Balance Druid PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Balance Druid and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Balance Druid PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Balance Druids
|15||✔ Nature's Balance||✔ Warrior of Elune||✘ Force of Nature|
|25||✘ Tiger Dash||✔ Renewal||✘ Wild Charge|
|30||✘ Feral Affinity||✔ Guardian Affinity||✘ Restoration Affinity|
|35||✔ Mighty Bash||✔ Mass Entanglement||✘ Heart of the Wild|
|40||✘ Soul of the Forest||✘ Starlord||✔ Incarnation: Chosen of Elune|
|45||✘ Twin Moons||✔ Stellar Drift||✘ Stellar Flare|
|50||✔ Solstice||✘ Fury of Elune||✘ New Moon|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
If you are playing against a team with two melee on it, Warrior of Elune is the best choice in this tier. This will allow you to apply pressure even if you are the focus. Against any other team, Nature's Balance is the better choice. This talent gives you a passive way to generate Astral Power, which results in an increase to your sustained damage.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Guardian Affinity is the best choice in this tier. Reducing overall damage dealt to you and having access to abilities like Frenzied Regeneration greatly increases your survivability. This also gives you additional crowd control with Incapacitating Roar.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Mass Entanglement is the best choice in this tier. This gives you reliable crowd control on the enemy healer when used in combination with Solar Beam. If the enemy team has multiple ways to remove roots or has a Restoration Druid on the other team, Mighty Bash is the better choice.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is the best choice in this tier. This talent will give you the strongest single-target damage for killing an enemy. Although this has a long cooldown, you will normally get a kill while your Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is active.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Solstice is the best choice in this tier. Because you will be entering Eclipses often, this is a significant increase to your sustained damage and Astral Power generation.
PvP Talents for Balance Druids
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Celestial Guardian reduces spell damage you take and increases healing received while in Bear Form. This talent is crucial versus teams with heavy spell damage. While enemy casters are using burst cooldowns, you can stay in Bear Form and drastically reduce the amount of spell damage you are taking.
Situational PvP Talents
Thorns should be placed on you or a teammate and any melee strikes will deal Nature damage to the attacker. This will deal a large amount of damage if the melee DPS do not swap off of you. This should be used if the enemy team has 2 melee DPS on it.
Owlkin Adept makes it so Owlkin Frenzy stacks to 2 times and reduces the cast time of your next Cyclone or Entangling Roots by 50%. This is another great talent to have versus teams that will be focusing you, as the instant Cyclones will help with negating damage.
- 02 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP talents.
- 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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