The source book for WoW Roleplaying game defines Spirit as the following: Spirit relates to common sense and the ability to perceive the environment. It gives a character the ability to look at a forest and find the tracks of a creature; at the simplest level it allows a character to know not to put his hands in the fire, else they will get burned. Any creature that can perceive its environment in any fashion has at least some Spirit. Those who survive by wit and intuition, such as healers and scouts, have high Spirit.[1]

In the World of Warcraft computer game, Spirit regenerates Mana and Health. In most cases, health regeneration is suspended while in combat, while mana regen is interrupted after expending mana (usually via spellcasting).

This is, for many classes, considered the worst possible stat; however, healing specced priests and druids may find it useful as they gain increases in healing with increase in spirit. In addition, some talents and spells like an arcane mage's Arcane Meditation and a druid's Intensity allow a portion of spirit based mana regeneration to continue while casting, making it a useful stat for sustained damage and healing in such cases. Warlocks also see increased damage and bigger life taps with a 3:1 ratio of spirit to damage.

Mana Regeneration

Five Second Rule

Whenever mana is expended for any purpose, mana regeneration is interrupted for five seconds. This is most often caused by casting spells, but diseases that drain mana will also interrupt mana regeneration. During this time, no spirit-based mana regeneration takes place unless the character has certain talents; there is also the fixed regeneration from MP5 items, which is never interrupted for any reason (see the mana regeneration article for details).


Formulas for mana regeneration based on spirit:

  • Priests and mages: 13 + (spirit / 4) mana per tick
  • Druids, shamans, paladins, hunters: 15 + (spirit / 5) mana per tick
  • Warlocks: 8 + (spirit / 4) mana per tick

Base_Regen is a variable dependent on character level and can be taken from the following table:

1 0.034965 160.022748 310.015994 460.012853
2 0.034191 170.021958 320.015707 470.012687
3 0.033465 180.021386 330.015464 480.012539
4 0.032526 190.020790 340.015204 490.012384
5 0.031661 200.020121 350.014956 500.012233
6 0.031076 210.019733 360.014744 510.012113
7 0.030523 220.019155 370.014495 520.011973
8 0.029994 230.018819 380.014302 530.011859
9 0.029307 240.018316 390.014094 540.011714
100.028661 250.017936 400.013895 550.011575
110.027584 260.017576 410.013724 560.011473
120.026215 270.017201 420.013522 570.011342
130.025381 280.016919 430.013363 580.011245
140.024300 290.016581 440.013175 590.011110
150.023345 300.016233 450.012996 600.010999

In effect, the regeneration rate depends on Int, Spirit and character level. A 1% increase in Spirit increases mana regeneration by 1%, and 1% Intellect yields 0.5% more regen. This is a rough rule of thumb, but is accurate enough for most situations.

Intellect doesn't influence mana regen linearly, rather the square root of Intellect is used. This means that higher Int values yield diminishing returns, as can be seen in the following table:

Intellect vs Spirit Coefficient
IntellectSpirit CoefficientNeeded Spirit for +500 mp/5

The moral from this table is that it's not a good idea to optimize Spirit at the cost of Intellect (or vice versa). Both stats need to be developed in a fine balance.

Health regeneration

There's currently no source for the exact formula for health regeneration. It's quite probable that it has been changed similar to mana regeneration. When it comes to endgame gear, spirit health regeneration is not a factor which deserves any consideration, as the amounts of health regenerated are very low compared to the incoming damage.

Note also that, with the exception of Trolls, no Spirit-based health regeneration takes place while in combat.

Temporary Buffs to Spirit

There are spell and consumable buffs to spirit. Not all stack with each other, and some are seasonal.

Buffs (divine spirit or scroll):

  • Divine Spirit - At maximum rank, 50 spirit for 30 minutes (60 minutes if Prayer of Spirit).
  • Scroll of Spirit - At maximum rank (V), 30 spirit for 30 minutes. (Does not stack with Divine Spirit.)
  • Blessing of Kings - Increases all stats by 10% for 10 minutes (30 minutes if Greater Blessing of Kings).
  • Mark of the Wild - Increases the friendly target's armor by 340, all attributes by 14 and all resistances by 25 for 30 minutes. Upgraded to 459 armor, attributes by 18, and resistances by 33 with Improved Mark of the Wild talent. (60 minutes if Gift of the Wild).
  • Basic Campfire - Increases the spirits of those nearby by 4.

Elixir (you can have 1xBattle and 1xGuardian):

  • Gizzard Gum - 25 spirit for 60 minutes. Unique: can only have one at a time. Guardian elixir
  • Elixir of the Sages - 18 spirit for 60 minutes. Increases Intellect, as well. Guardian elixir
  • Elixir of Draenic Wisdom - 30 spirit for 60 minutes. Increases Intellect, as well. Guardian elixir
  • Elixir of Mastery - All stats increased by 15 for 60 minutes. Battle elixir
  • Crystal Force - 30 spirit for 30 minutes. Guardian elixir

Food (food or drink):


Molten Armor and Spirit

Starting with patch 3.1, Molten Armor was changed to a Spirit dependent effect. Prior to that, it was a static increase to Spell Critical Rating. Without a glyph of Molten Armor, the conversion is 35% of total Spirit into Critical Strike Rating. With the Glyph of Molten Armor, 55% of Spirit is converted to Critical Strike Rating.

For example, plus 60 to Spirit (Molten Armor Glyphed) would add 33 Critical Strike Rating. 33 Critical Strike Rating increases Spell Criticals by 33.00/45.91 or about .72%.

See also


*A portion or version of this article was copied from a WoWWiki icon stampWoWWiki archived page ( September 27, 2006 ) . See list of authors.


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