Balance Druid DPS The Eternal Palace Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 16, 2019 at 23:01 by Bora 52 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: The Eternal Palace. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.

1. Balance Druid in The Eternal Palace

Balance Druid is looking to be one of the strongest ranged classes in the coming raid tier. It provides great utility, amazing single target, and has strong DoTs for cleave bosses. This could change in Heroic week.

2. Disclaimer

These raid guides are made with limited live testing and will continue to be updated as we progress through the raid more.

Also note that, until you have Rank 3 Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force, you can use Rank 1 and Rank 2 Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection in its place on these Essence recommendations.

3. Talent and Essence Cheatsheet

Abyssal Commander Sivara Blackwater Behemoth Radiance of Azshara Lady Ashvane Orgozoa The Queen's Court Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha Queen Azshara

We advise to use the following talents on Abyssal Commander Sivara.

We advise to use the following essences on Abyssal Commander Sivara.

We advise to use the following talents on Blackwater Behemoth.

We advise to use the following essences on Blackwater Behemoth.

We advise to use the following talents on Radiance of Azshara.

We advise to use the following essences on Radiance of Azshara.

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Ashvane.

We advise to use the following essences on Lady Ashvane.

We advise to use the following talents on Orgozoa.

We advise to use the following essences on Orgozoa.

We advise to use the following talents on The Queen's Court.

We advise to use the following essences on The Queen's Court.

We advise to use the following talents on Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

We advise to use the following essences on Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

We advise to use the following talents on Queen Azshara.

We advise to use the following essences on Queen Azshara.

4. Abyssal Commander Sivara

We advise you to use the following talents against Abyssal Commander Sivara.

We advise you to use the following essences against Abyssal Commander Sivara.

4.1. Tips

A very straight-forward single-target fight. While afflicted with Frost Mark Icon Frost Mark, make sure to stutter step between Starsurge Icon Starsurge and DoT casts to avoid being Frozen Icon Frozen. Be sure to use your superior quick movement with Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge disengage to help soak others targeted with Overflow Icon Overflow.

Dodge Frostshock Bolts Icon Frostshock Bolts by maintaining a reasonable distance between yourself and the boss, and sidestep any incoming bolts to avoid generating additional stacks of your mark or triggering Unstable Mixture Icon Unstable Mixture.

For more information, please refer to our Abyssal Commander Sivara strategy guide.

5. Blackwater Behemoth

We advise you to use the following talents against Blackwater Behemoth.

We advise you to use the following essences against Blackwater Behemoth.

5.1. Tips

Warcraft's very first underwater boss is very easy for all Druids. Burst down the first Shimmerskin Pufferfish and apply your DoTs to the second fish to lower its Health and kill it quickly when needed. Pool for every Shock Pulse Icon Shock Pulse to negate the downsides of the pushback and stay spread for Bioelectric Feelers Icon Bioelectric Feelers. If you are ever debuffed with the Darkest Depths Icon Darkest Depths debuff and are taking incoming damage, use Barkskin Icon Barkskin.

Use Aquatic Form Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to swim quickly through or over the Darkwater Jellyfish every intermission.

For more information, please refer to our Blackwater Behemoth strategy guide.

6. Radiance of Azshara

We advise you to use the following talents against Radiance of Azshara.

We advise you to use the following essences against Radiance of Azshara.

6.1. Tips

A split single-target fight with some priority add focus during the intermissions. If you are focusing on multi-target damage, drop the Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris minor for Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy.

During the intermission, focus the bulk of your damage on the Stormwraith and use Solar Beam Icon Solar Beam to silence the Stormlings. Use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to negate the knockback of Gale Buffet Icon Gale Buffet.

For more information, please refer to our Radiance of Azshara strategy guide.

7. Lady Ashvane

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Ashvane.

We advise you to use the following essences against Lady Ashvane.

7.1. Tips

On Lady Ashvane, you will want to use your cooldowns on pull and save for the second non-shielded phase. If you are lusting on the first non-shield phase, consider saving your first cooldown usage for that.

Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge finds a good amount of use as a short-duration movement cooldown. Use it to meet up with your other Briny Bubble Icon Briny Bubble members, to dodge Upsurge Icon Upsurge off the global, or bring your end of the Arcing Azerite Icon Arcing Azerite line out to a far Coral Growth Icon Coral Growth. You can use the following macro to leave Moonkin Form and cast the human version of Wild Charge to meet up with other Briny Bubbles, if disengage will not get you far enough.

  • /cancelaura Moonkin Form
  • /cast [@mouseover] Wild Charge

It will take two button presses to activate it.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Ashvane strategy guide.

8. Orgozoa

We advise you to use the following talents against Orgozoa.

We advise you to use the following essences against Orgozoa.

8.1. Tips

Orgozoa is a single-target encounter with a steady flow of adds that spawn throughout the encounter. Make sure to use your second cooldown on-cooldown if you lust on pull. If you lust in Phase 2, save your second cooldown usage for that.

The add spawn timings do not line up well enough to use Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune, so we do recommend Shooting Stars Icon Shooting Stars instead. Pool for the add spawns and burn them down. Make sure to keep DoTs applied to all targets. In Phase 2, make sure to focus down the Azshari Witch first and interrupt Conductive Pulse Icon Conductive Pulse. Prioritize the Dreadcoil Hulk over the Zan'jir Myrmidon and use Barkskin Icon Barkskin when targeted by abilities or soaking smashes.

