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Raid Cooldowns and good to know facts.
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I have been looking for a good list to keep with Raid CD's and easy access explanations for new players / raid members about their and other team members cooldowns.
I Could not find one, so i decided to make one and share it with you, in case someone else finds it helpfull. If you have anything to add / ask i'll be glad to get feedback.
First i will explain the fact that there is 3 kinds of Raid CD's to see.
that affect multiple raid members.
that can affect another person other than the caster.
that only affect the caster.
The types of these cooldowns are divided by these factors and in addition by their effect.
Defensive, Healing, Beneficial and DPS effective.
I will list these CD's class by class. I will also add some tips of usage or explain why certain talents are listed.
(Beneficial) Common combat ress.
(Unholy only, DPS)
Empower Rune Weapon
(Instant rune generation,good to use with army of dead)
Dancing Rune Weapon
(Blood only, defensive) exelent for threat generation with glyph.
(Blood only, Defensive)
Pillar of Frost
(Frost only, DPS & Beneficial.)
(Unholy only, DPS)
Army of the Dead
(Beneficial) Good for fights where you need more dps / mobs to be afflicted by random cast debuffs instead of party members. Best used with glyph for no taunt
(Talent, Beneficial) Good for fights where you need mob control / area interrupts and such.
(Blood only, Defensive)
(Frost & Unholy only)
(Healing) As resto the CD is only 3mins, making it exelent raid CD. With other specks best used with Natures Vigil / Heart of the Wild.
(Beneficial) Good for area removing all movement impairing effects.
(Talent, DPS, Healing)
(Beneficial) Exelent mana giver, poor usage as feral / guardian.
(Beneficial) Druids combat ress.
(Resto only, Defensive) Good CD for high tank damage taken spikes.
(Defensive) As resto CD only 45secs. Good self-defensive, use when pos.
(Defensive, Bear form needed) Good tank CD as guardian.
(Talent, Beneficial) Works for DPS, healing, tanking,defensive, anything. Imagination is your limit. Best raid usage as non-resto is with Tranquility.
(Talent,Beneficial.) Treants are good for mana-saving aoe heals with stacked fights as resto and good interrupters as feral, dps wise good for balance. As a tip if you are leveling a resto druid this is best talent to go for at lower lvls, you can basically go kitty and let these do the healing.
(Talent, DPS, Healing, Beneficial) Good for damage, tanking and healing aoe, as balance eclipse needed.
(Feral /Guardian only, Defensive) Use on high damage taken spikes.
(Feral /Guardian only, DPS) As a guardian this works well for rage gain -> defensive / healing.
(Balance only, DPS)
(Talent, Beneficial.) Best "warp" ability, recommended for Iron Quon fight.
(Talent, Beneficial) Good for interrupting and area mob control, as long as you watch where you push.
(Symb on Priest, Raid Wide,Beneficial) Good if your group is struggling on dispells at some fights.
(Symb on Hunter, External, Beneficial) If your tank is
struggling with agro.
(Symb on DK, defensive) Good for fights where you want to avoid a debuff / reduce magical damage taken.
(Symb on Rogue, Defensive) Exelent for fights that have alot of debuffs that you want to remove / avoid.
(Symb on warlock, defensive)
(Symb on Mage, DPS) Best symbiosis target for extra damage as balance.
(Symb on paladin, defensive) reduced damage taking by the cost of DPS.
(Symb on Priest, defensive) Good for high damage taken spikes / best used on shadow priest for such fights.
(Symb on Shaman, DPS)
(Symb on Rogue, DPS) Good for multi-target fights.
(Symb on Warlock, DPS) Good for multi-target fights.
(Symb on priest, beneficial) Not that good of a talent, use only if you need that extra Tranq from shadow priest.
(Symb on DK, defensive) Best guardian symbiosis target atm.
(Symb on Monk, defensive) More Dodge, ok for high physical damage taken fights.
(Symb on Rogue, defensive)
(Symb on Warrior,defensive)
(Symb on Paladin) Exelent for fights where you need more dispels.
(Symb on priest) Good combo with shadow priest if you need extra leap (fights like Iron Quon)
(Symb on Shaman) One of the best symbiosis targets for resto atm, best used as moving Tranquility.
(Symb on warlock) ok for fights like iron quon if you are struggling with movement at storm.
