It looks like that Dragonflight won’t be a game-changing expansion for any class. But some novelties like the new talent system definitely will diversify your routines, so let’s check all you need to know about the upcoming adventures in our WoW Druid guide.
Dragonflight Druid Overview
Druid is one of the most famous WoW classes with an absolutely unique feature of shape-shifting. Depending on specializations, Druid transforms into various forms like Bear, Cat, Moonkin, or even living Tree. Beyond the specialization forms, Druid also has Travel Form that includes Aquatic Form and Flight Form depending on environment and zone specifics.
Various specializations and forms provide Druid with various resources, so playing characters of one class you can try totally different gameplay.
Dragonflight Druid Spec Choice
Another feature that distinguishes Druid from other WoW classes is the fact, that Druid has four specializations with all possible game roles. By choosing Balance you can become a great ranged DPS, Feral Druid provides you with Cat form as melee DPS, Guardian spec will make you a tank in Bear Form, and, finally, Restoration gives you an opportunity to try Healer gameplay.
This RDPS Druid specialization uses damage-over-time abilities and single-target or multiple-target spells depending on the situation. Also, rotation builds around Eclipse mechanics that boost your Arcane spells or Nature spells depending on Eclipse. So Balance Druid should carefully choose timings to affect the fight flow as much as possible.
Feral Druid prefers Cat form to be invisible at the start of the fight and uses a combo points system like Rogue. Gaining these points by single-target and AoE spells including bleeding options, Feral destroys enemies using finishing abilities. While in the past expansions this spec almost never was in the highest tier lists, playing like a Cat can be really fun.
Druid Tank specialization sometimes plays like you don’t need to have to be healed in the party at all. It’s a strong tank with a great health pool, various damage-reducting abilities, and a lot of healing options. If Magic damage sometimes can be a problem, you almost don’t feel the Physical or Melee damage encounters.
Healing Druid spec has pretty outstanding gameplay based on heal-over-time spells. You will cover your teammates with various single-target spells or mass HoTs and sometimes use explosive spells like Flourish or Tranquility to heal up multiple targets in the hardest moments of encounters.
Dragonflight Druid Changes
Dragonflight does not oblige players to figure out various new systems, but some significant changes can surprise you:
- Despite the fact, that Shadowlands legendaries and covenants remain in the past and can’t be used in Dragonflight, some legendary effects, tier set bonuses, and covenant abilities like Convoke the Spirits become a part of new talent trees;
- The new talent system is much more flexible, so players now can change builds for any situation and personal preferences. Also, now you don’t need to be in the capital or rest zone to change build or some talents;
- Tier sets are available in the new raid Vault of the Incarnates and still provide players with great bonuses. You can read our full Dragonfgliht Ties Sets guide to learn how to get sets and their bonuses.
Dragonflight Druid Talents
As we said before, the talent tree has been revamped, so this part of mastering your character will be the most challenging. Below you can find brief information about new specifics and talent changes, and closer to the Dragonflight release we will add the most popular build there too.
The first you need to know is a change of Mastery stat. Now you will deal more Arcane damage to the enemies under Moonfire and more Nature damage to the targets under Sunfire. Also, another favorite tool of all Moonkins Starfall now doesn’t have CD and can be stacked.
Convoke the Spirits joined the talent tree, but you can’t use it together with Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, because now you should choose one of these spells. Shadowlands Balance tier set bonuses that provided you with free Fury of the Elune for the 8 sec also become a Sundered Fimament talent you can learn on the 70 level. Some legendaries like Primordial Arcanic Pulsar, Balance of all Things, or Circle of Life and Death also become talents, but with some changes. In the case of Primordial Arcanic Pulsar, for example, you need to spend 600 astral energy to get the effect from talent.
So, in Dragonflight, you still can use your favorite Shadowlands effects, but a little weakened.
