Movement Speed in Warlords of Draenor

In this post I’m going to discuss movement speed bonus in Warlords of Draenor, which ones stack, which don’t and how they interact. Rather than me waffling on I think I’ll just quote the developers from the Patch 6.0 patch notes as they explain it far better than I could.

From the Developers
The logic of how various movement speed bonuses stack (or don’t) has generally been inconsistent and poorly explained. Under the old set-up, each movement speed bonus would become more powerful when combined with another, so we would limit what can stack with what, and prevent certain abilities from being used when another one is already in effect. We decided to change the movement speed system to make it more transparent, with rules about stacking that are easier to understand, and with fewer restrictions.

Previously, multiple movement speed modifiers on you were multiplicative, meaning that if you had two different +25% movement speed bonuses, they resulted in a total movement speed of 56% (1.25*1.25 = 1.56).

Movement speed bonuses have been changed to be additive. The previous example with two different +25% movement speed bonuses would result in a total movement speed of +50%. The logic governing which bonuses stack with others has been simplified as well.

  • Movement speed buffs that are temporary or could be applied to other players are considered exclusive, their effects do not stack, and only the highest bonus gets applied (in addition to non-exclusive movement speed buffs).

Source – http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/15682579#movement_speed

Passive Movement Speed Bonuses for Feral Druids

  • Movement speed buffs that are self-only or is a passive effect are considered non-exclusive, and will now all stack together additively.

Cat Form
All passive movement speed increases available in Cat Form in Warlords of Draenor.

Baseline Speed = 100%
Night Elf racial Quickness = +2%
Talent Feline Swiftness = +15%
Enchantment: Gift of Critical Strike (Cloak) = +10%
Cat Form = +30%
Total passive movement speed = +157%
Night Elf racial Elusiveness = +5% (only while Prowling)
Total passive movement speed = +162% while Prowling.

Before Warlords of Draenor the old Cat Form bonus (+25%), the Feline Swiftness talent (+15%) and old boot enchant (+8%) stacked multiplicatively;
= 1.25 * 1.15 * 1.08
= 155%.

We have gained a 7% boost from the Warlords of Draenor changes;
= 162% – 155%
= 7%.

Travel Form
Even though the tool tip doesn’t indicate value, Travel Form still increases movement speed by 40%. Travel Form also stacks with all of the bonuses listed above bar the Cat Form and Prowling bonuses.

Baseline Speed = 100%
Night Elf racial Quickness = +2%
Talent Feline Swiftness = +15%
Enchantment: Gift of Critical Strike (Cloak) = +10%
Travel Form = +40%
Total passive movement speed = +167%

Movement Speed Tertiary Stat
In Warlords of Draenor, movement speed (Speed) is a tertiary stat that can appear on gear. Tertiary stats are stats which have a small chance to be found on gear and appear in green text underneath secondary stats. As far as I know movement speed can appear in any slot. I personally have had it on a helm, a chest, a weapon and a trinket.

Movement Speed on gear

I currently have three pieces of gear with the movement speed tertiary stat on them including my helm, weapon and a trinket. The stat appears in green text below the secondary stats.

Movement speed is unique in that unlike the other tertiary stats it doesn’t scale linearly, suffering from diminishing returns. This means that the gain per stat point decreases as stat points increase. Aggixx was very helping in figuring all of this out. You can see our discussion on the Fluid Druid Forums.

Movement speed tertiary stat forumula

X is the amount of movement speed rating you have and y is the percentage after diminishing returns.

Regardless of scaling or diminishing returns, what ever amount of movement speed tertiary stat you have will stack additively with all other passive movement speed bonuses. When you mouse over speed stat in your character pane, you can given a break down of your speed bonuses where you can see how much the tertiary stat contributes to your total movement speed.

movement speed mouse over

With all the buffs mentioned above, while prowling, I am at 162% movement speed. The three pieces of gear with movement speed on them contribute 9% to my total movement speed, bringing it to 171% (162% + 9%).

In Patch 6.1 all tertiary stats were buffed to provide about four times as much per stat point. All information in this post is from after this patch. Unfortunately I don’t have any numbers from before the patch to do a comparison. Buffs are buffs so I’ll take them.

Non Druid Passive Movement Speed Effects
There aren’t many in this category, but the most common one you will encounter will be from Windwalker Monks – Stance of the Fierce Tiger which grants a 10% movement speed bonus. This stacks with all other passives mentioned above including Travel Form, however it is only active while you are in range of the Monk. While in range the buff appears with other buffs in the top left corner of your UI by default with no duration beneath it. When you move out of range you get a 10 second duration timer before the buff wears off. It goes back to having no duration timer if you move back in range.

