Holy Paladin PvP GearingHow to Gear Enchant and Reforge a Holy Paladin in WoW PVP: Season 15 Patch 5.4.7

This guide was originally a collaborative effort with Necrolina, produced by SkillCapped. All of their written guides are available for free, and they encourage reposting with a link back. The original article is on Skill Capped,  here.

GotWarcraft Note: We’ve updated this guide to patch 5.4.7, season 15, (5.4 changes here,) including the PvP Power and Resilience changes. In a nutshell:

  • Season 15 is here, with more resilience and item level 550 Conquest gear.
  • Resilience is now (in 5.4.7) 77%, +3% from a trinket set bonus for 80% total. Drop all Resilience gems and replace with offensive/healing gems.

Note that this guide assumes that you’re level 90. If you’re not there yet then visit our leveling guide or check out Zygor.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Holy Paladin PvP Gear

  1. Stat Priority – The stats you need most.
  2. Adjusting Stats As You Grind
  3. Gemming for PvP
  4. Enchanting for PvP
  5. Getting Started – as a fresh level 90
  6. Honor Gear
  7. Conquest Gear
  8. Holy Paladin PvP Professions
Other Paladin Pages

 

STAT PRIORITY FOR HOLY PALADINS

Stat Priority

  • Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste > Crit > PvP Resilience =  PvP Power > HIt/Experetise

Note: We left out Stamina, as there will never be a situation where Stamina is better than any of these stats. Thus, you should never be Gemming or Enchanting Stamina on your gear.

Mandatory

Healing spells always land on your target, which makes Spell Hit rating useless for healing spells. Holy Paladins also have Holy Insight, which is more than enough additional Spell Hit to reach the 6% Spell Hit cap when trying to assist in damaging your team’s kill target, casting Denouce to reduce damage output, or when you need to land a timely Hammer of Justice. It is also of note that although it is not mentioned in the tooltip, Hammer of JusticeBlinding Light, and other control abilities also benefit from Holy Insight.

Ideal Stat GainsHoly Paladin in Season 7 PvP gear

In this section, you will find a list of stats along with their descriptions; stats are ordered based on their importance. While gearing, you should focus on achieving the following stats based on this priority hierarchy:

  • Intellect
    • Intellect increases your spell power and chance to Crit with spells. Increasing Intellect will increase your healing throughput and your heals will return more health to your target per spell. In addition, Critical Strike is one of our top priorities in terms of secondary stats!
  • Spirit
    • Spirit increases the rate at which mana regenerates. Spirit helps to ensure your mana pool is not depleted over the course of a PvP encounter. In season 15 it is easy to run out of mana, so you will want as much as you can get
  • Mastery
    • Holy Paladins benefit from Mastery: Illuminated Healing, which creates an damage absorb shield on targets you cast direct healing effects on.  This increases Holy Paladin throughput by a significant margin, as the overwhelming majority of Holy Paladin healing spells are considered direct healing.  Mastery is an excellent secondary stat to allocate into.
  • Critical Strike
    • Critical Strike, or Crit, is another decent stat to accumulate for a Holy Paladin. Critical Strikes when using Holy Shock activate our passive Infusion of Light.  The reduced cast times on Holy LightDivine Light, and Holy Radiance makes topping off you and your teammates much easier, and can make a huge difference in how a PvP encounter plays out. Try to have around 8-10% base crit, which give a total 33-35% crit chance for your Holy Shock.
  • Haste
    • Haste reduces the cast time of your abilities and reduces the duration of the Global Cooldown (the minor cooldown that is invoked after casting spells). Haste helps to ensure your important spell casts go uninterrupted (Holy LightDivine Light, etc.), an important factor in PvP, as there are several interrupt mechanics in the game.  Although beneficial, the reduced cast times do not justify allocation out of other important secondary stats.
    • Haste also helps with your Sancity of Battle in reducing certain cooldowns, including Holy Shock.
    • Divine Favor can also be used in a pinch, when additional haste and crit is required for survival.  This ability is quite potent, as it also increases the crit chance of Holy Shock even further, which could lead to even faster casts via Infusion of Light
  • PvP Resilience

    • PvP Resilience reduces the damage your opponent does to you.
    • Resilience was changed in patch 5.3 (see here.) Now everyone, in Season 15, regardless of gear, starts at 77% resilience. This means that you can get away wihtout any added Res. and, instead, concentrate on healing power.

