Balance Druid Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands 9.1. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.
How good is Balance Druid in 9.1?
Balance Druid has a strong, cohesive single-target set of abilities, as well as uncapped multi-target potential. On multi-target we will be quite mobile thanks to Stellar Drift. On any sort of spread multi-target scenario, there is no equal as most multi-dot classes will not keep up with Starfall.
Balance Druid cooldowns are immensely powerful when stacked together. Night Fae combines Convoke the Spirits with Celestial Alignment's large Mastery buff and Venthyr has a plethora of Conduits and Legendaries that feed into each other for a strong cooldown itself.
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 have some niche use, Venthyr is the best all-around option of the bunch. For a simpler choice which is still relatively competitive, Night Fae is a viable option. If you are looking to push the envelope of Balance Druid PvE capabilities, you should choose Venthyr.
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?
This question will depend on your Covenant choice. If you do decide to choose Venthyr, Sinful Hysteria is required for all content. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar is the all-around Legendary choice for alternative Covenant choices.
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.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
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