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Holy Paladin Healing Easy Mode

Last updated on Jun 12, 2017 at 10:28 by Vlad 138 comments

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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.

1. The Basics

Holy Paladins do best at healing tanks and single target 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 and they lack very powerful defensive cooldowns like those of Restoration Druids or Holy Priests.

2. Talent Choice

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.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Haste.

4. Basic Playstyle

4.1. Single Target / Tank Healing

In case you are forced to move and Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock is on cooldown, you can also make use of Light of the Martyr Icon 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).

4.2. Raid Healing

As in the case of single target healing, if you are forced to move and Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock is on cooldown, you can also make use of Light of the Martyr Icon Light of the Martyr to heal a target, but we do not recommend using this spell otherwise.

5. Cooldown Usage

As a Holy Paladin, you have several healing cooldowns. You should use them as we explain below:

  • Avenging Wrath Icon 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.
  • Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands should be used to save dying raid members, especially tanks.
  • Blessing of Sacrifice Icon 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 Icon Divine Protection or Divine Shield Icon 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 Icon Aura Mastery should be used at a time designated by your raid leader. Especially with the  Icon Protection of Tyr Artifact trait, Aura Mastery becomes a very powerful raid cooldown.
  • Blessing of Protection Icon 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 Icon Blessing of Freedom removes movement-impairing effects from the targeted raid member, which can be very useful in certain situations.
  •  Icon Tyr's Deliverance should be used during periods of moderate to high raid damage.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Rhyno, a Holy Paladin moderator from the Hammer of Wrath Discord channel and a member of the Convert to Raid superguild on Aerie Peak-US.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 18 Jan. 2017: Updated talent choice slightly to better reflect talent page recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 22 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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