Wizard101 Best Level 130 Balance Gear

 

Last updated 6/13/2020 (added minor update of Undersea Enchantment Boots)

 

What’s the best gear for a max level Balance Wizard (currently level 130)?  We’ve seen this question many times, so we’ve provided our recommendations below, in a format to help you compare options.

We’ll take a moment to review our criteria first, since the “best” gear depends on your role and objectives.

Our Criteria

We consider the gear listed below the best for a max level Balance Wizard if you are:

  • Questing by yourself (solo)
  • Questing in a group & playing the role of a hitter, or
  • Playing PvP in an offensive or traditional role

If you are questing in a group and playing a support role (i.e., buffing the wizard that is going to hit and/or healing) or if you are playing a very defensive PvP strategy, we assume you are more interested in global resist and outgoing healing.  We suggest that you check out Cody’s guide on gear with the best outgoing healing, as it includes several high-resist gear options as well.

There are three types of recommendations, depending on your focus:

1. Damage Focus

Typically used against opponents with high block, such as bosses.

  • Primary objective is to maximize damage
  • Secondary objectives are power pips, accuracy and pierce

2. Critical Focus

Typically used against opponents with low block, such as mobs.  Some PvP builds focus on high critical as well.

  • Primary objective is critical
  • Secondary objectives are damage, power pips and accuracy

3. Balanced

Typically used in PvP or against bosses that hit hard (e.g., Storm Titan anyone?):

  • Primary objective is to provide decent damage and several helpful stats, including universal resist, power pips, accuracy, pierce and important jewel sockets
  • Many balanced items contain some critical, although it’s typically not a “critical” objective (pun intended)

 

Gear Set Bonuses

Gear set bonuses provide stats in addition to whatever stats the gear provides, based on how many pieces of that set you’re wearing.  We list relevant bonuses here so you can consider them when selecting gear for your Wizard.

Balance Gear Set Bonuses of Interest

 

Dragoon’s Balanced Set

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Best Balance Hats

For balanced hats, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Balance Hats

Reminder: Other Balance hats of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage & Critical

Dragoon’s Balanced Helm

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage

Balanced Paradox Conical

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Balanced & Pierce

Masque of the Exalted One

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Recommended Balanced

Krokopatra Justice Fez

Drop from Krokopatra Exalted Duel

Highest Damage

Savannah Tribal Helm (Level 130+)

Zafaria Safari Hoard Pack

Highest Critical

Hood of Harmonious Trade

Crafted: Recipe from Kazidan the KeenEye in Sardonyx

Highest Critical

Trader’s Hood of Fairness

Crafted: Recipe from Kazidan the KeenEye in Sardonyx

Other Balance Hats of Interest

 

Alternative Damage and Critical

Vanguard’s Balanced Helm

Drop from Fellspawn & King Detritus and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage and Critical

Soldier’s Balanced Helm

Drop from King Detritus (and possibly others)

Alternative Damage & Critical

Alphoi Saboteur Helm

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage & Critical

Spellwright’s Druidic Cowl (Level 130+)

Druid’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage & Critical

Sinister Harlequin Mask (Level 130+)

Creepier Carnival Bundle

Alternative Damage (and good critical)

Monarch’s Diadem

Fantastic Fairytale Bundle

Highest Critical

Paladin’s Helm of Virtue

Crown Shop

Highest Pierce

Thunderous Karanahn Veil (Level 100)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Balanced Pierce

Valiant Jouster’s Helm (Level 120)

Grand Tourney Gauntlet

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Best Balance Robes

For balanced robes, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Balance Robes

Reminder: Other Balance robes of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced (damage & critical focus)

Virtuous Light Brigade Armor

Drop from Corporal Tenni’syn

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced (accuracy focus)

Drape of the Exalted One

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Bonesmasher Robe of Poise

Drop from Rattlebones Exalted Duel

Alternative Balanced (health, pierce & damage)

Turquoise Eagle’s Raiment (Level 130+)

Skyvern’s Hoard Pack (Retired) & Spellemental Skyvern Pack

Alternative Balanced (health & block)

Dragoon’s Balanced Armor

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Highest Damage (and good Pierce)

Royal Fusilier’s Dress Coat (Level 130+)

