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For the former paladin talent, see Spell holy power [Holy Power].
Empty Holy Power bar

Empty Holy Power bar.

Boundless Conviction

A paladin with 5 Holy Power.

Holy Power is a paladin resource mechanic, which works similar to the rogue's and druid's cat form's combo points. Holy Power can be gained through certain spell and talents, and is used for casting other spells.

When fighting, Retribution paladins will generally want to build up Holy Power by using their abilities. Once Holy Power has been built up, it can be consumed to augment specific Holy Power-based spells. For example, the starting ability Spell paladin templarsverdict [Templar's Verdict] is a powerful melee attack. Protection uses it to increase their damage mitigation, while Holy uses it to supplement their Holy Shocks.

  • It is possible to have 5 Holy Power at a time.
  • Holy Power decays over time when not in combat. It must therefore be spent quickly before it's wasted. It decays approximately 10 seconds after leaving combat, one Holy Power at a time. This means that a paladin with 3 Holy Power will lose 1 Holy Power after 10 seconds, another Holy Power after 20 seconds, and the last Holy Power after 30 seconds.

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Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Holy and Protection Paladins now use Holy Power as a resource.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now used only by Retribution and can use 5 Holy Power from the start.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Divine Storm now consumes Holy Power.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Light of Dawn now consumes Holy Power, while Divine Storm no longer does. Divine Plea now generates Holy Power via Shield of the Templar, the same goes for Hammer of Wrath via Divine Purpose.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added for all specializations.