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Vindication is a Paladin talent in the Protection tree. You will need to spend 21 points in Protection to max it. It boosts your [Crusader Strike] and [Hammer of the Righteous].

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  • Vindication (1 rank)
  • Protection, Tier 5
  • Your Crusader Strike and Hammer of the Righteous reduce physical damage done by their primary targets by 10% for 30 sec.
Points required



Target's physical damage

Related debuff
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  • Vindication
  • Physical damage reduced by 10%.
  • Duration: 30 sec


  • This is another important talent in the tanking-category, based on lowering the opponents attack instead of increasing the Paladin's defense. Given its useful effect and that it only requires 1 talent point, it is a must for all serious tankadins.

Patches and hotfixes

  •   Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  •   Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): No longer allows   [Hammer of Justice] to interrupt stun-immune targets. With   [Rebuke] baseline, this functionality is no longer necessary.
  •   Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Again, redesigned. Now lowers the physical damage done by the target, instead of attack power. Also moved from Retribution to Protection, from Tier 3 to Tier 5, and reduced from 2 ranks to 1. Has increased in duration from 10 to 30 sec, and is now percent-based instead of fixed number-based.
  •   Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Redesigned. Now lowers target attack power, is consistent, and does not stack with   [Demoralizing Shout].
  •   Hotfix (2009-06-08): "The Retribution Paladin talent Vindication no longer reduces the targets stamina or intellect but does correctly lower agility, spirit, and strength as mentioned:"
  •   Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Reduced to 2 ranks for 10/20% attribute reduction.
  •   Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Frequency and duration increased and now reduces all attributes by 5/10/15%, not just Strength and Agility.
Duration changed from 10 sec to 15 sec.

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