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Basic Guidelines and BenchmarksEdit

While bear tanks have a fair amount of flexibility in their gear selection, from feral pvp gear, feral pve gear, to even rogue pve gear, there are a few basic guidelines that a feral tank should "bear" in mind. These are not in any particular order, as a good feral tank will work to balance all these items while meeting minimum specifications.

With Survival of the Fittest (a talent that every feral tank should have) which gives 3% decreased chance to be crit, you need a Defense skill of 415, or a total of 5.6% decreased chance to be crit, in order to be uncrittable against the average boss-level monster, who is always considered to be 3 levels above you (Your mileage may vary in regards to Sunwell Plateau due to the hidden Sunwell Radiance buff - it is generally believed that this is a harbinger of things to come in WOTLK). This is of critical importance for a feral tank as a bear can never become immune to Crushing Blows. Any defense over the cap of 415 is largely wasted. Some will argue that the added defense skill still gives you some bonuses to dodge, however you are much better dumping the extra defense points and investing in additional agility or stamina.

Some of this anti-crit can also come from Resilience, a stat that is very common on easily-obtained PvP gear, for example the Dragonhide Battlegear and all the arena sets. Its value compared to Defense is disputed at various level of the tanking progression, as it is weighted differently in the item budget. In either case:

  • 25 defense, or 60 rating, for 1% less crit/more dodge/more miss
  • 39.4 resilience for 1% less crit and 1% less damage from DOTs

Druids can reach the highest levels of raw damage mitigation through armor. At 31,672 armor, a feral tank will reach the 75% cap for damage mitigation from armor against a level 70 mob. The cap against Raid Bosses (level 73) is 35,880 armor.

Agility and dodge are key feral tanking stats as they are the only method a bear has to avoid incoming damage (as opposed to a Warrior or Paladin's block and parry). A newly 70 feral tank should aim for a dodge in the 30% range. Once a bear moves deeper into the raiding environment, they should have enough knowledge to determine how they want to spec their gear. As a general rule of thumb, agility is preferred over dodge as agility adds slightly to your armor and critical rating and scales with stat buffs such as Blessing of Kings.

The last key stat for a bear tank to focus on is stamina. Feral tanks can reach the highest levels of hit points of all the tanking classes. This is important to a feral tank since without block, parry, and immunity to crushing blows, their only option is to "eat" the spike damage. A new feral tank should aim for 12,000 to 14,000 hit points self-buffed. If you have reached the defense cap of 415, do not be afraid to gem all your open slots with [Solid Star of Elune], regardless of gem set bonuses.

One item that should be touched on, but is more important for raiders than for the casual bear tank is hit rating. There are many times when adding a little hit rating will have a significant impact in a player's threat per second.

An important note is that to get crit immune, resilience is also a good option for a bear tank, as 39.4 resilience gives the same crit chance reduction as 25 defense. This means roughly that 40 resilience equals 60 defense rating for a level 70 character. Resilience does not give dodge like defense does, but is often easier to obtain and cheaper in Blizzards item budget so overall a slightly better way to get crit immune as stacking defense rating.

Crit Immunity ChartEdit

Find the defense rating you have and it will tell you how much resilience you need to be crit immune. This chart assumes you have Survival of the Fittest.

