Holy Priest Healing Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 18:04 by Niphyr 32 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Holy Priest in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Healer Priest gear and best in slot.

1.

Legendaries for Holy Priest

Holy Priest does not have any any "must-have" legendaries, and instead can choose between multiple legendaries, depending on personal preference. Check out our dedicated Legendary page to help you choose which ones to craft and wear.

2.

Trinkets for Holy Priests

Work on properly evaluating the trinkets from Castle Nathria, World Quests, and Mythic+ is still underway. More accurate information will be provided soon so stay tuned!

The following is a ranking of trinkets, aimed at use in a raid environment. These rankings are formulated with all trinkets at the same item level. Due to how close in value most trinkets in each tier are, generally it is the higher item level that will decide which one is optimal.

The ranking system is as follows.

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful trinkets; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these trinkets are either slightly weaker than the S Tier traits, but are still solid choices.
  3. B Tier: a below-average trinket that should be picked only in the absence of an S or A Tier trinket.
  4. C Tier: a weak trinket that provides very little healing output or other utility and should be avoided if possible.
2.1.

S Tier

  • Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal from Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria — Very easy to use trinket with base Intellect and a reliable Critical Strike proc. Gets better the more people in your group who have one, too.
  • Manabound Mirror Icon Manabound Mirror from Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria — With the mirror being very easy to fill up with healing, due to the rate we consume Mana, this trinket provides a very solid single-target heal on a medium-length cooldown.
  • Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby from Kul'tharok in Theater of Pain — The only downside to this Intellect and Critical Strike heavy trinket is the travel time of the soul, which can feel like an eternity if your target is a long distance from you. Once it reaches you though, you are provided a strong Critical Strike effect, especially if you can find a low-health enemy to use it on.
  • Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity is a PvP trinket with an on-use effect granting a large amount of Intellect. This trinket should be used during periods of high healing where possible.
  • Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling from Ingra Maloch in Mists of Tirna Scithe — Another base Intellect trinket with a Haste effect, this is an all-around solid trinket with a pretty reliable proc that will provide good value over the course of the encounter. You can change this effect from Haste to Critical Strike or Mastery by eating the appropriate Shadowlands stat food.
2.2.

A Tier

  • Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device from Dealer Xye'xa in De Other Side is a unique trinket that changes its effect depending on the situation around you. The value of this trinket can range from really good to really poor depending on the situation.
  • Tuft of Smoldering Plumage Icon Tuft of Smoldering Plumage from Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria — Tuft provides a significant amount of delayed healing. This trinket can be very difficult to use due to the 6-second delay. Getting effective healing from the delayed heal, or the death-saving mechanic, makes it worth running this trinket over most other options.
  • Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity is a PvP trinket with a passive Intellect proc and high base Haste. This is a great option if you don't want the hassle of an on-use trinket.
  • Siphoning Phylactery Shard Icon Siphoning Phylactery Shard from Nalthor the Rimebinder in The Necrotic Wake — A very easy to use effect which is off the global cooldown and persists for a long duration making it simple to get full value from the additional healing. An S-Tier trinket if it was not out-scaled by some of the superior stat effect trinkets, or targeted healing effects.
  • Vial of Spectral Essence Icon Vial of Spectral Essence from Dessia the Decapitator in Theater of Pain — Another easy to use trinket that very rarely expires or overheals so long as you cast this on the primary target your DPS are focusing.
2.3.

B Tier

  • Consumptive Infusion Icon Consumptive Infusion from Hungering Destroyer in Castle Nathria — This trinket ranges from S-Tier to B-Tier depending on how good you are at timing the usage of it. You can trigger it with DPS spells including Holy Nova Icon Holy Nova to get an on-demand Leech boost to significantly increase your self-healing during periods of high damage.
  • Boon of the Archon Icon Boon of the Archon from Devos, Paragon of Doubt in Spires of Ascension — High potential healing and group throughput through the orbs that occasionally appear nearby. The random nature of the proc and requiring someone to collect the orbs to have any effect hold this trinket back from an A-Tier ranking.
  • Lingering Sunmote Icon Lingering Sunmote from Grand Proctor Beryllia in Sanguine Depths — The absorb effect from this is easy to place initially, but remaining in the one location 12 seconds during periods of damage can vary fight to fight. This trinket is A-Tier if you can reliably get good usage out of the absorb effect, which is often easier to do on Tanks and Melee DPS.
  • Macabre Sheet Music Icon Macabre Sheet Music from The Council of Blood in Castle Nathria — While the stacking Haste benefit from picking up your dance partners provides a good healing boost, the dance partners can take some time to walk over and usage where you need to suddenly move away can render a usage of this trinket entirely useless.
2.4.

