Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 18:41 by Bora 60 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

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 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.

3.

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.

4.

Stat Choice for Balance Druids

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. 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.

5.

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.

6.

Covenant Choice for Balance Druids

The two major recommended Covenants for Patch 9.1 are Venthyr and Night Fae. Venthyr offers an all around best throughput of all Balance Druid Covenants but Night Fae offers a relatively competitive second option that is easier to play.

6.1.

Venthyr for Balance Druid

The Venthyr Covenant ability is actually pretty mediocre on its own. Ravenous Frenzy Icon Ravenous Frenzy grants a buff which stacks up upon each cast increasing Haste and damage. The 20-second duration is not long enough or powerful enough on its own but when combined with the new Sinful Hysteria Icon Sinful Hysteria Legendary it becomes quite a powerhouse in its own right. Sinful Hysteria increases the duration of your Covenant ability by .2 seconds per cast and then has a lingering effect for 5-seconds which further increases your damage and Haste.

6.1.1.

Venthyr Soulbinds for Balance Druid

The two desired soulbinds are Theotar and Nadjia. Both soulbinds mainly provide large secondary stat injections in the form of passives like Soothing Shade Icon Soothing Shade or Thrill Seeker Icon Thrill Seeker and both have advantages and disadvantages associated with them. For a basic Soulbind choice, Nadjia is great for beginners.

6.2.

Night Fae for Balance Druid

Night Fae remains a competitve option due to its strong Covenant ability, Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits. Convoke provides a high burst of up front damage as it casts anywhere from 10-11 Balance Druid offensive spells over the 4-second channel duration. This is a good choice for those already familiar with the Covenant or beginners as it is less punishing than the Venthyr option.

6.2.1.

Night Fae Soulbinds for Balance Druid

Night Fae has one real Soulbind option and that is Niya. Niya's main attraction is the Mastery proc in Grove Invigoration Icon Grove Invigoration which synergizes well by providing Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits a large Mastery boost on each use. There are scenarios where you can also run Korayn but those are all incredibly niche situations where you have frequent waves of enemies to sustain the First Strike Icon First Strike buff.

You can read more about all of the Covenants on the Covenant page.

7.

Conduit Choice for Balance Druid

Balance Druid has a several strong Conduit choices in all three Conduit pools. Some of these Conduits are mandatory and some are just really good and we will list out the important Potency Conduits first:

  • Endless Thirst Icon Endless Thirst is a required Potency Conduit for Venthyr. This adds Critical Strike to your stacks of Ravenous Frenzy Icon Ravenous Frenzy.
  • Conflux of Elements Icon Conflux of Elements is required for Night Fae. This is just a flat damage increase during every Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits
  • Precise Alignment Icon Precise Alignment is almost always the secondary option for Venthyr Balance Druids as it helps keep both Ravenous Frenzy Icon Ravenous Frenzy and our cooldown in sync for their durations.
  • Fury of the Skies Icon Fury of the Skies is your second best non-Venthyr option and your third best Venthyr option which is really just good in all situations as your DoTs should always be up on their targets.

Some of the more notable Endurance Conduits are:

  • Well-Honed Instincts Icon Well-Honed Instincts is basically a no-brainer as it provides a substansal amount of survivability through its self-healing capabilities.
  • While the rest are normally more niche, Tough as Bark Icon Tough as Bark is a secondary default choice as you can normally find times where you would like your damage reduction cooldown up more often.

And some of the more notable Finesse Conduits are:

  • Front of the Pack Icon Front of the Pack is a good default selection as Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is a powerful raid or party utility option and making it more accessible and longer duration is a nice bonus.
  • Born Anew Icon Born Anew provides bonuses better than that of the standard Well Fed buff. If you are going to take this, better have your Rebirth Icon Rebirth keybind ready to go.
8.

Legendary Choice for Balance Druid

In the table below, the recommended slot for each item is bolded.

Focus Legendary Best Slot Source Stats
Venthyr Raiding Sinful Hysteria Icon Sinful Hysteria Waist Renown 48 Mastery and Haste
Night Fae or Other Covenant Raiding or Mythic+ Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Ring Wrath of the Jailer Event Mastery and Haste
Torghast Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Ring Wrath of the Jailer Event Mastery and Haste
Generic Legendary Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Ring Wrath of the Jailer Event Mastery and Haste

You can read more about all of the Legendaries and alternate recommendations for each style of content on the Legendaries page.

9.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 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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