Stats are an important part of the World of Warcraft and are officially called “Attributes”. Improving certain stats as a Holy Paladin will improve your ability to Heal. There are Primary and Secondary stats. As a Healer your most important Primary stats are Intellect and Spirit. Stamina is another primary stat that isn’t as important but appears on most pieces of gear anyway, this increases your HP.
Intellect increases your spell power which makes your spells stronger and heal for more. This stat is always on Holy Paladin gear and you should almost always aim to boost this stat. There is no Intellect maximum or “cap”.
Spirit is what gives you mana regeneration. Mana regeneration means that while you spend mana to cast your healing spells, the higher your spirit stat is, the more mana is returned to you during combat. Again, appears on most Holy Paladin gear. You should boost this stat should you be having problems with running out of mana. If you come to a point where you’ve got an excessive amount of mana during or at the end of encounters, it’s worth reforging or re-gemming spirit to another secondary stat such as Haste or Mastery.
For those Holy Paladins below level 90, all you need to worry about in the stats department is making sure your gear is Plate, and you have at least 1 (if not both) of those 2 base stats, Intellect and Spirit, you need not really worry about secondary stats until you’re hitting higher level content.
For those aiming to hit dungeons or start raiding or to become a strong healer, the secondary stats that are most important to you as a Holy Paladin are Haste, Mastery & Crit.
Haste makes your spells with a cast time (Holy Light, Divine Light etc.) faster meaning you can cast more spells during an encounter, Haste also effects the global cooldown(time in between spell casts) of your spells. If you’re comfortable with your mana regeneration(Spirit), it’s a good idea to focus on Haste. We’ll go more into numbers later.
Each and every spec of each class has a different Mastery. Mastery for the Holy Paladin is Illuminated Healing, which places a damage absorb shield on the target of your direct heals. More Mastery increases the absorb. This is also quite an effective stat to focus on. Once you’re happy with the amount of Haste you have, you can build up your Mastery.
Crit is the less effective stat as a Holy Paladin so it should be reforged into Spirit for better mana regen, otherwise Haste or Mastery.
To sum up, a Holy Paladin’s stat priority is:
Spirit (Until comfortable with mana) > Intellect > Mastery > Haste > Crit
Here are some questions that you need to ask yourself after each time you receive a new piece of gear or make a change to your stats by way of gemming, reforging, enchanting or any other way.
Have I placed enchants on my gear as recommended on the Holy Paladin Enchanting page?
Yes: Go to next question.
No: Go to Holy Paladin Enchanting page and follow the guide.
During encounters, am I running out of Mana?
Yes: Reforge & Gem for Spirit.
No: Reforge & Gem for Mastery.
These are very general guidelines to follow and don’t factor in other influences such as buffs from other classes in your party/raid. Once you get a handle on the general idea of stats you will learn what you need to focus on. As you can see, it’s really up to your own play style preference. Now you know your stat priority, head to the Holy Paladin Enchanting page.
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