Legion Patch 7.1.5 Survival Guide

Patch 7.1.5 goes live today. It brings with it a lot updates and new content. This post will cover just the changes relating to Feral Druids. As usual, MMO Champion has a detail on all of the patch features. Icy Veins has a video and a post about the changes, and WoW Head has survival guide up.

Feral Changes
Most of the changes are buffs, which is always a good thing. However there are a few nerfs. Talent choices remain the same and our spell priority (rotation) stays the same.

Feral changes in Patch 7.1.5

Feral changes in Patch 7.1.5 (Source: MMO Champion)

  • The damage done by most Feral abilities has been increased by 8%.
    • This might become the ‘go to’ way to tweak the spec. Savage Roar is a talent now, simply buffing it, like what has been done in the past, would make the talent more powerful than the other talents on the same row. So I think we can expect more future changes along this line.
  • Brutal Slash now has a 12 second recharge (was 18 seconds).
    • Strong buff to our AOE. Should make Feral’s more competitive on trash in Mythic+ dungeons.
  • Elune’s Guidance now has a duration of 8 seconds (was 5 seconds).
  • Incarnation now reduces energy costs by 60% (was 50%).
    • There might be some bosses or situations in the upcoming Nighthold raid that require extremely high burst damage where this could be useful, but generally speaking it is not as strong as Savage Roar.
  • Infected Wounds now reduces movement speed by 30% (was 50%).
    • These kinds of changes often accompany any buffs Feral receives. Bleed damage is super effective in PVP because there are very few ways to remove them; they can’t be dispelled like a poisons, diseases, and curses. To avoid making Feral too powerful in PVP, these changes will impact bleed up-time.
  • Maim damage increased by 75%.
    • Not relevant for PVE, purely a PVP change.
  • Moment of Clarity now increases damage of affected spells by 15%.
  • Moment of Clarity only affects Shred, Thrash, and Swipe.
    • Buffs to an unused spell. Not relevant to PVE raiding.
  • Razor Fangs now increase the damage dealt by Rip by 4% per point (was 7%).
    • As I mentioned in the first changes, flat buffs to dps throughput are offset by nerfs to bleeds for PVP. It’s to be expected. Relic’s remain the same.
  • Soul of the Forest now grants 15 energy per combo point (was 12).
    • Savage Roar is still the better choice. However if you take this talent, you must be aware of your energy and avoid capping, which, as we approach higher gear levels will take up more of your time.

Changes to Existing Legendary Items
There was a large disparity in the desirability of certain legendaries before the patch. There were throughput legendaries and utility legendaries. The difference was so stark, that players were not excited that they got a legendary, but utter disappointed when it wasn’t a throughput one. This has promoted the changes to legendaries which nerf the throughput ones and buff the utility ones to bring them closer together. Changes to the Feral Druid specific ones and shared ones are below:

  • Druid
  • Shared
    • Aggramar’s Stride – Now increases your movement speed by Haste or Critical Strike, whichever is higher
    • Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus – Now also grants Haste. New effect: Every 30 sec, gain an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health for 30 sec.
    • Norgannon’s Foresight – New effect: Standing still for 8 sec grants you Foresight, allowing you to cast while moving for 5 sec. This duration begins when you start moving.
    • Roots of Shaladrassil – Now heals you for 3% of your maximum health every 1 second, up from 4% of your maximum health every 3 seconds
    • Sephuz’s Secret – Now also works of Interrupts and Dispels and grants 25% haste, up from 15%
    • Cinidaria, the Symbiote – Now also heals for 100% of the damage done and no longer does damage as Physical school

New Legendary Items
Patch 7.1.5 introduces some new legendaries including a Feral specific one. Fiery Red Maimers appears to be PVP focused, as Maim is rarely used in PVE. Icy Veins is reporting some bugs with the item and currently doesn’t recommend it. However, those of us not in a position to choose, would be happy with them. At item level 910 they are more than likely to be an upgrade for most players, and is itemised perfectly for Feral Druid’s with crit and mastery secondary stats.

Fiery Red Maimers

New Feral Druid legendary item – Fiery Red Maimers (Image Source: WoW Head)

A new shared trinket Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish is not too shabby either. It’s on use ability would help pick up in the AOE department where Feral Druid’s currently lack.

Kil Jaden's Burning Wish

New shared legendary – Kil’jaden’s Burning Wish. (Image Source: WoW Head)

Secondary Stat Changes
The amount of rating required per 1% of Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, and Versatility was increased – effectively a nerf. But secondary stats on items increased to compensate. Rating conversions are as follows:

  • Critical Strike – Now requires 400 rating per 1% Critical Strike, up from 350.
  • Haste – Now requires 375 rating per 1% Haste, up from 325.
  • Mastery – Now requires 400 rating per 1 Mastery, up from 350.
  • Versatility – Now requires 475 rating per 1% damage and healing increase, up from 400. Now requires 950 rating per 1% damage taken reduction, up from 800.

