Balance Druid DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.2
On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Balance Druid in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.
If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Balance Druid rotation.
Balance Druid Rotation Introduction
Balance Druid gameplay is a standard build and spend class with a predictable cadence to their rotation.
At the start of combat or with each use or proc of Celestial Alignment / Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, you choose between either Solar or Lunar Eclipse. To enter Solar Eclipse, you must cast two Starfires, and to enter Lunar Eclipse, you need to cast two Wrath.
From there on, you build Astral Power using the appropriate filler. In Solar Eclipse, you cast Wrath to gain Astral Power and, in Lunar Eclipse, you cast Starfire. Each Eclipse lasts 15 seconds. Eclipse uptime is incredibly important, and you should aim to be inside Eclipse as often as you can.
On single-target, you will use Starsurge, which costs 40 Astral Power. On multi-target, you want to be casting Starfall, which costs 50 Astral Power. Some spells reduce the cost of these abilities, such as Rattle the Stars and Elune's Guidance.
Keep your DoTs up on all targets to activate your Mastery bonus. Use cooldowns optimally, either on cooldown or when there is a better moment.
If you are just getting started, follow this basic priority list:
- Apply and maintain Moonfire and Sunfire
- Enter Eclipse or cast Incarnation: Chosen of Elune
- On 1 and 2 targets, use Wrath to generate Astral Power. If you are in Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, you cast Wrath on 3 targets.
- On 3 or more targets, use Starfire to generate Astral Power. If you are in Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, you cast Starfire on 4 targets or more.
- On single target, spend Astral Power using Starsurge. On multi-target, spend Astral Power using Starfall.
- Use other cooldowns as they are available or when optimal. Do not lose a use.
This is the core of the Balance Druid rotation, even though it is listed as the basic priority list. Once you have down the basics, you will focus on cooldown usage and buff management and learning the best ways to maintain high uptime on the important buffs.
Balance Druid Eclipse Priority
Balance Druid enters their Eclipse state based on target count. This means targets that you can hit with your filler spells, Wrath and Starfire. Follow the Eclipse rules outlined below:
- On 2 or less targets, enter Solar Eclipse
- On 3 or more targets, enter Lunar Eclipse
Remember, if there are 10 targets, but you can only cleave 2 of them, you would enter Solar Eclipse to generate more Astral Power.
Warrior of Elune Usage
Warrior of Elune is used to enter Solar Eclipse quickly. You want to use 2 charges to enter Solar Eclipse and then hold the last charge for mobility or when you are inside Incarnation: Chosen of Elune. Otherwise, let the final charge expire.
Balance Druid Opener and Cooldown Usage
Below, we will go over the Balance Druid Opening Rotation. This can also be used as a cooldown priority list. Please note that from max range, Wrath has a 4-second travel time.
Use the buttons below to select how a talent changes your basic rotation:
- Show Force of Nature
- Show Stellar Flare
- Show Wild Mushroom
- Show Astral Communion
- Show Convoke the Spirits
- Show New Moon
- Show Fury of Elune
- At 2 seconds on the pull timer, start pre-casting two Wraths.
- Apply or maintain your Moonfire and Sunfire. Reapply these DoTs when they have 30% remaining on their duration.
- Use Celestial Alignment or Incarnation: Chosen of Elune.
- Drink your Potion
- Cast Starsurge on single target and Starfall on multiple targets. Do not cap Astral Power.
- Cast Wrath on 3 or less targets.
- Cast Starfire on 4 or more targets.
Cooldown usage should be prioritized inside cooldowns but the same logic applies when used outside of the most optimal scenarios.
Optimizing Talent Choices
Balance Druid is more of a priority system rather than a hard set rotation. Making active decisions as to when you want to use each talent and what you want to focus on in each encounter can affect how you play. This section will dive into some things of note for several important talents.
Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
Primordial Arcanic Pulsar should be proced using Starsurge unless affected by a Starweaver buff.
Warrior of Elune
Warrior of Elune can be used on single target fights at the loss of Starfall and Aetherial Kindling. You want to use this to enter Solar Eclipse instead of hard casting Starfire. Save the leftover charges for the following Eclipse cycle or for a Primordial Arcanic Pulsar proc or cooldown usage.
Rattle the Stars and Starlord
These two independent buffs both stack by using Starsurge or Starfall. They have different stack amounts, different timers, and even different methods of timing out. Out of the two buffs, it is more important to prioritize good Starlord uptime.
Get your first stack of Starlord up immediately and then pivot into keeping up Rattle the Stars. Weave filler spells and also generate Astral Power and try to maximize your 2-stack uptime after Starlord is up.
As you get to the end of your Starlord cycle, max sure you get enough Astral Power for either Starfall or Starsurge. You want to immediately recontinue the buff, even at the cost of losing Rattle the Stars.
Solstice, Balance of All Things, and Nature's Grace
Solstice and Balance of All Things trigger their effects at the start of the Eclipse and Nature's Grace triggers at the end of each Eclipse. Here are some tips on how to play around with these talents:
- Cast a Wrath to finish as your current Eclipse ends. This lets you get immediately into the next Eclipse.
- Solstice generates a good amount of Astral Power at the start of an Eclipse. Try to go into each Eclipse with between 70 and 80 Astral Power to not overcap to excess Shooting Stars procs.
- Balance of All Things does not need to be prioritized over other buffs such as Starlord and Rattle the Stars.
Convoke the Spirits
Always try to overlap Convoke the Spirits with Celestial Alignment / Incarnation: Chosen of Elune as well as the buff from Balance of All Things.
Convoke the Spirits has a 45-yard range from the center of any target's hitbox. This means for larger bosses, max range Convoke the Spirits may end up whiffing all Balance spells if you are too far away.
With Elune's Guidance talented, melee Convoke the Spirits is less consistent than ranged Convoke. Avoid being in melee if possible, or you are more likely to lose a Balance-specific catch. This is a minor point but something to avoid if possible.
If you are using Convoke the Spirits on multiple targets, cast Convoke before casting other Starfalls to raise the chance that you will cast a free Starfall.
Cooldown Usage for Balance Druids
Balance Druid has quite a few cooldown options in Dragonflight. The main cooldown that we refer to in this guide is Celestial Alignment, which can be upgraded by another talent called Incarnation: Chosen of Elune. You often want to use these immediately every time they come off cooldown as you want to get as many usages as possible.
Cooldowns should be stacked together. If you can use Celestial Alignment and other cooldowns, such as Convoke the Spirits or Fury of Elune at the same time, it will make those other cooldowns stronger as well. These buttons are supposed to do the most damage per press compared to the spells you can always cast.
Some cooldowns come in the form of charge-based spells, such as Wild Mushroom and New Moon. You should not let these cap their charges, as that is the same as another spell being off cooldown and not being used. Keep their charges rolling even if it is not the most efficient use of your time.
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