Cat DPS. (With Bear capabilities)
These keybindings will be complicated to learn, but very easy to use. All should be within reach without having to move your hands or stretch your fingers. The goal is for this feral to utilize its skills to their full potential and be as useful as it can be to his raid, and to feel that it is pulling its weight. 5 keys, WASD, space and Shift as a modifier will be used on the keyboard, on the mouse I will assume two fingers to be working fully for use of left, right, middle and scroll backwards and forward. These keys, while used in combinations will give you access to pretty much all skills you could ever need.
It will make use of a couple of macros and a few addons, all to reduce the amount of keys used mid combat.
- This setup does require some sort of UI addon or some clever usage of mouse over macros. Suggestions for UI addons are Vuhdo, Clique+Grid or Healbot. Here is a good guide to get you started on that. And here is a good post about some Feral Druid specific macros. If you have any questions about a specific macro mentioned in this post, just ask!
- I've bound E, which means you could probably make use of Q which is about equally accessible. But since it is out of the limits of this project I've not included it for this suggestion.
- I've combined Tiger's Fury and Berserk into one key. Note that even if you always want to use Tiger's Fury with Berserk, you don't always want to use Berserk with Tiger's Fury. Therefore, if you really want to maximize your dps, you can keep TF clickable on your bars if you know you'll get into a part of the fight you'd want to save your Berserk for, like Bloodlust.
- All the healing skills will end up on your caster form bar. This guide does not include a suggestion on how to bind those, but you can check out my healing keybinding guide for some inspiration"
I will skip:
Cower: If you don't want to use 30+ keybindings you'll never get all the skills that have some potential value, and this is one such skill. If you want to go all out from the start it could possibly be good, but just give the tank 5 seconds and you wont catch up on threat in any case. You'll reach 99.9% of your max damage without it.
Claw: Old skill that isn't used at all anylonger (as it is replaced by Mangle at level 10).
CC like Hibernate, Nature's Grasp, Soothe and Cyclone: Even in dungeons these are rarely used mid combat (except Nature's Grasp). Since key sacrifices has to be made somewhere, I've chosen these among others.
Enrage: Macro this to be used with one of your most used skills, like Mangle. You can still cast it before combat as the macro will use Enrage when you press Mangle whether you're hitting something or not.
Faerie Fire Feral: Only used on bosses, and then only every 5 minutes. Put it on your bars and click it while you run.
Maim: The good old stun, very rarely used in a raiding or instancing environment, since it was mainly used as an interrupt and we now have Skull Bash to do that.
Pounce: Bad opener for pve dps, therefore rarely used.
Prowl: Only used out of combat and can therefore safely be clicked. If you happen to quest a lot you could bind it to a key which is used less in solo play, like Tranquility.
Remove Corruption: Since this skill needs you to be in caster form to be used, I suggest you bind it on 1-4 on those bars (along with some healing skills)
Stampeding Roar: As Wowpedia puts it: "This ability is widely regarded as Blizzard's idea of a joke because no practical use has been found for it." While this isn't completely true, it's still not useful enough to warrant its own keybinding. The few situations you might need this (spreading after Blackout on V&T, quick positioning as bear tank), you can click it.
Travel Form: Only 10% faster and you lose all extra healing taken from Nurturing Instincts.
Middle mouse-Cat Form
Shift Middle-Bear Form
Shift4-Berserk with Tiger's Fury macrod into it
1-Mangle (with Enrage macro)
ShiftScroll Up Once-Barkskin (castsequence)
ShiftScroll Up Twice-Survival Instincts
ShiftScroll Down for Swipe (with Thrash macrod before it in Bear Form)
ShiftScroll Down on friendly target for Tranquility (via Vuhdo or similar addon)
Shift-Left click dead chars portrait to cres (out of combat it will do normal Revive on dead player) (via Vuhdo or similar addon)
Shift-Right click alive chars portrait with mana pool for Innervate (Via vuhdo or healbot)