Guardian Druid Tank Guide - Shadowlands 9.0.5
Welcome to Wowhead's Guardian Druid guide, updated for ! This guide will teach you to master playing Guardian Druid in all aspects of the game, helping you to survive the greatest threats in Raids and Mythic+ dungeons.
Throughout this guide, we will cover many different aspects to increase your Guardian Druid expertise, including concepts like Guardian Druid talents and talents builds, Guardian Druid BiS gear choices, Guardian Druid stat priorities, among many other aspects of your class and specialization. Make sure to navigate to additional pages of the Guardian Druid guide to find more in-depth information on topics such as Covenants, Legendaries, Soulbinds, Conduits, Mythic+, and Raids.
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How to Play Guardian Druid in Shadowlands
Whether you are a returning Guardian Druid or a new Bear cub rising in power, welcome to the Bear gang! It's time to carry your friends in dungeons and raids with your thick iron-like fur and powerful swipes.
Guardian Druids are one of the best mitigation tanks in the game, with
being our main mitigation spell. This allows us to reach armor cap easily, reducing physical damage intake by a massive amount. Any damage that does get through our thick fur is quickly healed up by
and the combination of these two spells make us a very sturdy tank. We take a steady amount of damage and do an excellent job at smoothing damage intake overall. Along with our large health pools, Guardian Druids are tanks that healers love to heal.
Our resource is
. We have a rage bar while in
and our tanking process heavily revolves around the ebb and flow of rage generation. We use rage generating spells like
to allow us to use our tanking spells
We primarily deal damage with our two damage-over-time spells,
, along with our AoE filler spell,
. Our single target abilities are
, which generates Rage and
, which can be used to dump excess rage.
As members of the Druid class, we have access to one of the coolest things in World of Warcraft:
This allows us to shift into multiple forms such as
to access their unique powers and abilities, like an instant cast flying form with
or stealth in cat form with
If you are looking a brief overview of how to play a Guardian Druid in Shadowlands, please visit our
for a short summary on Covenants, Legendaries, Stats and more!
Guardian Druid Starter Guide
For more information on how to play your Guardian Druid, please see our
9.0.5 Changes for Guardian Druid
) damage and healing increased by 25% and the effectiveness of periodic effects increased to 25% (was 20%).
) can no longer cast Full Moon and Feral Frenzy in PvP.
) now increases your critical strike chance by .8% per stack at Rank 1 (was .5%).
These buffs boosted the Necrolord and Venthyr covenants quite significantly, making them much closer to Night Fae.
Guardian Druid Strengths and Weaknesses
Shadowlands Highlights for Guardian Druid
Shadowlands introduces several new expansion-specific features to help customize your character in the form of Covenants and Legendaries. Choosing a Covenant is the most important decision that your character will make in Shadowlands, as the Covenant abilities and Soulbinds will significantly impact your spec's gameplay and performance. Shadowlands Legendary Powers grant impactful gameplay effects for your character through the new Runecarving system. For more information on these Shadowlands Systems, please see our
Guardian Druid Covenant Overview
Guardian Druid Legendary Guide
Guardian Druid Covenant OverviewGuardian Druid Legendary Guide
If you're a returning player from Battle for Azeroth, you can see all the Druid changes for Shadowlands in our
Druid Class Changes Compilation
Druid Class Changes Guide
How to Gear a Guardian Druid in Shadowlands
Gearing a character can be fairly involved in Shadowlands especially when you need to optimize for a wide variety of content. Below you'll find information on
how to gear a Guardian Druid
in Season 1 of Shadowlands including Best in Slot recommendations.
Guardian Druid Gear Guide
Learn how each stat increases your throughput and which you should be prioritizing in each type of content with our
. Add finishing touches to your Guardian Druid with all the best consumables, gems, and enchants in our
Guardian Druid Stats GuideGuardian Druid Consumables Guide
Playing a Guardian Druid in Shadowlands Season 1
Jumping into end-game content may feel intimidating for new Guardian Druids, but we have you covered with guides for a variety of content specifically tailored to Guardian Druids of any item level. Whether you're looking to raid
, jump into
, climb the layers of
, or challenge other players in
combat, we're here to support you no matter your content preference.
Guardian Druid Castle Nathria TipsGuardian Druid Mythic+ GuideGuardian Druid Torghast GuideGuardian Druid PvP Guide
Guardian Druid Facts
Troll, Tauren, Highmountain Tauren, and Zandalari Troll Horde races can be Druids, as well as Night Elves, Worgen, and Kul Tiran for the Alliance.
Druids can use daggers, fist weapons, 1H maces, 2H maces, polearms, and staves.
Guardian's iconic and most important abilities are
Best Races for Guardian Druids
with their strong
, due to their
with their powerful
What Makes Guardian Druids Special?
Guardian Druid is a tanking specialization, you can learn more about all types of tanks in our
Guardian Druid Changes in Shadowlands
Shadowlands adds many new abilities and changes for all Classes, including Guardian Druid. For a detailed view of all the changes, check out our Druid Changes in Shadowlands Guide!
All Druid Changes in Shadowlands
New Artifact Transmog Options for Guardian Druid
Shadowlands brings new changes for
Artifact Transmog Options
, allowing players to transmog their weapons to any of their other spec Artifact appearances.
All Artifact Weapon ModelsAcquiring Artifact Appearances
Our Guardian Druid guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
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Bare druids is not so good at uh moonfare spam but its OK b/c a bare durid haf many armors & when a thing hits durid, maybe thing gets borken hand LOL!
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really bad tank im not recommending to use it.
Guardian druid? I guess I switch back to it because I don't tank with it. I just use it as an AGI magic user and it works very well but of course bear form is better. Who knows. Do you want to work with a team or by yourself? Role play is fun but optimizing for a group is nice too. When I switched to guardian druid because the dungeon running team was a little weak with the healing it was nice too.
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