For other uses, see Judgement (disambiguation).
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  • Judgement
  • Level 4 paladin ability
  • 10 yards yd range
  • 5% of Base Mana
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Unleashes the energy of a Seal spell upon an enemy. Refer to individual Seals for Judgement effect.
Usable by
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 10 Sec
Other information
Level learned 4
Improvements [Improved Judgement], [Sanctified Judgement]

Using Judgement is typically referred to as "Judging" a target. Judging a Seal a Paladin has cast on himself can result in a myriad of abilities, from damage to utility debuffs. If the Judgement is a debuff, the duration of it can be refreshed each time the Judging Paladin lands a melee hit.

Talents directly improving Judgement

  • The Retribution tier 1 talent [Benediction] reduces the cost of Judgement and Seals by 3/6/9/12/15%.
  • You can decrease the cooldown by 2 seconds of Judgement with [Improved Judgement] (2 ranks, 1 second per rank) in the Retribution Tree.
  • [Sanctified Judgement] (3 ranks) gives a 33/66/100% chance of receiving 50% of the mana back of the judged seal.
  • The Retribution tier 8 talent [Fanaticism] increases the critical strike chance of any Judgement that is capable of critical hits by 3/6/9/12/15%; this would include Righteousness, Command, Vengeance(?) and Blood.
  • The Retribution 41 point talent [Crusader Strike] will refresh all Paladin Judgement debuffs on a target, making it invaluable in large raids (especially for [Judgement of Light] and [Judgement of Wisdom]).

Talents directly improving specific Judgements

  • The Retribution tier 2 talent [Improved Seal of the Crusader] increases the critical strike chance of all attacks and spells made against a target affected by Judgement of the Crusader by 1/2/3%.
  • The Holy tier 2 talent Improved Seal of Righteousness increases the damage of Seal and Judgement of Righteousness by 3/6/9/12/15%.
  • The Retribution tier 3 talent [Seal of Command] is a more damaging Judgement than Righteousness and deals double damage if the target is stunned or incapacitated.
Judgement Overview
Seal Judgement & Effect Hit / Crit type
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Righteousness Judgement deals Holy damage to target. spell / spell
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Command Judgement deals Holy damage to enemy, double if the target is stunned. melee / melee
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The Crusader Judgement debuffs enemy, increasing Holy damage taken. Increases raid-wide critical strike chance when talented. always / n/a
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Justice Judgement debuffs enemy, preventing NPCs from fleeing, and preventing players from increasing their speed above 100%. always / n/a
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Light Judgement debuffs enemy, granting melee attacks a chance to heal the attacker. ~40-50% / n/a
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Wisdom Judgement debuffs enemy, granting attacks and spells a chance to restore some of the attacker's mana. ~40-50% / n/a
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Vengeance Judgement deals damage for every application of Holy Vengeance, which is applied by the Seal. spell / spell
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Blood Judgement deals Holy damage to enemy, harming the Paladin for 33% of damage dealt. melee / melee

Related Equipment

  • The Tier 2 Paladin armor set is called Judgment Armor and includes an 8-piece set bonus that inflicts 60-66 additional Holy damage to the target a Paladin is Judging.
The set also offers a distinct and fitting look for Paladins and many Paladin-centric armor pieces in the Burning Crusade expansion have used variations of the Judgement set, normally a different color theme.
  •  [Libram of Avengement] will cause Judgements to increase the Paladin's Critical Strike Rating by 53 for 5 seconds.
  •  [Libram of Saints Departed] will cause Judgements to heal the Paladin for 41 to 49.
  • The Retribution-centric Tier 5 Paladin Armor set Crystalforge Battlegear has two set bonuses, both related to Judgement:
    • Two-piece set bonus that reduces the cost of Judgements by 35 mana.
    • Four-piece set bonus that, for each Judgement cast, grants a chance to heal nearby party members for 244 to 256.

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Removed in favor of multiple, use-specific Judgement spells.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Judgement of Light and Judgement of Wisdom will now benefit players that are immune to Holy effects (e.g. Divine Shield).

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