Balance Druid DPS Spell Summary — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 22:02 by Bora 15 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Balance DPS Druid spells.

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 always be 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.

Wrath Icon Wrath deals Nature damage to the target, and generates Astral Power.

Starfire Icon Starfire deals Arcane damage to the target and any other enemies within 8 yards, and it also generates Astral Power.

Starsurge Icon Starsurge costs Astral Power to cast and deals damage to the target. Casting Starsurge inside an Eclipse Icon Eclipse further improves your spenders for the remaining duration of the buff.

Starfall Icon Starfall costs Astral Power to surround yourself with a wide-radius damaging aura for 8-seconds.

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 have 10% Haste and are granted the benefits of both Eclipse Icon Eclipse states. This also resets your Eclipse timer allowing you to choose your next Eclipse state.

There are several useful macros for the above spells on the macro page which can greatly increase your quality of life.

3.1.

Important Passive Effects for Balance Druids

Eclipse Icon Eclipse reduces the cast time of the approprite filler by 15% and increases the damage dealt by Wrath Icon Wrath by 20% and increases the Critical Strike chance of Starfire Icon Starfire by 20%. Every Starsurge Icon Starsurge in this window further increases this bonus by 4%.

Shooting Stars Icon Shooting Stars is a strong passive which generates Astral Power from your DoT ticks. Every tick has a chance to generate 3 Astral Power but this does have diminishing returns making it proc less on more targets.

3.2.

Basic Utility Abilities for Balance Druids

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.

Dash Icon Dash activates Cat Form Icon Cat Form and increases your movement speed by 60% for 10-seconds. It has a 3-minute cooldown and is particularly useful for crossing large distances quickly.

Soothe Icon Soothe removes one enrage effect off your target. Druids are one of two classes with this ability.

Solar Beam Icon Solar Beam is the silencing ability for Balance Druids. It creates a zone of light around your target which will silence all enemies inside for up to 8 seconds.

Typhoon Icon Typhoon is now a baseline spell and can be used to push back mobs possibly interrupting their casts or just allowing you to kite them.

4.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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