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

Last updated on Oct 12, 2018 at 05:10 by Bora 40 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. Choosing Azerite Gear as a 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.

The first thing to consider when assessing your Azerite pieces is item level. Generally, most traits will be beaten out by a 15 item level increase on an piece of gear. The Intellect alone provides a substantial damage boost. For some traits, either very bad (High Noon Icon High Noon) or very good (Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars) it is best to simulate your options using Top Gear on Raidbots as the trait may be worth far less or more than 15 item levels.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a 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.

2.1. Outer Ring

The Outer Ring traits are the first ones you unlock, and they are by far the most important from a DPS perspective. You can check the comparative simulations for Outer Ring traits below.

Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars is a single target trait with moderate burst potential. We would recommend this trait, as it is burst damage as opposed to sustained damage. Being able to burn 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.

Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix and Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans are the raid traits that are easily available at high item levels via raiding. You will need at least one of these traits to activate Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array which provides a secondary stat boost to your character. Laser Matrix sims higher on single target however, Archive of the Titans is stronger for hybrid encounters as Laser Matrix loses effectiveness with additional targets. These traits alone are middle-upper pack traits and only become "BiS" with Reorigination Array.

Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back is possibly one of the higher-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 still performs reasonably 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.

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.

Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury, Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge, and Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion are all single target damage proc generic traits that can be found at 340 levels or through your Mythic+ cache at the end of the week. If you receive a high item level piece, they can be a large damage increase over lower item level pieces.

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.

Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion is one of the few strong generic hybrid traits that provides you with a large amount of Critical Strike which is beneficial on single and multi-target.

2.2. Middle Ring

The Middle Ring traits are all relatively close together in strength and will normally not affect your choice significantly. Balance Druids share Azerite Gear with the other three specializations so they normally only get one viable damage choice out of their Azerite Gear.

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.

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. This is the highest-simming trait on single target for Balance Druids however you lose effectiveness from this trait when you take damage making it less appealing than shown in sims in certain scenarios.

2.3. Inner Ring

The Inner Ring on your Azerite Gear provides no direct damage increase and only improves your defensive and utility options.

Ursoc's Endurance Icon Ursoc's Endurance is the strongest defensive trait choice out of the minimal pool of Inner Ring traits. Whenever you cast Barkskin Icon Barkskin, you also receive a shield that is roughly 10% of your maximum standard Health pool. Having your on demand defensive strengthened is a very valuable addition to the spell.

Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your speed by an amount proportional to your highest secondary stat. This can arguably be called a minor DPS increase as reaching your destination faster allows you to cast more spells.

Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection and Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage are both decent defensive choices as well. Resounding Protection prevents damage and Impassive Visage heals damage taken. Generally, prevented damage is always better than taking damage and healing it after the fact but there are some encounters with constant damage that will make the ability to heal every 6-seconds more valuable than preventing damage every 30.

3. DPS Azerite Trait Ranking for Balance Druid

These simulations are meant to be taken with a grain of salt and are a loose guideline of what to aim for. Stat distribution, trinkets, and item level can all affect the outcome of your simulation.

3.1. Single Target Outer Ring

dagger_in_the_back_back14486+3.92%
lively_spirit14485+3.92%
streaking_stars14443+3.61%
rezans_fury14418+3.43%
battlefield_focus14418+3.43%
The original results can be found on raidbots.com

3.2. Three Target Outer Ring

lively_spirit23569+4.11%
champion_of_azeroth23400+3.37%
blightborne_infusion23368+3.22%
unstable_catalyst23333+3.07%
lunar_shrapnel23317+3.0%
The original results can be found on raidbots.com

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Azerite Traits for Balance Druid

7. 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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8. Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2018: Updated mentions on raid Azerite.
  • 30 Sep. 2018: Updated sims.
  • 24 Sep. 2018: Reformatted page.
  • 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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