Spirit Guide is An unconventional mana regeneration calculator that cleans up previously shady aspects of the relationship between mana regeneration and many complex factors such as item procs and talents.
What does Spirit Guide do and why doesn’t it give me my actual mana regen when I put in all my stats?
Spirit Guide calculates predicted mana regen over the course of a fight and uses it to give advice on the value of Spirit compared to Intellect. This is different than your “mana regen” in your character sheet for a number of reasons: first of all, the mana regen shown in your character tab is an idyllic situation where you gain 100% of your Spirit-based mana regeneration all of the time, whereas in combat this isn’t the case. Spirit Guide calculates the benefit from items and talents, uses your mana pool as “bonus mana” and spreads it out over the course of the fight. In this way, it allows you to calculate the value of Intellect as affected by fight duration.
- In addition to the Intensity/Meditation/Arcane Meditation classes, Spirit Guide can also be used by Hunters, Paladins, Shamans, and Warlocks.
- To automatically populate several fields from the data in your character sheet, press the button labeled Get My Stats at the top of the screen. This does not include stats like % Time in 5SR or Cast Frequency but does include things like talents and item bonuses.
- Class options such as mana regeneration affecting talents can be toggled on and off under the Class Options screen. This is a great way to determine how a potential respec is likely to affect your effective mana regen.
- Item Based MP5 is the total pure MP5 you receive from items. This is not something currently included in the Mana Regen Calculator.
Once you have your stats, talents, and item effects entered into Spirit Guide, click the Calculate button. You should see a screen similar to the one shown below:
Most of the data shown above should be familiar to anyone who has used the Mana Regen Calculator. Note that it doesn’t include the optimization data with recommendations of how you could more efficiently leverage Intellect and Spirit to maximize your regeneration/itemization point. This sort of analysis was deemed to be less relevant within the game, but you can still use the Mana Regen Calculator to find this information.
About the Author: Gararf is a Restoration-specced Tauren Druid and a member of the Euro Krem guild on the European Sylvanas server. As this is his first addon, he’s learned a lot in the process of building Spirit Guide. We look forward to the (hopefully Druid-themed) addons he will create in the future!
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