Key: Defense Rating - Resilience Rating

 1 - 101.7722   | 29 - 83.073898 | 57 - 64.375593 |  85 - 45.677288 | 113 - 26.978983 | 141 - 8.280678
 2 - 101.10441  | 30 - 82.406102 | 58 - 63.707797 |  86 - 45.009492 | 114 - 26.311186 | 142 - 7.6128814
 3 - 100.43661  | 31 - 81.738305 | 59 - 63.04     |  87 - 44.341695 | 115 - 25.64339  | 143 - 6.9450847
 4 -  99.768814 | 32 - 81.070508 | 60 - 62.372203 |  88 - 43.673898 | 116 - 24.975593 | 144 - 6.2772881
 5 -  99.101017 | 33 - 80.402712 | 61 - 61.704407 |  89 - 43.006102 | 117 - 24.307797 | 145 - 5.6094915
 6 -  98.43322  | 34 - 79.734915 | 62 - 61.03661  |  90 - 42.338305 | 118 - 23.64     | 146 - 4.9416949
 7 -  97.765424 | 35 - 79.067119 | 63 - 60.368814 |  91 - 41.670508 | 119 - 22.972203 | 147 - 4.2738983
 8 -  97.097627 | 36 - 78.399322 | 64 - 59.701017 |  92 - 41.002712 | 120 - 22.304407 | 148 - 3.6061017
 9 -  96.429831 | 37 - 77.731525 | 65 - 59.03322  |  93 - 40.334915 | 121 - 21.63661  | 149 - 2.9383051
10 -  95.762034 | 38 - 77.063729 | 66 - 58.365424 |  94 - 39.667119 | 122 - 20.968814 | 150 - 2.2705085
11 -  95.094237 | 39 - 76.395932 | 67 - 57.697627 |  95 - 38.999322 | 123 - 20.301017 | 151 - 1.6027119
12 -  94.426441 | 40 - 75.728136 | 68 - 57.029831 |  96 - 38.331525 | 124 - 19.63322  | 152 - 0.9349153
13 -  93.758644 | 41 - 75.060339 | 69 - 56.362034 |  97 - 37.663729 | 125 - 18.965424 | 153 - 0.2671186
14 -  93.090847 | 42 - 74.392542 | 70 - 55.694237 |  98 - 36.995932 | 126 - 18.297627 | 154 - 0
15 -  92.423051 | 43 - 73.724746 | 71 - 55.026441 |  99 - 36.328136 | 127 - 17.629831 |
16 -  91.755254 | 44 - 73.056949 | 72 - 54.358644 | 100 - 35.660339 | 128 - 16.962034 | 
17 -  91.087458 | 45 - 72.389153 | 73 - 53.690847 | 101 - 34.992542 | 129 - 16.294237 | 
18 -  90.419661 | 46 - 71.721356 | 74 - 53.023051 | 102 - 34.324746 | 130 - 15.626441 | 
19 -  89.751864 | 47 - 71.053559 | 75 - 52.355254 | 103 - 33.656949 | 131 - 14.958644 | 
20 -  89.084068 | 48 - 70.385763 | 76 - 51.687458 | 104 - 32.989153 | 132 - 14.290847 | 
21 -  88.416271 | 49 - 69.717966 | 77 - 51.019661 | 105 - 32.321356 | 133 - 13.623051 | 
22 -  87.748475 | 50 - 69.050169 | 78 - 50.351864 | 106 - 31.653559 | 134 - 12.955254 | 
23 -  87.080678 | 51 - 68.382373 | 79 - 49.684068 | 107 - 30.985763 | 135 - 12.287458 | 
24 -  86.412881 | 52 - 67.714576 | 80 - 49.016271 | 108 - 30.317966 | 136 - 11.619661 | 
25 -  85.745085 | 53 - 67.04678  | 81 - 48.348475 | 109 - 29.650169 | 137 - 10.951864 | 
26 -  85.077288 | 54 - 66.378983 | 82 - 47.680678 | 110 - 28.982373 | 138 - 10.284068 | 
27 -  84.409492 | 55 - 65.711186 | 83 - 47.012881 | 111 - 28.314576 | 139 - 9.6162712 | 
28 -  83.741695 | 56 - 65.04339  | 84 - 46.345085 | 112 - 27.64678  | 140 - 8.9484746 | 

Key Stats for Tanking HeroicsEdit

Bear Form

A Night Elf and a Tauren in Bear Form


Initial level 70 tanking gearEdit

The following is a list of tanking gear that is easily attained at levels 69 and 70 that will get you prepared to tank heroic instances and Karazhan

Druid Tank Gear Table
Gear Type Item Name Source Source
Head [Stylin' Purple Hat] Leatherworker [Pattern: Stylin' Purple Hat]
Neck [Necklace of the Deep] Jewelcrafter Trainer
Neck [Mark of the Ravenguard] Sethekk Halls Brother Against Brother
Shoulders [Shoulderpads of Assassination] Sethekk Halls Talon King Ikiss
Back [Thoriumweave Cloak] Mechanar Mechano-Lord Capacitus
Chest [Heavy Clefthoof Vest] Leatherworker [Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Vest]
Wrist [Umberhowl's Collar] Shadowmoon Valley The Cipher of Damnation - The Third Fragment Recovered
Legs [Heavy Clefthoof Leggings] Leatherworker [Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Leggings]
Hands [Verdant Gloves] Shadowmoon Valley Akama's Promise
Feet [Heavy Clefthoof Boots] Leatherworker [Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Boots]
Finger [Iron Band of the Unbreakable] Old Hillsbrad Foothills Lieutenant Drake
Finger [Elementium Band of the Sentry] Arcatraz Harbinger Skyriss
Trinket [Adamantine Figurine] Shadow Labyrinth Blackheart the Inciter
Trinket [Badge of Tenacity] Blade's Edge Mountains [Depleted Badge] Random Drop
Weapon [Braxxis' Staff of Slumber] World Drop Auction House for approx 50 gold
Waist [Manimal's Cinch] Shadowmoon Valley Enraged Spirits of Air
Idol [Idol of the Wild] Hellfire Peninsula Colossal Menace

Estimated stats with recommended gear: Note: A Feral tank's first priority should be reaching the 415 defense cap.

