Classic Balance Druid Ranged DPS Stat Priority

Last updated on Jul 22, 2019 at 07:00 by Impakt 12 comments

On this page, you will find out the optimal PvE stat priority for your Balance Druid Ranged DPS in WoW Classic. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Balance Druid stat priority.


Stat Priority for Balance Druids

  1. Hit Chance until 16% (Hit Cap);
  2. Critical Strike Chance;
  3. Spell Damage (or + Arcane Damage);
  4. Intellect;
  5. Spirit;
  6. Stamina.

Stats Explained for Balance Druid


Hit Chance

As a caster, your spells have a 16% chance to miss against bosses. This is bad for a multitude of reasons, but most importantly is just a DPS loss to spend time casting only to not hit the boss. Getting the hit cap is important for your damage and for ensuring that other important spells, such as Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots, do not miss at critical moments.


Crit Chance

As a caster, your spells can critically strike, which means they do 150% of their normal damage. However, due to your Vengeance Icon Vengeance talent, your Starfire Icon Starfire will critically strike for 200% of its normal damage instead. This makes Critical Strike Chance incredibly valuable, and will be one of your most highly sought after stats. Moreover, your Nature's Grace Icon Nature's Grace talent reduces the cast time of your next spell after your crit, further increasing its value.


Spell Damage

Spell Damage increases the damage done by your spells by a flat amount. This is an important stat to have on every piece of gear possible as it is simply a direct damage increase, and will make up a large part of your damage.



Each point of Intellect gives an additional 15 max Mana and a small increase to your spell crit chance. Balance Druids notoriously have Mana issues, so having a large Mana pool is required if you wish to raid as one. The crit chance is also very nice, making Intellect your best primary stat by far and worth stacking on your gear when possible.



Spirit increases your out of combat health and Mana regeneration. However, you will gain 15% of this bonus while in combat due to your Reflection Icon Reflection talent. Mana regeneration is incredibly important since, on most fights, you will end up needing to down-rank your Starfire Icon Starfire to lower your Mana usage, which means losing out on damage. More Mana means more casts before the fight is over.



Each point of Stamina gives 10 max health points. Having a health pool high enough to not die to raid mechanics is important, but you should naturally acquire this from gear without needing to worry about it.



  • 22 Jul. 2019: Page added.
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