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'''Attributes''' are the basic building blocks for a character's combat ability. The five primary attributes are ''strength'', ''agility'', ''stamina'', ''intellect'', and ''spirit''. These five attributes along with [[armor]] appear on the [[character sheet]] under "Base Stats". These are often referred to as simply ''stats''.
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'''Attributes''' are the basic building blocks for a character's combat ability. The five primary attributes are {{Statlink|icon=|AGI|''agility''|link=#Agility}}, {{Statlink|icon=|INT|''intellect''|link=#Intellect}}, {{Statlink|icon=|SPI|''spirit''|link=#Spirit}}, {{Statlink|icon=|STA|''stamina''|link=#Stamina}}, and {{Statlink|icon=|STR|''strength''|link=#Strength}}. These five attributes along with [[armor]] appear on the [[:File:Character_window-Stats_pane_1.png|character info]] under "Attributes". These are often referred to as simply ''stats''.
   
 
A number of secondary attributes affect specific areas of combat more directly, and are often influenced in some way by a primary attribute. Secondary attributes include critical strike rate, damage absorption, attack power, spell power, and many others.
 
A number of secondary attributes affect specific areas of combat more directly, and are often influenced in some way by a primary attribute. Secondary attributes include critical strike rate, damage absorption, attack power, spell power, and many others.
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AddOns such as RatingBuster<ref>[http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/rating-buster.aspx RatingBuster] AddOn at [http://wow.curse.com/ WoW Curse]</ref> can show you the actual improvements in game to your Secondary attributes which are more directly applied to combat mechanics.
   
== Strength ==
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== Base ==
{{seealso|Attack power|Stat comparison#STR vs AGI}}
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=== Strength ===
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:''See also: [[Attack power]] and [[Stat comparison#STR vs AGI|STR vs AGI section]] of [[Stat comparison]]''
   
Strength (often abbreviated STR) has the following effects:
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{{statlink|icononly=|STR|link=#Strength}} Strength (often abbreviated STR) has the following effects:
   
 
*Increases [[attack power]] with [[melee]] [[weapon]]s:
 
*Increases [[attack power]] with [[melee]] [[weapon]]s:
**[[Warrior]]s, [[death knight]]s, [[paladin]]s, [[mage]]s, [[priest]]s and [[warlock]]s gain 2 melee attack power per point of strength.
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**[[Warrior]]s, [[death knight]]s, [[paladin]]s, [[mage]]s, [[priest]]s and [[warlock]]s gain 1 melee attack power per point of strength.
**[[Druid]]s gain 1 melee attack power per point of strength.
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**[[Druid]]s gain 2 melee attack power per point of strength.
*Increases [[parry rating]] for [[warrior]]s, [[paladin]]s, and [[death knight]]s by 27% of strength.
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*<s>Increased [[parry rating]] for [[warrior]]s, [[paladin]]s, and [[death knight]]s by 27% of strength.</s>
 
* [[Paladin]] talent [[Touched by the Light]] (Protection, Spec passive) increases spell power by 60% of Strength.
 
* [[Paladin]] talent [[Touched by the Light]] (Protection, Spec passive) increases spell power by 60% of Strength.
   
 
Strength does not affect the chance to land a [[critical strike]]. Strength does not improve the chance to block.
 
Strength does not affect the chance to land a [[critical strike]]. Strength does not improve the chance to block.
   
== Agility ==
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=== Agility ===
{| class="darktable" style="float: right; text-align: center;"
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | AGI per 1% Crit{{fact}}
 
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! Class
 
! L. 60
 
! L. 70
 
! L. 80
 
! L. 85
 
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| Death Knight || 20 || 30 || 62.4 || 243.7
 
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| Druid || 32.48 || 40 || 83.18 || 324.85
 
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| Hunter || 33.17 || 40 || 83.18 || 324.85
 
|-
 
| Mage || 22.64 || 24.58 || 51.1 || 199.87
 
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| Paladin || 19.55 || 24.84 || 51.98 || 203.08
 
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| Priest || 21.94 || 24.91 || 52.1 || 203.46
 
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| Rogue || 28.17 || 40 || 83.15 || 324.72
 
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| Shaman || 31.28 || 40.01 || 83.19 || 324.88
 
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| Warlock || 21.03 || 24.29 || 50.46 || 197.08
 
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| Warrior || 20 || 30 || 62.4 || 243.6
 
|}
 
 
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{{seealso|Critical strike}}
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{{statlink|icononly=|AGI|link=#Agility}} Agility (often abbreviated AGI) has the following effects:
 
Agility (often abbreviated AGI) has the following effects:
 
   
 
*Increases [[attack power]] with [[ranged]] weapons (not including [[wand]]s) or [[melee]] weapons for certain classes.
 
*Increases [[attack power]] with [[ranged]] weapons (not including [[wand]]s) or [[melee]] weapons for certain classes.
**[[Warrior]]s and [[rogue]]s gain 1 ranged attack power for each point of agility.
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**[[Hunter]]s gain 1 ranged attack power for each point of agility.
**[[Hunter]]s gain 2 ranged attack power for each point of agility.
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**[[Rogue]]s, [[shaman]]s and [[druid]]s in [[Cat Form]] and [[Bear Form]] gain 1 melee attack power per point of agility.
**[[Rogue]]s, [[shaman]]s and [[druid]]s in [[Cat Form]] and [[Bear Form]] gain 2 melee attack power per point of agility.
 
**[[Hunter]]s gain 1 melee attack power per point of agility.
 
*Increases chance to score a [[critical hit]] with a weapon.
 
 
*Increases chance to [[dodge]] attacks. This is dependent on both class and level, in fact death knights, paladins and warriors don't.
 
*Increases chance to [[dodge]] attacks. This is dependent on both class and level, in fact death knights, paladins and warriors don't.
 
[[AEP|Agility Equivalence Points]] is a notable formula for calculating the contribution of agility. It might be outdated with regard to hunters.
 
[[AEP|Agility Equivalence Points]] is a notable formula for calculating the contribution of agility. It might be outdated with regard to hunters.
   
== Stamina ==
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=== Intellect ===
Stamina (often abbreviated STA) has the following effects:
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{{statlink|icononly=|INT|link=#Intellect}} Intellect (often abbreviated as INT) has the following effects:
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*Increases [[spell power]] by 1 per point at level 80 or above. Intellect is now the main source of spell power for most cases.
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==== Intellect in Mists of Pandaria ====
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{{Mists-section}}
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Intellect will no longer affect (increase) the [[mana]] pool.<ref>{{ref web|work=Official Healing forum (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3566337805?page=3#53|title=#53 - I don't get why the MoP int change is needed|author={{blizz}} Kaivax|date=11-Nov-2011 6:23 PM}}</ref>
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=== Stamina ===
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{{statlink|icononly=|STA|link=#Stamina}} Stamina (often abbreviated STA) has the following effects:
   
 
*Stamina provides 1 health per stamina for the first 20 points of stamina, and 10 health per point of stamina thereafter.
 
