This Holy Priest gearing guide has been updated for the Shadowlands Prepatch and is updated as new information is discovered.
DISCLAIMER: We are healers first and foremost, and are very flexible when it comes to secondary stats. If you're looking to improve poor throughput, changing your stats isn't the solution. If you aren't casting the right spells, having a wonky balance or a more ideal one won't help you. Your effort will be better spent analyzing logs, learning the class, damage patterns, movement patterns, etc. Additionally, stats scale with each other, the more you have of all stats, the better they all scale.
That said, it is important to note that no stat is "bad" for us, they are all good. The more of a single stat we stack, the less value it has relative to the stat we have the least of. However, generally, mastery is more valuable in raids where we need to be as efficient with our mana as we can be, while mastery is less valuable in m+ which has a higher burst requirement meaning Echo of Light doesn't have time to tick for full effect.
Mastery and Critical Strike are generally equal, with a little Versatility on the side. For running dungeons, some Mastery can be dropped to pick up more Crit and Haste for increasing our burst capability. Vers is also really good in dungeons for its damage reduction component.
Even more important than secondary stats, is Intellect. It is by far our most impactful stat, and we gain int at a higher rate than secondaries as ilvl increases, so when equipping armor items it is almost always item level > stats. After your armor is selected (including tier when needed), use rings, neck, enchants, and gems to balance out your secondaries.What each stat does
Critical Strike - Gives the chance for our healing spells to do double their original amount. A particularly interesting interaction is that when a crit occurs, the following Echo of Light on that target will also be twice as strong. So this stat double-dips ever so slightly.
Note: Heal over time effects scale linearly meaning Renew does not have any breakpoints. This means that instead of an extra tick being all or nothing with traditional breakpoints, a partial tick is created with a magnitude based on how close to the next full tick the duration is.
Versatility - This stat has a direct impact on all your healing done, and should absolutely not be ignored. Even if you don't take into consideration the damage reduction that versatility gives, always having some is also great for your throughput.
Mastery - This stat directly buffs our Echo of Light passive.
When a direct healing spell is cast on a party member, Echo applies a six-second heal over time on them that heals for a percent of the cast spell. If another direct heal is cast on the same person, the Echo will stack with the previous one extending the hot to eight seconds and splitting the heal into three ticks instead of two. Echo will not overwrite itself, but keep adding to the remaining portion.
For example, with 30% mastery, and casting a 10,000 healing effect, the Echo of Light would then heal the target for 3,000 over the next 6 seconds. More specifically, it would be two ticks three seconds apart of 1,500.
Follow the above stat guidelines for which food to eat. The feast is always a safe choice.
Int (feast) - Famine Evaluator And Snack Table
Crit - Mech-Dowel's "Big Mech"
Haste - Baked Port Tato
Mastery - Abyssal-Fried Rissole
Vers - Bil'Tong
Follow the above stat guidelines for jewel socketing.
As of 8.2, gems have been updated, meaning one main stat gem Leviathan's Eye of Intellect) is now desirable.
Follow the above stat guidelines for gem socketing.
Depending on the situation/mechanics of the raid boss, an Intellect Flask should always be active, two seconds before pull prepot with an int potion (also helps with dps since healing is typically lighter at the beginning), and follow up at some point in the encounter with either an instant or channeled mana potion for maximum mana.
Int Flask - Greater Flask of Endless Fathoms
Int Potion - Superior Battle Potion of Intellect
Instant Mana - Coastal Mana Potion
Channeled Mana - Potion of Replenishment
Note: Potion of Wild Mending might be an option where extra mana isn't needed and increased healing is desired, though the int potion will still provide the best dps benefit.
Trinkets are an exception to the item level > stats rule. The level can matter sometimes, but some trinkets offer such a unique effect they fit a situation so well that it is worth it to equip it no matter what. There are a few different trinkets that will work nicely for raiding and mythic+:
Forbidden Obsidian Claw - This trinket that drops from Maut in Ny'alotha is good for both raiding and dungeons as both the damage and the mana return are awesome.
