How to play a Druid in WoW dungeons – Feral cat spec

Liked the idea of playing a Feral Cat Druid, but for some reason everyone in your dungeon group is annoyed with you? No worries. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what’s going on as a new player – read on for some helpful guides on how to play a druid in WoW:

I keep dying!

Don’t use too much AoE.

Generally speaking, the mobs should be hitting the tank, not you. If they’re hitting you, you may have accidentally caused too much threat. Make sure not to use too many AoE abilities. In particular, don’t use Swipe if you’re likely to catch mobs that the tank does not yet have under control.

Don’t stand in front of the boss

As a feral druid in cat form, you need to close to melee range to do damage. You’ll do far more damage standing behind the boss than you will if you stand in front of him, though, and many bosses do significant damage to anyone standing in front of them.

My teammates say I am a “ninja”

Don’t roll need on armor that is not suitable for your class and role

Druids are unique among classes in WoW. They’re the only class capable of fulfilling all four of the roles within a party – tank, healer, ranged DPS and melee DPS. If you’ve chosen to play a feral cat druid, though, you should only roll need on armor suitable for that specific role.

Druids can wear both cloth armor and leather armor, but as feral cat druid you should only be wearing leather armor. Your most important stat is Agility, so you should be looking for gear which provides a bonus to that stat.

Use Cower

Your Cower ability reduces your “threat” on your current target. If you’re being attacked, use it and it should reduce the chances of you dying.

My tank is annoyed with me / other people say I am tanking

Don’t attack before the tank

The tank should start each fight, and will attack the mobs first. Don’t attack first – even if the tank is already running towards the mobs, be sure you don’t use an ability which will land before she gets there. In particular, if you’re with a Death Knight or Paladin tank, don’t use Feral Charge until they have arrived at the monster.

If you’re attacking from stealth, be sure to let the tank start the attack before you use your first ability.

Don’t use Bear form

The druid bear form is intended for use when you are taking the role of the tank. If you’re not tanking, don’t use Bear form. If you do, you’ll make it harder for the real tank to control the fight, and you’ll do less damage to boot.

h2{#dps). My teammates say my damage sucks

Make sure you’ve spent all of your talent points

Talent Points are additional powers you get as you level up. To see them, press “N”. You should ensure that you’ve spent all the talent points you have available. If you’re stuck, you can get a good idea for suggested distribution of talent points by reading our feral kitty cat druid talent spec, rotation, reforging and glyph guide.

Make sure you have the correct glyphs

You can find Glyphs from the bottom of your Talent window (press “N” and look for the Glyphs tab at the bottom). Most glyphs are not that important, but you need to have the following Prime glyphs – fill up as many Prime Glyph slots as you currently have:

  • Glyph of Rip
  • Glyph of Berserk
  • Glyph of Shred

You buy glyphs from the Auction House. Some may be very expensive – it’s worth saving up for them (see our guide to making enough money to buy things on the Auction House) . You, or a guildmate, may be able to make the glyphs you need if you have the Inscription profession.

Make sure you’re using the right abilities

If you’re struggling to do high damage, try using the following very simplified sequence. You should work your way down the list from the top to the bottom, using the first ability that’s available each time.

  • Use Tiger’s Fury if it’s available.
  • Use Beserk if it’s available.
  • Use Rip once you have 5 combo points.
  • Use Shred to build up combo points.

If you are not high enough level to have some of those abilities: Ignore the abilities you don’t have yet and just use the others.

These is a very simplified priority system, which won’t get the most out of your abilities but which should enable you to reach acceptable levels of damage-dealing. Once you’ve mastered the simple system, you can move on to the more complex priority systems detailed in our guide to feral druid rotation.

My teammates say my gear is bad

Don’t use gear with the wrong stats

Druids can wear both cloth armor and leather armor, but as feral cat druid you should only be wearing leather armor. Your most important stat is Agility, so you should be wearing gear which provides a bonus to that stat. Useful secondary stats are Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Haste, Expertise and Mastery. If a piece of gear does not provide a bonus to at least one of those stats, you probably shouldn’t be wearing it.

My teammates don’t want me healing – but I have healing spells!

Don’t use your healing spells unless it’s an emergency

Your healing spells are useful for soloing, but in a group you’re better focusing on what feral cat druids are best at – doing damage – and letting the healer do healing.

It might seem like you’re helping the healer out by healing yourself, but in actual fact, by taking yourself away from doing damage, you’re making her job harder. You’ll need to leave Cat form in order to use virtually any healing spell, which remove all of your major damage-dealing abilities until you re-enter Cat form.