*Stamina provides 1 health per stamina for the first 20 points of stamina, and 10 health per point of stamina thereafter.
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**[[Warrior]]s receive 15% stamina from {{ability|Sentinel (warrior talent)|Sentinel}} by choosing {{spec|Warrior|Protection}} specialization.
 
**[[Warrior]]s receive 15% stamina from {{ability|Sentinel (warrior talent)|Sentinel}} by choosing {{spec|Warrior|Protection}} specialization.
   
* Stamina is one of the key attributes of [[Tank (game term)|tanks]] (dodge, parry, and block also being very important). It is useful to every class in [[PvP]]. Non-tank PvE characters should not actively seek out stamina, but some of it is found on nearly any piece of gear.
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* Stamina is one of the key attributes of [[Tank (game term)|tanks]] (<s>dodge, parry,</s> and block also being very important). It is useful to every class in [[PvP]]. Non-tank PvE characters should not actively seek out stamina, but some of it is found on nearly any piece of gear.
   
== Intellect ==
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=== Spirit ===
{| class="darktable" style="float: right; text-align: center;"
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{{main|Spirit#Attribute}}
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|-
 
! Class !! Expected<br/>@ 60 !! L. 60<br/>1% Crit !! L. 70<br/>1% Crit !! L. 80<br/>1% Crit !! L. 85<br/>1% Crit
 
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! Druid
 
| 192 || 60.0 || 80 || 166.6667 || 648.91
 
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! Mage
 
| 286 || 59.5 || 80 || 166.6667 || 648.91
 
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! Paladin
 
| 106 || 54 || 80.05 || 166.6667 || 648.91
 
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! Priest
 
| 160 || 59.2 || 80 || 166.6667 || 648.91
 
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! Shaman
 
| 259 || 59.5 || 80 || 166.6667 || 648.91
 
|-
 
! Warlock
 
| 200 || 60.6 || 81.92 || 166.6667 || 648.91
 
|}
 
 
[[Intellect]] (often abbreviated as INT) has the following effects:
 
*Increases [[spell power]] by 1 per point at level 80 or above. Intellect is now the main source of spell power for most cases.
 
*Increases [[mana]] pool. Each point of intellect gives player characters 15 mana points (except from the first 20 points of Intellect that provide 1 mana for each point instead). Warlock [[minion]]s gain 1 mana per point of base intellect, [[imp (warlock minion)|imps]] gain ~4.9 mana for each additional point of intellect, while all other minions gain ~11.5 mana for each additional point of intellect.
 
*Increases chance to score a [[spell critical strike]]. This increase varies by class and level; in general, the relationship is linear as intellect increases. The rate of increase is generally based on the amount of intellect a class is expected to have at a certain level, given by the following table.<ref>{{ref web
 
|url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.aspx?fn=wow-mage&t=559324&p=#post559377
 
|author={{Blizz}} [[Tseric]]
 
|title=Re: 100 int can't be = 1% crit
 
|date=2005-12-01
 
|accessdate=2007-10-03
 
|publisher=WoW US Mage forum
 
|archiveurl=http://blue.cardplace.com/cache/wow-mage/559324.htm|archivedate=2005-12-01}}</ref><ref>{{ref web
 
|url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.aspx?fn=wow-general&t=8532087&p=#post8532806
 
|author={{Blizz}} [[Tseric]]
 
|title= Re: 59.5 int per crit for *every* class.
 
|date=2006-05-31
 
|accessdate=2007-10-03
 
|publisher=WoW US General forum
 
|archiveurl=http://www.blue.cardplace.com/cache/wow-general/8532087.htm
 
|archivedate=2006-05-31}}</ref><ref>{{ref web
 
|url=http://elitistjerks.com/f31/t29453-combat_ratings_level_80_a/
 
|title=Combat Ratings at level 80
 
|author=[[User:Whitetooth|Whitetooth]]
 
|date=2008-07-30
 
|accessdate=2009-06-12}}</ref>
 
 
=== Intellect in Mists of Pandaria ===
 
{{Mists-section}}
 
Intellect will no longer affect (increase) the [[mana]] pool.<ref>{{ref web|work=Official Healing forum (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3566337805?page=3#53|title=#53 - I don't get why the MoP int change is needed|author={{blizz}} Kaivax|date=11-Nov-2011 6:23 PM}}</ref>
 
 
== Spirit ==
 
{{main|Spirit}}
 
 
{{seealso|Mana regeneration}}
 
{{seealso|Mana regeneration}}
   
Spirit (often abbreviated SPI) has the following effects:
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{{statlink|icononly=|SPI|link=#Spirit}} Spirit (often abbreviated SPI) has the following effects:
   
 
*Increases in-combat [[mana regeneration]] for healers. It's the primary attribute for mana regeneration of healers.
 
*Increases in-combat [[mana regeneration]] for healers. It's the primary attribute for mana regeneration of healers.
 
*Adds 1 [[spell hit]] rating per point for shadow priests, elemental shaman and balance druids.{{fact}}
 
*Adds 1 [[spell hit]] rating per point for shadow priests, elemental shaman and balance druids.{{fact}}
 
**Paladins who pick up the talent [[Enlightened Judgements]] gain [[spell hit]] equal to 50% spirit (Rank 1) or 100% spirit (Rank 2)
 
**Paladins who pick up the talent [[Enlightened Judgements]] gain [[spell hit]] equal to 50% spirit (Rank 1) or 100% spirit (Rank 2)
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**Retribution Paladins however do not gain anything from spirit.
   
 
Spirit is of no use for [[mage]]s and [[warlock]]s due to how their classes' mana regeneration works.
 
Spirit is of no use for [[mage]]s and [[warlock]]s due to how their classes' mana regeneration works.
   
 
Spirit is made more valuable by abilities that increase other stats based on Spirit.
 
