Using Innervate

27 12 2009

Innervate is one of our most useful spells. Incase you don’t know/forgot what it does; here is the tooltip:

Causes the target to regenerate mana equal to 225% of the casting Druid’s base mana pool over 10 sec.’

It has a 3 minute cooldown now (use to be longer). What some people don’t realize is that it can be cast on other players. Now, the 4 classes that you should cast it on are Druids, Paladins, Priests and Shaman. Also, you should only cast it on healers of those classes (in fact, those classes are the only ones who can BE healers). Glyph of Innervate adds 45% on top of 225%. In my Tree Healing Guide I cover Resto Druid glyphs and Glyph of Innervate is NOT on the list. If it was a Minor- Glyph I would consider using it but 45% is just way to small, especially for a Major. Hmm…. What was I going to write about again…

Oh, right… When to use it.

First, when to use NOT use it on yourself (this is assuming you have water on you):

  • Near the end of a fight
  • When your mana is above 30%
  • When you just cant be bothered to drink! Don’t use it to save 20 seconds of time
  • When somebody else will get more use out of it than you (more on that later)

When TO use it on yourself:

  • If your below 20% mana on a boss fight where the boss has more than 10% health left
  • More understandable version of the point above: Use it when the raid will wipe if you don’t

Now, using it on other people is tricky to explain. It comes from experience to decide who to cast it on. But generally, if another class has almost no mana/has no mana and your pretty sure you won’t need it anytime soon, use it on them.

If you know the healers in your raiding group then you can make a macro for this:

/target |healers name here|

/cast Innervate

/raid |healers name here| has Innervate

The last line alerts people to not cast Innervate on him/her/it.

One last thing: I wanted to make an Innovate/Innervate bad pun but couldn’t think of one. If your disappointed don’t worry because I’ll probably make an especially¬†horrible one up in the next post.




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