     

  • PvP Power
    • PVP Power increases all of your healing against other players. This additional healing increases linearly and does not fall subject to diminishing returns, making this stat more and more effective as you gear your character.
    • The additional benefit to healing spells is 50% of the damage increase PvP Power provides for DPS classes, making this stat a bit less enticing for Healers, but still a decent throughput stat. In addition PvP Power was nerfed in 5.3 and, as with Res,, the value of the gems was cut in half. The PvP Power on your gear will be fine, there is no need to gem for it.

Reforge everything into Spirit until you are happy with your mana usage. If you never run out (when it’s important) then you’re good, even if you’re not at full mana. You basically want Mastery & Spirit on all gear.

  • If it has Spirit & Mastery then Crit to Haste
  • If only Spirit (no Mastery) then Crit to Haste
  • If only Mastery then reforge the other stat to Spirit

 

ADJUSTING STATS AS YOU GRIND

Here we will be explaining exactly how to obtain, and what the optimal gear choices are while building up your character. While you are accumulating gear, it is important to recognize that until you have your completed set, your stats will constantly be changing. It is extremely important to be mindful of what stats are most important for your class as you work towards your optimal set, and make item selections based on what will have the most profound impact on your performance.

  • With the patch 5.3 changes you can skip the Resilience unless you feel that you’re just getting pounded and more Res will help. Your call, but it isn’t nearly as important as before.
  • Mana efficiency is another concern, and maximizing your energy regeneration and throughput will also help to extend your life and the life of your partners. While stacking Spirit does help with this (and recommended), it is important to try and find a balance of Spirit, Intellect, and the other stats that works with your play style. Remember, more Intellect means higher heal values, which will result in less healing necessary to keep your team topped off.

 

Gemming a Holy Paladin for PvP

Try to have around 8-10% base crit, which give a total 33-35% crit chance for your Holy Shock. Take the first gem if you feel like you need more spirit, the second choice is for more healing power.

Note on costs: Perfect gem cuts have the same stats as the regular cuts, but the price might be very different. Go with the cheaper of the two. See out gold pages for more gold tips.

You DO want to match socket colors if the bonus is Int, your call if it’s PvP Power (little gain either way.).

 

Enchanting a Holy Paladin for PvP

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Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants all come from the Inscription profession.

Holy PvP Enchantments
Weapon Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit: Sometimes increases Int by 1650, might increase Spirit by 750 if mana is low.
Enchant Weapon – Windsong: Sometimes increase Crit, Haste, or Mastery by 1,500 for 12 seconds. This might be a lot cheaper than Jade Spirit, so take it if you can’t afford the other.
Enchant Weapon – Glorious Tyranny: 600 PvP Power, 50% Disarm reduction, cost is 1,000 Conquest points.
Off Hand: Enchant Off-Hand – Major Intellect: +165 Int
Shoulders Secret Crane Wing Inscription: 520 Int and 100 Crit rating, Requires Inscription 550.
Greater Crane Wing Inscription: +200 Int and 100 Crit
Cloak Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect: +180 Int
Lightweave Embroidery – attacks can give 2k Int for 15 sec, requires tailoring
Chest Enchant Chest – Super Resilience: +200 Resilience
Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: +80 to all stats, since you don’t really need the resilience.
Enchant Chest – Mighty Spirit: +200 Spirit
Bracers Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect: +180 Int
Enchant Bracer – Mastery: +170 Mastery
Fur Lining increases Int by 500, requires leatherworking.
Socket Bracer – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
Gloves Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery: +170 Mastery
Socket Gloves – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
Belt Livingsteel Belt Buckle: Gem slot for a nice Int gem
Leggings Greater Pearlescent Spellthread: +285 Int and +165 Spirit
Boots Enchant Boots – Greater Precison: +175 Hit rating
Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step: +140 Mastery, slight run speed increase.
Enchant Boots – Greater Haste: +175 Haste
Rings Enchant Ring – Greater Intellect: +160 Int, Requires Enchanting 550

 

Getting Started With Your PvP Gearing

This section is geared towards people who have recently hit 90 for the first time, or have an under-geared alt that needs to be primed for beginning the PvP gear grind.

Upon achieving level 90, we do NOT advise you to just jump into an Arena, or start grinding Battleground’s, or do any sort of PvP for that matter fresh off of leveling in your leveling items. Chances are many of the enemies in a Battleground will significantly out-gear your fresh level 90, which means they will have a significant advantage over you in a PvP setting.

