The Pally’s Sacred Shield is a squirrley little spell.
Each time the target takes damage they gain a Sacred Shield, absorbing 500 damage and increasing the paladin’s chance to critically hit with Flash of Light by 50% for up to 6 sec. They cannot gain this effect more than once every 6 sec. Lasts 30 sec. This spell cannot be on more than one target at any one time.
So.. you cast it on a target.. and then after the target is hit(melee or spells work) the first time it proc’s a shield on the target that will prevent some damage (500 + Casting pally’s sp * .75). While the shield is up you get an increase 50% crit on your Flash of Lights.
Yeah, easy for you to say.. but there’s still alot of muddy parts.
On yesterday’s post UncySpam commented:
Hate to disapoint you, but Sacred Shield only procs on your own heals, so while it is handy if a tankadin shields himself when a healadin isn’t healing him, in any situation where a healadin is main healing that tankadin then the sacred shield should be being applied by the healadin – which will overwrite any other sacred shield on the target.
I wasn’t -exactly- sure what Uncy was referring to.. so I figured it was time for some experimentation. Luckily my fiancee has a pally tank and was willing to indulge me.
Experiment 1: Stacking Shields
Fiancee cast Sacred Shield (SS) on himself.
I cast SS on him. My SS overwrote his SS.
He cast SS on himself. His SS overwrote my SS.
Conclusion: A single target can only have one Sacred Shield on it.
Experment 1.5: Multi-Shields
I cast SS on Fiancee.
I then cast SS on myself.
My SS on Fiancee went away.
Conclusion: Each pally can have only one Sacred Shield up at a time.
Experiment 2: SS + Flash of Light HoT
Fiancee put SS on himself.
Fiancee then cast Flash of Light (FoL) on himself resulting in a 12 second HoT the same size as the original FoL.
I then cast FoL on him resulting in a 12 second HoT the same size as the original FoL.
My FoL HoT DID NOT overwrite his FoL HoT. He had two FoL HoTs on him at the same time.
I then cast FoL on him this resulted in a new FoL HoT on him that overwrote MY FoL HoT on him.
Conclusion: A pally can use another pally’s SS to generate the FoL HoT but each target can only have one HoT from each pally.
Experiment 3: SS proc + FoL
Fiancee put SS on himself.
Fiancee then engaged a mob and proc’s the SS buff on himself.
I cast FoL on him.
The results here are muddy. Although my FoLs on him -would- crit they didn’t crit as frequently as I would have expected from 78.26% crit (my crit 28.36+50%).
We switched it around and I put SS on him and then he proc’d it and I saw crits more consistent with a 76% crit rate.
Tentative Conclusion: I believe this means that I can’t use another pally’s SS proc to increase my FoL crit chance.
– One SS per pally, one SS per target.
– I can use any pally’s SS to get a HoT on someone.
– I should use any SS to stack HoTs if multiple HoTs on a target are a good thing.
– I can only get 50% more crit on my FoL when MY SS procs.
– Really.. I should be shielding the tank if I want to maximize the mitigation. Fiancee has 774 sp. I have 1968. So his SS will shield him for ~1080 points. My SS will shield him for ~1976. That’s ~1976 off of every hit over 6 seconds. … BUT that means I can’t use my SS elsewhere. Hmm Decision decisions.