F2P Holy Paladin Guide by Turtle Holy Paladin Guide Patch 6.1.0 "Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason" -Pope Francis Contents Intro Races/Factions Gearing, Enchants, and Stats Tactics & Roles Conclusion Intro Hello everyone, thank you for referring to this guide. I have been playing holy paladin since cataclysm, not just at 20 but to 70. As of this current patch/expansion Holy Paladins are very unique in their specialization and roles. I have taught my little brother the basics to playing WoW since he always gets on my account lol, I feel I can teach more of my knowledge. Foremost I will begin by telling you that this guide is to help you understand the basics on how to become the most effective in PVP. This guide is NOT going to help you improve in essential general play, you MUST set up the keybinds & AddOns that fit best to your playstyle. That is the only way you will achieve maximum PVP potential. If you are an experienced holy paladin feel free to just scroll through the Contents to get any info you are looking for Allow me to tell you what you will be expecting and what you should be focusing. Holy Paladins are fun but as of now they are not top DPS or top Heals ( Even though we can 1v1 any class lol). Many see that as a weakness... I tell you this now NOT TO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. What puts Holy Paladins over the top is their developed hybrid spells. I will explain to you what in deeper thought in the Tactics & Role Content but as of now I'll put it to you this way: You must not see Holy Paladins as weak healers, Rather the best damn support class there is! Distributing healing & denounce debuffs will cover your lack of high healing. Most of all you are known for your Cleanse spell... Fears, DoTs, and Poison... ALL OF IT is gone at your finger tip. You WILL turn the game if you play your cards right with this spells! Yes my "PRO" Tips, advice, and opinions will be in pink Slang DoT = Damage Over Time Hpalls= Holy Paladins CC = Stun Races & Factions Only a few races have the privilege NAY the blessings, to have become a holy warrior AKA Paladin. Factions are a an important thing to take into consideration. Some may have items that favor you more or less. The gear you want is important and depending whether your faction can provide the gear will affect your play style. The most important of course is the race that the faction can offer. Most of all it really comes down to your community with who you want to play. If you have to play with a friend in a certain faction don't sweat it because I assure you now there is not a BIG difference in the factions stat wise. Horde Tauren (Click For Full Detail) In a nutshell they crit higher, can pick herbs faster, can stomp and CC enemies around them, Resistance to Nature Damage, and have increased stamina! Insane I know, cows are... man beasts.. literately. There really is no right or wrong choice for choosing either Tauren or Blood Elf.. I am going to suggest you go with Tauren, over all it provides benefits that stick with your permanently unlike blood elf that just gives you a instant ability. Especially if we speak of the Hpall Spec... Its just more fitting. Im gonna recommend a Hybrid Build that involves AGM trinket and well since you are rolling Horde you wont really need it because of the stamina and it will be acceptable to choose the Horde Insignia.. More on that in the Gear Section. Blood Elf (Click For Full Detail) In a nutshell they can go to levels of profession above limit for enchanting. Arcane Torrent is a unique spells its instant unlike tauren's stomp but no CC just a AoE Silence and it makes you gain a charge of holy power. Resistance to Arcane Damage. Of course... its nice to have that extra charge of holy power.. keep in mind though you wont be using them a lot... you will see in the Tactics Section. Alliance Human (Click For Full Detail) In a nutshell humans have increased versatility, great for over all damage and healing. They have increased reputation gains... good for um you know getting good with the paladin order . Of course who could forget the Every Man For Him Self ability..... This is what makes humans one of the greatest choices for any class not just hpall. It allows you to free your self from CC or any movement deduction spell, any loss of control really, fear charm or sleep. I strongly advice this race choice for Alliance players as it provides the ability to free up a trinket slot. When it comes to trinkets we need them the most! Dwarf (Click For Full Detail) In a nutshell dwarfs have increased critical damage, Resistant to Frost Damage, and of course the Stone Form ability which removes all poison, magic, bleeds, or any type of DoT really, and it decreases your damage taken b 10% for 8 seconds.