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Feral Druid – Bear Tanking

Bear Druid – Feral Tanking Talent Build:

Feral Tank Build

As the tank you have one main task, which is easy with patch 4.3:  Keep the boss from attacking the other players in your group/raid

You have the secondary task of survival. And decent healer can keep you up in 5 man dungeons, unless you pull way too many mobs. It’s a little harder as you progress through the Cataclysm raids.

Don’t forget your other abilities, such as interrupting, using Innervate or Rebirth, or even helping to DPS at times. The better you can perform those tasks the more valuable you will be to your group or raid.


It’s useful to learn all of the Druid glyphs, unless you know that you will only tank and never heal or DPS. This gives you the flexibility to swap glyphs in and out as you need to do so.

Prime Glyphs – for Bear tanks there are really only these three choices:

  1. Berserk – Mandatory
  2. Mangle – Mandatory
  3. Lacerate – Mandatory

Major Glyphs – a bit more flexibility here.

  1. Faerie Fire – Recommended for the armor debuff.
  2. Maul – Useful for AoE/Multi-target fights
  3. Feral Charge
  4. Frenzied Regeneration
  5. Rebirth

Minor Glyphs:

  1. Unburdened Rebirth
  2. Challenging Roar
  3. Dash


Here are your highest priority abilities.

  1. Mangle – On Cooldown
  2. Berserk – On Cooldown
  3. Maul – With excess rage
  4. Demoralizing Roar – Keep applied to targets
  5. Lacerate – Apply debuff, stacks to 3
  6. Thrash
  7. Pulverize – Keep active
  8. Faerie Fire (Feral) – Keep active

AoE Rotation

  1. Swipe
  2. Thrash

Your tanking strategy for multiple mob pulls is to utilize Swipe and Thrash as much as possible while also applying your Mangle and Lacerate debuff to each target.


  1. Enrage
  2. Survival Instincts
  3. Barkskin

Stat Priorities:

Agility > Stamina > Dodge > Mastery > Expertise (26) > Critical > Hit > Haste

  • While Armor is one of your most important stats it’s not something you can really gear for as it comes with your gear and there are very few enchants and no gems for it. Leave it be as your gear will provide enough.
  • Agility increases attack power, critical strike chance, and dodge chance. This provides you with more damage and more threat, as well as somewhat greater damage avoidance.
  • Stamina increases your total health and increases the effectiveness of Vengeance which further increases your damage and threat.
  • Dodge increases your chance to avoid damage.
  • Mastery increases the effectiveness of your Savage Defense ability, allowing you to absorb more damage.
  • Expertise reduces the chance of your attacks being dodged or parried.
With the threat mechanics in patch 4.3 (your strikes all do a lot more threat than before) there is less need for Hit or Expertise.


When reforging gear, it’s important that you look to reforge from your least effective stat into the most effective for whatever gear goal you are currently aiming for.  See our stat priority list for more information.

Dodge and Mastery are your most important stats as a Bear tank. Reforge the other stats into these two where you can.


The quick and dirty gemming method: Agility gems (Delicate) in all slots, but two. Equip two yellow gems somewhere to activate your Meta gem. Ignore socket bonuses unless they are around +14 or better Agility per gem slot.

The epic gems are very expensive. It’s not a big loss to drop down one level and save a lot of gold.



Feral Druid Bear Tanking Build


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  1. this guide is really helpful i just make a wow account and i like the whole druid animal change thing and this helped a lot thank you. 🙂

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