoE/Mythic+ Talents Talents Explained
3.

Best Single-Target Talents for Guardian Druid

This build is optimal for pure single-target situations, which encompasses essentially every raid boss in aberrus.

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3.

Best AoE Talents for Guardian Druid

This is our recommended build for AoE scenarios. This works well for Mythic+.

Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the best build directly into your game!

3.

Talent Explanations for Guardian Druids

Note that we do not explain EVERY Talent in the tree on this page. We only explain Talents that are part of our optimal builds for single-target and AoE. For full details and explanations of every Talent, please visit our Spells page via the button below.

3.1.

Class Talents for Guardian Druids

3.1.1.

Rows 1-4

Thrash Icon Thrash is your main AoE damaging ability and essential to the Guardian Druid rotation. Deals damage AoE and applies a bleed to all targets hit.
Improved Swipe Icon Improved Swipe buffs your filler GCD ability Swipe Icon Swipe which deals AoE damage.
Ironfur Icon Ironfur is your main active mitigation ability. Increases your armor temporarily at the cost of Rage.
Killer Instinct Icon Killer Instinct increases your physical damage and armor by 6%.
Improved Barkskin Icon Improved Barkskin increases the duration of Barkskin Icon Barkskin by 4 seconds.
Verdant Heart Icon Verdant Heart increases healing taken while either Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration or Barkskin Icon Barkskin are active.
Nurturing Instinct Icon Nurturing Instinct increases magic damage and healing by 6%. Very valuable, with Moonfire Icon Moonfire being a relevant amount of our breakdown.
Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption dispels poisons and curse effects. Great for Mythic+ is less useful for raids.
3.1.2.

Rows 5-7

Soothe Icon Soothe and Sunfire Icon Sunfire are picked to progress further in the tree.
Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash is your interrupt and also works as a small charge if you ever get knocked back.
Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide is a passive 6% damage taken reduction.
Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is your raid utility, increases your and your groups movement speed by 60% for 8 seconds.
Astral Influence Icon Astral Influence increases the range of all your abilities by 3 yards.
Rising Light, Falling Night Icon Rising Light, Falling Night increases your damage and healing by 3% during the day. Increases your Versatility by 2% during the night.
Matted Fur Icon Matted Fur is a small absorb when you cast Barkskin Icon Barkskin and Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts.
Typhoon Icon Typhoon is a useful knockback ability that can be used to reposition mobs or interrupt them momentarily.
3.1.3.

Rows 8-10

Lycara's Teachings Icon Lycara's Teachings increases your Versatility by 6% in Bear Form.
Renewal Icon Renewal instantly heals you for 30% of your max health. A useful personal on a short cooldown.
Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild increases your non-Bear spells significantly. Primarily, it increases Moonfire Icon Moonfire and auto-attack damage done by 30% for 45 seconds.
Improved Stampeding Roar Icon Improved Stampeding Roar reduces the cooldown of your Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar by 1 minute.
Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex keeps mobs in the same place for a short period. A useful mob control tool on certain encounters/dungeons.
Innervate Icon Innervate can be cast on a healer to reduce their Mana cost by 100% for 10 seconds. Handy utility and can save the day if used at the right time. Bonus, your healers will greatly appreciate it and heal you more.
Nature's Vigil Icon Nature's Vigil converts a portion of your single target damage done to healing for yourself and your group/raid.
3.2.

Spec Talents for Guardian Druids

3.2.1.

Rows 1-4

Maul Icon Maul is a high damage-dealing Rage spender.
Gore Icon Gore gives your abilities a chance to reset the cooldown on Mangle Icon Mangle.
Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts is your biggest defensive on a long cooldown.
Dream of Cenarius Icon Dream of Cenarius chance on nonperiodic damage taken to proc a buff that allows you to cast Regrowth Icon Regrowth in bear form and be instant and free.
Improved Survival Instincts Icon Improved Survival Instincts grants a second charge of Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts which can be helpful on certain encounters.
Brambles Icon Brambles deals damage to attacking enemies and pulses AoE damage when Barkskin Icon Barkskin is active.
Innate Resolve Icon Innate Resolve gives you a second charge of Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration and increases the healing it does by up to 150% based on your missing health.
Gory Fur Icon Gory Fur gives Mangle Icon Mangle a 15% chance to reduce the Rage of your next Ironfur Icon Ironfur by 25%. Some minor Rage economy.
3.2.2.