Spirit is made more valuable by abilities that increase other stats based on Spirit.
== Mastery ==
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Some could argue that Spirit is not a base attribute, since [[Blizz]]ard groups it under "Enhancements" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE">[[:File:Char_window-Stats_panel_General_Attributes_Enhancements-Patch_6_2_3.png|Stats panel]] of the [[character window]] showing General, Attributes, and Enhancements.</ref>
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== Bonus attributes ==
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Some attributes (like {{text|#0f0|Bonus Armor}}) appear as {{text|#0f0|lime green}} (similar to {{q|uncommon}} color) on tooltips. There is no official explanation for why these attributes are colored this way, but it appears that they are always secondary attributes.  Another possible theory is that the attributes are colored when they receive bonuses from equipment, such as armor or off-hand items.
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== <span id="Others">Secondary</span> ==
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Secondary attributes are player stats that affect combat directly. The four primary attributes only indirectly affect combat, by contributing to these attributes.
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=== Mastery ===
 
{{main|Mastery}}
 
{{main|Mastery}}
Mastery is a unique attribute that that has different effects depending on class and specialization.
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Mastery is a unique secondary attribute that has different effects depending on class and specialization.
   
== Others ==
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Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE" />
Secondary attributes are player stats that affect combat directly. The four primary attributes only indirectly affect combat, by contributing to these attributes.
 
   
 
=== Physical combat ===
 
=== Physical combat ===
*Weapon damage - Weapon damage is a property of the player's equipped weapon. Melee weapon damage is increased by [[enchant]]s and [[sharpening stone]]s. Ranged damage is increased with [[scope]]s.
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*Weapon damage - Weapon damage is a property of the player's equipped weapon. Melee weapon damage is increased by [[enchant]]s and [[sharpening stone]]s. Ranged damage is increased with [[scope]]s. Listed as Damage under "Attack" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD">[[:File:Char_window-Stats_panel_Attack_Spell_Defense-Patch_6_2_3.png|Stats panel]] of the [[character window]] showing Attack, Spell, and Defense.</ref>
*[[Weapon speed]] - Weapon speed is a property of the player's equipped weapon and determines the time between attacks with that weapon.
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*<s class="graylink">[[Hit]]</s> - Increased chance to hit with melee weapons by a percentage. Hit chance was increased by [[hit rating]], a [[combat rating]]. Removed in {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor.
*[[Attack power]] - (Abbreviated as AP) Increases damage of an equipped weapon. Attack power is increased directly by gear and buffs with the attack power stat, and indirectly by strength and agility (only for hunters, rogues, shamans, and cat-form druids).
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*[[Attack power]] - (Abbreviated as AP) Increases damage of an equipped weapon. Attack power is increased directly by gear and buffs with the attack power stat, and indirectly by strength and agility (only for hunters, rogues, shamans, and cat-form druids). Listed under "Attack" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" />
*Ranged attack power - (Abbreviated as RAP) Increases damage of an equipped [[bow]], [[crossbow]] or [[gun]], but not [[wand]]s. Ranged attack power is increased similarly to melee attack power.
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**[[PvP Power]] - A [[PvP]] specific property that increases damage against other players added in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria. It also overcame PvP Resilience which was removed in {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor.
*[[Critical strike]] - Percentage of attacks that will result in a [[critical strike]]. Crit chance is increased directly by [[critical strike rating]], a [[combat rating]], and indirectly by agility.
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*[[Weapon speed]] - Weapon speed is a property of the player's equipped weapon and determines the time between attacks with that weapon. The stat combine combat speed factors is listed as [[Attack Speed]] under "Attack" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" />
*[[Hit]] - Increases chance to hit with melee weapons by a percentage. Hit chance is increased by [[hit rating]], a [[combat rating]].
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*<s class="graylink">[[Attack power#Ranged attack power|Ranged attack power]]</s> - (Abbreviated as RAP) Increased damage of physical ranged weapons like an equipped [[bow]], [[crossbow]] or [[gun]], but not [[wand]]s. Ranged attack power was increased similarly to melee attack power.
*[[Haste]] - Decreases the time between attacks. This effectively increases weapon speed, but has no effect on [[cooldown]]s. Haste is increased directly by [[haste rating]], a [[combat rating]].
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*<s class="graylink">[[Armor penetration]]</s> - Represented the percentage of armor that was ignored by an attack. Removed in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm.
*[[Expertise]] - Reduces the enemy's chance to dodge/parry by .25% per point of expertise.
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==== Enhancements ====
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*[[Critical strike]] - Percentage of attacks that will result in a [[critical strike]]. Crit chance is increased directly by [[critical strike rating]], a [[combat rating]], and indirectly by agility. Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE" />
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*[[Haste]] - Decreases the time between attacks. This effectively increases weapon speed, but has no effect on [[cooldown]]s. Haste is increased directly by [[haste rating]], a [[combat rating]]. Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE" />
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*<s class="graylink">[[Expertise]]</s> - Reduced the enemy's chance to dodge/parry by .25% per point of expertise. Removed in {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor.
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All these stats except Expertise appear in the "Enhancements" section of the Stats panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE" />
   
 
=== Spell combat ===
 
=== Spell combat ===
*[[Spell hit]] - Increases the chance spells will hit their target. Spell hit is increased by the same [[hit rating]] used for [[Hit|melee hit]], but the effects differ after that point.
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*[[Spell power]] - (Abbreviated as SP) Increases damage and healing of spells. Spell power is increased directly by weapons (was removed from other items in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm) and buffs with the spell power stat, and indirectly by intellect (only for casters). Listed under "Spell" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" />
*[[Spell critical strike|Spell crit chance]] - Percentage of spells that will result in a spell critical strike. Spell crit chance is increased by [[critical strike rating]] and intellect.
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*<s class="graylink">[[Spell hit]]</s> - Increases the chance spells will hit their target. Spell hit is increased by the same [[hit rating]] used for [[Hit|melee hit]], but the effects differ after that point. Spell hit was collapsed into general hit rating in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria.
*[[Spell penetration]] - Reduces the target's [[resistance]]. Spell penetration is increased directly by gear with the [[spell penetration rating]]. It is useful in PvP, not in PvE.
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*<s class="graylink">[[Spell critical strike|Spell crit chance]]</s> - Percentage of spells that will result in a spell critical strike. Spell crit chance is increased by [[critical strike rating]] and intellect. Spell crit chance was collapsed into general critical strike rating in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria.
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*<s class="graylink">[[Spell penetration]]</s> - Reduced the target's [[resistance]]. Spell penetration was increased directly by gear with the [[spell penetration rating]]. It was useful in PvP, not in PvE. It was removed in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria.
 
*[[Casting speed]] - The rate at which spells can be cast. Increased by [[haste rating]]. Can lower the [[global cooldown]] in cases where spells are cast fast enough to be limited by it.
 
