Holy Paladin Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jul 03, 2020 at 04:46 by Mytholxgy 48 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Holy Paladin Healer guide.

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.

Shadowlands Changes for Paladins

We are maintaining a list of changes for Paladins for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Holy Paladins

While the changes for Holy Paladins do not go beyond a 12% nerf to Glimmer of Light Icon Glimmer of Light (which also now caps at 8 targets), you can viewed the Paladin Patch 8.3 change list below.

In addition, we have:

4.

Holy Paladin Strengths

5.

Holy Paladin Weaknesses

  • 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
6.

Holy Paladin Viability in the Current Patch

Holy Paladins have been highly sought after healers for many expansions. In Patch 8.2, the Glimmer of Light Icon Glimmer of Light Azerite trait made the spec one of the strongest healers in both a raiding environment. The Glimmer playstyle added the healing output that was somewhat lacking in Patch 8.0 and, combined with our utility and passive damage, transformed Holy Paladin into one of the strongest and most versatile healers. 8.3 brings some much needed nerfs to our healing output at high levels of play., but leaves our survivability, utility and passive damage untouched, resulting in Holy Paladins being excellent healers in 8.3

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 strong damage for a healer.

7.

Changelog

  • 03 Jul. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated boss tips.
  • 23 Jun. 2020 (gear page): Added Forbidden Obsidian Claw.
  • 23 Jun. 2020 (Essences page): Updated Essence ranking. Minor tweaks to Essence descriptions.
  • 23 Jun. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated talents and tips.
  • 01 Jun. 2020 (Corruption page): Added page.
  • 24 Feb. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated boss tips.
  • 24 Feb. 2020 (gear page): Updated to reflect hotfixes.
  • 23 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated talents and tips.
  • 23 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Added updated corruption.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): New Patch 8.3 augment rune added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.3 release.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated guide for 8.3, added Awakening seasonal affix.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated to include Nyalotha and Mechagon gear.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 09 Dec. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Zaqul and Azshara.
  • 02 Oct. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Queens Court.
  • 02 Oct. 2019 (Essences page): Updated essence ranking.
  • 13 Sep. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for the first 5 bosses.
  • 21 Aug. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Adjusted some trait rankings, rearranged guide order to reflect build representation.
  • 21 Aug. 2019 (Essences page): Updated guide to reflect EP mythic progress.
  • 31 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated to include Benthic and TEP gear.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated the guide to reflect live experiences.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated priorities for AC, split AC and GoL stat priorities.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Essences, and cooldown usage for Glimmer.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added beguiling as season 3 affix.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated the page to reflect the Season 3 meta.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Fixed some errors in the recommended enchants.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Essence recommendations updated.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated the page with the new Patch 8.2 consumables, gems, and enchants.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Loyal to the End and Arcane Hearth, updated Glimmer section.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 02 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated the viability section to reflect the Glimmer of Light playstyle.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Changed the tiers of Seductive Power and Glimmer of Light.
  • 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 (gear page): Added Void Stone trinket.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Crucible of Storms release.
  • 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 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added comments about the Glimmer of Light build.
  • 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 (this page): Reviewed and updated for Crucible of Storms release.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated to include Glimmer build.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated to include Glimmer build 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 (gear page): Updated to include Glimmer build BIS.
  • 06 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated to include Glimmer build rotation.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Dazar'alor release.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Added Vuhdo and links to Holy Paladin-specific Weak Auras.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this 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 (Uldir page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added information about multiple Holy Paladins in a raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Page was reviewed and deemed up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 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.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): Updated for recent hotfixes.
  • 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.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Added Coastal Surge as a viable weapon enchant.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added preliminary boss tips and talent advice.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Added clarification on how stat values can change.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation 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 (azerite traits and gear 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 (mythic+ page): Added Holy Paladin Mythic+ page.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Holy Paladin FAQ.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 09 Aug. hotfixes.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 09 Aug. hotfixes.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various improvements to the page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite Page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Information on Azerite Traits.
  • 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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