WoW Paladin Guide – Stats for a Paladin with Recommendations
Every class in World of Warcraft has 3 different roles you can play. The stats for a Paladin is are different. Each role requires gear with a specific type of stats that will benefit that role and playstyle. Some stats will come as standard, such as Stamina, Strength, and Intellect. Those stats will be the standard that comes with pretty much all of your gear.
There are also different stats you can focus on such as mastery, critical strike, haste, etc. These are the stats you want to really pay attention to. Each one has it’s own benifit and can have a big impact on your playstyle.
This means you can raid as a Protection Paladin and collect Holy Paladin gear as loot.
Understanding Stats for a Paladin in World of Warcraft
This is going to be your crash course in understanding what these stats do for your character in WoW. By the end of this guide you will know what the Mastery stat does and why you would or wouldn’t want it.
For starters, if you don’t already know, Stats are statistics placed on almost every piece of gear in WoW (and in other games). Each peice of gear has it’s own stats and characteristics based on a players class and role. This means a piece of gear will drop specifically for your character role. The gear specialization can be changed, allowing you to get gear for a different role.
How to Switch Your Loot Specialization in World of Warcraft
Back in the old days, gear used to drop just for Hunters (an old joke). But really, any classes gear would drop for anyone. Raiding was much more of a gamble then. Now, gear will drop just for you, catered to the role you are playing, or even the role you designate.
This means you can raid as a Protection Paladin and collect Holy Paladin gear as loot. To choose which gear type you want to collect follow these instructions:
- Right click your portrait
- Choose “Loot Specialization”
- Click the type you want
That’s all there is to it. Now gear will drop from mobs, bosses, raids, and quests designed for your newly chosen role. The next few parts of this WoW Paladin Guide will go into more detail about the actual stats and what they do. You will also get a breakdown on which stats work best for each Paladin role.
WoW Paladin Guide – Which Stats Should I Choose?
Deciding which stats to choose for your Paladin can be a tough call. The first thing to do is to understand what each of the stats actually does for your character. Below you will see some examples of gear with stats on it. You will also learn what these stats do. Keep in mind, Mastery is a stat that offers a different bonus for each class and role.
Here is What Stats in World of Warcraft Do For Your Character
Below is a piece of gear. Click on the gear link to open the tooltip. You can see that this piece of gear has a few different stats on it, as well as an area with an “Equip” bonus. Let’s take a closer look at each in detail.
This piece of gear has the Stats Strength/Intellect. This means it is dependent on which role you are playing. If you are a Protection or Retribution Paladin, you will get the strength stat. If you are a Holy Paladin, you will receive the Intellect stat.
The stats will not change when you switch specs. This is why you need to collect gear for each role you wish to play. It is also important to switch gear when you change specs. Otherwise you could end up trying to heal your group with only 50,000 Mana.
There are three primary stats for a Paladin. Those stats are Stamina, Strength, and Intellect. The list below will explain what each stat does for your Paladin.
Stamina: Increases Hitpoints (HP)
Stamina is where all of your health comes from. Each piece of gear you have will have stamina on it. The more stamina your character has, the more HP it has.
At Level 110 you will receive 60 HP per One point of Stamina. For example, the gear above with 2,578 Stamina will give your character a total of 154,680 HP at level 110. As you can see, stamina can really add up.
Starting out in World of Warcraft, you will be given a base amount of stamina. This means you will have hitpoints reguardless of whether you are wearing gear or not.
Tanks are a role that rely heavily upon stamina as this allows them to take more hits before needing heals. The more stamina a tank has, the harder and more often they can be hit. This doesn’t make them invulnerable though, it does help the healers better guage their efforts on both the tank and the group.
Strength: Increase Attack Power (AP) and Parry (for Plate wearing classes)
Strength will increase a players attack power which in short means you will hit harder. Each point of strength will equate to 2 points of melee attack power. Attack power improves the player’s auto-attacks. Many abilities also add some percentage of attack power to the damage they deal.
As a tank you will want to have strength on some of your gear as well. Retribution Paladins should also opt for strength gear due to it’s attack power benefits. In short, strength increases the effects for both melee attacks and clickable melee abilities.