*[[Casting speed]] - The rate at which spells can be cast. Increased by [[haste rating]]. Can lower the [[global cooldown]] in cases where spells are cast fast enough to be limited by it.
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*[[PvP Power]] - A [[PvP]] specific property that increases spell damage against other players (and overcame their PvP Resilience before it was removed) and healing in PvP zones ([[arena]]s and [[battleground]]s) added in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria.
   
 
=== Defense ===
 
=== Defense ===
*[[Dodge]] - Chance to dodge incoming melee attacks. Ranged attacks cannot be dodged. Dodge is increased by [[dodge rating]] and agility. Only tanks should use gear with dodge rating.
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*<s class="graylink">[[Defense]]</s> - Helped prevent physical damage by reducing the chance to be hit or critically hit. Additionally, it also increased block, dodge and parry. Removed in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm.
*[[Parry]] - Chance to parry melee attacks with a melee weapon. Ranged attacks cannot be parried. Parry is increased by [[parry rating]] and [[strength]]. Only (non-druid) tanks should use gear with parry rating.
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*[[Dodge]] - Increased by {{statlink|icon=|Agility|link=#Agility}}, it is the chance to dodge incoming melee attacks. Ranged attacks cannot be dodged. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" /> Dodge was increased by [[dodge rating]], but it was removed from itemization.
*[[Block]] - Chance to block melee and ranged attacks with a shield. Warrior and paladin tanks receive additional block chance through their respective [[mastery]] and abilities such as [[Shield Block]].
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** <s class="graylink">[[Dodge rating]]</s> - Removed from itemization in {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor.
*[[Armor]] - Decreases physical damage received. Increases your [[pet]]'s Armor. Armor is always present on equippable items, such as chest pieces and shields. Shields and plate items generally have the most armor, while cloth items have the least. The base armor of an item is determined directly by its type (cloth, leather, mail or plate), [[item level]] and slot (chest, head, legs, etc). Some items have extra armor, which is indicated by the total amount of armor appearing in green on the tooltip. Rings, weapons, amulets and trinkets have no base armor, but may have bonus armor.
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*[[Parry]] - Increased by {{statlink|icon=|Strength|link=#Strength}}, it is the chance to parry melee attacks with a melee weapon. Ranged attacks cannot be parried. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" /> Parry was increased by [[parry rating]], but it was removed from itemization.
*[[Resistance]] - Decreases the damage taken from magical attacks.
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** <s class="graylink">[[Parry rating]]</s> - Removed from itemization in {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor. Only (non-druid) tanks should have used gear with parry rating.
*[[Resilience]] - Decreases the damage taken from enemy players. Resilience is increased through equipment with [[resilience]] which is found on PvP gear. Resilience does not have any effect against an [[npc]].
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*[[Block]] - Chance to block melee and ranged attacks with a shield. Warrior and paladin tanks receive additional block chance through their respective [[mastery]] and abilities such as {{ability|Shield Block}}. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" />
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** <s class="graylink">[[Block rating]]</s> - Improved your chance to block an attack. Removed in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm.
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** <s class="graylink">[[Block value]]</s> - A value usually only on shields that represented the fixed amount of damage absorbed. Removed in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm.
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*[[Armor]] - Decreases physical damage received. Increases your [[pet]]'s Armor. Armor is always present on equippable items, such as chest pieces and shields. Shields and plate items generally have the most armor, while cloth items have the least. The base armor of an item is determined directly by its type (cloth, leather, mail or plate), [[item level]] and slot (chest, head, legs, etc.). Some items have extra armor, which is indicated by the total amount of armor appearing in green on the tooltip. Rings, weapons, amulets and trinkets have no base armor, but may have bonus armor. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsASD" />
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* [[Bonus Armor]] - Initially just extra {{statlink|icon=|Armor|link=#Armor}} on defensive items, it transitioned to a replacement for Dodge and Parry in {{warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor. Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE" />
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*<s class="graylink">[[Resistance]]</s> - Decreased the damage taken from magical attacks. Effectively removed in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria.
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*<s class="graylink">[[PvP Resilience]]</s> (was <s>Resilience</s>) - Decreases the damage taken from enemy players, {{mists-inline}} but is overcome by PvP Power. Resilience is increased through equipment with [[resilience]] which is found on PvP gear. Resilience does not have any effect against an [[NPC]]. Changed to "PvP Resilience" in {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria which was removed in {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor..
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== Tertiary ==
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Warlords of Draenor adds random and rare "tertiary" attributes to some items. These are not truly attributes in the sense that they boost some characteristic of the player during combat, but more like [[ability|abilities]] attached to items like {{ability|Drain Life}} being able to [[proc]] ([[Leech]]).
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* [[Indestructible]] rating - Not a value, but indicates the item won't take durability damage.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords" />
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* [[Multistrike]] rating - Not so rare.{{fact}} Grants two chances for damage and healing effects to occur an additional time, each at 30% effectiveness.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords" />
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* [[Leech]] rating - Causes you to be healed for a portion of all damage and healing done.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords" />
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* [[Versatility]] rating - Not so rare.{{fact}} Increases damage, increases healing, and reduces damage taken.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords" />
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All these stats except Indestructible appear in the "Enhancements" section of the Stats panel of the character window.<ref name="charStatsGAE" />
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=== Did not make it out of Beta ===
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* <s class="graylink">[[Amplify (rating)|Amplify]] rating</s> - Scrapped before release.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords">{{ref web|work=[[Wowhead]] guides|url=http://www.wowhead.com/guides/gear/item-changes-in-warlords-of-draenor|title=Item Changes in Warlords of Draenor|author=[http://www.wowhead.com/user=perculia perculia]|date=16-May-2014 3:53 PM}}</ref>
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* <s class="graylink">[[Cleave (rating)|Cleave]] rating</s> - Scrapped before release.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords" />
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* <s class="graylink">[[Readiness (rating)|Readiness]] rating</s> - Scrapped before release.<ref name="wowheadForumItemChangesWarlords" />
   
 
== Other information ==
 
== Other information ==
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* [[Wand]] damage is not affected by a primary statistic.
 
* [[Wand]] damage is not affected by a primary statistic.
   
=== Critical Strikes ===
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Not specifically an attribute, but more of an [[attack table]] cumulative rating. Represents chance to avoid an attack with a combination of dodge, parry, and chance to miss (which is a fixed percentage depending on the target). Avoidance should not be confused with [[mitigation]] which reduces damage from an attack.
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=== Critical strikes ===
 
* [[#Agility|Agility]] will increase the chance to score a critical strike with both physical ranged and melee damage for all classes. The amount needed per point varies by class.
 
* [[#Agility|Agility]] will increase the chance to score a critical strike with both physical ranged and melee damage for all classes. The amount needed per point varies by class.
 
