Balance Druid DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

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General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to play as a Balance Druid in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Balance DPS Druid guide.

1.

Balance Druid Overview

The Balance specialization provides an entertaining and challenging rotation, and it performs well in terms of both single and multiple target DPS.

Balance Druids shine in multiple target fights due to their ability to multi-DoT, and they also have good mobility due to their instant cast spells. However, while Balance Druid multi-target is strong, it still requires some set-up/ramp-up time and is not very bursty, resulting in other classes outperforming them in this area.

2.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Balance Druids

You can view the Druid changes for Patch 8.3 on our dedicated page below.

Our multi-dot ability was nerfed reducing our effectiveness slightly on single-target but more harmful on multi-target. The buff to our traits offsets the nerf to the base ability but only if you equip the trait.

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection was buffed to increase the proc rate. This makes the Azerite Essence even more appealing for all situations when it was already our best in slot overall Essence.

In addition to these changes, we have:

3.

Balance Druid Strengths

  • Amazing single target burst and sustained DPS with the ability to multi-DoT
  • Very mobile toolkit
  • Very tanky to various attacks and abilities
  • Great utility spread through toolkit
4.

Balance Druid Weaknesses

  • A good portion of cleave is limited to an 8-yard radius
  • Cooldowns are not particularly strong on their own
  • Weak multi-target burst and mediocre sustained DPS
5.

Balance Druid Viability in the Current Patch

Balance Druid remains one of the top single-target output ranged classes in the game. With the recent nerfs to our DoTs, our multi-target ability has been reduced slightly, but we can still spread pressure and damage throughout an encounter room.

The chunk of Balance Druids strength is in their Azerite Traits. Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars adds immense burst to an otherwise lackluster baseline cooldown, and Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar brings up our damage substantially outside of our cooldowns and also ties back into Streaking Stars again. Our ability to pool resources and procs and then output it when we want within small time frame makes us great target swappers.

The boss fights in Ny'alotha may not look Balance Druid suitable at first glance, but their utility and their burst damage makes up for their pronounced lack of sustained cleave.

Mythic+ also finds spots for Balance Druids in some of the more difficult keys. Our utility is what makes us shine in key groups, bringing off-healing and area of effect taunt, and an area of effect silence. We are hard to kill and still put out reasonable output on trash and amazing output on bosses. We do not have the toolkit to perform exceptionally well on trash packs, but the rest of our kit makes up for the burst damage we lack.

Balance Druid finds its place generally in 3v3 and Battlegrounds, but not so much in 2v2. We apply strong split pressure, decent on-demand burst damage through pooling Astral Power, as well access to up to 3-strong crowd controls in Cyclone Icon Cyclone, Root and Solar Beam Icon Solar Beam, or Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash. We are durable at the cost of our output, as most of our defensive options come from going into Bear Form Icon Bear Form.

