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Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 04:05 by Bora 55 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



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.


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.


Talent Choice for Balance Druids

The following talent choices are effectively best in all situations.


Stat Choice for Balance Druids

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

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

On multi-target, Mastery begins to pull back into relevance:

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

Azerite Traits for Balance Druids

Balance Druids generally want to lock in two specific traits into four of the available six slots. You will always want one Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar and then three Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars in all content. After this, there are several good choices to fill in your remaining options, but you should always sim to be sure:

  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands adds a Critical Strike proc which is very powerful, given our preferred secondary stats.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion is another Critical Strike proc.
  • Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness grants all secondary stats, as long as you remain over 25 corruption. Not particularly remarkable, but stats are always good.
  • Clockwork Heart Icon Clockwork Heart grants a reliable burst of all secondary stats on a 60-second timer.

See the Balance Druid Azerite Traits page for a full ranking of each trait.


Essence Choice for Balance Druids

With Patch 8.2, we received power boosts in the form of Azerite Essences. Each Essence has a Major and Minor effect. Below are some of the strong Essence effects for Balance Druid:


Major Traits


Minor Traits

  • Purification Protocol (Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol) can be very powerful on multi-target and more so against aberrations.
  • Breath of the Dying (Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes) grants 10 corruption resistance, which will be relatively useful later down the line.
  • Blood of the Enemy (Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked) grants high uptime on a Haste buff as well as a stacking Critical Strike buff when you are in combat with multiple targets.
  • Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy) provides a stacking Haste buff as long as you attack a single target.
  • Worldvein Resonance (Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood) is a good choice for grouped content, if you are all using this trait.
  • Conflict and Strife (Strife Icon Strife) provides a stacking Versatility buff good for all combat. It is better when you can crowd control enemies you are fighting against.

See the Balance Druid Azerite Essences page for a full ranking of each Essence.


Basic Rotation for Balance Druids

The general Balance Druid rotation is based on the following priority list. If you are not Starfall Icon Starfalling, you follow this rotation.

  1. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire, and Stellar Flare Icon Stellar Flare (if talented) on the target(s).
  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 a target amount that you can Starfall Icon Starfall, the rotation is the following (see the Rotation page for when to Starfall).

  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. Keep Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune (if talented) on cooldown.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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.



  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 06 Nov. 2019: Updated talents and stat suggestion.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Added Essences and Azerite to the page.
  • 07 Jul. 2019: Updated Stat Weights.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 23 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 19 May 2019: Changed level 75 talent suggestion.
  • 12 May 2019: Updated Talent Suggestions and Stat Priority.
  • 16 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 13 Jan. 2019: Minor updates to recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 04 Oct. 2018: Several updates to talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2018: Updated level 75 talent recommendation.
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