Feathers Fur and Fins


Feathers, fur or fins
Feathers, fur or fins
If it walks on legs or flies on wings
If it runs or crawls or slithers or swims
It’s got its place in the scheme of things
Feathers, fur or fins-

-Don Spencer

We have a Kids singer on Oz called Don Spencer, and he has an  appropriate  druid theme song called  Feather, Fur or Fins ( especially now I have flight form.  Feathers ! Yeah!) The song is from the 80′s when I was growing up  ( showing my age here)    ( not to be confused to with Feather, Fur and Fins)  – I cannot find you a Youtube clip of Don’s  song however  if you really want to listen on his website you can listen to an extract of the song – so I got to practice the tune :)  I guess the need to identify  with trees now are a little less so I still think the song fits even though there is no bark in there.

I think I am kind of in love with my Druid. She is well on her way to being my 6th 80 – and is  63 at the moment.

However…

Dear Tanks.

I thank Elune for catform and Dash so I can run faster to catch up to you when you don’t give me enough time to drink.  I thank Elune for Innervate so I don’t have to do that often.

I thank Elune for the thorns I can place upon you so you hold threat

I thank Elune for Barkskin, and Natures Grasp and Shadow Meld so that I may protect myself when you can not

I cannot stress how useful thorns have been for keeping agro off me,  the healer.   I have only really been smashed once  because tank lost agro ,  and inbetween being beaten upon by mobs,  I managed to snarkily  say ” its ok .. you don’t need a healer.. “

Zahre has died

It gets used on cool down/saved for the right pack.  Eg if its off cool down, and only one mob,  I’ll save it for the next pull.  Though it does highlight why some healers have “Barkskin used”  macro’d to appear in Party chat.  I think its annoying.  Theoretically I can see that its a useful poke “Hey…. healer in trouble..  help.”

I should set up a macro every time I get meleed for something higher then say 20% if my health.  ” Save your healer”  “Get them off me”   “Halp!” I do try and do all my best to keep myself alive.   Barkskin, Shadow Meld,  Natures Grasp – then a shuffle out of the mobs melee range.

Just in case you don’t believe me on how good thorns have been  ( for someone else s damage !! ><

and just in case it was a fluke or a bad DK tank..   here is another one

I haven’t got all the yummy healing spells yet,  but so far I feel I have one for all occasions. The lots of little heals,  Swiftmend, and Wildgrowth  are easily able to top off people  who when healing as a priest  (pre Circle of healing ) required a dedicated flash or renew.

I have also been using most of my innervates on myself.   Though if its on cool down and I don’t believe I will need it, and someone else does I will cast it on them.   I don’t have it macro’d telling them they are getting it, so maybe they don’t even realize.  When I was leveling my hunter through dungeons with a friend’s druid  he used to give me Innervate. – and I can’t reciprocate to other hunters now because they don’t have mana anymore.

I am slightly resentful that Natures Cure in my talent tree allows me to cleanse a Magic affect as well.  So I have been a bad Druid and not taken it yet.  Of course I will,  but Poisons and Curses AND magic.  That’s not fair.   I am not a dispel bot.  I probably will pick it up next talent point,  I have just been holding it off a little.  It’s usually disease that people scream to have cleansed off them anyone, so no one has noticed so far .  Shhhhhh

I shall not become the pugnacious Druid,  though  3 hours wiping on a LK normal 25 kill as a holy priest did make me triple think the idea that I might want to be healing more in Cata

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10 Responses to “Feathers Fur and Fins”


  1. 1 Shiva November 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

    If I remember right, glyphed the ability has a 25 second cooldown and lasts 20 seconds.

    Considering the incredible amount of damage it puts out, I’d say it damn well might be the best major glyph in the game.

    1 GCD and you’re doing more damage than most classes, and helping your tank get threat AND not to mention the “feedback loop” of killing things faster means less chance of you dying.

  2. 3 Chaous November 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    He spec’d into bloodworms, there are better talents at this point even at that level, that could use the points.

    Not sure how much experience you have with druid just be careful with pre-hoting. Even with massive AoE threat pre hots can cause you to pickup aggro right quick, especially in tbc content with the wired multi-caster packs and such.

    And back to the DK tanks, many of them have never been a tank class before. It gets a bit better for them the higher up in levels you get.

    • 4 Bob. T. Bear November 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      Yeah, the blood tree isn’t exactly the most intuitive tanking tree I’ve ever seen (I recently picked up an old DK I ran the starting area on and specced blood, and was so worried about being ‘That DK’ I played with the spec and my action bars for what seemed like forever before queueing for a dungeon (Paid off though =D I am Rockin’ Hellfire Citadel atm)

      There seem to be a few talents like Blood Worms that it’s just not worth putting the points into over something lower/higher in the tree.

      Also /lament I can’t cast Thorns in bear form =( (though I forsee that being a possible set-piece bonus for the future…)

      • 5 Shiva November 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

        You can cast thorns and then go into bear form though. Judging from Astrylian’s post and Ghostcrawler’s post Blizzard does not seem to mind this and it’s somewhat intended even.

        At 85, a Bear Druid can generate considerable amount of burst/opening threat between throwing Rejuvenate on herself, planting Mushrooms and casting thorn right before charging in.

    • 6 Pugnacious Priest November 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Have been greatful that most of the dk’s I am seeing seem to have better defence. Not met a tank yet I couldn’t keep alive. Even when they want to roll on spellpower breastplates and haven’t gemmed the tanking one they are wearing.( and that one was a warrior)

  3. 7 Xeppe November 15, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I haven’t found that it gets much yummier on the healing spells front. Lifebloom just isn’t that useful, it tends to pop when you don’t need it and the mana return from Revitalize isn’t all that exciting. I keep 3 stacks on the tank because you’re sposed to but if Blizz removed it from the game tomorrow I wouldn’t even bother to wave goodbye.
    I wouldn’t cast Tranquility more than once every 5 dungeons (but it is a wipe saver, I WAS using it frequently down low before 4.0.1 took it away, it had much more utility in 5 mans with inexperienced groups than it does now at nearly 80) and I’ve cast Nourish once, ever, and been dissapointed with the results.
    Havig said all that, my Druid is my favourite healer atm and is making a strong case to be my main in Cata. An Absolutely Ordinary Druid? Maybe.

    • 8 Pugnacious Priest November 15, 2010 at 5:42 am

      Yeah.. this 3 stacking lifebloom and keeping it up was annoying the one dungeon I ran with it. It became like keyboard dance. heal Heal bloom stack.. heal heal.. bloom stack. Will it be socially acceptable not to use it unless they really need it.. ?

      • 9 Shiva November 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

        Doubt it at 85. Too much of your mana regen is tied to it.

        Even at 60+ Dungeons, should probably use it to put up Replenishment. It’s cheap enough for you to just randomly toss it around w/o actually caring though.

        • 10 Pugnacious Priest November 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm

          but I only need 1 to get replenishment up, and I would rather a once every 15 sec cast then a once every 9 secs – I have been a lot more generous with my innvervates now I have replenish


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