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Changelog

  • 17 Feb. 2020 (gear page): Updated Corruption simulations.
  • 06 Feb. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated for mythic and finished heroic.
  • 06 Feb. 2020 (simulations page): Updated simulations.
  • 06 Feb. 2020 (gear page): Updated trinket simulations.
  • 20 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Added racial simulations and updated essence simulations.
  • 20 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated simulations.
  • 20 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated potion recommendations and added Masterful Navigation.
  • 20 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated essences and The Unbound Force.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Added multiple target stat priority.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite simulations and included new content from 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for the release of Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Updated simulations for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket simulations and added trinket mentions.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (stats page): Moved Critical Strike up in priority.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated some sections & added a section on Major Essence choice.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence simulations.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite simulations.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Updated some talent information.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated talents and stat suggestion.
  • 06 Nov. 2019 (simulations page): Updated simulations.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Mythic Zaqul and Queen Azshara.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Mythic mode notes for the first six bosses.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Added Rotational Adjustment section as well as some Essence Ranking changes.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Essence Recommendations.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated some incorrect mentions on Mechagon rings.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Expanded on weapon enchants.
  • 22 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence simulations.
  • 20 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence simulations.
  • 20 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket sims and added Best in Slot Azerite.
  • 20 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Essence Recommendations.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Changes to Operation: Mechagon section.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated Potion of Focused Resolve mentions.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for Queen Azshara.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Removed Battle of Dazar'alor mentions. Added Restoration Affinity to the Mastering the Class Section.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added a viability section for Patch 8.2
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Essences and Azerite to the page.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Minor updates to some Essences.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife mention and also minor talent updates.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Added several simulations from other pages.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Moved Critical Strike up in priority.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Changed some Essence recommendations.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for the first 7 bosses.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Mechagon Ring nerfs.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Adjusted some simulations and Essence sections.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Reformatted and added Mechagon Ring sims.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated Superior Battle Potion of Intellect mentions.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Reformatted several Azerite sections.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated Stat Weights.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Fully overhauled page for The Eternal Palace release.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ Season 3.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (how to improve page): Added the DO NOTS section.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated formatting and removed Mastery mentions.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page Added.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat weights and added explanations.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Raid traits for The Eternal Palace.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated Trinket List for Patch 8.2
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic Mode.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Added note about Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated the guide for patch 8.2
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 23 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of Patch 8.2
  • 19 May 2019 (easy mode page): Changed level 75 talent suggestion.
  • 15 May 2019 (FAQ page): Moved the best Azerite setup to gearing page.
  • 15 May 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added a best trait section and expanded on Arcanic Pulsar.
  • 15 May 2019 (mythic+ page): Added additional Reaping and general Balance Druid tips.
  • 15 May 2019 (gear page): Moved the best Azerite setup to gearing page.
  • 12 May 2019 (easy mode page): Updated Talent Suggestions and Stat Priority.
  • 12 May 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated several sections on Azerite Traits.
  • 12 May 2019 (stats page): Updated Stat Weights and added explanations.
  • 12 May 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Changed some talent recommendations.
  • 12 May 2019 (rotation page): Added optimizations for when you are using Starlord and Arcanic Pulsar.
  • 12 May 2019 (enchants page): Removed mentions of Intellect Gems.
  • 25 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added tips for Heroic mode and below.
  • 25 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): The Azerite suggestions on this page have been updated.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Celestial Alignment opener.
  • 26 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated Mythic Mekkatorque.
  • 26 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Lively Spirit.
  • 18 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated Zandalari and BiS Azerite sections.
  • 18 Mar. 2019 (simulations page): Added in all Zandalari Troll racials.
  • 18 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Starfall Rules Chart.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1.5 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Finished the Mythic Mode sections.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Added sections for Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed some errors and added some Mythic Mode entries.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Streaking and Treacherous changes.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page Added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 14 Jan. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Added a Mobility section.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (addons page): Updated AP Pro Bar.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated some talent recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Added a Nature's Balance opener section and amended the Starlord section.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Streaking Stars and some rankings.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated PvP talent recomendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Minor updates to recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (spells page): Cleaned up some formatting.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added several additional questions and answers.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added a table for Starfall Rules.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated trait recommendation for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added Starlord Optimization.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Reviewed for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated Stat Prioritiy for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 24 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite choices.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated mentions on raid Azerite.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (enchants page): Minor adjustment to weapon enchants.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated references and added Warfronts.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (stats page): Elaborated on Stat Priority.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Mythic Mode sections.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated the multi-target section.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Several updates to talents.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated sims.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Reformatted page.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated Trinket list.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent choices.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talents.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Incarnation.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated Trinket list and How to Gear section.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Lively Spirit section and Laser Matrix.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Lively Spirit.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Streaking Stars.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added Raidbots Trinket sims and updated Weapon sims.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated recommendations.
  • 25 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Removed mentions of High Noon in rotation section.
  • 22 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Darkmoon Deck: Squalls updated.
  • 22 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added tip for increasing Haste during Incarnation (removed).
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Improved potion recommendations.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 45 and 75 talent recommendations.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Engineering traits to the suggested trait section.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Azerite recommendations added.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Power of the Moon.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added Talent Swap macro.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Critical Strike now pulls ahead of Versatility.
  • 01 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 100 talent recommendations.
  • 01 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added a section on The Emerald Dreamcatcher
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Fixed some legendary rankings.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant and consumable recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added a "Notable Trinkets" section.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated level 75 talent recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 75 and 90 talent recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Updated WeakAura recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Added Barkskin to the list of spells.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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