Balance Druid DPS Sanctum of Domination Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 23:48 by Bora 71 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Balance Druid for each boss of the following raid: Sanctum of Domination. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Fated Changes

During Shadowlands Season 4, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will each spend time being featured as a Fated Raid. During these times encounters within the specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.

Covenant selection in Fated raids is largely going to come down to player preference with Venthyr most likely edging out damage wise compared to Night Fae.

Night Fae will be a more forgiving option for those learning the encounters while only being about five to seven percent worse depending on gear. This can be worse on multi-target fights depending on the timings of these phases.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

The Tarragrue The Eye of the Jailer The Nine Remnant of Ner'zhul Soulrender Dormazain Painsmith Raznal Guardian of the First Ones Fatescribe Roh-Kalo Kel'Thuzad Sylvanas Windrunner

We advise to use the following talents on The Tarragrue.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Tarragrue.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on The Eye of the Jailer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Eye of the Jailer.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on The Nine.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Nine.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Remnant of Ner'zhul.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Remnant of Ner'zhul.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Soulrender Dormazain.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Soulrender Dormazain.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Painsmith Raznal.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Painsmith Raznal.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Guardian of the First Ones.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Guardian of the First Ones.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Fatescribe Roh-Kalo.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Fatescribe Roh-Kalo.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Kel'Thuzad.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Kel'Thuzad.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Sylvanas Windrunner.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sylvanas Windrunner.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
3.

The Tarragrue

We advise you to use the following talents against The Tarragrue.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Tarragrue.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
3.1.

Tips

Before combat starts, you will be able to get 4 Anima Powers from the trash before the boss. Balance Druid have notably powerful options depending on your Covenant and choose the ones that look strongest in terms of throughput.

The Tarragrue can enrage and that can be dispelled via Soothe Icon Soothe so watch your timers to take care of it right away. Use our advanced utility to reach safe zones and kite the boss if you are targeted during the last 10%.

3.2.

Mythic Mode

Very similar to Heroic Mode. Take good Anima Powers and follow the same strategies. Oddly Intangible Key Icon Oddly Intangible Key can allow you to plant through almost every mechanic.

For more information, please refer to our The Tarragrue guide.

4.

The Eye of the Jailer

We advise you to use the following talents against The Eye of the Jailer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Eye of the Jailer.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
4.1.

Tips

Use Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift for mobility as well as for cleaving where you can. Either Covenant signature ability can be used to bypass Annihilating Glare Icon Annihilating Glare for a bit of a damage gain when possible.

4.2.

Mythic Mode

Mythic Eye of the Jailer is pretty similar to the Heroic Mode version. Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift can be timed to get value from cleave and Annihilating Glare Icon Annihilating Glare. Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is useful for the long movement requirements of this boss.

In the intermission, you can normally cleave each add with the additional range from Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift if you are not DPSing them down individually. It is a little more difficult to navigate the center of the room just beware of separately marked players and their mechanics.

For more information, please refer to our The Eye of the Jailer guide.

5.

The Nine

We advise you to use the following talents against The Nine.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Nine.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
5.1.

Tips

This is a basic council-style encounter with some good 2-target cleave. Try to save Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune when the bosses are stacked up for full value and you can easily Starfall Icon Starfall for bonus mobility and free cleave.

Phase Two is single-target; use your high mobility and tankiness to help do soaks out at ranged.

5.2.

Mythic Mode

The first three bosses of this raid are all pretty easy and similar to the Heroic encounter. Just utilize your Balance Druid mobility to help with soaks as you are one of the best candidates for that.

For more information, please refer to our The Nine guide.

6.

Remnant of Ner'zhul

We advise you to use the following talents against Remnant of Ner'zhul.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Remnant of Ner'zhul.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
6.1.

Tips

Always save Astral Power to help burst down Orbs of Torment, as they deal increasing damage the longer they are alive. You do not necessarily need to use Starfall Icon Starfall to cleave a second target but there are multiple void zone and dance-like abilities where the added utility of Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift can shine.

6.2.

Mythic Mode

This fight has plenty of hectic movement between Malevolence Icon Malevolence knockbacks and the extra Suffering Icon Suffering casts. Try to maximize Starfall Icon Starfall for orb cleave and those mechanics. You can reliably dodge the knockback from Malevolence with Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge; just do not mess up or you will fall off.

