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Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Jul 20, 2018 at 08:09 by Bora 33 comments

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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. Foreword

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 specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics of Balance Druids

Balance Druid is a caster specialization that deals good single and multi-target DPS, but has a slightly difficult/demanding rotation which when optimized requires both reactive gameplay and pre-planning to master.

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.

3. Talent Choice for Balance Druids

The following talent choices are effectively best in all situations.

4. Stat Choice for Balance Druids

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

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

5. Basic Rotation for Balance Druids

The single target and two 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 Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike while you have Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment up.
  4. Use Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath while you have Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment up.
  5. Cast Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath without an empowerment, to generate Astral Power. If you can cleave onto a second target, cast Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike.

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 3+ enemies (if fighting 2 enemies, use your single target rotation against one of them).

  1. Cast Starfall Icon Starfall to consume Astral Power.
  2. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire on all targets, if they will live longer than 6 seconds.
  3. Cast Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath when you have a Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment and Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike if you receive a Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment through the Eclipse Icon Eclipse passive.
  4. Cast Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath to generate Astral Power, but if you can hit one additional target with Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike, use that instead.

6. Cooldowns for Balance Druids

Your only cooldown is Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment (or Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune if you talent it). You should aim to use these cooldowns as many times as possible throughout an encounter. Ideally, you can also time it so that it is active if a boss takes increased damage.

7. ChangeLog

  • 20 Jul. 2018: Updated level 75 talent recommendation.
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