Leveling in Wrath

Since all of us are going to be leveling again with the expansion coming out, we’re all going to need to respec for leveling.  In almost all cases raid specs are not optimal for leveling.  Most of the time raid specs are cookie-cutter with very little variation because everyone needs to optimize their raid viability.   There are so many different styles of play when soloing you should choose your talents to augment what you really like.

There are a few things you will want to consider when choosing your leveling spec. What is your desired role? Are you going to be soloing/questing only?  Soloing a lot but still want to be able to heal instances?  Mostly instances with a little soloing?  You should design your spec with your play style in mind.  Don’t worry about taking that red-headed-stepchild talent if you really like it.  If you are going to be doing a lot of soloing (which is where I think most of us will fall in the spectrum) you should consider augmenting your damage output (to kill mobs faster), mana regen/efficiency (for less downtime), reduction of incoming damage (also for less down time).  If you are on a PvP server you might want to consider PvP talents to help deal with the asshats who like to go on ganking sprees.  You can usually pass on talents that increase your chance to hit as you won’t be fighting over level mobs as often as you are while raiding (though the mana reduction component of Shadow Focus will probably make me add it to my leveling spec anyway).

Here are some specific specs you can consider.  Each can be adjusted to fit your play style.

Shadow (17/0/44)This is a basic Shadow build.  It’s got 17 in Discipline for some help with mana and focuses on increasing damage output and decreasing mana cost.  [Edit: See comments, some are saying that you don’t need both Meditation and Spirit Tap]

  • Discipline
    • 5/5 Twin Disciplines
    • 2/2 Imp PW:F
    • 2/2 Martyrdom
    • 1/3 Imp Inner Fire (just need one more point to get to the next tier, put it wherever you like)
    • 1/1 Inner Focus
    • 3/3 Imp PW:S
    • 3/3 Meditation
  • Shadow
    • 3/3 Spirit Tap
    • 2/2 Imp Spirit Tap
    • 5/5 Blackout (I really like Blackout, but you can move these points elsewhere, Shadow Power is a good option if you have plenty of Crit)
    • 2/2 Imp SW:P
    • 3/3 Shadow Focus
    • 5/5 Imp Mind Blast
    • 1/1 Mind Flay
    • 2/2 Shadow Reach
    • 3/3 Shadow Weaving
    • 1/1 Vampiric Embrace
    • 2/2 Imp Vampiric Embrace
    • 3/3 Focused Mind
    • 2/2 Mind Melt
    • 5/5 Darkness
    • 1/1 Shadowform
    • 3/3 Misery
    • 1/1 Vampiric Touch

The Next 10 Points – I would probably continue into the Shadow Tree at this point.  You could also go get Divine Spirit.  If you do get DS, put your last few points into Twisted Faith so you can double dip on your Spirit

Shadow (9/0/52)This build gets you Dispersion.  I happen to like the Disc talents too much to get this one at 70, but I can’t fault you if you want to go this deep into Shadow.  I will caution that you’ll probably have mana issues with out Inner Focus and Meditation.

  • Discipline
    • 5/5 Twin Disciplines
    • 2/2 Imp PW:F
    • 2/2 Martyrdom
  • Shadow
    • 3/3 Spirit Tap
    • 2/2 Imp Spirit Tap
    • 5/5 Blackout (same as above, you can put these points elsewhere if you prefer)
    • 2/2 Imp SW:P
    • 3/3 Shadow Focus
    • 5/5 Imp Mind Blast
    • 1/1 Mind Flay
    • 2/2 Shadow Reach
    • 3/3 Shadow Weaving
    • 1/1 Eampiric Embrace
    • 2/2 Imp Vampiric Embrace
    • 3/3 Focused Mind
    • 2/2 Mind Melt
    • 5/5 Darkness
    • 1/1 Shadowform
    • 2/5 Shadow Power
    • 3/3 Misery
    • 1/1 Vampiric Touch
    • 5/5 Twisted Faith
    • 1/1 Dispersion

The Next 10 Points – I would go fill out the Disc tree at this point, Inner Focus and Meditation will help a lot with mana regen.

Shadow with PvP (9/0/52) – This looks similar to the previous one but with a few changes to get PvP oriented talents.