Something that we promise will save you a lot of grief, speed up your grind, and make your PvP experience that much more enjoyable would be to obtain the crafted PvP gear right away. Here is a list of all of the items you should immediately obtain before you start PvP’ing in Mists of Pandaria.

It’s item level 476, which makes a big step up to this season’s honor gear (at 522.) Another option is getting your starting gear from the Timeless Isle, which will cost you a lot less gold. While it doesn’t have the PvP Power it is 20 item levels higher and you can get trinkets, rings, and jewelry there. You still have the 77% resilience even though it’s PvE gear.

In patch 5.4.7 this gear is Crafted Malevolent and it was not upgraded for Season 15.

Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s… Reforging Gems 
Ornamented Gloves Haste to Mastery Blue
Greaves of Meditation none Yellow
Ornamented Headcover Reforge Crit to Spirit Meta
Red
Ornamented Legplates Reforge Haste to Spirit Red
Blue
Ornamented Spaulders none Yellow
Clasp of Meditation Reforge Haste to Mastery Blue
chest Reforge Haste to Mastery Blue
Drape of Meditation Reforge Crit to Mastery None
Bracers of Meditation Reforge Crit to Mastery None

Tip: It is normally much cheaper to get the materials for these items yourself and have someone craft them for you, rather than buying them off of the Auction House. Even if you just buy the materials off the Auction House and spam trade, it’s normally cheaper. Always check first for good deals on the Auction House, though!

 

Holy Paladin Honor Gear

Should I get the Honor Gear? Why?

The detail: There a new arena season in patch 5.4.7 (season 15,) Honor gear is now 522 and the Conquest gear is item level 550. If you did not participate in Season 14, then the honor gear should be accumulated to increase your character’s power. The stat differential going from the Crafted Malevolent Season 14 (or Timeless Island) gear to the honor gear is significant and will greatly increase you chances of success in a a PvP setting.

TL,DR: Because it will give you an edge in the arena as opposed to going in with lesser gear.

What about PvE gear? If you have high level PvE gear then that’s fine for world PvP only. In BGs and Arena the gear is downrated to 528 (a bit  worse then the 522 honor gear.)  Eventually the downrating will be to 540, so will be better than the honor gear in BGs and arenas. Prideful gear will be better in all PvP situations.

Also, in the BGs and Arenas the legendary procs (meta gem, cape, etc.) don’t work, in addition to any downrating.

What Honor Gear to Get, and in What Order

Below you will find a list of all of the honor gear pieces you can obtain. They are listed in order of their stat benefits to you. That is, if you go follow this list in order, you will get the best stats first. This is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but we feel if you are going to gear up, you might as well do it in an efficiently as possible. This also gets you into the set bonuses as soon as possible.

Note that some feel that gearing up the lower cost pieces first (eg: those that cost 1,250 honor, such as rings) is a good way to go as that gets you into some gear that much sooner. Esp. if you’re not gaining much honor from the BGs. The pair of rings is a good place to start if you’re doing that. Your call.

If you already own the Season 14 equivalent of this gear (Grievous Gladiator,) simply skip over that item and proceed to the next!

Note: If you do not already have a trinket that removes movement impairing effects, THIS SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PICK-UP: Gladiator’s Medallion of Meditation

See above for gems, enchants, and reforging. Season 15 Conquest gear is Prideful Gladiator.

