Season of Discovery Balance Druid DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities
On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Balance Druid, in WoW Classic - Season of Discovery. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, and others in order to minmax your damage efficiency.
We will present the skill rotation of a Balance Druid as a priority list. This is not an exact sequence in which abilities should be cast. Instead, whenever you must choose between using different skills, try to use the one at the top of the list first.
Our list assumes you are running the recommended build from the talents page and are playing a (currently maximum) level 40 character. If you are still leveling, please refer to the leveling-specific rotation located in the table of contents.
While they are extraordinarily powerful, explosives such as Heavy Dynamite will not be detailed in the rotation. Usually, you will want to use them as soon as the tank has solid threat on the target. The main exception is when you are facing multiple or particularly dangerous (such as enraged) enemies at some point in the fight. Saving explosives to carry you and your group through these moments (and possibly do a ton of AoE damage in the process) is probably worth it.
- Use Starsurge on cooldown, preferably with the Eclipse 30% critical strike buff provided by Starfire;
- Maintain Sunfire on the target if it will live for 9 seconds longer;
- Use Starfire whenever it is buffed by Wrath's Eclipse buff or you have Nature's Grace;
- Use Wrath as a Mana-free filler that enables Starfire's Eclipse buff.
For the most part you will be following the single-target damage rotation, with the difference that Hurricane should be used when it will be hitting 6 or more targets during its channel and Sunfire should be applied to each available target, rather than a single one.
Druids do not currently have any DPS cooldowns.
Rebirth is currently the only combat resurrection of WoW Classic Season of Discovery and should be used on any party member that dies in a fight, with priority for the tank.
Innervate is a potent Mana cooldown and should be used on any (Spirit-based, preferably) Mana user running low, especially healers.
Remove Curse can be used to dispel curse effects from party members and this should be done as soon as possible in most situations.
Cure Poison can be used to dispel poison effects from party members and, just like Remove Curse, should be done as soon as possible in most situations.
Mastering Your Druid
In this section, we will dive a bit deeper into the core mechanics and various abilities of Balance Druids. Understanding these topics is an important step to truly mastering the specialization.
A Druid's primary resource is Mana. It is important that you understand how Mana is generated, so you can effectively manage and use it.
Mana has a maximum capacity based on your Intellect, and starts full by default. Mana is slowly used by your spell casting, and does not regenerate naturally if you have cast something in the last 5 seconds. However, using certain talents, such as Reflection, allows a part of your Mana regeneration (which scales based on Spirit) to continue during this period, and Innervate will let you regenerate Mana normally while casting. Items that restore X Mana per 5 seconds, such as Smoked Sagefish are also active at all times.
Your goal in any fight, is to kill the enemy before your Mana is completely gone. This is made much easier by the SoD rune Fury of Stormrage which causes your Wrath spell to be free, and the new Dreamstate rune also helps a lot, as you will be dealing a lot of critical strikes due to Eclipse.
- 12 Feb. 2024: Added info on Hurricane usage.
- 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2 with the new runes in mind.
- 14 Dec. 2023: Improved AoE rotation for added clarity.
- Upcoming Season of Discovery Phase 2 Class Tuning: February 27th
- WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode Begins February 29th
- Dragonflight 10.2.5 and Season of Discovery Hotfixes, February 21st
- Gnomeregan Trinket Sends Player to Forbidden Zones in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery Hotfixes: February 20th
- Blizzard Acknowledges Gnomeregan Raid Lockout Bug
- Blizzard on AoE Threat in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery and Classic Era Hotfixes: February 16th