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Discipline Priest Healing Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

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General Information

Pick up the Azerite gear with the best traits for your Discipline Priest and learn about the Heart of Azeroth. This page is updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

For more information about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, please read our Hearth of Azeroth guide.

The other pages of our Discipline Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide is written and maintained by Mend, admin and editor at Focused Will (join them on Discord or read their Blog for healing Priests) and is reviewed by the staff at Focused Will. You can follow Mend on Twitter or Twitch.

1. Disclaimer

This page has ordered lists for rankings of all of the traits for Discipline Priests. It is important to note that the only traits that stack are any bonus healing, bonus stats, damage increases, or increased absorbs. Traits that do not stack are any buff or damage over time extension, stack counts, duration, number of targets, or proc rate increases. The only damage increases that contribute towards Atonement Icon Atonement healing are those that come from your spellbook.

2. Azerite Gear for Discipline Priest

Azerite Traits are special effects present on Helm, Shoulder, and Chest slots in Battle For Azeroth. Each Azerite item has either 2 or 3 tiers of Azerite Traits to choose from (items below item level 340 only have 2 tiers, while items above that have 3). In addition to this, every Azerite item also has a +5 item level bonus (Azerite Empowered Icon Azerite Empowered). Each tier, as well as this item level bonus, become unlocked as you gain certain amounts of Azerite Power.

The first tier of Azerite Traits is split between a class-specific choice and a generic choice. Generic choices can be zone-related or content-related (such as PvP traits which are only found on PvP gear but work in PvE content).

The second tier has a multitude of options varying from interesting stat procs to static stat gains. This is the tier that is missing on items lower than item level 340.

The third tier can either be a defensive or healing option.

Azerite gear has fixed traits and stats. Each piece has predetermined Azerite Traits, item level, and can not roll either tertiary stats or sockets. While tuning is always in flux, we will try to list the currently best traits for raiding first. Keep in mind many of these are very raid / dungeon / world / PvP-oriented and do not work well in other types of content.

3. Recommended Traits

This section will discuss the recommended Azerite traits for both dungeons and raids. While these are currently recommended, any balance changes to traits will likely change our recommendations.

3.1. Dungeons and Mythic+

For Mythic+ content, it is recommended to focus on damage-specific traits as they will provide you with the most benefit over healing focused traits. Because of the timer mechanic, providing added damage as a healer is much more important than increasing healing throughput that can be sufficient without traits. Damage traits will provide 100% of their damage but will not translate to Atonement Icon Atonement healing, so keep this in mind. Below are the top traits we would recommend:

  1. Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast gives your damaging abilities a chance blast the target for extra Nature damage, and cause the target to take 20% more damage from your next blast. When the bonus damage reaches 100%, the next blast will Critically Strike, and reset the bonus damage back to 0%.
  2. Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury causes your damaging abilities to have a chance to summon a Child of Rezan, which deals Physical damage to your target and causes them to bleed for additional damage over 12 seconds.
  3. Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back gives your abilities a chance to shoot a dagger at your target, applying a damage over time effect for 12 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. If you shoot this dagger when behind the target, it will apply 2 stacks.
  4. Gift of Forgiveness Icon Gift of Forgiveness increases the damage of your Smite Icon Smite if you have at least 3 Atonement Icon Atonements active. Since you will normally have at least 3 Atonements out in both dungeons and raids, and it provides a substantial damage increase to Smite, this trait is rather valuable.
  5. Enduring Luminescence Icon Enduring Luminescence buffs Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance to provide additional healing, as well as increasing the duration of your resulting Atonement Icon Atonements to 70% of their normal duration (up from 60%). This trait may fare well on certain encounters over others, but it is definitely a recommended choice.
  6. Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  7. Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.

3.2. Raids

  1. Gift of Forgiveness Icon Gift of Forgiveness increases the damage of your Smite Icon Smite if you have at least 3 Atonement Icon Atonements active. Since you will normally have at least 3 Atonements out in both dungeons and raids, and it provides a substantial damage increase to Smite, this trait is rather valuable.
  2. Enduring Luminescence Icon Enduring Luminescence buffs Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance to provide additional healing and increases the duration of your resulting Atonement Icon Atonements to 70% of their normal duration (up from 60%). This trait may fare well on certain encounters over others, but it is definitely a recommended choice.
  3. Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans increases your Intellect via a stacking buff during combat. Because of the flat primary stat increase, this trait yields quite a bit of a healing increase and is recommended.

4. Recommended Uldir Azerite Gear

5. Outer Ring Traits for Discipline Priest

A list of traits ranked in terms of healing throughput are listed below. This does not change the trait recommendations made for raiding above but will provide you with more of a frame of reference on healing traits in each tier.

