Balance Druid PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 16, 2020 at 18:54 by Mysticall 1 comment
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Druid PvP guide.


Balance Druids in the Current Meta

Balance Druids are known for strong spread pressure and securing a kill with a strong burst of single-target pressure. However, this has changed significantly. Balance Druids do use DoTs, but they are now known for their strong single-target damage and can easily kill an enemy in a stun.


Strengths of Balance Druids

  • Strong control
  • Multiple mobility spells
  • Strong burst damage

Weaknesses of Balance Druids

  • Cannot do damage when forced into Bear Form Icon Bear Form
  • Little consistent damage
  • Long burst cooldown

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.

  • On the Balance Druid PvP Talents page, you will find an analysis of each PvE talent row to help you decide which talent to pick on each row, as well as an overview of the PvP talents, which advice on which ones to take and under which conditions.
  • On the Balance Druid PvP Rotation and Playstyle page, you will learn how to use your spells, depending on the situation (dealing damage, surviving, controlling enemy players, etc.), and what is generally expected of your class and spec in PvP.
  • On the Balance Druid PvP Azerite Traits and Essences page, you will find advice on choosing the best essence powers and the best azerite traits.
  • On the Balance Druid PvP Stat Priority and Gear page, you will find the stat priority to follow in PvP, as well as advice for choosing your gear, particularly trinkets and Azerite gear.
  • On the Balance Druid PvP Best Races page, you will find lists of the Alliance and Horde races, ranked by how good they are for Balance Druids in PvP, as well as explanations regarding why and how their racials benefit you.
  • On the Balance Druid PvP Useful Macros page, you will find a collection of useful macros for PvP for Balance Druids.
  • On the Balance Druid Arena Composition page, you will find the list of the most powerful Arena compositions featuring Balance Druids, in both 2v2 and 3v3 modes.


  • 16 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for patch 8.3 and no updates were necessary.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: Reorganized the guide in 7 different pages.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Updated Horde races.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: updated Alliance races.
  • 06 Jul. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.2.
    • Updated Stat Priority.
    • Added Azerite Essence section.
    • Added Major and Minor Essences sections.
    • Updated Azerite Traits section.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 28 Apr. 2019: Several changes made to the guide.
    • Updated Azerite Traits section.
    • Updated Gear section.
  • 14 Mar. 2019: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 09 Feb. 2019: Updated Gear Recommendations section.
  • 16 Dec. 2018: Updated Azerite traits section for Patch 8.1.
  • 03 Dec. 2018: Made various updates.
    • Added Gear Recommendations section.
    • Updated Azerite Traits section.
    • Updated Burst Damage rotation.
  • 08 Oct. 2018: Added talent table.
  • 02 Oct. 2018: Removed PvP Gear and War Mode sections.
  • 27 Sep. 2018: Added Azerite Traits section.
  • 10 Sep. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.0.1.
    • Updated Introduction and spec overview.
    • Added Stat priority.
    • Updated all regular talents.
    • Added PvP (War Mode) talents and gear sections for the new BfA system.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses section.
    • Updated Burst Damage and Sustained Damage sections.
    • Updated Defensive section.
    • Updated Macros section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Removed Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 05 Jun. 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 04 Apr. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 24 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.5.
  • 12 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.2, so only updated "About The Author" section.
  • 09 Sep. 2017: Removed Artifact Trait descriptions, updated the opening rotation, and changed the recommended Tier 4 regular talents.
  • 12 Jul. 2017: Changed recommended talent for Tier 2 regular talents.
  • 04 May 2017: Guide was created.
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