Season of Discovery Balance Druid DPS Guide

Last updated on Feb 11, 2024 at 00:00 by Seksixeny 5 comments

Welcome to our Balance Druid guide for WoW Classic - Season of Discovery, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how to play the Druid class as a Balance Druid. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.

1.

Overview

Druids have traditionally been brought to raids for their unique utility: Mark of the Wild Icon Mark of the Wild, and the only WoW Classic combat resurrection, Rebirth Icon Rebirth.

Unfortunately Balance was so bad in WoW Classic that it was just never brought, regardless, as its poor damage would be cut short by the Druid running out of Mana, in most cases. That has already changed in Season of Discovery and Balance keeps looking better every phase as strong runes get introduced.

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Great unique utility in Rebirth Icon Rebirth, Innervate Icon Innervate and Mark of the Wild Icon Mark of the Wild
  • +Relatively mobile ranged DPS spec due to multiple dots, short casts and instant Starsurge Icon Starsurges
  • +Excellent Mana efficiency with Dreamstate Icon Dreamstate, Eclipse Icon Eclipse combo and free Wrath Icon Wrath with Fury of Stormrage Icon Fury of Stormrage
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -No Spell Hit help from talents
  • -Low survivability and lack of survival tools
  • -Relatively low PvE damage, especially in stacked AoE scenarios
2.

Season of Discovery

Balance Druid in Season of Discovery is finally a viable DPS option due to the addition of new damage sources from Runes, Sunfire Icon Sunfire and Starsurge Icon Starsurge.

Caster Druids will also benefit from being able to DPS while regenerating Mana with the new Dreamstate Icon Dreamstate (enabled by Eclipse Icon Eclipse criticals), and the Fury of Stormrage Icon Fury of Stormrage rune, which makes Wrath Icon Wrath free, and procs occasional instant Healing Touch Icon Healing Touches on top!

Through the addition of entirely new abilities and Runes, the rotation, gearing options, and talent decisions for Balance Druids has changed with the coming of Season of Discovery. Browse the guides in the Table of Content at the top of this page to find all the information you'll need to master this new game mode!

2.1.

Balance Profession Recommendations

The best profession to have as Balance is Engineering. It provides powerful items that you can use in both PvE and PvP content to either deal damage or help you get out of a tough spot.

Tailoring is a fine choice for Balance Druids, especially early on due to the bind on pickup Extraplanar Spidersilk Boots Icon Extraplanar Spidersilk Boots, but in order to be truly optimal in this phase you will probably want Leatherworking for Gneuro-Conductive Channeler's Hood  Icon Gneuro-Conductive Channeler's Hood , instead. You can still get the somewhat less powerful Gneuro-Linked Arcano-Filament Monocle  Icon Gneuro-Linked Arcano-Filament Monocle if you keep your Tailoring, regardless.

2.2.

Rune Engravings for Balance Druid

The main feature of Season of Discovery is the new Rune Discovery system, which allows you to discover and attach special abilities to your gear slots after finding them across the world. We list all of Druid's runes and where they can be located in the guide below.

3.

Changelog

  • 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2.
  • 14 Dec. 2023: Removed mention of Innervate for now, as it is a level 40 spell.
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