pve holy paladin bis
  • Author: lettara
  • Date: November 7, 2022
  • Expansion: WotLK Classic

Tier 7 has a ridiculous amount of loot compared to previous tiers. This can make choosing which items to go for a very daunting task. Lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon this guide, and we’ve done all heavy lifting for you. You can trust that the information here is accurate and backed by math, not opinions.

Curious as to how we arrived at this list? Check out the Stats section of this guide for an in-depth breakdown on what to look for on gear.

Item
Source
Argent Crusade – Exalted
Utgarde Keep – Heroic

If you are not an engineer, Helm of Purified Thoughts will be your best bet. And good news: getting exalted with any WotLK reputation is easy! Once you’ve reached Friendly via quests, simply purchase a tabard from the respective quartermaster and spam Normal or Heroic Dungeons.

If you’re seeking an immediate upgrade, try running Heroic Utgarde Keep for a chance at Battlemap Hide Helm. It has a 12.5% drop chance.

We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau, but if you happen to already have the Cowl of Gul’dan, your helmet should be one of the last pre-bis pieces you go for.

Item
Source
Jewelcrafting (440) – BoE

Both of these necklaces are extremely close in value. In fact, it’s a complete toss up as to which one is better, particularly when your gear is bad. Purchase whichever one is easier for you to attain.

Item
Source
Halls of Stone – Heroic
The Violet Hold – Heroic

If you’re seeking shoulders, head over to Halls of Stone. Your two best options drop there. If you get unlucky, consider purchasing the Dark Runic Mantle off the auction house.

We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau, but if you happen to already have the Erupting Epaulets, your shoulders should be one of the last pre-bis pieces you go for.

Item
Source
Tailoring (415) – BoE
The Oculus – Heroic
Kirin Tor – Honored

TBC gamers rejoice! The Tattered Cape of Antonidas was bis in WotLK pre-patch, and it’s still holding up well today. We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau to acquire this cloak, as there are several alternatives that are extremely close.

Wispcloak will be your best option if you are struggling with mana. If your gear has cultivated a healthy mana pool already, the Ancient Dragon Spirit Cape may be your best option.

If you’re seeking a quick upgrade, the Shroud of Dedicated Research is super easy to attain. Getting reputation with any WotLK reputation is easy! Once you’ve reached Friendly via quests, simply purchase a tabard from the respective quartermaster and spam Normal or Heroic Dungeons.

Item
Source
Leatherworking (440) – BoE
The Oculus – Heroic
Kirin Tor – Exalted

The #1 option, Heroes’ Redemption Tunic, is a no-brainer. The Holy Paladin 4 piece set bonus is insane, so start collecting tier now. 4 Piece aside, this is still the best chest option.

If you want an immediate upgrade, and have some gold to blow, consider purchasing the Revenant’s Breastplate. It’s comparable to the tier chest’s stats, granting slightly more output at the expense of mana sustain. If you are in this phase of gearing, however, we recommend valuing mana (Int, mp5) over output (haste, sp).

If you happen to already be exalted with the Kirin Tor, purchase the Robes of the Crackling Flame. There are better chest pieces that are easily attainable, so don’t spend time grinding exalted Kirin Tor just for this robe.

We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau, but if you happen to already have the Noble Judicator’s Chestguard, your chest should be one of the last pre-bis pieces you go for.

Item
Source
60 Emblem of Valor – BoE
The Oculus – Heroic
The Violet Hold – Heroic

Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant is the best option for this slot, but costs a pretty penny. It requires Emblem of Valor which are only attainable in raids, but since this item is BoE, you will be able to buy it off other players who farmed the badges.

If bracers on a budget are what you seek, head over to Drak’Tharon Keep (h) and Utgarde Pinnacle (n). Both the Limb Regeneration Bracers and Bands of Fading Light are very close to one another, so we recommend chasing both if your aim is to gear as fast as possible.

Cuffs of Winged Levitation are a solid alternative if you don’t find Limb Regeneration Bracers or Bands of Fading Light.

Azure Cloth Bindings are a distant fourth, as they offer crit instead of haste like the bracers above.

Surprised to hear that crit is valued below haste? Check out the stats section of this guide for an in-depth explanation.

Item
Source
Tailoring (435) – BoE

Since your tier set bonuses are so valuable, this guide highly recommends chasing the Heroes’ Redemption Gloves and ignoring the rest of this list.

It is worth noting that Traditionally Dyed Handguards are on-par with the tier gloves, and only fall behind when you unlock a set bonus. If you have these gloves already, your tier gloves should be one of the last items you go for.

If you are looking for an immediate glove upgrade, consider buying Spellweave Gloves, but know that they will be replaced very quickly by tier.

We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau, but if you happen to already have Gauntlets of the Soothed Soul, your gloves should be one of the last pre-bis pieces you go for.

Item
Source
Gundrak – Heroic
Kirin Tor – Exalted

When it comes to this slot, there is no contest. Magroth’s Meditative Cincture blows the alternatives out of the water. In fact, Magroth’s Meditative Cincture is the 3rd best belt in the game, including raid loot.

Sash of Blood Removal is a great option if you have it, but we wouldn’t recommend chasing this item, because it is nowhere close to the best option.

Belt of Dark Mending and Ghostflicker Waistband are both attained from reputation, so consider using them temporarily if you’re already exalted with Knights of the Ebon Blade or Kirin Tor.

