Balance Druid DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.0.5
On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Balance Druid. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5.
If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Balance DPS Druid stat priority.
The Basics of Stats for Balance Druid
The stat priority for a Balance Druid is as follows:
Stat Choice for Balance Druids
As Night Fae, you will want to prioritize these stats:
- Critical Strike.
Night Fae works differently than the traditional caster specialization, as you feed a much larger portion of your damage inside the small 4-second Convoke the Spirits cast. Since Convoke is not Hasted, this makes it less valuable than it normally may be.
As Kyrian, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:
- Critical Strike.
As Kyrian plays like normal, stats like Haste are still valuable. Critical Strike is heavily ingrained into our kit through Lunar Eclipse and Balance of All Things, which heavily reduces our need for it on gear.
Inscrutable Quantum Device
As mentioned in the Night Fae portion of the stats section, stats like Haste and Critical Strike are less valuable for this Covenant than the other two stats due to how Convoke the Spirits works. Inscrutable Quantum Device picks your top TWO stats when it activates the stat portion of this trinket. When running this trinket you always want to prioritize having Mastery and Versatility as your top two stats or you will lose significant value from this trinket.
Explaining Stat Priority
The Stat Priority is a fluid entity. Every piece of gear you equip, socket you roll on your loot, and every piece you swap affects your stat priority. If you neglect a stat too much, its priority will rise higher and higher until it overtakes other stats. If the stat is lower on the above general priority, it will generally not take too much of the stat to drop it back down quickly.
Often times, you may sim your gear and see Mastery is low or Critical Strike is high or any other stat for that matter. You change one or two pieces or even an enchant and may see wildly different results. Use Top Gear on Raidbots to get a more accurate depiction of how upgrades will fit into your gear.
Haste is the prime example of fluctuating priority. When met with set duration buffs like Eclipse, the sim who is playing perfectly, may alter what it casts inside these buff windows. Cooldowns and Bloodlust further exacerbate this, as it also takes those windows into consideration as well.
You can take a closer look on how it affects gearing on our Gear and Enchants pages.
These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.
Getting a Better Understanding of Balance Druid Stats
Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.
Mastery, through Mastery: Total Eclipse, increases the damage dealt by your Nature and Arcane spells depending on which Eclipse you are in. Balance Druids also have several abilities flagged as Astral damage. This means they gain benefit from both types of damage amplifiers. Inside your cooldowns where both Eclipses are active, Astral damage gains double the amplification.
Haste increases your casting speed and your Astral Power generation (as a result of you being able to cast more spells).
Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. This stat has an element of randomness, meaning that it may not always be as effective as other stats or may be more effective than other stats on a fight-by-fight basis.
Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken. This stat can be undervalued while doing more difficult content as the damage reduction is not factored into most decisions. When doing raid progression, high Mythic+, or any other hard hitting content, consider valuing Versatility higher.
- 10 Apr. 2021: Added Inscrutable Quantum Device section.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 01 Feb. 2020: Minor updates.
- 07 Dec. 2020: Updated for Castle Nathria.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
- 17 Oct. 2020: Removed Intellect section.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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