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

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 02:45 by Mend 26 comments

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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 is an early draft of the final page. It reflects the current state of theorycrafting on Azerite traits and is currently missing gear information. These rankings will definitely change over the coming weeks as more information becomes available through logs and after additional tuning.

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+

  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. Because you will normally have at least 3 Atonements out in both dungeons and raids, and it providing a rather substantial amount of 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, 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.
  3. Moment of Repose Icon Moment of Repose turns your Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression into a very powerful heal that can help top off a tank, or even save them from dying. Consider using this trait for dungeon content early in the expansion and when pushing Mythic+ keys.
  4. Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  5. 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury gives your abilities a chance to give you a Mastery buff and a shield for 10 seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion gives your damaging ability a chance to do damage over 6 seconds to the target, healing you for the damage done.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Note that when using at least 1 Uldir trait inside Uldir, 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.

5.1. Spec-Specific Outer Ring Traits

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moment of Repose Icon Moment of Repose turns your Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression into a very powerful heal that can help top off a tank, or even save them from dying. Consider using this trait for dungeon content early in the expansion and when pushing Mythic+ keys
  • Depth of the Shadows Icon Depth of the Shadows increases the healing of your next Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend for a certain amount based on ticks of Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and maxes out at 30 stacks. The power increase from this trait to your Shadow Mend should line up well for when you would need to spot heal in a dungeon. It would be worth tracking the number of stacks on this buff to ensure you do not waste it.
  • Weal and Woe Icon Weal and Woe has the ability to buff either your next Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield (if Penance Icon Penance is used offensively) or your next Smite Icon Smite (if you use Penance defensively). This trait seems like a decent choice because of the ability for it to passively buff a spell you will likely cast soon after using Penance, but it is awkward to play with and makes you divert from your normal rotation to maximize its effectiveness.
  • Contemptuous Homily Icon Contemptuous Homily increases your Penance Icon Penance damage and also extends the duration of Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain by 1 second per bolt. This trait is likely the least impactful due to the one global cooldown it saves every minute being rather lackluster.

6. Middle Ring Traits for Discipline Priest

  • Savior Icon Savior makes your heals on targets below 35% health have a chance to heal for an additional amount.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ephemeral Recovery Icon Ephemeral Recovery causes your healing spells to grant you up to two stacks of an insignificant amount of Mana regeneration.

7. Inner Ring Traits for Discipline Priest

  • 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.
  • Sanctum Icon Sanctum provides a substantial absorb after casting Fade Icon Fade.
  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
  • 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 .
  • Twist Magic Icon Twist Magic heals yourself and 4 allies after a successful dispel.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 20 yards of you.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
  • Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification heals you when you are stunned, immobilized, or knocked back.
  • Gemhide Icon Gemhide causes you to gain Avoidance and Armor for 10 seconds when you take damage that exceeds 10% of your maximum health.
  • Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses causes you to gain a moderate absorb shield when surrounded by 4 or more enemies, but can only occur once every 15 seconds.
  • Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed causes you to self-heal and gain Speed for 6 seconds whenever an enemy you damaged dies.

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

Some traits require you to delay your casting to maximize their effectiveness. This includes the trait Depth of the Shadows Icon Depth of the Shadows which will provide you with a more powerful Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend based on the amount of stacks created by your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain.

In addition to requiring you to delay your casts, traits like Weal and Woe Icon Weal and Woe can interrupt your normal rotation flow by forcing you to cast a damage dealing spell after a heal, or vice versa. While it is not required to hold off casting the buffed ability immediately it is encouraged to further take advantage of future casts.

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).

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10. ChangeLog

  • 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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