Balance Druid DPS Spell Summary in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Jul 20, 2018 at 08:17 by Bora 40 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Balance Druid.

The other pages of our Balance Druid guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This was written by Borabank, a Balance Druid theorycrafter and raider in Encore. You can watch him on his Twitch channel or in the Dreamgrove Discord server.

1. Introduction

If you are new to Balance, this is a great place to start to get an understanding of how the spec works. On this page we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialisation, how they interact with each other and also with important cooldowns. If you already have experience with Balance and are comfortable with it in Legion, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resources for Balance Druids

Aside from using Mana, Balance Druids rely on generating Astral Power and then spending it on an important spell (Starsurge Icon Starsurge). Maximizing Astral Power and using it efficiently is very important.

3. Basic Abilities for Balance Druids

These are your core skills that are available regardless of talents, and form the core gameplay of the specialization.

Moonfire Icon Moonfire is an Arcane damage DoT that should essentially be always active on the target.

Sunfire Icon Sunfire is a Nature damage DoT that should also always be active on the target. When applied, the DoT is placed on the primary target as well as any other targets within 8 yards.

Starsurge Icon Starsurge costs Astral Power to cast and deals damage to the target. Casting Starsurge also grants you 1 stack of Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment and Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment (explained below).

Starfall Icon Starfall costs Astral Power to cast and creates a damaging zone that lasts for 8 seconds.

Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath deals Nature damage to the target, and generates Astral Power. This has a 20% chance to proc a Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment.

Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike deals Arcane damage to the target and any other enemies within 8 yards, and it also generates Astral Power. Lunar Strike has a 20% chance to proc a Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment.

Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment and Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment are buffs you gain 1 stack of (capping at 3 stacks each) whenever you cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge. Solar Empowerment increases the damage of your next Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath by 10%, reduces the cast time by 15%, and allows the ability to cleave. Lunar Empowerment increases the damage of Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike by 20% and reduces the cast time by 15% as well.

Innervate Icon Innervate is a buff you can place on an allied healer, which allows them to cast spells free of Mana cost for 12 seconds.

Barkskin Icon Barkskin is the main defensive cooldown for Balance Druids. It provides us with a 20% damage reduction for 12 seconds on a 1-minute cooldown.

4. Cooldowns for Balance Druids

Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment is the only cooldown Balance Druids have by default. It has a 3-minute cooldown and for 20 seconds, you deal 15% increased damage and gain 15% increased Haste.

If you talent Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, this cooldown is improved, lasting 30 seconds and increasing damage done by 25%.

5. Changelog

  • 20 Jul. 2018: Added Barkskin to the list of spells.
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