  • Disc
    • 5/5 Unbreakable Will
    • 2/2 Imp PW:F
    • 2/2 Martyrdom
  • Shadow
    • 3/3 Spirit Tap
    • 2/2 Imp Spirit Tap
    • 5/5 Blackout
    • 2/2 Imp SW:P
    • 2/2 Imp Psychic Scream
    • 4/5 Imp Mind Blast
    • 1/1 Mind Flay
    • 2/2 Shadow Reach
    • 3/3 Shadow Weaving
    • 1/1 Silence
    • 1/1 Vampiric Embrace
    • 2/2 Imp Vampiric Embrace
    • 2/2 Mind Melt
    • 5/5 Darkness
    • 1/1 Shadowform
    • 2/5 Shadow Power
    • 2/2 Imp Shadowform
    • 3/3 Misery
    • 2/2 Psychic Horror
    • 1/1 Vampiric Touch
    • 5/5 Twisted Faith
    • 1/1 Dispersion

The Next 10 Points – Just as before I would put the rest of your points into Disc.

Holy (17/33/11) – This build is for the Priest that heals a lot of instances (or heals a group a lot) but doesn’t want to be gimped while soloing.  It goes far enough into Shadow to get Mind Flay and takes some of the damage reduction talents in Holy.  The rest is dumped into healing talents.  (I know it looks wierd… this is a “jack of all trades – master of none” type build)

  • Discipline
    • 5/5 Twin Disciplines
    • 2/2 Imp PW:F
    • 2/2 Martyrdom
    • 1/3 Imp Inner Fire (just need one more point to get to the next tier, put it wherever you like)
    • 3/3 Imp PW:S
    • 1/1 Inner Focus
    • 3/3 Meditation
  • Holy
    • 3/3 Imp Renew
    • 3/5 Holy Specialization
    • 5/5 Divine Fury
    • 1/1 Desperate Prayer
    • 3/3 Blessed Recovery
    • 2/2 Holy Reach
    • 3/3 Imp Healing
    • 2/2 Searing Light
    • 1/1 Spirit of Redemption
    • 5/5 Spiritual Guidance
    • 2/2 Surge of Light
    • 2/3 Holy Concentration
    • 1/1 Lightwell
  • Shadow
    • 3/3 Spirit Tap
    • 2/2 Imp Spirit Tap
    • 2/2 Imp SW:P
    • 3/3 Shadow Focus
    • 1/1 Mind Flay

The Next 10 Points: If you’ve taken this spec, you probably do a little bit of everything.  Use your next points to augment whatever you have the most fun with or what you have the most difficulty with.

Holy (23/38/0) – I’m going a little deeper into Disc with this build to get Divine Spirit and Mental Strength for some stat boosts.  The rest are in Holy taking the damage reduction talents and healing talents.  This will benefit someone who plans on running instances all the way to 80 only doing enough soloing to get Dungeon quests (and before you ask, yes this is a viable option).  Will also work well for someone who just doesn’t care that they’re going to have a tough time soloing… everyone loves a healer, right?

  • Discipline
    • 5/5 Twin Disciplines (you could take Unbreakable Will if you like it better)
    • 3/3 Silent Resolve (I’m not sure how necessary this talent will be in Wrath, but it can’t hurt espcially since you’ll probably be running with a lot of off-spec tanks)
    • 2/2 Imp PW:F
    • 1/3 Imp PW:S
    • 1/1 Inner Focus
    • 3/3 Meditation
    • 5/5 Mental Agility
    • 1/1 Divine Spirit
    • 2/2 Imp Divine Spirit
  • Holy
    • 3/3 Imp Renew
    • 5/5 Holy Specialization
    • 5/5 Divine Fury
    • 1/1 Desperate Prayer
    • 3/3 Blessed Recovery
    • 3/3 Improved Healing
    • 1/1 Spirit of Redemption
    • 5/5 Spiritual Guidance
    • 5/5 Spiritual Healing
    • 3/3 Holy Concentration
    • 1/1 Lightwell
    • 3/3 Serendipity

The Next 10 Points: I would recommend continuing in the Holy tree.

I highly recomend you spend some time playing around with a talent calculator.  All of these specs could be changed in several ways.  By no means do I think these are the “best” specs, just what I would do if my goals were those I’ve listed for each spec.  Think about what you want to get out of your talent choices and focus on talents that will help you acheive your goals.  This is also a good time to take talents that you really like but aren’t normally raid viable.  When leveling you are normally playing for your self and don’t need to worry about supporting a raid.  Remember, this is a game, have fun

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4 Comments on “Leveling in Wrath”

  1. bernard Says:

    I would caution you in getting meditation as a Shadow. Imp Spirit tap is much better at regen then it used to be. As long as you don’t waste mana and use your wand some you will be fine.

  2. Galadria Says:

    I have both Imp ST and Meditation in my spec and don’t really ever have to stop and drink. I will agree that the points could be put into Shadow for more damage output. Different talents will work for different people!


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  4. Tro Says:

    Yeah, Imp Spirit Tap and Veiled Shadows together is more than enough mana regen for me. I get a Dispersion every 3 minutes and a Shadow Fiend every three minutes, in addition incredibly consistent Spirit Taps.


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