Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Balance Druid Guide

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Introduction

    Balance Druids bring a plethora of of raid buffs with them making them a great addition to any raid. Their
    Moonkin Form
    provides spell crit, as well haste with
    Improved Moonkin Form
    . They also provide spell hit with
    Improved Faerie Fire
    , and spell power with
    Earth and Moon
    . They also bring some damage reduction from
    Insect Swarm
    . Balance Druids gain some solid burst AoE from their new spell
    Starfall
    , and get a more engaging rotation thanks to
    Eclipse
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Balance Druid Rotation

    Balance Druids' damage revolves around
    Eclipse
    . Getting the most out of your
    Eclipse
    buff is extremely important for doing the most damage possible. RNG does come into play for Balance Druids more so than other DPSers because
    Lunar Eclipse
    only has a 60% to proc from
    Wrath
    critical strikes, meaning you could be casting
    Wrath
    for a while before it procs which is obviously a large DPS loss.

Opener

  1. Cast
    Faerie Fire
    if assigned.
  2. Cast
    Wrath
    to apply
    Earth and Moon
    .
  3. Cast
    Starfall
    .
  4. Cast
    Force of Nature
    .
  5. Cast
    Moonfire
    and
    Insect Swarm
    .
  6. Cast
    Wrath
    until
    Lunar Eclipse
    procs.
  7. Cast
    Starfire
    .

Single Target

  1. Maintain
    Faerie Fire
    if assigned.
  2. Cast
    Starfall
    .
  3. Cast
    Force of Nature
    .
  4. Maintain
    Moonfire
    and
    Insect Swarm
    outside of
    Eclipse
    . If your
    Lunar Eclipse
    just ended, prioritize
    Insect Swarm
    incase a
    Solar Eclipse
    procced from your last
    Starfire
    . This is done because of
    Improved Insect Swarm
    . If your
    Solar Eclipse
    just ended, prioritize
    Moonfire
    incase a
    Lunar Eclipse
    procced from your last
    Wrath
    . This is done because of
    Improved Insect Swarm
    .
  5. Cast
    Wrath
    during
    Solar Eclipse
    and cast
    Starfire
    during
    Lunar Eclipse
    .
  6. Cast
    Wrath
    after leaving
    Solar Eclipse
    and cast
    Starfire
    after
    Lunar Eclipse
    until the next
    Eclipse
    procs.
  7. Do not refresh your
    Moonfire
    or
    Insect Swarm
    during an
    Eclipse
    .

AoE

  1. Cast
    Starfall
    .
  2. Cast
    Hurricane
    .
  3. Perform single target rotation.

Bloodlust/Heroism Rotation

  1. During
    Bloodlust
    /
    Heroism
    , you will prioritize casting
    Starfire
    regardless of what
    Eclipse
    is active.
  2. For example, if you
    Bloodlust
    on pull, you will still follow the opener mentioned above, but once
    Lunar Eclipse
    runs out, and
    Solar Eclipse
    procs, you still continue to cast
    Starfire
    .
  3. You switch to
    Wrath
    when the
    Solar Eclipse
    is about to run out so you can proc another
    Lunar Eclipse
    for the rest of the duration of
    Bloodlust
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Balance Druid Talents

Standard Build

There is a floating point for this build that we decided to use on
Typhoon
because there are some fights where it can be useful, and it is always good to have a great utility spell on a short cooldown. If you want to spend the point on a more damage focused talent, you can max out
Gale Winds
, or add an additonal point to
Genesis
.
0
Balance
0
Feral Combat
0
Restoration

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Balance Druid Glyphs

  1. Major:
    StarfireStarfire
    ,
    MoonfireMoonfire
    ,
    StarfallStarfall
  2. Minor:
    WildWild
    ,
    Unburdened RebirthUnburdened Rebirth
    ,
    TyphoonTyphoon

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Balance Druid Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of the Frost Wyrm
    Alternatives:
  • Spellpower Elixir
    ,
  • Elixir of Mighty Thoughts

Food

    Best:
  • Fish Feast
    ,
  • Tender Shoveltusk Steak
    ,
  • Firecracker Salmon
    Alternatives:
  • Great Feast
    ,
  • Dalaran Clam Chowder
    ,
  • Shoveltusk Steak
    ,
  • Smoked Salmon
    ,
  • Snapper Extreme
    ,
  • Worg Tartare

Potions

    Best:
  • Potion of Speed
    Alternatives:
  • Potion of Wild Magic

Miscellaneous

    Best:
  • Dark Rune
    or
    Demonic Rune

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Balance Druid Best Professions

  1. Engineering: Best profession thanks to rocket boots, cloak and glove enchants, sappers, and helmet.
  2. Tailoring: Second best profession thanks to the cloak enchant.
  3. Jewelcrafting: Third best profession thanks to the 3 unique gems.
  4. Blacksmithing: Fourth best profession during phases 3+ thanks to the flexibilty of its gem sockets.
  5. Leatherworking, Enchanting, Inscription, and Alchemy: All provide comparable stat bonuses.
  6. Skinning: Only provides 40 crit.