Balance Druid DPS Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.2.5

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Bora 93 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Balance Druid for each boss of the following raid: Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.5.

1.

Introduction

Below, you can find class and spec-specific advice for every fight in Aberrus. If you are looking for a general overview of the Raid that is not spec-specific, check out our dedicated Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible guides.

On this page, you will find Balance Druid specific information to deal with each boss in the Aberrus raid. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for doing the bosses as a Balance Druid.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Balance Druid and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

All recommendations are progression-based tips and will not necessarily be the best for an overall DPS ranking.

The above build is best in almost all situations. You can adjust the Druid Tree to take the appropriate utility talents for each fight. You can decide between Rattle the Stars Icon Rattle the Stars and Starweaver Icon Starweaver in most fights. On most fights with priority targets and not full multi-target or single target, you will want to take Starweaver.

For pure single-target encounters where you do not need Starfall, you can use these talents:

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2.

Abberus, the Shadowed Crucible Tips

3.

Kazzara, the Hellforged

3.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the standard single-target build. For this boss, passive movement speed on the general tree is preferred.
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3.2.

Tips

Cooldowns should be used on pull and on cooldown thereafter. Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used at each Boss Health threshold, especially when targeted with a beam.

Not much changes on Mythic to be noted.

4.

The Amalgamation Chamber

4.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the Starfall Icon Starfall talent build for this boss. If you are not able to cleave, take single target talents. For this boss, passive movement speed on the general tree is preferred.
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4.2.

Tips

Cooldowns should be used on pull and then on cooldown thereafter. Use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to get the far soaks.

On Mythic, use Barkskin Icon Barkskin when you are clearing every boss swap.

For more information, please refer to our Amalgamation Chamber guide.

5.

The Forgotten Experiments

5.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the Starfall Icon Starfall talent build for this boss on Mythic. On Heroic and below, take single target talents.
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5.2.

Tips

Cooldowns should be used on pull and then on cooldown thereafter. Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin when target with spells such as Rending Charge Icon Rending Charge or when you have high stacks of Unstable Essence Icon Unstable Essence.

On Mythic, you use your first set of Cooldowns with Bloodlust at 1-minute when the second boss becomes active. You may get a second one after, but it is a short fight.

6.

Assault of the Zaqali

6.1.

Talent Builds

  • We recommend the Starfall Icon Starfall talent build for this boss
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6.2.

Tips

Your cooldowns should be used on pull and then on cooldown thereafter. Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used on Catastrophic Slam Icon Catastrophic Slam. Single target down the Magma Mystic with Starsurge Icon Starsurge until the shield breaks.

Not much changes on Mythic to be noted.

7.

Rashok, the Elder

7.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the single target talent build for this boss. We also recommend an extra defensive class tree for Mythic.
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7.2.

Tips

Use cooldowns on pull and on cooldown thereafter. Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used when targeted with Searing Slam Icon Searing Slam, when soaking Doom Flames Icon Doom Flames, or during intermission as necessary.

On Mythic, the damage intake is intense. Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used during Overcharged Icon Overcharged clears after Charged Smash Icon Charged Smash. Ursine Vigor Icon Ursine Vigor is especially useful in the final phase for each Charged Smash.

Tips to be available upon raid release.

For more information, please refer to our Rashok, the Elder guide.

8.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn

8.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the Starfall Icon Starfall talent build for this boss. You should take Typhoon Icon Typhoon to help control adds if needed. If not, you can take better defensive options, such as an extra point in Well-Honed Instincts Icon Well-Honed Instincts.
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8.2.

Tips

Use cooldowns on pull and on cooldown thereafter. Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used on Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave when you are affected by Unstable Embers Icon Unstable Embers. Astral Power should be saved to Starfall Icon Starfall Dragonfire Golems that spawn. Focus on the far mobs that are not going to be cleaved down when running through the boss.

On Mythic, the boss is very similar to heroic but requires better position and routing from the tanks. Damage intake is high across the board, and defensives should be used liberally. Any damage overlaps with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave are the most dangerous on Mythic.

9.

Magmorax

9.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the single target talent build for this boss.
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9.2.

Tips

Cooldowns should be used on pull and on cooldown thereafter. Barkskin Icon Barkskin can be used on Lava Ejection Icon Lava Ejection. Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge can be used to negate the knockback from Overpowering Stomp Icon Overpowering Stomp.

On Mythic, the boss is a tight DPS check and the damage that can kill you is largely combined with the rotting damage from Searing Heat Icon Searing Heat. Avoid going into Bear Form, but still take an extra point in Well-Honed Instincts Icon Well-Honed Instincts. The key to the fight is pooling Astral Power for the Movement, which happens periodically in short bursts.

For more information, please refer to our Magmorax guide.

10.

Echo of Neltharion

10.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the Starfall Icon Starfall build for this boss without Aetherial Kindling Icon Aetherial Kindling.
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10.2.

Tips

Use cooldowns on pull and the on cooldown thereafter. If you are going to Bloodlust Phase 3, you can save your second usage for that instead. Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used when targeted with Volcanic Heart Icon Volcanic Heart or with Umbral Annihilation Icon Umbral Annihilation. Do not cleave enemies while affected by Corruption Icon Corruption. Save Astral Power for the Phase 2 Adds to burn them down quickly.

On Mythic, finding the right ways to live each Volcanic Heart Icon Volcanic Heart set is the key to performing well. We recommend 2-points in Ursine Vigor Icon Ursine Vigor as the short downtime going Bear Form brings is acceptable for the extra safety it provides.

In the final phase, you can Starfall Icon Starfall the Abberations that spawn, but should not go overboard fully DoTing them if they will not live. The last phase is still an important DPS check. Use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to make it to your soak and Bear Form to survive Ebon Destruction Icon Ebon Destruction.

11.

Scalecommander Sarkareth

11.1.

Talents/Build

  • We recommend the Starfall Icon Starfall build for this boss without Aetherial Kindling Icon Aetherial Kindling.
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11.2.

Tips

Use cooldowns on pull and then on cooldown thereafter. If you are killing the boss quickly, save your second cooldown for Phase 2. Balance Druids can do the Void Bomb Icon Void Bomb if needed. Regardless of Void Bombs, try to line going down into the void realm with a high Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar stack count. Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar can be cast before phasing below to give all party members movement speed to collect their buffs.

For more information, please refer to our Scalecommander Sarkareth guide.

12.

Changelog

  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 01 Jun. 2023: Added full raid tips. Added 8 of 9 Mythic Boss tips.
  • 09 May 2023: Page added.
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