Spell Icon Hand of Direction  


1: Increase AC by 25
2: Increase Max Hitpoints by 555
3: Increase HP when cast by 555

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Mana: 545 Skill: Abjuration
Casting Time: 3.5 Recast Time: 1.5
Fizzle Time: 1.5 Location: Any
Time of Day: Any AE Range: 70
Deletable: No Blockable: Yes
Focusable: Yes Dispellable: Yes
Interruptable: Yes Short Buff Box: No
Target Type: Group v2 Spell Type: Beneficial
Source: Live 09/07


Cast on you: You feel directed by divinity.
Cast on other: Soandso 's eyes gleam with divine direction.
Effect Fades: The direction fades.

Game Description

Provides your group with heroic valor, increasing their hit points and armor class for 1 hour(s) 12.0 mins.

Items with this effect

Quick Facts

Spell: Hand of Direction


Omens of War

1 hour(s) 12.0 mins
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i dont think its useless..
# Aug 21 2006 at 12:08 AM Rating: Decent
well first off i box a shaman/pally duo.. and sometimes a shaman/sk duo.. when i'm wanting my hp buffs and such i'm going to get out the pally.. i personally dont think the group version of this spell is useless because 1).. my shaman has pet affinity and its easier to buff us 3 with a group buff.. 2) its mana efficient by like 2 mana =D lol. and 3) it's just worth it.. heck my shaman is Main Healer in lots of missions and groups.. i dont know what kind of turds say only druids and clerics are able to heal.. heck we have a great group HoT and a regular HoT that almost meets the cleric HoT.. with AA's we're da bomb.. its very annoying to see people whining about how spells are useless especially these higher end spells. pally buffs sure beat the heck out of a druid's 10s only.. if you wanna talk about a useless spell.. well like a previous poster said before.. go look at true north =D..
# Apr 03 2005 at 10:19 PM Rating: Decent
I am not ********* I will pay the rune to get my other spells. They did it just for that reason. If this was last...no one in game would get it. I will agree that it is totally useless because it will never be cast....I can't think of 1 reason I would use this spell. Such is life, and in my spell book it will be.
not worthless
# Nov 14 2004 at 10:25 PM Rating: Decent
But when dont you have a druid or cleric in group? i for one never have neither in group because a shammy healing is less than ideal. I'd have to say if not worthless than this spell is the closest you get to worthless since the spell Flame of Light.
Stop Complaining
# Oct 09 2004 at 12:06 PM Rating: Default
31 posts
Seriously, why is this so horrible? If you want to be the champion of AC/HP buffs, become a cleric, that is a definitive point of the class (Aside from the obvious healing). This is a fine upgrade and with people complaining that "Oh, its only another 100 HP", well, I'll gladly take 100 HP over nothing, thank you very much. If its so horrible, become a cleric and get it over with. Paladins are not the master of this domain, nor should they be, they are not pure casters. Also, keep in mind when complaining about stuff like this, that paladins also have Brell to hand out for HP, something the cleric line doesn't even touch on. SO, after all is said and done, paladins can keep up just as well with clerics if using both buffs, however, with a true cleric, both the powers augment each other and become useful for everyone.
RE: Stop Complaining
# Oct 23 2004 at 9:02 AM Rating: Decent
You didnt understand (please see below). The complaint has nothing to do with the potency of this spell but with the fact that it is totally useless (not just a bit) yet stands before another spell in the rune-hand-in line.

In contrast to Direction (for which at least the nominal upgrade argument can be made albeit idiotic upgrade), HoD is entirely useless and will never, NEVER, be cast because unless you're with a shaman as mainhealer it's not going to be used by anyone in group other than caster who should use Direction at a fraction of the manacost.

I wouldn't give a pigstail if they left this 'upgrade' out, but instead they make me use (more likely abuse) a rune, which someone else might have put to better use, in order to get to the next spell.

Given the rarity of runes at this level, anyone who uses runes should be upset about this brainfade not just pallies.

Edited, Sat Oct 23 10:05:20 2004
RE: Stop Complaining
# Oct 27 2004 at 1:50 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
"the fact that it is totally useless (not just a bit)"

Totally useless? Sorry, I guess I forgot that having a AC/HP buff was completely useless, there-in lies my fault. I humbly apologize for making the assumption I was meant to live longer to protect the group and that such spells that could assist in that are deemed useless.

