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Kalanar's Guide to Cleric Heals
The purpose of this guide is to help Cleric players select the best possible healing spells for any situation in which they may find themselves. It assumes that the reader is familiar with EverQuest and with the Cleric class in particular.
In most cases, there are two qualities that we (Cleric players) want maximized in our healing spells. Those qualities are: Mana Efficiency and Healing Speed.
The Mana Efficiency of a healing spell is how much "bang for the buck" you get out of the spell. (In short, how many points of healing do you get for each point of mana that you spend casting the spell?) This is calculated by dividing the Healing Amount of the spell by its Mana Cost. The more efficient a healing spell is, the higher this ratio will be.
The Healing Speed of a healing spell is how fast the spell delivers its healing output to your target. For most healing spells this is calculated by dividing the Healing Amount of the spell by its Casting Time.
However, in the case of Celestial Healing (44) and Celestial Elixir (59) the healing is delivered in 4 "healing pulses" that are delayed by 6 seconds each for a total of 24 seconds of healing. For these spells, I have added 24 seconds onto the casting time before dividing them into the Healing Amount. While this yields a very low apparent Healing Speed for these spells, it's important to note that this is "stackable" healing. Once the initial Casting Time is completed, you may cast additional instant healing spells on the same target to help mitigate the low Healing Speed of this line.
Notes and Caveats
EverQuest is quite complex. It is important to note that these tables do not account for the specifics of every situation where healing is required. The following are some specific factors that have not been taken into consideration here that you may wish to consider when choosing a healing spell.
Fizzles. There is a higher probability of fizzling when casting a spell that is near your level than when casting a spell that is much lower than your level. This is a particular danger if you have not maximized your Alteration skill for your current level or if you have not specialized in the Alteration skill.
However, the flip-side occurs when it appears that casting a smaller healing spell many times is more efficient or faster than casting one bigger healing spell. You are more likely to experience fizzles when casting a spell many times than during one larger spell-casting. This fizzling can lower the overall efficiency and speed of using a smaller spell repeatedly.
Interruptions. As with fizzling, it is more likely that you will be interrupted (due to moving or being hit) when casting a spell that is near your level than when casting a spell that is much lower than your level.
If interruption is a danger, another factor that should be taken into consideration is the Casting Time of the spell. Obviously, if you cast longer spells, you increase your risk of being interrupted or having to interrupt yourself to deal with something urgent.
Level-Based Healing. Certain healing spells (and buffs with healing effects) vary the amount of healing they provide based on the caster level. In these cases, I have assumed that they provide the maximum amount. But sometimes a fresh healing spell acquired at a new level will not provide the amount of healing listed here.
Focus Items. Certain equipment in EverQuest can improve your healing efficiency and casting speed, potentially changing the healing efficiencies and speeds listed here.
Group Healing. The efficiency and speed of group heals is highly dependent on how many group members are able to receive and benefit from the heal. For this reason, each of the group heals has been split into six separate entries: one for each number of group members that could fully benefit from the spell.
For each subentry of a group heal, it is assumed that each group member (target) indicated would benefit fully from the maximum amount of healing that the spell can provide. However, experienced Clerics know that it is rarely the case that all your group members are both a) close enough to receive a group heal, and b) injured enough to benefit from the maximum amount of healing that the spell can provide.
In evaluating the efficiency and speed of group heals, I have found that it is often prudent to assume that (at best) you will be able to heal 3 group members with the spell.
Buffs. Some spells that increase the maximum number of hitpoints for a player (a buff spell) also heal that player of some damage. However, although a buff may be more efficient or faster than other healing spells, it is not always feasible to use buffs for healing since higher level buffs block the casting of lower level buffs.
Reagent Cost. In some cases a buff that can be used as a heal has a material casting component (a reagent gem). Obviously the cost of the reagent could offset the benefits of using such a spell for healing.
I have used the Complete Healing (39) spell as a benchmark to compare the efficiencies and speeds of other spells in some cases. In many ways, this is still the pre-eminent Cleric healing spell since it has the capacity to heal as many hitpoints as players can (currently) have in exactly 10 seconds.
Under ideal situations, it can be more efficient and faster than any other spell we possess. As such, I have listed it first on both the Healing Efficiency and Healing Speed tables. However, its long casting time (10 seconds) and cost (400 mana) often result in it not being the best heal for a given situation.
In fact, at the level it is attained (39), a Cleric must heal over 932 hitpoints of damage for it to be more mana efficient than Superior Healing and over 1296 hitpoints of damage for it be faster than Superior Heal. And this amount of healing is often not practicable or safe for players around this level.
