Trending Games | Landmark | Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade | Star Wars: The Old Republic | EVE Online

  Network:  FPSguru RTSguru
Login:  Password:   Remember?  
Show Quick Gamelist Jump to Random Game
Members:2,919,406 Users Online:0
Games:760  Posts:6,309,756
Blizzard Entertainment | Official Site
MMORPG | Genre:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 11/23/04)  | Pub:Blizzard Entertainment
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:$19.99 | Pay Type:Hybrid | Monthly Fee:$14.99
System Req: PC Mac | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

World of Warcraft: Druid Guide, Part Two

MMORPG.com World of Warcraft Correspondent James Wood writes this guide to playing a Druid in Blizzard's World of Warcraft. Today, we present Part Two.

 advertisement 

Moonkin Form

Acquisition Requirement: 30 points in Balance Talents, 1 point in Moonkin Form

Mana Cost: 22% of base mana
Casting Time: Instant
Special: Only Balance spells and Remove Curse can be casted.
Shapeshifting removes Polymorph and Movement Impairing Effects

Acquisition and Effect Table

Level Effect

40

Armor * 3.7, party and raid members within 45 yards get +5% spell critical chance, your spell critical strikes regenerate 2% of your mana

If you took the Balance tree, missing this spell will cripple your combat ability. The extra armor means you could be a choice for tanking at times, though holding aggro could be trouble.

Since you'll be using Starfire and Wrath often in this form, having a higher critical strike chance with those spells could very well mean killing an enemy with two good shots of Starfire.

Make a fat joke and I'll peck you.

Nature's Grasp

Usage Requirement: Cat Form, Bear Form, Dire Bear Form, Moonkin Form Range: Self Duration: 45 seconds Charges: 1 Cooldown: 1 minute  

Acquisition and Effect Table

Level Effect

10

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 1)

18

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 2)

28

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 3)

38

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 4)

48

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 5)

58

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 6)

68

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 7)

78

Chance on attacker's hit to retaliate with Entangling Roots (Rank 8)

Compared to TBC, you no longer need a talent point to gain this, it seems. Right now, Blizzard's logic seems flawed on this, but it's been claimed to at least be castable in Moonkin form. We'll have to wait until WotLK is released to be sure.

Soothe Animal

Casting Time: Instant Target: Enemy Beast or Dragonkin Range: 40 yards Duration: 15 seconds  

Acquisition, Mana Cost and Effect Table

Level Mana Cost (STR) Effect

22

7% of base mana

Reduces target's aggro range by 10 yards. Effective on level 40 or lower.

38

7% of base mana

Reduces target's aggro range by 10 yards. Effective on level 55 or lower.

54

7% of base mana

Reduces target's aggro range by 10 yards. Effective on level 70 or lower.

70

6% of base mana

Reduces target's aggro range by 10 yards. Effective on level 85 or lower.

If you don't like having to fight through hordes of animals or want to reduce the chance that they'll chase you as you're fighting other enemies, this skill has some worth. Considering there are several zones that have more Beast or Dragonkin monsters than Humanoids, this spell could keep some of those hordes far, far away from you. Save this spell for enemies that have a level that's yellow, orange or red to you, though.

Starfall

Acquisition Requirement: 50 points in Balance Talents, 1 point in Starfall Talent

Mana Cost: 35% of base mana
Target: Area, Enemies Only
Range: 30 yards
Duration: 10 seconds or 20 stars
Cooldown: 3 minutes

Acquisition and Effect Table

Level Effect

60

111 - 129 Arcane damage to targets within 30 yards, 20 extra Arcane damage to targets within 5 yards

70

250 - 290 Arcane damage to targets within 30 yards, 45 extra Arcane damage to targets within 5 yards

75

366 - 424 Arcane damage to targets within 30 yards, 66 extra Arcane damage to targets within 5 yards

80

433 - 503 Arcane damage to targets within 30 yards, 78 extra Arcane damage to targets within 5 yards

The further down the Balance tree you go, the nastier the Druid AoEs become. While this doesn't have the knockback of Typhoon, this does have a guaranteed hit against targets within 30 yards. No fuss, no muss, just shoot and watch the stars fall.

