Holy Paladin Healing Stat Priority — Dragonflight 10.2
On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Holy Paladin. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.
If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Holy Paladin stat priority.
The Basics of Stats for Holy Paladin
The stat priority for a Holy Paladin varies based on your spell selection or fight duration, your proximity to your healing targets, and your talents. We will give the general stat priority, then explain how each of these can change it for you. Having said that, our secondary stats are so close in value, and Intellect is so strong at current gear levels that an item-level upgrade will usually be worth equipping. You should use the information on this page to help you decide if one similar item-level piece of gear is superior to another.
How Good is Haste?
In general, Haste is a good stat. However, the value of Haste is difficult to determine because it can change significantly even on the same boss encounter. It does so because of your Mana usage and spell selection. If you find yourself out of Mana before a fight is over, you should check to see if you were casting too many expensive spells. If not, then you can likely improve the situation by removing some Haste. You should aim to strike a balance between having enough haste to respond quickly when others take damage while also not going out of Mana on longer fights.
Holy Paladin Mastery
The value of Mastery 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.
It is important to remember, also, that while Mastery is generally a good stat for healing dungeons, it provides no increase to your damage, and your other secondary stats will.
Talent Choices and Stats
It is important to note that both Mastery and Critical Strike are extremely close in value. While Mastery is a slightly higher throughput stat, Critical Strike interacts very well with Infusion of Light, helping to smooth out the rotation and make it feel a bit better. For that reason, you will want a nice balance of the two stats.
Raiding Stat Priority
The stat priority for raiding is as follows:
- Critical Strike.
- Mastery = Haste
Mythic+ Stat Priority
Within Mythic+, your stat priority shifts slightly:
- Critical Strike;
Haste reduces the cooldowns of Holy Shock, Crusader Strike, and Judgment as well as the cast time of Holy Light and Flash of Light. With it impacting every one of our core abilities as well as quickening the rotation to help make it feel smooth, it becomes our best stat by a decent margin. Mastery provides us with the next largest boost, as previously mentioned, but Critical Strike has some nice synergy with Infusion of Light. These two stats are fairly interchangeable, with Mastery taking a slight lead. Versatility falls behind the other three stats in raiding but can be more desirable in Mythic+ as it provides damage that Mastery doesn't.
If you are interested in min-maxing your stats to gain the highest amount of HPS is possible; you can visit QuestionablyEpic, a website dedicated to healer theorycrafting. This website will compare your stats based on gear and logs to tell you which items in your bags you should equip to make your character as strong as possible.
A Word About Leech
Although tertiary stats such as Speed, Leech, or Avoidance only appear as a bonus on gear at random, the Leech stat is so valuable for healers that it deserves to be mentioned. Any Leech on your gear is free healing that allows you to focus on other people rather than healing yourself. Its value will vary a bit based on how much damage you are taking in an encounter, but it is typically at least as valuable as your other secondary stats and often more valuable. You should keep this in mind when comparing lower item level gear with Leech to higher item level replacements without it.
Gems, Enchants, and Consumables
The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority and you can find our advice on this topic in our dedicated page.
Getting a Better Understanding of Holy Paladin Stats
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) causes the 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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