Season of Discovery Balance Druid DPS Leveling

Last updated on Jul 10, 2024 at 03:00 by Seksixeny 7 comments

Welcome to our leveling guide for Balance Druid. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Druid in Classic - Season of Discovery.



This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to level 60 as Balance Druid DPS in WoW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 4. We will focus on talents, skills to buy and spell rotation, as well as leveling gear and the class specific quests you will find along the way.


Balance Druid DPS Talents for Leveling

Balance used to be one of the very worst specs to level with in WoW Classic due to terrible Mana problems, low damage, and self-healing that required even more of that precious Mana.

Fortunately, we are getting a new damage over time effect, Sunfire Icon Sunfire that enables more multi-target damage and, more importantly, the Fury of Stormrage Icon Fury of Stormrage rune which makes Wrath Icon Wrath Mana-free, improving your ability to chain pull immensely! It will also occasionally make your Healing Touch Icon Healing Touch instant cast, which is great for speedy self-healing in between pulls.

We recommend the following talents for Balance Druid DPS leveling:

You can also learn more details about this build and what spells to buy on our level-by-level WoW Classic leveling guides listed below:


Leveling Runes

The new Rune system in Season of Discovery is extremely important, and you should get Fury of Stormrage Icon Fury of Stormrage very quickly to increase your leveling speed. Sunfire Icon Sunfire and even Starsurge Icon Starsurge are also accessible early, and all of these runes combined will make leveling to 60 a breeze!

Make sure to check our Druid Rune guide, which has all runes you can obtain:


Cozy Sleeping Bag

The Cozy Sleeping Bag  Icon Cozy Sleeping Bag is a new item in Season of Discovery that you can use to gain extra experience and rested experience, for yourself and any nearby party members, even if they do not have it themselves!

It has a lengthy unlock process that will take you all around the world:

Horde starts at a charred body near 46,74 in the Barrens, and then goes to the charred body at 37,50 in Westfall, while Alliance does the same in opposite order.

Afterwards, head to 40,52 in Stonetalon Mountains and look for a box next to a tent with a red cross on it. Click the nearby item to turn in the quest and proceed to a pile of dirt nearby at 40,50 for the next part of the quest.

Head to 49,13 in Loch Modan to turn in the next step at the top of the dam, to a eagle statue. Finish by going up the Thoradin Wall at 87,49 in Hillsbrad Foothills using a nearby cart to climb up the wall. Inside you will find the final turn in spot (bag and note) to receive Cozy Sleeping Bag  Icon Cozy Sleeping Bag. Make sure to use it on cooldown to speed up your leveling!


Macros and Addons

By setting yourself up with an upgraded user interface and macros from the get go, you will make your leveling process much easier. Check out our Druid Macros and Addons guide in the link below for the full list.



Learning professions early on is very useful, as you can naturally level them as you go, avoiding extra work at max level. This is especially true for gathering professions, but crafting professions compensate your efforts by giving you extra tools to level with. First Aid is also recommended, as Bandages can help you save Mana if dipping low during emergencies.

Druid is a fantastic gatherer, making Herbalism and Mining a natural fit for gold-minded players, but Skinning is also great as you can only have one type of radar active at a time, making Herbalism and Mining be annoying when paired.

Finally, there is also a case to be made for leveling Engineering early on, since its crafts can make your leveling much easier, or Leatherworking to get a head-start on the important bind on pickup crafted gear available in Season of Discovery.


Gear Options for Balance Druid

For the most part you will want to stack damage stats: Spell Damage and Nature Damage gear are by far your best pieces, as Mana stats are made useless by the Fury of Stormrage Icon Fury of Stormrage rune causing Wrath Icon Wrath to be free.

Gear with other offensive stats, such as Spell Hit or Spell Critical Strike are also great if you happen upon them.

Stamina allows you to live for longer and can be useful in PvP situations.


Continuing the Grind with your Level 60 Balance Druid DPS

Once you grind your way to 60, browse through our Balance Druid DPS PvE Guide, or try a completely different playstyle and learn how to tank in the Feral Druid Tank PvE Guide, learn how to heal in the Restoration Druid Healer PvE Guide, or melee DPS with our Feral Druid DPS PvE Guide.

Enjoy Azeroth!



  • 10 Jul. 2024: Updated for Phase 4.
  • 04 Apr. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 4.
  • 09 Feb. 2024: Added Cozy Sleeping Bag discovery method.
  • 07 Feb. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 2.
  • 14 Dec. 2023: Reworked rune section as all locations are known right now.
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