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Balance Druid PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 17, 2020 at 10:52 by Mysticall 1 comment

Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.

This page is part of our Balance Druid PvP Guide.

1.

Azerite Essences for Balance Druids

Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Balance Druids in PvP.

For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.

Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Mistweaver Monk. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.

1.1.

Major Essences

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife gives you the spell Thorns Icon Thorns as a baseline ability. The minor also gives you Strife Icon Strife. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.

If you want something that does a bit more damage when an enemy is at lower health, Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying grants the ability Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames. This Essence is almost an "execute" ability that will help you and your team kill enemies when they are at low health.

1.2.

Minor Essences

In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund Astral Power you used and heal you. This is great for increasing your damage, as you will frequently be refunded Astral Power throughout a match.

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.

Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying grants the minor ability Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes. This will increase your overall damage output and also help with your survivability.

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame gives the minor ability Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame. This gives your spells and abilities a chance to put a dot on an enemy that took damage. This will be an overall increase to your sustained damage.

2.

Azerite Traits for Balance Druids

Azerite traits are unlocked in your helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage or healing of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.

For more information about Azerite traits and your Heart of Azeroth, please refer to our dedicated guide.

2.1.

Outer Rings

Below are the best Outer Ring traits.

  1. Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar
  2. Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars
  3. Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit
  4. Power of the Moon Icon Power of the Moon

Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar is the best trait to have. This increases your single target damage. It will make your Starsurge Icon Starsurges hit much harder. Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars gives your primary burst cooldown even more damage. Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit is used for increasing your damage while Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is active. When Innervate Icon Innervate expires on your target, you gain Intellect for each ability that player cast. Power of the Moon Icon Power of the Moon also increases your sustained damage.

2.2.

Middle Ring

Below are the best Middle Ring traits.

  1. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl
  2. Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power
  3. Earthlink Icon Earthlink
  4. Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames

The Middle and Inner rings are important for additional damage. Balance Druids have multiple defensive spells, so maximizing your damage is crucial for securing kills on enemy players. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl and Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power increase both your burst and sustained damage. Earthlink Icon Earthlink gives you a small stat boost to your Mastery and Leech.

2.3.

Inner Ring

Below are the best Inner Ring traits.

  1. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  2. Ursoc's Endurance Icon Ursoc's Endurance
  3. Gemhide Icon Gemhide

All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.

3.

Changelog

  • 17 Feb. 2020: Updated Major and Minor essences.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 10 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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