- Author: Nevermore
- Date: May 28, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Welcome to the Feral Druid DPS PvE guide for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King!
In this guide, you will learn how to properly play a Feral Druid in PvE scenarios, whether those are terrifying dungeons or horrific raids. Feral Druids channel the wrath of nature’s more bestial side, silently stalking enemies from the shadows, ripping them to shreds with their claws and ferociously biting them to seal their fate.
Feral Druids that choose to pursue the Cat Form will find themselves with a very difficult rotation in the Wrath of the Lich King, as well as with a hefty amount of necessary preparations. However, they will also be granted a high position on the Damage Meters and multiple guaranteed invitations to adventure themselves once they master the specialization, in both Dungeons and Raids.
Since the expansion we are reviewing is Wrath of the Lich King, players only have two options when playing a Druid: Night Elf for the Alliance or Tauren for the Horde.
- Tauren: The only available race on the Horde to play a Druid, the Tauren are mighty creatures with a strong connection to nature and to the Earth Mother. Tauren provide several interesting racial effects that can bolster their endurance during PvE encounters, and also crowd control their enemies.
The first racial effect we will talk about is War Stomp. This ability allows you to stun up to 5 enemies in an 8-yard radius for up to 2 seconds, while having a low cast time of only 0.5 seconds. So, make sure to use it as often as possible when dealing with a sticky situation. The only downside of War Stomp is that it requires you to switch back to Humanoid Form.
The second racial worthy of note is Endurance. It increases your base health by 5%. While this effect might be better used for a Feral Tank, it will certainly help you survive a bit longer if you manage to draw the aggro.
Another useful racial is Nature Resistance, which reduces the chance to be hit by nature spells by 2%.
Lastly, Tauren provide a racial which can help guide your profession choices: Cultivation, which increases your base Herbalism skill by 15.
- Night Elf: The only race available for Alliance players who want to play a Druid, Night Elves are a proud race that have been blessed with immortality by the World Tree, Nordrassil. After losing their immortality following the Third War, the Night Elves nonetheless retain an extreme bond with nature and offer several compelling racials.
The first of these is Shadowmeld, which offers a few interesting effects. The first one makes you invisible as long as you remain standing still, while the second effect is particularly powerful in PvE: it allows you to instantly drop your threat to 0%, as long as someone else from your group is actively damaging the target. This effect can be a life-saver during Raid Encounters.
The second interesting racial is the Wisp Spirit, which offers a 75% increase to your movement speed while dead. While this effect does not directly improve your combat capabilities, it will allow you to respawn faster in order to resurrect your allies after a wipe.
Elusiveness is a racial that reduces the chance to be detected if you are in stealth or Shadowmeld. Other beneficial racials are: Quickness, which reduces the chance to be hit by melee and ranged attacks by 2%, and Nature Resistance, which is the same as the Tauren’s passive.
Before we decide what the best possible professions are for a Feral Druid, we have to consider what you, as a Player, want to do with them. Mainly, professions are meant to help you generate gold, while also providing you with useful mechanics you can employ to your advantage.
For example, you can generate high-value materials, or create pieces of gear that will help you get an entry into different dungeons and raids, or just help your overall leveling experience.
Stat-Focused and Endgame Professions
This type of professions offers the best stat and endgame bonuses. We will highlight two of them under this category:
- Jewelcrafting: is one of the professions which can lend you plenty of gold, while also contributing to the min-maxing aspect of the game. A Jewelcrafter can create special gems such as the Quick Dragon’s Eye which will boost your stats more than normal gems.
- Engineering: becomes almost a necessity to every DPS who wishes to min-max their stats for the endgame content. For Feral Druids, the haste provided by Hyperspeed Accelerators will increase their damage by a considerable amount, since a Feral is highly dependent on Clearcasting Procs.
Other than the haste buff, which you can use every 48 seconds, you can also benefit from Nitro Boosts to escape a certain dungeon/raid mechanic, or to catch up to the stacking points.
Gold Focus Without Stats
This category is for professions that have a potential to general huge amounts of gold, but don’t have any special stats to offer:
- Alchemy: is one of the most versatile professions you can have in the game, offering an assortment of useful effects from potions and flasks, as well as quite an effective way of loading your bags with shiny gold. If you are going to pick Alchemy as your main profession, it would be a good idea to pair it up with Herbalism, since the cost of the herbs might be too high for you to regularly acquire through the Auction House.
- Herbalism: is a profession that allows you to gather herbs around the world, often best paired up with Alchemy to create a hefty amount of gold. Due to the nature of our class, we are able to pick up herbs while in Flight Form. This gives you a huge advantage when compared to the other classes, as you are not required to dismount to pick up each herb.
- Mining: is a profession that allows you to gather ore from all around the world, providing you with a hefty amount of materials that you can sell in the Auction House for a large profit. It is also mandatory for leveling Engineering, since the profession requires an absurd amount of materials.