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

Last updated on Jul 18, 2016 at 16:59 by Vlad 18 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 Beerek, one of the best healing Priests in the world, who raids in Serenity.

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 simply by keeping Renew Icon Renew up on them and casting Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending. As the damage increases, you should begin supplementing your healing with Heal Icon Heal.

When the damage increases further, you will have to resort to using Heal more, and you may also have to resort to Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal to keep the target alive. Keep in mind that the higher Mana cost of Flash Heal is not sustainable indefinitely.

Finally, when the damage is 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.

1.2. AoE/Raid Healing

When the damage is low, you should keep up Renew Icon Renew on the players that require healing, and supplement this healing with Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing as needed (if you have taken this talent, which we recommend). In the meantime, you can heal up individual targets with single-target heals (Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity), and you should also keep Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending up.

When there is high sustained damage, you will have to turn to Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing, your main AoE healing ability. In addition to it, you should continue to use Holy Word: Serenity, Prayer of Mending, and Circle of Healing, but Renew and Heal are too slow to be worth using. Finally, when the damage is problematic, you should use Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify, which provides a great amount of ground-based AoE healing.

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. 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.

3.2. Healing Cooldowns In Detail

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

3.2.1. 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.

3.2.2. 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.

3.2.3. 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.

3.2.4. 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.

3.2.5. 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.

3.2.6. Tier 7 Talents

Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis is a powerful cooldown, which you should save for moments of heavy damage.

4. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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