DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Feral Druid. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Buffs: Maintain these buffs as much as possible.

Combo Point Builders: Follow this priority to generate Combo Points.

  1. Thrash Feral with Omen of Clarity.
  2. Rake Maintain DoT.
  3. Shred or Mangle Feral

Finishing Moves: Follow this priority to spend Combo Points.

  1. Savage Roar Maintain buff.
  2. Rip Maintain DoT. Refresh with Ferocious Bite.
  3. Ferocious Bite when target is below 25% Health.

Feral Druid DPS boils down to building and spending Combo Points. To build Combo Points, maintain the DoT from Rake. After that, use Shred if you’re behind the target and Mangle Feral if you’re forced to be in front of the target. For a little extra DPS, you can try to consume Omen of Clarity procs on Thrash Feral, but only if there is no Thrash Feral bleed present or if the current Thrash Feral bleed has < 3 sec remaining. Due to [SPELL_PRIMAL_FURY], your Combo Point builders will produce 2 Combo Points on crits so you will always need to watch your Combo Points so that none go to waste.

To spend Combo Points, maintain the DoT from Rip at all times. When you target is below 25% health, use Ferocious Bite when possible because it will refresh Rip. Finally, maintain Savage Roar at all times. With the Glyph, you can apply Savage Roar without any Combo Points. This is very helpful at the start of a fight.

If Dream of Cenarius is selected then you need to weave Healing Touch into your rotation by combining Healing Touch with Predatory Swiftness. Try to use the Dream of Cenarius buff on a 5 Combo Point finishing move and a Rake refresh.

AoE Rotation

If there are only a few mobs (1-2), it’s best to just pick a target and continue doing the single target rotation. With 3-4 targets, continue with the single target rotation but use Thrash Feral and Swipe in the place of Shred. If there are 5 or more targets, simply maintain the AoE bleed from Thrash Feral and spam Swipe.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.