TBC Classic Holy Priest Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities

Last updated on May 30, 2021 at 09:38 by Abide 11 comments

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Holy Priest Healer, depending on the type of damage your group is receiving while doing PvE content in TBC Classic. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your healing output and your mana efficiency.

If you have not already, please read the spells summary page. Knowing how each of your spells and abilities works in detail will greatly increase your understanding of your different priorities and rotations.



You will want to keep these buffs up for the full duration of the fight.

  1. Improved Power Word: Fortitude IconImproved Power Word: Fortitude
  2. Shadow Protection IconShadow Protection — Keep this up if your group will be taking Shadow damage.
  3. Divine Spirit IconDivine Spirit — If you spec into the Discipline tree make sure to place this buff on all of your casters.

Healing Spell Priorities

  1. Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield — Use this if someone will die before you can complete a cast.
  2. Binding Heal IconBinding Heal — Use this if both you and someone else need a quick, emergency heal.
  3. Renew IconRenew — Keep this HoT up on the tank and anyone taking consistent damage.
  4. Flash Heal IconFlash Heal — Try to only use this in emergencies when someone needs a quick heal to stay alive.
  5. Greater Heal IconGreater Heal — Use this if anyone is taking high damage and needs a big heal.
  6. Circle of Healing IconCircle of Healing — This is your main AoE-healing spell. Try to hit at east 3 targets with this ability.
  7. Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending — Use this on the tank or a group that is taking heavy AoE damage.

Mana Management

The mark of a true healer, and especially a Priest healer, is their ability to manage their Mana spending. With Circle of Healing IconCircle of Healing, it is very easy to run out of Mana. Be aware of how much Mana each of your abilities costs and make sure you are properly using your spells in the correct situations to avoid wasted Mana.



Downranking refers to using lower ranks of a spell. This makes the spell cost less Mana to cast, but heal for less as well. Greater Heal IconGreater Heal is a great spell to downrank, for example, and you will want to have a few different ranks of it on your bars depending on your gear level.


5-Second Rule

Whenever Mana is spent for any reason, your Spirit-based Mana regeneration stops for 5 seconds. This occurs when a spell is finished casting, not while it is being cast.

Try to use these windows of time whenever possible to regenerate as much Mana as you can. You can also pre-cast heals and cancel them if they are not needed to stay in the 5-second rule. Spells such as Inner Focus IconInner Focus and Holy Concentration IconHoly Concentration make your next spell cast free and keep you within the 5-second rule, meaning you can regenerate tons of Mana during that time.



  • 30 May 2021: Guide added.
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