Yuletide Pack

Highest Critical

Charred Nirini Robe (Level 100)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Other Balance Robes of Interest

 

Alternative Damage & Balanced

Darkwraith’s Shroud of Penance (Level 120+)

Nightmare Pack

Alternative Damage & Critical

Glorious Avenger’s Armor (Level 100)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

High Damage

House of Scales Raiment

Drop from House of Scales

Highest Pierce

Nightfall Torment Guise (Level 120)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

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Best Balance Boots

For balanced boots, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Balance Boots

Reminder: Other Balance boots of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced

Dragoon’s Balanced Boots

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Balanced (with accuracy)

Silent Knight’s Snowboots (Level 130+)

Winter Wonder Pack

Alternative Balanced (with pips)

Greaves of the Briny Deep (Level 130+)

Undersea Enchantment Bundle

Alternative Balanced (more resist)

Abyssal Warrior’s Boots (Level 130+)

Fantastic Voyage Bundle

Highest Damage

Savannah Tribal Boots (Level 130+)

Zafaria Safari Hoard Pack

Other Balance Boots of Interest

 

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Vanguard’s Balanced Boots

Drop from Fellspawn & Prince Viggor and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

 

stats slightly below Vanguard Boots

 

Soldier’s Balanced Boots

Drop from Prince Viggor (and possibly others)

Prior Damage & Critical

Balanced Paradox Boots

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Prior Damage & Critical

Alpholi Saboteur Boots

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage & Critical

Cabalist Stompers of Disruption

Drop from Secret Tunnel and other bosses in Empyrea

Alternative Balanced (with Block & Pierce)

Sabatons of the Exalted One

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Highest Pierce

Headbanger’s Spiked Boots (Level 100)

Drop from Patt Minotaur

Balanced Pierce

Marvelous Avenging Boots (Level 100)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

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Best Balance Wands

For balanced wands, we prioritize pierce and critical.

Recommended Balance Wands

Reminder: Other Balance wands of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage

White Pandamonium Jian (Level 130+)

Pandamonium Hoard Pack

Recommended Damage

Savannah Spear and Shield (Level 130+)

Zafaria Safari Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage

  • 75 Universal Critical
  • 240 Universal Pip Conversion
  • 22% Balance Damage
  • 19% Life Damage
  • Power Pip

Haunted Captain’s Steel (Level 130+)

Pirate Nightmare Pack

Alternative Damage (with Pierce)

Jaki’s Focused Bow

Crafted: Recipe from Ignus Ferric

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

Dragoon’s Balanced Broadsword

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Critical

Jack Hallow’s Guitar (Level 120+)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

Recommended Balanced Offense

Admiral’s Boarding Hook (Level 130+)

Sinbad Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced Offense

Witch Hunter’s Arbalest (Level 120+)

Witch Hunter’s Bundle

Recommended Balanced with Block

Poison Apple (Level 130+)

Fantastic Fairytale Bundle

Alternative Balanced with Block

Fortune Teller’s Peerless Eye (Level 120+)

Terror’s Hoard Pack

Highest Pierce

Staff of the Void Stalker

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Other Balance Wands of Interest

 

Alternative Damage

All Souls Cranium Wand (Level 120+)

Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack

Alternative Critical

Polarian Explorer’s Pickaxe (Level 120+)

Polarian Explorer’s Bundle

Alternative Critical and Pierce

Shard Warrior’s Hammer (Level 120+)

Jewel Crafter’s Bundle

Alternative Pierce

Sherlock’s Eyeglass (Level 130+)

Great Detective Bundle

Highest Block

Teeth of the Lords of Night (Level 100+)

Shaman’s Lore Pack

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Best Balance Athames

For balanced athames, we prioritize power pips and two circle slots (typically for pierce or critical jewels).

Recommended Balance Athames

Reminder: Other Balance athames of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Athame of the Dark Usurper

Drop from Yevgeny Nightcreeper

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Athame of the Chosen One

Drop from Morganthe

Alternative Balanced (Health and Block)

Dragoon’s Balanced Dagger

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Critical (PvP Only)

Duelist’s Fatal Razor (Level 100)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Balance Athames of Interest

 

Alternative Balanced (with one less Circle Jewel slot)

Blade of the Felled Titan

Drop from Cronus

Recommended Pierce

Elder’s Razor of Caution

Crafted: Recipe from Wozina the EdgeCutter

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Best Balance Amulets

For balanced amulets, we prioritize pierce, universal resist, critical and helpful item cards.

