Balance Druid DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Bora 69 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Balance Druid in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Balance Druid gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing a Balance Druid

A large portion of gearing is reliant on item level. Try not to overthink gearing as most upgrades should be easily identifiable. After item level you can further scrutinize the Secondary Stats looking for Mastery gear and items with sockets.

For more information on stats you can check our comprehensive Stats page as well as our Gems and Enchants page.

1.1.

The Importance of Simming

It is important to use Raidbots to get an accurate idea of what gear is good and what gear is bad. There are so many variables which can change which pieces you would equip. While a cursory glance can be enough to determine what is usable, deciding what is best among what is good is a more nuanced decision.

1.2.

Professions

If you have gold, there is no real PvE profession. You can purchase base pieces for legendary gear from Leatherworkers or Jewelcrafters to use in crafting. We recommend taking one gathering profession to help with raid prep. Herbalism and Skinning would be preferred, as they are concrete money-makers as well as also helping us reduce the cost of entry to Mythic raiding.

If you are a bit low on funds, just go Skinning and Leatherworking. Skin the mobs and craft your own gear and save yourself the gold. Use extra mats to fund your Raiding and dungeoneering habits.

Engineering also offers one of the only tangible PvE performance boosts in the form of the belt shield, a small little shield which can at times save your life. While generally not impactful, it is still the only profession which pays off in a raid.

1.3.

Tier Sets and Legendary Synergies

Tier Sets have returned in Patch 9.2 and the Balance Druid tier set is an exciting one. The Celestial Pillar Icon Balance Druid 2-Piece bonus (Celestial Pillar) calls down a mini Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune which does 25% damage but generates the full 40 Astral Power. This activates every time you enter a Eclipse (Lunar) Icon Eclipse (Lunar) including those tied to entering Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment or Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune.

The Umbral Infusion Icon Balance Druid 4-Piece bonus (Umbral Infusion) reduces the cost of our spenders by 20% when inside an Eclipse Icon Eclipse. The Astral Power deducted from the cost of our spenders still applies at full value to Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar.

With the increased generation from full-value Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elunes allowing you to spend more often and the reduced cost of those spenders, Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar becomes the paramount Legendary of the Patch. You get into Pulsar windows more often which in turn generates more Astral Power to keep getting into more Pulsar windows.

Finally you can upgrade gear from Mythic+, Rated PvP, and Raid gear to a Tier set of that armor type using the Creation Catalyst and Cosmic Flux Icon Cosmic Flux.

1.4.

Domination Sockets

Domination Sockets and Gear will still work in The Maw, Torghast, and the Sanctum of Domination. The only content you may want to use this in once you have tier is Sanctum of Domination. We recommend holding onto 3 pieces and having a full Unholy gem tier set which could be a reasonable enough gain to justify wearing.

1.5.

DISCLAIMER: Please take this loot list with a grain of salt. This is a basic list prioritizing the more reliable gear from Raiding. Dungeon and PvP pieces can be used supplementally.

When re-crafting Unity Icon Unity, you want to choose a high-budget piece (Helm/Chest/Legs) that does not have another high item level alternative. This leaves you to choose between Helm and Legs with the Leg slot being slightly more favored.

Slot Item Source
Helm Headpiece of the Fixed Stars Icon Headpiece of the Fixed Stars Anduin Wrynn
Necklace Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulder Shoulderpads of the Fixed Stars Icon Shoulderpads of the Fixed Stars Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread
Chest Chestguard of the Fixed Stars Icon Chestguard of the Fixed Stars Rygelon
Wrists Wrists of the Wicked Star Icon Wrists of the Wicked Star Anduin Wrynn
Gloves Handwraps of the Fixed Stars Icon Handwraps of the Fixed Stars Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer
Legs Unity Icon Unity (Haste/Mastery) Runecarving Craft
Boots Treads of Titanic Curiosity Icon Treads of Titanic Curiosity Rygelon
Ring #1 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon
Ring #2 Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar (Haste/Mastery) Runecarving Craft
Weapon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Rygelon
Off-hand Forbidden Truth Icon Forbidden Truth The Jailer
1.5.1.

Supplemental Dungeon Gear

Many Dungeon pieces are close to each other and can easily be swapped around depending on the stats you need. To reduce clutter, please use the checkbox below to show our recommended dungeon off-pieces.

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1.6.

Notable Trinkets

Balance Druids should generally try to have at least one on-use trinket and a passive trinket as well. Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is a staple trinket for the class as its large stat boost lines up well with our 3-minute cooldown. Below are some of the trinkets you should keep a lookout for:

  • Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance is still a usable on-use trinket. This is an alternative to the Quantum Device as an on-use trinket choice.
  • Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling is another basic passive item with a strong stat proc you can designate based on the type of food you eat.
  • So'leah's Secret Technique Icon So'leah's Secret Technique is a buff trinket that works as a stat-stick. There is not much to talk about, it is just okay.
  • Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals works similarly to So'leah's but becomes better with at least three party members who share the same Covenant.

Additionally you can also use The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil as a standard on-use from the raid or as a Mythic double on-use option for Venthyr. With two Legendaries, four piece set bonus, and some higher end Mythic gear, this will begin to pull ahead of a Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device and a standard passive trinket.

1.7.

Inscrutable Quantum Device

The Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device or the ??? trinket is a three minute cooldown trinket which has different effects based on the situation.

  • If someone is below ~30% Health, it will heal them.
  • If a Healer is below ~20% Mana, it will restore their Mana.
  • If you are crowd controlled, it will remove it.
  • If your target is below ~20%, it will execute them or deal a large portion of damage.
  • If a Tank is dead it may summon an image that takes aggro from some mobs (does nothing in raid).
  • If none of those are applicable, it grants you a large amount of either of your two highest secondary stats.
  • If under the effects of Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust or Heroism Icon Heroism, the stat buff will last an additional 5 seconds.

As mentioned above, this trinket is not always optimal on fights that will lose uses to low Health, low Mana, or in execute phases and this may lose out to some of the other trinkets.

2.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 19 Mar. 2022: Added The First Sigil to recommendations.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 01 Feb. 2020: Updated Trinket sections.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Updated for Castle Nathria gearing.
  • 27 Nov. 2020: Added trinket section.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 17 Oct. 2020: Updated gear page with Trinkets and Azerite
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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