Discipline Priest Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Clandon 6 comments

On this page, you will find our level by level Discipline Priest leveling guide for Shadowlands. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Priest leveling guide.


Gear Options

When leveling as a Discipline Priest, always target the gear with the highest item level available. Looking for specific stats on leveling gear will not matter as you will most likely have a fairly large item level gap on items when you get another of the same slot.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1

Talents to Level up as a Discipline Priest

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows if you plan on questing and doing open world content.

Your talent set up should be as follows if you plan on focusing primarily on healing dungeons.


Rotation to Level Up as a Discipline Priest

  1. Cast Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion on cooldown.
  2. Maintain Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain / Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked on all targets unless the target will die before a significant portion of the DoT ticks.
  3. Cast Schism Icon Schism on cooldown.
  4. Cast Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death if the target is below 20% hp. Be careful you do not kill yourself with this spell as you will take damage equal to what it deals if the spell does not kill its target.
  5. Cast Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend on cooldown unless you need to hold it for healing purposes.
  6. Cast Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast on cooldown.
  7. Cast Penance Icon Penance on cooldown.
  8. Cast Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear if there is more than 1 target alive and near each other.
  9. Cast Smite Icon Smite as your filler.

Starting at level 15, you are able to queue for dungeons with the in-game group finder. As a healer, this will be the faster method of leveling as well as giving you valuable experience in healing as a Discipline Priest. The following is a general priority list of healing spells in dungeons:

  1. Cast Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield if under the effects of Rapture Icon Rapture
  2. Cast Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance when it is available and you have multiple people that need atonement at the same time.
  3. Cast Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend when you need to direct heal someone or to apply Atonement Icon Atonement. Replaces Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal.
  4. Cast Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal when you need to direct heal someone or to apply Atonement Icon Atonement.
  5. Cast Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield to apply atonement or to apply a small absorb to a player.

In addition to these baseline abilities, there is a passive effect that is crucial to understand leveling as a Discipline Priest:

Atonement Icon Atonement causes your damaging spells to heal all targets with Atonement on them. It is crucial that you dps to utilize your Atonements applied instead of getting stuck in the habit of spamming direct heals. Follow the healing spell priority list above to apply Atonement and then once all players taking damage have Atonement on them, follow the damage spell priority list.


Discipline Priest War Mode Talents for Leveling

  1. Trinity Icon Trinity increases the duration and effectiveness of your Atonement Icon Atonement so that you can spend less time applying Atonement to yourself and more time DPSing. Keep in mind that Trinity changes it so that you can ONLY apply Atonement via Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield.
  2. Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend and Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance will stop applying it as long as you are talented into this PvP talent.
  3. Searing Light Icon Searing Light increases your Smite Icon Smite damage as well as causing successful smite casts to reduce the cooldown of Penance Icon Penance.
  4. Dark Archangel Icon Dark Archangel can be used as a DPS cooldown in world content. Its power is not very significant in solo content but can be very nice if you are questing with friends as it works on them too if you apply atonement to them first.


Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 29 Oct. 2021: Clarified the use of Purge The Wicked in place of Shadow Word Pain when the talent is selected.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Updated damage rotation priority list.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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