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Holy Priest Healing Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:28 by Vlad 73 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list your Holy Priest core abilities and how they should be used together (rotation) in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We also explain when to use your various cooldowns. Then, we go deeper and present all the subtleties that you will need to know if you want to excel at playing a Holy Priest.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Zolvolt, officer and long-time healing Priest of Exiled Legion, whom you can follow on Twitter.

1. Rotation

Healing is in great part based on your ability to react to the damage that the raid takes, and as such there is no set rotation. Rather, you must understand what spells are best suited to the different situations that can occur during a raid encounter.

Below, you will find the optimal use of your abilities, and it will be up to you to then combine them efficiently in combat.

1.1. Single Target Healing

If your target is taking low to medium amounts of damage, you should be able to heal them with Heal Icon Heal. Renew Icon Renew should be used if the target you are healing is a tank, or if you simply need extra healing on top of your Heal usage.

As damage increases, you should begin incorporating Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal (as your Mana allows, and any time you have a Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light proc, if you have taken this talent).

When the damage is high or very high, you should use Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, which will heal the target for a significant amount. If this is still not enough, you also have access to Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit.

It is important to make regular use of your  Icon Light of T'uure ability (provided by an artifact trait). Use this ability on cooldown, unless you need to save it for predictable meaningful damage. Note that it buffs the target to increase your healing done to them by 25% for 10 seconds, so make sure to follow up on it with spells such as Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity.

Regarding Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending usage, things are a bit more complicated. As a single target healing spell, it is not powerful enough to be worth using, so if you are ever healing in an encounter where there is only ever damage to one target (which is extremely rare), do not use it. However, if there is the prospect of any sort of AoE/raid damage in the near future, then you should use Prayer of Mending. Realistically (in most encounters), you should use Prayer of Mending on cooldown unless the single target damage you are healing is high enough that you cannot afford to waste global cooldowns on Prayer of Mending.

1.2. AoE/Raid Healing

When the damage is low, you should use Heal Icon Heal on the players that require healing. You can supplement this healing with Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing and Halo Icon Halo or Divine Star Icon Divine Star as needed (if you have taken these talents). You should also be using Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending on cooldown during this time.

When there is high sustained damage, you will have to turn to Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing and Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify. In addition to this, you should continue to use Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, Divine Star Icon Divine Star or Halo Icon Halo (if you have taken one of these talents), Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending, and Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing, but Renew Icon Renew and Heal Icon Heal are too slow to be worth using. Be aware that your Mana, though, as spells like Prayer of Healing and Holy Word: Sanctify are very expensive.

 Icon Power of the Naaru, an artifact trait, buffs Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing for 15 seconds after using Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify. You should try to maximise your AoE healing by playing around this buff, namely by using a Holy Word: Sanctify before casting Prayer of Healing (provided that you have unlocked this trait).

Similarly, playing around the  Icon Blessing of T'uure buff will also greatly increase your healing. If you can proc your Blessing of T'uure (by getting a critical heal with Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal or Heal Icon Heal), you should then use Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity to proc Divinity Icon Divinity and then use Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify for big the large AoE heal and the buff to Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing (explained above).

2. Cooldown Usage

As a Holy Priest, you have two cooldowns. Here is how you should use them:

  • Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn should be used during periods of very intense raid damage. Keep in mind, however, that your raid leader may instruct you to use it a very specific time.
  • Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit should be used depending on many factors, including on your raid leader's instructions. If you do not have to save Guardian Spirit for a specific event, then just use it as a "life-saver" on the tank or another raid member who needs it.

You can read more about how to best use these cooldowns, and about the cooldowns and abilities granted by your talents, in our detailed cooldown section.

3. Optional Read: Mastering Your Holy Priest

The above information should allow you to perform at a high level as a Holy Priest. In the following sub-sections, we offer a few additional pieces of information and we expand on some concepts further.

