Guardian Druid Overview
With a blend of damage mitigation, self-healing, fast mobility, and high damage, the Guardian Druid is a shapeshifting, leather-clad tank specialist. Although we frequently need to shapeshift to increase our damage, our toolkit does enable us to easily survive some of the most dangerous encounters because our thick hide guards us against powerful attacks.
Because it has arguably one of the simplest rotations in all of World of Warcraft, Guardian is a wonderful spec for beginning players.
Guardian Druid Talent Builds
For a more raid oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Raid talent build with the following loadout code: BgGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAJikkUSUSSSiAhkUoAQiggEIJJJJJSBaJAAAAAAICIAA
For a more Mythic+ oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Mythic+ talent build with the following loadout code: BgGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAJikIlElkkkIQIJFKAIJIQgkkkkkIFolAAAAAAgIgoBB
Guardian Druid Stats
Agility is Guardian's primary stat. Agility increases your Attack Power, grants a small amount of dodge, and increases your Armor when Ironfur is active.
In Dragonflight, Agility is your strongest overall stat. It is the best stat per-point offensively, and it also has a defensive conversion due to Ironfur’s Agility scaling. You will want to prioritize Agility over secondaries in most situations.
For secondary stats, the Guardian Druid has the following:
- Agility > Versatility > Haste > Mastery > Crit
Critical Strike: Grants Dodge (subject to heavy diminishing returns), and causes your damage and healing to have a chance to crit dealing double damage. Guardian has no notable interactions with Critical Strike. Most of Guardian’s abilities can crit, with the exception of Frenzied Regeneration and the extra healing produced from our Mastery ( Mastery: Nature's Guardian).
Haste: Haste has many effects for Guardian. First, it increases melee attack speed. Second, it decreases the global cooldown. Third, it reduces the cooldown of Mangle, Thrash, Frenzied Regeneration. Finally, it increases the tick rate of the Thrash bleed and Moonfire. Many of these effects increase DPS, making Haste a valuable stat for offensive purposes. Rage generation via melee swings is also increased by Haste.
Mastery: Mastery: Nature's Guardian - Increases maximum health and healing received, as well as increases Attack Power. This is a strong defensive stat, and due to the changes to ability damage scaling, is also a decent offensive stat.
Versatility: Increases the damage and healing/
absorbs you deal, as well as reducing the damage you take. This is your strongest overall secondary due to it benefitting every area of your kit. As a defensive stat it also becomes more valuable the more you have of it, due to the multiplicative nature of damage reductions.
Best Guardian Druid Consumables
Best Guardian Druid Enchants
Below is a list of the recommended enchants to use on your Guardian Druids gear in Dragonflight.
|Slot||Best Enchant||Cheaper Version|
|Weapon||Sophic Devotion||Wafting Devotion|
|Cloak||Homebound Speed||Graceful Avoidance|
|Chest||Waking Stats||Accelerated Agility|
|Bracers||Devotion of Speed||Devotion of Avoidance|
|Legs||Fierce Armor Kit||Reinforced Armor Kit|
|Boots||Watcher's Loam||Plainsrunner's Breeze|
|Ring||Devotion of Versatility||Writ of Versatility|
Best Guardian Druid Phials
Dragonflight has replaced old flasks with new Phials!
Overall the best phial for Guardian Druid is either Phial of Tepid Versatility or Phial of Glacial Fury for slighly more damage at the loss of defense.
Guardian Druid Combat Potions
Raiding: Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power
Mythic+: Potion of Shocking Disclosure - Can be a good AoE/
Guardian Druid Weapon Buff in Dragonflight
For their weapons, Guardian Druids prefer to use Howling Rune.
Best Guardian Druid Food
Aromatic Seafood Platter - Stat food. This gives us a good combo of vers and haste.
Hoard of Draconic Delicacies - Feast.
Best Guardian Druid Gems
You'll want to use Energized Malygite or Energized Ysemerald in your gem slots.
Resplendent Illimited Diamond for your unique epic gem.
Guardian Druid Rotation and Priority
Guardian Druid All Target Rotation and Priority
Guardian Druid is an incredibly simple spec, with it's rotation remaining the same in the opener, and on multiple target counts. Very beginner friendly!
Ensure you are in Bear Form
Cast Rage of the Sleeper on cooldown
Cast Heart of the Wild on cooldown
Cast Berserk on cooldown
Maintain 100% Moonfire uptime
Cast Thrash on cooldown
Cast Mangle on cooldown
Fill empty GCDs with Swipe.