The Gear Gems  Notes
Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates Red, Blue Head, chest, and legs are all comparable. The order here was chosen due to the Mastery and Haste values on the Legs.
Gladiator’s Ornamented Chestguard Red, Yellow The Chest is next due to its sizable Spirit allocation. You also get the 2-piece set bonus for more PvP Power and a buff to Holy SHock.
Gladiator’s Gavel
(or Mageblade)
None Once you have earned 7250 honor points in Season 15, you may purchase your weapon, by far the largest power increase you can purchase. The main hand/Shield combo offers the best stats for a Holy Paladin.
Gladiator’s Redoubt None
Gladiator’s Ornamented Headcover Meta, Red The Helm has a sizable Mastery weighting and benefits from a meta gem slot (Ember Primal Diamond is a strong choice here).
Gladiator’s Ornamented Spaulders Yellow For the next tier, shoulders offer the largest upgrade with high Mastery and Spirit allocations. You also get the 4-piece bonus, for more PvP Power and gaining 1 Holy Power from your Flash of Light casts.
Gladiator’s Greaves of Meditation Yellow The Boots offers both Spirit and Mastery, two very important stats.
Gladiator’s Clasp of Meditation Blue, Buckle High Spirit values make the Belt a strong addition. You can also add a Living Steel Belt Buckle for an additional gem slot.
Gladiator’s Ornamented Gloves Blue Equip: Increases the critical effect chance of your Flash of Light by 2%.
Gladiator’s Band of Meditation None Meditation Ring is appropriate here due to it’s spirit allocation
Gladiator’s Bracers of Meditation None Purchase the Wrists and Cloak next, followed by the Neck piece.
Gladiator’s Drape of Meditation None
Gladiator’s Pendant of Meditation None
Gladiator’s Band of Cruelty None
Relic of Chi Ji
or
Contemplation of Chi Ji (from the timeless isle.)
PvP Power does not benefit healers as much as it does for dps classes, as PvP Power’s effectiveness is 50% of the benefit awarded for healers when compared to damage dealers. If you have the cash flow, buying the Crane Deck and completing the quest for the Relic of Chi Ji yields better performance than PvP trinkets (due to the high passive Intellect and the massive Spirit buff proc.) Also, the TImeless Isle piece is similar, but higher level.
If you cannot afford the Darkmoon Fair trinket, use Gladiator’s Emblem of Meditation for the added survivability, or Gladiator’s Badge of Dominance for the additional throughput awarded.
Gladiator’s Medallion of Meditation Due to this item’s lack of primary stats, this should be your last pick-up, provided you have a PvP trinket from a previous season. The Meditation trinket is used to ensure our Spirit levels stay high enough to prevent mana concerns. If you do not already have a trinket that removes movement impairing effects, THIS SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PICK-UP.Note that gaining this trinket along with another PvP trinket gives you the resilience bonus.

 

CONQUEST GEAR

What Conquest Gear to Get, and in What Order

This season, there are two tiers of conquest gear. In hopes of creating a more level playing field, Blizzard has decided to do away with rating requirements for all items (except for a weapon enchant to help differentiate players that have attained a high rating). This means that all players will have access to the best PvP gear available, provided they earn enough conquest points to purchase the items.

The second tier of conquest gear, or “elite” gear, is only available for purchase once you’ve amassed a certain number of conquest points for this season. Once 27,000 Conquest points are earned, it will unlock the “elite” tier gear. It is also important to mention that a new honor quartermaster will also be made available, which will have the non-elite gear available for honor points! This will be of particular value to hybrid classes, as they can participate in Battlegrounds to purchase their off-set PvP items.

If you have a mix of upgraded and non-upgraded gear from last season, prioritize the gear that has NOT been upgraded. The stat gains will be greater.

Gem, enchant, and reforge according to the info higher up on this page.

As with the honor gear, going for the lowest cost pieces first is an option. Esp. if you’re not gaining Conquest Points very quickly.

The Gear Cost Gems Notes
Legs: Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates 2,250 Red, Blue Head, chest, and legs are all comparable. The order here was chosen due to the Mastery and Haste values on the Legs.
Chest: Gladiator’s Ornamented Chestguard 2,250 Red, Yellow The Chest is next due to its sizable Spirit allocation. You also get the 2-piece set bonus for more PvP Power and a buff to Holy SHock.
Weapon: Gladiator’s Gavel
(or Mageblade)
2,250 None Once you have earned 7250 Conquest points in Season 15 you may purchase your weapon, by far the largest power increase you can purchase. The main hand/Shield combo offers the best stats for a Holy Paladin.
Shield: Gladiator’s Redoubt 1,250 None Takes an Int enchant
Head: Gladiator’s Ornamented Headcover 2,250 Meta, Red The Helm has a sizable Mastery weighting and benefits from a meta gem slot  See the gems, above, for several choices for that slot.
Shoulders: Gladiator’s Ornamented Spaulders 1,750 Yellow For the next tier, shoulders offer the largest upgrade with high Mastery and Spirit allocations. You also get the 4-piece bonus, for more PvP Power and gaining 1 Holy Power from your Flash of Light casts.
Feet: Gladiator’s Greaves of Meditation 1,750 Yellow The Boots offers both Spirit and Mastery, two very important stats.
Belt: Gladiator’s Clasp of Meditation 1,750 Blue, Buckle High Spirit values make the Belt a strong addition. You can also add a Living Steel Belt Buckle for an additional gem slot.
Hands: Gladiator’s Ornamented Gloves 1,750 Blue Equip: Increases the critical effect chance of your Flash of Light by 2%.
Ring 1: Gladiator’s Band of Meditation 1,250 None Meditation Ring is appropriate here due to it’s spirit allocation
Wrists: Gladiator’s Bracers of Meditation 1,250 None Purchase the Wrists and Cloak next, followed by the Neck piece.
Back: Gladiator’s Drape of Meditation 1,250 None
Neck: Gladiator’s Pendant of Meditation 1,250 None
Ring 2: Gladiator’s Band of Cruelty 1,250 None
Trinket 1:
Contemplation of Chi Ji
(from the timeless isle) or…
Gladiator’s Emblem of Meditation or…
Gladiator’s Badge of Dominance
1,750 PvP Power does not benefit healers as much as it does for dps classes, as PvP Power’s effectiveness is 50% of the benefit awarded for healers when compared to damage dealers. The TImeless Isle piece provides a nice Int boost and a faily large Spirit proc.If mana is not really an issue then use Gladiator’s Emblem of Meditation for the added survivability, or Gladiator’s Badge of Dominance for the additional throughput awarded.
Trinket 2:
Gladiator’s Medallion of Meditation
1,750 Due to this item’s lack of primary stats, this should be your last pick-up, provided you have a PvP trinket from a previous season. The Meditation trinket is used to ensure our Spirit levels stay high enough to prevent mana concerns. If you do not already have a trinket that removes movement impairing effects, THIS SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PICK-UP.Note that gaining this trinket along with another PvP trinket gives you the resilience bonus.