Rows 5-7

After the Wildfire Icon After the Wildfire Causes a massive burst of AoE healing around you each time you use 200 rages.
Earthwarden Icon Earthwarden makes it so that each time Thrash Icon Thrash deals its initial hit, you gain a buff that reduces your damage taken by the next melee swing by 30%. This stacks up to 3 times, which means if you hit 3 mobs, you will gain 3 stacks immediately.
Berserk: Unchecked Aggression Icon Berserk: Unchecked Aggression causes our Berserk Icon Berserk to grant us 15% Haste and reduce the Rage cost of Maul Icon Maul by 50%. The Haste is great as it increases the tick rate of all our DoTs, including Moonfire Icon Moonfire.
Reinvigoration Icon Reinvigoration reduces the cooldown of Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration by 20/40%.
Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw gives auto attacks a chance to empower your next Maul Icon Maul stacking up to 2 times. Empowered Maul deals 40% more damage, costs no rage, and reduces the target's damage done to you by 15% for 6 seconds.
Vulnerable Flesh Icon Vulnerable Flesh increases Maul Icon Maul crit chance by 30%.
Fury of Nature Icon Fury of Nature increases your Arcane damage done by 20% in Bear Form.
Vicious Cycle Icon Vicious Cycle causes your Mangle Icon Mangle to increase your Maul Icon Maul damage done and vice versa. Stacks up to 3 times.
Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest causes Mangle Icon Mangle to deal 25% increased damage and generate 5 extra rage. With our current tier set bonus, this is a ton of extra Rage.
3.2.3.

Rows 8-10

Flashing Claws Icon Flashing Claws gives Thrash Icon Thrash a 20% chance to trigger an additional Thrash. This can proc multiple times off itself, sometimes leading to 4+ casts.
Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian gives your damaging abilities a chance to trigger a free Moonfire Icon Moonfire and cause the next Moonfire Icon Moonfire cast to be empowered, increasing its damage done by 300%.
Scintillating Moonlight Icon Scintillating Moonlight makes targets affected by Moonfire Icon Moonfire deal 10% less damage to you.
Twin Moonfire Icon Twin Moonfire makes Moonfire Icon Moonfire deal 20% increased damage and also hits another target nearby. This helps the spread of Moonfire Icon Moonfire on multiple mobs like in Mythic+. Combined with Galactic Guardian Icon Galactic Guardian, you rarely have to cast Moonfire, as it will just automatically spread to every target via the procs of Galactic Guardian.
Ursoc's Fury Icon Ursoc's Fury makes Thrash Icon Thrash and Maul Icon Maul grant an absorb shield for 45% of the damage they deal. Another self-sustain booster.
Rend and Tear Icon Rend and Tear makes targets affected by Thrash Icon Thrash take an additional 2% damage and deal 2% less damage to you per stack of Thrash Icon Thrash.
Circle of Life and Death Icon Circle of Life and Death makes your DoT effects deal their damage in 25% less time. This means those Moonfire Icon Moonfires tick much faster but fall off quicker; luckily, that is not an issue for us with our constant spreading.
Elune's Favored Icon Elune's Favored increases Arcane damage you deal in Bear Form by 10%, and 40% of the Arcane damage you deal in Bear Form also heals you. Another crucial talent for self-sustain and essential for the Moonfire Icon Moonfire build.
Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Icon Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc turns your Berserk Icon Berserk and all its perks into a new ability that lasts 30 seconds instead of 15, increases health by 30%, and causes your Mangle Icon Mangle to hit 3 targets. This is a great ability as all the Berserk talents you chose earlier in the tree get added to it, extending their duration by 15 seconds while also boosting your health pool by so much making this our strongest offensive cooldown by far.
Ursoc's Guidance Icon Ursoc's Guidance makes every 20 Rage you spend reduce the cooldown of Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Icon Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc by 1 second. Reducing the cooldown of an integral cooldown for us speeds up our rotation and fun even further.
Rage of the Sleeper Icon Rage of the Sleeper Increases your damage done, reduces your damage taken, increases your leech, and reflects damage at attackers.
Thorns of Iron Icon Thorns of Iron causes Ironfur Icon Ironfur to deal damage equal to 30% of your armor to nearby enemies.
Lunar Beam Icon Lunar Beam Drops a beam that increases our Mastery by 15%, heals us and deals damage to enemies.
Raze Icon Raze Is an Aoe version of Maul Icon Maul.
Moonless Night Icon Moonless Night causes all single target abilities on targets afflicted with Moonfire Icon Moonfire to deal 20% extra arcane damage.
Pulverize Icon Pulverize Consumes 2 stacks of Thrash Icon Thrash on the mob and makes them deal 35% less damage to us for 10 seconds.
Blood Frenzy Icon Blood Frenzy causes Thrash Icon Thrash to generate 2 rage each time it deals damage. That means on both DoT ticks and initial application. This is a massive amount of Rage on multiple targets.
3.3.

