While I did speak some about Mastering Eclipse in my Tales of Noobkin post, I thought it would be worth revisiting from a L80 perspective.
Like many classes, the Moonkin rotation is built on a simple base:
However, this chart doesn’t cover every eventuality. In order to effectively maximize your dps as a Moonkin, you need to pay careful attention to your DoTs and cooldown abilities.
Moonfire/Sunfire and Insect Swarm not only provide a good base of damage, they also proc Nature’s Grace once an Eclipse is achieved, giving a nice haste boost. Although it’s important to keep your DoTs refreshed as regularly as possible, if you have an Eclipse coming soon (1-2 casts) it’s definitely worth the short time without the debuff in order to gain a greater DPS increase.
Lastly, I mapped out Starsurge, Force of Nature, and Starfall, our primary cooldown abilities. While Starsurge should be used as soon as possible anytime it is available, Force of Nature gains benefits from the combat boost buff (Heroism/Bloodlust/Time Warp), and Starfall can be extremely useful if a boss has multiple adds as well as gaining that extra oomph from Lunar Eclipse.
But we’re not done yet! Let’s take a quick gander at our spell list and how it benefits from Eclipses.
Increases damage done by Nature spells.
- Wrath — Primary Cast
- Insect Swarm — DoT
- Sunfire (talented) — DoT
- Hurricane — AoE
- Typhoon — AoE
- Wild Mushroom: Detonate — AoE
- Starsurge — As Available
Increases damage done by Arcane spells.
As you can see, most of our AoE damage is nature based, making Solar Eclipse a great help when dealing with multiple add packs. In most cases, DoTs and Wild Mushroom use will provide the highest damage over time. By not casting Wrath or Starsurge, you can remain in Solar Eclipse indefinitely while providing a good amount of damage for multiple groups when necessary. Solar Eclipse is also the better choice when faced with heavy movement in encounters; however, it cannot always be managed, and is simply something to bear in mind.
The Moonkin: easy to love, and hopefully now, easier to master!