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Holy Priest Healing Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Yesterday at 18:49 by Niphyr 15 comments

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About Our Author

This guide has been written by Niphyr, a generally knowledgeable, long-time healing Priest and theorycrafter. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Foreword

This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics of Holy Priests

Holy Priests are better suited to AoE/raid healing, where they are able to provide relatively smooth output. That said, they are also capable single target healers. Most of the stronger Holy Priest spells require standing still to cast, which requires some forward thinking to play optimally, meaning periods of heavy movement can sometimes be punishing and should be planned ahead.

3. Talent Choice for Holy Priests

These are currently the easiest talent choices to perform well as a Holy Priest. Note that some of the suggestions sacrifice a bit of performance for ease of use, but overall the difference is not great. Consult the detailed talents page for the complete picture.

4. Stat Choice for Holy Priests

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows for raid content:

  1. Leech
  2. Avoidance
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Haste
  6. Versatility
  7. Speed

For dungeon content, the priority is:

  1. Avoidance
  2. Leech
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Haste
  5. Versatility
  6. Mastery
  7. Speed

5. Basic Playstyle for Holy Priests

5.1. Dungeon Healing

Dungeon healing is primarily focused around single target healing, as outlined below. A lot of your decision making will be based on incoming damage and the cooldowns you have available. It is better to use your cooldowns early and often, than it is to save them for unknown future situations.

Divine Star Icon Divine Star should be used regularly in all situations outside of the high single target damage, as it both provides healing to your group as well as some additional damage.

Dealing damage while in dungeons is often overlooked by healers. While any additional damage is beneficial to your group, it should not come at the cost of keeping your group alive, which is your main priority.

5.2. AoE/Raid Healing

Halo Icon Halo should be used as often as it will do healing to 5 or more people.

Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation should be used during a period of heavy raid wide damage. Keep in mind, however, that your raid leader may instruct you to use it a very specific time.

6. Cooldown Usage for Holy Priests

As a Holy Priest, you have three baseline cooldowns. Here is how you should use them:

  • Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn should be used during periods of very intense raid damage. Keep in mind, however, that your raid leader may instruct you to use it a very specific time.
  • Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope should be used towards the end of a raid encounter to give the highest potential mana back to all healers in your group. A good guide is either when you are at 20% mana, or the boss is at 20% health remaining.
  • Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit should be used depending on many factors, including on your raid leader's instructions. If you do not have to save Guardian Spirit for a specific event, then just use it as a "life-saver" on the tank or another raid member who needs it.

7. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2018: Clarified introduction wording regarding movement.
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