Starfire

 

Casting Time: 3.5 seconds
Target: Enemy
Range: 30 yards

Acquisition, Mana Cost and Effect Table

Level Mana Cost (STR) Effect

20

18% of base mana

121 - 149 Arcane Damage

26

18% of base mana

189 - 231 Arcane Damage

34

18% of base mana

272 - 328 Arcane Damage

42

18% of base mana

370 - 442 Arcane Damage

50

18% of base mana

485 - 575 Arcane Damage

58

18% of base mana

615 - 725 Arcane Damage

60

18% of base mana

693 - 817 Arcane Damage

67

16% of base mana

854 - 1006 Arcane Damage

78

16% of base mana

1028 - 1212 Arcane Damage

Wrath is your machinegun, Starfire is your cannon. Coupled with decent gear, even green armor, the damage this does if uninterrupted is astounding. But let's face it, Starfire alone is interruptible and can be delayed by damage. Combo this with Entangling Roots and if you're lucky, the damage won't break the root on the first hit.

Teleport: Moonglade

 

Mana Cost: 120 mana
Casting Time: 10 seconds
Target: Self

 

Acquisition and Effect Table

Level Effect

10

Teleport to Moonglade

Your Druid trainers give you this to teleport you to the Moonglade, a place for Druids to learn new feral forms.

Think of this as your second fixed Hearthstone. The Moonglade is positioned close to two Horde cities and two Alliance cities, so if you don't have access to the portals in Shattrath City yet, this taxi spell will save you a lot of time getting back to your trainers. It will also spare a lot of mages from the frustration at players calling out "portal plx".

It's really the Holiday Inn for Druids.

Thorns

 

Mana Cost: 19% of base mana
Casting Time: Instant
Range: 30 yards
Duration: 10 minutes
Target: Friendly Target

Acquisition and Damage Table

Level Damage

6

3 Nature damage to attackers when hit

14

6 Nature damage to attackers when hit

24

9 Nature damage to attackers when hit

34

12 Nature damage to attackers when hit

44

15 Nature damage to attackers when hit

54

18 Nature damage to attackers when hit

64

25 Nature damage to attackers when hit

74

73 Nature damage to attackers when hit

Typhoon

Acquisition Requirement: 1 point in Moonkin Form, 40 points in Balance Talents

Casting Time: Instant
Range: 30 yards
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Target: Area of Effect
Special: Knocks enemies back 5 yards

Acquisition, Mana Cost and Effect Table

Level Mana Cost Effect

50

36% of base mana

400 Nature damage

60

36% of base mana

550 Nature damage

70

32% of base mana

735 Nature damage

75

32% of base mana

1010 Nature damage

80

32% of base mana

1190 Nature damage

There's nothing worse than being tossed off a cliff and falling to your death. Now, Typhoon can make that happen to any poor sap that gets between a Druid and a cliff.

Wrath

 

Mana Cost: 13% of base mana
Range: 30 yards
Target: Enemy

Acquisition, Damage and Casting Time Table

Level Damage Casting Time

1

17 - 19 Nature

1.5 seconds

6

32 - 36 Nature

1.7 seconds

14

49 - 57 Nature

2 seconds

22

68 - 78 Nature

2 seconds

30

130 - 148 Nature

2 seconds

38

169 - 191 Nature

2 seconds

46

215 - 241 Nature

2 seconds

54

306 - 344 Nature

2 seconds

61

397 - 447 Nature

2 seconds

69

431 - 485 Nature

2 seconds

74

504 - 568 Nature

2 seconds

79

553 -623 Nature

2 seconds

If you're a Balance Druid, you'll see this spell used a lot in combat. Its casting time is lower than Starfire and if you don't use Entangling Roots often, you'll put out more damage with this spell because of all the interruptions caused by taking damage. And it just so happens to be the first offensive spell you get, so if you plan on being Balance from the start, you'll have to rely on this for quite a while.

From around the web:

 
 
 
Leave this field empty
Post Your Comment: