- Author: Oxykitten
- Date: December 22, 2021
- Expansion: WoW Classic
Welcome to our Feral Druid talent specialisation guide for WoW Classic: Season of Mastery! This guide aims to take an in-depth look at all the different PvE specs for a Feral Druid, and then go into detail on all the important talents as well as those to miss. For more information on Feral Druids, refer to the Tank and DPS guides in the navigation pane above.
Talent Specialization Choices
There are a few choices when it comes to Feral talents, and the choice generally comes down to how much value you want to place in bear-specific talents as opposed to cat-specific talents. Feral Druids are able to tank and DPS in the same spec, and this should be taken full advantage of.
Therefore, I suggest two variations of the same core spec which picks up all the most important talents in each role. The first will be ever-so-slightly DPS focused, and the second will be ever-so-slightly tank focused. Any in-between of these two specs is suitable, and I will go into detail on which talents are mandatory, and which are not.
This Feral specialization takes all the core talents for both roles, then chooses less important tank talents such as Primal Fury and Thick Hide rather than the DPS-oriented alternatives. This is effectively the basic Feral spec, and will serve you well for anything you need to do.
This Feral specialization takes all the core talents for both roles, then chooses less important DPS talents such as Blood Frenzy and Feral Aggression rather than the tank-oriented alternatives. Note that Ferocity is an important tanking talent, but in a raid environment, reducing the rage cost of Maul from 10 down to 7 is not essential if you are the fourth tank, do not tank very threat-sensitive targets, and DPS a lot of the time. In this spec, you should always use Idol of Brutality in Bear Form, and Idol of Ferocity in Cat Form. If you feel uncomfortable dropping 3 points in Ferocity, going for 5/5 Ferocity and 2/5 Feral Aggression is very reasonable for a better balance of tank value.
Open the tabs below if you’d like a run-down of how important each talent is in PvE.
Now, I will preface this by saying I’m no expert when it comes to PvP. However, I felt it was important to at least include an example of a PvP spec in this guide. This build is called HOTW/NS and is commonly used in PvP, as deep feral is very weak for Classic PvP (think of a rogue that does less damage and has no utility or crowd control). This is played more like a restoration druid, but retains some ability to do damage in forms; this is useful for conserving mana and can help win battles against mana-dependent enemies, such as Shadow Priests. A lot of the talent points can be moved around depending on preference, but the key points are Nature’s Swiftness and Heart of the Wild.
Note that this build has sometimes been recommended as a tank/heal hybrid spec for PvE. While this can work for tanking or healing dungeons to find groups more easily, it makes you bad at both roles and is not recommended for raids. Furthermore, fights where an extra healer is useful in raids are generally the same fights which require additional tanks, making a tank/heal hybrid far less useful than a tank/dps hybrid (which Feral druids are by default).
Thank you for taking the time to read our Feral Druid talent specialisation guide for Season of Mastery. I hope it was helpful, and if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment below, or find me as Oxy on the Druid Classic discord.