Holy Paladin Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Sep 29, 2021 at 08:16 by Mytholxgy 8 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. 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 TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Holy Paladin 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.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X 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
  • -Generally not a very mobile healer, with only Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed as a movement speed increase.
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Paladins

We are maintaining a list of changes for Paladins, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Holy's specific changes this patch.

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Holy Paladin HAS CHANGED. Please check out the Covenant page of this guide for more information.

4.

Leveling a Holy Paladin

If you want to play a Holy Paladin, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

Having a not only comfortable, but solid UI is incredibly important, especially once you hit max level. To prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by all the choices, we recommend starting with some basic addons while you are going through the leveling process. This will help you get accustomed to the different addons while the class is still in a relatively easier phase.

5.

Basics of Holy Paladin Gameplay

Holy Paladin, like any healer, is all about using your abilities strategically. Rather than a fixed rotation, you will be using your flexible spell kit to adapt and overcome whatever the game throws at you.

In order to be a successful Holy Paladin, it is vital you make use of your cooldown abilities as efficiently as possible. This means using Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock, Light of Dawn Icon Light of Dawn, and Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike as many times as possible over the course of a fight. When you can't use any of those abilities, you can then cast Holy Light Icon Holy Light or Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light as long as you still have Mana left to use them.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If are completely new to Holy Paladin, I would recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below. This will help give you a stronger understanding of the class.

If you are familiar with Paladin and how it plays, you can jump right into our Talent and Rotation pages.

6.

How to Gear Up a Holy Paladin

If you are interested in finding out what gear will put your Holy Paladin in the best possible position to perform well, I would recommend looking at our gear page. Here you can find information on the best items available for Holy Paladin.

To be successful, you will want to make sure you have the correct consumables, gems, enchants, and more. On top of this, you will want to check our stats page to help you make the correct decision when choosing what consumables to use.

7.

Holy Paladin in Shadowlands

With the release of Shadowlands, we gain access to new systems in the form of covenants and soulbinds. These systems give us access to new and interesting abilities as well as passive effects. There are four different covenants to choose from and each comes with different soulbinds to enhance your abilities. On top of these new systems, legendaries return to the game. We have over 15 different legendary powers available to us. Each of them can drastically change how we play Holy Paladin in fun and unique ways. If you are interested in reading about any of these new systems, you can visit one of our dedicated pages below.

8.

Holy Paladin End-Game

There are four main forms of end-game content. Raiding, Mythic+, PvP, and Torghast, and in each of them the class plays slightly differently. In order to perform as well as possible for your preferred form of content, we recommend reading one of our dedicates pages which you can find below.

9.

Improving as a Holy Paladin

If you feel like you are not performing as well as you should be. You can visit one of our pages below to help find information on common mistakes and frequently asked questions.

10.

Changelog

  • 29 Sep. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated Anima Power recommendations.
  • 11 Sep. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated information for the Untempered Dedication Conduit.
  • 27 Aug. 2021 (gear page): Updated BiS gear list for Sanctum of Domination.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Talent and Legendary recommendations adjusted.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added recommended Shards and adjusted talents.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (gear page): Trinket tier list adjusted.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (talents page): Adjusted talent recommendations slightly.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (rotation page): Added information regarding the Maraad's Legendary.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated information regarding the Maraad's Legendary.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2 of Shadowlands Mythic+.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Wording revised to reflect the launch of Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page updated to reflect Legendary changes.
  • 17 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page updated to reflect recent nerfs to Holy Paladin.
  • 25 Apr. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page filled with initial information.
  • 12 Apr. 2021 (DPS guide): Added information about Awakening vs. Shield of the Righteous on single target.
  • 21 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Adjusted trinket tier list.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated formatting; added trinket tier list and mention of simming gear.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Separated stat priority for Raiding and Mythic+.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Slightly adjusted talent recommendations for each fight.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Changed general-use recommendation of Holy Avenger to Divine Purpose.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (simulations page): Added the QuestionablyEpic resource.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Added Crusader Strike and Hammer of Wrath to the Holy Power section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added mention of Valor.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Adjusted Legendary recommendations to account for 9.0.5 buffs.
  • 23 Feb. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated formatting.
  • 22 Feb. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated formatting.
  • 18 Feb. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind recommendations for Venthyr.
  • 18 Feb. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added new talent build and updated Soulbind recommendations.
  • 29 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated covenant and soulbind descriptions and recommendations.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Updated BiS gear options from dungeons and raids.
  • 07 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations to reflect changes in meta.
  • 07 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated to reflect changes in meta for talent selection as well as added tips.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated page for initial Castle Nathria tips, talents, and legendary recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Minor updates to stat priority.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Talent recommendations changed slightly.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added armorkits/oils to consumable recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated to include Covenant, Soulbind, and Legendary recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated covenant recommendation.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary recommendations.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated to include new Shadowlands consumables.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Stats updated to reflect Shadowlands stats.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated to include new information regarding Holy Paladin in Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Rotation updated to reflect changes in Shadowlands gameplay.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Talent recommendations updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated spells to include new spells from leveling in Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated to reflect changes for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands gearing recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Added information regarding Shield of the Righteous.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Added Shield of the Righteous to the rotation.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 15 Jan. 2020 (DPS guide): Added DPS guide.
  • 09 Dec. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Zaqul and Azshara.
  • 02 Oct. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Queens Court.
  • 13 Sep. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for the first 5 bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 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.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added comments about the Glimmer of Light build.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): Added comments about the Glimmer of Light build.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Reviewed and deemed up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added preliminary boss tips and talent advice.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Holy Paladin Boss by Boss page (empty for now).
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