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Dec 03

This post grew out of an answer I wrote for someone on the PlusHeal forums; I figured other people might find it useful too.

By the time you hit 80 and do a couple of instances, you’ll likely have upgraded a lot of your gear, if not all of it – only a few pieces of BT and Sunwell gear are better than the iLevel 187-200 blues you’ll find in level 80 instances and heroics and on the rep vendors.

One of the easiest ways to wring some extra oomph out of your gear is to make sure it’s fully enchanted – sure, don’t enchant something you pick up at level 73 that you know will be gone by level 77, but once you start picking up stuff in the endgame you really owe it to yourself – and the people you play with – to maximise your gear. The good news is that right now is a cheap time to get your gear enchanted; crafters and enchanters are often willing to do things for very low fees or even provide some of the materials, because they’re scavenging for skill-ups!

So, without further ado, here are the holy-pally-relevant item enhancements that have been introduced in Wrath, along with a bit of commentary and analysis of the choices.

You’ll note that for some slots there are various degrees of enchants for the same stat. In Wrath, many enchants have a basic version with very reasonable mats, and a top-of-the-line version with absolutely hideous mats. Spellpower to weapon is a good example: +50 Spellpower only requires 10 Infinite Dust and 2 Greater Cosmic Essences; +63 Spellpower requires 40 Infinite Dust, 20 Greater Cosmic Essences and 6 Abyss Crystals. Clearly, you’re best off saving the top-of-the-line enchants for gear that won’t be replaced for a long time, and use the cheaper equivalents on blues and early epics.

Helm

Your choice here; I tend to prefer Crit over mp5, so that’s what I’d pick.

Shoulders

Again, your choice here depending on whether you prefer Crit or mp5.

Cloak

Greater Speed is the obvious winner here. Darkglow Embroidery is a reasonable alternative (according to WoWhead it’s got a 35% proc rate with a 75s internal cooldown) if you’re one of the rare paladins who took tailoring. (Damn clothadins!) If you’re having a problem with aggro on specific fights, just get a secondary cloak with Wisdom on it for those fights only.

Chest

10 Int is worth about 4 mp5, a tiny amount of Spell Crit, 150 mana and 2 spellpower. Your call as to whether that’s better than 8 mp5; numerically it’s about on par. I’d be inclined to go for Powerful Stats, simply because not only do you get the benefits of 10 int, but you get all the other stats as well. However, if you’re low on mp5 and feeling the pinch (or you can’t afford the significantly higher cost of the Powerful Stats enchant) Greater Mana Restore is a perfectly reasonable choice.

Bracers

The stand-out winner here is the +23/+30 Spellpower (or the Fur Lining for leatherworkers). +16 Int is nice enough for early gear, and very cheap on mats, but is nowhere near good enough to compete with the spellpower enchants.

Note that unlike all the other crafter-only item enhancements, the blacksmith’s bonus socket is in addition to a regular enchant. Blacksmiths have no excuse for not making use of this.

Hands

Given the relative size of the enchants, the Spellpower enchant is vastly better than the Blasting enchant; it’s the only choice here. (And it’s way cheaper on mats, to boot.) For engineers, the Haste tinker apparently works out around a static 24 Haste Rating, which is okay if you’re scrounging for speed, but Spellpower is still way better.

And, as with the Bracers, Blacksmiths should absolutely be socketing their gloves at all times. There’s no reason not to.

Belt

These are BoE and craftable by blacksmiths for anyone’s use. There’s no reason not to use them, so do it. A free gem? Yes please!

Legs

Much of a muchness here. As a general rule Spirit is all but useless for paladins, so the Stamina threads are better; however, if you regularly get innervates or have much better access to the mats, the Spirit threads are okay.

Boots

Both have their upsides; now that Judgements are important to Holy paladins for Judgements of the Pure (and Heart of the Crusader, for the newly-popular critadin builds with 18-20 points in Ret), Hit Rating is not entirely a waste of time. I’d probably go for Icewalker myself, but either is acceptable.

