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Feral Druid Tank Gems, Enchants, and Consumables (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with the best gems and enchants that you can get for a Feral Druid in WoW 4.3, including profession-specific perks. We also list the best consumables: food, flasks, and potions.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article. The other articles of our Feral Druid guide can be accessed from the table of content on the left.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Austere Shadowspirit Diamond
Red Socket Prismatic Socket Delicate Queen's Garnet, Delicate Inferno Ruby (cheaper), or Delicate Chimera's Eye (JC)
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket

1.1. Agility Versus Stamina

Once you reach the minimum Stamina threshold, it is possible to gem for either Agility or more Stamina. While we feel that Agility is the better option, stacking Stamina is not entirely bad and can have some benefits.

While Agility increases your chance to dodge and your benefit from Savage Defense Icon Savage Defense, both of which are excellent forms of mitigation against physical damage, it does nothing to protect you from magic damage.

Stamina, on the other hand, is the only means of countering heavy magic damage, by increasing your health pool to the point where your healers have more time to react to the damage and heal you before you die.

As a result, if the encounter you are progressing on is one where you will be taking heavy magic damage, then you can safely stack Stamina. This is seldom the case, since tanks generally have to contend with very dangerous physical attacks from bosses.

In all other situations, we strongly advise you to stack Agility.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Head Arcanum of the Ramkahen
Back Enchant Cloak - Protection
Chest Enchant Chest - Greater Stamina
Wrists Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands Heavy Savage Armor Kit
Feet Enchant Boots - Assassin's Step
Rings Enchant Ring - Agility (Enchanting)
Weapon Enchant 2H Weapon - Mighty Agility

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

You should always be eating Skewered Eel.

Your flask should be a Flask of the Winds.

As far as potions go, your best choices are:

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Feral Druid can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Mining).

You should prefer professions that allow you to improve your most desired statistics, Agility, Dodge Rating and Mastery Rating (Jewelcrafting, Blacksmithing or Leatherworking). Indeed, Jewelecrafting and Blacksmithing are excellent professions, as they allow for the highest degree of customisation.

Profession Perks
Blacksmithing Provides a 100 Mastery Rating or 150 Stamina gain through two extra sockets: Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves. Only provides an 80 Mastery Rating gain, if you are still using Fractured Amberjewel and not the newer Fractured Lightstone, and a 120 Stamina gain, if you are still using Solid Ocean Sapphire and not the newer Solid Deepholm Iolite.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 51 Mastery Rating gain through the ability to use 3 Fractured Chimera's Eye, or a 78 Stamina gain through the ability to use 3 Solid Chimera's Eye (if you gem for Stamina). It does provide an 81 Mastery Rating gain, if you are still using Fractured Amberjewel and not the newer Fractured Lightstone, and a 123 Stamina gain, if you are still using Solid Ocean Sapphire and not the newer Solid Deepholm Iolite.
Engineering Provides a 1500 armor bonus for 12 seconds, on a 1 minute cooldown, through Quickflip Deflection Plates. Also provides Grounded Plasma Shield, an additional Waist enchant that can be used as a survival tool during encounters, but it runs the risk of backfiring (in which case, you taunt and take aggro on all nearby mobs).
Alchemy Provides an 80 Agility gain to your flask through Mixology.
Leatherworking Provides a 155 Stamina gain through Draconic Embossment - Stamina. Also provides Drakehide Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Drakehide Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Enchanting Provides a 120 Stamina gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina.
Inscription Provides a 120 Stamina gain through Inscription of the Earth Prince. It also saves you from the trouble of farming reputation with Therazane to get the usual enchantment.
Mining Provides a 120 Stamina gain, through Toughness.

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