Holy Priest Healing Easy Mode — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Niphyr 45 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Holy Priest in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

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 specialization 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 Priest

Holy Priest's standard toolkit is better suited to AoE/raid healing, where they can provide relatively smooth output. That said, thanks to the Lightweaver Icon Lightweaver talent, they are also capable of 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.

3.

Talent Choice for Holy Priest

3.1.

Raid Healing

These are currently the easiest talent choices to perform in raid content. 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.

You can easily import the talent tree below by clicking 'Copy Export String' and then importing it in-game.

3.2.

Dungeon Healing

For dungeons, you should consider a slightly different build and change Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation to Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis, and consider dropping some of the Prayer of Mending talents for some increased single target healing and damage talents.

You can easily import the talent tree below by clicking 'Copy Export String' and then importing it in-game.

4.

Stat Choice for Holy Priest

Currently, Intellect is your highest-rated stat, and due to this, you should prioritize item level when comparing gear to wear. With two items of the same item level, you will want to prioritize stats as follows for raid content:

  1. Intellect
  2. Mastery = Critical Strike
  3. Versatility
  4. Haste

For dungeon content, the priority is:

  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Strike = Haste
  3. Versatility
  4. Mastery

While we provide stat preference lists, swapping gear to higher item level items — and their higher Intellect/total stats — should, usually, provide a larger upgrade than using lower item level items with better stats. The exception to this rule are items with important tertiary stats, Leech and Avoidance, which should still be used ahead of other items without them, unless the difference in item level is around 12 or above.

5.

Basic Playstyle for Holy Priest

Regardless of the content you are tackling, you should be aware of a few basic abilities:

  • Purify Icon Purify is used in most content as many enemies will place magical or disease debuffs on your allies, which can be removed by casting Purify on the affected ally. It is commonly referred to as dispel.
  • Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude is a group-wide buff that lasts for 60 minutes or until death and provides an additional 5% Stamina. Apply this before getting started on a dungeon or boss.
  • Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown. It heals you for a portion of your maximum health and also increases your maximum health for some time, it should be used when your own life is in danger.
5.1.

Raid Healing

Raid healing is primarily focused on AoE group healing, as outlined below. A lot of your decision-making will be based on incoming damage and the cooldowns you have available. Holy Priest is best played using our short cooldown spells like Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify, Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing and Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending as often as practical. Do not think of these as cooldowns to save for an unknown future situation; use these regularly to benefit from their high healing and lower mana cost.

Below is the basic priority you should follow in raids when using the Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing playstyle. You should not cast a spell that will mostly overheal, so keep this in mind while working through the priority list and skip an item if there is likely to be significant overhealing.

  1. Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify when a cluster of your raid is injured.
  2. Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity on an injured ally.
  3. Power Word: Life Icon Power Word: Life for emergency triage on an ally near death.
  4. Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending on cooldown.
  5. Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing on cooldown when at least 4 allies are injured.
  6. Halo Icon Halo when most of your raid is injured.
  7. Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing for general-purpose raid healing.
  8. Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal for life-saving single-target healing.
  9. Smite Icon Smite an enemy when no healing is required.

Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing will be the majority of your raid healing casts whenever your short-cooldown spells are unavailable. Try to use it just after Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify and Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing as these casts will buff you with Sanctified Prayers Icon Sanctified Prayers and Prayer Circle Icon Prayer Circle respectively, increasing the effectiveness of your Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing casts.

Try not to use Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal too much, as it will result in a lot of Mana spent without doing a lot of healing. It should be saved as an emergency heal when Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity and Power Word: Life Icon Power Word: Life are both on cooldown. Procs of Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light are the exception as using one on a Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal cast does not cost any mana.

Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation and Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn 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 at a very specific time.

Try to avoid using Renew Icon Renew, Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield, and Holy Nova Icon Holy Nova when raid healing. They are a poor use of your time and Mana in nearly all situations.

5.2.

Dungeon Healing

Dungeon healing is primarily focused on 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.

Below is the basic priority you should follow in dungeons. You should not cast a spell that will mostly overheal, so keep this in mind as you work through the priority list and skip an item if there is likely to be significant overheal.

  1. Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity on an injured ally.
  2. Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify when most of your group is injured.
  3. Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing on cooldown when at least 3 allies are injured.
  4. Power Word: Life Icon Power Word: Life for emergency triage on an ally near death.
  5. Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal for general-purpose single-target and group healing.
  6. Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending when little healing is required.
  7. Divine Star Icon Divine Star when most of your group is injured.
  8. Smite Icon Smite an enemy when no healing is required.

For heavy damage, use Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis with Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal and Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity as it comes off cooldown. If this is still not enough, you also have access to Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit.

Dealing with 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. Smite Icon Smite is your main damage-dealing ability, and it costs very little, Mana. In situations where Mana is not a concern you can also cast Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire on cooldown and keep Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain on enemy targets. For more than 4 targets, you should use Holy Nova Icon Holy Nova when Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire is on cooldown, instead of casing Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain.

5.3.

Rotation Mistakes for Holy Priest

While we have a larger section dedicated to walking through common mistakes and how to avoid them, a couple are worth mentioning now. These focus on our two most valuable resources, Mana and time.

Mana is very easy to waste without realizing it. The most common way is spamming inefficient spells during downtime or periods of low healing. Stick to Smite Icon Smite if you want to remain active during these periods and avoid spells like Renew Icon Renew and Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield as they are very Mana inefficient and should rarely be cast. Casting DPS spells outside of Smite, when Mana is going to be a concern, is also a way to accidentally consume additional Mana without realizing it.

Time is a bit more difficult to quantify, but one really easy thing you can do to get yourself more healing time in both dungeons and raids to focus on minimizing your movement to maximize the time that can be spent casting spells with a cast time. For those periods when you do have to move, you can rely on the array of instant cast spells available to us, including Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending, Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing, Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify, and, when talented, Divine Star Icon Divine Star.

6.

Cooldown Usage for Holy Priest

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 at a very specific time.
  • Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation when talented for raid, should also be used during periods of very intense raid damage. Keep in mind, however, that your raid leader may instruct you to use it at 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 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

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 29 Mar. 2024: Updated for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 17 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 08 May 2023: Improved talent suggestions to include more passives.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2022: Updated for patch 10.0.5 talent changes.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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