(Symb on Mage) Good for debuff removing / high damage taken fights.
(Symb on Hunter)
Good for high spike damage taken fights.
(Symb on DK)
(Symb on Monk)
Beast Mastery hunters with pets:
That missing Heroism / Bloodlust.
In addition (BM) hunters are able to fill in any missing raid buff with their pet's if needed.
Combat Res from Bm hunter's pet.
(BM hunter needed, Heal)
(Beneficial) Use to transfer threat to tank at any time when possible.
Roar of Sacrifice
(Cunning Pet needed, beneficial, defensive) Good for saving people if you happen to have a cunning pet around.
(Beneficial) Sadly under-used ability, exelent for removing those snare effects, again for example in fights like Iron Quon.
(Defensive) Use to avoid damage/ effects / debuffs. Good for high damage takent spikes.
(Talent, healing) Good for quick self-heal if needed.
(DPS) Good for fights where you need more dps / mobs to be afflicted by random cast debuffs instead of party members.
(BM only, DPS)
A Murder of Crows
(Talent, DPS) best used on low health targets.
(beneficial) another sadly under-used ability, good for removing buffs and enrages from enemies, love the button and use it.
(Beneficial) Good for the moments when you need aoe mob control and area interrupts.
Goat/Fox / Spore Bat:
-50% casting speed area debuff on enemies.
(beneficial) Also good to be used on groups of caster mobs.
(personal, beneficial) Speed, that's always good for you.
(Heroism / Bloodlust)
Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms
(Beneficial) Who wouldn't want to go home after a raid?
Conjure Refreshment Table
(Defensive) Good for getting rid / avoiding those debuffs or high spike damage taken moments.
(Talent, defensive) Good for resetting agro / taking less damage on fights with the low CD.
(Talent, Healing, beneficial) Exelent heal and great for fights where you need 2 Ice Blocks to remove debuffs.
(Talent, DPS,Defensive) If you know you Will be taking some damage.
(DPS) If you are not frost, use the glyph. Good for fights where you want those extra targets for random cast debuffs to save you group members from getting them.
(DPS) Sadly under-used ability, use when you have procs, dps CD's and if possible heroism/ bloodlust on you and you are at high health and mana.
(Frost only, DPS) Use with Alter Time and if you are in good haste ratings get the glyph.
(Beneficial, DPS, Healing, Defensive) Another sadly under-used ability, steal those buffs of the enemies, this gives you great damage done increase in some occasions.
Ring of Frost
(talent, beneficial) Good for those area mob groups and area interrupts moments.
(beneficial) Wipe-saver and agro resetter. Good for hide-and-seek.
(External, Healing) This bad heal might save you if you are desperate.
(Defensive) Help the raid with those high damage taken spikes.
(Mistweaver only,Healing) Effective raid healing CD.
(Mistweaver only,Healing) Best used with
Thunder Focus Tea
(Brewmaster only, Defensive)
Ring of Peace
(Talent, defensive, beneficial) Effective aoe interrupt and protection from spells cast against raid.
Summon Black Ox Statue
(Brewmaster only, defensive) Keep up all the time possible as a tank.
(Mistweaver only, defensive) best used on tank at high dmg spike.
(talent, beneficial) Remove moving impairing effects.
Summon Jade Serpent Statue
(Mistweaver only, healing) Keep up at all times.
(Talent, beneficial,defensive) Remove and survive the debuffs and magic damage taken spikes.
(Talent, defensive) Survive high melee damage taken.
(beneficial) Free yourself.
(beneficial) Good for moving fights and
avoiding some area effects. Love it and use it when possible.
Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger
(Beneficial) Good for area crowd control and area interrupting.
(Brewmaster only, defensive)
(Windwalker only, DPS) Best used with Fortifying brew on for max dmg.
(Mistweaver only, beneficial)
(Defensive) Use on high magic damage taken moments, really usefull on bosses like Dark Animus.
Blessing of Protection
(Beneficial, defensive) Removes most debuffs on target, full protection, use when needed. Best idea is to make sure your tank has a macro for fast removal.
Blessing of Freedom
(Beneficial) Remove movement impairing effects and roots.
(Beneficial) Remove threat, good if 2nd tank is struggling with getting and keeping agro of the other.
Blessing of Sacrifice
(Beneficial, defensive) use on high damage taken spikes with the person needing.