C Tier

  • Darkmoon Deck: Repose Icon Darkmoon Deck: Repose crafted by Inscription — This trinket is a really solid and easy-to-use option for its item level. It is great as an entry-level raiding trinket. It will however be replaced once you have access to Heroic and Mythic versions of other trinkets in the S-Tier and A-Tier.
  • Overflowing Anima Cage Icon Overflowing Anima Cage from Executor Tarvold in Sanguine Depths — While the potential overall benefit from this trinket by granting your allies increased Critical Strike is quite high, the area you need to group together in to obtain the benefit is far too small. Being on such a long cooldown really punishes any misplacement of this ground effect as well.
  • Sunblood Amethyst Icon Sunblood Amethyst from High Adjudicator Aleez in Halls of Atonement — Base Haste, a low amount of Intellect requiring you to remain in one place for 15-seconds significantly reduces the value of this trinket.

Spiritual Alchemy Stone Icon Spiritual Alchemy Stone is the new Alchemy Stone trinket crafted by Alchemy in Shadowlands. Historically, we have had a method to reliably upgrade our Alchemy Stone to a relevant item level. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Shadowlands, which sadly makes this a trinket you should avoid as soon as you have access to trinkets of item level 180+.

World Quest Trinkets — There is a wide variety of world quest trinkets, everything from stat-sticks to healing and absorb procs. These are great entry level trinkets to provide you with something to use until you get a higher item level trinket from Mythic+ dungeons or raid. When using these trinkets on a character that is gearing up, focus on those which have either an Intellect or Secondary Stat proc, as they are much more reliable than the "Use:" trinkets and healing/absorb effects.

3.

Valor upgrades for Holy Priest

With Patch 9.0.5 you now have access to upgrade gear obtained after the patch with Valor points. We recommend starting with trinkets and weapons where possible, otherwise target your lowest item level items first when upgrading. You can learn more about this system on the dedicated Valor page.

4.

Best in Slot List for Holy Priests in Castle Nathria

Due to the introduction of multiple gear acquisition methods outside of raid that also provide competitive items, Best in Slot lists are now a thing of the past.

When gearing your Holy Priest, you should be focusing on item level as a priority and then, in the situation where you have two available items of the same item level, pick the one with the preferred secondary stats. Due to all of our secondary stats being so close in value, there is no reason to drop item level just to change the secondary stats. You can read more about secondary stat priority on the stats page.

The following list is provided to guide you on the most ideal items in each slot you can obtain from Castle Nathria and help make you aware of the potential loot available.

The trinket selections are present to give you an aim within the raid, a full list of trinket rankings may be found further up on this page.

Slot Item Source
Helm Confidant's Favored Cap Icon Confidant's Favored Cap Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Neck Noble's Birthstone Pendant Icon Noble's Birthstone Pendant The Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Shoulders Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Mantle of Manifest Sins Icon Mantle of Manifest Sins Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Chest High Torturer's Smock Icon High Torturer's Smock Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Wrists Grim Pursuant's Maille Icon Grim Pursuant's Maille Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Cinch of Infinite Tightness Icon Cinch of Infinite Tightness Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Legs Courtier's Costume Trousers Icon Courtier's Costume Trousers The Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Boots Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Icon Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Hyperlight Band Icon Hyperlight Band Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket #1 Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket #2 Manabound Mirror Icon Manabound Mirror Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Weapon Staff from your Covenant Sanctum See notes below this table

Note about weapons: Weapons from Castle Nathria are obtained by looting tokens from various bosses then trading them in at your Covenant sanctum. Weapons are your largest single source of Intellect and your priority should always be to obtain and wear the highest item level weapon you can, regardless of secondary stats.

As you obtain new items, you should gem and enchant them as soon as possible to get the full benefit out of them.

5.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated trinket rankings; added some missing trinkets.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated trinket recommendations, including Dungeon and crafted trinkets.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Added Castle Nathria BiS list & Trinkets.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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