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Druid builds For leveling after 4.3.4 going forward
This is the build that I would go with for a druid build for leveling, it is the best for leveling a druid as fast as possible. I have done a ton of research on a lot of these talents, but all of that math was done from the perspective of a max level character looking to level. The comments I will make here are based almost entirely on my experience with druids and leveling characters. I have not done any DPS specifically for this post, but rather I am going off of what I have previously discovered and also the latest patch info combined.
My Leveling Philosophy is as follows:
There are a lot of different ways to level your druid. Some people prefer to go slow to experience as much content as possible. Some others like to do PvP or run a ton of dungeons or instances. I prefer neither of these avenues. I have one main goal while leveling a druid. Get to the next level as quickly as possible. Therefore I make some choices in this process that may seem a little odd to the untrained eye. Here are some more details:
Druid builds Leveling Spec – 4.3.4 and Cataclysm
This is My favorite Feral Druid build for leveling, since Feral is the fastest from 1-80. Some players like to start Feral spec, then switch at level 40 or so to Balance for Moonkin form. I prefer to continue with feral to keep the leveling ball rolling smoothly.
With the Cataclysm talent system there are a few differences to look at.
- You’re now locked into one particular tree until you reach 31 points in that particular tree.
- You get certain abilities or bonuses automatically when you pick your main tree to go with.
- 31 points gets you to the pinnacle of your tier talent tree fastest and 41 pts (at level 85) is all the points you get to allocate now.
- Mastery is a trainable ability that gives you a bonus to some abilility, such as increased damage. Cataclysm gear will quite often come with a Mastery rating and stacking that rating will make greater the bonus you receive. Whether or not that’s better than stacking your hit rating or critical or anything else, time will answer this question.
Cataclysm Feral Druid Leveling spec
When you get to level 10 you pick up your first Feral talent and then you’re locked into that particular tree for a while. You will also pick up the Mangle ability at this level. As you make your way through the levels and the Feral tree you will also, automatically, learn the following things:
- Aggression – improves attack power by 25%
- Vengence – as you take on damage, in your Bear form, you will gain attack power
- Feral Instinct – you will become more difficult to detect while prowling
- Mastery: Savage Defender / Razor Claws - For Savage Defender, damage absorbed by the Savage Defense ability is much improved. For Razor Claws, it will raise the damage from your bleed effects.
The Feral build: This druid build is intended to get you to the top talent rank, Berserk at 31 points, ASAP. After that is achieved we can apply more feral talents or go off into the other skill trees as well.
- 3/3 in Furor – Gain rage when shifting to Bear form, retain your energy when shifting to cat form, gain mana.
- 2/2 in Predatory Strikes – Increased critical chance on your Ravage, chance of next Nature spell becoming an instant cast
- 3/3 in Fury Swipes – Cat and Bear auto-attacks have a chance to do a 200% weapon damage strike
- 2/2 in Primal Fury – A chance to get rage or combo points from critical hits.
- Feral Charge – Charge while in bear or cat form and stun your enemy.
- 2/2 in Stampede – While in Bear form, this increases haste after charging; in Cat form, after charging, your next Ravage does not require stealth for a few seconds.
- If you’re tanking frequently, or using Bear form a bunch, go with 2/3 Thick Hide, which increases armor and reduces the criticals that will hit you. Otherwise I would suggest you go 2/3 King of the Jungle which increases your bear damage and allows Toger’s Fury to restore some of your energy.
- Leader of the Pack – Increases critical chance for your entire party or raid and your critical strikes have a chance to heal you and restore your mana a bit.
- 2/2 in Brutal Impact – pumps the stun duration of Bash and Pounce, decreases cool downs, victims of Skull Bash have elevated mana costs for a few seconds.
- 2/2 in Nurturing Instinct – Your Agility elevates your healing spells and while in cat form you get 20% improved effect from all healing spells cast on you.