[/COLOR] Draenei (Click For Full Detail) In a nutshell Draeneis have increased intellect scaling with level, its great for keeping your intellect balanced with hybrid sets. They have increased Jewel crafting which puts you over the limit by 10. Of course the Gift of the Naaru ability which heals 20% of your total HP over 5 seconds! Stats, Gear, and Enchants Enchants & Stat PriorityI will be showing you the main and basic builds that you should be sticking to. Stats are all dependent on your gear set. This stat section will mainly just focus on your main and basic sets that you should stick to and it will give you a view basic stat priority (of course it will change if with your actual set stat priority) Migitation>Stamina or Migitation=Stamina The reason for this build is just to stick with more armor. Of course there are situations with a Stamina Set (Example: You will choose Magicians Mantle because it is the most stamina item but it is cloth like and weak in armor). Paladins can wear Mail, take opportunity of that Critical=Intellect I do not want you guys to fight over which is better. What I am trying to say is if there is a ring with (just an example lol) 3 intellect and 2 critical and there is another ring with 5 critical, you'd best be off with the 3 critical and 3 intellect ring. Haste>Overall Haste is important his patch now with the PvP looms giving haste benefits. Try to apply haste to your Sets but only if your main priority stat still comes out on top. Haste>Intellect>Critical>Stamina>Armor>Spirit>Versatility Gear Hybrid Head: Rifle Commander's Eyepatch (BiS) Substitude: Lucky Fishing Hat (BiS Horde) Neck: Thick Bronze Necklace (BiS) Substitude: Brilliant Necklace Shoulers: Pristine Lightforge Spaulders (BiS) Substitude: Age Pauldrons of the Five Thunder or Cleanse Pualdrons Back: Tumultuous Cloak of the Sorcerer (BiS) Chest: Mystical Vest of Elements (BiS) Substitude: Breastplate of the Terrible Price Bracers: Mindthrust Bracers (BiS) or Uninsured Bracers (BiS) Subsitude: Cuffs of the Black Elements Hands: Gloves of the Heros (BiS) or Serpent Gloves (BiS) Belt: Earthbound Girdle of the Sorcerer (BiS) Legs: Thaelrid's Greaves (BiS) or Scales of Aku'mai (BiS) Feet: Slippers of Unturned Loyalties (BiS) or Corpse Rompers (BiS) Ring 1: Dread Pirate Ring (BiS) Ring 2: Gloaming Band (BiS) or Ring of Pardons (BiS) Substitude: Seal of Argus Trinket 1: Arena Grand Master (BiS) Substitude: Rune of Duty Trinket 2: Swifthand of Justice (BiS Humans only) Subsitude: Ineherited Insignia of the Horde (Alliance) Weapon: The Blessed Hammer of Grace Substitude: Mace of the Order Shield: Weather Observer's Shield (BiS) Substitude: SeedCloud Buckler Stamina Head Lucky Fishing Hat (BiS Neck: Thick Bronze Necklace (BiS) Shoulder: Magicians Mantle (BiS) Subsititude: Pristine Lightforge Spaulders Chest: Mystical Vest of the Elements (BiS) or Burnished Breastplate of the Might (BiS) or Mystic's Robe (BiS) Bracers: Mindthrust Bracers (BiS) or Uninsured Bracers (BiS) Substitude: Cuffs of the Black Elements Hands: Gloves of the Hero (BiS) or Serpentist Gloves (BiS) Substitude: Serpent Gloves (different) Waist: Earthbound Gridle of Stamina (BiS) Legs: Thaelrid's Greaves (BiS) or Scales of Aku'mai (BiS) Feet: Slippers of Unturned Loyalties (BiS) or Corpse Rompers (BiS) Ring 1: Dread Pirate Ring (BiS) Substitude: Blood ring Ring 2: Gloaming Band (BiS) or Ring of Pardons (BiS) Substitude: Blood Ring Trinket1: Arena Grandmaster (BiS) Substitude: Drune of Duty Trinket2: Arena Grandmaster (BiS Human Only) Substitude: Inherited Insignia of the Horde (Alliance) Weapon: The Blessed Hammer of Grace (BiS) Substitude: Mace of the Order Shield: Weathered Observer's Shield (BiS) Haste Same as Hybrid set with a few exceptions Necklace: Thick Bronze Necklace (DEFENSIVE HASTE) or Brilliant Necklace (OFFENSIVE HASTE) Chest: Burnished Breastplate of the Might (DEFENSIVE HASTE) or Gorestained Garb (OFFESIVE HASTE) Trinket1: Swifthand of Justice (Human only) Inherited Insignia of the Alliance (Horde) Trinket2: Swifthand of Justice It seems crazy to throw in Burnished Breast Plate of the Might in there, I assure you that it works amazing. Defensive and Offensive haste just means that with Offensive you get more intellect therefore higher crits in both healing and damage. Also AN IMPORTANT thing to remember is if you have a tauren..well you can get away with not equipping an AGM so you can replace it with something more effective. Defensive Haste means you are more defensive and not willing to die with more stamina and armor. I will direct you to Earl's Guide for any other sets I missed. This are the best Sets to roll with. Full output on Crit or Intellect is not recommended so I will not be putting them as any sets here.