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The Art of War

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For the quest of the same name, see H [86] The Art of War.
The Art of War
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The Art of War is a passive specialization ability for Retribution paladins, available at level 50. It gives your autoattacks a chance to reset the cooldown of [Exorcism]

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed. Effects have been merged into baseline Exorcism.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned. Your autoattacks have a 20% chance of resetting the cooldown of your Exorcism.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Redesigned. Now gives your autoattacks a 7/14/20% chance to make the paladin's next Exorcism instant, free and cause additional 100% damage.
Previously increased the damage of Judgement, Crusader Strike and Divine Storm, and gave the paladin's critical autoattacks the Art of war effect.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Now only applies to melee critical hits, but will make your next Flash of Light or Exorcism instant. In addition, this talent now provides notification in the floating combat text when it activates.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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