Reckoning (paladin talent)

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For the epic item, see  [Reckoning].

Reckoning
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  • Reckoning (2 ranks)
  • Protection, Tier 4
  • You have a 10/20% chance after blocking an attack for your next 4 weapon swings within 8 sec to generate an additional attack.
Requirements
Class
Tree
Points required

15

Talent required

None

Properties
Affects

Weapon swings

Related buff
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  • Reckoning
  • Each weapon swing generates an additional attack.
  • Duration: 8 seconds

Reckoning is a talent in the Protection tree. You will need to spend 25 points in Protection to learn all ranks.

Tips and tactics

  • It has a 10/20% chance of triggering when blocking, meaning the more sources of damage taken by the Paladin, the higher the chance the Paladin's damage output will increase. When AoE grinding, the increase in weapon-swing frequency from Reckoning combined with the use of [Seal of Insight] can regenerate health faster than the Paladin can lose it.
  • Reckoning is triggered by any damage, including spells, melee attacks, ranged attacks, and environmental effects, such as campfire damage.

Notes

In short, "As long as your weapon is 2.0 or slower, it makes no difference for Reckoning", Elandris at "Reckoning: Why weapon speed doesn't matter"

Proof:

Assume the time when Reckoning is triggered is a uniform distribution over one's combat duration. Let the average weapon damage be D, speed be X, the number of swings in 8 seconds be N. Denote the floor of a real number z be [z] in the following. Then we have:

N = [8 / x]
N * x <= 8
(N+1) * x > 8

The probability (p1) of having N swings is: (It procs (8 - N * x) after a swing.)

p1 = ((N+1) * x - 8) / x

And the probability (p2) of having N+1 swings is:

p2 = (8 - N * x) / x

Therefore, on average, the number of extra swings (M) is:

M = N * p1 + (N+1) * p2
= (N2*x + N*x - 8*N + 8*N + 8 - N2*x - N*x) / x
= 8 / x

Hence the average total damage (T) caused by reckoning is:

T = D * (8 / x)
= (D / x) * 8
= "weapon's DPS" * 8

Example:

Given a weapon with average damage 100, and speed 2.5 (and its DPS accordingly be 40). Then:

N = [8 / 2.5] = 3,
p1 = 2 / 2.5,
p2 = 0.5 / 2.5,
M = 3 * 2 / 2.5 + 4 * 0.5 / 2.5 = 8 / 2.5,
T = 100 * (8 / 2.5) = (100 / 2.5) * 8 = 40 * 8.

History

  • Reckoning's mechanics changed in patch 2.0.1. Instead of giving the Paladin a 100% chance to gain an extra attack upon being critically hit, it now has a 10% chance of triggering when hit with any damage. This change was criticised by many Paladins, stating that it reduces the Prot Paladin's burst damage potential because up to 5 Reckoning charges could be stored. This method was particularly useful in PvP where critical-hit chances are inflated. This PvP reduction reflects the changes made to the Paladin's Protection tree to make it more PvE tanking-oriented.
  • Prior to patch 2.3, most tankadins would take Reckoning. However, with the introduction of the 10% health bonus of [Combat Expertise] in patch 2.3, most tankadins dropped Reckoning in favor of Combat Expertise.
  • When first introduced, a paladin used Reckoning with 1816 charges in order to solo Lord Kazzak while he was still in the Blasted lands. Shortly after, Reckoning was hotfixed to store only 4 charges

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now only triggers when blocking attacks instead of when hit. Chance to trigger increased to 10/20% (up from 2/4/6/8/10%).

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