- Author: Oxykitten
- Date: July 29, 2023
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Gemming and enchanting your gear, as well as using consumables in raids, are some of the most important things you can do to improve your character. The gain from using these is often far greater than the minor optimizations we make with gear, so it’s good to prepare your character appropriately for your raids!
This page will summarize the gems, enchants, and consumables that Feral DPS players should use in PvE. Note that there are many viable gem, enchant, and buff choices. The ones you should use depend on your gear set and follow the principles and stat priorities set out in my stat priority guide. I recommend reading up there first if you don’t already know about important gearing principles, such as hit cap, expertise cap, armor penetration soft cap, and critical strike soft cap.
Fracturedcardinalruby is the best available red gem for a Feral DPS. However, if you are using Mjolnirrunestone and are in otherwise full BiS, you likely cannot use this gem in all slots without exceeding the Armor Penetration soft cap, at which point it becomes less valuable. Generally, you should use as many of these as you can while remaining below that cap.
Once you reach the ArP soft cap, you should use accuratecardinalruby in red sockets if you are below the expertise cap.
If you are at the expertise cap, you should use delicatecardinalruby in red sockets if you are below the crit soft cap.
If you are at the crit soft cap, you should use boldcardinal in red sockets.
deadlyametrine is likely the best gem to use in yellow slots to get a good socket bonus. It is close in value to most red gems so is usually worth getting socket bonuses with. Although accurateametrine is a more powerful gem, it is unlikely that you will be able to utilise the expertise and hit rating from this gem; it is usually better to drop hit on gems and use your hit budget on stronger gear pieces.
Nightmaretear is a powerful gem, but only one can be used at a time. It matches any socket colour and also counts as 1 gem of each colour towards to activate your Relentless, making it extremely useful. It should be used in a blue socket to get a socket bonus, as blue/purple gems are otherwise not worth using for Feral DPS (whereas yellow/orange gems can be).
Players with the Tailoring profession (not very good for Ferals, so not listed above) should use their profession-exclusive Swordguard Embroidery enchant here, while others use Enchant Cloak – Major Agility.
This is your only viable option for this slot.
This is your only option for this slot.
This is your best option for this slot.
If you’re strapped for cash, you could use the more budget-friendly budgetLegArmor instead.
This is the best food available for feral DPS.
This is the best on-use potion for physical DPS. Make sure you pop one before combat starts, so you can pop another one during combat!
You can still use scrolls in Wrath of the Lich King — however, they do not stack with stat-boosting effects offered by class buffs.
Agility and strength scrolls are all beneficial for Ferals, but you should have raid buffs providing all of these stats. Don’t worry about them unless your raid composition is a bit of a mess!