Holy Paladin Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 14, 2019 at 23:07 by Adamselene 44 comments

Welcome to our Holy Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. Here, you will learn how to heal as a Holy Paladin in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your output.

1. Holy Paladin Overview

Holy Paladins specialize in tank and single-target healing, with this being their primary role. They excel at this because of Beacon of Light Icon Beacon of Light and Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock, as well as their efficient single-target heals. They also possess several tools that help them mitigate or avoid damage, both on themselves and on other raid members, such as Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection and Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura.

Holy Paladins lack mobility, but in general they are viable in raids and dungeons.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Holy Paladins

3. Holy Paladin Strengths

4. Holy Paladin Weaknesses

  • Lack a raid-wide healing cooldown equivalent to Tranquility Icon Tranquility or Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem
  • Struggle to heal multiple spread targets quickly since it relies heavily on Light of Dawn Icon Light of Dawn for Area of Effect (AoE) healing
  • Are generally not a very mobile healer, with only Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed as a movement speed increase

5. Holy Paladin Viability in the Current Patch

Holy Paladins have been highly sought after healers for many expansions. While they might not be as strong in 8.1 as they have been in the past, that will not change. Holy Paladins bring a unique set of abilities among the healers that are incredibly valuable even if their raw healing is below average.

For Mythic+ dungeons, Holy Paladins are a good choice, but not the strongest healer for 5-man content. While they have lost the 15% health buff, Righteousness, their strengths in single-target healing, survivability, and tools such as Beacon of Virtue Icon Beacon of Virtue remain in place. In addition, Holy Paladins will still provide respectable damage for a healer.

6. Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Changed the tiers of Seductive Power and Glimmer of Light.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added comments about the Glimmer of Light build.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): Added comments about the Glimmer of Light build.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (this page): Reviewed and updated for Crucible of Storms release.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Crucible of Storms release.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Added Void Stone trinket.
  • 17 Mar. 2019 (easy mode page): Added an explanation for the Easy Mode stat priority.
  • 08 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Corrected an error in Glimmer of Light Stat Priority.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated to include question on Glimmer build.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (talents page): Updated to include Glimmer build.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated to include Glimmer build.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated to include Glimmer build rotation.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Updated to include Glimmer build BIS.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Updated to include Glimmer build.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated to include Glimmer build stat priority.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new raid Azerite Traits.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth Season 2.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Haste and viability questions.
  • 13 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Moved Empyreal Ward to the correct ring of traits.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Corrected the description of Grace of the Justicar to account for Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Page was reviewed and deemed up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added information about multiple Holy Paladins in a raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Page was reviewed and deemed up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Page was reviewed and deemed up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Added Vuhdo and links to Holy Paladin-specific Weak Auras.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 09 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added a Choosing Azerite Gear section.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated for recent hotfixes.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for recent hotfixes.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for recent hotfixes.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for recent hotfixes.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Added clarification on how stat values can change.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added preliminary boss tips and talent advice.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Added Coastal Surge as a viable weapon enchant.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth Mythic+ release.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Update to add Uldir Azerite traits and Unstable Catalyst.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added World Quest trinkets.
  • 25 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added an Epic Intellect gem to the gem recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Holy Paladin Boss by Boss page (empty for now).
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 09 Aug. hotfixes.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Holy Paladin FAQ.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 09 Aug. hotfixes.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Holy Paladin Mythic+ page.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various improvements to the page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Information on Azerite Traits.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite Page.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Corrected the Devotion Aura Passive Value.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Added a section about Leech.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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