Welcome to WarcraftPriests Discipline Priest Quick Start Guide. This guide is updated to patch 9.0 World of Warcraft Shadowlands. The aim of this guide is to provide you with all the relevant information as a quick reference sheet.

Introduction

Ideal for those just getting back into the game or just starting on Discipline Priest. To view all changes made to us over the course of the Beta take a look at this post.

I highly encourage learning the spec to greater depths by going over our main Discipline Priest guide here.

If you want fast responses to questions you may have, pop into the WarcraftPriests Discord where we are always around to help out. If asking for gameplay help, giving us something to work with will allow for greater in-depth replies, so if possible always run logs of yourself.

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Gameplay

As many of you may already know, the core gameplay aspect of Discipline is Atonement. to put it simply, we apply Atonement then deal damage which causes a portion of healing from that damage. It's important to be aware of our Mastery: Grace, which increases all of our healing to targets with Atonement.

It's noteworthy that while we primarily heal through Atonement, you cannot rely on Atonement to heal everything. There will be times you need to fall back on stronger single target healing.

  • PW:S - Used Sparingly
    • Maintain Atonement on Tanks.
    • Quick Atonement application if targets are full health or you are on the move.
  • Smend - Used often
    • Strong single target healing that also applies Atonement.
  • PW:R - Used often
    • Quick group-wide Atonement application.
  • Penance - Used often
    • Can be used offensively or defensively, which is used depends on what you need more, AoE healing or single target healing respectively. If you know movement/healing is required soon, it can be worth holding onto Penance for a few seconds longer.
  • Mind Blast - Used Sparingly
    • Strong healing whilst Atonements are active with a heavy mana cost.
  • SW:P - Constantly maintained
    • Have at least one DoT ticking at all times for PotDS procs and constant healing over time.
  • Smite - Used as a filler
    • Very mana efficient for the damage it deals.
  • Mind Sear - Used for AoE damage
    • Only interacts with atonement on the first instance of damage, so not very good healing.
  • Schism/Solace/Halo - Talented CD's used when needed
    • Schism gives us a large damage boost and subsequently, a healing boost that should be used as often as possible.
    • Solace is a mana free damage burst that returns mana which should be used on CD.
    • Halo used for healing/damage/atonement healing burst. Be wary of positioning when using.

Cooldowns

  • ShadowFiend - Used as a healing CD for strong healing through Atonement.
  • PW:B - Should be preemptively used to counter massive group-wide damage.
  • Rapture - Is used to either, preemptively counter incoming damage or to buffer the group's health pools to give you time to heal them up.
  • PS - Is used to either, preemptively prevent damage incoming to a single target or as a last resort to try to keep someone alive.
  • Mass Dispel, Purify and Dispel Magic - All of these spells should be utilised where necessary for the enemy buffs/ally debuffs.
  • Desperate Prayer - Is used to keep yourself alive in a tough situation.

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Talents

LevelTalent
15Schism
25Angelic Feather
30Mindbender / Power Word: Solace
35Any
40Sins of the Many
45Purge the Wicked
50Lenience
All recommendations here are a good starting point. Whilst levelling our main goal is to increase our damage and survivability.
LevelTalent
15ToF / Schism
25Angelic Feather
30Mindbender / Power Word: Solace
35Any
40Sins of the Many / Shadow Covenant
45Purge the Wicked
50Lenience
All recommendations here are a good starting point. It is encouraged to check out the main discussions learn when other talents could be used.
LevelTalent
15Schism
25Angelic Feather
30Power Word: Solace
35Any
40Sins of the Many
45Purge the Wicked / Halo
50Evangelism
All recommendations here are a good starting point. It is encouraged to check out the main discussions and learn when other talents could be used.

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Stats / Gear / Consumables

All secondary stats are very close for healing output, Item level is best.

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Versatility
  5. Mastery

No Best in slot list will be provided here.

Here is a spreadsheet of all available gear at the highest item levels.

ConsumableRecommendation
GemQuick Jewel Cluster
FoodTenebrous Crown Roast Aspic - Personal Buff food / Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism - Intellect feast where possible.
OilEmbalmer's Oil (Healing only) / Shadowcore Oil (Damage only)
Armour KitHeavy Desolate Armour Kit
FlaskSpectral Flask of Power
PotionPotion of Spectral Intellect
Health PotionSpiritual Healing Potion
Mana PotionSpiritual Mana Potion (instant) / Potion of Spiritual Clarity (channelled) / Potion of Sacrificial Anima (health sacrifice)
EnchantsCelestial Guidance (weapon) / Tenet of Haste (ring) / Eternal Intellect (wrists) / Eternal Stats (chest) / Fortified Leech (back)

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Covenants

CovenantPlacement M+Placement RaidsNotes
Venthyr21Strong healing burst through Atonements on a short cooldown.
Necrolord33Reasonable damage in multitarget scenarios, low-value healing through Atonements
Night Fae44All-round insignificant towards performance with no direct Atonement output.
Kyrian12Tremendous healing burst through Atonements on a long cooldown
This is a very brief overview. It is highly recommended to do additional research and learn everything you can before committing to a covenant.

