Discipline Priest Healing Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 07:00 by Clandon 51 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the top recommended Azerite traits to choose when playing a Discipline Priest in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch 8.3. If you need more information on how to obtain the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth so that you can use the traits, you can find that in our Heart of Azeroth guide.

For more information about how the new Essence system introduced in Patch 8.2 affects you, please refer to our Discipline Priest essence page.



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.


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.


Dungeons and Mythic+

With the variance within Mythic+ content due to the different affixes, key levels, dungeons, and group skill levels, there are very few completely incorrect answers for trait choices. Due to your DPS as a healer being a larger percentage of the overall groups DPS in Mythic+ compared to in raids, we recommend focusing on traits that will benefit both your HPS and DPS at the same time. Some players will use pure damage traits to further increase their damage, but we do not recommend this unless you are extremely comfortable with not only Discipline Priest itself, but with the group you are running with as well. Damage traits will provide 100% of their damage, but will not translate to Atonement Icon Atonement healing, so keep this in mind. Below are our current recommendations for stand-out traits in Mythic+ which are fairly easy to get:

Other traits that are solid options, but are less common, are as follows:

  1. Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

While traits like Depth of the Shadows Icon Depth of the Shadows and Enduring Luminescence Icon Enduring Luminescence are very strong traits in Raid content, we currently do not recommend using either in Mythic+. The vast majority of the value of both traits comes from the Atonement duration increase and not the increased heal. With a smaller group size in Mythic+, Atonement duration increases are not nearly as valuable when you can cover the full group with Atonement with a single Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance.


Azerite Trait Rankings for Raids

The table below provides intellect values for each trait at any given item level. What this helps accomplish is providing players with a method to calculate the value of Azerite pieces and compare them to see which item is better. In order to use this table, you would follow the formula below:

[Item Intellect] + [1st trait Intellect value] + [2nd trait int Intellect value] + [3rd trait int Intellect value] (repeat for however many traits the item has)

Here are some additional things to keep in mind regarding these rankings and traits in general:

  • All trait stacking information is held within the image.
  • All rankings are primarily based on a raid environment, but may transfer through to M+ similarly.
  • All traits that deal damage that do not transfer through to Atonement are not included in this chart. Only traits that increase damage from our spell book spells transfer through to Atonement healing.
  • Traits are always being worked on and tuned so always hold onto your higher item level Azerite gear. Information from logs may also change how traits are valued.
  • It is worth noting that the trait "Twist Magic" depends entirely on your usage of Dispel Magic. There is not much use of this within raids. The chart is assuming one dispel a minute.
  • Some traits have different values when they are stacked, due to certain portions of the trait not stacking. These values are highlighted separately.
Discipline Priest Spreadsheet

Traits To Target

  • Blightborne Infusion — Strong secondary stat proc
  • Swirling Sands — Strong secondary stat proc
  • Death Throes — Increases the damage dealt by Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain or Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked. This is only powerful in situations where the Disc has the ability to be multi-dotting.
  • Depth of the Shadows — Atonement duration increase from Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend. Do not stack this trait! Only use one!
  • Enduring Luminescence — Atonement duration increase from Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance. Do not stack this trait! Only use one!
  • Heart of Darkness — Strong free secondary stats

Ny'alotha Specific Azerite Traits

  • Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness: This trait increases your secondary stats while your corruption level is above a specific threshold.

Heart of Darkness is looking to be a very powerful trait going into the patch that will most likely see plenty of play, especially due to it being the only new trait in Ny'alotha.


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.


Azerite Traits Rotation Changes

Depth of the Shadows Icon Depth of the Shadows will make Shadow Mend more valuable in applying Atonement Icon Atonement on players who have already taken damage, due to the additional 2 seconds of duration and the benefit of keeping out one or more DoTs.

Sudden Revelation Icon Sudden Revelation procs will require you to use Holy Nova Icon Holy Nova in your rotation to receive the cooldown reduction benefit from the trait.


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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