Balance Druid Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands 9.0.2
On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands 9.0.2. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.
How good is Balance Druid in 9.0?
Balance Druid has a strong cohesive single-target set of abilities, as well as uncapped multi-target potential. On multi-target, they will often be fully mobile with Stellar Drift, but are more limited in movement on single-target. They perform best in more difficult content, as one of its major weaknesses is ramp time.
Balance Druids also have plenty versatile utility-driven spells. This makes them one of the best controlling classes in the game for certain raid mechanics, as well as in Mythic+. Stuns, blanket silences, taunts, off-healing, knockbacks and more are all included within the base kit or one of the often chosen talents.
What are the best Balance Druid Covenants?
While the majority of the Covenants are viable, Kyrian is the strongest all around choice and best multi-target option, Night Fae is the single target Covenant, and Venthyr is competitive with Kyrian in Mythic+ content. Overall, if you are not playing at the highest end, as long as you do not pick Necrolords, you can make up the difference with good play.
We go more in-depth with each Covenant choice and everything that comes with them on our Covenants page.
Which Legendary should I craft first?
Balance of All Things is the best single-target option for all Covenants and performs exceptionally well when combined with Convoke the Spirits. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar is better for dungeons and multi-target fights, not being exceptionally better for one Covenant or the other. You should pick your first legendary based on the type of content you will be prioritizing.
For some more details on legendaries, you can either head to the Legendary page to learn more about them or the Rotation page to learn how to use them.
Is There A Haste Cap for Balance Druids?
There are no Haste caps for Balance Druids. All damage-over-time effects scale dynamically with your Haste and other stats. Due to a limited duration buff in Eclipse, there can be minor Haste breakpoints but they happen so frequently that they can largely be ignored.
You can learn more about Haste and the other stat priority for Balance Druid on our stats page.
What is "Double-Dipping"?
Double-dipping is when a spell or ability gets to gain the same benefit twice. The reason this is relevant to Balance Druid is because of our Mastery effect and the Astral damage type.
Our Mastery increases the damage of our Eclipse, but it only affects the active damage Eclipse type. So, in Lunar Eclipse you gain an Arcane damage buff and in Solar you gain a Nature damage buff. When you use Celestial Alignment, you gain the benefits of both Eclipses simultaneously.
Astral damage is the combination of both Arcane and Nature damage, meaning when we have both Eclipses up we gain the Mastery effect twice, thus "Double-dipping". Starsurge, Starfall, Stellar Flare, Shooting Stars, Fury of Elune, and New Moon are all considered Astral damage.
What are the best Balance Druid races?
On Horde, Troll performs better on the Horde side and Night Elf is the best for Alliance. There are some more utility driven choices, such as Highmountain Tauren or Worgen for additional mobility.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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