* [[#Intellect|Intellect]] will increase the chance to score a critical strike with spells. For a mage at level 60, the rate is 1% per 59.5 points of intellect.
 
* [[#Intellect|Intellect]] will increase the chance to score a critical strike with spells. For a mage at level 60, the rate is 1% per 59.5 points of intellect.
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=== Fighting with two weapons, using off-hand, two-handed ===
 
=== Fighting with two weapons, using off-hand, two-handed ===
See the "[[Combat#Physical_Combat|Physical Combat]]" section of [[Combat]].
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== Random attributes on items ==
 
== Random attributes on items ==
 
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On many uncommon, rare and on some epic items you can get random attributes.
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*...of the Bandit - Agility, Stamina, Critical Strike Rating
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*...of the Bandit - Agility, Stamina, Critical Strike Rating
*...of the Bear - Stamina, Strength
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*...of the Bear - Stamina, Strength
 
*...of the Beast - Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Stamina
 
*...of the Beast - Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Stamina
*...of the Bedrock - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Parry Rating
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*...of the Bedrock - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Parry Rating
*...of the Bouldercrag - Stamina, Strength, Dodge Rating, Parry Rating
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*...of the Bouldercrag - Stamina, Strength, Dodge Rating, Parry Rating
*...of the Champion - Strength, Stamina, Dodge Rating
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*...of the Champion - Strength, Stamina, Dodge Rating
 
*...of the Eagle - Intellect, Stamina
 
*...of the Eagle - Intellect, Stamina
*...of the Earthbreaker - Stamina, Strength, Critical Strike Rating, Mastery Rating
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*...of the Earthbreaker - Stamina, Strength, Critical Strike Rating, Mastery Rating
*...of the Earthfall - Stamina, Strength, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
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*...of the Earthfall - Stamina, Strength, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
*...of the Earthshaker - Stamina, Strength, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
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*...of the Earthshaker - Stamina, Strength, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
 
*...of the Elder - Stamina, Spirit, Intellect
 
*...of the Elder - Stamina, Spirit, Intellect
*...of the Faultline - Stamina, Strength, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
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*...of the Faultline - Stamina, Strength, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
 
*...of the Feverflare - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
 
*...of the Feverflare - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
 
*...of the Fireflash - Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
 
*...of the Fireflash - Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
 
*...of the Flameblaze - Stamina, Intellect, Mastery Rating, Hit Rating
 
*...of the Flameblaze - Stamina, Intellect, Mastery Rating, Hit Rating
*...of the Galeburst - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating
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*...of the Galeburst - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating
 
*...of the Invoker - Intellect, Critical Strike Rating
 
*...of the Invoker - Intellect, Critical Strike Rating
*...of the Landslide - Stamina, Strength, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating
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*...of the Landslide - Stamina, Strength, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating
*...of the Marksman - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating
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*...of the Marksman - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating
*...of the Mercenary - Stamina, Strength, Haste Rating
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*...of the Mercenary - Stamina, Strength, Haste Rating
*...of the Monkey - Agility, Stamina
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*...of the Monkey - Agility, Stamina
*...of the Mountainbed - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Expertise Rating
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*...of the Mountainbed - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Expertise Rating
*...of the Rockslab - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Dodge Rating
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*...of the Rockslab - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Dodge Rating
 
*...of the Seer - Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike Rating
 
*...of the Seer - Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike Rating
*...of the Soldier - Strength, Stamina, Critical Strike Rating
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*...of the Soldier - Strength, Stamina, Critical Strike Rating
 
*...of the Sorcerer - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating
 
*...of the Sorcerer - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating
*...of the Stormblast - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
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*...of the Stormblast - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
*...of the Tiger - Agility, Hit Rating
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*...of the Tiger - Agility, Hit Rating
 
*...of the Undertow - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating, Spirit
 
*...of the Undertow - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating, Spirit
 
*...of the Wavecrest - Stamina, Intellect, Mastery Rating, Spirit
 
*...of the Wavecrest - Stamina, Intellect, Mastery Rating, Spirit
 
*...of the Whale - Spirit, Stamina
 
*...of the Whale - Spirit, Stamina
 
*...of the Wildfire - Stamina, Intellect, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
 
*...of the Wildfire - Stamina, Intellect, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
*...of the Windflurry - Stamina, Agility, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
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*...of the Windflurry - Stamina, Agility, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
*...of the Windstorm - Stamina, Agility, Critical Strike Rating, Mastery Rating
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*...of the Windstorm - Stamina, Agility, Critical Strike Rating, Mastery Rating
*...of the Zephyr - Stamina, Agility, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
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*...of the Zephyr - Stamina, Agility, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
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Attributes that were removed from itemization in {{warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor:<ref name="wowheadWoD">{{ref web|work=[[Wowhead]]|url=http://www.wowhead.com/wod|title=Warlords of Draenor Recap (from BlizzCon 2013)|author=[[Wowhead]]|accessdate=27-Jan-2013}}</ref>
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== Attributes removed in Cataclysm ==
 
== Attributes removed in Cataclysm ==
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Attributes that were removed from itemization in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm:
 
Attributes that were removed from itemization in {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm:
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* [[Armor penetration]]
 
* [[Armor penetration]]
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* [[Block rating]]
 
* [[Block rating]]
 
* [[Block value]]
 
* [[Block value]]
 
* [[Defense rating]]
 
* [[Defense rating]]
 
* [[MP5]]
 
* [[MP5]]
* [[Spell power]]
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== Patch changes ==
 
== Patch changes ==
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=== In Cataclysm ===
 
=== In Cataclysm ===
 
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** '''[[Agility]]''': Now provides 2 melee attack power per point to [[rogue]]s, [[shaman]]s and [[druid]]s and no longer increases armor.
 
** '''[[Agility]]''': Now provides 2 melee attack power per point to [[rogue]]s, [[shaman]]s and [[druid]]s and no longer increases armor.
 
** '''[[Intellect]]''': Now provides Spell power.
 
** '''[[Intellect]]''': Now provides Spell power.
** '''[[Spirit]]''': No longer increases Health regeneration.
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** '''[[Spirit#Attribute|Spirit]]''': No longer increases Health regeneration.
 
