pve feral druid tank best in slot (bis) gear

Gearing is fairly important when it comes to playing a tank; finding a good balance of threat and mitigation to suit your group will affect every player in your raid. Here, I will list the best pre-raid and raid items expected to be available in Phase 1 (Naxxrammas, Eye of Eternity, Obsidian Sanctum) of Wrath of the Lich King.

Note that there are currently no up-to-date simulation tools for any classes in Wrath, and these can only be developed once the Beta launches. Therefore, the items on this list are my best guess of what items are strong in each slot based on the stats they give, and the gear that people used on private servers. They cannot yet be tested for important tank roles such as survivability (reducing your chance to die on any given encounter) and pull variance (reducing your chance to generate poor threat at the beginning of an encounter). These sets will be updated as more information comes out.

Feral Tank Best in Slot

Pre-raid sets show the best available gear that you should aim for when not raiding. This list only includes gear that can be earned outside of weekly lockouts — that means no raid gear and no gear bought with arena points. It does however include gear earned with honor (even if an arena rating is required, as this is not time-gated) and through heroic dungeons.

Alternative: Watcher

Alternative: Glad (Requires 1600 arena rating)
Alternative: Glad2

Alternative: Sprinting

Alternative: Reverberation
Alternative: Gushing

Alternative: Crystal-infused

Alternative: Glad2
Alternative: Tunneler

Alternative: Preservedhistory
Alternative: Chargedbolt

Alternative: Glad (requires 1630 arena rating)
Alternative: Glad2

Alternative: Chaingang legs
Alternative: Mind-expanding

Alternative: Ellis
Alternative: Glad2
Alternative: Slag

Alternative: glad2
Alternative: titaniumimpact
Alternative: titaniumearthguard
Alternative: Mobius

If Wrath is released before Brewfest this year and these trinkets are available in Phase 1, they will be the best available trinkets. Otherwise, the listed alternatives are suitable.

Alternative: Greatness
Alternative: Crab (requires Jewelcrafting)
Alternative: Sonicbooster (requires Engineering, not unique – can wear two)
Alternative: Gossamer

Alternative: Enragedferal
Alternative: Lightningstaff

Which idol is best will depend on current levels of avoidance and will need simulation tools to be certain of. Thankfully, both are easily accessible.

We expect Phase 1 to include Naxxramas, Obsidian Sanctum, and the Eye of Eternity. This list will show all the best gear available, based on what we think Phase 1 of Wrath will be.

Alternative: Fool’strial
Alternative: Boundless

Alternative: Concealment

Whether this cloak is the best available depends on whether the cloak slot is considered Cloth or not (and therefore whether or not the armor on it scales with Dire Bear Form. This is to be determined.

Alternative: Deadlyfoe (should go to DPS players first)
Alternative: Platinum

Alternative: Recluse

Alternative: Sinner’s

Alternative: Dislocating

Alternative: Glad
Alternative: Barbed

Alternative: Honored

Alternative: Glad

Alternative: Impreg
Alternative: Surgeneedle
Alternative: Gatekeeper
Alternative: Glad

If Wrath is released before Brewfest this year and these trinkets are available in Phase 1, they will be the best available trinkets. Otherwise, the listed alternatives are suitable.

Alternative: Greatness
Alternative (survivability): Crab
Alternative (threat): Norgannon

There are many very powerful weapon options, so I will list quite a few alternatives here.

Alternative: Journey
Alternative: Plaguehound
Alternative: UndeathCarrier
Alternative: InevitableDefeat
Alternative: BlackIce

Which idol is best will depend on current levels of avoidance and will need simulation tools to be certain of. Thankfully, both are easily accessible.

 

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Oxykitten

I've been an avid WoW player since Vanilla. At 6 years old, I was slowly progressing through Blackfathom Deeps and levelling up with my brothers. Since Classic Wow launched, I've found a new way to enjoy the game; participating in Feral Druid theorycrafting communities and performing well in an underdog class has been a fun challenge. I hope to be able to share all I've learned with anyone who shares that interest!
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Riveryn
Riveryn
2 months ago

Thanks, need to fix the link for Journey’s End.

Protector
Protector
1 month ago

I’d like to ask why you put Journey’s End on the BiS while it has less stamina, less agility and no armor compared to Origin of Nightmares. It does provide a bit more AP, but according to your own stat priority AP (with which I agree :P) it is way down at the bottom of the list.

It seems to me in every way that Origin of Nightmares is a better item than Journey’s End. Can you explain that choice please?

Bigbrandon
Bigbrandon
24 days ago

I believe you have the wrong cloak for the BiS. I believe it should be Cloak of the Shadowed Sun. You have Drape of the Deadly Foe for the BiS and the Alternate.

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