Lay on Hands
(Healing)Insta full heal, best used as a healer with the glyph.
(Talent, Defensive, beneficial) Really good at helping damage taken managing at some fights, use if debuffs are gotten during the fight.
(Talent, defensive) Best talent for tanks, learn to love and use it.
(Talent, healing.) Best talent for holy paladins.
(Talent, Healing, beneficial) Best used on fights where snares are needed on adds, Tortos for example.
(Talent, Healing,DPS) Flashy doom / heal.
(Holy Only, healing) Use as a high healing CD.
(Defensive) Damage taken reduced at cost of DPS.
(Defensive) Use at high magic dmg taken spikes.
(Talent, DPS, healing)
(Holy only, beneficial) Best used with the glyph to get mana.
(Holy only, beneficial healing)
(Prot Only, defensive)
Guardian of Ancient Kings
(Beneficial) Good area to be used when aoe interrupt is needed.
(Holy only, Beneficial) Combat ress that gives
20% health and mana.
(Prot only, defensive)
(Retri only, DPS) Ranged attack for a melee class.
Half way done... How many hands does one paladin need anyways?
You have really put a lot of time and research into this post, and it shows :)
You really should consider making a guide for the Raids and Boss Fights Guides section of the site. With some formatting, such as putting each classes cool downs in a tabbed table, this would be a great resource.
I agree with SoCal and that this would make a really good guide. Maybe also add a column with what the actual length of the cool down is so that you can see it at a glance without having to mouse-over for the tooltip.
... And let's continue.
(Beneficial) The best dispelling talent around, very good for Primordius since this one doesn't remove the beneficial buffs.
Symbol of Hope
(Beneficial) Mana is the essence of life right?
(Talent, Healing, DPS) Good area heals, note that on Twins this counts and does give you a debuff at Beast.
(Holy only,Healing) Good raid healing CD.
(Disc only, healing,defensive) Good for high damage taken moments that you know are coming, short CD for a raid heal.
Power Word: Barrier
(Disc only, healing, Defensive) Good raid healing CD, best used when people are stacked.
(Shadow only, healing) Damage to healing, good to use on high damage taken moments.
Leap of Faith
(Beneficial) Good to use when fast movement changes happen. Extremely good on fights such as Iron Quon.
(Beneficial) Use when fears are to be expected.
(Disc only, beneficial, defensive) Use on tank when high damage taken is happening / to be expected.
(Disc, holy, beneficial) (Shadow 10min CD) Sadly un-used spell, quite good when tank is expected / taking alot of damage and priest is on high health. "Save a person button", love it, use it (once again.)
(Holy only, defensive, beneficial) Holy only for another "save the person button".Use on tank when high damage taken is to be expected.
(Talent, defensive, beneficial) Reset agro and be safe from those evil debuffs / damage.
(Talent, healing) Big self heal for a nice save-a-day.
(Shadow only, defensive, beneficial) Get some mana and take less damage, good for high damage taken spikes.
(Disc only, healing, beneficial) Good for some high heals and extremely good if you time it right for silence avoidance. Use on Dark animus to be able to start and early cast for some area heals.
(Talent, DPS, Healing)
(Talent, DPS, beneficial) Extremely good for getting some mana up-keep and dps done. Can be quite usefull in fights like JI-kun for taking damage instead of raid members.
(Shadow only, healing) Extremely good raid heal if you are slacking some.
(Disc, holy, beneficial) More usage in PVP.
(Defensive, beneficial) Sadly un-used skill, best used on high damage taken moments as a raid defensive.
(Beneficial) Best used when enteright stackable fights such as Spirit Kings.
Tricks of the Trade
(Beneficial) Good Threat transfer ability, use at all times when going into combat and when tanks need help with agro / picking up mobs.
(Defensive) Use when taking melee damage.
(Defensive) Best used frequently on area damage taken fights.
Cloak of Shadows
(Defensive, beneficial) Really good debuff remover, best used when magical
damage is taken / debuff stacks need to be cleared.
(Beneficial) Reset some of your CD's.
(DPS) extremely good dps CD, best used with heroism / bloodlust on.
(Combat only, DPS) Best used with
proc a potion on for high dmg done.
(Subt only, DPS)
(Assasination only, DPS) A very good dps CD, best used with heroism/bloodlust.
