Season of Discovery Holy Paladin Healer Leveling

Last updated on Feb 10, 2024 at 10:00 by Sellin 1 comment

Welcome to our leveling guide for Holy Paladin Healer. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Paladin in Classic - Season of Discovery.



Paladin is one of three classes that can play every role, with Holy being their healing specialization. Holy Paladin are incredible companions for any kind of group content be that duo leveling or 5-man dungeon grinding. Paladins provide unique buffs in the form of auras and blessings that help maximize efficiency in any group setting while also providing some of the best single target healing and consistent AoE damage via Consecration Icon Consecration. If you intend on solo leveling, it is recommended that you consider playing Retribution which is much faster.


Holy Paladin Healer Talents

The talent build recommended above focusing on maximizing your personal survivability and Healing output as most people planning to level in a Healing specialization are often grouped with another player. The talent build above will enable you and your partner(s) to pull more mobs due to the emphasis on bonus healing and powerful tools to regenerate mana and limit down time. If you do find yourself solo leveling as Holy, consider putting a point into Consecration Icon Consecration to add some AoE damage to your relatively limited damage arsenal.


Healing Rotation

Healing does not necessarily have a rotation but rather a constantly changing list of priorities and as such you must be always ready to handle different situations as they occur. As a Holy Paladin you have two primary healing abilities Holy Light Icon Holy Light and Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light. Holy Light Icon Holy Light is a much bigger, slower heal that costs considerably more mana while Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light is a much smaller, faster heal that is relatively inexpensive which ability you use depends largely on the situation at hands but you will primarily be casting Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light and in a situation where you need a large single target heal or are just topping someone off out of combat you should use Holy Light Icon Holy Light.


Leveling Runes

  • Chest — Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm
  • Hands — Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike
  • Legs — Exorcist Icon Exorcist
  • Waist — Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light
  • Feet — Sacred Shield Icon Sacred Shield

Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm is a great way to deal damage to multiple targets while providing a small amount of healing as well, though your primary focus is Healing as a Holy Paladin most of the content available while leveling does so little damage that you will find yourself with the opportunity to weave in some damaging abilities.

Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike like Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm you will often find yourself with downtime so consider using this time to deal some additional damage, Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike both deals damage and returns 5% of your maximum mana when used.

Exorcist Icon Exorcist allows you to cast Exorcism Icon Exorcism on any kind of enemy, adding another damaging button. Most of the runes found in the leg slot are very specific niche situation utility whereas this is another button you will be able to consistently use.

Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light increases the potency of both your damaging abilities and heals in exchange for melee attacking once a minute.

Sacred Shield Icon Sacred Shield provides a small amount of mitigation and synergizes incredibly with Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light which will likely be your most frequently cast healing spell.

If you are unsure where to find these Runes or are just curious what other options may be available, feel free to check out our Paladin Rune guide listed included below to get a better idea of how to plan this all out in your leveling journey.


Holy Paladin Leveling Stats

Gear while leveling as a Holy Paladin is largely focused on maximizing your Holy Damage and minimizing your downtime, Holy Paladin damage is very low so we are not particularly focused on trying to lower kill speeds but more so maximizing uptime. You won't have many items that increase just your holy damage drop so keep an eye out for items that in general increase spell damage.:

  1. Holy Damage;
  2. Spirit;
  3. Intellect;
  4. Stamina;
  5. Strength.


Leveling Professions while leveling can slow down your time if you are in a rush to max level however, working towards leveling them while you are out in the level appropriate zone will generally save you more time in the long run if you level as you go, this is especially true with Gathering professions such as Herbalism, Skinning and Mining. These can be used both to create supplies for the crafting profession of your choosing or simply to supplement your income by selling the material on the Auction House to help pay for things like new abilities and even a mount at level 40.

First Aid is incredible even as a class that can self heal the fact that you can quickly heal yourself at no mana cost can sometimes be the difference between surviving an encounter or dying.



  • 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2.
  • 16 Dec. 2023: Guide updated.
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