Item
Source
The Oculus – Heroic

The Leggings of Protective Auras are by far the best option for this slot.

The second option, Leggings of the Winged Serpent are nowhere close, but can be a nice filler if your luck in The Oculus doesn’t pan out.

We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau, but if you happen to already have Leggings of Calamity, your legs should be one of the last pre-bis pieces you go for.

Item
Source
Leatherworking (440) – BoE

The Sandals of Crimson Fury are attained via reputation. And good news: getting exalted with any WotLK reputation is easy! Once you’ve reached Friendly via quests, simply purchase a tabard from the respective quartermaster and spam Normal or Heroic Dungeons.

If reputation farming isn’t for you, consider purchasing the Revenant’s Treads. They provide slightly more haste than the Sandals of Crimson Fury, but are considered worse due to the intellect disparity.

Sabatons of Erekem is a pure mana option. If you are struggling with mana, these boots may be best while you work to improve your mana situation.

Item
Source
Argent Crusade – Exalted
Utgarde Keep – Heroic
Harold Winston – 8500g

The Signet of Hopeful Light is itemized perfectly, and has far more intellect than any pre-bis alternative. This ring sits safely at the top of this list. You acquire item via reputation and good news: getting exalted with any WotLK reputation is easy! Once you’ve reached Friendly via quests, simply purchase a tabard from the respective quartermaster and spam Normal or Heroic Dungeons.

Band of Guile and Annhylde’s Ring are both fantastic options and nearly identical to each other. Definitely farm The Culling of Stratholme(h) and Utgarde Keep(h) as much as you can until you attain one of them.

If you are seeking an immediate upgrade and are swimming in gold, consider dropping 8500g on Signet of the Kirin Tor. While it may get replaced quickly, it’s not a total waste, since it gives you a teleport to Dalaran on a 30 minute cooldown.

Item
Source
Halls of Stone – Heroic
Alchemy (400)

Darkmoon Card: Greatness is not just the best pre-bis trinket out there… It’s also the best trinket in the entire game! While its cost may be outrageous, we highly recommend saving up for it. The 90 static intellect is what makes it so crazy, and its proc can be extremely useful when combined with Divine Plea.

Soul Preserver and Eye of Gruul both function the same way, with one exploitable nuance: they both proc off of Glyph of Holy Light splash! When healing stacked targets, these trinkets have the potential to return a ridiculous amount of mana.

Figurine – Sapphire Owl is a fantastic, high intellect alternative to the two OP trinkets listed above, but make no mistake: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver are far superior.

As mentioned above, Eye of Gruul has a high value on stacked targets when paired with Glyph of Holy Light. In the majority of scenarios, however, Figurine – Sapphire Owl will be the superior option.

Spark of Life is a great alternative to Figurine – Sapphire Owl and Eye of Gruul, but does not come close to the best two trinkets: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver.

Mercurial Alchemist Stone is a nice filler if you are an alchemist and have plenty of Runic Mana Injectors, but does not compare to the other trinkets on this list.

Item
Source
The Nexus – Heroic

While Titansteel Guardian has more spellpower than the War Mace of Unrequited Love, the mace is vastly superior due to a whopping 49 intellect disparity.

There is a steep drop off in value below these two weapons, but Gavel of the Brewing Storm is a great weapon to use temporarily. In fact, if you’re missing a weapon we recommend farming Wyrmrest Accord reputation first, as this reputation also grants our pre-bis boots, Sandals of Crimson Fury.

Gavel of the Fleshcrafter is also a great filler weapon. It will net you more mana sustain than the Gavel of the Brewing Storm, but less output.

We do not recommend spending time running Sunwell Plateau, but if you happen to already have Hammer of Sanctification, your weapon should be one of the last pre-bis pieces you go for.

Item
Source

The badge shield Protective Barricade of the Light is far and away the best option for this slot, and fairly cheap too.

Temple Crystal Fragment is a decent alternative, and may even appear better than the badge shield at first glance, but since we cannot enchant an offhand with Enchant Shield – Greater Intellect, it falls behind.

Item
Source

Cheap and overpowered. We recommend buying this the Libram of Renewal with badges before any other item.

This libram is effectively 350 Mp5 if you are mashing Holy Light.

Item
Source

The Headpiece of Reconciliation is slightly superior to the Faceguard of the Succumbed. However, since Headpiece of Reconciliation is far and away the best helmet for Resto Druids, it is recommended to opt for Faceguard of the Succumbed, the second best option. Resto Druids will make use of the 60 spirit, where as Holy Paladins don’t benefit from spirit at all.

Headpiece of Fungal Bloom and Cowl of Sheet Lightning are both great alternatives for mana intensive fights. Unlike the other options on this list, these two helmets have Mp5 (but less output stats).

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Both caster rewards from Heroic Judgment at the Eye of Eternity are the best necklaces in the game for us. The Wyrmrest Necklace of Power is more output heavy (despite having hit, which is mostly a dead stat for us) whereas the Life Binder’s Locket is a superior mana option. For the purposes of Tier 7 content, we recommend the output option Wyrmrest Necklace of Power.

Item
Source

Shoulders should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy tier shoulders from badges early.

While it is not advisable to go for non-tier items in this slot, Noble Birthright Pauldrons & Elevated Lair Pauldrons are both excellent pieces because of their raw stats. Use these temporarily as you accumulate 60 Emblem of Valor.

