Balance Druid DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 12, 2021 at 13:41 by Bora 65 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. 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 TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Balance 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 hit every target. However, while Balance Druid multi-target is strong, it still requires some set-up/ramp-up time and is not very bursty with just the base kit. This can lead to Balance Druids being less optimal when your group needs to burst targets.

For single-target, Balance Druids do well. The rotation for single-target is more linear than that of multi-target requiring less prep time and less knowledge of the fight. You work to spend Astral Power as you get it unless you otherwise need it for some sort of burst scenario.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Uncapped multi-target potential in Starfall Icon Starfall and Starfire Icon Starfire
  • +Strong Cooldown combinations
  • +Outrageous utility using Heals and numerous single and multi-target crowd control
X Weaknesses
  • -Most Covenants require good conditions to excel
  • -Lots of ramp up in dungeons
  • -Can be locked into a subpar Eclipse Icon Eclipse state if you plan poorly
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Druids

We are maintaining a list of changes for Druids, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Balance's specific changes this patch.

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Balance Druid HAS CHANGED. Please check out the Covenant page of this guide for more information.

4.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Balance Druids

Balance Druid had a bunch of changes which had impact on things such as Talents, Legendary crafting, and even Covenant Selection.

  • Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift was probably the largest change of the Patch which now increases the damage of Starfall Icon Starfall by 50% but no longer increases the duration by 2 seconds, and also gives Starfall a 12-second cooldown.
  • New Moon Icon New Moon now has its first two Moon charges — New and Half — deal 33% additional damage and the recharge time is now 20 seconds.
  • Solstice Icon Solstice now increases the proc chance of Shooting Stars Icon Shooting Stars by 250% at the start of an Eclipse, down from 300%.
  • Balance of All Things Icon Balance of All Things now grants 8 stacks of a 3% Critical Strike chance buff that decay over 8 seconds instead of 5.

While not a Balance-Druid-specific change, Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance now puts other trinkets on cooldown for 40 seconds, making it impossible to pair it with a second on-use trinket. This ends the double-on-use Night Fae playstyle.

5.

Leveling a Balance Druid

Leveling as a Balance Druid is easy when geared, but a bit rougher when undergeared. Balance Druid has a 45-yard range, DoTs and Starfall Icon Starfall to rot packs, and plenty of crowd control. You can often pull larger groups of mobs as a Balance Druid with a bit of running and some clever uses of our crowd control and mobility.

If you want to play a Balance Druid, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

At max level you can start to focus on sharpening your skills and one good way to do that is using the right tools. Our addons and macro page goes over several useful macros to enhance your gameplay as well as suggestions on how to search for the right Balance Bar.

6.

The Basics of Balance Druid

Balance Druid in its current state has a predictable rotation. You enter and Eclipse and look to spend all of your Astral Power early on so that your fillers are heavily empowered. You then use those buffed up fillers to gain Astral Power to repeat the cycle throughout a fight.

On multi-target, you then need to manage Astral Power more carefully. Keep up Sunfire Icon Sunfire and allocate most of your resource to keeping Starfall Icon Starfall active. Try to use Starfire Icon Starfire to cleave mobs down when in Lunar Eclipse and apply Moonfire Icon Moonfire in Solar Eclipse.

If you are an absolute beginner, you should head over to the Easy Mode page as well as the Spell Summary page to brush up on the basics.

If you are pretty familiar with the basics and want to learn to min-max more with your talent selection and rotation head over to the appropriate pages at the link below.

7.

How to Gear up as a Balance Druid

Item level is generally king for the most part. Use Raidbots to sim your character and find what gear is best out of all the viable options. Using our knowledge of the class we should be able to rule out downgrades quickly. Lower item level pieces, socketed vs non-socketed, does it have our premium stat? These are all questions to consider when sifting through our gear. Learn more about simming on our simulations page.

Once you are brushed up on the basics and gearing up well, you want to further boost your numbers. Using the proper foods, enchants, and gems will beget a sizeable damage boost.

8.

End-Game as a Balance Druid

Balance Druid does take a fair amount of skill and prepwork to excel in raids, Mythic+, and Torghast. Planning out long cooldowns as well as movement in relation to boss mechanics and dungeon routes takes both practice and information. The raid, mythic+, and pvp guides will go over those nuances and more.

9.

Improving as a Balance Druid

If you are struggling to pull the numbers you want or dealing with mechanics, you can check out some of our resources on how to improve as well as other frequently asked questions that can come even after reading the guide.

10.

Changelog

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