Anyone, and I mean anyone who hasn’t had the chance to play with a Druid should stop reading this and go start a new character.
Druids in my opinion are the most entertaining and complex class of them all. I must admit, it was the Blizzard movie that shows the girl running through the forest and changing into a panther that got me interested.
Even the first few levels of play you will notice the difference in this class and get a feeling for what’s to come. Even though the opportunity to change into several different animals is intriguing, it’s the mass array of having nature at your disposal that makes your Druid one to be reckoned with in the World of Warcraft.
However, you might need a little help along the way so I’m going to throw out some suggestions for you today.
Druid Races and Animal Forms
You will only find 2 races that offer the Druid class. The Night Elf is the only race on the Alliance side and the Tauren for the Horde. Even though you are limited to these two options, the animal transforming definitely makes up for it. You will be able to transform into either a bear or cat, but throughout the game you will gain other transformations as well.
Once you reach level 40, the bear will be replaced by dire bear form. Even though this will be a bummer for some, I think you’ll be happy with the dire bear, not to mention the quest chain that gives you an awesome epic flying form. You can change into your flight form once you reach level 68, and then the epic flight form at level 71 (coming down to 60 and 70 in patch 3.2).
Building Your Druid
Okay, let’s get to the good stuff and help you get a nice build for your Toon.
You will be able to choose between the Balance, Feral Combat, and Restoration trees. While each of them have their own benefits, it’s the Balance talent build that I enjoyed using for leveling. So stick 61 points in this tree and leave out the areas I give you below to maintain the fastest leveling rate.
Improved Insect Swarm (0/3)
Balance of Power (0/2)
Improved Faerie Fire (0/3)
Hopefully you noticed the 3/3 in Moonglow. This is one of the more “boring” looking talents in the tree, but its essential for mana efficiency and keeping your leveling times up.
The Moonglow talent also has the benefit of opening up a great set of talents, such as Starfall, Force of Nature, Moonkin Form (owl beast), and one of my other favorites; the Typhoon.
Each of them will be used religiously once you get up to the higher levels (50-80).
This being said, you still have 10 points to play with and I want to help you place them in the appropriate areas.
Improved Mark of the Wild (2/2)
Nature’s Focus (3/3)
These can all be found in the Restoration tree and add some solid usable buffs to your balance druid.
My favorite of these is Furor, and with 5 points here you increase your total intellect in Moonkin form by 10%, great for mana, and great for extra crits.
So start out with this Druid leveling build for now, adding talent points as you go in what ever order you like (though level the resto talents till your 62nd point… and maybe down the line you can respec to learn some new traits that aren’t quite are useful, but not not in a leveling sense.