Holy Priest Pre-Patch Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Aug 29, 2022 at 17:18 by Abide 1 comment

The Pre-Patch period of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a time to allow players to level or gear up characters while experiencing some of the class changes of the coming expansion before its official launch. Here you will find recommended talents, gear, and some rotation tips for a Holy Priest when you can only reach a maximum level of 70.

1.

Talent Builds for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

Holy Priest in the pre-patch has to choose a spec based on their gear. It is not possible to get all key talents at Level 70, as Meditation IconMeditation requires us to go deeper into the Discipline tree than you can afford. Choose a spec based on your gear and Mana needs.

This spec plays similar to how it will at Level 80, but the main difference is that you do not have Meditation IconMeditation which is a major part of your Mana regeneration. Only choose this spec if you are very geared and do not have Mana concerns. In this spec you are using the Body and Soul IconBody and Soul talent, which has some fun uses. If you do not want this talent, put the points into Blessed Resilience IconBlessed Resilience instead.

This spec goes deeper into the Discipline tree while still grabbing some strong talents in the bottom of the Holy Tree. This gives us Meditation IconMeditation, which is a major part of your Mana regeneration. Unless you are nearly best in slot, you will probably need to use this build to sustain your Mana needs.

Holy has a new playstyle in Wrath of the Lich King. While previously you would simply spam Circle of Healing IconCircle of Healing to keep the raid healthy, this is no longer possible as Circle of Healing now has a 6-second cooldown. Instead you must take advantage of your new talent, Serendipity IconSerendipity. You build up stacks by casting both Flash Heal IconFlash Heal and Binding Heal IconBinding Heal, and use the stacks to greatly increase your casting speed of Prayer of Healing IconPrayer of Healing and Greater Heal IconGreater Heal. Using the Serendipity IconSerendipity buff properly is a key part of playing this spec.

2.

Best Glyphs for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

Glyphs are a new consumable of sorts introduced in Wrath of the Lich King. Glyphs greatly improve certain spells when you learn them, supporting and even enabling some builds. In the pre-patch of WotLK you only have access to two major glyphs, as the third slot requires Level 80 to unlock.

2.1.

Major Glyphs for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Glyph of Flash Heal Icon Glyph of Flash Heal — You use Flash Heal IconFlash Heal as a filler spell, so this is a decent option to help your Mana sustain.
  2. Glyph of Power Word: Shield Icon Glyph of Power Word: Shield — This is not that great of a glyph for us, but you really have no other good options.
2.2.

Minor Glyphs for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Glyph of Fortitude Icon Glyph of Fortitude — This helps save Mana through an entire raid night, and especially if you need to rebuff someone who died in combat.
  2. Glyph of Shadow Protection Icon Glyph of Shadow Protection — Is pretty minor, but will save us a bit of Mana throughout an entire raid night.
  3. Glyph of Levitate Icon Glyph of Levitate — Is simply a quality of life feature, saving us some reagents.
3.

Stat Priority for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

The list below is in order of your desired stats. Keep this in mind when looking at different gearing choices.

  1. Haste Rating
  2. Intellect
  3. Spell Power
  4. Spirit
  5. Critical Strike Rating
  6. Mana per 5
4.

Spell Rotation for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

4.1.

Single-Target Rotation for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Renew IconRenew — Remains a powerful heal-over-time. Be sure to keep this on targets you know will be taking constant damage.
  2. Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending — This spell remains extremely powerful, even getting buffed in WotLK. Be sure to use this as much as possible.
  3. Flash Heal IconFlash Heal — This is your main filler spell, doing moderate healing to a target quickly.
  4. Binding Heal IconBinding Heal — Essentially the same as Flash Heal IconFlash Heal, but heals you as well as the target. Use this instead if you are missing health.
  5. Greater Heal IconGreater Heal — A powerful heal with a long cast time. Be sure to cast this only when you have stacks of Serendipity IconSerendipity.
4.2.

Raid Healing Rotation for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending — This spell remains extremely powerful, even getting buffed in WotLK. Be sure to use this as much as possible.
  2. Circle of Healing IconCircle of Healing — Use this on cooldown to keep the raid healthy. Despite it having a cooldown it remains a great heal.
  3. Prayer of Healing IconPrayer of Healing — Be sure to use this with your Serendipity IconSerendipity stacks to get the heal out quickly. Be sure to target a person in the group that you wish to heal.
  4. Renew IconRenew — Remains a powerful heal-over-time. Be sure to keep this on targets you know will be taking constant damage.
  5. Flash Heal IconFlash Heal — This is your main filler spell, doing moderate healing to a target quickly.
  6. Binding Heal IconBinding Heal — Essentially the same as Flash Heal IconFlash Heal, but heals you as well as the target. Use this instead if you are missing health.
5.

