Paladin FAQ
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Last Updated: 19 Sep, 2022
Patch Applicable: 6.21

Should I use the fast GCD or slow GCD rotation?

Use the rotation that matches your GCD recast. Slow GCDs are better on a dummy while fast GCDs may be more familiar to long-time Paladin players. For encounter-specific rotation suggestions, check the Balance discord.

How much Skill Speed do I need?

Paladin has never had strict skill speed requirements to maintain a standard rotation. With recent changes, Paladin can operate at any GCD speed, with a different rotation loop for slow (2.46 or slower) and fast (2.45 or faster) GCDs. See the above and the Basics Guide for more information.

Can I use Fight or Flight after Riot Blade to make it easier to fit both Goring Blades? (Fast GCD Rotation)

Fitting both Goring Blades into each standard FoF window is a high priority, but sacrificing a buffed GCD on a regular basis to make this easier is not a good practice outside of progression, and is only necessary if encounter mechanics force a major disengagement during Fight or Flight. 10 GCD FoF windows are weaker and can also restrict the usage of tinctures (and oGCDs, later in the fight).

Instead, ensure your FoF timing is precise (always in the second half of the GCD cycle, not immediately after the previous GCD) and you aren’t double-weaving during FoF with high latency (>100 ms). As long as you keep the GCD rolling, fitting 11 GCDs into FoF with proper timing is possible at GCD recast speeds as slow as 2.45 - 2.48, depending on latency and player consistency.

Should I save oGCDs for Fight or Flight?

Following the opener, every physical oGCD will naturally line up with Fight or Flight if kept on cooldown (but Intervene should usually be stacked and used twice in each FoF window). If downtime misaligns an oGCD with FoF, consider whether delaying the oGCD will cost a usage before the end of the phase. Maximizing oGCD usages is almost always more important than fitting them into buffs.

For optimization, line up Circle of Scorn and Expiacion with multi-target opportunities whenever possible, and prioritize keeping uptime with Intervene during movement-heavy mechanics.

Why is Requiescat used early during Fight or Flight?

By making use of its 30 second duration, the 400 potency Requiescat oGCD can be used midway through FoF to catch party buffs. This has a side effect of also potentially gaining a Requiescat usage at an unknown kill time, as this may be repeated in every standard FoF window in full uptime. Note that spells are not used until FoF ends under normal circumstances.

Should I always use all 3 stacks of Sword Oath?

For the fast GCD loop: during Fight or Flight windows in full uptime, all 3 Atonements should be used. However, only 2 out of 3 unbuffed Atonements need to be used per loop to line up FoF properly. The third unbuffed Sword Oath stack may be dropped without loss in many cases. Dropping an unbuffed Atonement is recommended when unfamiliar with encounter timings, or for an unknown kill time, to minimize long term rotational drift.

(Note that a fourth Atonement should NOT be held for FoF in full uptime at level 90, due to potency and DoT timing changes compared to level 80.)

I lost uptime/made a mistake. How can I recover the rotation as efficiently as possible?

Paladin’s rotation is deceptively easy to recover. As a general rule, the rotation can be fully reset by each Requiescat window as long as Fight or Flight and Requiescat don’t drift apart (even if they must be used sub-optimally). Losses cannot be reversed, but ensuring personal buff windows do not desync from each other will prevent problems from compounding for the rest of the encounter.

For unexpected single-GCD losses, the solution is simple: drop an Atonement so FoF and Requiescat don’t get delayed. If the loss occurs during the FoF window, dropping an Atonement will also ensure that the next Goring Blade is still buffed by FoF. This Atonement can even be replaced with an instant cast Holy Spirit if Requiescat is active during FoF, as with a standard loop, but this will force the loop to be ~61 seconds long unless the Atonement is still used after FoF.

For multiple-GCD losses (broken combos or long disengagements), the solution is to drop a Goring Blade combo at some point before the next Requiescat, because 3 Atonement/Holy Spirit usages are worth more than a full Goring Blade combo, if 3 GCDs must be sacrificed to prevent buff delays. Alternatively, dropping multiple Atonements with standard Goring Blade timing still works, but is less efficient.

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