Seal (ability)

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For the critter, see Seal.

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Seal abilities are paladin self-buffs. Only one Seal can be active on the paladin at any one time.

General information

  • A Seal is a self-buff aura which boosts the paladin's power.
  • Seals cause an additional effect to occur on successful melee attacks. These effects vary greatly, from returning mana or health to causing high amounts of Holy damage.
  • All seals are treated as a magic-type non-dispellable buff.
  • All seals cause a 1-second global cooldown, as opposed to the usual 1.5 seconds.

Available seals

Seal name Seal description Level Spec
[Seal of Command] Fills you with Holy Light, causing melee attacks to deal 10% additional Holy damage. 3 Baseline
[Seal of Truth] Fills you with Holy Light, causing melee attacks to deal 12% additional Holy damage and apply Censure to the target, which deals additional Holy damage over 15 sec. Censure can stack up to 5 times.

Replaces Seal of Command.
24 Baseline
[Seal of Insight] Fills you with Holy Light, increasing your casting speed by 10%, improving healing spells by 5% and giving melee attacks a chance to heal you for X. 32 Baseline
[Seal of Righteousness] Fills you with Holy Light, causing melee attacks to deal 6% weapon damage to all targets within 8 yards. 42 Baseline
[Seal of Justice] Fills you with Holy Light, causing melee attacks to deal 16% additional Holy damage and reduce the target's movement speed by 50% for 8 sec. 70 Retribution

Usage

  • [Seal of Insight] is usually the best seal for healing. It can also be useful when the Paladin is in low on health.
  • [Seal of Truth] is the best seal for maximizing damage to a single target.
  • [Seal of Righteousness] is generally the best seal for AoE damage against three or more targets.
  • [Seal of Justice] is only available to Retribution Paladins and is useful for PvP. It can also be better than [Seal of Truth] on single foes if the fight is short.

A part of playing a Paladin well is recognizing which Seal to use and when to break conventional guidelines according to the situation.

Removed Seals

Seal name Seal description Judgement description School Removed
[Seal of Fury] Fills the Paladin with divine fury, allowing melee attacks to cause additional threat. Unleashing this Seal's energy will judge the target, causing Holy damage spells cast on that enemy to generate additional threat. Protection Patch 1.9.0
[Seal of the Crusader] Fills the Paladin with the spirit of the crusader, granting additional attack power and increasing attack speed, though each melee attack will deal less damage. Unleashing this Seal's energy will judge the target, increasing Holy damage taken. Holy Patch 3.0.2
Horde [Seal of Blood]
Alliance [Seal of the Martyr]
All melee attacks cause additional Holy damage, but the Paladin takes damage proportional to the damage dealt. Unleashing this Seal's energy will judge the target, causing a large amount of Holy damage to both the target and the Paladin. Retribution Patch 3.2.0
Horde [Seal of Corruption]
Alliance [Seal of Vengeance]
Fills the Paladin with holy power, causing attacks to apply Horde Blood Corruption / Alliance Holy Vengeance, which deals additional Holy damage over 15 sec. Horde Blood Corruption / Alliance Holy Vengeance can stack up to 5 times. Once stacked to 5 each weapon swing from the Paladin will deal additional Holy damage. Unleashing this Seal's energy will judge an enemy, instantly causing Holy damage to an enemy, increased for each application of Horde Blood Corruption / Alliance Holy Vengeance on the target. Retribution Patch 4.0.1
[Seal of Command] All melee attacks deal additional Holy damage to up to 3 targets in front of the Paladin. Unleashing this Seal's energy will judge an enemy, instantly causing Holy damage. Retribution Patch 4.0.1
[Seal of Light] Fills the Paladin with divine light, giving each melee attack a chance to heal the Paladin. Unleashing this Seal's energy will cause Holy damage to an enemy. Holy Patch 4.0.1
[Seal of Wisdom] Fills the Paladin with divine wisdom, giving each melee attack a chance to restore mana. Unleashing this Seal's energy will cause Holy damage to an enemy. Holy Patch 4.0.1

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Seal of Light also removed.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Seal system removed. The only Seal remaining is [Seal of Light], which has been redesigned.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Seals no longer cost any mana.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Seals replaced the stance bar for paladin auras.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Seal of Corruption and Seal of Vengeance have been removed from the game. Seal of Light and Seal of Wisdom have been merged into Seal of Insight. Changed Seal of Justice effect. Seal of Command has been removed as a spell, a talent now gives the former Seal of Command's cleave effect to Seal of Righteousness.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Seal of the Martyr and Seal of Blood have been removed from the game.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): The duration on all Seals has been increased to 30 minutes and can no longer dispelled.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): All Seals have been reduced to 1 rank and now cost 14% of base mana. The duration has been increased to 2 minutes and are no longer consumed when a [Judgment] spell is cast. The effects can be triggered from all weapon based special abilities.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): [Seal of Fury] - The seal and judgement have been removed and replaced with a new self-buff, [Righteous Fury], which will increase threat from holy damage.