 

 

THE BEST HOLY PALADIN PVP GEAR IN SEASON 15

Human Holy Paladin Season 13 elite PvP GearElite Gear is available for purchase after earning (not necessarily spending) 27,000 Conquest Points. Any piece of gear that actually alters the appearance of your character will have an Elite upgrade (in other words – chest, helm, legs, shoulders, gloves, belt, boots, and weapon).

Remember, once you earn 27,000 Conquest Points this season, you will also be able to purchase Non-Elite Conquest gear with Honor Points! This is of particular value to hybrid classes that would like to switch specs, from say a healer, to a dps class. Instead of having to use additional Conquest Points on your off-spec gear, you can farm Battlegrounds for your gear! Note: the 27,000 Conquest Point threshold is essentially a full set of conquest gear.

Follow the same gemming and enchanting template that was used in the previous section.

Elite gear will require a personal rating of 2,000 in order to purchase. Items are not available as of 9/6/13. They will be posted here when the items do become available.

 

 

HOLY PALADIN PVP PROFESSIONS

Our goal is to give you the absolute best gear set up you can achieve as a Holy Paladin in Season 13, and part of that is choosing the right professions. Before we tell you what the best professions are, we should note that when comparing professions, there is a very marginal benefit to your overall gear set, and you should not sacrifice a profession you really enjoy for the sake of a minor stat increase. Leveling a new profession can be costly!

That being said, here are the best professions for a Holy Paladins in Mists of Pandaria PvP: (Engineering and Herbalism added by GotWarcraft.)

Blacksmithing may be the best Profession for a Holy Paladin because of the two extra gem slots that can be used to refine your stats. Blacksmithing offers you the best customization, as you are able to increase primary stats, along with the freedom to choose various secondary stats, such as Mastery, Spirit, or even PvP Power and PvP Resilience! Other professions simply do not offer this much customization for your character. Two Spirit gems will be 640 Spirit.

Tailoring offers a cloak enchant that offers a random proc for either 2,000 Int or 3,000 Spirit.

Engineering has a number of useful gadgets, the best of which is Synapse Springs, which gives you a 1,920 Int boost for 10 seconds with a measly 1 min cooldown. Not bad at all for those “burst heal” periods.

Jewelcrafting allows your character to use Willful Serpent’s Eye in two of your red slots. This offers you a boost to survivability along with some added damage. Mysterious Serpent’s Eye is also available to add even damage and healing throughput, if you feel your survivability is sufficient.

Enchanting allows you to enchant both rings for a total of 320 Int.

Inscription and Leatherworking will give you the same bonus as Enchanting. Alchemy doubles the duration of your flasks and elixirs and gives you about 30% more in stats.

Herbalism has a nice Haste cooldown that you’re looking for here: Lifeblood. 2,880 Haste ever y 2 min is pretty nice, even if Haste isn’t your #1 (or #2) stat. In addition, you can find mana spirits. These act much like mana potions, but you get the mana back over 6 seconds.

Skinning gives you some Crit and Mining some stamina. Neither are enough to be interesting.

Good Luck!

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