Guardian Druid Tanking Guide

Tauren bearThis page focuses on Guardians as tanks in a PvE (raiding) environment.

For Druid leveling, info on other specs,  or Druid PvP see the links just below.

This Guardian Druid guide is primarily intended for use in tanking PvE instances and Raids at max level. However, the principals will still apply during the leveling process. If you’re looking for advice on leveling your Druid, check out our Druid Leveling Guide.


  1. Guardian Talents
  2. Glyphs
  3. Stats
  4. Guardian tanking rotations
  5. Gems and Enchants
  6. Consumables
  7. Races
  8. Professions
  9. Leveling Faster
If you want the same in-game step by step leveling guide that we use to get to max level as fast as possible, take a look at our favorite in-game leveling guide.



Other Druid Guides: 


Guardian Bear Talents

Our choices are checked, Best talent

There are situations where you might want a different talent. They’re easy to change and you will need one Tome of the Quiet Mind for each change you make.


Stat Priorities

Get your Stam and Ag from gear only, then go for:

Stamina: Make sure you have enough that your healers have to to take care of you. You should be able to survive at least two hits.

Crit  –

Haste lets you make more attacks in any unit of time which results in that much more threat and rage.

Mastery helps to smooth out incoming damage and makes life easier for your healers (and you.) This and your health pool should keep you up long enough for your healers to take care of you.

Dodge: The opponent’s missed strikes do no damage to you, but smoothing out the damage that you are taking (by stacking the other stats) is more important.



Guardian Gems for Tanking

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Guardian Druid Tanking Enchantments

While most of these are defensive enchants, there are a few to add some firepower. Some Hit enchants are shown if you still, somehow, need that stat.

Head enchants do not exist, all shoulder enchants come from the Inscription profession.


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All food buffs last one hour and provide only one stat.


Druid Races for Guardians

Druids are the most exclusive of all classes.

The difference between races is largely visual as opposed to bringing any real advantage to any particular race. Trolls might be the most generally useful, but pick the race that works best for you. But, if you want to be “efficient,” then here are the details for each race:

  • Tauren – Maybe the best tanks, due the the increased health and the stomp.
    • War Stomp stuns nearby opponents
    • Increased health (about 5%, about 20k for a 400k health pool,) but doesn’t seem to scale well at very high levels.
    • Good with Herbalism
  • Worgen – Movement and DPS
    • Can periodically move quickly, which is useful.
    • Increased crit chance is nice, since Crit is a great stat for you.
    • Increased skinning speed and skill
  • Troll– Best tusks.
    • Berserking increases attack and casting speed.
    • Damage increased Vs beasts, all 5 million of them, which is nice while leveling and will have some use Vs beast mobs in dungeons and raids.
    • Ranged weapon Expertise is a useless ability for Guardians.
    • Reduced duration of movement imparing effects, useful for most, but your shapeshift is a far superior “break free” ability.
  • Night Elf – Not much going on here.
    • Shadowmeld has situational use. You fade away, dropping aggro, but must remain stationary. Only useful if you’re tired of your team and you want the boss to smash all of them.
    • 2% dodge is a nice ability for you.
    • Faster movement while stealthed is nice when prowling, but it has no use in tanking.
    • Resistance to Nature damage


Professions for Guardian Druids

All of the professions provide some benefit for any class/spec, though clearly some are better than others. Even the gathering professions have some value, though you might be better served by using those to build a larger gold stash.

Guardian Professions
Jewelcrafting Make nicer gems for your own use.
Engineering has lots of interesting toys, some of which have situational use, and Synapse Springs, which increases Ag by 71 for a short time. If you take this use a macro to activate it along with other short term buffs.


The Fast Druid Leveling Guide

Zygor's Druid Leveling GuideGuardians are fine tanks and while you can level all the way to the cap in the dungeon system sometimes it’s nice to step out into the world and do some questing. Or maybe you’re leveling another alt who doesn’t get your tank’s instant-queues into the dungeons.

Either way, you’re looking at a lot of quests and a pretty fair amount of time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do that a lot faster?

You can. You will save you many days of in-game time and also save a good deal of frustration, even if you already know many or most of the quests.

How? By using Zygor’s Guide. Zygor’s automates the whole leveling path, showing you exectly where to go and what to do every step of the way to the level cap, automatically updating as you complete tasks and quests, and is like having an expert helping you every step of the way.

Pick your starting point, regardless of your level, and the guide automatically updates and advances as you complete quests, sets a waypoint arrow automatically, and includes all the important quest info.

Want to step away from questing to dungeon level or PvP? No problem. Zygor’s is smart enough to detect your level and update appropriately. It’ll even clean up your obsolete quests.

You will probably never need to look at your quest log again!
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2 thoughts on “Guardian Druid Tanking Guide”

  1. just a slight bit of information you forgot in regards to stam. because stam buffs your vengence stam actually helps raise AP and subsequently your SD as well.

    [Good point, thanks. I’ll update the page. -Rog.]

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