- 3/3 in King of the Jungle – this speaks for itself
- 2/2 in Primal Madness – Raises your Rage and Energy
- Survival Instincts – Reduces damage taken by 60% for 12 seconds while in Bear or Cat form.
- 1/2 in Endless Carnage – Increases active durations of Rake, Savage Roar, and Pulverize
- 3/3 in Rend and Tear – Elevates damage done to bleeding targets
- Pulverize – An instant strike that does more damage depending on how many Lacerates you have on the mob.
- 1/2 in Feral Swiftness – Increases movement speed in cat form and raises dodge chance in cat or bear form.
- Berserk – Among several other thing this clears fear effect and makes you immune to fear for a limited time.
- You can now pick up talents in the other trees, however, this is what I would pick
- 3/3 in heart of the Wild – Increases your statistics
- 2/2 in Natural Shapeshifter – Reduces the mana cost of shapeshifting abilities
- Master Shapeshifter – Improves all your shapeshifter forms.
- 2/2 in Feral Swiftness – increases your speed in cat form and increases your dodge a bit while in cat and bare form
- 2/2 in Endless Carnage – increases the duration of rake, savage roar and pulverize
- 2/2 in Natural reaction – Makes your bear form tougher, or 2/2 in Blood in the Water which refreshes Rip on low health mobs.
Before Bear Form:
- Spam Wrath, keep your buffs going and active, keep your heals handy if you get into a sticky situation.
- Moonfire is great for mobs that run away and a good finishing blow. not a ton of damage done, but it’s instant and does it’s damage time released.
As you level and get new abilities, you should attempt to:
- Keep Savage Roar active always.
- Use Mangle and Rake to build up combo points whenever possible
- at 3-5 Comb points use Rip ability
- If the above isn’t enough, go to Tiger’s Fury and Berserk, as you feel is necessary
This Feral talent druid build is centered on providing the greatest amount of possible damage while in your cat form, although it can also be used for Bear form as well. (Bears can smell fear! j/k hehe) Either way you go, with a combo of huge DPS and respectable healing capabilities as well, this will hold it’s own with both rogues and hunters at the front of the leveling up fast race.
With this class talent trees being a mixture of excellent talents and “soso” filler talents, you will have to use up a point here and there, to simply fill the holes between the truly desired abilities, and those that will help you get to the next tier on the tree.
Stats & Gear Help
For this druid build, focus primarily on melee stats in much the same manner as other melee-based classes out there. This makes it pretty easy for us to gear our Druid, given the massive amounts of DPS gear that is prevalent at all levels of World of Warcraft.
If you’re spending a lot of your playing time in bear form, then Strength should comes first on your stat importance list. Strength gives you an increase in attack power which is raised even further by your Heart of the Wild talent, meaning you get a ton of attack power overall and therefore, a grip of damage. All your feral cat abilities scale with Strength as well.
Your second most important statistics include Stamina and Agility. Agility will add even more increase to attack power and your damage capabilities. Stamina gives you more health, and therefore increases your chances of surviving. If you seem to be tanking more than you should focus your attention more on stamina and if you are DPS them you will want more agility respectively.
Primary stats: While leveling you really only need to think about these things. People differ on Strength Vs. Agility. Strength gives increased attack power, Agility gives more critical hits. High Strength gives you more consistent damage, high Agility gives you more of those exciting critical strike numbers.
- Strength and Agility
- Stamina (if you find yourself dying to much)
Secondary stats (more important at higher levels and for raiding and PvP) Remember, this is for leveling, not raiding or PvP. The value of any of these stats will change a lot depending on your build and which role you choose to play in a given situation.
- Hit rating is important until you hit 164 max
- Critical chance – more is always good
- Attack Power – more is always better
- Armor penetration – more is always better
- Expertise – up to the max of 164
- Haste rating – up to the max of 164
- Spell power – not important at all really (with this druid build)
- Mastery: Coming along with Cataclysm.