Q&A and links to additional resources
Q. Where can I find more information about being a moonkin Is this a good spec for me
A. I suggest you read Efejel's Moonkin FAQ to help you decide if moonkin is a good spec for you, and how to be the best balance druid you can be!
Here is a moonkin gear list:
If you can't get instance groups, you can now PvP (non-arena) for gear:
Q. I still have more questions about what it means to be a druid. What additional resources are available to me
A. Here is a link to the Druid forums in Europe. They have a good selection of reading material here:
Also, before you post questions on the druid forum, you can read:
What is the druid song
Purple Monster by Ashmai of Nathrezim.
Q: Where do I go to level
A: Here is a handy leveling guide you guys should take a look at if you ever get stuck wondering where you should be leveling at any point in time. Questing is usually better for druids than straight grinding.
Things to note: Being indoors is bad for druids, so avoid needless grinding in caves. Since we don¡¯t have a good AOE ability, I try to pick off solo mobs rather than taking on big groups at the same time.
Questing is important, and you can see the default zone levels here, to get an idea of where to quest:
Where do I find tanking gear at level 70
The basics on tanking are here:
There is a more complete list of tanking gear here:
This is also a really nice resource for tanking armor (and a little clearer than the forum thread):
Q: Who is ALAMO and how do I learn 2 play Durids
A: Alamo's original post:
Alamo Teeches u 2 Burnin croosaid:
What about resto
Restoration is not a good leveling build. I recommend not specing heavily into resto until after you hit 70. There is a guide for gearing up for end-game healing stickied at the top of this forum.
There is also a really good guide on understanding Tree Form here:
There is also a guide for end-game resto PvP you can find here:
Q: Why not put your first five points in Imp MotW
A: Because despite the 1.35xMotW is a minimal gain at that level for the points invested. For MOTW Rank 2, getting +23 AC, and +1 stats is simply not worth 5 talent points compared to the other options available. The only time this is worth the 5 talent points is if you are a) DEEP in the resto tree, b) heavily involved in PvE raiding. In PvP the buff will get purged/cleansed or your target will die. For druids that are primarily feral/pvp, 5/5 Furor will be much more valuable for its effectiveness with cat/bear.
Q: What about 1 point in Improved Shred
Essentially, the energy returns over time start to equalize. However, the initial attack sequence of Shred>Shred has no benefit from 1/2 Imp Shred. If you were to substitute Claw (40 energy) for Rake, it would look even worse for 1/2 Imp Shred because the cost for an additional attack after the Claw would require the same number of ticks for energy as unimproved shred. Basically Improved Shred is one of those talents that needs to have 2/2 to have an effect.
Q: Why not spec x/x/x instead
A: The guides posted above are merely guides to give you an idea of what I consider good specs and have had success with on the Beta server, but the best spec will always be the one that fits YOUR playing style the best. Feel free to adapt them as needed.
Q: What about Talent:X
A: Feel free to post questions about why x over y. I will try to respond, and if there are enough questions, I will include a review on more of those talents in this thread. Keep in mind that this guide is geared for a balance between PvE/PvP, and the order I chose talents reflects that.
Q: OMG! N00B!
A: Very succinctly put. However, I¡¯ve been posting on the boards for quite sometime now, reading informative threads, and I¡¯ve put in countless hours testing the new talents on the BC Beta server. I believe Jaegor's guide is the most efficient there was for the 1.8 talents, and I am doing my best to keep his original ideas, and build on them, rather than starting from scratch. I hope that he is proud of what I have done for this thread. I also happen to think it is a lot of fun. Feel free to disagree with anything we've written, as I do take poster comments into consideration.
Q: Sir, you are both a gentleman and a scholar! How can I help inform others
A: Post responses, or link this post to those with questions. (While Jaegor was a guy, I happen to be female).
Q: What kind of cake do you like
A: Jaegor likes chocolate with vanilla icing.
Lissanna likes chocolate with Cream Cheese frosting