Discipline Priest PvP Best Races and Racials (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 28, 2022 at 14:26 by Shadenox 13 comments

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction. The races are sorted from highest impact in arena to lowest. However, all races below have their own unique ways of making an impact in a PvP match.

This page is part of our Discipline Priest PvP Guide.


Best Alliance Races for Discipline Priest PvP

  1. Human
  2. Night Elf

Human Racials

Human is the best race on Alliance. The active racial ability, Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive, allows you to break free of a stun once every 3 minutes. Since this racial provides you a way out of stuns you are no longer forced to use a Gladiator's Medallion trinket, but can instead play a Gladiator's Brooch trinket to reduce all incoming crowd control duration by 20%. As a healer you are often the target of long CC chains, so this greatly helps spending less time in CC. The passive racial ability, The Human Spirit Icon The Human Spirit, increases all secondary stats by a small amount.


Night Elf Racials

Night Elf is the second best race on Alliance. The active racial ability, Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld, can be used to immune incoming crowd control or to immune a dangerous cast with proper timing. It can also be used to leave combat in case you need an emergency drink to replenish your Mana. Being a Night Elf also provides you with two noteworthy passive abilities: Quickness Icon Quickness, that grants you 2% extra movement speed and 2% dodge chance, and Touch of Elune Icon Touch of Elune, that increases either your Haste or Critical Strike by 1% depending on whether it is night or day.


Best Horde Races for Discipline Priest PvP

  1. Undead
  2. Pandaren

Undead Racials

Undead is the best race on Horde. The active racial ability, Will of the Forsaken Icon Will of the Forsaken, allows you to break free of a fear effect once every two minutes. It is very powerful as it can act as a second trinket against Warlocks, Warriors or other Priests. Being an Undead also grants you the passive abilities Shadow Resistance Icon Shadow Resistance, reducing Shadow damage taken by 1%, and Touch of the Grave Icon Touch of the Grave, sometimes dealing a small amount of Shadow damage to your target and healing you for the same amount.


Pandaren Racials

Pandaren is the second best race on Horde. The active racial ability, Quaking Palm Icon Quaking Palm, allows you to incapacitate a target for 4s. As Discipline Priest you do not have any CC that shares Diminishing Returns with Quaking Palm. Therefore you can use it to secure a Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream. It can also be used defensively when you are silenced. You can also use a food buff in rated PvP.



  • 28 Jul. 2022: Reviewed for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 02 Jul. 2022: Updated Horde races.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.
  • 23 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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