Wizard101 Best Level 130 Balance Gear

 

Last updated 1/2/2019 (Initial release)

 

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.

  1. Our Criteria
  2. Recommendations by Gear Type
    1. Hats
    2. Robes
    3. Boots
    4. Wands
    5. Athames
    6. Amulets
    7. Rings
    8. Decks
    9. Mounts
  3. Sample Builds

Looking for the best gear for other schools?  Check out our guides for the best max gear for Death, Fire, Ice, Life, Myth, and Storm (links to be added as guides are published).

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)

 

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

Balanced Paradox Conical

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Recommended Damage & Critical

Alphoi Saboteur Helm

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Recommended Balanced & Pierce

Masque of the Exalted One

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Recommended Balanced

Krokopatra Justice Fez

Drop from Krokopatra Exalted Duel

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

 

Prior Recommendation (for comparison)

Cabal Hood of Disruption

Drop from Secret Tunnel and other bosses in Empyrea

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 (accuracy focus)

Drape of the Exalted One

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

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

Virtuous Light Brigade Armor

Drop from Corporal Tenni’syn

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Bonesmasher Robe of Poise

Drop from Rattlebones Exalted Duel

Alternative Damage & Balanced

Darkwraith’s Shroud of Penance (Level 100)

Nightmare Pack

Highest Critical

Charred Nirini Robe (Level 100)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Highest Damage (and good Pierce)

Royal Fusilier’s Dress Coat (Level 100)

Yuletide Pack

Other Balance Robes of Interest

 

Alternative Damage & Critical

Glorious Avenger’s Armor (Level 100)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

High Damage

House of Scales Rainment

Drop from House of Scales

Highest Pierce

  • 10% Power Pip
  • 10% Universal Pierce
  • 25% Stun Block
  • 45 Myth Critical
  • 24% Death Damage

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 Paradox Boots

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Recommended Damage & Critical

Alpholi Saboteur Boots

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage

Dwarven Boots

Crown Shop

Recommended Balanced

Ancient Purrzian Galesh (Level 120+)

Ghulture’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced

Alhazred’s Consistent Clogs (Level 120+)

Professor’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced (with Pierce)

Sabatons of the Exalted One

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Highest Critical & Alternative Balanced

Silent Knight’s Snowboots (Level 130+)

Winter Wonder Pack

Other Balance Boots of Interest

 

Prior Recommendation (for comparison)

Cabalist Stompers of Disruption

Drop from Secret Tunnel and other bosses in Empyrea

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 (with Pierce)

Jaki’s Focused Bow

Crafted: Recipe from Ignus Ferric

Recommended Damage (with Critical)

Balanced Paradox Defenders

Drop from Storm Titan

Recommended Critical

Jack Hallow’s Guitar (Level 100+)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

Recommended Balanced Offense

Witch Hunter’s Arbalest (Level 120+)

Witch Hunter’s Bundle

Recommended Balanced with Block

  • 125 Universal Critical
  • 125 Universal Block
  • 6% Universal Damage
  • 3% Universal Pierce

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+)

  • 84 Universal Critical
  • 18% Universal Damage
  • 205 Universal Pip Conversion
  • May Cast Storm Hound

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

  • 10% Universal Pierce
  • 5% Universal Damage
  • 110 Universal Critical
  • 225 Universal Pip Conversion
  • May Cast Arcane Deduction

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

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

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

Balanced Paradox Ring

Drop in Spiritual Forest

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

Prior Critical Recommendation (for comparison)

Charmbreak’s Karma Band

Drop by Verboten Mimic

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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 Critical (PvP only)

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

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Balance Decks of Interest

 

Highest Damage

  • 33 Health
  • 1% Balance Damage
  • Square Socket
  • Size: 64 / 33
  • Max Copies: 6 / 8

Limeblight’s Gallery

Drop by Bosses in Khrysalis

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

Highest Pierce

Clockwork Courser

Cuckoo Clock Gauntlet

Other Balance Mounts of Interest

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Sample Builds

Highest Damage

168% Balance Damage:

  • Hat: Balanced Paradox Conical (26% Balance Damage)
  • Robe: Royal Fusilier’s Dress Coat (Level 100; 26% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Balanced Paradox Boots (30% Balance Damage)
  • Wand: Balanced Paradox Defenders (19% 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 (22% Balance Damage; 11% Universal Damage)

100% Critical and Max Damage

843 Balance Critical (100%) and 129% Balance Damage:

  • Hat: Balanced Paradox Conical (137 Balance Critical; 26% Balance Damage)
  • Robe: Glorious Avenger’s Armor (80 Universal Critical; 23% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Balanced Paradox Boots (114 Balance Critical; 30% Balance Damage)
  • Wand: Jack Hallow’s Guitar (Level 100; 195 Balance Critical)
  • 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: Balanced Paradox Ring with 1 Sparkling Balance Critical Jewel (109 Balance Critical; 9% Balance Damage)
  • Deck: Balanced Paradox Deck (50 Balance Critical)
  • Mount: Balance Ghulture (2% Universal Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Balance-Dealer, Balance-Giver, Pain-Giver, Balance Assailant, Balance Striker, Critical Striker (57 Balance Critical; 30 Universal Critical; 16% Balance Damage; 6% Universal Damage)

Balanced for PvP

Note: This is just a sample PvP build.  We understand that you may use different gear and welcome your comments below about the differences and why.  The intent of this article was to show you options so you can decided for yourself!

Stats before Pet: 108% Balance Damage, 44% Universal Resist, 36% Balance Pierce

  • Hat: Masque of the Exalted One (16% Balance Damage; 13% Universal Resist, 4% Universal Pierce)
  • Robe: Drape of the Exalted One (19% Balance Damage; 14% Universal Resist)
  • Boots: Silent Knight Snowboots (26% Balance Damage; 13% Universal Resist)
  • Wand: Jaki’s Focused Bow (18% Balance Damage; 4% Balance Pierce)
  • Athame: Athame of the Dark Usurper with 2 Polished Balance Piercing Jewels (16% Universal Damage; 12% Balance Pierce)
  • Amulet: Travelling Dead’s Charm (4% Universal Resist; 4% Universal Pierce)
  • Ring: Duelist Daredevil Ring with 1 Polished Balance Piercing Jewel (11% Universal Damage; 6% Universal Pierce; 6% Balance Pierce)
  • Deck: Any with a Triangle Socket (e.g., Paradox for stats or Omen for max copies)
  • Mount: Balance Ghulture (2% 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 to finalbastion@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 

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