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Holy Priest Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 18, 2016 at 16:59 by Vlad 12 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Holy Priests in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. 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 Beerek, one of the best healing Priests in the world, who raids in Serenity.

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).

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 of Light Icon Flash of Light casts to also heal the previous target you healed with Flash of Light for 40% of the amount. Casting Flash of Light 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%.

Enlightenment Icon Enlightenment is the best choice in this tier, for raid content, given the high value of Mana regeneration.

Enduring Renewal Icon Enduring Renewal can be a valid option for dungeon content, especially if you also choose the Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal talent, which together allow you to refresh Renew Icon Renew on 3 targets.

Trail of Light Icon Trail of Light is not currently competitive.

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 20% of your maximum health and also increases your maximum health by 20%. 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. Generally, we recommend Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer, as it is a fairly good personal cooldown. Alternatively, if you want to be able to provide movement speed buffs, then Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather is the talent to choose. Body and Mind Icon Body and Mind is not recommended.

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.

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 (to 2 minutes) 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 too situational to be able to compete with the other 2 talents.

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, by far the best talent in this tier.

For dungeon content, you could take Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal, especially if you choose Enduring Renewal Icon Enduring Renewal as your tier 1 talent, so that you can maintain Renew Icon Renew on your entire party.

Piety Icon Piety is not currently worth taking.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Divinity Divinity Divine Star Divine Star Halo Halo
  • Divinity Icon Divinity grants you an 8-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 best choice in this tier is 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.

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.

Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing is the best choice in this tier in most situations, and we recommend it as the default talent. Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis could be a viable talent if you are in need of an extra healing cooldown (such as for a period of heavy damage during the encounter). Benediction Icon Benediction is not currently competitive.

9. ChangeLog

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