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25)

Pennant Cloak is the best cape in the game for Holy Paladins. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most contested pieces in the game, as it is BIS for nearly every caster.

Shroud of Luminosity is a distant second, but is also contested by casters, and nearly identical in value to Cloak of Kea Feathers.

It is strongly recommended to rock the Cloak of Kea Feathers, and leave the other two contested options for your DPS.

Item
Source

Chest should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy Heroes’ Redemption Tunic from badges early.

The Fallout Impervious Tunic and Chestplate of the Great Aspects are extremely strong options, far better stat wise than Valorous Redemption Tunic. If you don’t yet have your 4 piece, these are powerful pieces to use in the interim.

Tunic of the Artifact Guardian is the best mana item for this slot, but it lacks the output of the other alternatives.

Item
Source
60 Emblem of Valor – BoE

All bracers in this slot are very close in effectiveness. If you don’t yet have Abetment Bracers, we recommend using Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant and letting other players take Unsullied Cuffs and Bindings of the Decrepit.

Item
Source

Gloves should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy Heroes’ Redemption Gloves from badges early.

The Winter Spectacle Gloves have the best stats of any gloves, but they don’t come close to the value of the Tier 7 4 piece set bonus. Use these temporarily if you’re still missing your 4 piece or don’t yet have a better piece to exclude.

Item
Source

Similar to the Pennant Cloak, the Leash of Heedless Magic is one of the most contested caster pieces in the game. While it may be our best belt, consider passing on it to casters, opting for Waistguard of Divine Grace instead.

If you have been unlucky with belt drops, Magroth’s Meditative Cincture is very easy to attain and a fantastic belt to use until acquiring one of the two belts above it.

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25)

Legs should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy Valorous Redemption Greaves from badges early.

Leggings of Voracious Shadows are very well optimized, and can be a nice alternative to use before you have your 4 piece.

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25) – BoE

Boots of Healing Energies are the best item for this slot, and are uncontested. If you’re not finding luck in The Eye of Eternity, consider purchasing Poignant Sabatons on the auction house. They are a close second to the Maly 25 boots.

Sabatons of Rapid Recovery can be a great filler piece if you have extra badges to blow, and don’t want to drop the gold on Poignant Sabatons.

Item
Source
Argent Crusade – Exalted
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25)

Signet of Manifested Pain is far and away the best ring in the game for Holy Paladins. Unfortunately, it is one of the most contested items in the game, being needed by nearly every caster. It is recommended that you opt for one of the other options on the list instead, leaving this ring to your caster DPS.

Ring of Decaying Beauty from Sapph, Wyrmrest Band from Sarth and Signet of Hopeful Light from reputation are all extremely close in value, so any combination of those will do just fine.

Item
Source
Halls of Stone – Heroic
Alchemy (400)

Darkmoon Card: Greatness is not just the best pre-bis trinket out there… It’s also the best trinket in the entire game! While its cost may be outrageous, we highly recommend saving up for it. The 90 static intellect is what makes it so crazy, and its proc can be extremely useful when combined with Divine Plea.

Soul Preserver and Eye of Gruul both function the same way, with one exploitable nuance: they both proc off of Glyph of Holy Light splash! When healing stacked targets, these trinkets have the potential to return a ridiculous amount of mana.

Figurine – Sapphire Owl is a fantastic, high intellect alternative to the two OP trinkets listed above, but make no mistake: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver are far superior.

As mentioned above, Eye of Gruul has a high value on stacked targets when paired with Glyph of Holy Light. In the majority of scenarios, however, Figurine – Sapphire Owl will be the superior option.

Soul of the Dead is a powerful mana regen trinket, but does not compare to most of the alternatives on this list. It is also far better for Discipline Priests, so it should go to them over a Holy Paladin.

Spark of Life is a great alternative to Figurine – Sapphire Owl and Eye of Gruul, but does not come close to the best two trinkets: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver.

Mercurial Alchemist Stone is a nice filler if you are an alchemist and have plenty of Runic Mana Injectors, but does not compare to the other trinkets on this list.

Item
Source
1930 Arena Rating – 3150 Arena Points

The best two weapons, Torch of Holy Fire & The Turning Tide are very close together in value. The former is better for mana sustain, while the ladder has slightly more output potential. While both of these weapons are heavily contested, the The Turning Tide is the most contested. You should opt for Torch of Holy Fire rather than steal The Turning Tide from caster DPS.

There is a massive drop-off between the best two weapons and the rest of the weapons on this list. Hammer of the Astral Plane and Ice Spire Scepter and great 10 man options, beating out most weapons that drop in 25s.

Life and Death and The Impossible Dream should be fairly uncontested, so these may be easy pickups for you as well.

If you’re a PvP gamer, your Deadly Gladiator’s Gavel should serve you well until you come into another weapon on this list.

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (10)

Voice of Reason and Shield of Assimilation are very close in value, with the former being better for output and the ladder being stronger for mana sustain. Either are great options, and since you’re only competing with Resto Shaman, Elemental Shaman and Holy Paladins, these shouldn’t be too difficult to scoop up.

Aegis of Damnation drops from 10 mans and is comparable to the other two 25 man shields.

Item
Source

Cheap and overpowered. We recommend buying this the Libram of Renewal with badges before any other item.

