Balance Druid DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 27, 2021 at 11:39 by Bora 51 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 9.0.5.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

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

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.

4.1.1.

Mythic Mode

There are no major additional tips for Mythic Shriekwing; just focus on your single-target rotation and use mobility to quickly move around and in between pillars so you can have high uptime on the boss. If you are Night Fae, stack your cooldowns together as, even if there is a third phase, you will get your third Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

5.1.

Tips

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.

5.1.1.

Mythic Mode

On progression, you will still only get two full cooldown usages. If you feel you are killing the boss quickly, do not pair your cooldowns unless you are using double on-use, as you will lose a usage. Save your Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment for the third Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits and use your second Convoke on cooldown.

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.

6.1.1.

Mythic Mode

Maximize uptime on the boss by making good use of your mobility and pooling. Preparing Astral Power and sometimes even delaying (only a few seconds) an Eclipse so that it lines up with the very predictable movement on this fight and then using Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to get back in afterwards.

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.

7.1.

Tips

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.

7.1.1.

Mythic Mode

Balance Druid is very good at running the seeds on this boss and will likely be filling that role. If you are Night Fae, you will also have access to Soulshape Icon Soulshape, which will play a vital role on tough overlaps.

When positioning on this boss, place yourself opposite to the Dimensional Tear Icon Dimensional Tear to give you time to kite your fixated spirit and save your other mobility.

Cooldowns on the fight can be hit or miss. On progression, this fight will take roughly 6-minutes, so you can try to get three Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignments in. If you are not using double on use, slam Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits on cooldown and it will line up with your third cooldown set. If you are worried you will only get two Celestial Alignments, hold it until your third Convoke.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

8.1.

Tips

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.

8.1.1.

Mythic Mode

Try to get permission to use your cooldowns on the first damage shield of the fight so that you can have it up for the second shield of the second shade phase.

Use Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild to help burst heal the boss in the second healing phase and even using three Regrowth Icon Regrowths and one Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend on the shields that you can assist with. Typhoon Icon Typhoon and Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex can be used to help kite the Phoenixes.

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.

9.1.

Tips

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

9.1.1.

Mythic Mode

On Mythic, we should swap over to Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift as add damage is much more prevalent in this difficulty. Not much changes on this boss from our perspective otherwise. This boss will normally die in under 6-minutes, so, much like the other bosses, pair your cooldown usages as you see fit depending on what you are running.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

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.

10.1.1.

Mythic Mode

Attendants are priority number one on this boss and should be killed as quickly as possible. Try to hold the Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things window if it does not delay you too much. If other members of your raid can handle them, it is preferred to only hit these with Starsurge Icon Starsurge inside that window.

We will spend two-thirds of this fight multi-dotting and casting Starfall Icon Starfalling. Attempt to spread Sunfire Icon Sunfire as best you can, but it will not really get much value from maybe only two or three targets. Try to not get turned around during Dark Recital Icon Dark Recital; always know where you are going.

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.

11.1.

Tips

Sludgefist is a single-target encounter with a damage amplifier every minute of the fight. Save your cooldowns for the first and fourth pillar of the fight.

11.1.1.

Mythic Mode

As a high armor class, you will be one of the prime targets for Chain Slam Icon Chain Slam, so save Barkskin Icon Barkskin for the initial hit and the following bleed. If your Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things window will not line up with a slam, it is essential that you try to save that window for the slam to take advantage of the vulnerability. Since the vulnerability is 10-seconds and Eclipse is 15-seconds, you will rarely have to hold it longer than 5-seconds.

This is the best fight to use double on-use. A good way to remember when to use your Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance is to use it directly after the Chain Slam Icon Chain Slam.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

12.1.

Tips

Use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to negate the number of knockbacks in this encounter. Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin when targeted with Wicked Blade Icon Wicked Blade as it does a good amount of initial damage.

During the intermission, use your mobility to get far out orbs and bring them to the Prince. You can generally position directly in the middle during this phase, but make sure to avoid Wicked Blade Icon Wicked Blade. You must apply DoTs to the flying mobs as they must have taken damage to be hit by Starfall Icon Starfall.

12.1.1.

Mythic Mode

This is a pretty difficult fight for Balance Druid to play optimally and on progression ultimately relies on moments of sacrifice to make the right decisions and use the right spells.

For the most part, Starfall Icon Starfall can be rolling most of the fight. During intermissions where you are focusing Commandos and in the regular phases with the Skirmishers, you will find yourself needing to send Starsurge Icon Starsurge on these priority targets to help kill them. If possible, play to your strength of keeping your burst damage in the Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things window, but you may not always be able to play like that because the alternative is wiping.

Cooldown usage is also largely up to what you need during the fight. Normally, you will be using it on just the boss, or the boss and the Goliath. If your group needs Skirmisher damage you can use it there as well, but as the damage is not predictable, it may be unreliable.

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: Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things.

13.1.

Tips

During Phase 1, pre-cast Starfall Icon Starfall before every cleave to maximize damage on the little adds. Druids can use Dash Icon Dash and only need to take two cleaves and easily make it into the center. Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar can save other allies if cast with the Front of the Pack Icon Front of the Pack that have 3-stacks as well, but it will be very close.

In Phase 2, you should slam your cooldown as soon as you can so it is up in Phase 3. Keep both boss targets DoTed up and focus on the outside Cabalists.

Use your Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar to help with soaking or running out of the explosion. Position yourself well to avoid falling off during the knockback as Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge will be unlikely to save you given the speed and angle it knocks you. Otherwise, just focus on your boss uptime even through the heavy movement, as the last phase is a single-target burn.

13.1.1.

Mythic Mode

This fight is pretty linear as far as Balance cooldowns go. You instantly cooldown after DoTs and then again on Sinseer in Phase Two. You also want to cooldown instantly in Phase Three so you can get a second one.

Warrior of Elune Icon Warrior of Elune finds some use on this boss for Phase One and Two cleave and Phase Three movement. Phase Three has a large amount of movement, as you are constantly getting knocked, baiting, and running to soaks. You will often be using Starfall Icon Starfall on some of the broader movements to continue casting and Warrior of Elune can fill that mobility gap.

14.

Changelog

  • 27 Mar. 2021: Finished Mythic Mode.
  • 01 Feb. 2021: Added Mythic Mode and cleaned up basic tips.
  • 09 Dec. 2020: Added Normal and Heroic basic tips.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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