This is a momentary cop out post but I have promised the information on Holy Power. While I am combing the internet for more in-depth information, this is the quoted information from the latest Twitter Developer Chat #blizzchat.
All of the paladin specializations will make use of a new resource called Holy Power. Holy Power accumulates from using Crusader Strike, Holy Shock, and some other talents. Holy Power can be consumed to augment a variety of abilities, including:
- An instant mana-free heal: Word of Glory
- A buff to increase holy damage done: Inquisition
- A massive physical melee attack for Retribution paladins: Templar’s Verdict
- Holy Shield’s duration is now extended by Holy Power
- Divine Storm’s damage is now increased by Holy Power
We also introduced several new heals for Holy Paladins including Healing Hands (an AoE heal-over-time that is applied to all players standing near the paladin), Light of Dawn (a cone heal with a 30-yard range), as well as a new heal called Divine Light, which is similar to a priest’s Greater Heal, and the new instant heal mentioned above, Word of Glory.
Q: Can you give us a sneak peek at one or two of the new Retribution abilities or talents?
A. Templar’s Verdict: An instant weapon attack that causes a percentage of weapon damage. Consumes all applications of Holy Power to increase damage dealt:
- 1 Holy Power: 55% Weapon Damage
- 2 Holy Power: 125% Weapon Damage
- 3 Holy Power: 225% Weapon Damage
Word of Glory: Consumes all Holy Power to heal a friendly target for a specific amount per application of Holy Power (0 mana cost, 0 cooldown, instant cast)
From my understanding, this will be accumlulated similar to the way rogue’s can combo points. In the last build that I covered (I don’t believe another has been released), the talent point Tower of Radiance, will do a 100% chance of holy spells granting holy power when healing a beaconed target.
I hope my lack of a post this week has not turned you away and I promise that more information will be revealed as it is discovered and/or released.