This libram is effectively 350 Mp5 if you are mashing Holy Light.

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (10)

To secure 4pc, tier helmet is ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. This item is available via Emblems of Conquest making it very accessible. However, using tier in the other 4 slots and using an offpiece helmet is completely fine. A good alternative to tier in the interim would be the Ancient Iron Heaume, which is easily attainable from Iron Assembly (25).

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (10) (HM)
UlduarIron Assembly (25) (HM)

Charm of Meticulous Timing is far and away the best necklace in the game, and with the recent XT HM nerfs, shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain. Pendant of the Shallow Grave is a very strong and easily accessible 10 man alternative from Thorim (HM), which is one of the easiest 10 man hardmodes. Sapphire Amulet of Renewal is also competitive, but drops from one of the harder bosses in the game: Iron Assembly (25) (HM).

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (10)
UlduarThorim (25) (HM)

To secure 4pc, tier shoulders are ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. They are somewhat difficult to obtain as they drop off of Yogg Saron (25) and are heavily contested. Luckily, Thorim (25) (HM) drops a solid piece to use in the interim: Pauldrons of the Combatant. Thorim is the easiest HM boss, so your guild shouldn’t have much trouble farming him.

Item
Source
UlduarFreya (25) (HM)

Drape of the Sullen Goddess is itemized differently than the other pieces on this list, but due to its massive intellect value is the best cloak in the game. Sunglimmer Cloak is superior for pure output, particularly on shorter fights, but is heavily contested. It is not recommended that you take Sunglimmer from a caster. Pennant Cloak holds up incredibly well in T8, so make sure to get your OS runs in weekly!

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (25) (HM)

The Tier 8 chestpiece is itemized poorly (no haste), so it is ideal to exclude it. Instead, aim for one of the three items listed above. Breastplate of the Devoted & Breastplate of the Stoneshaper should not be too difficult to obtain now that XT HM has been significantly nerfed. Vestments of the Blind Denizen is gated behind HM Vezax which may prove challenging.

Item
Source
UlduarHodir (25) (HM)
UlduarKologarn (25)

Bindings of the Winter Gale are not easily obtainable as they drop from Hodir (25) (HM), which is pretty difficult. They are, however, uncontested so it is recommended that you pass on non-plate bracers such as Grasps of Reason and hold out.

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (25)
UlduarThorim (10) (HM)

To secure 4pc, tier gloves are ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. This item is available via Emblems of Conquest making it very accessible. However, gloves are a great piece to exclude if you have either Pharos Gloves or Gauntlets of the Thunder God, but do not yet have a powerful chest piece.

Item
Source

While Star-beaded Clutch is the best belt in the game, you should consider passing it to your resto druid first. There is a BoE that is competitive, as well as Belt of the Fallen Wyrm which is easily attainable from Razorscale (25).

Item
Source
UlduarFreya (25)
UlduarHodir (10)

To secure 4pc, tier legs are ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. Zodiak Leggings are an incredible alternative if you do not yet have 4pc, or don’t have any other solid pieces to exclude from your tier.

Item
Source
UlduarYogg Saron (25) (HM)
UlduarFlame Leviathan (25) (HM)

Treads of the False Oracle are far and away the best boots in game for us, but are heavily contested. Consider passing both Treads of the False Oracle & Boots of Fiery Resolution to casters, while using Treads of Destiny in the interim.

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (25) (HM)
UlduarFreya (10) (HM)

Starshine Circle is from the Algalon The Observer (25) quest. With it’s high item level, perfect itemization, and a socket for intellect, it is far and away the best ring in the game for Holy Paladins. There are several other viable rings in Ulduar, the second best of which drops from Algalon The Observer (10).

Item
Source
UlduarYogg Saron (25) (HM)

Meteorite Crystal is the best trinket in the game by far. Using Beacon of Light we can gain stacks of Meteorite Crystal very quickly, especially if we use it during periods of buffed haste, like Hyperspeed Accelerators or Bloodlust.

Soul Preserver is still one of the best trinkets in the game. For nearly every fight in 25 man, you should be rocking this OP blue trinket. In some 10 man scenarios, or any scenario where you are not getting lots of value from Glyph of Holy Light, consider using Darkmoon Card: Greatness or Figurine – Sapphire Owl.

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (10) (HM)

The BIS weapon is quite obvious: Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings. This is best on a Holy Paladin, so hopefully you are somewhere on your guilds priority list to receive it. If so, consider passing on weapons like Constellus and Aesuga, Hand of the Ardent Champion, since you will eventually replace them.

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (25) (HM)
UlduarHodir (10) (HM)

There are several good shield options in Ulduar, the best of which being Wisdom’s Hold by a decent margin. Lucky for us, it drops from Thorim (25) (HM) which is commonly considered to be the easiest hardmode boss in Ulduar. Other than this shield, there are two 10 man alternatives that shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain: Ice Layered Barrier & Pulsing Spellshield.

Item
Source

Libram of Renewal is still the best Libram in the game, and will continue to be for the entire expansion. This should be the first piece you buy with Emblems of Heroism.

