Glyphs ? What are they good for and what can they bring to the table ?
I will start with, in short, to explain what glyphs do. Glyphs is new to the game. They where introduced in 3.0, short before wrath came live. What they do is improve your spells/abilities to do more dmg, more duration, more pew pew or something else. You have 3 minor glyph slots and 3 major glyph slots. The slots are coming avaible to you from level 15, where the first 2 slots opens. And at 80 all your 6 slots are yours to use. Here is a break down :
- Level 15: 1 Major, 1 Minor.
- Level 30: 2 Major, 1 Minor.
- Level 50: 2 Major, 2 Minor.
- Level 70: 2 Major, 3 Minor.
- Level 80: 3 Major, 3 Minor.
Where do you find your glyph slots. Open your spellbook (P) and choose the glyph tab at the bottom of the book.
Thats the basic about glyphs, lets dive into the fun part. The glyphs that is usefull to Retribution Paladins.
Major glyph's for PVE:
Glyph of Judgement Major Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 15Use: Your Judgements deal 10% more damage.
This is the one to have glyph, 10% more dmg to the ability we get the most dmg out of. This is really a no-brainer. Get it, asap.
Glyph of Consecration Major Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 20Use: Increases the duration and cooldown of Consecration by 2 sec.
You should have consecration into your rotation. It should net your around 50 dps more, and the more targets there is, it will ofc gain up. 2 seconds more duration and 2 secs less cd. I say yes to that.
Glyph of Avenging Wrath Major Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 70Use: Reduces the cooldown of your Hammer of Wrath spell by 50% while Avenging Wrath is active.
This one is a glyph im about to give a try myself. You should use Hammer of wrath, everytime the boss gets below 20%, when ever it is of cooldown. But that brings us to the use of this one. It can only be used when the target is below 20% AND you have Avenging wrath of cooldown. That more or less makes it useless on thrash, but pretty nice dps boost when you are on bosses and have your avenging wrath timed right.
Glyph of Hammer of Wrath Major Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 44Use: Increases the range on Hammer of Wrath by 5 yards.
Agree that this one dosent look so sweet now, but it will in next patch. As then is will lower the mana usage of Hammer of wrath with 100%. And that is nice, if you have mana issues there.
That brings us to 4 major glyphs worth using in PVE pew pew. And the bright reader would notice that, thats not gonna happend. We only have 3 slots to use. My recommendation would be. Use the first and second one no matter what. Then make your choice around the last two. Take number 3, if you have the mana to spam it endlessly when the boss gets to 20%. If you have mana issues in the end of boss fights, take number 4. As some Hammer of wrath less, is better than no mana to use on any. As hammer of wrath is nice dps to push out in the end.
Minor glyphs for PVE :
Glyph of Sense Undead Minor Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 20Use: Damage against Undead increased by 1% while your Sense Undead
ability is active.
This one is not bad at all. I know its only against undead, but as wrath so far is all about undead mobs I aint complaining. Worst part about this one, is you have to remember to make sense undead active... :)
Glyph of Lay on Hands Minor Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 15Use: Increases the mana restored by your Lay on Hands spell by 20%.
You may say at first sight, lay on hands upgrade, but that is a healing ability. Yes, it is. But the way I use lay on hands aint for healing. I use LoH for mana return and this baby raise the return from 1950 to 2340. So start using LoH on yourself, call it an extra mana pot.
There is really no more usefull minor glyphs. Atleast no one who raises our dmg in raids or PVE in general. The last slot I would use for one of the following 3. The 2 of em are just a nice thing to buff the duration of your normal might or wisdom. The last is a small mana help when buffing kings.
Glyph of Blessing of Kings Minor Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 20Use: Reduces the mana cost of your Blessing of Kings and Greater Blessing of Kings spells by 50%.
The kings one.
Glyph of Blessing of Might Minor Glyph Classes: Paladin Requires Level 15Use: Increases the duration of your Blessing of Might spell by 20 min when cast on yourself.
This is the might one, the wisdom is the same. Just with the wisdom buff instead.
So not to many choices of minor ones just yet, lets hope some more usefull ones will come into play at a later stage.
Hope this gave a insight in what we have to work with as a retribution paladin. To up our arsenal of holy mayhem.