  1. Relational Normalization Gizmo Icon Relational Normalization Gizmo causes your spells to have a chance to grant you a primary stat and maximum health buff or Haste and 50% movement speed for 10 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  2. Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  3. Gift of Forgiveness Icon Gift of Forgiveness increases the damage of your Smite Icon Smite if you have at least 3 Atonement Icon Atonements active. Since you will normally have at least 3 Atonements out in both dungeons and raids, and it provides a substantial damage increase to Smite, this trait is rather valuable.
  4. Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth gives your abilities a chance to increase all your secondary stats for a minute, stacking up to 4 times. Getting a new proc will refresh the duration, so you will keep this at 4 stacks throughout an entire fight.
  5. Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat for 10 seconds. If an ally dies nearby you also instantly gain this effect. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  6. Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  7. Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
  8. Enduring Luminescence Icon Enduring Luminescence buffs Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance to provide additional healing and increases the duration of your resulting Atonement Icon Atonements to 70% of their normal duration (up from 60%). This trait may fare well on certain encounters over others, but it is definitely a recommended choice.
  9. Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
  10. Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.
  11. Last Gift Icon Last Gift / Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to grant Mastery and an absorb shield . Note that this is a PvP trait; also, taking damage from a member of the opposite faction has a chance to activate this effect, making these traits much strong in PvP content.
  12. Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury gives your abilities a chance to give you a Mastery buff and a shield for 10 seconds.
  13. Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might gives your abilities a chance to give you Haste, and even more Critical Strike for 10 seconds.
  14. Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might causes your spells to have a chance to grant Critical Strike and Haste for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait, and attacking a member of the opposing faction significantly increases this chance, making these traits are much stronger in PvP content.
  15. Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
  16. Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  17. Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
  18. Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  19. Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
  20. Death Throes Icon Death Throes increases the damage done by our Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain or Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked.
  21. Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw Icon Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw causes your spells to have a chance to heal up to 4 allies for a large amount. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  22. Weal and Woe Icon Weal and Woe provides a buff to either your next Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield or Penance Icon Penance depending on the spells cast. This will not change your gameplay but the effects are rather weak compared to other options.
  23. Contemptuous Homily Icon Contemptuous Homily provides a decent damage increase to Penance Icon Penance and will increase your damage over time spell duration by 1 second per bolt of Penance. Unfortunately, this does not provide enough of a throughput increase to recommend in most situations.
  24. Stand As One Icon Stand As One gives your abilities a chance to drop a Banner for 6 seconds, which buffs you and 4 nearby allies with their primary stat, and increases maximum Health.
  25. Collective Will Icon Collective Will / Stand As One Icon Stand As One causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat and maximum health. This effect is also applied to up to 4 nearby allies. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  26. Moment of Repose Icon Moment of Repose makes your Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression also buff your target with Atonement Icon Atonement and provides a substantial heal. Unfortunately, because of the cooldown of the spell and the normal use in raid being prior to damage being taken by a tank, this trait is rather weak.
  27. Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together causes your abilities to have a chance to plant a factional banner for 6 seconds, empowering yourself and up to 4 allies with the spirit of the Alliance.
  28. Combined Might Icon Combined Might / Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together gives you and 4 allies a Spellpower / Attackpower buff for 6 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  29. Depth of the Shadows Icon Depth of the Shadows@ provides you with a buff that will buff Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend based off how many ticks occur from your damage over time ability. Because of the extremely limited, or even non-existent use of Shadow Mend in raids, this talent is likely the worst selection for raiding.

Note that when using at least 1 Uldir trait inside the Uldir raid, Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array grants you a buff that increases your highest secondary stat every 5 seconds, stacking up to 10. This power increases over time, in order to make Uldir raiding easier.

6. Middle Ring Traits for Discipline Priest

  1. Blessed Portents Icon Blessed Portents grants your healing spells a chance to apply Blessed Portents to the target for 20 seconds. When the target falls below 35% health, Blessed Portents is consumed and heals them.
  2. Concentrated Mending Icon Concentrated Mending causes your healing effects to have a chance to grant the target a HoT that heals every 2 seconds for 12 seconds. The amount healed doubles every 2 seconds.
  3. Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
  4. Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  5. Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  6. On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  7. Woundbinder Icon Woundbinder causes your healing effects to have a chance to increase your Haste for 12 seconds. Healing lower health targets will grant more Haste.
  8. Bracing Chill Icon Bracing Chill causes your heals to have a chance to apply Bracing Chill to the target. Healing a target with Bracing Chill will heal for an additional amount and move Bracing Chill to a nearby ally, up to 6 times.
  9. Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
  10. Synergistic Growth Icon Synergistic Growth causes Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance casts to grant you Mastery for 10 seconds, on a 30-second cooldown.
  11. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  12. Ephemeral Recovery Icon Ephemeral Recovery causes your healing spells to grant you up to two stacks of an insignificant amount of Mana regeneration.
  13. Savior Icon Savior makes your heals on targets below 35% health have a chance to heal for an additional amount.

7. Inner Ring Traits for Discipline Priest

  1. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
  2. Sanctum Icon Sanctum provides a substantial absorb after casting Fade Icon Fade.
  3. Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron grants you a chance, when taking damage, to gain a large absorb shield for up to 1 minute. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  4. Twist Magic Icon Twist Magic heals yourself and 4 allies after a successful dispel.
  5. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
  6. Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer grants you a chance, when taking damage, to self-heal for a large amount and remove most bleed effects as well as slowing nearby enemies by 30% for 5 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340 .
  7. Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 20 yards of you.

8. Azerite Traits Details and Rotation Changes for Discipline Priest

Some of your Azerite Traits can have big impact on the way you play the game, select your gear and even affect talent choices. It is important to understand how they work with each other and on their own.

8.1. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes

There currently are no traits for Discipline Priests that require you to change your playstyle.

9. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Discipline Priest. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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10. ChangeLog

  • 11 Sep. 2018: Updated page to reflect calculated rankings for each Azerite trait.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Additions made to recommended traits for Dungeons and Mythic+.
  • 10 Aug. 2018: Updated entire page to reflect all Azerite trait rankings and updated spec specific priority.
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