Progressive BIS

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Argent Crusade – Exalted

Upon hitting level 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons in search of one of the three helmets above. If you don’t get any of them, consider crafting Unbreakable Healing Amplifiers. Alternatively, if you’re short on gold, you can farm reputation with the Argent Crusade to acquire Helm of Purified Thoughts.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source

The Headpiece of Reconciliation is slightly superior to the Faceguard of the Succumbed. However, since Headpiece of Reconciliation is far and away the best helmet for Resto Druids, it is recommended to opt for Faceguard of the Succumbed, the second best option. Resto Druids will make use of the 60 spirit, where as Holy Paladins don’t benefit from spirit at all.

Headpiece of Fungal Bloom and Cowl of Sheet Lightning are both great alternatives for mana intensive fights. Unlike the other options on this list, these two helmets have Mp5 (but less output stats).

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (10)

To secure 4pc, tier helmet is ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. This item is available via Emblems of Conquest making it very accessible. However, using tier in the other 4 slots and using an offpiece helmet is completely fine. A good alternative to tier in the interim would be the Ancient Iron Heaume, which is easily attainable from Iron Assembly (25).

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons in search of one of the three necklaces listed above. If you are unable to acquire any of them, consider purchasing Titanium Spellshock Necklace off the auction house. Alternatively you can buy Lattice Choker of Light via Emblem of Heroism, but I wouldn’t purchase this until you already have your Libram of Renewal.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Both caster rewards from Heroic Judgment at the Eye of Eternity are the best necklaces in the game for us. The Wyrmrest Necklace of Power is more output heavy (despite having hit, which is mostly a dead stat for us) whereas the Life Binder’s Locket is a superior mana option. Chains of Adoration has an extremely high drop chance from Naxxramas (25) because it drops off multiple bosses, and is a very solid option.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (10) (HM)
UlduarIron Assembly (25) (HM)

Charm of Meticulous Timing is far and away the best necklace in the game, and with the recent XT HM nerfs, shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain. Pendant of the Shallow Grave is a very strong and easily accessible 10 man alternative from Thorim (HM), which is one of the easiest 10 man hardmodes. Sapphire Amulet of Renewal is also competitive, but drops from one of the harder bosses in the game: Iron Assembly (25) (HM).

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons in search of one of the three shoulder pieces listed above. Heroes’ Redemption Spaulders are far and away better than the other options, especially if it allows you to acquire your 4pc T7 set-bonus. Dark Runic Mantle is very cheap on the auction house, so consider buying that if you don’t get lucky with these other options.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source

Shoulders should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy tier shoulders from badges early.

While it is not advisable to go for non-tier items in this slot, Noble Birthright Pauldrons & Elevated Lair Pauldrons are both excellent pieces because of their raw stats. Use these temporarily as you accumulate 60 Emblem of Valor.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (10)
UlduarThorim (25) (HM)

To secure 4pc, tier shoulders are ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. They are somewhat difficult to obtain as they drop off of Yogg Saron (25) and are heavily contested. Luckily, Thorim (25) (HM) drops a solid piece to use in the interim: Pauldrons of the Combatant. Thorim is the easiest HM boss, so your guild shouldn’t have much trouble farming him.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Tailoring (415) – BoE

Upon hitting 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons for a chance at Drape of Surgery or Shroud of the Citadel. If you are unable to acquire either of these, consider buying Wispcloak off the auction house. This is a massive mana piece which will be extremely helpful to a fresh 80.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25)

Pennant Cloak is the best cape in the game for Holy Paladins outside of Ulduar, and even holds up extremely well compared to any cloak that drops in Ulduar 10/25. Don’t miss an OS lockout until you acquire this piece!

Shroud of Luminosity is a distant second, but is nearly identical in value to Cloak of Kea Feathers, which is easily acquireable from badges.

It is recommended to purchase the Cloak of Kea Feathers from badges early on, as it is very powerful compared to the other items purchasable with Emblem of Valor.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarFreya (25) (HM)

Drape of the Sullen Goddess is itemized differently than the other pieces on this list, but due to its massive intellect value is the best cloak in the game. Sunglimmer Cloak is superior for pure output, particularly on shorter fights, but is heavily contested. It is not recommended that you take Sunglimmer from a caster. Pennant Cloak holds up incredibly well in T8, so make sure to get your OS runs in weekly!

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Ulduar – BoE
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Lifeforge Breastplate is a great option for a fresh 80. While it may not hold up compared to many of the chest pieces that drop in T7 content, it’s a massive mana option that will make your character immeasurable stronger as a fresh 80. If you’re short on gold, simply farm Heroic+ dungeons until you acquire Chivalric Chestguard or Fungi-Stained Coverings.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Ulduar – BoE

Chest should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy Heroes’ Redemption Tunic from badges early.

Lifeforge Breastplate is a great temporary option if you’ve got gold to spare. It is an Ulduar trash drop and isn’t overly expensive on most servers.

The Fallout Impervious Tunic and Chestplate of the Great Aspects are extremely strong options, far better stat wise than Valorous Redemption Tunic. If you don’t yet have your 4 piece, these are powerful pieces to use in the interim.

Tunic of the Artifact Guardian is the best mana item for this slot, but it lacks the output of the other alternatives.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (25) (HM)

The Tier 8 chestpiece is itemized poorly (no haste), so it is ideal to exclude it. Instead, aim for one of the three items listed above. Breastplate of the Devoted & Breastplate of the Stoneshaper should not be too difficult to obtain now that XT HM has been significantly nerfed. Vestments of the Blind Denizen is gated behind HM Vezax which may prove challenging.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant is the best option for this slot, but costs a pretty penny. It requires Emblem of Valor which are only attainable in raids, but since this item is BoE, you will be able to buy it off other players who farmed the badges.

