Balance Druid PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 02, 2021 at 11:04 by Mysticall 8 comments

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.

1.

Talent Choices for Balance Druids

Level Choices
15 Nature's Balance Nature's Balance Warrior of Elune Warrior of Elune Force of Nature Force of Nature
25 Tiger Dash Tiger Dash Renewal Renewal Wild Charge Wild Charge
30 Feral Affinity Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity Guardian Affinity Restoration Affinity Restoration Affinity
35 Mighty Bash Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Mass Entanglement Heart of the Wild Heart of the Wild
40 Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest Starlord Starlord Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Incarnation: Chosen of Elune
45 Twin Moons Twin Moons Stellar Drift Stellar Drift Stellar Flare Stellar Flare
50 Solstice Solstice Fury of Elune Fury of Elune New Moon 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.

1.1.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

If you are playing against a team with two melee on it, Warrior of Elune Icon 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 Icon 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.

1.2.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Renewal Icon Renewal is the best choice in this tier. With how much damage classes can do it is crucial to have a strong self-heal. It is important to note that you can use Renewal Icon Renewal while in Bear Form Icon Bear Form.

1.3.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity is the best choice in this tier. Reducing overall damage dealt to you and having access to abilities like Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration greatly increases your survivability. This also gives you additional crowd control with Incapacitating Roar Icon Incapacitating Roar.

1.4.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

Mass Entanglement Icon 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 Icon Solar Beam. If the enemy team has multiple ways to remove roots or has a Restoration Druid on the other team, Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash is the better choice.

1.5.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon 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 Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is active.

1.6.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Twin Moons Icon Twin Moons is the best choice in this tier. This talent increases your overall sustained damage and makes it easier to place your Moonfire Icon Moonfire on multiple targets.

1.7.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Solstice Icon 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.

2.

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.

2.1.

Mandatory PvP Talents

Moonkin Aura Icon Moonkin Aura affects Starsurge Icon Starsurge so that when you use it, your teammates have their spell Critical Strike chance increased. This is perfect for increasing you and your teammates' sustained damage.

Celestial Guardian Icon Celestial Guardian reduces spell damage you take and increases healing received while in Bear Form Icon 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.

2.2.

Situational PvP Talents

Thorns Icon 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 Icon Owlkin Adept makes it so Owlkin Frenzy Icon Owlkin Frenzy stacks to 2 times and reduces the cast time of your next Cyclone Icon Cyclone or Entangling Roots Icon 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.

High Winds Icon High Winds makes enemies do less damage once they leave your Cyclone Icon Cyclone. This should be used if you will not be the target for the enemy team or they have caster DPS on it.

3.

Changelog

  • 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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