Holy Paladin Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 14:36 by Mytholxgy 3 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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.

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.

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.

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

  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Talent recommendations updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Stats updated to reflect Shadowlands stats.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Rotation updated to reflect changes in Shadowlands gameplay.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated to include new Shadowlands consumables.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated to reflect changes for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated spells to include new spells from leveling in Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands gearing recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated to include new information regarding Holy Paladin in Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ 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 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha 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 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode 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.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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 (Uldir 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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