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Holy Priest Healing Easy Mode

Last updated on Apr 22, 2017 at 12:37 by Vlad 123 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

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

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

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

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

4. Basic Playstyle

4.1. Single Target Healing

  • low to medium damage: use Heal Icon Heal; Renew Icon Renew should be used if the target you are healing is a tank, or if you simply need extra healing on top of your Heal.
  • medium to high damage: begin incorporating Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal (as your Mana allows, and any time you have a Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light proc, if you have taken this talent).
  • high or very high damage: use Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity; if this is still not enough, you also have access to Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit.

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).

Similarly, playing around the  Icon Blessing of T'uure buff will also greatly increase your healing. If you can proc your Blessing of T'uure (by getting a critical heal with Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal or Heal Icon Heal), you should then use Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity to proc Divinity Icon Divinity and then use Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify for big the large AoE heal and the buff to Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing (explained above).

5. Cooldown Usage

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 by Zolvolt, a raider in Incarnate, and generally a very knowledgeable, long-time healing Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.

6. ChangeLog

  • 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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