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PVP Frost Mage Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)
Spell Penetration in PvE?
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Because all hunters rely upon at least one of these shots, and because pretty much all of our PvP foes will have some form of resistance up, Spell Penetration is an important stat for PvP — especially in arena. That is huge when you consider that could mean a loss of a few thousand damage per shot. First off, I suggest that most all hunters who are serious about PvP should have at least Spell Penetration.
Spell penetration reduces the target's resistance to your spells; it is a different mechanic from spell hit rating. Spell penetration only works against targets with resistances , and will not reduce resistances below zero. Due to its implementation, it is primarily a PvP-oriented stat. Spell penetration typically is intended to help casters against players PvP who wear resistance gear or are buffed with extra resistance, such as Mark of the Wild. Otherwise, very few mobs and raid-level bosses have a substantial amount of resistance to overcome.