Recommended Balance Amulets

Reminder: Other Balance amulets of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Balanced

Morganthe’s Shadow of Amber

Drop from Morganthe

Recommended Critical and Pierce

Travelling Dead’s Charm

Drop from Shane von Shane in Upper Halls

Recommended Resist

Jarilo’s Talisman of Decorum

Drop by Rasputin

Alternative Resist

Dragoon’s Balanced Charm

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Damage

House of Scales Talisman

Drop from Chest behind Skeleton Key Door in Lower Zigazag

Recommended Damage

  • 95 Health
  • 2% Balance Damage
  • 1 Balanceblade Item Card

Scales of Justice Charm

Drop from Moh’Lharz

Other Balance Amulets of Interest

 

Alternative Balanced

Amulet of Divine Influence

Drop by Hades the Unseen

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Best Balance Rings

For balanced rings, we prioritize power pips and a ciricle jewel slot (typically for pierce or critical jewels).

Recommended Balance Rings

Reminder: Other Balance rings of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Signet of Carpathes

Drop from Aphrodite II

Recommended Critical

Dragoon’s Balanced Ring

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Pierce (PvP only)

Duelist Daredevil Ring (Level 100)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Highest Damage and Critical (PvP only)

Duelist Daredevil Ring (Level 130)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Balance Rings of Interest

 

Alternative Balanced

Alpha and Omega Ring

Drop by Gladiator Dimachaerus

Alternative Critical & Damage

 

stats in between Dragoon & Soldier rings

 

Vanguard’s Balanced Ring

Drop from Fellspawn & the Devourer and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Critical & Damage

Soldier’s Balanced Ring

Drop from the Devourer

Prior Critical

Balanced Paradox Ring

Drop in Spiritual Forest

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Best Balance Decks

For balanced decks, we prioritize a triangle socket, critical, and max copies.

Recommended Balance Decks

Reminder: Other Balance decks of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Critical

Balanced Paradox Deck

Drop in Astral Forest

Recommended Balanced (Size & Copies)

Luphilim’s Valiant Set

Drop from Omen Stribog

Alternative Balanced (Copies)

Rasputin’s Bevy of Answers

Drop from Rasputin

Highest Copies

Lovelorn Spirit’s Set of Woe with Triangle Socket

Crafted: Recipe Sold by Harker

Highest Damage

Limeblight’s Gallery

Drop by Bosses in Khrysalis

Highest Critical (PvP only)

Duelist’s Devil-May-Care Deck (Level 130)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Balance Decks of Interest

 

Alternative Critical

Immutable Zanadu Deck

Drop by Bosses in Empyrea Part 2

Highest Pip Conversion

  • 101 Health
  • 90 Balance Pip Conversion
  • 40 Global Block
  • Triangle Socket
  • Size: 64 / 36
  • Max Copies: 4 / 6
  • Starting Pip

Choice Kalamar Deck

Drop by Bosses in Empyrea Part 2

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Best Balance Mounts

Recommended Balance Mounts

Reminder: Other Balance mounts of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage

Balance Ghulture

Ghulture’s Hoard Pack

Recommended Damage

Battle Havox

Battlemage Keep Bundle

Recommended Damage

Battle Narwhal

Polarian Explorer’s Bundle

Highest Pierce

Vulpine Avenger

Avalon Outlaw’s Bundle

Alternative Pierce

Festive Fox 

Crowns Shop (Christmas only)

Highest Pierce

Clockwork Courser

Cuckoo Clock Gauntlet

Other Balance Mounts of Interest

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Suggestions & Sample Builds

We provide gear suggestions for questing and PvP below. If you feel like we’ve missed an important gear piece, please let us know in the comments.

We also calculate the highest damage possible, as well as the highest damage possible with 100% critical.  If you identify a way to get it higher, please share it and we’ll update the guide so it’s as accurate as possible for everyone else.

