Holy Priest Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Niphyr 1 comment

On this page, we will go over everything you need to know to Level up your Holy Priest to get ready for Shadowlands end game content. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. If you are looking for more generic leveling guide you can refer to our Priest leveling guide.


Spec Suggestion for Leveling

While Holy Priest is more than capable of being levelled to 60, Priests generally level as Shadow as it provides superior damage significantly speeding up the questing process. That said wen venturing into Dungeons and PVP Battlegrounds, Holy Priest is a fun change of pace and does a great job at keeping your allies alive.


Gear Options

Gearing is quite simple as a levelling Holy Priest with the value of Intellect being really high. Your focus should be on obtaining as much Intellect on gear as possible which means typically prioritising item level. Intellect increases the amount of damage your spells do as well as how much healing they do. Secondary stats provide a similar benefit but significantly less power while levelling and can largely be ignored.

As a Priest, your weapon's contribution to your damage and healing is through the Intellect it provides. Focusing on wearing the weapon combination,either staff or main-hand/off-hand, with the most intellect should be your priority.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1

Talents to Level Up as a Holy Priest

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


Rotation to Level Up as a Holy Priest

Starting at Level 1, you only have Smite Icon Smite, so just spam this for now.

  1. Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain is your first damage over time spell. This should be put up on nearly every mob you fight and can be very helpful for tagging enemies quickly.
  2. Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast is a hard hitting single target spell you should prepull with and use on cooldown.
  3. At level 6 you learn Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude; make sure you keep this buff up on yourself and allies at all times.
  4. Use Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream to fear mobs away if you ever pull too much or need to get away from enemies.
  5. Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death is our primary execute ability and should ideally only be used on targets less than 20% health.
  6. Starting with level 19 Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast is replaced with Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire, which becomes your highest priority damage spell to cast.
  7. At 23 you get Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise, which hits reasonably hard but also disorients the target. Its cooldown is reduced by casting Smite Icon Smite so despite it having a 1-minute cooldown you will often be able to cast it much sooner.
  8. Holy Nova Icon Holy Nova is your first and only spammable AoE spell which takes over as your priority for 3 or more enemies.
  9. Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis is our recommended level 50 talent. When cast, this talent provides you with increased cooldown reduction applied to Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise when casting Smite Icon Smite.
  10. Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion is another major cooldown added to your kit you should use to squeeze out more damage when needed.

Once you reach level 15, you will be able to queue for dungeons. This route is most suited for a healing spec like Holy Priest. As mentioned earlier in the guide, it is suggested if you plan on questing through your levels you will find it much faster to spec Shadow for most or all of your leveling journey. To get a full understanding of the complete kit and how to fully utilise it, have a look at our rotation page. A brief summary of our casting priority can also be found below:

At level 10 you also gain our baseline Mastery ability, Mastery: Echo of Light Icon Mastery: Echo of Light. This does not change your playstyle much at all, just provides some extra healing from your spells in the form of a heal over time (HoT) effect.


Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Holy Priest

With Shadowlands, a lot of spells you will learn early on are going to be class-wide spells. You will only start unlocking Holy specific abilities and passives once you select it as your active specialization past Level 10.

To avoid overloading the guide with redundant information which is easily understood from opening your spell book, we suggest you read the detailed spell guide for more information on each of relevant spell and how it is used in WoW.


Holy Priest War Mode Talents for Leveling

If you choose to level up with War Mode on, there is really only one useful PvP talent to assist you while questing. Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade replaces Fade Icon Fade and adds a movement speed increase which is always welcome while levelling.

If you plan on doing PvP battlegrounds while levelling, Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward, Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade, and Holy Word: Concentration Icon Holy Word: Concentration are all very versatile choices to help keep yourself and your allies alive.


Best Heirloom Items for Holy Priest Leveling

If you have a choice in a particular slot when selecting your heirlooms, focus on the item with the most intellect (Mostly relevant for trinkets) or prioritise Haste, Critical Strike and Versatility. Each of those stats provide good contribution to both damage and healing.


Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear.



There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

Gunshoes Macro

The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving for as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Gunshoes
  • /cancelaura Gunshoes


Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 22 Nov. 2020: Reviewed for Shadowlands release.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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