Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 18:50 by Bora 53 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

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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.

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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 some pre-planning or memorization of the flow to master.

Your main goal for maximum DPS is Astral Power management. The difference between having Astral Power for Starfall Icon Starfall and not or not being able to frontload Starsurge Icon Starsurges is large one.

For more information about your spells and their interactions, please refer to our spell summary page.

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Talent Choice for Balance Druids

The following talent choices are effectively best in all situations but some niche situations.

If you are looking for a more detailed analysis of each talent and the situations in which it could be taken, check out the full talents page below.

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Stat Choice for Balance Druids

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

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

Stats for Balance Druid are straightforward and consistent in most situations, but for more details on how each stat interacts with our abilities and how stat weights can change, head to the full stats page on the link below.

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Basic Rotation for Balance Druids

The general Balance Druid rotation is based on the following priority list. This is the priority for single target. Solar is the prefered single target Eclipse Icon Eclipse state.

  1. Cast two (Wrath Icon Wrath or Starfire Icon Starfire) to enter an Eclipse Icon Eclipse state. If you can choose, pick Lunar for multi-target and Solar for single target.
  2. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire, and Stellar Flare Icon Stellar Flare (if talented) on the target(s).
  3. Cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge when available. This stacks up damage for your filler.
  4. Cast any remaining short Cooldowns such as Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune, Warrior of Elune Icon Warrior of Elune, or Force of Nature Icon Force of Nature.
  5. Cast the filler that is empowered by your current Eclipse Icon Eclipse and try to fill up your Astral Power for the next Eclipse.

Aim to be inside an Eclipse state at all times during your rotation.

  1. Maintain Starfall Icon Starfall to consume Astral Power.
  2. Cast two unempowered fillers (Wrath Icon Wrath or Starfire Icon Starfire) to enter the appropriate Eclipse Icon Eclipse state.
  3. Cast Sunfire Icon Sunfire on all targets.
  4. When inside Solar Eclipse, cast Moonfire Icon Moonfire on all targets.
  5. Keep Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune (if talented) on cooldown.
  6. Cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge when available. Always keep enough Astral Power for Starfall Icon Starfall when its low duration.
  7. Cast the filler that is empowered by your current Eclipse Icon Eclipse and try to fill up your Astral Power for the next Eclipse.

For the more specific information related to Legendary, Talent, and Covenant choice, head over to our comprhensive Rotation page.

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Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 31 Jan. 2021: Clarified rotation priority.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Minor stat priority update.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 17 Oct. 2020: Updated Essence Choice section.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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