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Balance Druid DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 20, 2020 at 13:55 by Bora 57 comments
General Information

Choose the best Azerite gear for your Balance Druid in World of Warcraft's 8.3 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.

For more information about how the new Essence system introduced in Patch 8.2 affects you, please refer to our Balance Druid essence page.


Choosing Azerite Gear as a Balance Druid

In this section we will list recommended primary traits for each type of combat.

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.


Choosing Azerite Traits as a Balance Druid

In this section we will list recommended primary traits for each type of combat.


Outer Ring and Second 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.


Strong Balance Druid Outer Ring Traits

Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar is a value trait for Balance Druids meaning after the first trait, the value of this effect diminishes drastically. This trait increases the damage dealt by Starsurge Icon Starsurge by a small amount. Additionally, after 8 Starsurges, your next Starsurge cast will proc Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune or Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment for 6-seconds. This brings our overall cooldown uptimes up and also increases the value of effects, such as Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars. Additionally, when you proc Arcanic Pulsar, you receive 12 Astral Power. If you proc Arcanic Pulsar during Celestial Alignment the duration will be increased. If you cast Celestial Alignment during an Arcanic Pulsar proc, it will overwrite the duration.

Arcanic Pulsar is almost essential to the Balance Druid rotation, as seen in the simulations 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.

Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars now deals damage on spell impact not spell cast. Every damaging spell will proc the Streaking Stars damaging effect, except Force of Nature Icon Force of Nature. The only exception to the proc on impact rule is Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath. This change should not affect your cast sequences anymore.


Outer Ring Raid Traits

There is only one new trait in Ny'alotha.

Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness is a reasonably good static secondary stat trait. Assuming you have 25 corruption, it just gives you a little over 1% of every stat.


Strong Generic Outer Ring Traits

There are several strong generic Azerite Traits in the pool for Balance Druids. Traits such as Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands and Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion both perform exceptionally well for the class.

Clockwork Heart Icon Clockwork Heart has some potential as a new trait available at high item level from the vendor with the release of Mechagon Mythic+.


The Best Outer Ring Traits

At the highest level, there is really only four specific traits to get on your gear for all content. You will always want a single Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar and up to three Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars. After you have these four traits, the rest of the traits are much less relevant. Use Raidbots to fill in the rest of your set. These four traits can be used for all PvE driven content, such as Mythic+ and Raiding.


Third Ring

The Third 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.

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.


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.

Switch Hitter Icon Switch Hitter is a strong trait that gives additional effects based on spells you use in different affinity forms. For Balance Druid this would primarily be Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend which applies an absorb to your character and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration which gives your character Avoidance rating.

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.


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.

Each of the outer ring simulations are meant to show you how good a trait is under certain circumstances. You should always have a single Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar and heavily aim for three Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars traits.


Single Target Outer Ring

Single Target Outer Ring Sims

Single Target Outer Ring with 1 Arcanic Pulsar Trait

Single Target Outer Ring (1AP) Sims

Single Target Outer Ring with 1 Arcanic Pulsar Trait and 3 Streaking Stars

Single Target Outer Ring (1AP/3SS) Sims

Single Target Third Ring

Single Target Third Ring Sims

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.


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.


Azerite Traits for Balance Druid


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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