Holy Paladin Healing Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, we explain how to easily play Holy Paladin in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.
This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.
The Basics of Holy Paladins
Holy Paladins do best at passively supporting tanks with their beacons and single target healing in general. In addition to this, Holy Paladins are peculiar for having many tools at their disposal that allow them to handle various encounter mechanics in ways that other healers cannot.
That said, their mobility is weak.
Talent Choice for Holy Paladins
These are currently the best talent choices as a Holy Paladin. Note that some of the suggestions sacrifice a bit of performance for ease of use, but overall the difference is not great. Consult the detailed talents page for the complete picture.
- Level 15: Bestow Faith
- Level 25: Judgment of Light
- Level 30: Any
- Level 35: Rule of Law
- Level 40: Divine Purpose
- Level 45: Awakening
- Level 50: Glimmer of Light
Stat Choice for Holy Paladins
Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats for the talent choices given above as follows:
For Glimmer of Light:
- Critical Strike.
- Critical Strike;
Basic Playstyle for Holy Paladins
Single Target / Tank Healing
- Always keep Beacon of Light on the target.
- Use Holy Shock on them on cooldown.
- Use any Infusion of Light procs on Flash of Light.
- Use Word of Glory if you have the Holy Power available and the target is in need of big healing.
- Use Bestow Faith on them on cooldown.
- Use Holy Light for low or moderate damage, and add Flash of Light for higher damage as needed and as Mana allows.
In case you are forced to move and Holy Shock is on cooldown, you can also make use of Light of the Martyr to heal your target if they are at risk of dying (as long as it does not put you at risk to do so).
Group or Raid Healing for Holy Paladins
- Keep Beacon of Light on the tank or on another target who is taking constant damage. If you have selected the Beacon of Virtue talent, use it when multiple people have taken damage and continue to heal, preferably a target that does not have the beacon buff.
- Use Holy Shock on cooldown.
- Use Light of Dawn if you have the Holy Power available and it will heal 3 or more targets.
- Use Bestow Faith on cooldown on targets who will take damage soon or are damaged, but not in immediate danger of dying.
- Use Holy Light if you have an Infusion of Light proc and you can cast it without putting yourself in danger or impacting the rest of your rotation.
- Use Flash of Light if you have an Infusion of Light proc and you do not have a chance to use Holy Light. You can use it on a raid member in danger, or on your Beacon of Light target to generate 1 Holy Power.
As in the case of single target healing, if you are forced to move and Holy Shock is on cooldown, you can also make use of Light of the Martyr to heal a target, but we do not recommend using this spell otherwise.
Cooldown Usage for Holy Paladins
As a Holy Paladin, you have several healing cooldowns. You should use them as we explain below:
- Avenging Wrath should be used as often as possible throughout the fight, but you should also consider saving it for periods of high sustained damage. Make sure that you have a target to attack and can safely be in melee range of a target for the entire duration of Avenging Wrath.
- Lay on Hands should be used to save dying raid members, especially tanks.
- Holy Avenger increases your Holy Power generation. You will want to use this as often as possible, as long as there is healing to be done. In most cases, you will not want to use Holy Avenger with any other cooldowns. It can occasionally be paired with Avenging Wrath, if extreme healing is needed. However, you will want to avoid combining them if possible.
- Blessing of Sacrifice is excellent for reducing the damage taken by the tank, or other raid members. Be cautious, however, because Blessing of Sacrifice can be dangerous to your own life if used without a damage reduction cooldown such as Divine Protection or Divine Shield, or when simultaneous raid damage independently threatens your life such that the additional damage taken from Blessing of Sacrifice can lead to your death.
- Aura Mastery should be used at a time designated by your healing officer or raid leader.
- Blessing of Protection can be used to clear harmful physical damage debuffs and bleeds from the target. Be mindful of the fact that bosses will not attack targets affected by Blessing of Protection, though, so only cast it on the current tank if the off-tank is prepared to take over.
- Blessing of Freedom removes movement-impairing effects from the targeted raid member, which can be very useful in certain situations.
Covenant Choice for Holy Paladins
The two most competitive Covenant choices for Holy Paladin are Kyrian and Venthyr. You can complete nearly all content in the game if you were to choose either of the above Covenants. Unfortunately, Night Fae and Necrolord are not at all competitive with the other choices and should never be considered for anything besides aesthetic.
Kyrian for Holy Paladin
The Kyrian covenant ability is Divine Toll. This is an extremely strong 1-minute cooldown that can be used to nearly full heal 5 targets. It can be thought of as a instant emergency heal in times of danger or when the entire group is in need of quick healing.
Recommended Kyrian Soulbinds
For us, Pelagos and Forgelite Prime Mikanikos are the two best Soulbinds when Kyrian. Pelagos will likely be the better Soulbind in raid as you cannot make use of Mikanikos' traits in raid as well as you can in Mythic+. That being said, there are situations where Mikanikos can outperform Pelagos regardless of content. Whenever you constantly need healing, Mikanikos will be better.
Below is our chosen path and Conduits for the Pelagos Soulbind:
Below is our chosen path and Conduits for the Mikanikos Soulbind:
Venthyr for Holy Paladin
Venthyr gives us access to Ashen Hallow. This is one of the strongest, if not the strongest healer cooldowns in the game. That being said, it is not nearly as easy to use as Divine Toll and it is more punishing when mistakes happen in general. You do not have access to the quick, instant party heal that Kyrian does. However, it does significantly more damage than Kyrian and the benefit of being an entire raid CD in itself makes it the more desirable Covenant if you are okay with the downsides of it.
Recommended Venthyr Soulbinds
Theotar the Mad Duke will be the best Soulbind for Venthyr. It provides you with the option to choose early between a movement speed increase or shield, followed by the ability to pick up two Potency Conduit slots while still giving you access to whichever final ability you would like to choose.
Below is our chosen path and Conduits for the Theotar Soulbind:
For more detailed analysis on Holy Paladin Covenants, you can visit the page specifically created for it below:
Conduit Choice for Holy Paladin
Conduit choices largely come down to what you have access to and what you prefer using for increased survivability and mobility. There is very little difference in HPS or DPS gained from choosing one Conduit over the others. That being said, the best Conduits will still be listed below.
Best Potency Conduits for Holy Paladin
Best Endurance Conduits for Holy Paladin
Best Finesse Conduits for Holy Paladin
Legendary Choice for Holy Paladin
In the table below, the recommended slot for each item is bolded.
|Raiding||Shock Barrier||Legs or Feet||Coldheart Interstitia||Haste and Mastery|
|Mythic+||Shock Barrier||Legs or Feet||Coldheart Interstitia||Haste and Versatility|
|Torghast||Stable Phantasma Lure||Neck, Wrist, or Back||Torghast (Layer 6+)||Haste and Versatility|
|Raiding||Shock Barrier||Legs or Feet||Coldheart Interstitia||Haste and Versatility|
If you plan on playing every form of content, you should craft your Legendary with Haste and Versatility. If you only plan on raiding, Mastery will surpass Versatility as it provides a higher pure HPS increase.
In every form of content and regardless of Covenant choice, Shock Barrier will be your go-to Legendary. There are some situations where other Legendaries could out perform it such as Mythic+ when optimizing your character for damage. If you are interested in reading about these situations and when you would want to wear a different Legendary, please visit our page made specifically for Legendaries:
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 13 Mar. 2021: Updated talent recommendations.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated to reflect changes for Shadowlands.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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