The other one you are likely to encounter is the Miner’s Coffee from your garrisons mine. This item grants a 20% speed bonus stacking five times for a maximum of 100% movement speed increase, but only while in the garrison mine. This boost stacks with all passives listed above and all temporary bonuses. I’ve found that three stacks of coffee is the optimal amount given the collection rate and my already high amount of passive movement speed.

Temporary (activated) Movement Speed Bonuses

  • Movement speed buffs that are temporary or could be applied to other players are considered exclusive, their effects do not stack, and only the highest bonus gets applied (in addition to non-exclusive movement speed buffs).

Dash
Dash is a temporary movement speed bonus increases your speed by 70% for 15 secs. This stacks additively with all passives listed above accept Travel Form as you need to be in Cat Form to benefit from Dash. With all the buffs mentioned above (Cat Form, Feline Swiftness, Cloak enchant, Night Elf racial) Dash will increase your movement speed to 227% normally or 232% while Prowling.

Stampeding Roar
Similar to Dash, Stampeding Roar is also a temporary movement speed bonus increases your speed by 60% for 8 secs. It also stacks additively with all passives listed above and can be used in any form.

Humanoid / Bear Form

  • Baseline (100%) + Racial (2%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Stampeding Roar (60%) = 187%.

Cat Form

  • Non Prowling – Baseline (100%) + Racial (2%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Cat Form (30%) Stampeding Roar (60%) = 217%.
  • Prowling – Baseline (100%) + Racial (2%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Cat Form (30%) + Prowling (5%) + Stampeding Roar (60%) = 222%.

Travel Form

  • Baseline (100%) + Racial (2%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Travel Form (40%) Stampeding Roar (60%) = 227%.

NOTE – If you activate Stampeding Roar while Dash is active, Dash will override it i.e. you wont gain any affect from Stampeding Roar. However, anyone within range around you will benefit. It may be worth using a cancel aura macro that cancels Dash when you activate Stampeding Roar. Dash automatically cancels Stampeding Roar if you it active because it is the stronger effect of the two.

#showtooltip Stampeding Roar
/cancelaura Dash
/use Stampeding Roar

Darkflight
This is the activated racial ability for Worgens’ increasing movement speed by 40% for 10 secs. This can be activated in all forms.

Humanoid / Bear Form

  • Baseline (100%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Darkflight (40%) = 165%.

Cat Form

  • Non Prowling – Baseline (100%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Cat Form (30%) + Darkflight (40%) = 195%.
  • Prowling – Baseline (100%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Cat Form (30%) + Prowling (5%) + Darkflight (40%) = 200%.

Travel Form

  • Baseline (100%) + Talent (15%) + Enchant (10%) + Travel Form (40%) Darkflight (40%) = 205%.

Engineering Tinker
To my knowledge a new engineering speed boost has not been created for Warlords of Draenor so I still use Nitro Boosts from Mists of Pandaria. Since the release of Warlords of Draenor the Nitro Boosts have been changed to provided a reduced speed increase while in dungeons. In the open world and in your garrison, it provides a speed boost of 150% stacking additively with all passives – talents, enchants, forms and tertiary stats. However, when you are inside a dungeon or raid, it only gives you a 70% increases even though the buff still says 150%.

Fuel leaks can still happen and it’s based of a percentage of your HP, meaning you can’t completely ignore the damage. There is still a chance for you to be blown straight up in the air as a malfunction too. Proceed with caution.

Final Thoughts
As I mentioned in the last post I did about movement speed, good players do more than just top dps charts. Knowing your moment increasing options and what spells are available 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. Learning to utilize all of your abilities will make you a better player.

Have you been lucky enough to get a gear drop with movement speed on it? Has it made a noticeable difference to your maneuverability? Do you think it’s an interesting stat? Are my calculations correct? Let me know what your thoughts are. You can leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, send me a tweet @Elamari_ or leave a comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.

~Elamari

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2 thoughts on “Movement Speed in Warlords of Draenor

  1. You forgot the Hunter’s “Aspect of the Cheetah/Pack” (+30%) + “Glyph of Pathfinding” (+8%).

    In combination with what you explained, it could gives you the fastest passive speed you could have right now.

    • Hi Zarce,

      Well spotted. I had never really considered Hunter’s Aspect of the (Daze) Pack. I think mostly because you don’t really use it in raiding. But you are correct in that it does stack additively with other passive movement speed increases. With the glyph you mentioned it would put me up 199% passive speed. I have 1 item with 104 speed rating on it. Thanks for the comment.

      ~Elamari

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