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  • Starsurge
  • Level 12 Balance druid ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 30 Astral Power
  • Instant
  • Launch a surge of stellar energies at the target, dealing (207% of Spell power) Astral damage, and empowering the damage bonus of any active Eclipse for its duration.

    Rank 2 (Level 58):
    Starsurge further empowers the damage bonus of any active Eclipse.
Usable by
Class Druid
School Astral
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 12
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Usable by
Class Druid
School Astral
Cooldown 10 seconds
Other information
Affects [Eclipse]

Starsurge is the signature ability of Balance druid, learned at level 12. It is a direct damage Astral spell that is a major part of a Balance druid's rotation.

A slightly different version is also available to other druid specializations via [Balance Affinity].

Tips and tactics

  • Since Starsurge empowers an active [Eclipse], it is best to cast it as soon as you enter one.
  • To maximize the damage bonus, accumulate as much Astral Power as possible before entering Eclipse for multiple casts.
  • [Shooting Stars] is one of the most enjoyable abilities that generates Astral Power. Remember to apply your DoTs!
  • As Starsurge is an Astral school spell, it gains extra damage from [Mastery: Total Eclipse] during both types of Eclipse.


  • Starsurge increases the damage bonuses of an active [Eclipse] by 4% for its remaining duration each time it is cast. This bonus is increased to 6% at level 58 with rank 2.

Patch changes

  • Legion Hotfix (2017-09-06): [Hotfix in testing] Fixed a bug preventing Starsurge from having visual or sound effects.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Starsurge damage increased by 11%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 51%, damage bonus reduced to 20% (down from 30%) and now affects [Lunar Strike] and [Solar Wrath] (instead of [Starfire] and [Wrath], respectively). Now cost Astral Power instead of sharing charges with [Starfall].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 6%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-07-23): Starsurge now deals 15% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 4% less damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-30): Damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now has 3 charges and a 30 second recharge time (instead of a 15 second cooldown). Starsurge now also grants Lunar or Solar Empowerment.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Mana cost increased by 50%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Damage has been increased by 9%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-01): Starsurge casts that trigger an Eclipse now deal the correct amount of damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-20): Starsurge damage has been increased by approximately 3%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1a (2010-10-26): The pointer on the Eclipse Bar indicates where it goes to after the next Starsurge.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

External links

Balance Feral, Guardian, Restoration