Insect Swarm

From Wowpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Insect Swarm
Spell nature insectswarm.png
Usable by

Offensive and Utility


None/Global Cooldown

Related debuff
Spell nature insectswarm.png
  • Magic
  • Insect Swarm
  • X Nature damage every 2 sec.
  • Duration: 12 sec.

Insect Swarm is a DoT with a 12 second duration that deals nature damage. Along with [Moonfire], this ability accounts for a large amount of overall damage during fights when used by a Balance Druid.


  • This ability and [Moonfire] go hand in hand and are often applied to an enemy target within one global-cooldown of one another.
  • It is one of the most mana-efficiant DoT's in the game.



Talent Points Needed
[Moonfury] Balance (Starts With)
[Nature's Grace] (3) Balance (0)
[Nature's Majesty] (2) Balance (0)
[Genesis] (3) Balance (5)
[Moonglow] (3) Balance (5)
[Balance of Power] (2) Balance (5)
[Shooting Stars] (2) Balance (10)

Related Glyphs

 [Glyph of Insect Swarm] increases the damage of Insect Swarm by 30%. Thus this is often considered one of the best prime glyphs to maximize damage for a Balance Druid.

Tips and Tactics

  • Use in conjunction with [Moonfire].
  • Unlike most (all?) Druid spells, Insect Swarm does not interrupt the swing timer.[1]

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now a baseline ability trained at level 20 instead of a talent. No longer reduces melee and ranged hit chance (was 3%).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): The bonus damage from spell power on this damage-over-time ability has been increased significantly to match similar spells on other classes (from 76% to 120%).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Tooltip corrected to indicate it does not affect hit chance with spells.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now reduces hit chance by 3% (up from 2%).
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Casting lower ranks of this spell is now properly penalized like other healing and damage effects.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Insect Swarm has had its damage on all ranks increased. The mana cost of ranks 1 and 3 has been increased. The mana cost of ranks 4,5 and 6 has been decreased.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Insect Swarm has been relocated to the Balance Tree from the Restoration Tree.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): Has received a new icon.


  1. ^ Erdluf 2007-10-19. Casting and Swing Timer. World of Warcraft US Forums. Retrieved on 2009-08-23.

See also

External links