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Holy Priest Healing Easy Mode

Last updated on Jul 10, 2017 at 15:02 by Vlad 165 comments

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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.

1. 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. They lack mobility, however, which is a small disadvantage.

2. Talent Choice for Holy Priests

These are currently the best talent choices 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.

3. Stat Choice for Holy Priests

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

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility.

For dungeon content, the priority is:

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Haste;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Playstyle for Holy Priests

4.1. Single Target Healing

If you have taken the Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal talent, then you should use Binding Heal instead of Heal Icon Heal and Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal.

Make regular use of your  Icon Light of T'uure (Artifact ability); use it on cooldown, unless you need to save it for predictable meaningful damage. Note that it buffs the target to increase your healing done to them by 25% for 10 seconds, so make sure to follow up on it with spells such as Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity.

Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending should be used on cooldown, unless the encounter has only single target damage (which is very rare/unlikely) or unless you cannot afford the global cooldown because single target damage is too high.

4.2. AoE/Raid Healing

 Icon Power of the Naaru, an Artifact trait, buffs Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing for 15 seconds after using Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify. You should try to maximise your AoE healing by playing around this buff, namely by using a Holy Word: Sanctify before casting Prayer of Healing (provided that you have unlocked this trait).

5. Cooldown Usage for Holy Priests

As a Holy Priest, you have two 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.
  • 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.

About Our Reviewer

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

6. ChangeLog

  • 10 Jul. 2017: Updated the playstyle section to mention usage of Binding Heal.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated this page to reflect various changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 22 Apr. 2017: Changed tier 4 and 5 talent recommendations.
  • 08 Feb. 2017: Updated tier 1 talent recommendation to Enlightenment.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated tier 7 talent recommendation to Benediction.
  • 22 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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