PVE Balance Druid DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Balance Druid DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Balance Druid in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

Talent Tree

The first build is for new players with low gear. Involves a lot of mana-related talents
Balance Druid Core Lowgear Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a
The second build is an all-around raid build, for players with better gear. You might make some tweak according to your raid needs.
Balance Druid Standard Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs


Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.



When to use DoTs

  • Refresh the DoTs when out of Eclipse. If in Eclipse then use Wrath or Starfire
  • If Eclipse just proc-ed and DoTs are down: refresh Insect Swarm for Solar, Moonfire for Lunar.
  • If Eclipse just ended and DoTs are down: refresh Insect Swarm if you just came out of Lunar, refresh Moonfire if you just came out of Solar.

Stat Priority

Hit -> Spell Power -> Critical Strike -> Haste  -> Spirit -> Intellect

All spells require a 17% spell hit (446 rating) for a lvl 83 boss. We get 7% of our talents: Balance of Power and Improved Faerie Fire. What’s left is to get 10% (or 263 rating) from gear, gems, or other buffs.

Spell Power is the main stat for this build. Stack as much as you can. Critical strike rating cap is 45% (buffed, in Moonkin form). Stacking critical strike further is not efficient because of how much we get from our talents and debuffs, like Improved Insect Swarm, Improved Faerie Fire, Lunar Eclipse, Nature’s Majesty.

The cap for haste is 585 rating (unbuffed). The logic behind it is if we add more Haste, then the combination with Nature’s Grace would cause Wrath cooldown to be lower then the global cooldown (1 sec), which would be a waste of stats.



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1 year ago

What abt the profession??

Last edited by dinesh
Peter Adler
Peter Adler
Reply to  dinesh
1 year ago

You mention to add DoTs if down at different times. So you would potentially not have BOTH up at the same time and always?

Last edited by Peter Adler
6 months ago

Omfg they rly removed typhoon and owk frenzy I can’t believe how every single build of gnarly guides is terrible wrong

Last edited by Abcderg
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5 months ago

Owlkin Frenzy seems like it would be a great talent for fights during which there is a lot of AoE damage, but it is actually a really terrible PvE talent. Almost all boss AoE damage will not trigger Owlkin Frenzy, and the proc chance is too low to make it worth having for the boss abilities that do.

Last edited by Kreature
Some randon angry druid
Some randon angry druid
Reply to  Kreature
3 months ago

That is actully so not true, applying debuffs is a general loss in dps in itself. If you compare fairy fire with a normal wrath hit for the same gcd. You actully loose damage, and with icc gear you really dont need the improved fairy farm either. So in this case taking owlkin frenzy is a huge damage boost, since so many fights got damage in one way or another buffing your damage troughout the fight.
Next is the typhoon, why the hell are you not having such a crucial spell on the talent tree. Its an interrupt, critical in DBS. Even on LK/LOD with the minor glyph for the slow.
Last is your haste rating, what actully happened here. Starfire after a certain amount of gear, is your biggest damage dealing spell. So why limit the amount of starfires you can get off by saying its a waste of stats. It is the complete opposite here. Overall the talent guide here is utterly garbage for the 2nd tree, and no testing was done here. Or taking fights into consideration.

Reply to  Abcderg
2 months ago

Owlkin Frenzy is basicly 3 tallents points and you can’t even proc the tallent in PVE. Not getting typhoon is a whole different story

18 days ago

This guide is drunk.

What’s left is to get 10% (or 263 rating)

263 is not even close to 10% its more like 8-8.5%

8 months ago

using starfall dont you aggro alot

Last edited by takamga
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