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I logged on the other night and paused at the character selection screen with the mouse hovering over my up and coming Druid Alt Snookie. I’ve been playing this guy pretty much exclusively for the past few weeks and I’m having a really good time leveling him up. However my main, Bolink, caught my eye. It’s been too long! I decided to dust him off, stretch his legs and, above all, see where the hell I left him parked.

It seems my little friend has been waiting  for a very long time sitting on top of a cannon in Northrend. The poor little bastard, his rear end was burnt to a crisp. What he needed was a beer at the tavern while I got reacquainted with him – his gear, his talents and the hopeless tangle of quests that are half done. 

I’m in game for about 4.5 minutes when a wisp comes over…

Some guy – “You boomkin?” 

Me – “Yup.”

Some guy – “You use solar or lunar rotation?”

Me – (pause…..)

Me – (pause…..)

Me – “Depends on the situation.”

I had no idea what the hell he was talking about and I used my standard “I have no idea what the hell you’re talking about” response. (As a side note: When asked an A or B question about something that the question-asker thinks you are an expert in, yet you are totally at a loss, always answer, “Depends on the situation.” with a slightly pensive look on your face. Then walk away. Works 92% of the time.)

After some in depth research (aka googling “wtf is a solar rotation”) here is what I’ve got: It all has to do with that sneaky “Eclipse” talent on the Druid Balance Tree. 

A “Lunar Rotation” is when you spam Wrath to get Eclispe to Proc thus getting a boost to your Starfire Damage.

A “Solar Rotation” is when you use Starfire to get Eclipse to Proc thus getting a boost to your Wrath damage. 

As it turns out my total BS response to the question is  actually sorta right. Depending on the enemy, the fight style, your haste and about 32 other things your choice of Solar vs Lunar really does depend on the situation.

For an intensely detailed explanation on the above, with Doctorate level math included, check out GrayMatterWow for all the gristly bits. But there you have it: I have lain my ignorance bare for your benefit. Go forth and spam the damage spell of your choice. Thanks!

6 Comments so far »

  1. by Em, on April 29 2009 @ 9:11 pm


    I’m an 80 boomkin and googled to find out WTF solar or lunar was too. Delighted to find your post which explained it and also made me NOT feel like a Noobkin. And yes, totally depends on the situation. (So stealing that.)

  2. by Skipper, on April 30 2009 @ 12:19 am


    I think we should start a guild…”Noobkins R Us” for all the Druids out there like us. It’ll be fun!

  3. by shroomkin, on June 28 2010 @ 2:22 pm


    “I’m an 80 boomkin and googled to find out WTF solar or lunar was too. Delighted to find your post which explained it and also made me NOT feel like a Noobkin. And yes, totally depends on the situation. (So stealing that.)”

    lol same here

  4. by Sealeaf, on July 4 2010 @ 10:59 pm


    I was sittin in Dalaran watching trade chat, suddenly a random dude asks in chat: “Whats haste cap for frost mages?”
    Started wondrin, I guess I should find out Boomkins haste cap, maybe I have to much, to little.
    Checked it and then suddenly another problem appeared to me: “all depends on Lunar or Solar rotation”.

    I was, WTF is Solar and Lunar rotatoion!?
    Opening a new tab, google, solar rotation, ended up here, and thank God :D

    Thanks for explaination :) (Yes, added a short story my self :) )

  5. by Elyathane, on November 25 2010 @ 11:07 pm


    So glad to see the research. Can’t believe it took me this long to find out. Now to find a workable rotation with all these new patches. I agree with Skipper. We almost need a guild so we know what to do and can work together.

  6. by anaurs, on November 27 2010 @ 5:37 am


    just got started and this post helps noobkins too :) that’s exactly the same thing i googled (lvl 20)

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