~Elamari

Legion Feral Druid Hidden Artifact Appearance

Each artifact weapon has a hidden appearance associated with it. This post will cover how to obtain the Feral Druid hidden appearance.

Acknowledgements
I would like to acknowledge the comment contributors at WoW Head for this in depth detail which greatly helped me. I am also not the original author of the macros and scripts in this post. Credit to the authors in the comments at WoW Head.

What is the Feral Druid hidden artifact appearance?
Feral Druids get what is called Feather of the Moonspirit. It is a bird like appearance complete with feathers and a beak for your Cat Form. Pretty much identical to the cat mobs in Azsuna.

The Feral Druid hidden artifact appearance - Feather of the Moonspirit

The Feral Druid hidden artifact appearance – Feather of the Moonspirit. (Image source: WoW Head)

How do I get this appearance?
Getting this appearance isn’t difficult compared to some of the other specs, but a little bit of RNG is involved.

Step 1 – Reach at least Artifact Knowledge rank 4.
Everyone should be well past rank 4 by now. Earlier this week I achieved Artifact Knowledge (AK) rank 25. Once you are at this knowledge rank, you will be eligible to hear screeches.

Step 2 – Screeches in the Dreamway
Once you reach AK rank 4, you have a chance to get a special emote when you are in the Emerald Dreamway, the portal area you teleport to when you use the spell Dreamwalk. The emote appears in your chat box in the same orange colour that other emotes appear as. There are three possible emotes:

  • You hear a strange feral screech coming from the Hinterlands portal.
  • You hear a strange feral screech coming from the Duskwood portal.
  • You hear a strange feral screech coming from the Feralas portal.
Screech emote for the Hinterlands. The other screeches will be identical except for the location, Duskwood or Feralas.

Screech emote for the Hinterlands. The other screeches will be identical except for the location, Duskwood or Feralas.

Seems simple right? This is where the RNG comes in. Firstly to even get a screech, an internal roll decides once per day if you will receive the emote. It driggers between your entry spawn point, and the bridge leading into the Dreamgrove. You can check this by running a script. If you are eligible, the output of the script will read ‘true’. Copy and paste this script into your chat box and press enter.

/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44326)

Step 3 – Finding the stone
Go through the portal that corresponds to the screech emote that you received. Once through the portal you will need to look around the portal entrance for a grey owlcat stone, and touch it. The stone has many spawn points, but is always located around the portal area. I recommend downloading a coordinate addon like TomTom and using the coordinates in the comments on WoW Head.

The following scripts will tell you which stone is active and if it has been touched.

/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44327) (Feralas owlcat stone active)
/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44328) (Hinterlands owlcat stone active)
/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44329) (Duskwood owlcat stone active)
/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44330) (Duskwood owlcat stone touched)
/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44331) (Feralas owlcat stone touched)
/dump IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(44332) (Hinterlands owlcat stone touched)

After you click on the stone you will receive a temporary buff called Mark of the Moonspirit. You will also see another emote “You hear something dart away behind you… and then just silence.”. You will need to complete this for all three portal screeches.

Hinterlands stone

This is where I found the stone in the Hinterlands. When you mouse over it the tool tip is ‘Mark of the Moonspirit’.

Duskwood stone

Where I found the Duskwood stone. You can see the Duskwood emote screech in this screenshot.

Feralas stone

And the Feralas stone.

Step 4 – Sit before the Spirit
Once all three stones have been touched, return to the Emerald Dreamway. You will find a moonspirit NPC named Ela’lothen <The Moonspirit> in the middle of the zone. Shift into Cat Form (you MUST be in Cat Form), target the NPC and /sit before it, and the Feather of the Moonspirit will appear in your inventory.

Moonspirit NPC

Screenshot of the NPC walking away after I /sit. Sorry I didn’t get one of the NPC just sitting still. I think that the NPC is instanced so that I am the only one who can see it.

That’s all folks….?
If you think you can retire now that you’ve unlocked the hidden artifact appearance, then think again. This appearance has 3 other colour variants which can be unlocked by completing dungeons, world quests, and honorable kills will using the appearance.

All of the colour variants for the Feral Druid hidden artifact appearance.

All of the colour variants for the Feral Druid hidden artifact appearance. (Image source: WoW Head)

There is a script macro you can run to track your progress. Paste this into your chat box and press enter, it make it into a macro and click the macro for the same affect.