Alchemist Stone - Created by those with the Alchemy profession, this trinket is another good pick. Between the Versatility, socket, and the two equip effects, its very well rounded.
Humming Black Dragonscale - This trinket drops off of Wrathion in Ny'alotha. It's haste bonus is great for dungeons, plus the added wings look pretty nifty.
Vita-Charged Titanshard - One of the multiple trinkets that drops off of Ra-den in Ny'alotha, this one also has a great haste buff that will do well in dungeon content.
Outer Ring, rough order:
- Heart of Darkness - This is a very good trait, increasing all of your secondary stats. With the prepatch Heart of Darkness will no longer require you to have 25 corruption in order to wear it.
- Swirling Sands - Spells have a chance to increase Crit for 12 seconds, extending up to 18 seconds for critical casts.
- Treacherous Covenant - Primary stat is increased while above 50% health. Below 20% health, damage taken is increased by 15%
- Blightborne Infusion - Spells have a chance to increase critical strike for 14 seconds.
- Endless Hunger - Flat increased versatility and will also provide a small heal when moving close to an enemy's corpse.
- Ancients' Bulwark - Standing still increases versatility, moving provides a self heal over time/
- Relational Normalization Gizmo - Engineering trait. Spells have a chance to grant increased primary stat and health, or increased haste and movement speed for 10 seconds.
- Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve - Spells have a chance at increasing primary stat for 10 seconds, guaranteed when an ally dies nearby. This is a pvp trait.
- Unstable Catalyst - Spells have a chance to create a zone around you, increasing primary stat when stood in.
- Tradewinds - Spells have a chance to increase mastery for 15 seconds. Upon expiring, this buff moves to an ally and increases their mastery for 8 seconds.
- Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might - Spells have a chance to increase crit and haste for 10 seconds. This is a pvp trait. Attacking a member of the opposite faction significantly increases this chance.
- Incite the Pack - Occasionally increases mastery, and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
- Retaliatory Fury - Spells and abilities have a chance to increase mastery and provides an absorb. This is a pvp trait.
- Secrets of the Deep - Spells have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, collecting it will increase primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely a Void Droplet will be created that provides double the stat increase if collected.
- Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw - Engineering trait. Spells have a chance to damage 4 enemies or heal 4 allies.
- Meticulous Scheming - Spells have a chance to gain an 8 buff that will transform after 3 successful casts. This new buff will grant increased haste for 20 seconds.
- Prayerful Litany - Prayer of Healing restores additional health to the most injured ally it affects.
- Blood Rite - Spells have a chance to increase haste for 15 seconds, refreshing duration if an enemy is killed.
- Word of Mending - Prayer of Mending heals for additional health and reduces Holy Word: Sanctify by two seconds each cast.
- Seductive Power - Spells and abilities have a chance to spawn an image of Bwonsamdi, moving near this image will grant a stacking butt for 5 min increasing stats. Stacks will decrease if you are not able to approach in time.
- Blessed Sanctuary - Echo of light from Holy Word: Sanctify heals for more.
- Everlasting Light - Heal restores more health based on our missing mana.
- Permeating Glow - Flash Heal increases the healing of the next Flash Heal on the same target.
- Stronger Together / Combined Might - Spells have a chance at increasing a stat for you and 4 allies. This is a pvp trait.
- Last Gift - Spells and abilities have a chance to increase mastery and provides an absorb. This is a pvp trait.
- Champion of Azeroth - Spells and abilities have a chance to increase all secondary stats for 1 min, refreshing if another proc occurs.
Middle Ring, rough order:
- Blessed Portents - Spells have a chance to apply a buff to allies, healing them when dropping below 50% health.
- Concentrated Mending - Healing effects have a chance to grant the target a 12-second heal over time effect. The magnitude of the heal doubles every 2 seconds.
