Feral Druid playstyle and rotation guide

Patch 10.0 Last Updated: 11th Jan, 2023
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Playstyle & Rotation

General Rotation

Single Target:

  1. Use Tiger's Fury on Cooldown, doing your best to be at low energy when it comes up as to not overcap
  2. Use Berserk on Cooldown
  3. Use Convoke the Spirits on Cooldown (if talented)
  4. Use  Adaptive Swarm on Cooldown (if talented)
  5. At 5 Combo Points, refresh Rip if it’s in pandemic or not active at all and Bloodtalons is active, cast Ferocious Bite if not.
  6. Maintain Rake, upgrading the snapshot by clipping early if the duration is 80% or less where possible
  7. Maintain Moonfire if Lunar Inspiration is talented
  8. Cast Brutal Slash to keep the charges rolling and/or proc Bloodtalons (if talented)
  9. Maintain Thrash (even on Single Target)
  10. Cast Shred to generate Combo Points and/or proc Bloodtalons

AoE:

  1. Use Tiger's Fury on Cooldown
  2. Use Berserk on Cooldown
  3. Use Convoke the Spirits on Cooldown (if talented)
  4. Use  Adaptive Swarm on Cooldown (if talented)
  5. At 5 Combo Points, cast Primal Wrath
  6. Spend Apex Predator procs
  7. Maintain/cast Rake regardless of target count
  8. Maintain Thrash 
  9. Maintain Moonfire if Lunar Inspiration is talented on up to 4 targets, use only to proc Bloodtalons on target counts larger than that
  10. Cast Brutal Slash to keep the charges rolling and/or proc Bloodtalons (if talented) while doing your best to use as many charges as possible during Tiger's Fury windows

Opener:

  1. Prowl
  2. Rake
  3. Moonfire with Lunar Inspiration talented
  4. Brutal Slash
  5. Thrash if Lunar Inspiration is not talented
  6. Shred to 5 Combo Points
  7. Adaptive Swarm if talented
  8. Berserk if Feral Frenzy is not talented 
  9. Tiger's Fury
  10. Rip
  11. Feral Frenzy if talented
  12. Berserk into Ferocious Bite if Feral Frenzy is talented
  13. Convoke the Spirits if talented

Playstyle

Snapshotting

Snapshotting is a mechanic unique to Feral. It refers to a bleed maintaining a buff that is present upon its application for the entirety of its duration. The buffs that can snapshot are as follows:

Tiger's FuryRipRakeRips applied through Primal WrathLunar Inspiration, Moonfire, and Thrash

BloodtalonsRipRips applied through Primal Wrath

Stealth: Rake (also applies during Berserk)

Moment of ClarityThrash

Snapshotting is very impactful to both gameplay and performance. It can be ignored for the most part when it comes to Thrash. However, you must always apply the strongest Rip; it can be worth not having Rip actively up for up to 5 seconds to ensure you get one up with both Tiger's Fury and Bloodtalons.

When it comes to Primal Wrath, you should always use it with Bloodtalons active. Tiger's Fury will be challenging to maintain on Rip applied through Primal Wrath since it’s the only finisher you use on AoE, but it is possible through Predator and Raging Fury. Clipping (or overwriting) a Rake with a better snapshot is worth it as long as it has 80% or less of its duration remaining. You should always let your Stealth Rakes tick out all the way to 0. The only exception to this is refreshing your Rake shortly before Berserk ends, which is something you should always aim to do.

Pandemic

The Pandemic mechanic refers to any DoT maintaining up to 30% of its remaining duration when refreshed early. This allows you not to lose any uptime while refreshing early and also, in combination with snapshotting, allows for a longer duration on your stronger Bleeds.

The Pandemic timers for your DoTs are:

Rip: 7.2 seconds (When cast at 5 Combo Points)

Rake: 4.5 seconds

Thrash: 4.5 seconds

Moonfire: 4.8 seconds

With Circle of Life and Death talented, these change to:

Rip: 5.4 seconds (When cast at 5 Combo Points)

Rake: 3.375 seconds

Thrash: 3.375 seconds

Moonfire: 3.6 seconds

Pooling

Feral is a spec that has, by its nature, a large amount of downtime (though it is significantly shortened through Owlweaving, see below for more on that). Pooling is how you can turn your inescapable downtime into a DPS gain. You generally want to get to 5 Combo Points and wait. This has no opportunity cost and is a DPS neutral at worst. You’re more often than not waiting for either a DoT to need to be refreshed, to gain 50 Energy to cast Ferocious Bite, an additional target to either Rip or Primal Wrath, or for an Omen of Clarity proc, along with high Energy.

Owlweaving

Owlweaving is no longer strictly what the name suggests since Starsurge and Sunfire are now both castable in caster form, meaning you no longer have to use up a GCD on Moonkin Form.  The conditions for Owlweaving are outlined below:

  1. You have less than 40 Energy
  2. Rip is up and its remaining duration is over 4.5 seconds
  3. Tiger's Fury is on Cooldown and its Cooldown is longer than 4.5 seconds
  4. You have no Apex Predator's Craving or Omen of Clarity procs active
  5. A Bloodlust effect is not active
  6. Berserk is not active
  7. Convoke the Spirits is on Cooldown and its Cooldown is longer than 4.5 seconds or it’s available but you intend to hold it

If all of these conditions are met you should start an Owlweaving sequence.

An Owlweaving sequence includes the following:

  1. Cast Heart of the Wild if it’s available
  2. Cast Starsurge
  3. Cast Sunfire
  4. Cast Cat Form

As mentioned in the Pooling Section, Owlweaving reduces your time spent Pooling to nearly nothing. Owlweaving takes a bit of getting used to and is not recommended for people not already comfortable with how the spec plays.