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Balance Druid DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 29, 2018 at 17:09 by Bora 37 comments

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General Information

Choose the best Azerite gear for your Balance Druid in World of Warcraft's 8.0.1 Patch for Battle for Azeroth. This page will also tell you everything you need to know about the Balance Druid traits, and you can use our Heart of Azeroth guide to find out more about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, which is an integral part to the Azerite system.

About Our Author

This was written by Borabank, a Balance Druid theorycrafter and raider in Encore. You can watch him on his Twitch channel or in the Dreamgrove Discord server.

1. Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Balance Druid

In this section we will list recommended primary Traits for each type of combat. For a comprehensive list of all Azerite Traits, you can head to the Balance Druid resource Chicken.db.

1.1. Single Target Primary Traits

  • Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars is a single target trait with enormous burst potential. We would recommend this trait, as it is burst damage as opposed to sustained damage. Being able to burst down a priority target or take advantage of damage increasing boss mechanics is too good to pass up. Streaking Stars does have a modifier when taking the Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune talent to reduce the damage it deals by 33%. This keeps it in-line with the cooldown duration increase you get from taking the Incarnation talent.
  • Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast is a strong sustained damage choice. This trait is difficult to stack as it is a generic zone based trait normally found in Vol'dun.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix is one of the Uldir traits available on September 4th. This trait will be much more likely to be obtained at high item levels as it drops off 2 of the 8 bosses in the raid. Laser Matrix will most likely fill your slots alongside another high item level single target trait. This can also be used for cleave fights as well if other traits are too low of an item level to remain competitive. Raid traits scale up as you kill bosses within the raid.

1.1.1. Dagger in the Back

Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back is possibly one of the highest-simming Traits not only for Balance Druids but for all classes. This is due to the fact that when simmed, the target is always facing away from the simmed character. So every time you receive a dagger proc, it hits the back doubling the stack count.

This trait is still very strong even if you cannot hit the back of the target. It does fall below several other traits while facing the front of the target but it is still a decent all around trait. While using this, attempt to be hitting the back of the target at all possible times.

1.2. Cleave and Multi-target Primary Traits

  • Power of the Moon Icon Power of the Moon is one of the strongest possible traits for cleave damage. At two and three targets, players can spam Moonfire Icon Moonfire and do very competitive damage to those targets. There is a good amount of cleave in Uldir and we would recommend having a Power of the Moon set ready for progression. Your friends might make fun of you for only hitting one button though.
  • Lunar Shrapnel Icon Lunar Shrapnel is a good choice for huge multi-target pulls. This trait scales exponentially with the amount of targets. This could be used in some Mythic dungeons where the tank pulls a large amount of mobs that live for a reasonable duration.
  • The engineering traits Synaptic Spark Capacitor Icon Synaptic Spark Capacitor and Barrage Of Many Bombs Icon Barrage Of Many Bombs are extremely powerful multi-target traits. They are good for that awkward 3-5 target area where Lunar Shrapnel Icon Lunar Shrapnel is still trying to ramp up to overpowered status. This is probably the go to for Mythic dungeons and eventually Mythic+ if you are an engineer as they can be useful on bosses as well.

1.3. Lively Spirit

Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit is a Restoration Druid specific trait that can also be taken by Balance Druids. Lively Spirit grants additional Intellect to the player based on the amount of healing spells their target cast during the duration of the Innervate Icon Innervate buff.

While Innervate Icon Innervate is a valuable tool for healers in a raid environment, in dungeons, there is much more downtime to drink and regain Mana. If you are in a coordinated dungeon group and have Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit, you can work alongside your healer to turn your Innervate into a damage cooldown on dangerous packs and bosses.

1.4. Notable Secondary Traits

  • Gutripper Icon Gutripper is one of the better single target traits for our class. It does have an execute portion which increases its proc rate while the target is below the Health percentage threshold. Gutripper gains very little from increased targets.
  • Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call is ranked similarly to Gutripper Icon Gutripper and it also has a cleave portion to attached to the spell effect making it a very good overall choice when considering your trait options.
  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules is the best multi-target and cleave Azerite trait. It has a chance to apply stacking debuffs to each target you damage which will detonate when they reach 3 stacks dealing a moderate amount of damage to all surrounding targets.
  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power is a Haste stat proc Azerite Trait which is beneficial on single and multi-target. This trait is not limited to clumped multi-target as it is not an on-hit effect.

2. Azerite Traits Details and Rotation Changes for Balance Druid

Balance Druids have rotational altering Azerite Traits when you equip more than one at a time. If you only have one trait, your rotation remains the same in both single and multi-target situations for almost all traits.

3. Stacking Traits

Azerite Traits stack. Equipping more than one will increase the effectiveness of the damage dealt by the Azerite Trait. However, it will not increase random secondary effects. For example, if you have two High Noon Icon High Noon, your Sunfire Icon Sunfire will deal additional damage but its radius will still only be increased by 3 yards.

4. Azerite Traits for Balance Druid

5. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Balance Druid. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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6. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2018: Added Lively Spirit section and Laser Matrix.
  • 27 Aug. 2018: Updated Streaking Stars.
  • 25 Aug. 2018: Removed mentions of High Noon in rotation section.
  • 20 Aug. 2018: Azerite recommendations added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Updated Power of the Moon.
  • 31 Jul. 2018: Page added.
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