The same things with Feral talents, who are joined by tier set bonuses like Berserk: Heart of the Lion, legendary effects like Circle of Life and Death, Apex Predator’s Craving, Cat’s Curiosity, and covenant abilities.
And for the rest Feral got a boost for many talents and main rotation abilities, so we can hope, that Dragonflight will help Cats shine bright.
In Dragonflight key tanking abilities Frenzied Regeneration and Survival Instincts lost second charges, but players can fix this situation by learning relevant talents. In other moments specialization significantly wasn’t changed and has managed to preserve some of the best Shadowlands features in new talent trees. For example:
- Convoke the Spirits became the part of Guardian talent tree but you should choose between it and Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc;
- Shadowlands legendary effects like Circle of Life and Death and Ursoc’s Fury were added too, but now look weaker.
Like Feral, Resto Dru can combine Night Fae and Necrolord covenant abilities as talents to get a great boost for heal and damage at the same time. Despite the fact, that you should choose between Convoke the Spirits and Incarnation: Tree of Life talents, you still can use free Tree form from Shadowlands tier set bonuses with a help of Reforestation talent. So, if you spent a lot of time playing Restoration in Shadowlands Season 3 or 4, you will feel convenient in Dragonflight.
Dragonflight Druid Leveling
Four specializations give players all possible options for convenient leveling the way they like.
- Choosing dungeon leveling, you always can find a party fast as a Tank or Heal, so you won’t need to take a pause or complete other leveling actions while you are in a queue;
- Leveling in the Open World, you can pull a high number of enemies to blast them with your AoE spells as Balance Druid;
- Finally, Cat also has some AoE spells, a nice rotation, uses bleedings, and can skip the hardest moments by using Stealth;
- Also, don’t forget about Travel Form, several movement speed-boosting effects, and a lot of control abilities that help you to avoid unwanted fights;
- Zandalar Druids also have a kind of Goblin Glider Kit ability Pterrodax Swoop, which can be useful if you playing this race.
Dragonflight Druid Stats
There are no mostly changes compared to Shadowlands, but also it won’t be superfluous to remind you about Druid Stat Priority.
In high Mythic+ runs, you can ignore Mastery to deal more damage.
Dragonflight Druid Best Race
The first thing you need to know is that almost no one allied race can significantly change your Druid gameplay. And even basic races in most cases can’t make your performances better. So, you can bravely choose the race depending on shapeshifting form appearances.
|Balance||Night Elf can be useful because of Shadowmeld stealth and Touch of Elune passive buffs.||Troll because of Berserking haste buff.|
|Feral||There is no one best option, but you can take a closer look at Night Elf with Shadowmeld and Touch of Elune.||All races are at the same level.|
|Guardian||All races are at the same level.||Tauren can be preferable because of Endurance Stamina buff and War Stomp stun.|
|Restoration||Night Elf Shadowmeld can be useful in dungeons.||Troll Berserking haste buff can be useful sometimes, but not game-changing at all.|
Dragonflight Druid Best Professions
As a leather-wearing class, Druid always can choose Leatherworking to get access to suitable gear. In Dragonflight, it can be even more useful because of new quality levels of crated items that provide you with the gear of even Mythic raid item level. Skinning can be paired profession for you in this case.
Also, you always can level the pair of Gathering professions for gold making, or use for this goal Jewelcrafting or Alchemy. So, just choose the profession to your liking first of all.
Dragonflight Druid Macros
Even in the days when one addon like WeakAura can replace the wide pool of other addons, macros stay indispensable. So, let us remind you of at least some general macros useful for all Druid specializations.
Helps you to cast spell on your mouseover target.
#showtooltip Remove Corruption
/cast [target=mouseover,help,nodead][target=target] Remove Corruption
Uses Remove Corruption spell on your mouseover target.
We’ll hope, our guide will help you become one of the best Druids in Dragonflight. Stay tuned, don’t miss our Dragonflight Druid updates, and don’t forget to rate this article.