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Post by Mutex on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 14:50

Hello Holy Paladins,

Here, we will try to discuss everything thats regarding Your class.

There are two viable ways of playing a Holy Paladin, one with focus on Holy Light and the other
with focus on Flash of Light.

Holy Light vs. Flash of Light

Holy Light Focus
+ Big mana pool; 40k+ with 245+ gear if you use mostly Int gems
+ Spam Holy Light for 2-4+ minutes without outside help
+ Divine Plea restores a ton of mana, 10K+
+ Easier to play since you mostly focus on one heal and healing a tank via Beacon
- Slighter slower healing
- Sacred Shield absorbs less
- The FoL HoT isn't too useful for HL focus

Flash of Light Focus
+ All Heals are more sizable due to using more spell power gems
+ Sacred Shield absorbs more and FoL HoT is strong enough to be a useful tool
+ Flash of Light enables one to quickly top the raid's health off
- 10k+ less mana than the Holy Light build
- Mana pool will burn quickly if you don't mostly use FoL
- Divine Plea restores less mana
- Desire to keep 4/5 Tier 9 for the FoL HoT bonus
- This healing focus is a poor idea if you are the only Holy Pally in a your raid.
- Since you need to be constantly casting to deal with lower HPS, so Judgement debuff will have a lower up-time.

As You can see from Pros and Cons list, they both have their up sides, but still HL focus is somewhere better for geared paladins, so I would recommend it. And from now on, this topic will only discuss HL focus style of playing.

Talent Builds:

Although there are few more viable specs in both 10 man and 25 man raids,
I would like to recommend only this one:


This spec, provides us with both improved blessings and Heart of the Crusader, but we are loosing
Divine Sacrifice.


Intellect:  The best stat for Holy Paladins by far.
100 Intellect give You:

  • 121 Intellect, with BoK and Divine Intellect
  • 1815 Mana at the start of the fight
  • 37.8Mp5 from Divine Plea, if it is used on CD.
  • 18.1Mp5 from Replenishment.
  • 24.2 Spell Power
  • 0.726% Spell Crit

Spell Power: Spell Power is a more useful for FoL focus builds, but all in all, not a great stat for Holy Paladins.

Haste: will help Holy Light cast faster. Haste increases the chance that HL will reach your target in time, so it is the best throughput stat for HL focus. A FoL focused player should not gear past 676 haste. As HL Paladin, You want something like 1000+ haste.

Crit: It is just not as effective as it looks like. Crit heal will heal 50% more and will cost 30% less mana. Seems nice? Extra healing from critical will just be a overheal and 30% mana reduction is not as effective as Mp5 stat would be. Although it can FoL HoT and Glyph of HL.

MP5: This stat is not as good as intellect for returning mana. Even though it is not as useful as intellect or haste, at least in most situations it is better than crit rating.

So after listing "useful" stats, I would like to make a final stat priority:
Intellect -> Haste -> MP5 -> Crit
When Your mana pool reaches some insane numbers, You can switch to:
Intellect -> Haste -> Crit -> MP5


You can conclude from stat priority You should prefer Haste/MP5 gear or Haste/Crit and
for Crit/Mp5, well as I read it somewhere: Avoid it like a plague!

Best in Slot gear.


Gemming Your gear is quite simple. You want to gem Nightmare Tear in one socket and than +20 int in every other. Reason behind using Nightmare Tear is activation of Meta Gem.

Insightful Earthsiege Diamond (5% chance to restore 600 mana with a 15 second ICD and 21 Int).
The proc is approximately 70Mp5, varying on your ratio of HL to FoL. This is the best meta you can use for PvE.
Ember Skyflare Diamond may good on paper, but it will take 5,725 Int to make it competitive with Insightful.


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Seal of Wisdom
Glyph of Holy Light
Glyph of Beacon of Light

Minor Glyph:
Glyph of Lay on Hands
Glyph of Blessing of Wisdom
Glyph of Blessing of Kings

At the end of this post I would like to link original guides that I used for creating this one:



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Post by Elune on Thu 26 Apr 2012 - 12:39

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