Balance Druid DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 09, 2020 at 05:43 by Bora 39 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: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2.

1.

Disclaimer

This page is currently undergoing preparation for the release of Castle Nathria. It will be filled with information on how best to play against each boss of the raid, as well as talent advice for each fight.

2.

Introduction

This section will go over the talent choices, encounter tips and Legendary selection that are specific to Balance Druid. For a more general idea of how the bosses function, head over to our Castle Nathria overview.

3.

Talent and Legendary Cheatsheet

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Hungering Destroyer Artificer Xy'Mox Sun King's Salvation Lady Inerva Darkvein The Council of Blood Sludgefist Stone Legion Generals Sire Denathrius

We advise to use the following talents on Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Shriekwing: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Huntsman Altimor: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Hungering Destroyer: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'Mox: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

We advise to use the following talents on Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sun King's Salvation: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lady Inerva Darkvein: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

We advise to use the following talents on The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on The Council of Blood: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sludgefist: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

We advise to use the following talents on Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Stone Legion Generals: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sire Denathrius: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

4.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

4.1.

Tips

Shriekwing is a single-target fight with little movement if played right. Position yourself close to a pillar in the center area if possible allowing you to easily dodge rings as well as line of sight when needed. Use Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar too move between pillars during the intermission when needed.

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

5.

Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following talents against Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

5.1.

Tips

The recently reworked Starfall Icon Starfall has a high chance of breaking traps and other crowd control so be careful during the 2nd phase. Sinseeker Icon Sinseeker is a strong DoT which should be Barkskin Icon Barkskined on any application.

All three dogs share Health with the main Boss, so use Starfall Icon Starfall whenever you are not at risk of breaking Crowd Control. The only other time it would be wise to save Astral Power is to triple-Starsurge Icon Starsurge the Shades of Bargast as they take increased damage.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

6.

Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following talents against Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

6.1.

Tips

This is another single-target encounter with very little Balance specific tips. Look to save mobility to come back in to the group to help soak or be soaked. Use instant cast globals to soak orbs to clear the room up. We do not recommend running Well-Honed Instincts Icon Well-Honed Instincts on this fight, as it will often proc when healing immune. This goes the same for Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity, which can be almost useless on some pulls, but the off-healing can still be useful.

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

7.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'Mox: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

There is a good amount of single-target at the start of this raid and this fight is no exception. Balance Druid's mobility will help carry mechanics such as Seeds of Extinction Icon Seeds of Extinction or the portals from Dimensional Tear Icon Dimensional Tear to the far end of the room from your raid. Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin on Withering Touch Icon Withering Touch, as it will kill you quickly if left unattended.

In the last phase, you can use Dash Icon Dash or Tiger Dash Icon Tiger Dash to easily escape the pull of Edge of Annihilation Icon Edge of Annihilation, which can make it easier to dodge any additional mechanics instead of taking the portal.

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

8.

Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following talents against Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

This is the first boss that will really make use of our uncapped and spread multi-target potential. Starfall Icon Starfall and Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift are mandatory for both damage and mobility during the intermission. Try to get far kicks with Solar Beam Icon Solar Beam as well as using Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild to burst heal the boss if necessary.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

9.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

Make use of your plethora of movement abilities to make the far soaks, so that others can DPS.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

10.

The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following talents against The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

10.1.

Tips

While this is a council-style fight where when one add dies the rest regain Health, there is still enough adds to warrant taking Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift. Those adds are spreading out often so we are also going to be taking Starlord Icon Starlord.

The cast-while-moving perk is great to handle the mechanics of Lord Stavros, who has you dodging and could have you pairing up with allies and be unable to stay still.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

11.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

Sludgefist is a single-target encounter with a damage amplifier every minute of the fight. As Kyrian, save your cooldowns for the first and fourth vulnerabilities. As Night Fae, you will need to desync your Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits from your cooldown and cast it on pull, at 2 minutes, and 4 minutes.

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

12.

Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following talents against Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

Use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to negate the number of knockbacks in this encounter. There is a good amount of damage going out, so use defensives often and off-heal if needed.

This is THE Balance Druid fight of the raid, with large amounts of adds to Starfall Icon Starfall throughout the whole encounter, as well as single-target focus. Do not try to DoT everything on this boss and focus on the main targets only as there is a good amount of priority damage to be done on this boss.

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

13.

Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following talents against Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

13.1.

Tips

While Phases 1 and 2 have a good amount of adds, the last phase is purely single-target. Choose your talents and Legendary that are appropriate to suit your guilds needs. This means swapping to Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things, if you need some more damage in the last phase.

14.

Changelog

  • 09 Dec. 2020: Added Normal and Heroic basic tips.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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