If bracers on a budget are what you seek, head over to Drak’Tharon Keep (h) for a chance at Limb Regeneration Bracers, or farm Heroic+ dungeons in search of Iron Rings of Endurance.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
60 Emblem of Valor – BoE

All bracers in this slot are very close in effectiveness. If you don’t yet have Abetment Bracers, we recommend using Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant and letting other players take Unsullied Cuffs and Bindings of the Decrepit.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarHodir (25) (HM)
UlduarKologarn (25)

Bindings of the Winter Gale are not easily obtainable as they drop from Hodir (25) (HM), which is pretty difficult. They are, however, uncontested so it is recommended that you pass on non-plate bracers such as Grasps of Reason and hold out.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Tailoring (435) – BoE

Upon hitting 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons in search of Web Cocoon Grips or Handgrips of the Foredoomed.

If you are unable to acquire either of the two gloves listed above, consider buying Spellweave Gloves, but know that they will be replaced very quickly by tier.

It is worth noting that Traditionally Dyed Handguards are on-par with the tier gloves, and only fall behind when you unlock a set bonus. If you have these gloves already, your tier gloves should be one of the last items you go for.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source

Gloves should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy Heroes’ Redemption Gloves from badges early.

The Winter Spectacle Gloves have the best stats of any gloves, but they don’t come close to the value of the Tier 7 4 piece set bonus. Use these temporarily if you’re still missing your 4 piece or don’t yet have a better piece to exclude.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (25)
UlduarThorim (10) (HM)

To secure 4pc, tier gloves are ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. However, gloves are a great piece to exclude if you have either Pharos Gloves or Gauntlets of the Thunder God, but do not yet have a powerful chest piece.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas10 Drop)
Kirin Tor – Exalted

Upon hitting 80, consider purchasing Plate Girdle of Righteousness. This belt is one of the best in the game, and can take you all the way to end-game Hardmode Ulduar content.

If you cannot afford Plate Girdle of Righteousness, spending 40 Emblem of Heroism is certainly worth it for Magroth’s Meditative Cincture. Compared to the strength of other Emblem of Heroism items, Magroth’s blows them out of the water.

Remembrance Girdle is a good option that drops from Heroic+, so if you happen to have this piece already, you can consider your belt slot good enough for the purposes of entering Ulduar.

Ghostflicker Waistband is attained from reputation, so consider using it temporarily if you’re already exalted with Kirin Tor.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE

Plate Girdle of Righteousness is a Blacksmithing BoE with a lot of bang for your buck. It holds up well even compared to the best belts in the game. We highly recommend purchasing this best for the purposes of stepping into Ulduar.

Similar to the Pennant Cloak, the Leash of Heedless Magic is one of the most contested caster pieces in T7. While it may be a very good belt for HPals, consider passing on it to casters, opting for Waistguard of Divine Grace instead.

If you have been unlucky with belt drops, Magroth’s Meditative Cincture is very easy to attain and a fantastic belt to use until acquiring one of the two belts above it.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

While Star-beaded Clutch is the best belt in the game, you should consider passing it to your resto druid first. There is a BoE that is competitive, as well as Belt of the Fallen Wyrm which is easily attainable from Razorscale (25).

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons for a chance at any of the chest pieces listed above. You have a lot of options from Heroic+ in this slot, so without terrible RNG you should find yourself a nice pair of leggings fairly quickly.

It should be noted that given the power of the T7 4pc set-bonus, Heroes’ Redemption Greaves blows the other options out of the water.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25)

Legs should be one of your four tier pieces. The 4 piece set bonus for Holy Paladins is really powerful, so you should aim to buy Valorous Redemption Greaves from badges early.

Leggings of Voracious Shadows are very well optimized, and can be a nice alternative to use before you have your 4 piece.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarFreya (25)
UlduarHodir (10)

To secure 4pc, tier legs are ideal over the alternatives given the strength of other options. Zodiak Leggings are an incredible alternative if you do not yet have 4pc, or don’t have any other solid pieces to exclude from your tier.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE
Heroic + Dungeons (Former The Eye of Eternity 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Given the power of Treads of Destiny and Poignant Sabatons, it is highly recommended that you spend your time farming in order to purchase these over farming Heroic+.

Treads of Destiny are one of the best boots in the game, and Poignant Sabatons should be quite cheap if you are lacking gold.

Footsteps of Malygos and Sabatons of Deathlike Gloom are solid temporary options from Heroic+, but pale in comparison to the BoE boots listed above them.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25) – BoE

Treads of Destiny are the best boots you can obtain without stepping into Ulduar, but will cost you a pretty penny.

Boots of Healing Energies are the clear runner up for this spot, and should be relatively uncontested.

If you’re not finding luck in The Eye of Eternity and don’t have a mountain of gold to spend, consider purchasing Poignant Sabatons on the auction house. They are a cheap and powerful BoE.

