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The base attributes of each race are standard and increase at predictable rates with leveling. Obtaining equipment with bonuses to the various attributes is essential to the paladin's development. Choosing the best attribute bonuses is a challenging and ongoing process. This article is a guide on Paladin attributes.

StrengthEdit

Strength affects the base damage a Paladin can do with melee attacks and affects the amount of damage that can be blocked with a shield. The natural leveling of a Paladin enhances strength faster than agility, intellect, or spirit. Equipment that adds to strength will increase the damage done with each attack slightly. Retribution Paladins specced with Divine Strength usually stack a lot of strength.

AgilityEdit

Agility increases the melee critical hit chance and dodge. Point for point, critical strike rating is better for damage and dodge rating is better for tanking, but agility is still useful.

StaminaEdit

Stamina adds to the characters hit points (or health). Stamina is the other attribute that increases rapidly as the Paladin levels. Being able to absorb more damage is always a good thing for a Paladin. It is the key stat for tanking, and many level 80 tanks will stack pure stamina once they've reached the defense cap.

IntellectEdit

Intellect adds to the characters available mana pool, and increases spell critical strike chance. It is by far the best stat for holy paladins, since it contributes to sustained healing ability in several ways: the size of the initial mana pool, the amount of mana returned through Replenishment, and the mana returned through Illumination.

SpiritEdit

Spirit increases the regeneration rate of health and mana when not in combat. Spirit helps shorten downtime between fights. Paladins rarely have much downtime between fights due to self healing and Blessing of Wisdom, which accelerates mana regeneration. Unlike other casters, paladins do not have an ability that allows a percentage of out-of-combat mana regeneration to continue while fighting, so spirit is of very little use.

Nevertheless, since TBC, secondary attributes (e.g. spell damage, defense, critical strike rating, etc.) on the gear has become more important than ever before. Please refer to specific guides for priority of importantce for those stats.

Attribute values at different levelsEdit

Starting attribute values depend on the race.

RaceStrengthAgilityStaminaIntellectSpirit
Blood elf1922222319
Draenei2317222023
Dwarf2716231920
Human2220222021

However, attribute gains on later levels don't depend on the race. The only exception is spirit, since the human race has The Human Spirit racial trait which increases their spirit by 10%.

LevelAdditional strengthAdditional agilityAdditional staminaAdditional intellectAdditional spiritHuman base spirit
10000022
211111data missing (23 or 24)
321211data missing (23 or 24)
432322data missing (24 or 25)
542423data missing (25 or 26)
653533data missing (25 or 26)
763644data missing (26 or 27)
874644data missing (26 or 27)
984755data missing (27 or 28)
109585629
1110596730
12116107730
13127117831
14137128933
15148149933
161681591034
1717916101135
18181017111236
19191018111236
20201119121337
21211220131438
22231221141539
23241322141640
24251424151640
25261425161741
26281526171842
27291627171944
28301628182045
29321730192146
30331831202146
31341932212247
32361934222348
33372035222449
34392136232550
35402238242651
36422339252752
37432340262853
38452442272955
39462543283056
40482645293157
41492746303258
42512748313359
43522849323460
44542951323561
45563052333662
46573154343763
47593255363864
48613357373966
49623459384168
50643560394269
51663662404370
52683764414471
53703865424572
54713967434673
55734069444875
56754171454977
57774272465078
58794374485179
59814476495381
60834578505482
61854680515583
62874782525785
63894884545886
64914986555988
65935188566190
66965290586291
67985392596493
681005494606594
691025596626695
701045798636897

Also, the Divine Strength talent modifies strength by up to 15%, the Sacred Duty talent modifies stamina by up to 6%, the Combat Expertise talent modifies stamina by up to 6%, and the Divine Intellect talent modifies intellect by up to 10%. Base attributes include those modifications too. If a Paladin has both Sacred Duty and Combat Expertise, the base stamina modifiers stack via multiplication (for example, at maximum ranks base stamina with talents = base stamina without talents * 1.06 * 1.06 = base stamina without talents * 1.166).

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