Suggested Gear for Questing (PvE)

  • Hat
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Helm or Balanced Paradox Conical
    • Balanced
      • Masque of the Exalted One or Krokopatra Justice Fez
  • Robe
    • Virtuous Light Brigade Armor, Drape of the Exalted One or Bonesmasher Robe of Poise
  • Boots
    • Dragoon’s Balanced Boots
  • Wand
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Admiral’s Boarding Hook and others
    • Critical focus
      • Jack Hallow’s Guitar
    • Damage focus
      • White Pandamonium Jian, Savannah Spear and Shield, Haunted Captain’s Steel, Zamunda Spear and Shield, Jaki’s Focused Bow and others
  • Athame
    • Athame of the Dark Usurper or Athame of the Chosen One
  • Amulet
    • Morganthe’s Shadow of Amber (for item blades) or Travelling Dead’s Charm
  • Ring
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Ring
    • Damage and Power Pip focus
      • Signet of Carpathes
  • Deck
    • Balanced Paradox Deck and others
  • Mount
    • Balance Ghulture, Battle Havox or Battle Narwhal

Suggested Gear for PvP

  • Hat
    • Health & Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Helm
    • Balanced
      • Masque of the Exalted One or Krokopatra Justice Fez
  • Robe
    • Health & Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Armor
    • Balanced
      • Turquoise Eagle’s Raiment, Virtuous Light Brigade Armor, Drape of the Exalted One or Bonesmasher Robe of Poise
  • Boots
    • Dragoon’s Balanced Boots
  • Wand
    • Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Broadsword
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Admiral’s Boarding Hook and others
  • Athame
    • Health and Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Dagger
    • Balanced
      • Athame of the Dark Usurper or Athame of the Chosen One
  • Amulet
    • Health and Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Charm
    • Balanced
      • Travelling Dead’s Charm
  • Ring
    • Critical and Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Balanced Ring
    • Pierce
      • Duelist’s Daredevil Ring (Level 100+)
  • Deck
    • Balanced Paradox Deck (for stats), Luphilum’s Valiant Set (for max copies) and others
  • Mount
    • Vulpine Avenger or Clockwork Courser

Highest Possible Damage

173% Balance Damage:

  • Hat: Savannah Tribal Helm (27% Balance Damage)
  • Robe: Royal Fusilier’s Dress Coat (26% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Savannah Tribal Boots (32% Balance Damage)
  • Wand: White Pandamonium Jian (22% Balance Damage)
  • Athame: Athame of the Chosen One (17% Balance Damage)
  • Amulet: House of Scales Talisman (2% Balance Damage)
  • Ring: Signet of Carpathes (12% Universal Damage)
  • Deck: Limeblight’s Gallery (1% Balance Damage)
  • Mount: Balance Ghulture (2% Universal Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Balance-Dealer, Balance-Giver, Balance-Boon, Pain-Giver, Pain Bringer, Mighty Jewel (21% Balance Damage; 11% Universal Damage)
  • Gear Set Bonus: None

100% Critical and Max Damage

838 Balance Critical (100%) and 144% Balance Damage:

  • Hat: Dragoon’s Balanced Helm (155 Balance Critical; 25% Balance Damage)
  • Robe: Glorious Avenger’s Armor (80 Universal Critical; 23% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Dragoon’s Balanced Boots (129 Balance Critical; 30% Balance Damage)
  • Wand: Admiral’s Boarding Hook (120 Universal Critical; 17% Universal Damage)
  • Athame: Athame of the Chosen One with 2 Sparkling Balance Critical Jewels (36 Balance Critical; 17% Balance Damage)
  • Amulet: Travelling Dead’s Charm (35 Universal Critical)
  • Ring: Dragoon’s Balanced Ring with 1 Sparkling Balance Critical Jewel (121 Balance Critical; 10% Balance Damage)
  • Deck: Balanced Paradox Deck (50 Balance Critical)
  • Mount: Balance Ghulture (2% Universal Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Balance-Dealer, Pain-Giver, Balance Assailant, Balance Striker, Critical Striker, Critical Hitter (58 Balance Critical; 54 Universal Critical; 10% Balance Damage; 6% Universal Damage)
  • Gear Set Bonus: 3 pieces of Dragoon’s Balanced Set (4% Balance Damage)

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Any alternative perspectives?  Let us know in the comments!