Sabatons of Rapid Recovery can be a great filler piece if you have extra badges to blow, and don’t want to drop the gold on Treads of Destiny or Poignant Sabatons.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarYogg Saron (25) (HM)
UlduarFlame Leviathan (25) (HM)

Treads of the False Oracle are far and away the best boots in game for us, but are heavily contested. Consider passing both Treads of the False Oracle & Boots of Fiery Resolution to casters, while using Treads of Destiny in the interim.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Harold Winston (Vendor) – Dalaran
Argent Crusade – Exalted
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

The Inscribed Ring of the Kirin Tor is one of the best rings in the game, so it is highly recommended that you drop gold to purchase this.

The Signet of Hopeful Light is itemized perfectly, and has far more intellect than any other easily acquirable alternative. You acquire this item via reputation and good news: getting exalted with any WotLK reputation is easy! Once you’ve reached Friendly via quests, simply purchase a tabard from the respective quartermaster and spam Normal, Heroic or Heroic+ Dungeons.

Alternatively, consider farming heroic+ dungeons to acquire Circle of Life or Ring of the Fated, but know that these will be replaced fairly quickly.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Harold Winston (Vendor) – Dalaran
Argent Crusade – Exalted
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (25)

The Inscribed Ring of the Kirin Tor is one of the best rings in the game, so it is highly recommended that you drop gold to purchase this.

Signet of Manifested Pain is far and away the best ring that drops from Tier 7 content. Unfortunately, it is one of the most contested items of the tier, being needed by nearly every caster. It is recommended that you opt for one of the other options on the list instead, leaving this ring to your caster DPS.

Ring of Decaying Beauty from Sapph, Wyrmrest Band from Sarth and Signet of Hopeful Light from reputation are all extremely close in value, so any combination of those will do just fine.

Band of Channeled Magic has a wasted spirit stat, but if you have extra badges lying around, it will do just fine for the purposes of stepping into Ulduar for the first time.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (25) (HM)
UlduarFreya (10) (HM)

Starshine Circle is from the Algalon The Observer (25) quest. With it’s high item level, perfect itemization, and a socket for intellect, it is far and away the best ring in the game for Holy Paladins. There are several other viable rings in Ulduar, the second best of which drops from Algalon The Observer (10).

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Halls of Stone – Heroic
Alchemy (400)

Darkmoon Card: Greatness is not just the best pre-bis trinket out there… It’s also one of the best trinkets in the entire game! While its cost may be outrageous, we highly recommend saving up for it. The 90 static intellect is what makes it so crazy, and its proc can be extremely useful when combined with Divine Plea.

Soul Preserver and Eye of Gruul both function the same way, with one exploitable nuance: they both proc off of Glyph of Holy Light splash! When healing stacked targets, these trinkets have the potential to return a ridiculous amount of mana. Just like DMC:G, this is also one of the best trinkets in the game.

Figurine – Sapphire Owl is a fantastic, high intellect alternative to the two OP trinkets listed above, but make no mistake: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver are far superior.

As mentioned above, Eye of Gruul has a high value on stacked targets when paired with Glyph of Holy Light. In the majority of scenarios, however, Figurine – Sapphire Owl will be the superior option.

Spark of Life is a great alternative to Figurine – Sapphire Owl and Eye of Gruul, but does not come close to the best two trinkets: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver.

Mercurial Alchemist Stone is a nice filler if you are an alchemist and have plenty of Runic Mana Injectors, but does not compare to the other trinkets on this list.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Halls of Stone – Heroic
Alchemy (400)

Darkmoon Card: Greatness is not just the best pre-bis trinket out there… It’s also one of the best trinkets in the entire game! While its cost may be outrageous, we highly recommend saving up for it. The 90 static intellect is what makes it so crazy, and its proc can be extremely useful when combined with Divine Plea.

Soul Preserver and Eye of Gruul both function the same way, with one exploitable nuance: they both proc off of Glyph of Holy Light splash! When healing stacked targets, these trinkets have the potential to return a ridiculous amount of mana. Just like DMC:G, this is also one of the best trinkets in the game.

Figurine – Sapphire Owl is a fantastic, high intellect alternative to the two OP trinkets listed above, but make no mistake: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver are far superior.

As mentioned above, Eye of Gruul has a high value on stacked targets when paired with Glyph of Holy Light. In the majority of scenarios, however, Figurine – Sapphire Owl will be the superior option.

Spark of Life is a great alternative to Figurine – Sapphire Owl and Eye of Gruul, but does not come close to the best two trinkets: Darkmoon Card: Greatness and Soul Preserver.

Mercurial Alchemist Stone is a nice filler if you are an alchemist and have plenty of Runic Mana Injectors, but does not compare to the other trinkets on this list.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarYogg Saron (25) (HM)

Meteorite Crystal is the best trinket in the game by far. Using Beacon of Light we can gain stacks of Meteorite Crystal very quickly, especially if we use it during periods of buffed haste, like Hyperspeed Accelerators or Bloodlust.

Soul Preserver is still one of the best trinkets in the game. For nearly every fight in 25 man, you should be rocking this OP blue trinket. In some 10 man scenarios, or any scenario where you are not getting lots of value from Glyph of Holy Light, consider using Darkmoon Card: Greatness or Figurine – Sapphire Owl.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE
The Nexus – Heroic

Upon hitting level 80, start farming Heroic+ dungeons searching for Hammer of the Astral Plane or Infection Repulser.

While Titansteel Guardian has more spell power than the War Mace of Unrequited Love, the War Mace is vastly superior due to a whopping 49 intellect disparity.