Save defensives for each Shatter Icon Shatter or other dangerous combo mechanics while there are three orbs out.

For more information, please refer to our Remnant of Ner'zhul guide.

7.

Soulrender Dormazain

We advise you to use the following talents against Soulrender Dormazain.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Soulrender Dormazain.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
7.1.

Tips

This is a single-target-focused fight with waves of add spawns that can be displaced and interrupted. You can use Typhoon Icon Typhoon to help with positioning if needed but try not to hit the whole group off the boss. Save Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune for when the adds are collected ontop of the boss.

Balance Druid utility can shine on this fight as you can utilize Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar to help with raid mobility during Tormented Eruptions Icon Tormented Eruptions as well as offering a quick chain break with Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge and Dash Icon Dash.

7.2.

Mythic Mode

Mythic Soulrender can be a choice between add damage or boss damage depending on your group composition. However you always want to quickly focus down Mawsworn Overlord which is the main mechanic of the fight. Regardless of what you are focusing on, hold your first set of cooldowns for the first add set and, if you will not lose a usage, any add set you can line your cooldowsn up with.

There is some good utility usage for Balance Druids on this boss. Typhoon Icon Typhoon can be used to knock enemies away from a spawning Overlord which is indicated by a white beam of light at a location. Remaining adds can be Solar Beam Icon Solar Beamed in place. Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is obviously powerful for this type of encounter.

For more information, please refer to our Soulrender Dormazain guide.

8.

Painsmith Raznal

We advise you to use the following talents against Painsmith Raznal.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Painsmith Raznal.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
8.1.

Tips

Even as a nearly pure single-target boss, you can utilize Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift for the pretty constant movement on this boss. Save Astral Power for each Spiked Balls Icon Spiked Balls phase as it is important to quickly burn those down.

An easy way to handle spikes is to run through them as they go down. Even though they are still visible, you can run over them during their retracting animation.

8.2.

Mythic Mode

With current timings, you want to Cooldown on pull and whenever possible as long as you have it up for phase three to burn down the boss.

In the intermission, you can use Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild to help offheal if it is not too distracting to run and throw out some Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations. Plan a good time for your Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar to be used.

Double Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows from Theotar the Mad Duke is a great quality of life Soulbind for this boss as it can be used each time you have chains if necessary. If you have Shadowsteel Chains Icon Shadowsteel Chains, use Barkskin Icon Barkskin to safely survive the follow up raid damage especially with stacks of Lingering Flames Icon Lingering Flames

For more information, please refer to our Painsmith Raznal guide.

9.

Guardian of the First Ones

We advise you to use the following talents against Guardian of the First Ones.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Guardian of the First Ones.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
9.1.

Tips

This is a pretty stationary single-target fight that deals a ton of damage to you through multiple abilities. Use defensives liberally but most importantly when targeted with Threat Neutralization Icon Threat Neutralization as you will not be stacked for heals.

9.2.

Mythic Mode

On pull try to position well in the event that you get any Threat Neutralization Icon Threat Neutralizations as the Mythic mechanic has you bring those onto the Energy Core you will be using. Other than that, he is very similar to the Heroic encounter. If you are Venthyr, use your second cooldown in line with other buffs as you will only get two no matter what.

For more information, please refer to our Guardian of the First Ones guide.

10.

Fatescribe Roh-Kalo

We advise you to use the following talents against Fatescribe Roh-Kalo.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Fatescribe Roh-Kalo.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
10.1.

Tips

This is a single-target-focused boss with some small add waves and priority targets mixed in. The larger adds should be single-target-focused using Starsurge Icon Starsurge and the smaller adds should be Solar Beam Icon Solar Beamed and burst down using Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune where applicable.

Try to stay close to the boss at all times as that will generally be the safe spot from the various mechanics. Use your Covenant abilities or Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to quickly get out with each Call of Eternity Icon Call of Eternity.

10.2.

Mythic Mode

Damage cooldowns are pretty irrelevant on this encounter, use them at the start of each phase and with Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust if possible.

Defensively, you can use Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity with Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild for additional tankiness and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration charges if you get stuck on a bad rune during the intermission or Phase three.

For more information, please refer to our Fatescribe Roh-Kalo guide.

11.

