Guardian Druid Tank Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.0.5
Welcome to our Guardian Druid starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Guardian Druid, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Guardian Druid Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
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Best Guardian Druid Covenant
Each covenant has their own strengths and weaknesses and are excel in different aspects of the game, but overall we suggest Night Fae as it is the one of the most flexible covenants and great for all 4 of the druid specs.
Here is a quick look reference table for each of the Covenants' main strengths and weaknesses.
Best Raid Covenants
Best Mythic+ Covenants
Gameplay wise, there is not a huge difference between the 4 covenants, most of them revolve around a cooldown that you essentially just press off-cooldown for a boost in power, Night Fae is flexible in the way that you can choose whether to use it a dps/healing or tank cooldown based off the form that you cast it in.
Best Guardian Druid Covenant
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Best Guardian Druid Legendaries
For Legendaries, Guardian Druids have quite a few good options, especially if we are looking to min-max damage on a fight to fight basis, but crafting all of these can take a long time, so in general we suggest crafting
as a fantastic overall choice in all content.
for a Defensive Raiding option.
for a balanced Raiding/Mythic+ option.
for Offensive single target dps.
for Offensive AoE dps.
If you plan on making multiple, remember that you don't have to upgrade them at the same rate, focus on upgrading the legendary that suits your playstyle best and make sure to check out our
to learn more about the legendaries available to us as Guardian Druids, or our
to find all the materials you need to craft them.
Guardian Druid Legendaries Guide
Best Guardian Druid Talents
Guardian Druid changes talents based on the encounter, but below is a very standard build that will do well in all content, to further optimize and understand which talents excel where check out our,
Guardian Druid Talent Guide
that goes into more detail for each talent, as well as providing specific builds for questing, Mythic+, and Raids.
Guardian Druid Talents Guide
Guardian Druid Stat Priority
Unlike previous expansions, primary stats such as Agility are much more important than they used to be, and secondary stats are close enough together that item level is almost always the more important factor when it comes to choosing gear. You can find out more about how each stat benefits us in our
, or get an overview of the best-in-slot gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the
Guardian Druid Gear Guide
Agility > Versatility > Haste > Mastery = Crit
: Increases all damage done by native class spells, abilities, and auto attacks. Previously out-scaled by secondaries but now back on top as primary stats should be.
: Both increases our damage done and reduces our damage taken by half the amount, which is always a fantastic bonus as a tank.
: Speeds up our rotation by reducing both the GCD and the cooldown of the rotational abilities Thrash, Mangle, and Frenzied Regeneration. This helps our rotation flow more fluidly while also increasing our rage generation significantly. In addition to all these bonuses haste also increases the rate at which our Moonfire and Thrash ticks at and causes our auto attacks to happen more often for some extra rage.
: Grants us some dodge rating on top of increasing the likelihood that we critical strike with our abilities, this is a significant DPS stat however the dodge granted is rather underwhelming from a defensive perspective and out-shined by the other secondaries.
: Increases our maximum health and healing received, as well as increasing our Attack Power. This is a very decent defensive and even offensive stat and is quite well rounded.
Guardian Druid Stats Guide
Guardian Druid Enchants and Consumables
: Increase stamina and tertiary bonuses, which are largely interchangeable. When in doubt, choose leech or movement speed -
: Agility and damage proc -
or 10 more stats
: Hearth cooldown -
: 15 Agility -
: Increased Vers -
: Lightless Force -
for a defensive choice
Guardian Druid Enchants Guide
Best Guardian Druid Rotation
This is a standard Guardian Druid rotation, using the talents recommended above. More optimized rotations and a more in-depth look at our intricate dps rotation involving shapeshifting can be found on our
Guardian Druid Rotation Guide
ticking at all times for extra damage and threat
procs for rage and to spread moonfire efficiently
Fill empty GCDs with
Guardian Druid Rotation Guide
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