Get a clue. If you don't like the paladin spell line-up, don't play one. What did you expect, a buff on par with the new cleric lineup? *points up* The class is PALADIN, not CLERIC. If you want those kinds of buffs, stop complaining and play a damn cleric, do us both a favor. Its quite obvious from your various posts all throughout the spell section of the new OoW that you are unhappy with the class, so be something else. Quit your ******** and grow up, this may not suit your needs but it just a nice job of displaying what the class is about : Secondary cleric buffs.

As far as getting another spell upgrade? If you hate it so much, then don't bother with it, and getting anything else. Give it to the paladins that actually give a damn enough about their class and realize it's true domain, rather then ******** at SoE to alter it to the same status as the clerical lineup. We got group symbols, we got group hybrid AC/HP, and we even got an AC buff. All upgrades, and yet you find time to *****. If you honestly see it as anything, view it as a barrier to cross, and get your other spells. Perhaps the reason they put the ones people won't use as much before the other ones is so people would actually try to get most of their spells rather then getting the first one or two and calling it good.

I suggest one of two things : Reroll, or get a clue. You obviously have NO idea what the hell this class has represented since the beginning and never will. Best of luck to whichever group you get into, and god help them.
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 05 2004 at 10:27 AM Rating: Default
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 02 2004 at 7:44 PM Rating: Good
Ok, there is surely no way you can seriously justify this spell. It takes up another valuable rune and is in the way of gettign useful spells. Why is it useless..well, for a start the seperate buff spells are never cast anymore, with rare exception of a druid in group instead of cleric...but wait, this buff wont stack with the druid buff so remains useless then too.

The biggest reason peope are saying its worthless Jux is because the situation where this buff is needed is so rare that making it cost a rune is wrong-we already have the single cast that cost us a rune, why do we need group version when its a spell almost never cast, and certainly never needed on my full group. If they hhad made the AC buff group version instead of this at least that would actually get cast occasionally
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 03 2004 at 2:41 AM Rating: Default
31 posts
The thing people need to remember is that you completely have the option to not get this spell. I, personally, believe the main reason they've put some of the spells that will be used far less ahead on the line-up before ones that may be used more, such as this before Pious Cleansing, is if you only needed one or two runes to get all the spells you would be using...Where would the challenge truly lie? The spells is NOT useless, I wish people would stop complaining about that. I will remember that the next time a cleric uses virtue and then claim it is useless because Conviction is out now. Combining this spell and the symbol you can give more HP then virtue...someone want to tell me how in the hell that could possibly be worthless. Furthermore, I'm glad it doesn't stack with the druid buffs, because if it did, then you couldn't stack the self-AC/HP/mana regen buff onto it.

Remember people, you don't HAVE to get this spell. If you don't want it, don't get it. If you seriously hate it that much, nobody is going to make you cast it once its in your spell-book. Simply put, this is put before our next HoT because if it wasn't, nobody would ever bother to turn in all their runes, which would completely defeat the point behind a scheduled order rather then a random order used in PoP. Get it or don't, cast it or don't, its a useful spell, and the reason we got this to begin with is paladins have been asking a long time for group versions like clerics get, thus we were awarded with group symbols...why then not continue this theory into the HP/AC line? If your group always, and I mean always has a cleric, then yes, this spell essentially will not be needed, but for those of us who aren't fortunate enough to constantly have a cleric to group with, this spell is a great lineup, especially when you're in a group lasting long durations and you need to refresh it. Fact is though, it IS better then virtue if you have this and the symbol, so if you have a 65 or less cleric going into OoW with a paladin that has their spells, they can use their mana to buff because its on par/better then a cleric having to recast virtue and let them save their mana for healing. It is NOT useless, I am so sick of people calling it that. You want a useless spell? Try True North.
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 05 2004 at 10:31 AM Rating: Default
Juxt, as you said yourself, if I want the hot, i need the spell, whether I want or not, and as you said yourself, if they put it before the hot, nobody would get it. Thank you for the indirect confirmation that its useless.

Edited, Fri Nov 5 10:40:48 2004
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 10 2004 at 6:37 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
Let me make this more direct then Tetriak, so your feeble mind can understand this.


There you go.

