Holy Priest Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 29, 2021 at 10:38 by Niphyr 32 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Holy Priest, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.

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Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

By heading into Torghast, you will be able to create gear with Legendary Powers through the new Runecarving system. These powers boost your abilities in a unique way, but you can only wear one of them at a time. This guide will list, explain, and rank each power, so that you can understand which are the best ones to use on any given situation.

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Best Legendaries for Holy Priest

Bolded slots are preferable due to being the highest stat slots available in slots where Domination Shards are not available. You can check which Shards are available in Patch 9.1, and what their powers are in our gear page linked below. Due to some of the Domination Shard sockets being in slots we previously had our preferred Legendaries, the recommended slot has changed for some of them. If you do re-craft your Legendary in an alternate slot, be sure to keep your old one in the bank in case the slot preference changes back in Patch 9.2 and beyond.

A Legendary item can have sockets, as long it is a Head, Bracer, Neck, Ring, or Belt. If it was crafted after Patch 9.1 it will have a socket in it by default, but you can also upgrade one to make a socket appear!

Using our normal stat priority, you will want to craft your Legendary with Mastery and Critical Strike for raiding, replacing Mastery with Versatility for a more well-rounded choice that includes Mythic+ and PvP content.

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding (optimal*) Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration Neck or Wrist Grand Proctor Beryllia in Sanguine Depths
Raiding (easier to use) Harmonious Apparatus Icon Harmonious Apparatus Shoulder or Finger Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Mythic+ (pure healing) Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration Neck or Wrist Grand Proctor Beryllia in Sanguine Depths
Mythic+ (healing & damage) Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess Head or Shoulder Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria

* Note: While we will be going into more detail later in the guide, we recommend Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration for Raiding as the highest potential healing output. It does require maintaining the buff by casting Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal every 15-seconds, and this maintenance can make the Legendary awkward to get maximum benefit from as dropping your 5 stacks regularly takes away from the power of the Legendary. Harmonious Apparatus Icon Harmonious Apparatus is much easier to use and is a more reliable throughput increase, as it passively provides you with more Holy Words just by playing correctly, casting Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending and Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing as regularly as possible. There are multiple other viable Legendary options discussed further below in the Raiding Legendaries section, which you should read before making a decision on which Legendary to use.

For Mythic+, Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess provides the most total group throughput, provided you can properly coordinate the usage with the DPS in your group. Its especially potent at periods where there is high healing required and damage is important. Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration provides the strongest raw healing throughput, with the same caveats as mentioned above when using it in Raid. Maintaining the buff during periods of high movement or low healing can be difficult and the Legendary loses value the more often you lose your stacks.

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New Legendaries in Patch 9.1 for Holy Priest

In Patch 9.1 we have received 4 brand new Legendaries to craft, one specific for each Covenant ability. Unfortunately none of the new Legendary powers are able to provide more value than Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration.

  • Spheres' Harmony Icon Spheres' Harmony — This has the most potential to see some use in Mythic+, especially if you end up crafting it for one of the other two Priest specialisations. Having Boon of the Ascended Icon Boon of the Ascended up frequently is a significant damage and burst healing increase.
  • Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command — Provides a passive amount of extra healing for a short duration after your cast Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova that quickly ramps up in power.
  • Bwonsamdi's Pact Icon Bwonsamdi's Pact — This Legendary tooltip is rather unclear; after you cast Fae Guardians Icon Fae Guardians you can then cast this on a target that has any of your faeries to duplicate the power of that faerie. For example, casting it on someone who has the Benevolent Faerie Icon Benevolent Faerie will grant them additional cooldown reduction.
  • Shadow Word: Manipulation Icon Shadow Word: Manipulation — This Legendary rewards you for having the Mindgames Icon Mindgames debuff removed quickly by granting you an amount of extra Critical Strike dependent on how much time Mindgames had left on your target.
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Best Overall Legendary for Holy Priest

While you should always pick the best Legendary for the content you care about the most first, if you wish to participate equally in most types of content, or simply do not have the time to craft multiple Legendaries, we would recommend that you pick up Harmonious Apparatus Icon Harmonious Apparatus if you prefer a reliable passive bonus, or Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration for potentially higher healing throughput at the cost of having to maintain a buff on yourself, and not contributing to damage at all.

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Best Raiding Legendaries for Holy Priest

Raiding has a heavy focus on single-target damage and area of effect healing on a large group of players, many of which are likely to be far away from you.

Deadly damage also tends to come in bursts, so Legendaries that provide extra burst healing are preferable, but not if it comes at the cost of your Mana sustainability.