Titansteel Guardian is a great BoE option to pickup right away, and it is fairly cheap. Note that this will be replaced quickly.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source

The best two weapons before Ulduar, Torch of Holy Fire & The Turning Tide are very close together in value. The former is better for mana sustain, while the ladder has slightly more output potential.

There is a massive drop-off between the best two weapons and the rest of the weapons on this list. Hammer of the Astral Plane and Ice Spire Scepter and great 10 man options, beating out most weapons that drop in 25s.

Life and Death and The Impossible Dream should be fairly uncontested, so these may be easy pickups for you as well.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (10) (HM)

The BIS weapon is quite obvious: Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings. This is best on a Holy Paladin, so hopefully you are somewhere on your guilds priority list to receive it. If so, consider passing on weapons like Constellus and Aesuga, Hand of the Ardent Champion, since you will eventually replace them.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
World Drop – BoE

Upon hitting 80, farm Heroic+ dungeons in search of Aegis of Damnation.

If you can’t mage to acquire Aegis of Damnation, the badge shield Protective Barricade of the Light is also an excellent option for this slot.

If you’re looking for a very quick and cheap temporary shield, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark will serve you well.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses (10)

Voice of Reason and Shield of Assimilation are very close in value, with the former being better for output and the ladder being stronger for mana sustain. Either are great options, and since you’re only competing with Resto Shaman, Elemental Shaman and Holy Paladins, these shouldn’t be too difficult to scoop up.

Aegis of Damnation drops from 10 mans and is comparable to the other two 25 man shields.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (25) (HM)
UlduarHodir (10) (HM)

There are several good shield options in Ulduar, the best of which being Wisdom’s Hold by a decent margin. Lucky for us, it drops from Thorim (25) (HM) which is commonly considered to be the easiest hardmode boss in Ulduar. Other than this shield, there are two 10 man alternatives that shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain: Ice Layered Barrier & Pulsing Spellshield.

 

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World of Warcraft veteran of 18 years. Ex world first raider and rank 1 healer. Slayer of dragons. Lover of cats.
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Knakkie
Knakkie
4 months ago

what about the mimiron trink Pandora’s plea ?

HOLYPAL
HOLYPAL
1 year ago

What professions should a holy paladin choose?

Nevermore
Nevermore(@nevermore)
Editor
Reply to  HOLYPAL
1 year ago

You can find a description of the best available professions in the first part of the guide.

Tenntoes
Tenntoes
9 months ago

If darkmoon greatness is only pre-raid bis, is it even worth spending the 15k or w/e to get it?

Last edited 9 months ago by Tenntoes
bobo
bobo
7 months ago

if i have a strength darkmoon greatness should i still use that?

Healadin
Healadin
Reply to  bobo
6 months ago

No, any other healer trinket will be better than DMC with strength

Knakkie
Knakkie
5 months ago

sry how is Boots of Healing Energies better than Poignant Sabatons
it has -4 int -12 haste – 35 crit and that all for the 33mp5 and 20 sp

Last edited 5 months ago by Knakkie
Dale
Dale
5 months ago

Any chance someone can do phase 3 & 4 for the paladin BIS .

Richard
Richard
4 months ago

Now that Heroic + is here.
Will you be updating this guide?

Atlasz
Atlasz
6 months ago

Hello,
I just want to point out that the Deadly cloak which is only like 30k honor is def better then most of the pre bis cloaks. It gives alot more haste, sp, int and stam. No bis guides is showing this but it truly is if u check it.

WTF
WTF
5 months ago

where is another phase ??

Denorstrus
Denorstrus
6 months ago

Soul Preserver is terrible to Hpal. lmfao.

The majority of Hpal logs have Flash of Light being used right now, because Naxx damage is so ungodly low it’s the only thing to do. Mind this is also assuming you are cutting healers down to 3 like we are in my run. Even then I find myself bored and we cut to 2 on several fights just to be mildly interesting. Nobody gets hit hard enough to justify Hlight spam. Even tanks are barely tickled other than Patchwerk.

2% proc per cast makes it atrocious while Flashing… For it to even be viable we’d have to be using basically only Hlight and it be a fight where melee are clumped and melee are the people taking the damage for us to spot heal w/ beacon on the tank just to force it’s proc rate to like a psuedo 15% range per cast. The majority of fights this tier… are not qualifiers for that. Ergo It’s worse psuedo MP5 than the Raw int of the JC trinket.

Last edited 6 months ago by Denorstrus
Denorstrus
Denorstrus
Reply to  lettara
6 months ago

Half the logs are inflated from intentional damage taken. Just to give them more to heal. Sure I could tell my raid to intentionally take more damage but that would hurt our clear time. We’re trying to get 1h 20m down more.

Also I did say exactly how many healers we run, 3 with it down to 2 on several fights. Also their fight durations are vastly longer than ours. It’s actually embarassing. Sure I suppose if you’re gonna generate logs just to prove your point by “taking more damage than necessary to give healers more work.” and Make fights take to long t o increase heal duration sure. We’re speed clearing and barely take damage to the point where when we 2 heal some bosses we’re still bored from seeing virtually no damage.

But hey if I want to retard parse next week maybe I’ll get everyone to sit in damage while I have Wings n shit up just like that monkey.

Do the fights correctly you’ll end fights in sub 2 minute marks and often find Preserver just won’t proc because again.. people are prooperly doing the content not just to inflate a log.

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