Balance Druid DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.0.2

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General Information

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 9.0.2.

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 on single-target for a Balance Druid is as follows:


Stat Choice for Balance Druids

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Haste;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

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.

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


Statistics Priority

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 Icon Mastery: Total Eclipse, increases the damage dealt by your Nature and Arcane spells depending on which Eclipse Icon 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.



  • 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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