** '''[[Defense]]''': Stat has been removed from gear. <!-- Now just always pegged to level max, with crit "immunity" to level+3 and boss mobs provided through talents. Attack tables are still using 'weapon skill versus defense skill' attack table (you can confirm this as a tank versus level+4 mobs). -->
 
** '''[[Defense]]''': Stat has been removed from gear. <!-- Now just always pegged to level max, with crit "immunity" to level+3 and boss mobs provided through talents. Attack tables are still using 'weapon skill versus defense skill' attack table (you can confirm this as a tank versus level+4 mobs). -->
 
** '''[[Block value]]''': Stat has been removed.
 
** '''[[Block value]]''': Stat has been removed.
 
** '''[[Armor Penetration]]''': Stat has been removed from gear, all previous items with ArP have had it converted to Crit or Haste depending on which stats was not present in the item. (Still exists in skills, debuffs, etc.)
 
** '''[[Armor Penetration]]''': Stat has been removed from gear, all previous items with ArP have had it converted to Crit or Haste depending on which stats was not present in the item. (Still exists in skills, debuffs, etc.)
** '''[[mp5|Mana Regeneration]]''': Stat has been removed, all previous items with MP5 have had it converted to [[Spirit]].
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** '''[[mp5|Mana Regeneration]]''': Stat has been removed, all previous items with MP5 have had it converted to [[Spirit#Attribute|Spirit]].
 
** '''[[Spell power]]''': Has been removed on most items. (Usually found only on weapons now.)
 
** '''[[Spell power]]''': Has been removed on most items. (Usually found only on weapons now.)
 
** '''[[Resilience]]''': No longer reduces chance of receiving a critical hit and is now a flat reduction on damage taken from other players.
 
** '''[[Resilience]]''': No longer reduces chance of receiving a critical hit and is now a flat reduction on damage taken from other players.
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{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2009/10/28/wow-rookie-primary-stats-for-beginners/|desc=WoW Rookie: Primary stats for beginners|bydate=by [http://wow.joystiq.com/bloggers/lisa-poisso/ Lisa Poisso] Oct 28th 2009 at 2:00PM}}
   
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Latest revision as of 02:37, February 22, 2016

Attributes are the basic building blocks for a character's combat ability. The five primary attributes are Spell holy blessingofagility agility, Spell holy magicalsentry intellect, Spell shadow burningspirit spirit, Spell nature unyeildingstamina stamina, and Spell nature strength strength. These five attributes along with armor appear on the character info under "Attributes". These are often referred to as simply stats.

A number of secondary attributes affect specific areas of combat more directly, and are often influenced in some way by a primary attribute. Secondary attributes include critical strike rate, damage absorption, attack power, spell power, and many others.

All characters inherently have some amount of each attribute that increases with level depending mainly on class. For example, a mage will have more base intellect than a rogue, who will have more base agility. Increasing these attributes is mainly done with equipment, as well as temporary effects such as buffs, elixirs, scrolls, auras, and many other means.

Nearly all combat mechanics rely in some way on one or more character attributes. Increasing the appropriate attribute will increase damage done, reduce damage taken, increase healing done, affect a character's mana or health, or other benefits. Understanding how these attributes work is important for effective combat.

AddOns such as RatingBuster[1] can show you the actual improvements in game to your Secondary attributes which are more directly applied to combat mechanics.

Base Edit

Strength Edit

See also: Attack power and STR vs AGI section of Stat comparison

Spell nature strength Strength (often abbreviated STR) has the following effects:

Strength does not affect the chance to land a critical strike. Strength does not improve the chance to block.

Agility Edit

AGI per 1% Dodge[citation needed]
Class L. 60 L. 70 L. 80 L. 85
Death knight  ?  ?  ?  ?
Druid  ? 14.7 41.59 243.58
Hunter 20 26.5 75.04 440
Mage 20 25 51.22 300.16
Paladin  ?  ?  ?  ?
Priest 20 25 51.98 304
Rogue 14.5 20 41.57 243.52
Shaman 20 25 51.98 304
Warlock 20 25 51.98 304.35
Warrior  ?  ?  ?  ?

Spell holy blessingofagility Agility (often abbreviated AGI) has the following effects:

  • Increases attack power with ranged weapons (not including wands) or melee weapons for certain classes.
  • Increases chance to dodge attacks. This is dependent on both class and level, in fact death knights, paladins and warriors don't.

Agility Equivalence Points is a notable formula for calculating the contribution of agility. It might be outdated with regard to hunters.

Intellect Edit

Spell holy magicalsentry Intellect (often abbreviated as INT) has the following effects:

  • Increases spell power by 1 per point at level 80 or above. Intellect is now the main source of spell power for most cases.

Intellect in Mists of Pandaria Edit

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Intellect will no longer affect (increase) the mana pool.[2]

Stamina Edit

Spell nature unyeildingstamina Stamina (often abbreviated STA) has the following effects:

  • Stamina is one of the key attributes of tanks (dodge, parry, and block also being very important). It is useful to every class in PvP. Non-tank PvE characters should not actively seek out stamina, but some of it is found on nearly any piece of gear.

Spirit Edit

Main article: Spirit#Attribute
See also: Mana regeneration

Spell shadow burningspirit Spirit (often abbreviated SPI) has the following effects:

  • Increases in-combat mana regeneration for healers. It's the primary attribute for mana regeneration of healers.
  • Adds 1 spell hit rating per point for shadow priests, elemental shaman and balance druids.[citation needed]
    • Paladins who pick up the talent Enlightened Judgements gain spell hit equal to 50% spirit (Rank 1) or 100% spirit (Rank 2)
    • Retribution Paladins however do not gain anything from spirit.

Spirit is of no use for mages and warlocks due to how their classes' mana regeneration works.

Spirit is made more valuable by abilities that increase other stats based on Spirit.

Some could argue that Spirit is not a base attribute, since Blizzard groups it under "Enhancements" on the Stat panel of the character window.[3]

Bonus attributes Edit

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Some attributes (like Bonus Armor) appear as lime green (similar to uncommon color) on tooltips. There is no official explanation for why these attributes are colored this way, but it appears that they are always secondary attributes.  Another possible theory is that the attributes are colored when they receive bonuses from equipment, such as armor or off-hand items.

Secondary Edit

Secondary attributes are player stats that affect combat directly. The four primary attributes only indirectly affect combat, by contributing to these attributes.

Mastery Edit

Main article: Mastery

Mastery is a unique secondary attribute that has different effects depending on class and specialization.

Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.[3]

Physical combat Edit

  • Weapon damage - Weapon damage is a property of the player's equipped weapon. Melee weapon damage is increased by enchants and sharpening stones. Ranged damage is increased with scopes. Listed as Damage under "Attack" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]
  • Hit - Increased chance to hit with melee weapons by a percentage. Hit chance was increased by hit rating, a combat rating. Removed in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor.
  • Attack power - (Abbreviated as AP) Increases damage of an equipped weapon. Attack power is increased directly by gear and buffs with the attack power stat, and indirectly by strength and agility (only for hunters, rogues, shamans, and cat-form druids). Listed under "Attack" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]
    • PvP Power - A PvP specific property that increases damage against other players added in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria. It also overcame PvP Resilience which was removed in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor.
  • Weapon speed - Weapon speed is a property of the player's equipped weapon and determines the time between attacks with that weapon. The stat combine combat speed factors is listed as Attack Speed under "Attack" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]
  • Ranged attack power - (Abbreviated as RAP) Increased damage of physical ranged weapons like an equipped bow, crossbow or gun, but not wands. Ranged attack power was increased similarly to melee attack power.
  • Armor penetration - Represented the percentage of armor that was ignored by an attack. Removed in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm.

Enhancements Edit

  • Critical strike - Percentage of attacks that will result in a critical strike. Crit chance is increased directly by critical strike rating, a combat rating, and indirectly by agility. Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.[3]
  • Haste - Decreases the time between attacks. This effectively increases weapon speed, but has no effect on cooldowns. Haste is increased directly by haste rating, a combat rating. Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.[3]
  • Expertise - Reduced the enemy's chance to dodge/parry by .25% per point of expertise. Removed in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor.

All these stats except Expertise appear in the "Enhancements" section of the Stats panel of the character window.[3]

Spell combat Edit

  • Spell power - (Abbreviated as SP) Increases damage and healing of spells. Spell power is increased directly by weapons (was removed from other items in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm) and buffs with the spell power stat, and indirectly by intellect (only for casters). Listed under "Spell" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]
  • Spell hit - Increases the chance spells will hit their target. Spell hit is increased by the same hit rating used for melee hit, but the effects differ after that point. Spell hit was collapsed into general hit rating in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria.
  • Spell crit chance - Percentage of spells that will result in a spell critical strike. Spell crit chance is increased by critical strike rating and intellect. Spell crit chance was collapsed into general critical strike rating in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria.
  • Spell penetration - Reduced the target's resistance. Spell penetration was increased directly by gear with the spell penetration rating. It was useful in PvP, not in PvE. It was removed in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria.
  • Casting speed - The rate at which spells can be cast. Increased by haste rating. Can lower the global cooldown in cases where spells are cast fast enough to be limited by it.
  • PvP Power - A PvP specific property that increases spell damage against other players (and overcame their PvP Resilience before it was removed) and healing in PvP zones (arenas and battlegrounds) added in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria.

Defense Edit

  • Defense - Helped prevent physical damage by reducing the chance to be hit or critically hit. Additionally, it also increased block, dodge and parry. Removed in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm.
  • Dodge - Increased by Spell holy blessingofagility Agility, it is the chance to dodge incoming melee attacks. Ranged attacks cannot be dodged. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4] Dodge was increased by dodge rating, but it was removed from itemization.
    • Dodge rating - Removed from itemization in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor.
  • Parry - Increased by Spell nature strength Strength, it is the chance to parry melee attacks with a melee weapon. Ranged attacks cannot be parried. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4] Parry was increased by parry rating, but it was removed from itemization.
    • Parry rating - Removed from itemization in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor. Only (non-druid) tanks should have used gear with parry rating.
  • Block - Chance to block melee and ranged attacks with a shield. Warrior and paladin tanks receive additional block chance through their respective mastery and abilities such as [Shield Block]. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]
    • Block rating - Improved your chance to block an attack. Removed in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm.
    • Block value - A value usually only on shields that represented the fixed amount of damage absorbed. Removed in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm.
  • Armor - Decreases physical damage received. Increases your pet's Armor. Armor is always present on equippable items, such as chest pieces and shields. Shields and plate items generally have the most armor, while cloth items have the least. The base armor of an item is determined directly by its type (cloth, leather, mail or plate), item level and slot (chest, head, legs, etc.). Some items have extra armor, which is indicated by the total amount of armor appearing in green on the tooltip. Rings, weapons, amulets and trinkets have no base armor, but may have bonus armor. Listed under "Defense" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]
  • Bonus Armor - Initially just extra Ability warrior defensivestance Armor on defensive items, it transitioned to a replacement for Dodge and Parry in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor. Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.[3]
  • Resistance - Decreased the damage taken from magical attacks. Effectively removed in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria.
  • PvP Resilience (was Resilience) - Decreases the damage taken from enemy players, 0500Mists-Logo-Small but is overcome by PvP Power. Resilience is increased through equipment with resilience which is found on PvP gear. Resilience does not have any effect against an NPC. Changed to "PvP Resilience" in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria which was removed in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor..

Tertiary Edit

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Warlords of Draenor adds random and rare "tertiary" attributes to some items. These are not truly attributes in the sense that they boost some characteristic of the player during combat, but more like abilities attached to items like [Drain Life] being able to proc (Leech).

  • Indestructible rating - Not a value, but indicates the item won't take durability damage.[5]
  • Multistrike rating - Not so rare.[citation needed] Grants two chances for damage and healing effects to occur an additional time, each at 30% effectiveness.[5]
  • Leech rating - Causes you to be healed for a portion of all damage and healing done.[5]
  • Versatility rating - Not so rare.[citation needed] Increases damage, increases healing, and reduces damage taken.[5]

All these stats except Indestructible appear in the "Enhancements" section of the Stats panel of the character window.[3]

Did not make it out of Beta Edit

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Other information Edit

Attack power Edit

See also: Attack power

Base statistics affect attack power (which contributes to DPS) as follows:

  • Strength will always contribute to the physical melee attack power for all classes.
  • Rogues, hunters and shamans can also use Agility in addition to Strength to increase their base physical melee attack power.
  • Druids in Cat Form can also use Agility to increase their base physical melee attack power. However, Agility also affects critical strike percentage which directly affects Cat Form abilities such as Primal Fury. This gives an added attack power equivalence.
  • Agility is the only primary statistic to affect physical ranged attack power (bows and crossbows, guns, throwing weapons) for all classes capable of using them. This is especially important for hunters.
  • Wand damage is not affected by a primary statistic.

Avoidance Edit

Main article: Avoidance (attack table)

Not specifically an attribute, but more of an attack table cumulative rating. Represents chance to avoid an attack with a combination of dodge, parry, and chance to miss (which is a fixed percentage depending on the target). Avoidance should not be confused with mitigation which reduces damage from an attack.