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Soulbinds

Each individual Soulbind tree does not offer anything substantial in terms of performance increases but some below are some recommendations for all of the available trees.

Due to limitations of the calculator tool, currently, only images are supplied. This will be fixed soon. Keep in mind various selections are utility-based and you can choose either way depending on your preference.

Venthyr

It is recommended to utilise Nadjia the Mistblade early on. This is due to the earlier potency and more desirable traits. That being said, once you unlocks General Draven's last trait Hold Your Ground, it will be better to use him.

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Necrolord

It is recommended to use Emeni earlier on then switch to Bonesmith Heirmir later on once he is unlocked. Potentially worthwhile switching to Plague Deviser Marileth for a short time when his second potency slot is available as it is earlier within the tree.

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Night Fae

It is recommended to use Dreamweaver due to the earlier second potency and double endurance. Things like Podtender could also prove very useful.

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Kyrian

Pelagos is the recommended pick due to the best overall traits and double endurance. It may be worth to switch to Kelia or Mikanikos during unlocking progression due to the earlier second potency slot.

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Conduits

PlacementConduitDrop Location
1Shining RadianceThe Necrotic Wake
2Courageous Ascension / Shattered PerceptionsQuestline + World Quests
3Swift PenitenceHalls of Atonement
4Exaltation / Rabid ShadowsHalls of Atonement / Plaguefall
5Festering TransfusionQuestline + World Quests
6Mind DevourerDe Other Side
7Pain TransformationMists of Tirne Scithe
8Fae FermataQuestline + World Quests
In all Soulbind trees it will be worth it to prioritize the Potency slots and slot the top Discipline Priest Conduits listed here.
PlacementConduitDrop Location
1Translucent ImageCastle Nathria - Lady Inerva Darkvein
2Charitable SoulCastle Nathria - General Kaal
3Light's InspirationCastle Nathria - Sire Denathrius
All of these are quite low value, Tranlucent Image is placed on top due to the capbaility of a higher threshold depending on the damage intake.
PlacementConduitDrop Location
1Clear MindOribos
-Mental RecoveryCastle Nathria - Shriekwing
-Move with GraceCastle Nathria - Hungering Destroyer
-Power Unto OthersCastle Nathria - Castellan Niklaus
All of these are highly situational, Clear Mind is placed top simply due to having the best overall applications.

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Legendaries

PlacementLegendaryDrop LocationItem Slot
1Clarity of MindCastle Nathria - SludgefistFinger / Chest
2The Penitent OneTorghast - The SoulforgesFeet / Back
3Kiss of DeathTorghast - Mort'regarLegs / Feet
4Crystalline ReflectionPlaguefallHands / Shoulder
-Twins of the Sun PriestessCastle Nathria - Stone Legion GeneralsHead / Shoulders
-Vault of the HeavensPVP VendorWrist / Finger
-Cauterizing ShadowsTheater of PainWaist / Feet
-Measured ContemplationThe Great VaultNeck / Chest
-Echo of EonarWild Hunt ReputationFinger / Waist / Wrist
Recommended Item slot is highlighted in green. Usually best on the piece with the highest stat budget. Those unranked are highly situational or low value.

Keep in mind that Twins of the Sun Priestess typically benefits more within coordinated groups due to you being able to increase your parties damage on rough pulls and keep your own healing benefit for that pull.

PlacementLegendaryDrop LocationItem Slot
1Twins of the Sun PriestessCastle Nathria - Stone Legion GeneralsHead / Shoulders
2The Penitent OneTorghast - The SoulforgesFeet / Back
3Kiss of DeathTorghast - Mort'regarLegs / Feet
4Crystalline ReflectionPlaguefallHands / Shoulder
-Clarity of MindCastle Nathria - SludgefistFinger / Chest
-Vault of the HeavensPVP VendorWrist / Finger
-Cauterizing ShadowsTheater of PainWaist / Feet
-Measured ContemplationThe Great VaultNeck / Chest
-Echo of EonarWild Hunt ReputationFinger / Waist / Wrist
Recommended Item slot is highlighted in green. Usually best on the piece with the highest stat budget. Those unranked are highly situational or low value.

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