Best in Slot Gear for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

Your best in slot gear does not change much from Phase 5 of TBC, but ideally you can change a few pieces of gear. Below is a list of recommended best in slot gear, as well as some easy to obtain choices.

However, for newer players especially or if you are playing on one of the Fresh Servers, the gear listed below may not be realistic to obtain for most players in only a month. If you want the most efficient start possible, we would highly recommend farming Honor in the pre-patch through battlegrounds. This will allow you to buy the full "Brutal" PvP set, which is close in power to gear from Sunwell Plateau. While not BiS, it is the closest you will get within the short time frame, and you are guaranteed to obtain it with enough farming.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Cowl of Light's Purity Icon Cowl of Light's Purity
  • Helm of Arcane Purity Icon Helm of Arcane Purity
  • Powerheal 9000 Lens Icon Powerheal 9000 Lens
Neck
  • Brooch of Nature's Mercy Icon Brooch of Nature's Mercy
  • Pendant of Sunfire Icon Pendant of Sunfire
  • Brooch of the Highborne Icon Brooch of the Highborne
  • Guardian's Pendant of Reprieve Icon Guardian's Pendant of Reprieve
Shoulder
  • Shoulderpads of Knowledge's Pursuit Icon Shoulderpads of Knowledge's Pursuit
  • Mantle of Absolution Icon Mantle of Absolution
  • Swiftheal Mantle Icon Swiftheal Mantle
Back
  • Tattered Cape of Antonidas Icon Tattered Cape of Antonidas
  • Shroud of the Highborne Icon Shroud of the Highborne
  • Cloak of Ancient Rituals Icon Cloak of Ancient Rituals
Chest
  • Robes of Ghostly Hatred Icon Robes of Ghostly Hatred
  • Robes of Faltered Light Icon Robes of Faltered Light
  • Robe of Eternal Light Icon Robe of Eternal Light
  • Gown of Spiritual Wonder Icon Gown of Spiritual Wonder
Wrist
  • Cuffs of Absolution Icon Cuffs of Absolution
  • Swiftheal Wraps Icon Swiftheal Wraps
Hands
  • Gloves of Tyri's Power Icon Gloves of Tyri's Power
  • Hands of Eternal Light Icon Hands of Eternal Light
Waist
  • Belt of Absolution Icon Belt of Absolution
  • Belt of the Long Road Icon Belt of the Long Road
Legs
  • Pantaloons of Growing Strife Icon Pantaloons of Growing Strife
  • Adorned Supernal Legwraps Icon Adorned Supernal Legwraps
Feet
  • Treads of Absolution Icon Treads of Absolution
  • Slippers of Dutiful Mending Icon Slippers of Dutiful Mending
Finger
  • Ring of Flowing Life Icon Ring of Flowing Life
  • Blessed Band of Karabor Icon Blessed Band of Karabor
  • Ring of Omnipotence Icon Ring of Omnipotence
  • Band of Lucent Beams Icon Band of Lucent Beams
  • Ring of Harmonic Beauty Icon Ring of Harmonic Beauty
Trinket
  • Shifting Naaru Sliver Icon Shifting Naaru Sliver
  • Redeemer's Alchemist Stone Icon Redeemer's Alchemist Stone
  • Memento of Tyrande Icon Memento of Tyrande
  • Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon Icon Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon
Main Hand
  • Golden Staff of the Sin'dorei Icon Golden Staff of the Sin'dorei
  • Hammer of Sanctification Icon Hammer of Sanctification
  • Archon's Gavel Icon Archon's Gavel
Off Hand
  • Book of Highborne Hymns Icon Book of Highborne Hymns
  • Scepter of Purification Icon Scepter of Purification
Wand
  • Wand of Cleansing Light Icon Wand of Cleansing Light
  • Carved Witch Doctor's Stick Icon Carved Witch Doctor's Stick
6.

Best Enchants for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

Your enchants mostly stay the same from TBC, not requiring much change. Check out our TBC enchants page for a list of available options.

7.

Best Consumables for Holy Priest in Pre-Patch

Your consumables are mostly the same from TBC. You can use any food buff that provides Spell Power and Spirit, so look for the cheapest.

  • Elixir of Healing Power Icon Elixir of Healing Power & Elixir of Draenic Wisdom Icon Elixir of Draenic Wisdom
  • Blackened Basilisk Icon Blackened Basilisk
  • Superior Wizard Oil Icon Superior Wizard Oil
  • Super Mana Potion Icon Super Mana Potion or Haste Potion Icon Haste Potion
8.

Changelog

  • 29 Aug. 2022: Page added.
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