Listed under "Enhancements" on the Stats panel of the character window.[3]

Critical strikes Edit

  • Agility will increase the chance to score a critical strike with both physical ranged and melee damage for all classes. The amount needed per point varies by class.
  • Intellect will increase the chance to score a critical strike with spells. For a mage at level 60, the rate is 1% per 59.5 points of intellect.
  • Critical strike rating increases the chance for both spell and physical affects to score a critical strike.

Dodge Edit

  • Agility will determine a character's chance to dodge an attack. Rogues and druids (as of 2.03) gain a much stronger bonus to dodge than other classes.

Fighting with two weapons, using off-hand, two-handed Edit

See the Physical Combat section of Combat.

Mana regeneration Edit

Main article: Mana regeneration

Although this stat was removed from itemization in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, it is still a key player stat for spell casters to track. It is now primarily based on Spell shadow burningspirit Spirit. Listed under "Spell" on the Stat panel of the character window.[4]

Random attributes on items Edit

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On many uncommon, rare and on some epic items you can get random attributes.

  • ...of the Bandit - Agility, Stamina, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Bear - Stamina, Strength
  • ...of the Beast - Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Stamina
  • ...of the Bedrock - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Parry Rating
  • ...of the Bouldercrag - Stamina, Strength, Dodge Rating, Parry Rating
  • ...of the Champion - Strength, Stamina, Dodge Rating
  • ...of the Eagle - Intellect, Stamina
  • ...of the Earthbreaker - Stamina, Strength, Critical Strike Rating, Mastery Rating
  • ...of the Earthfall - Stamina, Strength, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
  • ...of the Earthshaker - Stamina, Strength, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Elder - Stamina, Spirit, Intellect
  • ...of the Faultline - Stamina, Strength, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
  • ...of the Feverflare - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating
  • ...of the Fireflash - Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
  • ...of the Flameblaze - Stamina, Intellect, Mastery Rating, Hit Rating
  • ...of the Galeburst - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating
  • ...of the Invoker - Intellect, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Landslide - Stamina, Strength, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating
  • ...of the Marksman - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating
  • ...of the Mercenary - Stamina, Strength, Haste Rating
  • ...of the Monkey - Agility, Stamina
  • ...of the Mountainbed - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Expertise Rating
  • ...of the Rockslab - Stamina, Strength, Mastery Rating, Dodge Rating
  • ...of the Seer - Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Soldier - Strength, Stamina, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Sorcerer - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating
  • ...of the Stormblast - Stamina, Agility, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Tiger - Agility, Hit Rating
  • ...of the Undertow - Stamina, Intellect, Haste Rating, Spirit
  • ...of the Wavecrest - Stamina, Intellect, Mastery Rating, Spirit
  • ...of the Whale - Spirit, Stamina
  • ...of the Wildfire - Stamina, Intellect, Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating
  • ...of the Windflurry - Stamina, Agility, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating
  • ...of the Windstorm - Stamina, Agility, Critical Strike Rating, Mastery Rating
  • ...of the Zephyr - Stamina, Agility, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating

Attributes removed in Warlords of Draenor Edit

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Attributes that were removed from itemization in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor:[6]

* Was supposed to be removed from itemization, but appears on [Mark of Supreme Doom] and has been seen as a bonus stat on some Baleful items.

Attributes removed in Mists of Pandaria Edit

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Attributes that were removed from itemization in 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria:

Attributes removed in Cataclysm Edit

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Attributes that were removed from itemization in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm:

** Note: Spell Power and Attack Power can still occur on weapons, and are still present on some pre-existing items such as Inv staff 107 [Abracadaver].

Patch changes Edit

In Warlords of Draenor Edit

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In Mists of Pandaria Edit

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  • 0500Mists-Logo-Small β Patch 5.0.1 (Beta): Spell hit rolled into hit rating. Spell crit chance rolled into Critical strike rating.

In Cataclysm Edit

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  • 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28):
    • Agility: Death knights, paladins and warriors no longer gain dodge from agility.
    • Strength: Death knights, paladins and warriors now gain parry rating equal to 27% of their extra strength (up from 25%)
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small/0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010):
    • Strength: Now gives 0.25 parry ratting per point to plate wearing classes.
    • Stamina: Now gives 14 health per point (up from 10).
    • Agility: Now provides 2 melee attack power per point to rogues, shamans and druids and no longer increases armor.
    • Intellect: Now provides Spell power.
    • Spirit: No longer increases Health regeneration.
    • Defense: Stat has been removed from gear.
    • Block value: Stat has been removed.
    • Armor Penetration: Stat has been removed from gear, all previous items with ArP have had it converted to Crit or Haste depending on which stats was not present in the item. (Still exists in skills, debuffs, etc.)
    • Mana Regeneration: Stat has been removed, all previous items with MP5 have had it converted to Spirit.
    • Spell power: Has been removed on most items. (Usually found only on weapons now.)
    • Resilience: No longer reduces chance of receiving a critical hit and is now a flat reduction on damage taken from other players.
    • Mastery: New stat has been introduced.

In Wrath of the Lich King Edit

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  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009):
    • Agility: The amount of agility required per percentage of dodge has been increased by 15%. This change required recalibrating the amount of dodge a player has with 0 agility by a slight amount as well, so all players will see their dodge percentage vary a small amount.
    • Block rating: The amount of bonus block value on all items has been doubled. This does not affect the base block value on shields or block value derived from strength.
    • Dodge Rating: The amount of dodge rating required per percentage of dodge has been increased by 15%. This is before diminishing returns. Combined with other changes, this makes dodge rating and parry rating equally potent before diminishing returns apply.
    • Mana Regeneration: All items that provide "X mana per five seconds" have had the amount of mana they regenerate increased by approximately 25%.
    • Parry Rating: The amount of parry rating required per percentage of parry has been reduced by 8%. This is before diminishing returns. Combined with other changes, this makes dodge rating and parry rating equally potent before diminishing returns apply. Parry still diminishes more quickly than dodge.
    • Resilience: No longer reduces the amount of damage done by damage-over-time spells, but instead reduces the amount of all damage done by players by the same proportion. The other effects of resilience (reducing critical chance, critical damage and mana drain effects) have not changed.

References Edit

  1. ^ RatingBuster AddOn at WoW Curse
  2. ^ Blizz Kaivax 2011-11-11. #53 - I don't get why the MoP int change is needed. Official Healing forum (US).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Stats panel of the character window showing General, Attributes, and Enhancements.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stats panel of the character window showing Attack, Spell, and Defense.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g perculia 2014-05-16. Item Changes in Warlords of Draenor. Wowhead guides.
  6. ^ Wowhead. Warlords of Draenor Recap (from BlizzCon 2013). Wowhead. Retrieved on 2013-01-27.

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