Rings

if you’re an enchanter, do this; if not, your rings go unenchanted.

Weapon

The +Spellpower enchants are the obvious choices here; the Crit and Hit of Accuracy are nice (see the ‘Boots’ section for Spell Hit discussion), but 50-63 Spellpower is an order of magnitude more powerful. I list the Spirit enchant here solely because you may wish to carry a +Spirit weapon and offhand to be swapped in when you get innervated (for instance, after a battle rez). If you don’t get innervates, don’t bother – and, obviously, don’t take the +Spirit gear out of the hands of druids and priests who can make better use of it.

Shield

Well, that’s an easy one. :)

Happy gearing!

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14 Comments

Comment by Mithral

Made Wednesday, 3 of December , 2008 at 6:48 am

A note on the Shoulder enchants – The Sons of Hodir Honored enchants are roughly equal to the Exaulted enchants for Aldor/Scryer. So if you’re a Paladin of limited playtime, save the rep-grinding for AC/Wyrmrest rep, and stock-up on Arcane-tomes/Fel Armaments.

Comment by Silvos

Made Wednesday, 3 of December , 2008 at 8:20 pm

Thanks a lot for posting this man, has been a very very big help to me.

Comment by Razara

Made Wednesday, 3 of December , 2008 at 11:26 pm

Awesome!
Only started looking at your site a few days back, but already you’re helping me out quite a bit with this.

Seems I’ll have another site to add to my bookmarks.

Comment by AltoholicsAreUs

Made Thursday, 4 of December , 2008 at 3:18 am

Thanks for this post! I haven’t reached cap yet, and haven’t done this research yet, I’ve bookmarked this post to come back to when I get there, it helps to know what I need ahead of time so I can stock up! You’re awesome!

Comment by easymode

Made Monday, 22 of December , 2008 at 1:37 pm

thanks for writing this up sail. ive always wondered what enchants are available in wotlk. and being the lazy ass that i am, didnt bother researching this stuff up myself =P

Comment by Liquid

Made Friday, 26 of December , 2008 at 2:32 pm

Have you written up a gemming guide for holy paladin or know where I might find one?

Comment by Siha

Made Friday, 26 of December , 2008 at 4:37 pm

Comment by Liquid

Made Saturday, 27 of December , 2008 at 11:20 am

tyvm

Comment by Arkelus

Made Friday, 9 of January , 2009 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for the help man!!, your making a difference in my char.

Comment by easymodedin

Made Friday, 16 of January , 2009 at 10:57 pm

not sure if you know this, but there is a +250 mana enchant to the chest slot around too. i got mine done the other day :)

Comment by boatsnhos

Made Tuesday, 3 of February , 2009 at 2:58 am

for those of you who are relatively new to the game as i was you can get a shoulder enchant with sp from stonekeepers shards at wintergrasp. it is great to have while you are building rep for the better enchants, and it is really easy to get the shards.

Comment by Swarfie

Made Friday, 13 of February , 2009 at 7:24 pm

I’m thinking about getting some spell penetration/hit rating gems for pvp, since my clease resists quite a lot, and I do get hammer misses from time to time.

Comment by Ojeda

Made Monday, 23 of February , 2009 at 10:47 am

Thnx!!!! i just leveled a ret pali to 80 and im now going holy, i got all boe epics and blues!! Tyvm for the gem guide and the gear guide! i would be totally lost with out it !! :D

Comment by Lenarrys

Made Tuesday, 19 of May , 2009 at 1:50 pm

Hiya^^

While I really enjoy your threads, I’ve noticed that there’s rarely a mention of Engineering ’stuff’.

The Goggles for example are rated pretty high on the Pre-Raid list, and the Cloak tinker (for example seems pretty solid).

While the rest of the comparisons were pretty thorough, I was wondering if it was just neglected, or if maybe there wasn’t sufficient data?

Thanks

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