Holy Priest Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022 at 16:36 by Abide 1 comment

Welcome to our Wrath of the Lich King Holy Priest leveling guide. Here we will help guide you through your Holy Priest's leveling journey toward Level 80. Make sure to use the sliders shown down below to have the guide update as you level up.

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Holy Priest Level-by-Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1
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Holy Priest Leveling Talents in Wrath of the Lich King

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

  • Levels 10 to 12 — 3 points in Spirit Tap IconSpirit Tap.
  • Levels 13 to 17 — 5 points in Holy Specialization IconHoly Specialization.
  • Levels 18 to 22 — 5 points in Divine Fury IconDivine Fury.

Spirit Tap IconSpirit Tap is great for Mana generation between fights. Holy Specialization IconHoly Specialization is some good added crit, and Divine Fury IconDivine Fury is needed for the reduced cast time on Smite IconSmite and Holy Fire IconHoly Fire.

  • Levels 23 — 1 point in Desperate Prayer IconDesperate Prayer.
  • Levels 24 & 25 — 2 points in Healing Focus IconHealing Focus.
  • Levels 26 & 27 — 2 points in Improved Renew IconImproved Renew.
  • Levels 28 & 29 — 2 points in Searing Light IconSearing Light.

Desperate Prayer IconDesperate Prayer is a good emergency heal. Healing Focus IconHealing Focus is useful for emergency heals when you are being attacked. Lastly, Searing Light IconSearing Light is a great damage boost to Smite IconSmite, Holy Fire IconHoly Fire, and Holy Nova IconHoly Nova.

  • Levels 30 & 31 — 2 points in Holy Reach IconHoly Reach.
  • Level 32 — 1 point in Improved Renew IconImproved Renew.
  • Levels 33 to 37 — 5 points in Spiritual Guidance IconSpiritual Guidance.
  • Levels 38 & 39 — 2 points in Surge of Light IconSurge of Light.

Holy Reach IconHoly Reach is a nice range boost to Smite IconSmite, Holy Fire IconHoly Fire, and Holy Nova IconHoly Nova. Surge of Light IconSurge of Light is a great proc, giving you free Smite IconSmites from time to time.

  • Level 40 — 1 point in Spirit of Redemption IconSpirit of Redemption.
  • Levels 41 to 45 — 5 points in Twin Disciplines IconTwin Disciplines.
  • Levels 46 to 48 — 3 points in Improved Inner Fire IconImproved Inner Fire.
  • Levels 49 & 50 — 2 points in Improved Power Word: Fortitude IconImproved Power Word: Fortitude.

Twin Disciplines IconTwin Disciplines is a nice healing and damage boost. Improved Inner Fire IconImproved Inner Fire and Improved Power Word: Fortitude IconImproved Power Word: Fortitude are great stat boosts.

  • Levels 51 to 53 — 3 points in Meditation IconMeditation.
  • Level 54 — 1 point in Inner Focus IconInner Focus.
  • Level 55 — 1 point in Improved Power Word: Shield IconImproved Power Word: Shield.
  • Levels 56 to 58 — 3 points in Mental Agility IconMental Agility.
  • Levels 59 & 60 — 2 points in Improved Power Word: Shield IconImproved Power Word: Shield.

Meditation IconMeditation and Mental Agility IconMental Agility are massive boosts to your Mana regeneration. Improved Power Word: Shield IconImproved Power Word: Shield helps on big AoE pulls.

  • Levels 61 to 65 — 5 points in Mental Strength IconMental Strength.
  • Levels 66 & 67 — 2 points in Focused Power IconFocused Power.
  • Levels 68 to 70 — 3 points in Enlightenment IconEnlightenment.

Mental Strength IconMental Strength is a good boost to your intellect, helping with your Mana and spell crit. Focused Power IconFocused Power and Enlightenment IconEnlightenment give you even more damage.

  • Level 71 — 1 point in Power Infusion IconPower Infusion.
  • Levels 72 to 74 — 3 points in Focused Will IconFocused Will.
  • Level 75 — 1 point in Soul Warding IconSoul Warding.
  • Levels 76 to 78 — 3 points in Rapture IconRapture.
  • Levels 79 & 80 — 2 points in Renewed Hope IconRenewed Hope.

Power Infusion IconPower Infusion is amazing for AoE pulls, reducing your Mana costs and increasing your Haste. Focused Will IconFocused Will gives a nice spell crit boost, while Rapture IconRapture and Soul Warding IconSoul Warding help reduce your Mana costs.

3.

Holy Priest Leveling Glyphs in Wrath of the Lich King

Your leveling glyphs will differ from your endgame glyphs. Glyphs can be a huge boost to your leveling speed as some greatly improve the baseline power of your key abilities. Be sure to check the price of these glyphs on your server to vastly improve your leveling experience.

3.1.

Major Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Smite Icon Glyph of Smite
  2. Glyph of Holy Nova Icon Glyph of Holy Nova
3.2.