In the intermission, if you take a tumble, use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge and pray you can land back on the platform.

For more information, please refer to our Orgozoa strategy guide.

9. The Queen's Court

We advise you to use the following talents against The Queen's Court.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Queen's Court.

9.1. Tips

We do not recommend using Twin Moons Icon Twin Moons on this fight, as the silence applied by messing up Repeat Performance Icon Repeat Performance is not decided on cast but on spell impact. If Twin Moons ever cleaves another unit, it will silence you. Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath should be the only spell which Repeat Performance decides on cast.

Keep your DoTs applied to both targets at all times and only to two of the three Potent Spark Icon Potent Sparks, while focusing down whichever spark was called by your raid leader. Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin when targeted with the Frenetic Charge Icon Frenetic Charge and Violent Outburst Icon Violent Outbursts, especially when overlapping with Potent Spark explosions. When under the effects of Deferred Sentence Icon Deferred Sentence, stutter step your debuff off during Starsurge Icon Starsurge and DoT casts.

For more information, please refer to our The Queen's Court strategy guide.

10. Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha

We advise you to use the following talents against Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

We advise you to use the following essences against Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

10.1. Tips

This is a great Balance Druid fight in all phases. We have strong multi-DoT spells, good self-healing, and great burst, all of which is desired on this encounter.

In the normal phase, your main focus is single-target damage and killing Horrific Visions. In the Fear Realm Icon Fear Realm, you focus on killing Horrific Summoners and Horrific Visions. In the final phase, swap to the boss during every Dark Pulse Icon Dark Pulse cast to prevent massive raid damage, regardless of what your main priorities are.

In the Delirium Realm Icon Delirium Realm, focus on single-targeting down the boss at all times and self-healing when needed. If you multi-DoT the Horrific Visions in this realm, they will most likely chase you and force you out of the realm more quickly. Typhoon Icon Typhoon them away, kite them, or just focus on hitting the boss. When deciding when you want to leave, judge your stacks and either stop healing yourself or run into a mechanic and force yourself back up to the normal realm. Call for a dispel and maybe an external, depending on how many Hysteria Icon Hysteria stacks you have accrued.

11. Queen Azshara

We advise you to use the following talents against Queen Azshara.

We advise you to use the following essences against Queen Azshara.

11.1. Tips

In Phase 1, focus on keeping your DoTs applied to both bosses. When the Overzealous Hulk spawns, be sure to swap to it immediately and try to have a pool of resources before it spawns to burst it down quickly.

In the first intermission, help off-heal anyone soaking Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs. Follow your decree to avoid taking additional damage.

Phase 2 begins and you will start fighting Queen Azshara herself. Maintain max range during all Beckon Icon Beckon casts and help soak depleting Ancient Wards or energizing Wards of Power. Generally, it is safe to take 5-7 stacks of Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul as a Balance Druid in Phase 2. If you are targeted with Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst or are in line of sight of a dispelled Arcane Burst and you have over 5 stacks, press Barkskin Icon Barkskin and enter Bear Form Icon Bear Form to survive the hit.

In Phase 2, you can chose to use your cooldown immediately and have it up at the beginning of the final phase, or save it for the adds in Phase 3 and at the end of the final phase.

There are two sets of adds in Phase 2. Azshara's Devoted spawn in three groups of four and make their way towards the center rune. These should be crowd controlled when they reach the center and you should apply DoTs and Starfall Icon Starfall when they converge. Typhoon Icon Typhoon them off the rune to interrupt their casts if they are not being crowd controlled otherwise. If your group has very low multi-target burst damage, you can use Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris as a Major to burn down the targets quickly in one big burst. The second add is Azshara's Indomitable, which must be burst down similarly to the add in Phase 1.

In the second intermission, follow your given decree and continue to hit the boss. At this point in the fight, any soaking you do should not be above 5-stacks as raid damage increases significantly from here on out. After the decrees are out, shift your focus to the first Tidemistress. If you have chosen to save your cooldowns for this phase, use it on the first Tidemistress. If targeted with Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear, move to the shielded Tidemistress. If you are far away, shift into Cat Form Icon Cat Form and use Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to leap behind your target. If there is not a shield up, run it towards the edge of the arena to avoid the raid damage.

In the final phase, clean up the leftover adds and start focusing on boss damage. Bait the Nether Portal Icon Nether Portals towards the edge of the room and dodge away from the Piercing Gaze Icon Piercing Gaze. You want to avoid taking additional damage or additional minus Health stacks in this phase, as there is consistent bursts of damage while depleting the console of energy. In the event that you get the Essence of Azeroth Icon Essence of Azeroth buff from the console, burst the boss as hard as possible. When you have 10 seconds remaining on the buff, run into a rune and stand in it until you die when the buff expires to most optimally abuse the buff.

For more information, please refer to our Queen Azshara strategy guide.

12. Changelog

  • 16 Jul. 2019: Changed some Essence recommendations.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Added tips for Queen Azshara.
  • 10 Jul. 2019: Added tips for the first 7 bosses.
  • 07 Jul. 2019: Page Added.
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