The Druid is a hybrid class. However, unlike its fellow hybrid classes, a Druid is limited to essentially one role at a time. The Druid can either be in Cat form for damage similar to a Rogue, Bear/Dire Bear form for armor and survivability similar to a Warrior, Caster form (no shifting required) to have full access to the Healing and Damage spells, or Moonkin form (if talented this direction) for damage similar to a Mage.
The Druid has two additional forms that are gained throughout its lifecycle: Aquatic form (a sea lion) and Travel form (a cheetah). The Aquatic form gives you an incredible swim speed bonus and unlimited breath, but you are limited to regular melee attacks while in this form. Travel form gives you a 40% increase to run speed and allows you to escape from battles very easily, or cover distance between towns quicker.
Shapeshifting is the essential role of a Druid and is the premise the class is built around. Shapeshifting costs mana and you must always revert to your Caster form before you can switch into a different form again. However, shapeshifting makes you immune to polymorph effects and allows you to remove movement impairing effects when you shapeshift (except Daze). These inherent shapeshifting abilities provide the Druid with unparalleled escapability and Druids become the natural choice for a flag carrier in the Warsong Gulch battleground.
As a Druid, you have the ability to somewhat freely change into any role your party needs at the time. This may require you to carry multiple sets of gear to more adequately fulfill these roles, but the extra gear is something most Druids carry around for convenience in any case.
A Druid’s talents truly affect their gameplay. The way you spend your talent points truly affects the way you gear and play your character. The Druid class has 3 talent trees: Balance is used for magic damage; Feral is used to enhance your Cat and Bear/Dire Bear abilities; and Restoration is used to enhance the Druid’s ability to heal.
|Level 10 Bear FormLevel 40 Dire Bear Form||
Tanking and Offtanking
Similar to Warrior
|Level 16 Aquatic Form||
Grants Underwater Breathing and Swim Speed
(Swim Speed = Normal Land Run Speed)
|Level 20 Cat Form||
Stealth and Ambush Attacks
Similar to Rogue
|Level 30 Travel Form||
40% Speed Increase
(31 point talent)
Spell casting Form (Balance Spells only)
( party members recieve an additional 5% critical chance to spells)
|Tree of Life Form
(41 point talent)
Healing spells targeted at members of your group within 45 yards receive a bonus equal to 25% of your total Spirit,movement speed is reduced by 20%
|Level 68 Flight Form*Level 70 Epic Flight Form*||
Flight form, increasing movement speed by 60%