Season of Discovery Balance Druid DPS Guide
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.
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.
- No Spell Hit help from talents
- Low survivability and lack of survival tools
- Relatively low PvE damage, especially in stacked AoE scenarios
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 and Starsurge.
Caster Druids will also benefit from being able to DPS while regenerating Mana with the new Dreamstate (enabled by Eclipse criticals), and the Fury of Stormrage rune, which makes Wrath free, and procs occasional instant 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!
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, but in order to be truly optimal in this phase you will probably want Leatherworking for Gneuro-Conductive Channeler's Hood , instead. You can still get the somewhat less powerful Gneuro-Linked Arcano-Filament Monocle if you keep your Tailoring, regardless.
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.
- 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2.
- 14 Dec. 2023: Removed mention of Innervate for now, as it is a level 40 spell.
- Blizzard on AoE Threat in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery and Classic Era Hotfixes: February 16th
- Additional Tuning Coming to Priests in Season of Discovery
- Gnomeregan SoD DPS and Healer Rankings: Week 1
- SoD Subjugate Demon Nerf Due to 5-Minute Control of Metamorphosis Warlocks
- Upcoming Season of Discovery Phase 2 Class Tuning: February 20th
- Season of Discovery Hotfixes: February 14th
- Shadowfang Keep Teleport Available in Wrath Classic