Minor Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Fortitude Icon Glyph of Fortitude
  2. Glyph of Levitate Icon Glyph of Levitate
  3. Glyph of Shadowfiend Icon Glyph of Shadowfiend
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Holy Priest Leveling Rotation in Wrath of the Lich King

  1. Power Word: Fortitude IconPower Word: Fortitude keep this buff up before entering combat.
  2. Inner Fire IconInner Fire keep this buff up before entering combat.
  3. Divine Spirit IconDivine Spirit keep this buff up before entering combat.
  4. Smite IconSmite your target until it is dead.
  5. Smite IconSmite your target from max range.
  6. Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain your target after you enter combat. Run away from the target while doing this to keep your distance.
  7. Continue using Smite IconSmite on your target until it is dead.
  8. Holy Fire IconHoly Fire your target from max range.
  9. Devouring Plague IconDevouring Plague your target after you enter combat. Run away from the target while doing this to keep your distance.
  10. Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain your target. Run away from the target while doing this to keep your distance.
  11. Mind Blast IconMind Blast on cooldown.
  12. Continue using Smite IconSmite on your target until it is dead.
  13. Smite IconSmite if the target is high health.
  14. Shadow Word: Death IconShadow Word: Death if a target did not die from DoTs and would take too long to wand down. Ideally this would kill the target to prevent you from taking the backlash damage.
  15. Shoot IconShoot your target with your wand if they are low enough to die from DoTs and wand damage.

You have very few spells early on. At the start of a pull you will want to be at max range. This helps you get off more damage before the mob reaches you. Running away from the mob while casting instant-cast spells like Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain help keep that distance from the mob, reducing your damage taken. Overall, this helps reduce how often you need to drink as you will need to heal yourself less.

Now your rotation starts taking a more solid form. Holy Fire IconHoly Fire will be the ideal spell to use on pull as it has a long cast time, making it difficult to cast in combat; it also has a good damage-over-time component that increases your Smite IconSmite damage through Glyph of Smite Icon Glyph of Smite. Next you will want to cast Devouring Plague IconDevouring Plague and Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain on the target while running away from it if possible, allowing you to keep some distance on it. Smite IconSmite the target until it is low enough to die to DoTs and Shoot IconShooting. Be sure to use either Renew IconRenew or Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield whenever you are taking high damage.

Holy Fire IconHoly Fire is the ideal spell to use on pull as it has a long cast time, making it difficult to cast in combat; it also has a good damage-over-time component that increases your Smite IconSmite damage through Glyph of Smite Icon Glyph of Smite. Next you will want to cast Devouring Plague IconDevouring Plague and Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain on the target while running away from it if possible, allowing you to keep some distance on it. Smite IconSmite the target until it is low enough to die to DoTs and Shoot IconShooting. Shadow Word: Death IconShadow Word: Death may be used if it will take too long to wand the mob down. Be sure to use either Renew IconRenew or Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield whenever you are taking high damage.

An alternative to single-target damaging is AoEing with Holy Nova IconHoly Nova. This can be an effective way to level, but requires decent gear to sustain the Mana cost of Holy Nova IconHoly Nova. If doing this, follow the AoE rotation below:

  1. Gather mobs with Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain.
  2. Renew IconRenew and Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield yourself while gathering mobs to recover lost health.
  3. Shadowfiend IconShadowfiend to sustain your Mana if needed.
  4. Power Infusion IconPower Infusion whenever available to save Mana and increase damage done.
  5. Holy Nova IconHoly Nova as much as possible until everything is dead.
  6. Reapply Renew IconRenew and Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield if needed.
  7. Smite IconSmite any remaining single enemies if Holy Nova IconHoly Nova is not worth using.
  8. Smite IconSmite or Shadow Word: Death IconShadow Word: Death any remaining single enemies if Holy Nova IconHoly Nova is not worth using.
5.

List of Holy Priest Trainer Skills to Buy

Training spells can be rather expensive, especially if you try to learn every spell available to you. Here we will give you a list of your top-priority spells that you will want to train so you know which ones you can avoid and save some money.

  • Be sure to keep these spells at max rankPower Word: Fortitude IconPower Word: Fortitude, Smite IconSmite, Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain, Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield, Renew IconRenew, Mind Blast IconMind Blast, Inner Fire IconInner Fire, Psychic Scream IconPsychic Scream, Devouring Plague IconDevouring Plague, Holy Fire IconHoly Fire, Flash Heal IconFlash Heal, Holy Nova IconHoly Nova, Divine Spirit IconDivine Spirit, Shadow Word: Death IconShadow Word: Death.
  • Psychic Scream IconPsychic Scream — You can delay upgrading this if you are low on money, but eventually you will want to learn higher ranks.
  • Dispel Magic IconDispel Magic — You only really need 1 rank of this spell; train the second rank when you have the money to spare.
  • These spells only have 1 rank and should be trained as soon as possibleCure Disease IconCure Disease, Fear Ward IconFear Ward, Abolish Disease IconAbolish Disease, Levitate IconLevitate, Shadowfiend IconShadowfiend.
  • Save your gold instead of training these spellsLesser Heal IconLesser Heal, Fade IconFade, Shackle Undead IconShackle Undead, Resurrection IconResurrection, Heal IconHeal, Mind Soothe IconMind Soothe, Mind Vision IconMind Vision, Mana Burn IconMana Burn, Mind Control IconMind Control, Prayer of Healing IconPrayer of Healing, Shadow Protection IconShadow Protection, Greater Heal IconGreater Heal, Prayer of Fortitude IconPrayer of Fortitude, Prayer of Shadow Protection IconPrayer of Shadow Protection, Prayer of Spirit IconPrayer of Spirit, Binding Heal IconBinding Heal, Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending, Mass Dispel IconMass Dispel, Mind Sear IconMind Sear.
6.

Continue Improving at Level 80

Congratulations on hitting Level 80 in Wrath of the Lich King! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level-80 Holy Priest gameplay by reading our Holy Priest guide, which covers everything you need to know to properly play your Holy Priest.

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Changelog

  • 05 Sep. 2022: Guide added.
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