- Blood Siphon - Passive increase to mastery and leech.
- Earthlink - Passive buff that increases the primary stat, cycling from a minimum to a maximum value every 6 seconds.
- Synergistic Growth - Casting Prayer of Healing increases mastery for 10 seconds.
- On My Way - Passive increase to versatility and movement speed.
- Bracing Chill - Heals have a chance to give the target a Bracing Chill buff that will heal them and move to another ally, up to 6 times.
- Woundbinder - Healing effects have a chance to increase haste for 6 seconds. Haste will be increased based on the target's missing health.
- Ephemeral Recovery - Healing spells restore a small amount of mana over 8 seconds, stacking up to 2 times.
- Savior - Heals have a chance to apply an additional heal on targets below 35% health.
Inner Ring, rough order:
- Personal Absorb-o-tron - Engineering trait. Taking damage has a chance to gain a large absorb shield for with a 1-minute duration.
- Resounding Protection - Provides an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
- Auto-Self-Cauterizer - Engineering Trait. Taking damage has a chance to heal and remove most bleed effects. Also reduces nearby enemy movement speed 5 seconds.
- Impassive Visage - When taking damage, heals for a small amount. Cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.
- Sanctum - Provides a magic absorb when Fade is cast.
- Twist Magic - When a magic effect is removed from an enemy via Dispel Magic, heal yourself and 4 nearby injured allies.
- Self Reliance - Provides a heal over time effect while no enemies are within 3 yards.
A complete list of essences can be found HERE. Below are a few that are expected to be the more desirable ones. A more accurate ranking will be provided once logs have been generated with them in use. Suggested major/minor slot usage is in bold text.
Ever Rising Tide - (Major) Allows you to frequently ramp healing, but pauses mana regeneration for the ramp duration. Has a lot of potential in raids and dungeons. (Minor) Grants either an intellect buff, slightly restores mana, or occasionally both. Not bad, but not amazing, there are better minor essences available.
Life-Binder's Invocation - (Major) Provides an aoe heal overtime on allies within range, great for raids, and situational in dungeons where group healing is needed. (Minor) Places the seeds automatically on the targets of your healing spells.
The Well of Existence - (Major) Very short cooldown, this turns some of our overhealing into effective healing onto a single target, very nice for dungeons where stronger single target heals are needed. Additionally, the Rank 3 on use effect will not overheal. (Minor) Healing from the pooled amount is automatically applied to healed targets below a certain health threshold; when the pool is low the overhealing absorption is increased. A nice passive increase to healing and again helps turn uncontrollable overheal into effective healing.
Worldvein Resonance - Provides main stat to all allies using this essence per shard, up to four max stacks. (Major) Multiple shards erupt from the ground on demand. (Minor) Shards erupt regularly around the users.
Memory of Lucid Dreams - (Major) Increases mana regeneration and provides a lot of leech at Rank 3 when used. Typically Holy Priests do not have significant mana issues but could be nice on high raid damage fights. (Minor) gives spells a chance to refund 50% mana and provides a self-heal when this procs. Rank 3 also provides a vers buff. While the mana portion will be niche, the self-heal and vers buff reduce external healing needed and give a throughput increase.
Changelogclick to show
- 12 Oct 2020 - Minor changes made to trinkets and Azerite for SL prepatch
- 01 Oct 2019 - Updated for 8.2.5
- 24 Jun 2019 - Updated for 8.2
- 5 Mar 2019 - Updated gear
- 8 Nov 2018 - Updated trait descriptions
- 17 Oct 2018 - Added PVP azerite traits
- 2 Sept 2018 - Updated enchants
- 30 Aug 2018 - Roughly ordered azerite traits
- 13 Aug 2018 - Added trinkets and sources, and general azerite traits
- 2 Aug 2018 - Changelog added
- 31 Jul 2018 - Published