Intellect: Increase Spell Power (SP)
The intellect stat will serve a different purpose depending which role you are playing. As a healer, intellect will increase your healing spells. This means the more intellect you have, the bigger your heals will be. The bigger your heals, the less you actually may need to heal (many other factors go into healing).
As a damage dealer, the more intellect you have means the harder your spells will hit. As a protection or retribution paladin you won’t need intellect. It is reserved primarily for casters.
If you want to collect gear to be a holy paladin, start saving up on gear with intellect.
Secondary Stats in World of Warcraft
Along with the primary stats, there are secondary stats in World of Warcraft that will help boost your character even further. There are a few secondary stats that apply to any role. Those stats include critical strike (crit), versatility, haste, and mastery.
Basic Secondary Stats for WoW – Applying These Stats for a Paladin
Criticial strike or “Crit” changes the percentage of your damage or healing abilities that results in a critical hit. Critical hits typically land at about 200% of the effect in PVE and 150% in PvP. A PVE example would be your heal spell normally heals for 5000, it will critical for 10,000.
The higher crit percentage you have, the higher your chances for landing a critical strike or heal. Healers and DPS (Damage Per Second) players are typically the ones who go for the crit gear. A Tank is focused more on mitigating incoming damage and keeping the mobs attention. For leveling, having crit on a prot pally can be helpful.
This stat can be a bit confusing at first. Basically versatility is an extra boost to your damage and healing abilities. It will also serve to increase the effects of your damage reducing abilities like absorption shields (bubbles).
Haste will change the rate that your melee and ranged auto attacks damage is dealt. You will also notice with haste that your spells casting times are reduced, as well as cooldowns on abilities.
A few other things Haste does is it will increase the “tick” rate of damage over time (DOT) and heal over time (HOT) spells. How DoTs and HoTs work with haste is that they will get an extra tick at the end of their duration. The more haste, the more you get in that partial tick.
Healers can really benefit from haste in two ways. First they will have much faster casting times. The faster you cast, the sooner you can cast again, which leads into the second benefit. Haste reduces the global cooldown of your spells. This means you can start casting again sooner.
Haste isn’t just for healers however, both tanks and ret paladins can benefit from these bonuses.
Mastery has different effects for each different class and role. Paladin specific mastery abilities are as follows:
Protection Paladin Mastery: Divine Bulwark
What it does: Increases damage reduction from Shield of the Righteous by 4%, and increases your chance to block melee attacks by 8%. Also increases your attack power by 8%.
The prot paladin mastery is a good stat to work on. It has some great damage reduction inclusions, as well as a little attack power booster. If you take a closer look at the first bonus, you get increases damage reduction from Sheild of the Righteous.
Sheild of the Righteous slams your target with your sheild causing 400% of your Attack Power in holy damage. Damage you take is also reduced up to 25% for 4.5 seconds. This effect can stack but is governed by cooldowns of 15 seconds. If you are standing in your Consecration the effects are increased by 20%. That adds up to some serious damage reduction right there.
Holy Paladin Mastery: Lightbringer
What it does: Proximity to your target causes your spells to heal for up to 12% more.
The Holy Paladin Masterty Stat is 100% effective at 10 yards, 0% effective at 40 yards, falling off linearly in between (e.g. it’s 2/3 effective at 20 yards).
This means the closer you are to the target you are trying to heal, the more effective your healing mastery bonus will be.
Retribution Paladin Mastery: Divine Judgment
What it Does: Increases Judgment damage by 24% and causes Judgement to increae damage taken from your Holy Power spenders by 12% for 8 seconds.
Judgment is one of your primary abilities that you will use as a Ret Pally. Increasing mastery here will do two things for you. It will first increase your Judgment damage. Second, it will also increase the damage of any abilities that cost Holy Power to use.
With this mastery and a good spell rotation you could put out some decent dps.
WoW Paladin Guide Stats Summary
You now have a much better understanding of the different primary and secondary stats for a Paladin. These stats are always changing in one way or another. The best way to keep up with the changes is to read through the patch notes.
Next is an introduction to the different playstyles, where you will learn about PVE (player versus environment) as a paladin. You will also learn about PVP as a paladin. These are just the introductions to the playstyles. The detailed guides can be found further in.