Balance Druid DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 16, 2019 at 09:30 by Bora 46 comments

Welcome to our Balance Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. 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.

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 8.1.5 Changes for Balance Druids

Balance Druid received some quality of life changes in Patch 8.1.5: Tides of Vengeance.

3. Patch 8.1.0 Changes for Balance Druids

Patch 8.1 has some brought changes to the Balance Specialization. Below you can find the major changes brought by this patch.

  • Mastery: Starlight Icon Mastery: Starlight was buffed from 11% to 12%. In addition to this, Starsurge Icon Starsurge and Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath now receive full effectiveness from Mastery bringing it more inline with the other secondary stats.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge was removed from the Global Cooldown making it a much better talent choice in almost all situations.
  • Twin Moons Icon Twin Moons had its damage bonus nerfed from 20% down to 10%. This talent still retains much of its multi-target power, but is no longer also best for single and two targets as well.
  • Stellar Flare Icon Stellar Flare was also buffed by 25% spell power; this is the new best single target talent.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit had some of its power shifted into a Mana refund. It is no longer the best all trait in all grouped content but can still find use in Mythic+.
  • Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar is the new Azerite Trait that replaces Sunblaze. This trait is a value trait that increases the damage dealt of Starsurge Icon Starsurge by a flat amount and grants you Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment (or Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune if talented) for 6-seconds every 9 Starsurges you use.
  • Power of the Moon Icon Power of the Moon and High Noon Icon High Noon were both shifted from direct damage buffs to DoT buffs. This makes them much stronger for extended multi-target fights.

4. Balance Druid Strengths

  • Strong cleave in a small radius
  • Decent single and multi-target DPS with the ability to multi-DoT
  • Very mobile toolkit
  • Very tanky to various attacks and abilities
  • Great utility spread through toolkit

5. Balance Druid Weaknesses

  • A good portion of cleave is limited to an 8-yard radius
  • Cooldowns are not particularly strong
  • Easily punished with mismanagement of Empowerment charges

6. Changelog

  • 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 (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 (spells 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 (simulations 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 (azerite traits and gear 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 (gear page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 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 (mythic+ 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 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 (enchants 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 (FAQ page): The Azerite suggestions on this page have been updated.
  • 10 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Celestial Alignment opener.
  • 26 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Lively Spirit.
  • 26 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated Mythic Mekkatorque.
  • 18 Mar. 2019 (simulations page): Added in all Zandalari Troll racials.
  • 18 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Starfall Rules Chart.
  • 18 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated Zandalari and BiS Azerite sections.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Added sections for Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Streaking and Treacherous changes.
  • 07 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed some errors and added some Mythic Mode entries.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page Added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Minor updates to recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Added a Nature's Balance opener section and amended the Starlord section.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated some talent recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (spells page): Cleaned up some formatting.
  • 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 (addons page): Updated AP Pro Bar.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Added a Mobility section.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Added for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated Stat Prioritiy for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated trait recommendation for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Reviewed for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added Starlord Optimization.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 24 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite choices.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (enchants page): Minor adjustment to weapon enchants.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Mythic Mode sections.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated mentions on raid Azerite.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated references and added Warfronts.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (stats page): Elaborated on Stat Priority.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated the multi-target section.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Several updates to talents.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated Incarnation.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talents.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Lively Spirit.
  • 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.
  • 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 (talents page): Added tip for increasing Haste during Incarnation (removed).
  • 22 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Darkmoon Deck: Squalls updated.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 45 and 75 talent recommendations.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Improved potion recommendations.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Azerite recommendations added.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Engineering traits to the suggested trait section.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added page.
  • 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 (stats page): Critical Strike now pulls ahead of Versatility.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added Talent Swap macro.
  • 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 (gear page): Fixed some legendary rankings.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added a section on The Emerald Dreamcatcher
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 75 and 90 talent recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated level 75 talent recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant and consumable recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Updated WeakAura recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added a "Notable Trinkets" section.
  • 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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