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Mastery is a mechanic and stat introduced in Patch 4.0.1. Each specialization has its own Mastery, offering benefits appropriate to that spec's role and abilities. Masteries' effects vary, increasing certain types of damage dealt, providing bonus DoT or HoT effects, or even generating free extra melee or spell attacks. Mastery is available at level 78, and has no effect until that level is reached.

Mastery also refers to the secondary stat, found under Melee, Ranged or Spell on the character sheet. Characters have a base mastery of 0, but this can be increased by gear with mastery on it. Numerous enhancements such as enchantments and gems also increase mastery.

Mastery benefits are measured in percentages, whether in terms of a fixed improvement, the size of a bonus effect, or a proc chance. Each Mastery has a base percentage value; the mastery stat increases this by a small amount, depending on spec and level. Even characters with no mastery bonuses will therefore benefit from their Mastery.

In terms of stat weighting, the value of mastery depends on the effect it grants the player.

While technically passive abilities, Masteries are not found in the Spellbook, but can only be viewed by mousing over the character's mastery rating in the Character sheet.


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Below is a list of all Masteries, and the classes and specs to which they belong. Listed under 'Base effect' is the base percentage benefit granted to players regardless of their mastery stat. Listed under 'Ratio' is the amount of mastery required to gain an additional 1% effect, at level 90. At lower levels, smaller amounts of mastery are required to gain the same benefit. Both base effects and ratios are often very specific and unlikely numbers (such as 191.7), and are sometimes difficult to determine precisely, but should be correct to within 0.1 as of Patch 6.2.3.

Class Specialization Mastery Effect Base effect (%) Ratio
Death Knight Blood [Mastery: Blood Shield]  % of [Death Strike] healing is also applied as a shield, and increases Attack Power. 16 55
Frost [Mastery: Frozen Heart] Increases frost damage by %. 16 55
Unholy [Mastery: Dreadblade] Increases shadow damage by %. 20 44
Druid Balance [Mastery: Total Eclipse] Increases damage bonus from [Eclipse] by an additional %. 20 44
Feral [Mastery: Razor Claws] Increases bleed damage by %. 25.04 35.14
Guardian [Mastery: Primal Tenacity] Grants absorb shields equal to % of incoming physical damage, and increases Attack Power. 12 73.3
Restoration [Mastery: Harmony] Increases direct healing by %, and direct healing gives periodic healing a % bonus for 20 sec. 10 88
Hunter Beast Mastery [Mastery: Master of Beasts] Increases pet damage by %. 18 48.89
Marksmanship [Mastery: Sniper Training] Increases damage, critical strike damage and shot range by % each when standing still. 5 176
Survival [Mastery: Essence of the Viper] Increases magical damage by %. 9.52 92.42
Mage Arcane [Mastery: Mana Adept] Increases damage done by at most % based on mage's remaining mana. 15.04 58.5
Fire [Mastery: Ignite] Certain spells apply the Ignite DoT that deals % of the damage of these spells. 12 73.33
Frost [Mastery: Icicles] Increases Water Elemental damage by %. Stores % of the damage of certain spells that can be unleashed with [Ice Lance]. 18.08 49.67
Monk Brewmaster [Mastery: Elusive Brawler] Increases [Stagger] amount by an additional %, and increases Attack Power. 5 176.13
Mistweaver [Mastery: Gift of the Serpent]  % Chance on heal to summon a Healing Sphere. 10 88
Windwalker [Mastery: Bottled Fury] Gives a % chance to gain additional [Tigereye Brew] stacks. 20 44
Paladin Holy [Mastery: Illuminated Healing]  % of healing also applied as a shield. 10 88
Protection [Mastery: Divine Bulwark] Increases damage reduction of [Shield of the Righteous] by half %, and Bastion of Glory buffs and Block chance by % each, and increases Attack Power. 10 110
Retribution [Mastery: Hand of Light] Certain spells and abilities do % extra damage as Holy damage. 16.96 51.88
Priest Discipline [Mastery: Shield Discipline] Increases the potency of absorbs by %, and the potency of direct heals by half %. 12.8 68.75
Holy [Mastery: Echo of Light] Direct heals also apply a HoT that heals for % of the original spells. 10.4 84.64
Shadow [Mastery: Mental Anguish] Increases the damage of some single-target damaging spells by %. 25 35.2
Rogue Assassination [Mastery: Potent Poisons] Increases poison damage by %. 28 31.43
Combat [Mastery: Main Gauche] Chance on main-hand attacks to cause an extra attack that deals % of off-hand weapon damage. 17.6 50
Subtlety [Mastery: Executioner] Increases finishing move damage and [Slice and Dice] attack speed bonus by % each. 22.08 39.86
Shaman Elemental [Mastery: Molten Earth] Damaging spells cause % extra Fire damage to most recently attacked target. Increases damage of [Earthquake]. 41.6 21.15
Enhancement [Mastery: Enhanced Elements] Increases elemental damage done by %. 16 55
Restoration [Mastery: Deep Healing] Increases healing done by at most % to targets on low health. 24 36.66
Warlock Affliction [Mastery: Potent Afflictions] Increases the damage of certain DoT spells by %. 24.8 35.48
Demonology [Mastery: Master Demonologist] Increases the damage done by demons and you while in demonic forms. 10 88
Destruction [Mastery: Emberstorm] Increases effectiveness of [Burning Embers] consumers by %, and damage of certain Burning Ember generators by a lesser amount. 24 36.66
Warrior Arms [Mastery: Weapons Master] Increases the damage of some core abilities by % 41.6 21.15
Fury [Mastery: Unshackled Fury] Increases physical damage done while Enraged by %. 11.2 78.56
Protection [Mastery: Critical Block] Increased chance to critically block by % and chance to block by a lesser amount, and increases Attack Power. 12 73.31

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Masteries are now learned at level 78 instead of 80.
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Masteries are no longer found in the Spellbook.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Mastery is no longer found as mastery rating or measured in points. Gear and items that previously granted 'mastery rating' now simply grant 'mastery', and mastery is now converted directly into a percentage bonus without being measured in points. Accordingly, there is no longer a standard rate of conversion for mastery.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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