  1. Harmonious Apparatus Icon Harmonious Apparatus increases the number of powerful Holy Words we can cast just by continuing our normal playstyle of casting Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending and Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing as regularly as practical. Harmonious Apparatus does not have as much potential as Flash Concentration but is significantly easier to use well over a wide range of encounters and situations.
  2. Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration has great synergy with the Trail of Light Icon Trail of Light and Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light talents, allowing for the majority of the Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal casts required to keep the Legendary buff up be instant cast and cost no Mana. It also improves the throughput of the buffed Heal Icon Heal casts by cleaving it onto previously cast targets, through Trail of Light. Maintaining 5 stacks of this buff can be difficult depending on the encounter, but the throughput increase provided to Heal is worth the extra effort in almost every situation.
  3. X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus Icon X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus is the return of the popular Legion Legendary cloak. This cheat-death style effect allows you to soak or ignore specific mechanics to aid your group, and it can also help with your Mana management on fights where using Spirit of Redemption Icon Spirit of Redemption towards the end of an encounter is not optimal or difficult to do.
  4. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess is great at both providing a damage increase to one of your party members, while also increasing your own damage and healing.
  5. Divine Image Icon Divine Image causes your Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify, and Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise casts to have a chance to summon an image of a Naaru. This image will replicate versions of spells you cast, both damage and healing, and prioritise injured allies where possible. This Legendary provides competitive healing and some additional damage, however, the random design of the Divine Image appearing can make the actual healing contribution unreliable.
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Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Holy Priest

Mythic+ emphasizes area of effect damage and small group healing as well as single target burst healing capabilities. The Legendaries listed below are ranked including the benefit to your whole party, which includes your own healing and damage, and providing buffs to your DPS players to increase the overall group damage.

While Mana is still a concern, individual fights tend to be shorter and there will be multiple opportunities to drink on a run, making Mana management less of a priority than while raiding.

  1. Flash Concentration Icon Flash Concentration has great synergy with the Trail of Light Icon Trail of Light and Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light talents, allowing for the majority of the Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal casts required to keep the Legendary buff up be instant cast and cost no Mana. It also improves the throughput of the buffed Heal Icon Heal casts by cleaving it onto previously cast targets, through Trail of Light. Its downside is it requires casting Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal once every 15-seconds to keep the buff up which can be cumbersome, especially during periods of high movement or low damage.
  2. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess is great at both providing a damage increase to one of your party members, while also increasing your own damage and healing. This has more overall potential than Flash Concentration but requires coordination with a DPS in your group to get the most out of it.
  3. Divine Image Icon Divine Image will replicate versions of spells you cast, both damage and healing, and prioritise injured allies where possible. You can use this to contribute both damage and healing, depending on the situation.
  4. Harmonious Apparatus Icon Harmonious Apparatus grants additional Holy Word cooldown reduction (4 seconds) when casting some of our normal rotational spells. In addition to the healing benefits it also helps contribute towards some extra damage and crowd control through Holy Word: Chastise and pairs well with the Censure Icon Censure talent.

X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus Icon X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus is not on the list above as it is a very hard one to properly evaluate and rank compared to the other Legendary powers, due to the unique effect it provides. Some people love it and rate it very highly, some people hate it and consider it a crutch. This cheat-death style effect allows you to soak or ignore specific mechanics to aid your group, and can also help save your group if you make a mistake that would ordinarily kill you. It can also be used to "death-skip" parts of dungeons by having your whole group run past the trash you want to skip, and then after everyone dies, the mobs have reset, and you come back to life. You can then Mass Resurrection Icon Mass Resurrection your group and continue the run.

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Best Torghast Legendaries for Holy Priest

If you plan on running Torghast with a group of people, consider referring to the Mythic+ recommendations if your group is large enough that you have to heal for most of the time.

Otherwise, the recommendations below assume you are running solo or with only 1 or 2 extra players, in which case improving your own (area of effect) damage is the most important consideration.

  1. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a special Legendary that increases the Torghast-only currency you get by a significant amount. While the value of this currency can vary wildly between runs, depending on your build and what is available from the vendors, buying powers is still one of the best ways to complete a synergistic build on a Torghast run, and this Legendary will help you get there faster.
  2. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess is great at both providing a damage increase to one of your party members, while also increasing your own damage and healing.
  3. Divine Image Icon Divine Image will replicate versions of spells you cast, both damage and healing, and prioritise injured allies where possible. You can use this to contribute both damage and healing, depending on the situation.
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Changelog

  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Removed mention of seldom-used Legendaries.
  • 12 Dec. 2020: Updated legendary recommendations and improved explanations.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Fixed an error showing Eonar being available on hands instead of waist.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Added more detailed descriptions to each of the rankings.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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