Do you have screen shots for any of the gear we are missing?  Please email finalbastion@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 

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Patrick

Patrick enjoys sharing insights about gear, pets and optimizing various activities in Wizard101 and Pirate101. He helps out with technology, gear guides and often covers new dungeon/boss strategies and speed runs after story updates.

26 COMMENTS

  • The max damage and max critical is wrong! I have a triple damage triple critical pet and i have 145 damage with max critical. Please fix this before everyone misreads this, balance isnt this weak.

    • Happy to update to show the most accurate info — but need you to actually tell me what gear you have that’s different. Thanks.

  • What’s the pierce for dragoons set?

  • Can you do a guide for the best jewels for each school?

  • Hi there, I am Jose and have been a Balance Wizard for many years. I have inspired other players to create a Balance wizard. My max Balance Wizard is what I would call a well-rounded wizard. Hat: Krokopatra Justice Fez, Robe: Virtuous Light Brigade Armor, Boots: Dragoon’s Balanced Boots, Wand: Admiral’s Boarding Hook (+6% incoming heal), Athame: Athame of the Chosen One (+125 HP, 2 x +6% Balance Pierce, +10% Pip Chance), Amulet: Dragoon’s Balanced Charm (+125 HP, +6% incoming heal), Ring: Dragoon’s Balanced Ring (+125 HP, +6% incoming Heal, +6% Balance Pierce), Deck: Balanced Paradox Deck (+12% Balance Accuracy), and for mount and pet, that is up to you. I use the Mammoth Mini mount for the heal boost and my pet the Flamenco Tocador (Availing Hands x 3, Pain-Giver, Spell-Defy, Spell-Proof, Unicorn, Healing Current, and jewel, Balance Dealer). If possible I would change it to having Pain-Giver, Balance-Dealer, Spell-Proof, Unicorn, Healing Current, and jewel, Spell-Defy + MC Brace.

  • I was wondering if you could post a sample build for the best well-rounded build. I know this is objective and opinionated, but it would be nice to see what people would aim for as a “well-rounded” balance build to have good resist while maintaining good damage and decent critical.

    • I reworked the sample builds today and added suggested gear for questing. It gives you several suggestions for a “well-rounded” build.

  • Catacombs gear please

    • Patience young one. Our very own Patrick is hard at work on updating all seven guides. You can’t imagine the amount of behind the scenes work involved 😉

    • Had some time this weekend so was able to update.

      • Could you please change the Critical Sample Build Robe to Virtuous Light Brigade Armor?

        • The objective is to show max damage while maintaining 100% critical. How would that increase the damage?

          • I don’t really see balance using glorious avenging armor

          • While that is true, the stat differences make the virtuous armor better.

            https://i.imgur.com/JsyAHHG.png

            look at their stats side to side. If someone picks glorious avenging armor, they’re clearly missing out on health, power pip chance, accuracy, shadow pip chance, even more critical, and a lot of resist.

            I would not recommend someone to make that kind of decision for 3% extra damage that wont make a difference. But if you want to be technical about the max damage, I would at least include this armor as an option to get better stats by sacrificing 3 damage.

  • For the 100% critical and max damage build does the sparkling jewel with 17 critical work for all three sockets or is the 18 critical sparkling critical jewel needed.

    • In order to achieve 100% critical at level 130, you need 837 critical total.

    • I agree and instead of Glorious Avenger’s Armor they should have placed Virtuous Light Bragade Armor

      • Hi Christopher. Glorious Avenger’s Armor has 3% more damage than the Virtuous Light Brigade Armor. It was used in the second sample build since the objective is to show the max damage you can achieve while maintaining 100% critical.

        In terms of which Robe you’d typically use, seems like we’re in agreement, since we recommended the Virtuous Light Brigade Armor (along with the Drape of the Exalted One).

    • I agree and instead of Glorious Avenger’s Armor they should have placed Virtuous Light Bragade Armor because of more damage

    • The pet stats on the critical build is wrong. The balance critical shouldn’t be that high.

      • What’s wrong about it? I’ve got a pet showing 57 balance critical and it’s not even max stats.

        • Oh I meant should be higher my bad.

  • Great work! I’d also like to see Death, or Fire.

    • More coming soon. Keep an eye out! 😉

  • can we have death next?

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