Kel'Thuzad

We advise you to use the following talents against Kel'Thuzad.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Kel'Thuzad.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
11.1.

Tips

Kel'Thuzad is a great Balance Druid fight making good use from their spread multi-target abilities. Starfall Icon Starfall is great on this fight to damage all the different types of adds between the phases and when combined with Stellar Drift Icon Stellar Drift can also make for a good utility tool inside the phylactery, which will have to be done three times.

Solar Beam Icon Solar Beam is a good blanket silence on the far adds and spells like Typhoon Icon Typhoon, Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex, and Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement can be used to help control the Frostbound Devoted.

11.2.

Mythic Mode

Balance Druids of either viable Covenant make great use of their kit inside the phylactery. Venthyr has insane burst for each phase to make the DPS check and Night Fae have extra mobility to better navigate the phase. If you are in the first two downstairs groups, you should save your cooldowns for that and if you are in the third, make a judgement call as to if you can save them for the next boss phase.

While downstairs, always save Astral Power for Foul Winds Icon Foul Winds which will be very difficult to navigate without. On the second phylactery, this happens almost immediately so be prepared. On the final phylactery, stay toward the edge and run inward after the Glacial Winds Icon Glacial Winds cast.

Upstairs is just more add management but is still similar to the Heroic version. Solar Beam Icon Solar Beam remains a very powerful tool for both Soul Reavers and Soul Shards depending on which part of the fight you are on.

For more information, please refer to our Kel'Thuzad guide.

12.

Sylvanas Windrunner

We advise you to use the following talents against Sylvanas Windrunner.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sylvanas Windrunner.

  1. Primordial Arcanic Pulsar Icon Primordial Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Unity Icon Unity
12.1.

Tips

If you are Venthyr you will have to deal with the boss porting away before every Veil of Darkness Icon Veil of Darkness cast. Try to have some plan to handle this normally by done casting Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption. Your first cooldowns can be delayed by about ten seconds on pull to line up with the first wave of arrows. Always try to position yourself to hit all the arrows as they can be spread a wide distance apart.

In the second phase, use Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar to get through the phase quickly. Focus down the orbs cast by Mawsworn Summoners before they explode, otherwise focus on the Mawsworn Souljudge as they put a nasty debuff on your raid. Your second cooldown set can be used on the first boss damage portion of this phase. Try to use your cooldowns as immediately as possible as to not line up burst poorly with a veil cast.

When moving from platform to platform, plan your Astral Power usage to always have a Starfall Icon Starfall at the start of each platform or at least very quickly after applying DoTs. Do NOT cooldown the boss as Venthyr on the second boss damage phase as you will not get full use.

In the final phase you can send cooldowns immediately as long as you make note of the Veil of Darkness Icon Veil of Darkness timer as she will go immune during that period. Dance in and out of boss range to bait her individual mechanics and use Barkskin Icon Barkskin if targeted by a Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow and even combine it with Bear Form Icon Bear Form for additional tankiness.

12.2.

Mythic Mode

On Mythic mode, your second set of cooldowns can be used on the intermission arrow set if needed. You can pre-ramp Ravenous Frenzy Icon Ravenous Frenzy while the boss is immune by spamming Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption or any other active global.

Phase Two has several dangerous add types that must be handled in different ways. Souljudges are a high priority with a damage reduction aura and a massive debuff. Mawsworn Summoners cast curses that can be decursed by druids and spawn a second type of orb that needs to be interrupted. The Mawforged Colossus is a single mob on the left platform. Save a Starfall Icon Starfall to move during the Veil of Darkness Icon Veil of Darkness and Expulsion Icon Expulsion cast.

In the second phase you will normally be cooldowning the second add platform which will contain either a Mawforged Colossus or a Souljudge and Summoner combination. If you are cooldowning the Souljudge platform here, see if it is possible to avoid using decurse as you are a large portion of the damage on this platform.

The last phase of this boss is not too difficult and not too different for at least Balance Druid priorities. You still cooldown immediately and with lust and you still defensive Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrows. When targeted with Death Knives Icon Death Knives make a quick movement and plant quickly to avoid clipping others. Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth is a good use of your globals during the downtime that the boss is untargetable and casting Veil.

13.

Changelog

  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated for Fated Mode.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Mythic Updates.
  • 10 Jul. 2021: Page added.
Show more
Show less