Balance Druid PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Druid
Specialization: Balance
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Balance Druid DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

Nature's Balance
Warrior of Elune
Force of Nature
Tiger Dash
Wild Charge
Feral Affinity
Guardian Affinity
Restoration Affinity
Mighty Bash
Mass Entanglement
Soul of the Forest
Incarnation: Chosen of Elune
Stellar Drift
Twin Moons
Stellar Flare
Shooting Stars
Fury of Elune
New Moon

2. Stats

Critical Strike > Versatility > Haste

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

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4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
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5. Gem


6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
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7. Races

Tauren > Night Elf > Zandalari Troll

8. Consumables

Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

Note: Question marks should be tapped/hovered over with mouse.

? Use Potion
? Use Potion: With Celestial Alignment or Incarnation
? Use Racial Active Buff: With Celestial Alignment or Incarnation
? Use Trinkets: Try to use with Celestial Alignment or Incarnation, but don't hold them so long that you miss out on extra uses.
? Use if Stellar Flare is not up or will fall off in less than 3 seconds
? Use if Moonfire is not up or will fall off in less than 3 seconds
? Use if Sunfire is not up or will fall off in less than 3 seconds
? Save for 3+ target AoE if it won't cool down again in time
? If you didn't just cast Solar Wrath, use during Celestial Alignment/Incarnation when you won't waste the Astral Power gain. This helps maximize Streaking Star procs.
? Spend Astral Power on Starsurge when there are less than 5 targets. Do not cast if you have 3 stacks of Lunar Empowerment or Solar Empowerment. Wait to cast if Starlord will fall off in the next 3 seconds.
? Refresh Sunfire when it is in the 30% refresh window (less than 5.4 seconds)
? Refresh Stellar Flare when it is in the 30% refresh window (less than 7.2 seconds)
? Refresh Moonfire when it is in the 30% refresh window (less than 6.6 seconds). When there is more than one target put it up on as many targets as possible.
? Use if you are at max Solar Empowerment charges
? Use when you have Lunar Empowerment
? Use if you have Solar Empowerment
? If you are moving, cast Moonfire on the target with the least Moonfire time remaining

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).