Mythic+

Mythic+ can require a mix of AoE and Single-Target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. You should check out our page below if you want advice specific to Mythic+.

4.

Rotation for Guardian Druid Talents

Some talents will require you to play in a particular way to get the most out of them. You can find more information on how your rotation will look after selecting your talents on our rotation page below.

5.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

The Battle for Azeroth expansion introduced a new system called "War Mode." Opting into War Mode makes you eligible for open-world PvP but also grants you the following benefits:

  • World Quests at a maximum level have 10-30% increased rewards.
  • You gain 10-30% increased experience while leveling.
  • Allows you to earn Conquest Points towards weekly gear rewards.
  • Grants you the use of PvP talents in the open-world.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended that you enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself eligible for open-world PvP, and the possibility of being "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

5.1.

PvP Talents for Guardian Druids

Below are the recommended PvP talents for leveling and doing PvE content. You will get a choice of 1 general PvP talent, and 3 spec-specific talents.

5.1.1.

Guardian Druid PvP Talents

  1. Overrun Icon Overrun is a powerful charge with a stun, and the knockback it triggers provides a large mobility boost.
  2. Emerald Slumber Icon Emerald Slumber Enter a deep sleep for 8 seconds that makes all other cooldowns recover 400% faster.
  3. Demoralizing Roar Icon Demoralizing Roar reduces damage enemies deal to you by 20% for 10 seconds.
  4. Alpha Challenge Icon Alpha Challenge replaces Growl Icon Growl, an ability that historically has no function in solo content. In exchange, you (and your allies) deal increased damage to the target you taunt.
  5. Malorne's Swiftness Icon Malorne's Swiftness increases your Travel Form Icon Travel Form movement speed by 20% and prevents you from being slowed below 100% movement speed. This improves your mobility and will reduce travel time, which is important while leveling.

The remaining PvP talents may have limited or niche applications in leveling or open-world PvE content, but they do not provide the overall benefit of the recommended list above. The rest of the PvP talents do not contribute meaningfully to leveling or open world PvE.

While Guardian may have some fun open-world PvP viability, if you want to do more serious PvP, you may have better success with a non-tank spec.

6.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 20 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 21 Nov. 2023: Updated M+ talent build.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Added new Talent Template Block and Updated Talents.
  • 25 Jul. 2023: Updated talent builds.
  • 12 Jul. 2023: Added High damage M+ build and fixed Raze link.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated and added new talent builds for 10.1.
  • 24 Mar. 2023: Updated talent tree strings.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 11 Feb. 2023: Updated talent builds after bugfixes.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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