Balance druid 7.0 survival guide for level 100

Balance 7.0 survival guide for the level 100 pre-patch.

For the full level 110 guide and advanced strategies, please read Cyous’ full moonkin guide. There is also a wowhead moonkin guide available written by Bologna from Midwinter. This ‘survival guide’ just gives you just enough info to get started on the pre-patch and does not apply to level 110 rotations, where the “moon” spells from your artifact change how you generate most of your Astral Power. This guide isn’t useful for mythic raiding (because Cyous & Bologna do a much better job of that!), but if you just need to survive until Legion launches, this will get you started.

General Stat priority: intellect (higher ilevel) > haste > critical strike >= Mastery >= Versatility

It doesn’t really matter what gear you wear for the couple weeks until Legion comes out. Just wear your highest ilevel gear options, favoring haste over other stats. Even Versatility is no longer bad, so it’s okay if Versatility is on your gear (and it even might come ahead of mastery in some situations).

New Mastery! Eclipse is gone and has been replaced with Astral Power as a resource. Thus, we have a new mastery (Starlight) that increases Empowerment damage as well as starsurge & starfall damage). You build astral power by casting spells such as Solar Wrath and then spend astral power using spells such as Starsurge or Starfall.

Single-target rotation basics:

  • Keep DOTs (Moonfire & Sunfire) on your target.
  • Use cooldowns (such as celestial alignment & any CDs from talents).
  • Use Solar Wrath for generating Astral Power. You also use your level 90 talents for generating Astral Power.
  • Spend Astral Power on Starsurge. Starsurge will give you charges of Solar Empowerments.
  • Cast solar wrath to spend Solar Empowerment charges and generate more astral power.
  • Cast Innervate on your healers in raids during times of heavy mana consumption.

Multi-target & AOE rotation basics:

  • Keep DOTS on all targets (Sunfire spreads on its own, moonfire you cast on each target), unless they are going to die super fast.
  • Use cooldowns (Such as celestial alignment & any CDs from talents).
  • Use Lunar Strike to generate Astral Power when it can hit multiple nearby targets. You also use your level 90 talents for generating Astral Power.
  • Spend Astral Power on Starfall when you know the targets are going to stand still for several seconds (don’t waste starfall on moving targets).
  • Cast Innervate on your healers in raids during times of heavy mana consumption.

For advanced tactics & how talents interact with increasing the rotation complexity, make sure you read Cyous’ full guide! This short TLDR version here doesn’t replace understanding how all your spells work & the complexity of your level 110 rotation.

Talent Options for 110

I’m not covering the specifics of each talent, though most talents have situational uses that increase or decrease their usefulness. For the purpose of level 100 pre-patch play, there are two really basic potential paths to take. Note that for more advanced strategies, you may try out Stellar Flare or Fury of Elune which are spells that increase the difficulty of the rotation. Here are some easy beginner talent options:

General purpose beginner raiding talent build. While not the highest DPS option available, this should get you started while you learn the more complex options available. If you need more on-demand burst astral power generation, you can trade your level 90 BOA for Astral Communion (blessing of Elune is typically higher sustained AP generation when you frequently cast Wrath or LS).

Balance_General Purpose Raid Build

Soloing/leveling alternative. More heals, force of nature to taunt targets off you (they don’t target bosses in raid/dungeons, but they do taunt trash), and Stellar Drift since things die too quickly to benefit from Nature’s Balance.

balance soloing build

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