Holy Paladin Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Mytholxgy 9 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. 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.

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 9.2.5 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 from the previous patch, 9.2, to hear our thoughts on the tier set bonuses that arrived at that time.

3.1.

Mage Tower Challenge

From Patch 9.1.5 onward, both Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower have returned. As such we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Holy Paladins.

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 cannot 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, we 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

  • 31 May 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Legendaries): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (stats page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (enchants page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (easy mode page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (DPS guide): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 08 Apr. 2022 (mythic+ page): Trinket recommendations updated.
  • 08 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Trinket recommendations updated.
  • 06 Apr. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Covenant, Legendary, and Talent recommendations updated.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Page added.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (easy mode page): Page updated for 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (talents page): Talents updated for 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (DPS guide): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (stats page): Added mention of diminishing return on stats.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Covenant recommendations updated for 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (this page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 18 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Legendary recommendations adjusted for 9.2.
  • 26 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Updated to include nerfs and double Legendary combinations.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 11 Dec. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind recommendations.
  • 11 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Added information about Duty-Bound Gavel for Necrolord Paladins.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Minor changes to Legendary wording.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated information for patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Added Legion Mythic+ dungeon trinkets to tier list and slightly adjusted Shard recommendations.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Page updated for 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Added Hammer of Wrath to rotation.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Page updated for 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (this page): Updated information for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 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 (Legendaries): Updated information regarding the Maraad's Legendary.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (rotation page): Added information regarding the Maraad's Legendary.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (talents page): Adjusted talent recommendations slightly.
  • 07 Aug. 2021 (gear page): Trinket tier list adjusted.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Wording revised to reflect the launch of Patch 9.1.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2 of Shadowlands Mythic+.
  • 08 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): 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 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved 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 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved 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 (talents page): Changed general-use recommendation of Holy Avenger to Divine Purpose.
  • 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 (simulations page): Added the QuestionablyEpic resource.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Slightly adjusted talent recommendations for each fight.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): 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 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): 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 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Adjusted Legendary recommendations to account for 9.0.5 buffs.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added mention of Valor.
  • 23 Feb. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated formatting.
  • 22 Feb. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated formatting.
  • 18 Feb. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added new talent build and updated Soulbind recommendations.
  • 18 Feb. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind recommendations for Venthyr.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): Page updated to include Covenant, Soulbind, and Legendary recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated covenant recommendation.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Talent recommendations changed slightly.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added armorkits/oils to consumable recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Minor updates to stat priority.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Stats updated to reflect Shadowlands stats.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Page updated to reflect changes for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for 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 (enchants page): Page updated to include new Shadowlands consumables.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated spells to include new spells from leveling in Shadowlands.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Added Shield of the Righteous to the rotation.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Added information regarding Shield of the Righteous.
  • 29 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons 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 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants 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 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ 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.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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.
  • 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.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): Added comments about the Glimmer of Light build.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor 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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