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Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Dec 03, 2017 at 09:25 by Vlad 230 comments

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This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Balance Druids are a caster specialisation that deals good single and AoE DPS, but which has a slightly difficult/demanding rotation.

Your main goal throughout fights will be to manage your Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment and Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment buffs so that you do not waste any, all while ensuring you do not waste Astral Power.

2. Talent Choice

The following talent choices are effectively best in all situations.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritise stats as follows:

  1. Mastery = Haste;
  2. Critical Strike = Versatility;
  3. Intellect.

Against multiple targets, Mastery is better than Haste.

4. Basic Rotation

The single target Balance Druid rotation is based on the following priority list.

  1. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire on the target.
  2. Cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge to consume Astral Power.
  3. Cast  Icon New Moon (and its other versions) to generate Astral Power. Make sure its charges are always rolling.
  4. Cast Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike while you have Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment up.
  5. Use Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath while you have Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment up.
  6. Cast Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath without an empowerment, to generate Astral Power.

At all times, you should avoid generating Astral Power when you are at maximum capacity.

Against multiple targets, the rotation is the following, assuming you are fighting 2+ enemies are and using the Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift talent.

  1. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire on all targets, if they will live longer than 6 seconds.
  2. Cast  Icon New Moon (and its other versions) to generate Astral Power. Make sure its charges are always rolling.
  3. Cast Starfall Icon Starfall to consume Astral Power.
  4. Cast Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath to generate Astral Power, but if you can hit 4+ targets with Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike, use that instead.

5. Cooldowns

Your only cooldown is Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune (or Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment, if you are using the Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest talent), which you should aim to use as many times as possible throughout an encounter. Ideally, you should time it so that it is active when the boss takes increased damage.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Bora, an up-and-coming Balance Druid theorycrafter who is active on the Druid Discord.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 03 Dec. 2017: Added a mention that if you are using Soul of the Forest as your tier 5 talent, your cooldown is called Celestial Alignment.
  • 02 Dec. 2017: Updated various parts to bring the page in line with updates made to the rest of the guide (stats, talents, rotation).
  • 13 Jul. 2017: Made an update to bring the rotation in line with updates made to the rotation page of the guide.
  • 11 Jul. 2017: Updated the page to reflect changes to the rest of the guide (stats and talents).
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 19 Jan. 2017: Added Stellar Drift as the tier 7 recommendation against multiple targets.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Matched the new 7.1.5 stat priority.
  • 16 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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