Discipline Priest Healing Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoD 6.0.2)

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent and glyph choices for Discipline Priests in World of Warcraft WoD 6.0.2. We detail what each of the talents and glyphs do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Discipline Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Jhazrun, one of the best Discipline Priests in the world, who raids in Paragon.

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1. Talent Choices↑top

Level Choices
15 Desperate Prayer Spectral Guise Angelic Bulwark
30 Body and Soul Angelic Feather Phantasm
45 Surge of Light Mindbender Power Word: Solace
60 Void Tendrils Psychic Scream Dominate Mind
75 Twist of Fate Power Infusion Spirit Shell
90 Cascade Divine Star Halo
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  • Performance-enhancing
  • Survival
  • Crowd Control
  • Movement
  • Utility
  • Situational

Talents can easily be changed, thanks to Tome of the Clear Mind Icon Tomes of the Clear Mind. You will frequently find yourself changing talents and glyphs between encounters, in order to adapt your play style to different mechanics. Therefore, it is important to understand what each of your talents does and how they affect your play style.

2. Tier 1 Talents↑top

Tier 1 talents offer you a choice between 3 abilities that improve your survivability.

  • Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer is an instant-cast self-heal that heals you for 22% of your maximum health, with a 2-minute cooldown.
  • Spectral Guise Icon Spectral Guise allows you to enter a pseudo-stealth state (you remain in combat), leaving behind an illusion of yourself. The effect lasts for 6 seconds, or until you receive 3 attacks.
  • Angelic Bulwark Icon Angelic Bulwark is a passive ability that grants you a 20-second damage absorption shield, for 15% of your maximum health, each time you drop below 30% health. The effect has an internal cooldown of 90 seconds.

Here, we feel that the choice will come down to either Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer or Angelic Bulwark Icon Angelic Bulwark. We prefer Desperate Prayer, because it can be used on-demand. Angelic Bulwark can be great when it procs, so it is useful for fights where you often drop below 30% health (progression content, most likely) That said, the lack of control over Angelic Bulwark makes it somewhat undesirable, so we recommend Desperate Prayer as a default choice.

That said, Spectral Guise Icon Spectral Guise does have a few PvE applications, such as resetting boss encounters or mitigating some encounter mechanics, such as fixates.

3. Tier 2 Talents↑top

Tier 2 talents offer you a choice between 3 means of improving your mobility.

  • Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul increases the movement speed of the target of your Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield and Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith by 60% for 4 seconds.
  • Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather allows you to place up to 3 feathers on the ground. Collecting a feather (running through it) increases the player's movement speed by 60% for 6 seconds. This ability has a maximum of 3 charges, and a 10-second recharge time.
  • Phantasm Icon Phantasm causes your Fade Icon Fade to remove all movement-impairing effects from you. It also makes you unslowable for 5 seconds.

We feel that Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul offers you the most control over when to offer the movement speed increase, and to whom. However, keep in mind that pre-existing Weakened Soul Icon Weakened Soul debuffs on players (due to you or someone else having shielded them recently) may prevent you from using this. Also, using this basically means you may end up wasting a Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield altogether (assuming the target does not take damage) only to offer the movement speed boost.

Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather offers a longer movement speed boost, and it has fewer restrictions than Body and Soul. It also costs less Mana to use. It is, however, reliant on the recipients of the buff actively running through the feathers left behind. Moreover, targeting specific players with this ability when the raid is stacked together is practically impossible.

Phantasm Icon Phantasm is more of a PvP talent, with situational uses at best.

4. Tier 3 Talents↑top

Tier 3 talents offer you a choice between 3 performance-enhancing abilities.

  • Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light passively causes your healing spells and Smite Icon Smite to have an 8% chance of making your next Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal instant cast and free of cost. You can have a maximum of 2 charges of this effect.
  • Mindbender Icon Mindbender is an improved version of Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend, which it replaces. The Mindbender has a lower cooldown, and provides you with Mana regeneration each time it attacks its target. It also deals more damage.
  • Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace is a spell that replaces your Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire. The differences are that Power Word: Solace does not cost Mana, and instead regenerates 2% of maximum Mana when cast.

At level 90, the Mana regeneration that these talents is not necessary, so the only element of interest is the increased damage and healing that Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace can offer. Therefore, we feel that this is currently the best talent. Surge of light can also be of use with its instant cast Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light procs.

5. Tier 4 Talents↑top

Tier 4 talents offer you a choice between 3 crowd-control abilities.

  • Void Tendrils Icon Void Tendrils roots up to 5 enemies in place for up to 20 seconds. Killing the tendrils cancels the effects. The targets must be in the 8-yard proximity of the main target of the spell.
  • Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream causes 5 enemies within 8 yards of the main target to flee, being disoriented for 8 seconds. Damage done to these targets can cancel the effect.
  • Dominate Mind Icon Dominate Mind takes control of an enemy player or NPC for 30 seconds.

These talents have, at best, situational uses. They may be useful in some encounters, but most likely will only be used during trash and questing. Your choice will be largely irrelevant.

These talents do not influence your performance in any way, their uses being entirely situational. We advise that you choose the talent you prefer the most, or that one which applies best to the conditions of the encounter.

6. Tier 5 Talents↑top

Tier 5 talents offer you a choice between 3 performance-enhancing abilities.

  • Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate passively increases your damage and healing by 15% for 10 seconds after heal a target that is below 35% health.
  • Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion is a 2-minute cooldown that increases your haste by 25%, and reduces the Mana cost of all your spells by 20%, for 20 seconds.
  • Spirit Shell Icon Spirit Shell is a 1-minute cooldown that causes your Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, and Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing to place absorption effects on their targets instead of healing them, for 10 seconds. The shields placed in this way last for 15 seconds.

Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion is currently the best choice in this tier.

Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate is useful only on progression content with very heavy damage (where you are often healing targets that are low on health).

Finally, Spirit Shell Icon Spirit Shell is very situational, and will only prove useful on a limited number of bosses (if even that).

7. Tier 6 Talents↑top

Tier 6 talents offer you a choice between 3 abilities that heal multiple targets.

  • Cascade Icon Cascade is a sort of chain heal. It heals an initial target (with the healing being greater the farther away that target is), and then bouncing to additional allies up to 4 times. Each time that the heal bounces, it splits into 2 heals. It can never heal the same target twice.
  • Divine Star Icon Divine Star resembles a yo-yo, in the sense that the ball of energy travels in a path away from you (in front of you), and after reaching a certain point (24 yards away), it returns. Both on the first, as well as on the second trip, it heals allies in its path.
  • Halo Icon Halo causes an effect around you, which expands up to a 30-yard radius. Allies who are inside it are healed, and the highest amount of healing is done to players who are at the 25-yard mark.

Of the three talents, Cascade Icon Cascade is an easy fire-and-forget choice for most situations. It does best in large spread-out groups. For smaller groups, you may prefer the controlled pattern of Halo Icon Halo.

Divine Star Icon Divine Star is weak, and it always eclipsed by Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing, so you should not choose it.

8. Major Glyphs↑top

There are several Major Glyphs that are important to your gameplay.

9. Minor Glyphs↑top

All Minor Glyphs are of purely cosmetic value, and they do not influence your gameplay at all.