Since this guide was written quite a while ago, we recently did an update article. Interested in what changed? You can find it right here!
For this post we will go through the different trinkets and try to elaborate on their ‘value’.
Trinkets in Hellfire Citadel:
Drops from: Socrethar the Eternal
This is by far the strongest trinket of the bunch. Not only because it has valuable passive stats in intellect and haste, but also because of the potential mana regen gained by this trinket. It exceeds anything we’ve had so far and we consider this to be your default trinket choice. Additionally, the more haste you get, the faster you cast. The faster you cast, the more casts you can make within the same time period. The more casts per time period, the more mana ‘saved’ by this trinket. Making this trinket become more valuable as you gear up (and haste levels usually increase). We tried to display this effect in the table below.
Drops from: Hellfire Assault
Great all-round trinket. This trinket is very valuable on fights with steady healing going out all the time. It has our most valuable stats on it passively. We want to emphasize passive, these stats are always ticking and you can count on your healing being there when you need it. Dunderz received this trinket with a socket, making it a lot more valuable to him to the regular mythic Intuition’s Gift. Your choice in the second trinket slot will ultimately depend on what trinkets you can get your hands on, what playstyle you have and whether you get one warforged and/or socketed.
Drops from: Kilrogg Deadeye
This is the trinket you want, when you have to burst heal damage taken. This happens a lot on later bosses such as Fel Lord Zakuun, Mannoroth and Archimonde. The absolute maximum crit gained from this trinket (calculated as an average, depending on max uptime) can be seen in the table below.
This trinket is best when you know how to maximize its effectiveness. When a fight allows you to do so, will decide whether you should pick this over Flickering Felspark or not. This trinket will lose value the second you don’t use it on cooldown, and you still want it paired with every Healing Tide Totem you drop. It makes it harder to gain the ultimate value, but then again it will be stronger than Flickering Felspark if utilized to perfection.
Halu: ‘Use this trinket with well-timed Healing Tide Totems’.
Drops from: Xhul’horac
The trinket with the highest amount of passive spirit (from this tier). The leech effect it has is difficult to value. It varies a lot from fight to fight, and should not be considered as baseline for all encounters. This trinket does not proc/benefit from your totem healing. The way this trinket ‘records’ your healing is like the way Resolve works for tanks. It will keep track of ‘heals received’ over a certain duration, and calculate the amount of leech the person will be granted. It continuously calculates the healing done over a period of 10 seconds, and gives leech based on that.
Depending on your healer setup and the fight, this trinket can output anywhere between 5-15% of your healing, it will naturally lose value as there is less to heal. The Feast of Souls on Gorefiend is probably the best moment to shine for this trinket. People are going to have massive amounts of leech ticking on them and shouldn’t be able to die because of it during this phase. Our general idea is that if this drops, it would be more valuable on a druid or a monk. This is due to how their healing works, keeping hots on everyone in the raid, giving them greater uptime on the trinket.
Be aware that since the healing from this trinket is not recorded by healing meters like Skada and Recount, you will need to use other means to see the effectiveness. There are add-on’s that will report the healing done by the trinket at the end of the fight to you and/or the raid.
Drops from: Archimonde
Getting out additional riptides is a great concept, but the trinket has an underwhelming feel to it. First of all, the way it procs is very disappointing. It duplicates the actual riptide it procs on. This means, if you have a 5 second riptide out and that causes the trinket to proc, the ‘procced’ riptide would copy this duration and thus only last for 5 seconds. On the other hand, it has no beneficial stats unlike the other trinkets. Therefore, the effect alone has to account for the loss of regen compared to other trinkets. Not to mention the output stats you would let go as well. All of this taken into account has made us avoid this trinket at all cost. Unless you really have nothing else to work with.
Transitioning from Blackrock Foundry to Hellfire Citadel:
We can imagine you being stuck with an old trinket from Blackrock Foundry far up in Hellfire Citadel progression. It takes a bit of luck to get a good set of trinkets early on. Even Keehn killed Archimonde with the mythic warforged trinket from Blast Furnace. Therefore, we decided to list a few of the old (BRF) trinkets, the crafted trinket and heroic/mythic HFC drops to give you an idea of how we value them. The idea is simple: The trinkets on top we regard best. The lower you get, the less we like them. We decided not to assign values to the trinkets. The theoretical effectiveness does not always equal the effectiveness in practice. This is especially true for healer trinkets.
So far, none of us has dropped a regen trinket. Not because we don’t want to, but because we need (and want) them. Spirit is a very valuable stat to us and fights still take too long to afford dropping it. Additionally, with Warlords of Draenor healers gain only spirit on neck, cloak, rings and trinkets. Therefore, dropping a spirit piece has a lot of impact. If you want to experiment with lowering your spirit, we suggest you swap in the neck from Xhul’horac: Vial of Immiscible Liquid. This neck has both critical strike and mastery. Our team saw a second opportunity in swapping out your ring for Tyrant Velhari’s Loathful Encrusted Band (with Mastery and Multistrike).
Halu: ‘Swapping out your neck has a lot of impact since necks with spirit don’t have mastery on it. Keep ring and cloak with spirit, because they already have perfect stats’.
We actually published a full BiS list! Curious? Check the HFC ‘Best in Slot’ list (BiS) :).