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Classic Balance Druid Ranged DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Jul 26, 2020 at 10:48 by Impakt 10 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Balance Druid Ranged DPS in WoW Classic.

1.

Gearing Strategy for Balance Druids

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.

2.

WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.

3.

Balance Druid Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Blackwing Lair and Zul'Gurub

This is the gear we recommend you to chase in the Blackwing Lair and Zul'Gurub.

Druid's Tier 2, Stormrage Raiment is the same as the tier 1 set, in that it is a set meant for healers and not for damage dealers. Instead, your BiS setup will consist of items from the previous phases along with some new off pieces and weapons found in Blackwing Lair.

While the main focus is on Blackwing Lair gear, the list below also contains some gear from older raids, epic PvP sets (above rank 11) and world bosses, when warranted, in order to create a good list for players who regularly clear the raids up to Tier 2.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer Icon Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer
  • "of Arcane Wrath" BoE (+41)
Neck
  • Choker of the Fire Lord Icon Choker of the Fire Lord
  • Orb of the Darkmoon Icon Orb of the Darkmoon
  • Star of Mystaria Icon Star of Mystaria
Shoulders
  • Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal Icon Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal
  • "of Arcane Wrath" BoE (+30)
Cloak
  • Cloak of the Brood Lord Icon Cloak of the Brood Lord
  • *Archivist Cape Icon Archivist Cape (of Arcane Wrath)
  • Sapphiron Drape Icon Sapphiron Drape
Chest
  • BiS: Bloodvine Vest Icon Bloodvine Vest
  • Robe of Volatile Power Icon Robe of Volatile Power
Wrists
  • Bracers of Arcane Accuracy Icon Bracers of Arcane Accuracy
  • Dryad's Wrist Bindings Icon Dryad's Wrist Bindings
  • *Flameweave Cuffs Icon Flameweave Cuffs (of Arcane Wrath)
  • *Tearfall Bracers Icon Tearfall Bracers (of Arcane Wrath)
Hands
  • *Slaghide Gauntlets Icon Slaghide Gauntlets (of Arcane Wrath)
  • Hands of Power Icon Hands of Power
Waist
  • Firemaw's Clutch Icon Firemaw's Clutch
  • Mana Igniting Cord Icon Mana Igniting Cord
  • Ban'thok Sash Icon Ban'thok Sash
Legs
  • BiS: Bloodvine Leggings Icon Bloodvine Leggings
  • "of Arcane Wrath" BoE (+41)
  • Skyshroud Leggings Icon Skyshroud Leggings
Feet
  • BiS: Bloodvine Boots Icon Bloodvine Boots
  • Snowblind Shoes Icon Snowblind Shoes
  • "of Arcane Wrath" BoE (+30)
  • Omnicast Boots Icon Omnicast Boots
  • Crafted through Tailoring
  • Azuregos World Boss
  • Auction House
  • Golem Lord Argelmach in Blackrock Depths
Rings
  • Ring of Spell Power Icon Ring of Spell Power
  • Band of Forced Concentration Icon Band of Forced Concentration
  • Eye of Orgrimmar Icon Eye of Orgrimmar or Songstone of Ironforge Icon Songstone of Ironforge
  • Maiden's Circle Icon Maiden's Circle
Trinkets
  • Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
  • Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power
  • Eye of the Beast Icon Eye of the Beast
  • Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed
Weapons
  • High Warlord's Spellblade Icon High Warlord's Spellblade
  • Claw of Chromaggus Icon Claw of Chromaggus
  • Fang of the Mystics Icon Fang of the Mystics
  • Aurastone Hammer Icon Aurastone Hammer
  • Staff of Dominance Icon Staff of Dominance
  • Ironbark Staff Icon Ironbark Staff
  • Mindfang Icon Mindfang
Off-hands
  • Tome of Arcane Domination Icon Tome of Arcane Domination
  • Master Dragonslayer's Orb Icon Master Dragonslayer's Orb
  • High Warlord's Tome of Destruction Icon High Warlord's Tome of Destruction
  • Exalted with the Alterac Valley reputation
  • The Lord of Blackrock in Blackwing Lair
  • Bought from the PvP Vendor at Rank 14
Idols Idol of the Moon Icon Idol of the Moon BoE world drop, bought from the Auction House
4.

Best in Slot for Balance Druids Pre-Blackwing Lair

4.1.

Balance Druid Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Second Wind Icon Second Wind and Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed.

4.2.

Balance Druid Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While the tier set is not great, there are many pieces of gear and weapons that you will be using for multiple phases out of Molten Core.

5.

Balance Druid PvP Best in Slot Gear

You can find our recommended gear for PvPing as a Balance Druid in the link below.

6.

Fire Resistance Gear for Balance Druids

While not a massive concern for Druids, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!

7.

Balance Druid Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about druid weapons.

8.

Special gear for Balance Druids

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below.

  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.
9.

Changelog

  • 26 Jul. 2020: Updated with Idols.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 23 Feb. 2020: Updated for P3.
  • 10 Dec. 2019: Added note on PvP BiS.
  • 09 Nov. 2019: Updated with Raid BiS.
  • 22 Oct. 2019: Updated Pre-Raid BiS to include Dire Maul.
  • 22 Jul. 2019: Page added.
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