Thursday, September 18, 2008

Feral Druids

All of the fuss over Feral Druids is answered adequately in the upcoming Patch 3.02:

  • New Talent - Mother Bear (Feral): Increases the bonus attack power for Bear Form and Dire Bear Form by an additional 20/40/60%, and for each friendly player in your party, damage you take is reduced while in Bear Form and Dire Bear Form by 1/2/3%.
  • New Talent - Natural Reaction (Feral): Increases your dodge chance while in Bear Form or Dire Bear Form by 2/4/6%, and you regenerate 1/2/3 rage everytime you dodge while in Bear Form or Dire Bear Form.

  • Mother Bear will increase attack power and reduce damage for a Bear tank, and Natural Reaction will increase dodge and help rage regeneration. Those are directly improving the ability of a Bear Druid to tank in any instance. I really don't understand why anyone can complain about the ability of a Feral Druid to tank. Maybe something is lacking now, but just wait until the next patch.

    It makes me want to start a Feral Druid. I have considered changing my Druid to Feral at least for leveling. A Restoration Druid is fine for leveling, except when Mana is low. I have switched to Cat or Bear on occasion to kill a few monsters. I also found, at least on low levels, it is possible to switch forms, heal, then go back. That is not possible in instances because the damage is much higher.

    It seems that Patch 3.01 is being implemented when patch 3.02 is introduced. There is no patch 3.03.

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