New to Holy Priest? Just rolled an alt or returned for BFA? This quick guide has everything you need to know to hit the ground running without all the complicated fluff.

Click the tabs below to take a look at some brief guides for leveling, raiding, and mythic+!

Leveling 110-120

Leveling via Quests

We highly suggest you do not quest as Holy. It is quite inefficient compared to the other 2 specs available, even in a group! Instead, if you want to quest check out the Shadow or Discipline Quickstart sections on leveling and fire up your off-spec.

If you really want to level as holy, you can follow most of the setup shown to you in the Dungeon Healing tab. It discusses the best way to DPS given the tools that we have. Gearing will also be very similar, you will want to use the highest item level gear you can get. You’ll be replacing it very quickly so there is no need to really min-max any of it.

Legendaries can be used for the first half of your leveling experience: Use Sephuz’s Secret and Muze’s Unwavering Will to aid with your DPS.

Leveling in Dungeons

Again we don’t suggest leveling purely in dungeons as it will be quite slow, plus you should be questing in the zones for the rep you will need at 120 anyway! However if you do end up doing the odd dungeon and want to heal, go nuts – we’re amazing for that obviously. Just use the advice on the Dungeon Healing tab and you’ll do just fine.

Raid Healing

Stats

Welcome to Holy Priest, where the rules are made up and the stats don’t matter. Well we lied about the rules…there are a few:

Leech/Avoidance > Int > Mastery > Crit > Haste > Vers > Speed

Because Intellect is our best stat by a significant margin you should equip your HIGHEST ITEM LEVEL GEAR.

Your weapon enchant should be Coastal Surge or Masterful Navigation.

Your ring enchants should be Pact of Mastery.

Gear
Azerite

Due to most of our Azerite traits being so similar in value, it isn’t overly important which Azerite armor items you end up using. The important thing is to pick the appropriate traits for healing as a Holy Priest.

Trinkets

Most of the healing trinkets from Dungeons, World Bosses and World Quests are all looking very even in value currently.

 

The crafted trinkets are quite poor compared to their higher item-level cousins so avoid those unless you have extremely bad luck with other trinket sources.

Talents

Enlightenment
More mana = more healing!
Angelic Feather
Angelic Feather gives a 5-second sprint with 3 charges. A macro to cast it at your feet can be found here.
Cosmic Ripple
Heals 5 allies whenever one of your holy words comes off CD for free!
Psychic Voice / Censure / Shining Force
All 3 of these talents can have their uses in raiding, which will depend on the encounter.
Binding Heal / Circle of Healing
Binding Heal is the simplest talent to use, Binding Heal becomes your filler spell.
Circle of Healing becomes another spell you hit as often as possible.
Benediction / Halo
Both Benediction and Halo can be used currently. Halo should be used on CD when applicable, and of course you should already be casting Prayer of Mending on CD as well!
Holy Word: Salvation
Salvation: Great raid cooldown that does it’s healing over a period of time.

Now what?!

Here are the spells you should use and when you should use ’em!

Holy Word: Sanctify / Holy Word: Serenity Use often.
Use them on cooldown as long as they can do their job without much overhealing.
Halo Use often.
If there’s raid-wide damage to heal, use it!
Circle of HealingUse often.
Can be cast on the move and does great healing.
Prayer of Mending Use always.
Make sure you cast it on somebody who will be taking damage.
Binding Heal Low damage filler.
Binding Heal is a cheap filler for low damage.
Prayer of HealingDuring AoE damage.
Prayer of Healing is our go-to AoE filler spell.
Flash Heal During ST damage.
Use Flash Heal if it is an emergency and that player needs healing NOW.
Renew Not often.
Our least efficient spell, and should only be cast while moving and if no other instant cast spells are up.

Cooldowns

Divine Hymn
Big raid cooldowns are usually planned before the encounter, but if it’s not, use it when the raid is at very low health.
Holy Word: Salvation
Salvation’s CD depends on how much you cast your holy words. Consider it a 4-6 minute CD.
Guardian Spirit
It will save your target from death as long as they don’t take damage worth more than twice their max health.
Desperate Prayer
Our personal cooldown. Not great but not awful either.
Symbol of Hope
This is a channeled cast, so plan it carefully. Because it restores missing mana you get more out of it if you cast it late into the fight.

