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

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 00:36 by Bora 31 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Balance Druids. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

Gearing your character at the start of the expansion is much different than in the middle or the end of the expansion. Without a raid, gear sources are much more open and available. Raids are end-game content and with how the raid tier system works, you go from end-game to end-game while doing very little gearing outside of maybe dungeons. Since there is no raid at the start of the expansion, we have to learn how to gear to be ready for it.

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 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. Champions of Azeroth awards a 355 item level Azerite item with the Power of the Moon Icon Power of the Moon trait. Additionally, each level gives additional item level to your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth.
  • Mythic+ is not unlocked until the raid is available, so players can only get rewards from Normal (310), Heroic (325), and Mythic (340) difficulties. This method will be the most common for most players.
  • If World Bosses are unlocked the same way as Legion's World Bosses were, they will be available upon the first weekly reset, namely August 14th. Kill the World Boss once a week for a chance at 355 item level gear.
  • Some professions can craft one 355 piece on the second reset and a second item on the third reset. 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.

1.2. Notable 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. The Off-Hand to match is Rattling Jar of Eyes Icon Rattling Jar of Eyes, located in Tol Dagor.

The stats on most Two-Handed weapons are pretty bad. The staff Seabreeze Icon Seabreeze has an interesting Haste proc mechanic and is a slight DPS loss compared to the best Main-Hand and Off-Hand combination.

1.2.2. Trinkets

Below is the list of all dungeon and World Boss trinkets ordered by strength.

  1. Drust-Runed Icicle Icon Drust-Runed Icicle is an outlier on the high end. This World Boss trinket drops off of the Hailstone Construct and is worth saving a coin for if possible.
  2. Rotcrusted Voodoo Doll Icon Rotcrusted Voodoo Doll*
  3. Lady Waycrest's Music Box Icon Lady Waycrest's Music Box*
  4. Azurethos' Singed Plumage Icon Azurethos' Singed Plumage
  5. Doom's Hatred Icon Doom's Hatred
  6. Conch of Dark Whispers Icon Conch of Dark Whispers
  7. T'zane's Barkspines Icon T'zane's Barkspines
  8. Vessel of Skittering Shadows Icon Vessel of Skittering Shadows*
  9. Hadal's Nautilus Icon Hadal's Nautilus*
  10. Ignition Mage's Fuse Icon Ignition Mage's Fuse
  11. Darkmoon Deck: Squalls Icon Darkmoon Deck: Squalls*
  12. Balefire Branch Icon Balefire Branch

Trinkets denoted with an asterisk lose value with additional targets.

2. ChangeLog

  • 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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