3.1. Artifact Abilities

Your main artifact ability,  Icon Invoke the Naaru, is passive and causes your Holy Words to have a chance to summon an image of T'uure, which will mimic all your spell casts (on the same targets you cast them on) for 15 seconds, as follows.

The spells that T'uure casts are quite strong. For example, as you can see from the tooltips, Healing Light Icon Healing Light heals for 250% of spellpower, while your own Heal Icon Heal and Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal "only" heal for 475%.

One of your golden traits,  Icon Light of T'uure, is an active ability with 2 charges and a 45-second recharge time. It heals the target and buffs them for 10 seconds, causing your healing done to them to be increased by 25%. The spell is powerful, and using it regularly is important. Ideally, you should save it for periods of predictable single target damage, and use it to heal the target (most likely the tank) back up. If this is not applicable, then just use it on cooldown.

3.2. Serendipity

Serendipity Icon Serendipity is a passive ability that causes Heal Icon Heal and Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal to reduce the remaining cooldown of Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity by 6 seconds, and Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing to reduce the remaining cooldown of Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify by 6 seconds.

While you do not need to actively manage this ability in any way, it is very important that you are aware of its existence and that you constantly monitor the remaining cooldowns of your Holy Words, so that you can use them as soon as they become available.

3.3. Healing Cooldowns In Detail

Your healing cooldowns require a bit more explanation in order to ensure that you can make the best of them.

3.3.1. Divine Hymn

Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn will heal all raid members within 40 yards over 8 seconds, and also increase the healing they receive during that time by 10%.

Keep in mind that the spell is channeled, so you cannot perform other actions while casting it.

Generally, your raid leader will assign you to use this spell at a certain time in the fight, in order to counter a heavy burst of damage. If this is the case, make sure your spell is available at that time.

Otherwise, you should simply try to find a moment when using this spell is beneficial. Most often, this will happen during a period of very intense raid damage.

3.3.2. Guardian Spirit

Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit is one of the most useful tools you can bring to a raid. Using it places a buff on the target, which lasts for 10 seconds and increases all healing received by the target by 60%. If the target receives a killing blow during this time, they will not die and instead be healed for 40% of their maximum health, consuming the Guardian Spirit effect.

While you can use this on any raid member who is about to die and whom you have no other means of saving, it is by far better used on a tank who is about to take a large amount of damage. You should make sure to communicate with the tank and other healers, in order to ensure that you do not use multiple powerful cooldowns at the same time.

You can also use this spell to allow tanks (or other players) to survive an ability that should have otherwise been avoided, either as part of your raid's strategy or to recover from a mistake.

Keep in mind that your raid leader may assign you to use this spell for a specific event in the encounter.

3.3.3. Tier 4 Talents

Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope is the only active talent in this tier. When you want to use this ability, you must make sure that the other healers in the raid are prepared for it (since they all benefit from it), so communication is important. You should also only use it when there is enough raid damage to justify spending its powerful effect. While Symbol of Hope is active, you should you use expensive spells such as Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing and Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify.

3.3.4. Tier 5 Talents

You should make sure to use Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light procs quickly, so that new charges are not wasted.

3.3.5. Tier 6 Talents

When using Divinity Icon Divinity, it is worth staggering your Holy Word usage (when it is safe to do so) in order to chain the 8-second buffs that Divinity provides, since they do not stack.

3.3.6. Tier 7 Talents

Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis is a powerful cooldown, which you should save for moments of heavy damage. Below, we list the spell sequences you should use to maximise your healing-per-second.

To maximise your single target HPS:

  1. Cast Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify.
  2. Cast Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity.
  3. Cast Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal until Holy Word: Serenity comes off cooldown.
  4. Cast Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity and repeat step 3.

To maximise your AoE HPS:

  1. Cast Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity.
  2. Cast Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify.
  3. Cast Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing 3 times.
  4. Cast Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify and repeat steps 2 and onward.

4. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 04 Aug. 2016: Revamped single target and raid healing rotations, and made several other minor improvements.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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