Holy Paladin Healing Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 28, 2018 at 20:03 by Adamselene 29 comments

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General Information

The information below will help you to choose the best Azerite traits to use as a Holy Paladin in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch 8.0.1. If you would like to know more about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, which you will need to unlock the traits, you can check out our Heart of Azeroth guide.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Holy Paladin Theorycrafter Adamselene. He currently raids with War Front of Kel'Thuzad-US. You can find him on the Hammer of Wrath class Discord and the most up to date version of “The Light and How to Swing It” — the spreadsheet he maintains with Rhyno — can be found here.

1. Choosing Azerite Gear for Holy Paladins

For Holy Paladins, all three rings of Azerite traits can have significant value, so you will want to prioritize using Azerite gear with all traits unlocked over higher item level pieces with only one or two rings unlocked, unless the item level difference is 30+.

As a general rule, you should value each unlocked Azerite trait on an item as being worth at least 15 item levels. Please keep in mind that the actual difference will fluctuate when comparing items, depending on which traits are available. For a more precise comparison, there is an Azerite gear tab on the Holy Paladin Spreadsheet that can directly compare two items.

2. Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Holy Paladins

Below we will rank the traits for a raid setting by a tier system. For rankings in Mythic+ please see our Mythic+ page.

The ranking system is as follows.

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful traits; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these traits are either slightly weaker than the S Tier traits, or only as strong in specific situations, but are still solid choices.
  3. B Tier: a below-average trait that should be picked only in the absence of an S or A Tier trait.
  4. C Tier: a weak trait that provides very little healing output or other utility and should be avoided if possible.

Any trait not listed in one of the above tiers provides no increase in healing output, or significant utility, though some may increase damage dealt.

2.1. Outer Ring Traits

2.1.1. S Tier

  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is a stacking Intellect buff; this trait is excellent, especially on longer fights. Like Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix, it also activates an Uldir-only buff.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix is a strong heal that also activates the Uldir-only buff; you will want an Azerite piece with this or Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion provides a large Critical Strike proc, which is always beneficial.
  • Grace of the Justicar Icon Grace of the Justicar is incredibly good combined with Judgment of Light Icon Judgment of Light and has no target limit, which makes it potentially very strong if you can consistently heal 4+ targets. Do not use this trait on bosses with larger hitboxes like G'huun or Mythrax as it will not hit many players.
  • Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth provides a small boost to all secondary stats, but the long duration, high proc chance, and ability to stack up to 4 times make this trait very strong.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands is an excellent trait since Critical Strike bonuses are always welcome and we can extend this one with more Critical Strikes.

2.1.2. A Tier

  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep requires you to move around and pick up orbs, but that also allows you some leeway in when you want to activate the buff.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack provides a nice Mastery proc for you and 2 allies, but Mastery has a large variance in value for Holy Paladins.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite provides a good Haste proc, particularly if you can make use of the refresh mechanic.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds provides a nice Mastery proc for you and an ally, but Mastery has a large variance in value for Holy Paladins.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming provides a good Haste proc with a little extra control given to the player.
  • Breaking Dawn Icon Breaking Dawn is only a moderate healing increase to Light of Dawn Icon Light of Dawn, but the range increase makes this a desirable trait.

2.1.3. B Tier

2.1.4. C Tier

  • Indomitable Justice Icon Indomitable Justice is only useful for healing with Avenging Crusader Icon Avenging Crusader and even then is not particularly good.
  • Fortifying Auras Icon Fortifying Auras is situationally useful to prevent one-shots, but otherwise has very little value.
  • Martyr's Breath Icon Martyr's Breath encourages the use of a bad spell for a heal every two minutes. It is better to avoid the trait.
  • Divine Revelations Icon Divine Revelations is lackluster; in most cases you will be far better off adjusting your spell usage to conserve Mana rather than relying on the small Mana return from this trait.
  • Moment of Compassion Icon Moment of Compassion is rarely beneficial since we want to avoid healing our Beacon of Light Icon Beacon of Light target if we can.

2.2. Middle Ring Traits

2.2.1. S Tier

  • Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins is good mechanically, and an incredibly large heal. Low proc rate is the only downside.
  • Blessed Portents Icon Blessed Portents functions like Highfather's Machination Icon Highfather's Machination, but with half the proc rate.
  • Savior Icon Savior is an excellent trait, especially on progression. It loses value in lower difficulties or when the raid over-gears the content.

2.2.2. A Tier

  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power provides a large amount of Haste with a very long duration, but loses some value if you are taking consistent damage.
  • Concentrated Mending Icon Concentrated Mending's healing is good, but the delayed nature of it is also more likely to become overhealing.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon is a strong trait thanks to the Leech being better than the other static stat boosts.
  • Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed is good, because extra stats are always nice to have.

2.2.3. B Tier

  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink is a consistent primary stat boost that is always beneficial.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way is likewise good thanks to the extra stats it provides.
  • Woundbinder Icon Woundbinder's Haste proc has an uncertain value, which reduces the value of this trait.
  • Bracing Chill Icon Bracing Chill limits your target selection too severely to gain much value.

2.2.4. C Tier

  • Synergistic Growth Icon Synergistic Growth has a restricted value due to the limit of only receiving the Mastery gain once every 30 seconds, despite the fact that you can control when the extra Mastery is gained.
  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames is lackluster because the duration is very short and it only procs from damaging spells.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl also only procs from damaging spells, and is a random secondary stat, so not as valuable as it could have been.
  • Ephemeral Recovery Icon Ephemeral Recovery restores too little Mana to be worth choosing. If Mana is a concern, you should alter your spell selection.

2.3. Inner Ring Traits

2.3.1. S Tier

2.3.2. A Tier

  • Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses is situationally a very strong trait, though not consistent enough to be ranked higher.
  • Stalwart Protector Icon Stalwart Protector is strong in the right situation, but requires the use of your Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield that you might need at another time.
  • Gallant Steed Icon Gallant Steed could be useful if you need a shorter cooldown on your only mobility spell or want to provide a speed boost to your raid.

2.3.3. B Tier

  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider has better options in most cases, even though movement speed can be very useful.
  • Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification is very encounter-dependent for its small healing value.
  • Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed is potentially very strong, but also very encounter-dependent.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance is a strong heal, but as a melee healer primarily you will not receive its benefits as often as some other healers.

2.4. PvP Traits

For those who like to PvP, the Azerite traits below are only found on gear obtained from PvP. The traits also work in a PvE environment, but may or may not have reduced effectiveness depending on the trait. They are all Outer Ring traits and all have relatively strong bonuses in PvP environments compared to PvE traits. They are listed below in order of the potential healing increase they provide:

  1. Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication/Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve are good options early in the expansion, since primary stat increases are a good choice at such times.
  2. Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle/Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might have a high proc rate and are good stats for Holy Paladins.
  3. Last Gift Icon Last Gift/Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury provides a nice effect in the absorb, even though Mastery is not one of our best stats.
  4. Collective Will Icon Collective Will/Stand As One Icon Stand As One is a mixed trait, since the primary stat increase is excellent, but the health increase is more situational.

3. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Holy Paladin. 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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4. Changelog

  • 28 Sep. 2018: Added a Choosing Azerite Gear section.
  • 11 Sep. 2018: Updated for recent hotfixes.
  • 29 Aug. 2018: Update to add Uldir Azerite traits and Unstable Catalyst.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018: Updated for 09 Aug. hotfixes.
  • 09 Aug. 2018: Made various improvements to the page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018: Added Azerite Page.
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