Edited, Wed Nov 10 06:37:17 2004
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 03 2004 at 5:51 PM Rating: Decent
But to get the decent spells you do have to get it.

The hp this spell gives is not what im saying is useless, but we have the single version of this and there will almost NEVER be a time the group version is needed. No one is willing to use the extra buff slots to get the extra hp if virtue or conviction is available.

This is not the same as saying virtue is useless now that conviction is out because if your cleric cant cast conviction they cast virtue, that is not the same as this spell-if you dont have a cleric to give virtue line then you surely have a druid (or perhaps in a eare occasion not...but ive not seen a group fight modern content without either a druid or cleric..shammies just cant be main healer effectively enough), therefore everyone will want po9 or better except you who wants this because it stacks with our self buff...but you arent going to cast group version direction for just you, you will cast the single version, and thats why this spell is no real use.
Group symbol yes, a group AC buff would be fine too, but group hp/ac buff-too rarely used to make it worthy of a rune
RE: Stop Complaining
# Oct 09 2005 at 12:15 AM Rating: Decent
35 posts
shammies just cant be main healer effectively enough

You must be level 54 then. You definitely need to find better Shamans, because our little non-uberguild Shamans can heal in Riftseekers (That's a "big" zone, to you) just fine.

Not saying it's optimal over having a Cleric, but I don't know anyone, uber or not, that would take a Druid over a Shaman in a group.

Some people are just a little too hooked on mana regen.
RE: Stop Complaining
# Nov 12 2004 at 3:58 AM Rating: Default
31 posts
I'm not arguing the fact that if theres a druid or a cleric with you, then you won't be casting this. Obviously you won't, you'll be using your group symbol, and maybe even your AC buff. Is it worthy of a rune? Debatable. Is it worthless? No. Thats the ONLY point I've been arguing this entire time.

Edited, Fri Nov 12 04:10:15 2004
RE: Stop Complaining
# May 12 2005 at 6:34 AM Rating: Decent
Ok - I have now been playing with this spell in my main's book for many months. I play about 40+hrs a week. I have been anywhere in the world, mostly in high end zones. I have been at raids and I have been soloing. I have never ONCE been in a position, where i would have even gotten close to casting this spell.


# Oct 02 2004 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
I'm sorry, but you are mistake - the spell remains useless, as you would certainly NOT cast it with a Dru in the group. In that case, I would expect you cast Jeron's Mark on top of the Dru's BoS which beats this spell by another 200hp.

EXCEPT that it does not stack with AoC...which then puts your AC/HP way above bo9/symbol
RE: buffs?
# Oct 03 2004 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
sorry, this may be true for Direction, but not HoV [edit: Hand of Direction] as AoC is self only - remains useless

It is absolutely disgusting that i should have to waste a rune on this crap in order to get pious cleansing.

Edited, Sat Oct 9 14:44:55 2004
RE: buffs?
# Oct 03 2004 at 3:06 PM Rating: Decent
make this HoD not HoV :)
# Sep 09 2004 at 12:31 PM Rating: Decent
Another buff that most people will not want, nor care if they get. Guess Pallies really are a useless class and Sony just wants to make sure everyone knows it by making us even less useful.
RE: Buffs?
# Oct 02 2004 at 4:20 AM Rating: Decent
Obviously this is one more spell which is totally useless and makes it obvious that Sony did not have someone involved in making the upgrade who regularly plays a high level pally.

I would not care if there were another useless spell around, as I would simply not obtain it.

But therein lies the crux, doesn't it. Cause with a number of brain donor spell 'upgrades' like this around, we have to watch helplessly as the NPC eats our rune and gives us sh** like this until we finally get the one or two useful spells left.

#REDACTED, Posted: Sep 25 2004 at 2:08 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I've been saying that for YEARS! Go DELETE your character -- we're sick of your *********
RE: Buffs?
# Sep 13 2004 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
While this buff isn't very usefull the buff that goes with it is group symbol which is VERY usefull for when you have a druid and not a cleric in the group.
RE: Buffs?
# Oct 02 2004 at 4:27 AM Rating: Decent
I'm sorry, but you are mistake - the spell remains useless, as you would certainly NOT cast it with a Dru in the group. In that case, I would expect you cast Jeron's Mark on top of the Dru's BoS which beats this spell by another 200hp.

Sony=Brain Donor
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