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Holy Priest Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 02, 2016 at 05:31 by Vlad 90 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Holy Priests in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Trail of Light Trail of Light Enduring Renewal ? Enduring Renewal Enlightenment Enlightenment
30 Angelic Feather Angelic Feather Body and Mind ? Body and Mind Desperate Prayer ? Desperate Prayer
45 Shining Force Shining Force Censure Censure Afterlife Afterlife
60 Light of the Naaru Light of the Naaru Guardian Angel Guardian Angel Symbol of Hope Symbol of Hope
75 Surge of Light Surge of Light Binding Heal Binding Heal Piety Piety
90 Divinity Divinity Divine Star Divine Star Halo Halo
100 Apotheosis Apotheosis Benediction Benediction Circle of Healing ? Circle of Healing

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Trail of Light Trail of Light Enduring Renewal ? Enduring Renewal Enlightenment Enlightenment
  • Trail of Light Icon Trail of Light causes Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal casts to also heal the previous target you healed with Flash Heal for 40% of the amount. Casting Flash Heal two or more times in a row on the same target does not cause them to benefit from Trail of Light, and instead the previously healed other target is still healed, no matter how many heals ago you had healed them.
  • Enduring Renewal Icon Enduring Renewal causes your single target heals to refresh your Renew Icon Renew on the target.
  • Enlightenment Icon Enlightenment passively increases your Mana regeneration rate by 10%.

Trail of Light Icon Trail of Light is probably the best choice in this tier for raid content and certainly the best choice for dungeon content. This talent can be very useful in raids to heal both tanks (healing one tank first and then spamming Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal on the other tank).

Enlightenment Icon Enlightenment is also a strong choice, which can be particularly useful in long encounters.

Enduring Renewal Icon Enduring Renewal works in a very specific situation where you have chosen the Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal talent and you are trying to keep Renew Icon Renew up on a number of targets, but this is not something that is likely to happen often, making it a very niche choice.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Angelic Feather Angelic Feather Body and Mind ? Body and Mind Desperate Prayer ? Desperate Prayer
  • Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather is an active ability with 3 charges and a 20-second recharge time. It places a feather at the targeted location, which grants a 40% increase in movement speed for 5 seconds to the first ally who comes in contact with it. Only 3 feathers can be active at any given time.
  • Body and Mind Icon Body and Mind is an active ability with a 10-second cooldown. It is a 4-second HoT that also increases the target's movement speed by 40% for its duration.
  • Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown. It heals you for 30% of your maximum health and also increases your maximum health by 30%. The maximum health increase fades progressively over 10 seconds (you lose 2% of maximum health every second).

The choice in this tier depends on what you need for your specific circumstances, but we can make some suggestions.

For movement, we generally recommend Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather, since it allows you to prepare movement speed increases for your raid. That said, you can sometimes prefer to take Body and Mind Icon Body and Mind (since you can choose who to buff in the moment, and since sometimes Angelic Feathers can be picked up by random players, ruining your plans). Keep in mind that the healing provided by Body and Mind is negligible.

If you are not looking to provide movement speed increases, then Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer is a fairly good personal cooldown.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Shining Force Shining Force Censure Censure Afterlife Afterlife
  • Shining Force Icon Shining Force is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown. It knocks back all enemies located around your (friendly) target, slowing their movement speed by 70% for 3 seconds.
  • Censure Icon Censure causes Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise to stun the target for 5 seconds, instead of simply incapacitating them (damage taken by the target does, of course, not break the stun).
  • Afterlife Icon Afterlife increases the duration of your Spirit of Redemption Icon Spirit of Redemption by 50%.

Afterlife Icon Afterlife is the only talent in this tier that improves your healing, making it the obvious choice. That said, the other two talents offer crowd-control, which might be useful, depending on the encounter you are progressing on.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Light of the Naaru Light of the Naaru Guardian Angel Guardian Angel Symbol of Hope Symbol of Hope
  • Light of the Naaru Icon Light of the Naaru causes Serendipity Icon Serendipity procs to reduce the remaining cooldown of the relevant Holy Word spell by an additional 2 seconds (for a total of 8).
  • Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel causes the remaining cooldown of Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit to be reduced by 2 minutes and 30 seconds (to 90 seconds) whenever it expires from a target without having saved them from dying.
  • Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope is an active ability with a 6-minute cooldown. It is a raid-wide buff that affects all healers within 40 yards, removing the Mana cost of all their spells for 10 seconds.

Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope is an excellent raid cooldown, and we recommend it as the default choice. Alternatively, you could take Light of the Naaru Icon Light of the Naaru for dungeon content, or if you are looking to increase your personal healing somewhat.

Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel is useful when the raid requires powerful defensive cooldowns for the tanks (such as when the tanks are struggling to stay alive).

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Surge of Light Surge of Light Binding Heal Binding Heal Piety Piety
  • Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light causes your healing spells and Smite Icon Smite to have an 8% chance to make your next Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal instant cast and cost no Mana. Getting a Surge of Light proc while you already had an unused one will grant you 2 charges of the proc (which is the maximum you can have at any one time).
  • Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal is an active ability with no cooldown and a 1.5-second cast time. It heals your target, yourself, and another random ally within 20 yards. Binding Heal also interacts with Serendipity Icon Serendipity, reducing the remaining cooldown of Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify by 3 seconds each.
  • Piety Icon Piety causes Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending to trigger Serendipity Icon Serendipity, reducing the remaining cooldown of Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify by 6 seconds.

For raid content, we recommend choosing Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light as the default talent for this tier. That said, in situations where Mana is not a concern for you, you can also consider Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal (keeping in mind that by using Binding Heal over Flash Heal, you lose out on Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light procs). Binding Heal is also a great talent for dungeon content.

Piety Icon Piety is a very situational talent, and at the moment we feel that it is difficult to find uses for it, so we do not generally recommend it.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Divinity Divinity Divine Star Divine Star Halo Halo
  • Divinity Icon Divinity grants you a 6-second buff that increases all your healing by 15% whenever you heal with a Holy Word spell. This effect does not stack.
  • Divine Star Icon Divine Star is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It resembles a yo-yo, in the sense that a 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 and damages enemies in its path.
  • Halo Icon Halo is an active ability with a 40-second cooldown and a 1.5-second cast time. It creates a ring around you that expands in radius (up to 30 yards). Allies who come in contact with it are healed, and enemies are damaged.

The default choice in this tier should be Divinity Icon Divinity, which out-values both Divine Star Icon Divine Star and Halo Icon Halo. The 15% increase in healing from Divinity is very strong, especially when you stagger your Holy Words in such a way as to chain the Divinity buff. That said, keep in mind that spamming Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify and Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing will quickly drain your Mana.

With that in mind, there is value to be gained by choosing Divine Star Icon Divine Star or Halo Icon Halo. Divine Star is well-suited for healing AoE damage that comes in at 15-second intervals, and both Divine Star and Halo allow you to heal all raid members with a relatively short cooldown, which can be an important consideration. Finally, keep in mind that Divine Star works well with Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light, the tier 5 talent.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Apotheosis Apotheosis Benediction Benediction Circle of Healing ? Circle of Healing
  • Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis is an active ability with a 3-minute cooldown. For 30 seconds, the cooldown reduction offered by Serendipity Icon Serendipity is tripled, and the cost of your Holy Words is reduced by 100%.
  • Benediction Icon Benediction causes your Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending to have a 50% chance to place a Renew Icon Renew on each target it heals.
  • Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown, which heals up to 5 allies within 30 yards of the target.

The best choice in this tier is Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis. It works exceptionally well for short fights with high raid damage, but it is good in all encounters. That said, Benediction Icon Benediction is a strong alternative. It helps with Mana conservation, and it is also a great choice in any encounter that has a lot of constant raid damage.

Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing is also a viable choice, but bear in mind that it is expensive in terms of Mana.

9. ChangeLog

  • 02 Nov. 2016: Updated the Binding Heal and Benediction evaluations slightly.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Updated the description of Desperate Prayer, Divinity, and Guardian Angel to account for patch 7.1 changes.
  • 14 Oct. 2016: Updated our evaluation of the tier 7 Benediction talent.
  • 12 Sep. 2016: Fixed several instances where we were referring to Flash of Light instead of Flash Heal.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 04 Aug. 2016: Updated the discussions and evaluations for all talent tiers.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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