(Defensive, beneficial) Best used with no target for survival purposes. Best used on high damage taken spikes. Sadly un-used as people react to it as a taunt only.
(The most wanted raid dps CD, think about when to use)
(DPS) Best used with heroism / bloodlust.
(Beneficial,defensive) quite un-used skill, dunno why. Good to use when you know a spell is inc, can help to avoid debuffs etc.
(Beneficial) Use to remove those fears, sleeps etc, not just when you have one. ;)
(Talent,beneficial) One of the best area removers for slows etc. Use on Iron Quon, use on MSV trash atleast.
Healing Tide Totem
(Talent,healing) Really good and strong raid healing CD, use with massive dmg taken.
(Talent,healing) Good raid heal, best used with a dps CD.
(Resto only, beneficial) Good mana giver, call it out for other raid members to get benefit.
Spirit Link Totem
(Resto only, defensive) Best used when stacking on high damage inc moments.
(beneficial) Self-combat ress, carefull not to use right before aoe damage inc.
(Beneficial) Really good for moving fights.
(Talent, DPS, healing, defensive) If you get your elementals to channel you will get defencive / healing buff (earth) or DPS / healing buff (fire), Quite handy.
(Talent, DPS, healing)
Call of the Elements
(Ele and enha only, dps, defensive)
(Enha only, healing, DPS) Good when you need some self-heals, best used with heroism / bloodlust + Stormlash.
(Enha only, beneficial) Use to remove movement impairing effects.
(Beneficial) Best used on area interrupt / mob control.
(Beneficial) Puppy stealth!
(Beneficial) area silence / interrupt, quite good to use.
(Beneficial) Extremely good for some high movement fights where you want raid to move fast / avoid spesific areas.
(Beneficial, healing) Giving raid some candy and hoping they will eat them.
Ritual of Summoning
(Beneficial) Because we want our friends with us.
(Beneficial)Combat ress from warlock / raid wipe-saver.
(Beneficial) Fast movements for the warlock , good for avoiding certain area effects. Use when possible.
(Beneficial) Make the mobs like you, less likely to kill you instead of tank.
(Defensive, beneficial) Good self- defensive, extremely good for fights such as Dark Animus.
(Defensive) Use when shadow damage expected.
(DPS) Use on high aoe damage needing fights.
(DPS) Use on high single target damage needing fights.
(Destr only, DPS) Use when multi-target dmg needed.
(DPS, Beneficial) Use when needed, best used with heroism / bloodlust.
(Talent, healing, beneficial) Use when taking alot of damage and needing heals.
(Talent, defensive) Use when you know you will take high amounts of damage, notify healers.
(DPS, beneficial) Use on fights where you know you will be getting alot of damage taken.
(DPS) Good for fights where you want those non-raid targets taking random debuffs instead of your friends.
(Beneficial) Good when area interrupts / mob control needed.
(Beneficial) Free yourself.
(External, healing) A HoT is a HoT, always nice.
(Defensive) Good raid defensive CD.
(Defensive) Use when high damage is being taken by the raid.
(DPS) Best used with heroism/bloodlust.
Mass Spell Reflection
(Talent,defensive) Can be usefull in some fights, most of the time not so.
(DPS) Best used on pull/with heroism/bloodlust.
(Defensive, beneficial) Protect a raid member taking damage.
(Talent,defensive, beneficial) Protect them even better. Good for removing snaring effects and helping tank with damage taking.
(Talent,defensive, beneficial) Good as a tank to use for the 2nd tank / losing taunt CD to manage threat better.
(Defensive, requires a shield.)
(Defensive, requires a shield.)
(Beneficial) Good for area taunting and firm agro keeping as prot.
(Prot only, defensive)
(DPS) Best used with heroism/ bloodlust.
(Talent, DPS) Good for breaking snares and getting the DPS up.
(Talent, DPS) Best used with dps CD and on area damaging situations.
Die by the Sword
(Arms, fury, defensive)
(Talent, beneficial) Good for area interrupt needs.
(Talent, DPS, beneficial) Good for the same area interrupt needs.
(Arms and fury only, beneficial) Good for giving speed and even better on fights where you need to remove snares.
(Prot only, defensive) Most of the time just waste of rage for a warrior.
