Balance Druid PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)
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|
|30||✘ Tiger Dash||✔ Renewal||✘ Wild Charge|
|45||✘ Feral Affinity||✔ Guardian Affinity||✘ Restoration Affinity|
|60||✔ Mighty Bash||✔ Mass Entanglement||✘ Typhoon|
|75||✘ Soul of the Forest||✘ Starlord||✔ Incarnation: Chosen of Elune|
|90||✘ Stellar Drift||✔ Twin Moons||✘ Stellar Flare|
|100||✔ Shooting Stars||✘ 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 30) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
Mighty Bash is the best choice in this tier. This is best because you will usually be on only one target. This will help when you are using your burst cooldowns to get a kill, or as extra crowd control on the enemy team.
If you have reliable stuns on your team already or you are playing against a team with multiple interrupts/melee, Mass Entanglement is the best choice in this tier. This will allow you to either peel for teammates or use it on a healer with Solar Beam.
Tier 5 (Level 75) 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 90) Talents
Twin Moons is the best choice in this tier. This talent increases your overall sustained damage and can also help with killing an enemy at low health.
Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
If you are playing against a team with multiple interrupts, Shooting Stars is the best choice in this tier. This increases your sustained damage while generating Astral Power without having to cast.
If you are playing against a team where you can cast frequently, New Moon is the best choice in this tier. This gives you an extra way to potentially get a kill when you do not have Incarnation: Chosen of Elune active.
PvP Talents for Balance Druids
The first PvP talent tier will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless, and Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel. You will normally trinket a stun to enter Bear Form and use Renewal.
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
Cyclone is a powerful crowd control that can be used to control the enemy team. Use this ability on healers if you are trying to secure a kill or on DPS if your teammates are being focused. Important note: you can also use Cyclone if an enemy player is low and your teammates cannot secure a kill. This will prevent all healing and damage done to that enemy.
If you are playing against a team with two melee on it, you can use either of the following two 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.
Against any other team, you should use one of the abilities below.
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.
- 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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