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Balance Druid DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 18, 2017 at 21:03 by Vlad 226 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 Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Bora, an up-and-coming Balance Druid theorycrafter who is active on the Druid Discord.

1. Best in Slot List

1.1. Single Target

Slot Item Source
Helm Bearmantle Headdress Icon Bearmantle Headdress Aggramar
Neck Riveted Choker of Delirium Icon Riveted Choker of Delirium Varimathras
Shoulders Bearmantle Shoulders Icon Bearmantle Shoulders The Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Stormheart Drape Icon Stormheart Drape The Desolate Host
Chest Bearmantle Harness Icon Bearmantle Harness Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Oneth's Intuition Icon Oneth's Intuition Legendary item
Gloves Stormheart Gloves Icon Stormheart Gloves Harjatan
Belt Death-Enveloping Cincture Icon Death-Enveloping Cincture Argus the Unmaker
Legs Bearmantle Legguards Icon Bearmantle Legguards Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Vicious Flamepaws Icon Vicious Flamepaws Felhounds of Sargeras
Ring #1 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar the Life-Binder
Ring #2 Impeccable Fel Essence Icon Impeccable Fel Essence Legendary item
Trinket #1 Acrid Catalyst Injector Icon Acrid Catalyst Injector Kin'garoth
Trinket #2 Norgannon's Prowess Icon Norgannon's Prowess / Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker

1.2. Multiple Target

Slot Item Source
Helm Bearmantle Headdress Icon Bearmantle Headdress Aggramar
Neck Riveted Choker of Delirium Icon Riveted Choker of Delirium Varimathras
Shoulders Lady and the Child Icon Lady and the Child Legendary item
Cloak Drape of the Spirited Hunt Icon Drape of the Spirited Hunt Imonar the Soulhunter
Chest Bearmantle Harness Icon Bearmantle Harness Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Bracers of Wanton Morality Icon Bracers of Wanton Morality The Coven of Shivarra
Gloves Bearmantle Paws Icon Bearmantle Paws Kin'garoth
Belt Death-Enveloping Cincture Icon Death-Enveloping Cincture Argus the Unmaker
Legs Bearmantle Legguards Icon Bearmantle Legguards Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Vicious Flamepaws Icon Vicious Flamepaws Felhounds of Sargeras
Ring #1 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar the Life-Binder
Ring #2 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #1 Acrid Catalyst Injector Icon Acrid Catalyst Injector Kin'garoth
Trinket #2 Norgannon's Prowess Icon Norgannon's Prowess / Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker

You can use any of the following 4 legendaries alongside Lady and the Child Icon Lady and the Child:

  • Soul of the Archdruid Icon Soul of the Archdruid if you need a large cooldown for AoE purposes every 3 minutes;
  • Impeccable Fel Essence Icon Impeccable Fel Essence if you need a small cooldown for AoE on a 2-minute cooldown;
  • Oneth's Intuition Icon Oneth's Intuition for sporadic cleave fights in which you can pool procs during periods of single target or high priority target damage, to then use during periods of heavy AoE;
  • Radiant Moonlight Icon Radiant Moonlight is best for heavily sustained AoE damage, especially if you have the 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus.

2. Tier 20 and 21 Set Bonuses

The 2-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus provides a decent boost so your single target damage. The 4-Bonus is not as effective as it once was, but we still recommend using it on single target fights in Antorus until you have 30+ item levels more on each of the Tier 21 replacements for it.

Even if you have a full normal difficulty 4-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus, you will not fully replace it until you get Titanforged Mythic difficulty pieces for your Tier 21 Set Bonus. Your ideal setup for single target will be to use the 4-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus together with the 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus.

The 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus provides a 10% damage increase to both of your spenders, and as such it should always be equipped, as it is good for single target and multiple target damage.

The 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus gives your Moonfire Icon Moonfire and Sunfire Icon Sunfire 20% more damage for 6 seconds after using Starsurge Icon Starsurge or Starfall Icon Starfall. While strong for AoE, it is not very good for single target and will not be used in any full single target raid encounter.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Of the legendaries available to Balance Druids, there are 3 in particular we should be looking out for. We list all legendaries below in order of standalone power.

  1. Impeccable Fel Essence Icon Impeccable Fel Essence: a very strong and versatile legendary. Use this when you take Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, to significantly boost your cooldown usage. Additionally, it has very good stats.
  2. Lady and the Child Icon Lady and the Child: a powerhouse legendary, and the best choice for AoE. The extra Moonfire cast on an additional target can save a lot of time, with the Moonfire damage increase being a huge bonus.
  3. Oneth's Intuition Icon Oneth's Intuition: one of the best single target legendaries because of how strong Stellar Empowerment Icon Stellar Empowerment is with high Mastery. This is not as useful for multiple targets, however you can hold a Starfall Icon Starfall proc for upcoming cleave to get huge benefit out of this legendary.
  4. Soul of the Archdruid Icon Soul of the Archdruid: a strong AoE choice that allows you to take Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune on cleave fights, since you get Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest for free.
  5. The Emerald Dreamcatcher Icon The Emerald Dreamcatcher: this is technically the best single target legendary we have, however you cannot equip this legendary along with the Tier 19 2-piece set bonus. If you do not have this set bonus, this legendary is extremely good.
  6. Radiant Moonlight Icon Radiant Moonlight: this legendary is decent, and provides you with a lot more Astral Power. It is not too bad for single and multiple targets.
  7. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret: while this legendary is not useful in raids, it is exceptional in Mythic+, where it can be the best legendary to take. In those situations, it is advised to take Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement to proc Sephuz on cooldown.
  8. Promise of Elune, the Moon Goddess Icon Promise of Elune, the Moon Goddess: a decent legendary for single target, but still quite weak. You essentially get a free Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands a couple of times throughout the fight, which can be useful.
  9. Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds Icon Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds@: an additional 5% flat damage reduction when taking Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity.
  10. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus: a strong self-shield every 30 seconds, very useful for raid progression.
  11. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote: not very useful for Balance, as we do not have particularly strong burst damage.
  12. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish: strong for burst cleave but very lacklustre otherwise.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Feral/Guardian/Restoration Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Feral/Guardian/Restoration Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Mages, Discipline and Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

5. ChangeLog

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  • 18 Dec. 2017: Made a small update to the single target BiS list and added an extra note to the tier 20 set bonus discussion.
  • 02 Dec. 2017: Updated set bonus recommendations and added BiS lists.
  • 11 Jul. 2017: Updated set bonus recommendations and legendary item ranking.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated Set Bonus recommendations and legendary item ranking.
  • 28 Mar. 2017: Removed BiS list.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated legendary item recommendations, added new legendary items, and added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 02 Oct. 2016: Greatly improved the legendary item section and updated the BiS trinkets.
  • 12 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 28 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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