That's it folks, other than that remember you well fed buffs, Flasks, potions and healthstones. Good luck out there, I hope you enjoyed the list and it's of any use. Love your CD's , use them and see them working their magic. :)
~ Verd ~
for the kind and dare I say ~ too fast replys, lol :)
The Guide took me abit longer to type than i thought, will think about adding the effective times to the spells and maybe CD timers. Will consider turning it into a full guide when I have more time to type, I have a habbit of getting Too into such things and that takes time. :)
Very nice list, and an eye opener to see just how many cooldowns WoW actually has. I agree with SoCal and Draga that this would make a great guide!
Few minor things:
- You're missing the close Italic tag for Remorseless Winter (DK)
- The third Dark Soul ability is missing it's ""s (Warlock)
is missing for Priests, which restores Mana
- Your consistently using the specialization abbreviation "speck / specked". I'm guessing you're playing on a non-English client, but it should be "spec / specced" (minor thing, but something that stuck out for me)
There's quite a few mistypes and missing or weird capitalization, which is understandable giving the huge amount of typing, but something you might want to look at if you ever end up turning this into an actual guide.
This is just meant as constructive feedback and nothing else!
Noted, fixed, sorry for the mistypes etc, it was about 4-9 am when i typed this to this format with spell ID hunting, thanks for the feedback.
For Vampiric Touch i dont consider it as much of a raid CD since it should be always on the target and has not much of cooldown anyways and it benefits only the priest.
If i list each ability and spell from each class this list is quite pointless. ;)
Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment.
My OCD agrees with Calaelen that there's some weird capitalization and similar, though. :9 It's not a big thing, but consistent formatting makes it easier on the eyes. A small tip is to use the replace function in any notepad program with case sensitive option checked - for example you could search and replace "
the closing parenthesis because you've written more things after it in some cases) with "
" to make all of them start with a lower case. Similarly you could fix many of the missing spaces after commas with for example replacing "
" with "
Might be easier to fix the spaces manually though, since there's a bunch off odd capitalizations next to them you'll probably want to fix manually anyway. For what it's worth I think everything within the parentheses should be lower case (including the first letter because the ability names that come before the parentheses are already capitalized) with the exception of "DPS" (though you could also replace it with a simple "damage") and possibly class specializations. If I were you I'd also consider typing out class specialization names fully instead of using partial words like "enha" and "subt".
Guardian of Ancient Kings is missing it's close "]" for the Retribution version.
In regards to Vampiric Touch, you're right. I was just thinking of the mana replenishment benefit of the ability, and didn't stop to think that it's a spammable ability and not a cooldown!
It is an extensive list which is extremely informative, the Symbiosis list is very useful however you are missing a lot of Hunter Pet Buffs and have biased towards BM making Survival and MM seem useless - they can outperform BM depending on the encounter mechanics.
A hunter can bring an entire stampede to a raid and cover the majority of raid buffs which would be required in an encounter.
Please message me if you would like further details about Hunter Pets and the buffs or debuffs they can bestow on a raid or target and make your list about as complete and awesome as possible.
I have already linked this on my guild forums to help people introduce themselves to WoW, keep up the good work! :)
The list is missing some symbiosis effects aswell since I am more focused on raid wise usable abilities and cutting some useless and confusing information.
Raid wise for CD's (in case of getting them from anyone else) BM hunters are quite more usefull, they will slack abit on dps but in case raid is missing CR for an example Bm hunter is nice to have around. DPS wise survival is quite more handy in many occasions, they just dont have that much CD's to list.
Thanks for reading and commenting tho, I'm not sure if i plan on making hunter pet list for each buff if i dont make a buff list totally for each class in the same, since would seem abit silly to list only common buffs from pets alone. Did not list some abilities either since some are not that usefull raid-wise and for example the listed -50% cast time has bugged spell effect description in wowhead so didn't link it around. :)
Thank you for the idea thought, if you want to gather up hunter pet details and buffs i'd be happy to make the rest of the list for buffs and add it to the post. I'm abit low on time atm and I think i'm using more time editing the "capitalizations" etc than researching for more info atm. ;) Lol.
Anyways, thanks to others that have commented and read this and thank you for sharing the list aswell, will keep on fixing and editing it whenever i have time. :)
This post has now been turned into a guide and the information in the guide has been updated, some added and made SoO spesific tips instead of ToT ones.
You can find it
Feel free to check it out, post comments or give tips on what you think should be added.
Thank you for reading this post, i hope you've found it useful this far. :)
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