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Holy Paladin

Welcome to the Holy Paladin Class Summary Page. This page will take you through all you need to know to get started as a Holy Paladin and to educate you so that you can be the best Holy Paladin Healer you can be, with links to different areas throughout the site so you can learn more. Hopefully you have already had a read through the Healing Class Summaries Page to get an idea about all the available healers and their play styles and you’ve decided to go with the Holy Paladin. Excellent! Read on…

Class Summary/Role
We covered the Holy Paladin briefly in the Summary, which you have hopefully taken a glance at to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into! But let’s go over the basics of a Holy Paladin Healer and what is required of them.

Holy Paladins are strong warriors with a connection to the Holy Light. They use their strength to defeat their enemies and their healing powers to Heal their allies. When a Paladin’s specialization is Holy, their Healing powers are enhanced while their warrior strength takes a back seat.

The Holy Paladin game play style places a strong emphasis on using and cast-time heals, with less emphasis on Heals over Time(HoTs). All Paladin specs have Holy Power, a Paladin-only mechanic that builds up when using particular abilities, to a maximum of 5 stacks. At any stage of having a Holy Power stack (up to a maximum of 5), you can unleash your Holy Power using Holy Power based spells such as Word of Glory or Light of Dawn.

As a Holy Paladin’s arsenal is mostly made up of cast-time heals, they only have 1 possible Heal over Time (HoT) which comes from the tier 3 level 45 talent Eternal Flame. Due to this, a Holy Paladin is a more reactive healer rather than proactive (such as a Resto Druid). This (reactive healing) means you will be healing damage as it is/after it is suffered by your party/raid members. However you need to be somewhat proactive to prepare for that incoming damage.

Your arsenal of spells includes an instant cast heal, Holy Shock, as well as many cast-time heals such as Holy Radiance and Divine Light. You also have some fantastic utility spells that can often save the party/raid with quick thinking, such as Divine Shield and Hand of Protection. Head over to the Holy Paladin Spells Page to learn more about the spells and utilities available to you. Not only can you be a strong healer using your wide range of abilities, but the Paladin class can also play the role of a Tank or a DPS. You’re the only Healing class to wear Plate, meaning you’re not as squishy as other classes.

What Races can I play as a Holy Paladin?

As a Holy Paladin, you have a few races to choose from within each Faction. As a Horde, you can choose Blood Elf or Tauren. As Alliance, you can choose between Dwarf, Human or Draenei. To find out what races you can play for all classes and the benefits of each, head over to the Race & Class Combinations page.

Spells

We take you through all the spells a Holy Paladin will have in your arsenal once you hit level 100. We give you a quick run down of how to use each spell, what level you receive each spell and we give you a suggestion for the keybind for each spell.

Talents & Specs

We take you through the most important talents that you can take as a Holy Paladin and provide you with a base talent selection that will work for almost all situations, giving you something to start from and grow your knowledge of your specialization.

Glyphs

You’ve chosen your talents, now it’s time to fill in your Glyphs to effect your spells and your chosen talents.

How to Play

After leveling, choosing your talent specialization, learning what your talents do, learning what your spells do and have set up your keybinds, it’s time to learn how to play. We cover buffing your group, spell priority, “what if” situations and general gameplay.

Stat Priority

Now that you know how to play a Holy Paladin, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Gear is dropping and it’s time to enhance it, but you’re not sure what stats you should focus on, so we’ll do our best to help.

Enchanting

A way of adding the stats you learnt about in the previous section by way of enchanting your gear and items. We take you through what are the best enchantments (depending on your budget) for you and your class.

Gemming

Another way of adding stats to your gear is by inserting gems into said gear which has empty sockets available. We’ll show you what gems you should go for, depending on what stats you already have and according to your budget.

Reforging

Reforging was a method used to adjust your stats by taking away from what you don’t need and putting those numbers into stats you have more need for. This has since been removed with the Release of Warlords of Draenor.

Professions

Professions provide 3 things to your character: a passive buff, items to craft & use and items to craft & sell. We’ll go through each profession and provide you with the benefits those professions can give your class.

Consumables

Consumables are elixirs and potions your character can drink (consume) to further enhance your healing ability, albeit for a limited time (usually 1 to 2 hours). We’ll show you the most beneficial consumables to increase your healing ability.

Heirloom Bind on Account Gear

Is your Holy Paladin an alt? Have you got a high level character already? Speed up the levelling process with these Holy Paladin Bind on Account Heirloom pieces!

Let’s start covering the Holy Paladin more by navigating to the Holy Paladin Spells page to begin with.

Originally published on December 4th, 2012 by on HealingWoW.com, Last modified: .

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  • Brandon Carpenter

    Under spells you mention being level 85. I can see the guide is definitely updated for MoP, but some may catch that and turn around thinking this information is dated.
    Great write-up; I’m extremely happy that I found this site!

    • Thanks for that little pick up! We must have missed that one! Glad you like the site!