Dragonflight Guardian Druid Tanking Guide

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

Guardian Druid Weapon Buff in Dragonflight

For their weapons, Guardian Druids prefer to use  Howling Rune.
 Primal Whetstone/ Primal Weightstone and  Buzzing Rune are also viable alternatives.

Best Guardian Druid Food

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!

  1. Ensure you are in  Bear Form
  2. Cast  Rage of the Sleeper on cooldown
  3. Cast  Heart of the Wild on cooldown
  4. Cast  Berserk on cooldown
  5. Maintain 100%  Moonfire uptime
  6. Cast  Thrash on cooldown
  7. Cast  Mangle on cooldown
  8. Spend rage on  Ironfur or  Maul to avoid capping
  9. Fill empty GCDs with  Swipe.

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