  • Health: 12,014
  • Armor: 24,002
  • Agility: 209
  • Stamina: 800
  • Defense Rating: 172
  • Dodge Rating: 30

If engineering is taken as a profession then a feral druid also has access to the following engineering BoP's for which the materials can easily be farmed or bought:

Engineering tanking gear
Gear Type Item Name Source Source
Head [Deathblow X11 Goggles] Engineering Trained
Trinket [Goblin Rocket Launcher] Engineering Goblin Engineering (Trained)
Trinket [Gnomish Poultryizer] Engineering Gnomish Engineering (Trained)

PvP tanking gear Edit

Depending on your taste for PvP it is possible to obtain several good tank items though Battlegrounds or Arena. Listed here are those obtainable though Battlegrounds. Equivalent items obtained from Arena points are often slightly better but also of course harder to get. Several of these items also make good cat dps items.

Druid Tank Gear Table
Gear Type Item Name Source Source
Head [Merciless Gladiator's Dragonhide Helm] Battlegrounds Alterac Valley
Shoulders [Merciless Gladiator's Dragonhide Spaulders] Battlegrounds Arathi Basin
Wrists [Vindicator's Leather Bracers] Battlegrounds Warsong Gulch
Waist [Vindicator's Leather Belt] Battlegrounds Arathi Basin

Best Tanking Gear for Entry level raids Edit

This gear is collected from entry level raids (Karazhan,Gruuls Lair), quests and Leatherworking patterns.


Druid Tank Gear Table
Gear Type Item Name Source Source Related Item
Head [Stag-Helm of Malorne] Karazhan Prince Malchezaar [Helm of the Fallen Defender]
Neck [Necklace of the Juggernaut] Shattrath City Vendor G'eras [Badge of Justice] x25
Neck [Barbed Choker of Discipline] Karazhan Maiden of Virtue
Shoulders [Mantle of Malorne] Gruuls Lair High King Maulgar [Pauldrons of the Fallen Defender]
Back [Slikk's Cloak of Placation] Shattrath City Vendor G'eras [Badge of Justice] x35
Back [Gilded Thorium Cloak] Karazhan Terestian Illhoof
Chest [Breastplate of Malorne] Magtheridon's Lair Magtheridon
Chest [Vestments of Hibernation] Shattrath City Vendor G'eras [Badge of Justice] x75
Chest [Embrace of Everlasting Prowess] Isle of Quel'Danas Vendor Smith Hauthaa [Badge of Justice] x100
Chest [Heavy Clefthoof Vest] Cenarion Expedition Leatherworker [Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Vest]
Wrist [Band of the Swift Paw] Shattrath City Vendor G'eras [Badge of Justice] x35
Legs [Greaves of Malorne] Gruuls Lair Gruul the Dragonkiller [Leggings of the Fallen Defender]
Legs [Tameless Breeches] Vendor Smith Hauthaa [Badge of Justice] x100
Hands [Gauntlets of Malorne] Karazhan The Curator [Gloves of the Fallen Defender]
Feet [Zierhut's Lost Treads] Karazhan Trash mobs
Feet [Boots of Natural Grace] World Drop Leatherworker [Pattern: Boots of Natural Grace]
Finger [Ring of Unyielding Force] Shattrath City Vendor G'eras [Badge of Justice] x25
Finger [Ring of the Stalwart Protector] Isle of Quel'Danas Vendor Smith Hauthaa [Badge of Justice] x60
Finger [Violet Signet of the Great Protector] Karazhan Vendor Archmage Leryda
Trinket [Moroes' Lucky Pocket Watch] Karazhan Moroes
Trinket [Badge of Tenacity] Blade's Edge Mountains World Drop [Depleted Badge]
Weapon [Earthwarden] Zangarmarsh Cenarion Expedition
Weapon [Feral Staff of Lashing] Heroic The Botanica Warp Splinter
Waist [Tree-Mender's Belt] Heroic Hellfire Ramparts Vazruden and Nazan
Waist [Belt of Natural Power] SSC & Eye Leatherworker [Pattern: Belt of Natural Power]
Idol [Idol of Terror] Shattrath City Vendor G'eras [Badge of Justice] x20

Those stats depends on various buffs , enchanting and gems .

  • Health: 14034
  • Armor: 30332
  • Agility: 327
  • Stamina: 1045
  • Defense Rating: 223
  • Dodge Rating: 43
  • Resilience: 0
  • Dodge: 30.79727%
  • Miss: 8.116667%
  • Armor Mitigation: 71.72127%
  • Dodge+Miss: 38.91393%
  • Total Mitigation: 80.60473%
  • Damage Taken: 19.39527%
  • Chance to be Crit: -1.116667%
  • Overall Points: 85718.67
  • Mitigation Points: 36091.27
  • Survival Points: 49627.4

SourcesEdit

This table and stats was created using Rawr - Druid Calculator Software

Additional input and research from [1] A newer version of this site can be found here and includes changes in patch 2.3, but not yet the items with a <Random Enchantment>, so checking both sites is advisable.

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