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Raid Provisioning
Raid Provisioning
By Klink
Hellhawk Saturday August 27 2005

Provisioning

One of the key elements to being an effective member of a large scale raid is to be properly supplied with consumable items such as potions. These are some of the items that are very important to helping to complete a successful raid. Although this particular listing is intended primarily for a priest, much of it would be applicable to other classes as well.

Potions

Mana - It is essential that a priest be well supplied with mana potions in the high level content. Some of the boss fights are very long indeed and a good supply of mana potions can mean the difference between success and failure. It should really not be necessary to use the mana potions on any mobs other than the bosses so save them for the important fights. You can only use one potion every three minutes so if you know mana is going to be an issue you may want to drink one relatively early in the fight so you can use another later if necessary. Of course the major mana potions are the best for this by far, however, any type is better than none at all.

Protection - Fire and shadow protection potions are also very helpful in the high level game some of the encounters involve random shadow bolts, fire based aoes, or other effects for which these potions can be a very effective counter measure. These items again can very easily make the difference between success and failure of the entire raid. If the priest dies many times the person he is designated to heal also dies which can spell immediate disaster for the entire raid. It is important to only use these potions before a boss fight as they are even more expensive than mana potions. Also take the potion well before the fight. The protection for a given number of hit points will last for an hour but the timer for potions is also trigged and you wont be able to use another potion for another 3 minutes. Again the greater protection potions are by far the best but a lesser potion is far better than none at all.

Heath – A priest should not be using healing potions sell them to buy mana potions, or better yet, give them to one of the tanks very often the favor will be returned when they find a mana potion. A priest has many other options to restore his own heath and should not generally waste the three minute timer for potions on replenishing their health with a potion.

Food and Water


Water – The conjured water that the mages create will supply most of your mana regeneration. However, each priest should bring an ample supply of either blessed sun fruit juice from the Argent Dawn quarter master or Alterac Valley spring water. One of these should be used just prior to entering boss fights. Many are quite long and the 13 point bonus to spirit can make a difference.

Food – Generally priests don’t need to carry regular food or use the conjured type the mages can supply. If you have time to rest you can always hit yourself with a healing spell. However each priest should carry an ample supply of food that add bonus spirit and stamina either the + 8 or +10 to each. This is easily obtained by killing wolves fhich drop the meat for each type liberally. Again one of these should be used just prior to entering boss fights. Many are quite long and the 8 or 10 point bonus to spirit can make a difference and additional hit points are always desirable. (the bonus stacks with the spirit bonus from water).

Fish – There are two types of relatively easily obtainable specialty food, nightfin soup and poached sunscale salmon. Sunscale salmon are caught during the day and nightfin at night with some overlap. Both can be caught in the Arathi Highlands. The bonus from the nightfin soup is most important as it provides mana regeneration of 8 points every five seconds and in a long boss fight this adds up. The salmon provides a comparable regenerative effect to health. These bonuses are very nice to have during a boss fight with the mana regeneration being the far more beneficial of the two for a priest.

Run Tum Tuber Surprise – This specialty food is slightly more difficult to obtain and and a +10 bonus to intelligence. The recipe is a relatively rare drop in Dire Maul and the tubers to make it are also found there in the harvestable plants.

Other Consumables

Nights Dragon Breath – This item heals the user for x hit points and return x mana. These items are obtained in Felwood after cleansing the appropriate plant. For more information on how to do this and location of the plants check the quest section of throttbot for Felwood. Every priest should carry a large supply of these if possible. They may be used once every minute and make a huge difference on the amount of mana available during a boss fight. You know in advance that a boss fight will be quite long and mana intensive so start using them early in the battle and use one every minute to keep your mana pool as high as possible.

Whipper Root – This item heals the user for x hit points and may be used once a minute also. They are on a separate time than nights dragon breath so may be used as necessary to keep the priest health as high as possible at no mana cost. They are like an instant free self heal and removes much of the need for reliance on other healing methods. Every priest should carry a large supply of these if possible and encourage others in there raid to do the same. These items are also obtained in Felwood after cleansing the appropriate plant. For more information on how to do this and location of the plants check the quest section of throttbot for Felwood.

Demonic Runes – This item supplies the user with x mana at the cost of x health and are obtained as loot from demons in Felwood. These items have a 5 minute timer so in a long mana intensive fight it is advisable to use one early in case another is necessary later in the battle. These are best used in conjunction with a whipper root tuber which is used immediately following the rune use for basically a free mana boost during the fight.
Many of the items recommended for use here are aimed at supplying the priest with as much mana as possible during a boss mob encounter. A priest without mana is nearly useless. By combining the use of the items described here with an intelligent play style, group strategy and the appropriate add-ons a priest can make himself much more effective in a large-scale raid environment.


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