/run local n=0 for i=1,11 do local _,_,_,a,b = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo(11152,i) n=n+aend local _,_,_,c, d = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo(11153,1) local _,_,_,e, f = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo(11154,1)  print (n..”/100 Dg “..c..”/200 WQ “..e..”/1000 HK”)

Script output

You can see the macro window where I’ve made the script into a macro and put on my bars so I can track my progress. From this script output in the chat box, you can see that I have completed 23/100 dungeons (Dg), 200/200 world quests (WQ), and 683 honourable kills (HK).

Final Thoughts
I remember noticing the emotes fairly early on into the expansion and thought it would be some cool Easter egg event, but I didn’t know it would be a hidden artifact appearance. At the time I wasn’t well informed about he artifact weapon and just sort of forgot about it. Then one day I decided that I was going to investigate.

I think this hidden appearance is more interesting than one that is just a drop from a mob or boss e.g. the Guardian hidden artifact form. But I think I was also quietly hoping for something similar to Warlock green fire or the Celestial Blessing quest in Mists of Pandaria. Either way I’m happy with the increases levels of customisation for Druid forms that have been coming over the past few years, from Frandral’s Flame Scythe, Incarnation through to current artifact weapon appearances.

Have you unlocked the hidden appearance yet? Are you happy with the how the appearance is acquired or were you expecting something different? Let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @Elamari_ or like and comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.

~Elamari

 

Which item is better? How to compare items

Sometimes when a item drops it can be difficult to tell if it’s an upgrade over your currently equipped item. Especially if the secondary stats are different. Maybe haste is your best stat, and is on your current gear, and the new item has crit, which isn’t as good as haste, but the item also has more main stats. How do you tell if it is really an upgrade?

Luckily, there is a way to mathematically calculate if this new item is a true upgrade over you current gear i.e. increase your throughput. It is done using stat weights and some simple multiplication and addition.

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Legion Feral Druid Quick Reference Guide

I find that throughout an expansion I have to keep looking up the same information because I keep forgetting it. The aim of this post is to create a quick reference guide that I can refer back to, without the need to go searching through the internet. This post is current as of Patch 7.1.

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Legion Patch 7.1 Survival Guide

This week Patch 7.1 was released on October 26. With it comes some new content including:

  • New Karazhan mythic dungeon
    • Entry to the dungeon require attunement. There is a guide at WoW Head. It involves running several mythic dungeons and a few short quests.
  • New Trial of Valor raid
    • A new 3 boss raid that opens two weeks after Patch 7.1. Again there is a guide at WoW Head that explains the quest chains and shows the loot.
  • New Suramar questline
    • Continue the Nightfallen quest chain with these new quests. They should also help with your Nightfallen reputation grind. See WoW Head’s guide.
  • More world quests
  • Blood of Sargeras trader
  • New Raiding with Leashes
    • Pets are available from Wrath of the Lich King raids: Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader, and Icecrown Citadel.
  • Class changes

A few updates for Feral Druids:

  • (Balance, Guardian, Feral) Druids how have Regrowth in place of Healing Touch.
    With this update, our Healing Touch Macro will need to be updated with Regrowth. Here is the new macro

    #showtooltip
     /console autounshift 0
     /use Regrowth
     /console autounshift 1
  • Activating Incarnation no longer triggers a global cooldown for any spec.
    This is a quality of life change I’ve wanted for two expansions. It’s frustrating that it comes at a time when Incarnation is not the talent of choice. A welcomed change none the less.

It appears that the farm in Mists of Pandaria (Sunsong Ranch) has been fixed also. I have been working my farm to collect the mats to craft some Sky Golem mounts to sell. They have been going for 100-110k. Mostly due to the price of herbs being high, and the ability to pick herbs in this mount without being dismounted. At the farm, the master plough was bugged only ploughing 1 square instead of 4, and there were other bugs with some of the other mechanics, pulling weeds etc. With the Blood of Sargeras trader coming with this patch, the price of herbs will likely drop through the floor, which means the price of the Sky Golem will likely drop. Hopefully not by much, maybe around to 60-70k. I’m two thirds of the way through the mats, so I will finish these batch off and see what the price is.

What are your thoughts on Patch 7.1? Too soon? Should have the problems it fixes been fixed before launch? Let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @Elamari_ or like and comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.

~Elamari

 

Legion Keybinds for Feral Druids

Now that I have reached level 110 and have access to all of my abilities, spells and talents it’s time to look out how to place them on my bars. The purpose of this post is to show what my kindbindings are and give some tips for people looking to learn. I’m not going to go into ‘how to keybind‘ but I will link some articles for those who would like to read more.

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Legion Feral Druid Talent Review

The long awaited Legion talent guide is finally ready, for your enjoyment. While most of the post contains my personal views, there are some clear winners in terms of throughput, calculated by members of the community. I’ve put those as my recommendations. There are also some good guides discussing the changes as a whole in greater detail at:

On with the show!

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