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Seal of Corruption

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Seal of Corruption
Spell holy sealofvengeance.png
  • Seal of Corruption
  • 14% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Fills the Paladin with holy power, causing attacks to apply Blood Corruption, which deals [(0.013 * SPH + 0.025 * AP) * 5] additional Holy damage over 15 sec. Once stacked to 5 times, each of the Paladins attacks also deals 33% weapon damage as additional Holy damage. Blood Corruption can stack up to 5 times. Only one Seal can be active on the Paladin at any one time. Lasts 30 min.

    Unleashing this Seal's energy will deal [1 + 0.22 * SPH + 0.14 * AP] Holy damage to an enemy, increased by 10% for each application of Blood Corruption on the target.
Usable by
Class
Race
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None

Improvements
Related buff
Spell holy sealofvengeance.png
  • Magic
  • Seal of Corruption
  • Melee attacks cause Holy damage over 15 sec.
  • Duration: 2 minutes
Related debuff
Spell holy sealofvengeance.png
  • Magic
  • Blood Corruption
  • Holy damage every 3 sec.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

The Seal of Corruption is the Horde equivalent of the Alliance's [Seal of Vengeance]. See the [Seal of Vengeance] article for information on the seal's mechanics, tactical utility, etc..

Tips & Tactics

Primarily, it is meant as a tanking seal. It allows the paladin to put stacking, Damage Over Time threat on a target.

This is very useful while tanking as it allows the paladin to switch targets while still maintaining aggro, and it allows the paladin to generate instant threat in the event of a threat wipe.

It can also be useful in PvP against rogues who use [Vanish] as the Damage Over Time component will unstealth them.

The debuff will stack up to five times on the target and will last the full fifteen seconds, remaining even after a paladin (or multiple paladins) judges the Seal. If multiple paladins attack the same target with this Seal, it will only stack up to five with no further debuffs being applied, however, doing so will keep the stacks up allowing each of the paladins to each Judge for the full effect.

[Hammer of the Righteous] will apply a stack to all targets hit.

This seal is listed as magic, not melee, so it cannot miss but it can be resisted.

Since patch 3.2, it became the main DPS seal for Retribution Paladins against mobs with enough HP to not die before Seal of Corruption takes full effect, such as bosses. However [Seal of Command] should be used on mobs that die quickly.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Will now only use the debuff stacks generated by the attacking paladin to determine the damage done by the seal and by the judgement.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Inaccurate combat log tooltip corrected.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added. Available only to Horde paladins.

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