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Chances are you came to this guide because you were feeling discouraged about leveling your shiny new priest in World of Warcraft. Before you go any farther, stop. If your character is below level thirty and is not a Blood Elf or Night Elf, reroll to one of those characters. Those two classes have by far the best racial talents (and in my opinion are the best-looking) to be a Priest.
Now, if you are rolling a Priest just to be a Shadow Priest and nothing else (mainly to PvP) stop here now. Druids are almost as good healers in Player versus Player since they are fairly decent at Heals over Time. Although, if you want to PvE heal, roll a Priest. That being said, priests are terribly annoying to level. If you pull three or more mobs you WILL die. It takes about 15 seconds of preparing before each mob and you pretty much have to drink after every mob. If you pull two mobs you will have a difficult fight on your hands, so try to avoid it where possible. Since we are terrible at this 2+ mobs pulling questing is not usually for us. Instead, we have to grind our way to 80 /sigh. So leveling pretty much sucks hard face for us Priests. Don’t worry little young ones, even though leveling stinks, healing stinks, you don’t get any credit, get yelled at whenever anything goes wrong, and you are terrible at PvP (whilst being one-hit by every class), you still have Mind Control! Does mind Control have to be one of my favorite things about World of Warcraft? Your DPS talking smack near the meeting stone? Mind Control him or her and run that sucker off a cliff!
Anyways, as I stated before as a Priest (unless you are in a group) will pretty much need to grind instead of the quest. If you pick up skinning this really helps you while leveling against beasts. If you don’t feel like picking up the Skinning Profession, then you should grind on humanoids. This is because usually on average, humanoids drop better materials, equipment, and drop money. Also, you can get cloth from them which are very valuable.
Basically, you want to stick to large, open areas while leveling your Priest, since you can see far and wide. This ensures that you will pull as few mobs as possible. Your best bet, though is to find a leveling partner and grind with him or her. Or, better yet, get a group of friends from real life together and level with them!
You’ve led your group through the instance. You stood up to the big, bad final boss. You’ve done your job as a Paladin tank very well and now it’s time for your reward. You scoop up a brand new chest piece, full of sockets and waiting for gems.
So now comes the tough decision – what precious gems are you going to spend your money on?
Focus on the Best Stats for a Tanking Paladin (Tankadin)
First you need to identify the stats that you want to maximize as a Tankadin. The most important ones are – defense, stamina, agility, and spell damage. Intellect and mp5 can be useful, but they shouldn’t be a major focus.
Raising your defense increases your overall avoidance – chance to dodge, block, parry, and be missed. Agility can also increase your avoidance – by increasing your chance to dodge – but you get less avoidance per item value.Stamina is always a favorite stat for tanks. Many warriors will sacrifice everything else to maximize their stamina – don’t fall into that trap. Avoidance is as necessary as hit points in end game raid tanking. Paladins need even more avoidance, because Holy Shield is underpowered. Try to balance your stamina gains with defense/agility.
Don’t over-emphasize the spell damage. It is an important stat, but the clearly the fourth most important. For most purposes, a Paladin can tank fine with about 200 spell damage. You can achieve that with a nice weapon (i.e. Continuum Blade or Crystalforged Sword) and a plus spell power to weapon enchant.
Once you are uncrushable (or very close) and have a lot of hit points, you can diversify some of your item value into extra spell damage. You’ll eventually need it, but not until your fellow raiders are decked out in tier 5 or tier 6.
General Gemming Advice
It’s generally a good idea to fit each socket with the correct color gem. The socket bonus may not be much, but it is a free bonus. +3 dodge rating isn’t a lot – until you have it on five different items.
Remember – items are balanced by item value. By gaining the socket bonus on each item, you’re diversifying your stats and getting the most bang for your item value. You should only socket the wrong color gems if the socket bonus is truly useless for a Tankadin (i.e. + Spirit).
By the same token, you should use the more expensive gems whenever possible. If the item is temporary, you can put cheap green-quality gems in. If you plan on using the item for more than a few days, spend some gold and buy some blue quality gems. The bonuses add up when you’re using ten gems.
With that in mind, there are a handful of gems that you could put in a given color. Note: All of the suggested gems are the expensive, blue quality gems. Search on Wowhead for the first word in the gem’s name and you’ll find the cheaper version.
Best Gems to Buy
Rigid Dawnstone. +8 Defense Rating, Yellow. Buy this if you need to maximize your defense and reach 490 (uncrittable status).
Enduring Talasite. +4 Defense, + 6 Stamina, Green. If you have reached uncrittable status, buy these. It will diversify your defense and stamina – and they’re generally cheaper than Dawnstones or Stars of Elune.
Solid Star of Elune. +12 Stamina, Blue. These are good for maximizing stamina. They are also expensive, so you’d be better off buying split-color gems like Talasites.
Glowing Nightseye. +5 Spell Damage, +6 Stamina. Good for boosting your spell damage and threat generation. Use these sparingly – but they will fill a red socket for you.
Shifting Nightseye. +4 Agility, +6 Stamina. Agility helps with your overall avoidance by increasing your chance to dodge. These should be used sparingly, but are good for filling a red socket.
Remember to use your gems wisely and maximize your armor’s item value. Spend a little money and get the better gems.
Most importantly, don’t waste your time loading up on unimportant stats like intellect and mp5. Stamina and defense should be your major goals, and spell damage and agility can be used to fill out red gem sockets.
Who knew that accessories would be so important in WoW?