So what’s the big secret to awesome HPS?!

Holy Priests don’t have many instant casts, so learning the encounters and in particular, your guilds specific strategy is one of the best ways to increase your HPS. Reducing your movement during a fight and understanding when to use your stronger healing abilities is key to doing the most effective healing possible. Try to pay attention to boss mechanics to make the most of your Holy Word: Sanctify and Prayer of Healing casts in particular, while also keeping Prayer of Mending on cooldown as much as possible.

Dungeon Healing

Stats

Welcome to Holy Priest, where the rules are made up and the stats don’t matter. Well we lied about the rules…there are a few:

Leech/Avoidance > Int > Crit > Haste > Vers > Mastery > Speed

Because Intellect is our best stat by a significant margin you should equip your HIGHEST ITEM LEVEL GEAR.

Your weapon enchant should be Deadly Navigation.

Your ring enchants should be Pact of Critical Strike.

Gear
Azerite

Due to most of our Azerite traits being so similar in value, it isn’t overly important which Azerite armor items you end up using.

Trinkets

Most of the healing trinkets from Dungeons, World Bosses and World Quests are all looking very even in value currently.

The crafted trinkets are quite poor compared to their higher item-level cousins so avoid those unless you have extremely bad luck with other trinket sources.

Talents

Trail of Light
This will help you when there is heavier damage to multiple people.
Angelic Feather
Our one and only movement ability! A macro to cast it at your feet can be found here.
Guardian Angel
This will be helpful when your allies (especially tanks) are taking a lot of damage.
Psychic Voice / Censure / Shining Force
All of these talents have different uses. Need to stun one mob? Censure. Knockback? Shining Force. CC a bunch of mobs often? Psychic Voice.
Surge of Light / Circle of Healing
The instant cast Flash Heals this talent gives us is great for movement. Circle of Healing is also a great instant cast heal to the entire party.
Divine Star / Halo
Divine star is the safest option on this tier and can instantly provide extra damage and healing. Halo can also be used, though some have issues when it comes to pulling extra mobs. Make sure to plan appropriately!
Apotheosis
This talent is great for when you need the extra healing, damage, or crowd control.

But what buttons do I push?!

Holy Word: Sanctify / Holy Word: Serenity Use often.
Use them on CD as long as they can do their job without much overhealing.
Flash HealFiller.
A lot of your healing in a dungeon is single target healing, and Flash Heal is our go-to for that.
Divine Star Use always.
Use Divine Star for both healing and damage.
Prayer of Mending Use often.
This should not take priority over direct heals during heavy damage, but is still good to cast during downtime.
Prayer of HealingFor AoE damage.
Use this when there is group-wide damage.
Renew For movement and light damage.
With mana not being an issue, using Renew is great for smoothing over light damage, especially with the movement between pulls.
DPS – During downtime/light damage.
Don’t be afraid to deal damage in your downtime! Smite is a great filler, and will also reduce your Chastise cooldown. Holy Fire is great to use, especially on the move! Use Holy Nova for spammable AoE.

That’s not enough! Help!!!

Divine Hymn
Great to help you getting breathing room during pulls that are strenuous. It is sometimes more helpful to use Divine Hymn just for the healing increase, as sometimes it heals too slowly for the damage that is coming in.
Guardian Spirit
This will save your target from death as long as they don’t take damage worth more than twice their max health.
Desperate Prayer
You can use this for the extra HP it gives when you are low, or you can use it preemptively to give yourself more health before large damage spikes.
Apotheosis
This talent should be used as often as possible for both HPS and DPS.

SO HOW CAN I KEEP THESE CRAZY DPS ALIVE?

Be preemptive! Make sure to keep yourself ahead of the group, be ready to drink in between pulls, and help out with CC when the time comes. Good placement will make everything so much easier for you. Using your holy words for big damage and keeping everyone topped off will help make the run go smoothly. DPS in your downtime to help kill things faster!

 

Need more help?

Warcraft Priest General Guide
Icy-Veins Holy Guide