I have found with my travels through the internet, that information tends to be spread out and difficult to find. There are few one stop sites that provide all the information you are looking for on a particular topic. This is true for documenting movement speed increases, such as which spells, enchants and talents stack together and which don’t. In today’s post I will be looking at this from a Feral Druids perspective as our mobility is one of our strong points. It is important to know what stacks together and what doesn’t so you do not waste stat allocations e.g. enchanting boots for a speed increase when it doesn’t stack with a talent that also increases movement speed is a waste of a potential stats gain.
In this post I will give a basic and brief run through of how movement speed increases are calculated. Then list what movement increasing spells are available to Feral Druids through spells, enchants and talents. Finally to answer my original question, how fast are you going?.
Understanding Movement Speed Increases
In the general tab on your character sheet, underneath the item level stat you can see your speed stat. It is measured in a percentage with 100% being base speed. All movement speed increases are measured relative to this 100%. This is important to know. Basically if a spell increases movement speed by 50%, it will appear as 150% on the character sheet and vice versa, if movement speed is decreased by 50% it will appear as 50%. It becomes more complicated when combining multiple speed increases together, mainly because they are multiplicative not additive. For example, if two spell increase movement speed by 15% and 40%, the result is not 55% (15 + 40) but 61% (15 * 40).
Movement Speed Increasing Spells, Enchants and Talents
Cat Form: Increases movement speed by 25%. This movement speed increase only works while in Cat Form. Cat Form is available to all Druids. The Cat Form movement speed increase is passive and learned at level 6.
Travel Form: Increases movement speed by 40%. This form can only be used outdoors limiting its usefulness. Travel Form is learned at level 16.
Dash: Increases movement speed by 70% while in Cat Form for 15 sec. It is important to note that Dash can only be used in Cat Form which limits which spells can be stacked. Dash is available to all Druids learned at level 24.
Stampeding Roar: Increasing the movement speed of all friendly players within 10 yards by 60% for 8 sec. This spell can be cast in any form, however it should be noted that if cast from Human Form or Travel Form you will automatically be shifted to Bear Form by default. The Glyph of Stampede removes this limitation allowing Stampeding Roar to be cast in any form. Stampeding Roar is available to all Druids learned at level 84.
Feline Swiftness: Increases your movement speed by 15%. This is a talent from the first tier which is unlocked at level 15. This talent also affects all forms; it is not limited like the Cat Form increase. From Patch 5.2, The Feral 4pc PVP set bonus no longer stacks with the Feline Swiftness talent.
Darkflight: Increases current movement speed by an additional 40% for 10 secs. This spell is an activated Worgen Racial. Darkflight is learned by completing the quest Last Stand in the Worgen starting area.
Enchants: Each expansion, a new enchant for the boots equipment slot is released with a small movement speed increase of 8%. For Mists of Pandaria there are two such enchants; Blurred Speed and Pandaren’s Step. Each offers the same movement speed increase of 8% and a different stat, Agility and Mastery respectively.
Engineering: Similar to enchants, engineering receives a new movement speed increase tinker for the belt equipment slot each expansion. The Nitro Boosts increases your movement speed by 250%. It is important to note that engineering items have the chance to fail. In the case of the Nitro Boosts they can leak causing you to take damage over time or explode launching you straight up into the air. All part of the fun of being an engineer.
There are a few items and armour that I have not mentioned here due to the lack of relevance for PVE raiding. These include the Swiftness Potion and the 2 piece bonus of the Feral PVP gear. Raiders should not be using PVP armour or any potions other than DPS increasing ones.
What stacks with what?
Before I go into the list of what stacks with what there are some points worth mentioning. On use abilities such as Dash, Stampeding Roar etc… can not be used at the same time and are not compared to each other on the list. In addition different forms can not be stacked with each other such as Cat and Travel Forms. As a result the list only compares which passive abilities e.g. Feline Swiftness, boot enchants etc… stack with each other and which passive abilities stack with on use abilities.
Cat Form – 25% movement speed increase while in Cat Form.
Cat Form stacks with both other passives and only one of the on use abilities, Darkflight.
- Cat Form & the Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 144%.
- Cat Form & the boot enchant DO stack = 135%.
- Cat Form AND the Feline Swiftness talent AND the enchant DO stack = 155%.
