Balance Druid DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2018 at 05:05 by Bora 40 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Balance Druids. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

The other pages of our Balance Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This was written by Borabank, a Balance Druid theorycrafter and raider in Encore. You can watch him on his Twitch channel or in the Dreamgrove Discord server.

1. Gearing in Battle for Azeroth

1.1. How to Gear

Remember when gearing to sim yourself for your stat weights, but Balance Druids will generally be after pieces with a high amount of Haste while trying to get as little Mastery as possible.

  • World Quests provide players with a variety of rewards such as Azerite, Reputation, and even Gear. World Quest gear scales with the player and the item level caps at 330 once the player's item level is 325. This gear can roll additional sockets and even be Titanforged, so if the piece has good stats, doing the World Quest can give you a solid item before entering Uldir.
  • Reputation gives out rewards based on your status with the faction. For most factions, Honored awards a 320 cloak, Revered a 335 item, and Exalted gives a 350 item. Additionally, each reputation level gained with Champions of Azeroth gives additional item level to your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth.
  • There are four dungeon difficulties for players. Players can get rewards from Normal (310), Heroic (325), Mythic (340), and Mythic+ (345+) difficulties.
  • Using Mythic+ dungeons, players can farm weapons, trinkets, and other standard gear. Remember to do a Mythic level 10 dungeon to max out the reward from your cache on the following reset. Your Mythic+ cache will scale based on the highest level of dungeon you completed the previous week.
  • Kill the World Boss once a week for a chance at 355 item level gear. The Warfront World Boss drops 370+ item level gear.
  • Warfronts drop 340 base item level pieces for each scenario victory. Your first Warfront of the week will reward additional Artifact power as well as a 370 item level piece.
  • Save any useless greens, blues, and trinkets you get while leveling, and scrap them at the location marked by the arrow here. Reroll all pieces to the best possible stats if you have the resources. In Uldir, you are also able to collect Sanguicell Icon Sanguicell which can be used to craft 370 gear. Save Expulsom Icon Expulsom to reroll poorly statted pieces.
  • Uldir is where the majority of gear will be acquired, as it has the highest base item levels at 370 and 355 respectively for Normal and Heroic. Mythic Uldir will drop 385 item level gear at base level, making it the best way to grind gear on a weekly lockout.

1.2. Trinkets and Weapons

Trinkets, Weapons, and Azerite are the three largest DPS increases to any class in the game. Getting good pieces to fill these slots early allows you to perform incredibly well. They are also the hardest pieces to get.

1.2.1. Weapons

There are many good One-Handers out there for Balance Druids from a variety of dungeons.

While for most players, the secondary stats available on our Two-Hander options are not as strong as the Main-Hand / Off-Hand options, Intellect gains from upgrades are are much more valuable than the minor amount of secondary difference. Item level is almost always king when refering to Weapon upgrades.

1.2.2. Trinkets

Below is the list of all dungeon and World Boss trinkets ordered by strength. Most trinkets are extremely close in value to each other, and there are also several World Quest-only trinkets that fill the gaps between dungeon trinkets.

lady_waycrests_music_box*12162+5.85%
vessel_of_skittering_shadows*12161+5.84%
darkmoon_deck_squalls*12147+5.71%
hadals_nautilus*12146+5.71%
rotcrusted_voodoo_doll*12142+5.67%
first_mates_spyglass12142+5.67%
dread_gladiators_medallion12140+5.65%
ignition_mages_fuse12140+5.65%
incessantly_ticking_clock12138+5.64%
vigilants_bloodshaper*12131+5.58%
The original results can be found on raidbots.com

With Mythic+, all simmed trinkets have been upgraded to 355 item level. World Boss and Raid Boss trinkets have both been set at a base 355 item level as well. For most World Quest trinkets, sim yourself as they will most likely not forge that high.

Trinkets denoted with an asterisk lose value with additional targets.

2. Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2018: Updated references and added Warfronts.
  • 09 Sep. 2018: Updated Trinket list.
  • 29 Aug. 2018: Updated Trinket list and How to Gear section.
  • 27 Aug. 2018: Added Raidbots Trinket sims and updated Weapon sims.
  • 22 Aug. 2018: Darkmoon Deck: Squalls updated.
  • 21 Aug. 2018: Updated trinket list.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 21 Jul. 2018: Fixed some legendary rankings.
  • 20 Jul. 2018: Added a "Notable Trinkets" section.
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