Balance Druid DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jun 24, 2019 at 21:24 by Bora 52 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. 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 8.2 Changes for Balance Druids

There were no changes for Balance in Patch 8.2, but the new Essences system was introduced for the Heart of Azeroth.

3. Patch 8.1.5 Changes for Balance Druids

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

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

  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated Trinket List for Patch 8.2
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic Mode.
  • 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 (easy mode 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 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (this page): Added note about Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated the guide for patch 8.2
  • 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 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (addons 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 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (rotation 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 (stats 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 (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 (mythic+ 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 (FAQ 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 (addons 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 (spells 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 (gear page): Moved the best Azerite setup to gearing page.
  • 15 May 2019 (mythic+ page): Added additional Reaping and general Balance Druid tips.
  • 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.
  • 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 (rotation page): Added optimizations for when you are using Starlord and Arcanic Pulsar.
  • 12 May 2019 (enchants page): Removed mentions of Intellect Gems.
  • 12 May 2019 (stats page): Updated Stat Weights and added explanations.
  • 12 May 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Changed some talent recommendations.
  • 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 (addons 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 (rotation 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 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (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 (FAQ page): The Azerite suggestions on this page have been updated.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 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 (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 (this 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 (gear page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents 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 (mythic+ page): Updated Lively Spirit.
  • 26 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated Mythic Mekkatorque.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Added sections for Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Finished the Mythic Mode sections.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 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.
  • 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 (FAQ 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 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Added a Nature's Balance opener section and amended the Starlord section.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Minor updates to recommendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated PvP talent recomendations.
  • 13 Jan. 2019 (addons page): Updated AP Pro Bar.
  • 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 (how to improve page): Added a Mobility section.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added a table for Starfall Rules.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added several additional questions and answers.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added Starlord Optimization.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated trait recommendation for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated Stat Prioritiy for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Reviewed 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 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 24 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite choices.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Mythic Mode sections.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (stats page): Elaborated on Stat Priority.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (enchants page): Minor adjustment to weapon enchants.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated references and added Warfronts.
  • 12 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated mentions on raid Azerite.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Several updates to talents.
  • 04 Oct. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated the multi-target section.
  • 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 (gear page): Added Raidbots Trinket sims and updated Weapon sims.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated recommendations.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Streaking Stars.
  • 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 (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 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ 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 (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 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 01 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 100 talent recommendations.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated level 75 and 90 talent recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated level 75 talent recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Added Barkskin to the list of spells.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Updated WeakAura recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant and consumable recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added a "Notable Trinkets" section.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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