wotlk classic pve feral druid tank gems, enchants & consumables

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 optimisations we make with gear, so it’s good to prepare your character appropriately for your raids!

This page will summarise the gems, enchants, and consumables that Feral tanks should use in PvE. Note that there are no up-to-date simulation tools available for Wrath of the Lich King, and that these will not be developed until Beta testing starts. Therefore, it is impossible for us to know for sure which stats will provide the most value to Feral tanks, and therefore which gems, enchants, and consumables are the best to use. The information here is compiled from the best available knowledge from retail and private server versions of WotLK; this guide will be continuously updated as more information comes out.

Gems

Austere gem will be your strongest option for the meta slot. However, if you have engineering and therefore use Nitroboosts, you will not have bonus movespeed and may opt for swift instead. I personally feel that movespeed is mandatory for tanking and would therefore opt for the latter gem in this scenario, but it does involve a significant hit to your survivability. Note that Austere only requires 2 blue gems (from gemming stamina) and 1 red gem (from a nightmaretear), whereas swift requires 2 yellow gems and 1 red gem.

The alternative is Relentless for threat, however this is unlikely to be a worthwhile swap in a tanking set.

Stamina is the most valuable stat for a Feral tank, so you should only deviate from stamina gemming for a good socket bonus, or if you want to optimise your cat DPS with the same gear you use for tanking.

Nightmaretear is a strong gem for a good socket bonus, especially in Phase 1 where other epic gems are not available. However, you can only use one of these in an equipped set.

Agility is a well balanced and strong stat for tanks, so using agility / stamina purple gems for a good socket bonus is my recommendation in this guide. However, if you want to optimise for Feral DPS you may want to gem delicate / delicate2, as the agility benefits you in both roles.

For more threat, gemming expertise is a fine option and you can gem blueexpstam / epicexpstam or exp / exp if you do not reach soft cap with gear alone. However, gemming for pure threat is likely unnecessary as, even for Ferals, it should be easy to generate more threat than your DPS players and you should instead focus on the survivability provided by gemming stamina.

Hit is a decent stat for tanks, though weaker than stamina, expertise and agility. You should really only use these gems for a really strong socket bonus, and if you are not hit capped with gear alone — it is unlikely you will find one good enough to make this worth it.

The bread and butter of tank gems. These blue gems provide a lot of stamina, and are extremely valuable for tanking. If in doubt, use these gems in every slot — only consider other gems for a really good socket bonus.

Enchants

Until you reach Revered with the Argent Crusade, you can just use borean, though this is obviously far weaker.

I do not list the Inscription enchants as it is a considerably weaker profession for Ferals than the others available. glad is a solid tank enchant, as the defense on pinnacle doesn’t provide much value to Ferals. One alternative is Axe for a decent boost to threat, but I expect the stamina will be more valuable for tanking.

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.

Players with the Engineering profession should use Flexweave Underlay – 1 extra agility isn’t much, but the parachute effect is neat.

This is your only viable option for this slot.

Players with the Leatherworking profession should use their profession-exclusive furlining enchant here, while everyone else uses stambracers.

Additionally, players with the Blacksmithing profession should use Socket Bracer to add an extra socket to their bracers. It stacks with enchants.

Players with the Engineering profession should use their profession-exclusive Hyperspeed Accelerators for threat, or engiarmorgloves for mitigation. Everyone else should use Enchant Gloves – agility for general use. Alternatively, either Enchant Gloves – Expertise or threat can be used for a threat focus.

Additionally, players with the Blacksmithing profession should use Socket Gloves to add an extra socket to their gloves. It stacks with enchants.

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.

Players with the Engineering profession should use their profession-exclusive Nitro Boosts enchant here, while everyone else uses vitalitybootenchant.

Players with the Enchanting profession should use their profession-exclusive Enchant Ring – stamina enchant here. There are no other options.

With weapon effects now able to proc in form in Wrath, Mongoose from TBC is the highest value enchant for Feral tanks.

Consumables

Stoneblood is the stronger flask/elixir for tanks and should be used at all times.

This is the best food available for general use, however if you are not expertise capped and feel you need more threat, Rhinolicious Wormsteak is a viable option.

Like in previous expansions, these long lasting armor potions provide so much value over the length of an encounter compared to the short-term gains of other potions. Make sure you pop one before combat starts!

You can still use scrolls in Wrath of the Lich King — however, they do not stack with stat-boosting effects offered by class buffs.

Stamina, agility, strength, and armor scrolls are all beneficial for Feral tanks, 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!

 

About the Author

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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