Travel Form – 40% movement speed increase while in Travel Form.
Travel Form produces the highest passive movement speed of 174% which is higher than an unmodified Dash.
- Travel Form & the Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 161%.
- Travel Form & the boot enchant DO stack = 151%.
- Travel Form AND the Feline Swiftness talent AND the enchant DO stack = 174%.
- Travel Form does NOT stack with Stampeding Roar.
- Travel Form does NOT stack with the Engineering Tinker.
Dash – 70% movement speed increase, only useable in Cat Form.
One of the changes with Mists of Pandaria is that Dash can be activated outside of Cat Form, automatically switching you in the process. This is an amazing quality of life change and a time saver.
- Dash & the Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 196%.
- Dash and the boot enchant DO stack = 184%
- Dash AND the Feline Swiftness talent AND the boot enchant DO stack = 211%
- Dash does NOT stack with Cat Form.
Stampeding Roar – 60% movement speed increase.
Stampeding Roar only stacks with the Feline Swiftness talent however its most important asset is its 10 yard range, benefiting all players not just yourself. It is worth noting that while Stampeding Roar requires Cat or Bear Form to activate (without the glyph) you can switch forms and the buff remains active unlike Dash which only works while in Cat Form.
- Stampeding Roar & the Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 184%.
- Stampeding Roar does NOT stack with Cat Form.
- Stampeding Roar does NOT stack with boot enchant.
- Stampeding Roar does NOT stack with Travel Form.
Engineering Tinker – 250% movement speed increase. Must be an engineer to use.
The Engineering Tinker produces the highest speed increase on this list stacking with the boot enchant with an increase up to 270%.
- Engineering Tinker & the boot enchant DO stack = 270%.
- Engineering Tinker does NOT stack with Cat Form.
- Engineering Tinker does NOT stack with Feline Swiftness talent.
- Engineering Tinker does NOT stack with Travel Form.
Darkflight – 40% movement speed increase. Only available to Worgens.
Darkflight appears to be one of the most beneficial movement speed boosts, stacking with everything.
Special thanks to Hadouken of Proudmoore-US for their contribution to the information about Darkflight. Brawlers from the realms Sen’jin and Uldum may also know them as the “that crazy brawler that won’t stop killing things >.>“.
- Darkflight & Cat Form DO stack = 175%.
- Darkflight & the Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 161%.
- Darkflight & Cat Form & Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 201%
- Darkflight & Cat Form & Feline Swiftness talent & boot enchant DO stack = 217%
- Darkflight & Travel Form DO stack = 196%.
- Darkflight & Travel Form & Feline Swiftness talent DO stack = 225%.
- Darkflight & Travel Form & boot enchant DO stack = 212
- Darkflight & Travel form Feline Swiftness talent & boot enchant DO stack = 243%
I feel that how you apply these movement speed increases depends on your play style. If you prefer passive abilities, the fastest possible increases come from using the Feline Swiftness talent, the boot enchant combined with Travel Form. If you prefer on use abilities rolling a Worgen Druid and taking Engineering will give you four on use spells. If activated one after the other all four spells provides 38 secs of increased movement speed. To gain the maximum benefit it is recommended that you stay in Cat Form when activating the on use spells.
For my personal set up; I am an Engineer, I use the boot enchant but I do not use Feline Swiftness because I take the Wild Charge talent. I feel that Wild Charge offers more utility in that it can be used in all forms, has a short cool down (15 sec) and the small passive loss from not taking the talent is compensated by the boot enchant.
I would like to emphasize as I did in my Why Do Feral Druids Need Raid Frames and Addon review: Clique and Feral Druids posts, that good players do more than just top dps charts. Knowing your moment increasing options and what spells are available and stack in a raiding context will improve your personal performance and in the case of Stampeding Roar, your teams performance. Movement speed increases contribute by allowing more up time on the boss and therefore more dps, they can reduce the amount of damage you take and help the raid with fight mechanics e.g. Qiang the Mericiless’ Flanking Orders spell during the Spirit Kings encounter in Mogu’shan Vaults. Learning to utilize all of your abilities will make you a better player.
What movement speed increasing spells do you use? How useful have you found them? Let me know what your thoughts are. You can leave a comment on the post, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, send me a tweet @Elamari_ or leave a comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.
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