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Balance Druid DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 13:06 by Vlad 220 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Balance Druids. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.2.

The other pages of our Balance Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Slippykins, long-time Balance Druid theorycrafter and moderator at MMO-Champion and the Druid discord. You can catch him in his theorycrafting thread, or on Discord.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

For the first 35 Artifact points, the Balance Druid progression path is very straightforward.

  1.  Icon New Moon
  2.  Icon Skywrath
  3.  Icon Falling Star
  4.  Icon Light of the Sun
  5.  Icon Touch of the Moon
  6.  Icon Power of Goldrinn
  7.  Icon Dark Side of the Moon
  8.  Icon Twilight Glow
  9.  Icon Sunfire Burns
  10.  Icon Moon and Stars
  11.  Icon Scythe of the Stars
  12.  Icon Sunblind
  13.  Icon Rapid Innervation
  14.  Icon Solar Stabbing
  15.  Icon Echoing Stars
  16.  Icon Empowerment
  17.  Icon Bladed Feathers
  18.  Icon Goldrinn's Fury
Artifact Progression Above Level 35

After this, we recommend that you distribute future points as follows.

  1. Radiance of the Cenarion Circle Icon Radiance of the Cenarion Circle
  2. Light of the Evening Star Icon Light of the Evening Star
  3. Wax and Wane Icon Wax and Wane
  4. Circadian Invocation Icon Circadian Invocation
  5.  Icon Sunfire Burns
  6.  Icon Twilight Glow
  7.  Icon Scythe of the Stars
  8.  Icon Solar Stabbing
  9.  Icon Falling Star
  10.  Icon Dark Side of the Moon
  11.  Icon Empowerment
  12.  Icon Touch of the Moon
  13.  Icon Bladed Feathers
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Relic Choice

When choosing between relics, it is important to consider that some traits are worth up to 4 weapon item levels. The below priority lists include relic comparisons to show how many weapon item levels they are roughly worth (denoted as the number in brackets). Often, a decision to swap relics will include a change in weapon item level as well, so you should consider the net change of the trait swap.

For example, imagine you are replacing a  Icon Scythe of the Stars relic (worth 4 item levels) with a  Icon Dark Side of the Moon (worth 2 item levels) and a 3 item level increase. This is a good swap, because in total you are gaining 2+3-4 = 1 item level in damage on your artifact weapon. Additionally, this swap is even better for multiple targets, because the Scythe of the Stars relic is worth only 1 weapon item level in that situation.

2.1. Single Target

  1.  Icon Scythe of the Stars (4)
  2.  Icon Dark Side of the Moon and  Icon Solar Stabbing (2)
  3.  Icon Falling Star (only if using Oneth's Intuition Icon Oneth's Intuition),  Icon Twilight Glow,  Icon Sunfire Burns, and  Icon Empowerment (1)
  4. Light of the Evening Star Icon Light of the Evening Star (0.5, only if using Oneth's Intuition Icon Oneth's Intuition)

2.2. Multiple Target

  1.  Icon Falling Star (6)
  2.  Icon Twilight Glow (4)
  3.  Icon Sunfire Burns (3)
  4. Light of the Evening Star Icon Light of the Evening Star (2)
  5.  Icon Dark Side of the Moon (1)
  6.  Icon Scythe of the Stars and  Icon Empowerment (0.5, only if using Oneth's Intuition Icon Oneth's Intuition

3. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Sep. 2017: Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 13 Jul. 2017: Made a small fix to the multiple target relic priority.
  • 11 Jul. 2017: Revamped the relic priorities.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 28 Mar. 2017: Made a small update to the 7.2 Artifact trait order.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 22 Jan. 2017: Fixed an error in a recommended multiple target Relic (now correctly advising Falling Star).
  • 19 Jan. 2017: Added a separate Relic priority for multiple target situations.
  • 25 Nov. 2016: Updated the Relic priority.
  • 02 Oct. 2016: Refined advice for choosing Relics.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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