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Holy Paladin Healing Stat Priority (BfA 8.0)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Holy Paladins in World of Warcraft BfA 8.0, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Holy Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About our Author

This guide has been written by Holy Paladin Theorycrafter Adamselene. He currently raids with War Front of Kel'Thuzad-US. You can find him on the Hammer of Wrath class Discord and the most up to date version of “The Light and How to Swing It” — the spreadsheet he maintains with Rhyno — can be found here.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Holy Paladin varies based on level 90 talent chosen and your proximity to your healing targets.

1.1. Stat Priority With Avenging Crusader

With Avenging Crusader Icon Avenging Crusader selected, your stat priority is as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery.

Healing from Judgment Icon Judgment and Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike while Avenging Crusader Icon Avenging Crusader is active is unaffected by Mastery. Since Avenging Crusader is such a strong cooldown this greatly reduces the value of Mastery when it is selected.

1.2. Stat Priority With Sanctified Wrath or Awakening

With Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath or Awakening Icon Awakening selected, your stat priority is as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Haste;
  5. Versatility.

The value of Mastery also depends on your positioning relative to your healing targets. In situations where the entire group is very close to you, Mastery outperforms Critical Strike. In situations where the group is spread out, and your targets are further than 30 yards away from you, Mastery becomes your least valuable stat.

If you wish to optimize for specific encounters it is beneficial to have a Mastery-heavy gear set and a low-Mastery gear set and switch them based on group positioning requirements and level 90 talents.

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Holy Paladin Stats

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the power of your heals.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Haste lowers your global cooldown and your cast time.

Mastery (Mastery: Lightbringer Icon Mastery: Lightbringer) causes healing you do to be increased the closer they are to you. The actual increase depends on the amount of Mastery you have.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

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