Single Target Cleric Heals
|Level||Spell Name||Casting Time||Heal Amount||Mana Cost||Mana Efficiency||CH More Efficient||Healing Speed||CH Faster|
|14||Symbol of Transal||3.5||73||55||1.33||532||20.86||209|
|24||Symbol of Ryltan||4||158||111||1.42||568||39.5||395|
|34||Symbol of Pinzarn||4.5||307||200||1.53||612||68.22||683|
|44||Symbol of Naltron||5||525||315||1.67||668||105||1050|
|54||Symbol of Marzin||5||700||350||2||800||140||1400|
Multiple Target Cleric Heals
|Level||Spell Name||Casting Time||Heal Amount||Mana Cost||Mana Efficiency||Healing Speed|
|34||Word of Health 1 Target||3||100||180||0.56||33.33|
|34||Word of Health 2 Targets||3||200||180||1.11||66.67|
|34||Word of Health 3 Targets||3||300||180||1.67||100|
|34||Word of Health 4 Targets||3||400||180||2.22||133.33|
|34||Word of Health 5 Targets||3||500||180||2.78||166.67|
|34||Word of Health 6 Targets||3||600||180||3.33||200|
|49||Word of Healing 1 Target||4||500||600||0.83||125|
|49||Word of Healing 2 Targets||4||1000||600||1.67||250|
|49||Word of Healing 3 Targets||4||1500||600||2.5||375|
|49||Word of Healing 4 Targets||4||2000||600||3.33||500|
|49||Word of Healing 5 Targets||4||2500||600||4.17||625|
|49||Word of Healing 6 Targets||4||3000||600||5||750|
|52||Heroic Bond 1 Target||3.5||400||420||0.95||114.29|
|52||Heroic Bond 2 Targets||3.5||800||420||1.90||228.57|
|52||Heroic Bond 3 Targets||3.5||1200||420||2.86||342.86|
|52||Heroic Bond 4 Targets||3.5||1600||420||3.81||457.14|
|52||Heroic Bond 5 Targets||3.5||2000||420||4.76||571.43|
|52||Heroic Bond 6 Targets||3.5||2400||420||5.71||685.71|
|52||Word of Vigor 1 Target||4.25||620||750||0.83||145.88|
|52||Word of Vigor 2 Targets||4.25||1240||750||1.65||291.76|
|52||Word of Vigor 3 Targets||4.25||1860||750||2.48||437.64|
|52||Word of Vigor 4 Targets||4.25||2480||750||3.31||583.53|
|52||Word of Vigor 5 Targets||4.25||3100||750||4.13||729.41|
|52||Word of Vigor 6 Targets||4.25||3720||750||4.96||875.29|
|57||Word of Restoration 1 Target||4.5||750||900||0.83||166.67|
|57||Word of Restoration 2 Targets||4.5||1500||900||1.67||333.33|
|57||Word of Restoration 3 Targets||4.5||2250||900||2.5||500|
|57||Word of Restoration 4 Targets||4.5||3000||900||3.33||666.67|
|57||Word of Restoration 5 Targets||4.5||3750||900||4.17||833.33|
|57||Word of Restoration 6 Targets||4.5||4500||900||5||1000|
|58||Naltron's Mark 1 Target||6||446||500||0.89||74.33|
|58||Naltron's Mark 2 Targets||6||892||500||1.78||148.66|
|58||Naltron's Mark 3 Targets||6||1338||500||2.68||223|
|58||Naltron's Mark 4 Targets||6||1784||500||3.50||297.33|
|58||Naltron's Mark 5 Targets||6||2230||500||4.46||371.67|
|58||Naltron's Mark 6 Targets||6||2676||500||5.35||446|
|60||Word of Redemption (Group Complete Heal)||12||NA||1100||NA||NA|
- Level - The level at which the spell is attained.
- Spell Name - The name of the spell.
- Casting Time - The number of seconds it takes to cast the spell.
- Heal Amount - The maximum number of hitpoints of damage than can be healed by the spell.
- Mana Cost - The number of points of mana used to cast the spell.
- Mana Efficiency - The Heal Amount divided by the Mana Cost. Higher values represent more efficiency.
- CH More Efficient - If you are healing more than this number of hitpoints of damage, Complete Healing would be more mana efficient than the listed spell. (Mana Efficiency x 400)
- Healing Speed - The Heal Amount divided by the Casting Time. This is the "Healing per Second," which can be compared to the "Damage per Second" (DPS) being dealt to the player. Higher values represent faster healing.
- CH Faster - If you are healing more than this number of hitpoints of damage, Complete Healing would be faster than the listed spell. (Healing Speed x 10)
- Kalanar of E'ci