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

Last updated on Sep 09, 2018 at 18:31 by Bora 37 comments

Table of Contents

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. 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 September 4th, 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.
  • On September 4th, Mythic+ will unlock. Through these dungeons you can farm Weapons, Trinkets, and other standard gear. Farm dungeons on Mythic level 6 for best difficulty to gear ratio. 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 and can contain 1-3 pieces of gear including Azerite pieces.
  • Kill the World Boss once a week for a chance at 355 item level gear. World Bosses should be available on September 4th.
  • 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. With the release of the raid on September 4th, you will also be able to collect Sanguicell Icon Sanguicell which can be used to craft 370 gear. Save Expulsom Icon Expulsom to reroll poorly statted pieces.
  • On September 4th, Heroic and Normal difficulties of Uldir will be unlocked. Mythic will release the following week. This is where the majority of gear will be aquired as it has the highest base item levels at 370 and 355 respectively. 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. 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.

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.

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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

  • 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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