Holy Priest Healing Guide — Dragonflight 10.2

Last updated on Nov 16, 2023 at 06:00 by Niphyr 40 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2. Here, you will learn how to heal as a Holy Priest in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your output.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Holy Priest guide.


Holy Priest Overview

Holy Priest is a fantastic reactive healer, especially suited for healing large groups and raids. With a response to almost all damage types, there is always a tool on hand to deal with the situation and keep you thinking while you play.

Raid healing as a Holy Priest revolves around the chosen talents and the two Holy Words, Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify, and Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity. Outside of these, the bulk of the healing comes from the Mana-efficient Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending and Circle of Healing Icon Circle of Healing, alongside the variety of "filler" spells used to reduce the cooldown of our burst-healing holy words. Talenting into Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation gives Holy Priest a second raid cooldown, which can be invaluable to your healing team.

To properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Excels at reactive burst and group healing.
  • +Unique cooldown-based healing style providing regular bursts of healing.
  • +Powerful group cooldowns with Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn and the talents Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis and Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation.
  • +Group utility with Dispel Magic Icon Dispel Magic, Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel, Mind Soothe Icon Mind Soothe, Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion, and Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith.
  • +Good single target damage potential, when healing is not required.
X Weaknesses
  • -Properly utilising the multitude of low-cooldown healing abilities regularly can be difficult to track for new players.
  • -Reliance on short cooldown abilities can hurt sustained throughput, especially single target.
  • -Mediocre group healing in situations that force a large spread.
  • -Poor damage compared to most other healers.
  • -No interrupt.

Holy Priest and Guide Changes for Patch 10.2

Holy Priest received quite a lot of changes in Patch 10.1.7. These changes were focused on Blizzard's goal of reducing the power of raid cooldowns and aoe healing, and increasing the potency of single-target healing spells for all healers.

  • AOE spells including Divine Star Icon Divine Star and Halo Icon Halo had their healing decreased.
  • Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify had its number of targets reduced from 6 to 5.
  • Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation had its cooldown reduction from Holy Word casts reduced from 30 seconds to 15 seconds.
  • Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope had its mana return and cooldown reduction reduced.
  • Single Target spells including Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity and Power Word: Life Icon Power Word: Life had their healing increased.
  • Power Word: Life Icon Power Word: Life has had its healing increased, cooldown slightly increased and is no longer usable on targets above 35% health
  • Mastery: Echo of Light Icon Mastery: Echo of Light healing was reduced and was modified to tick faster, and for a shorter duration.
  • Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion has had its haste increase and duration reduced.
  • Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel cooldown increased to 2 minutes.

These changes are quite similar to the changes other healers have also received. They do not change your playstyle and have very little impact on your talent choices. The change to Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion has no major impact on how desirable it is or who is best to use it on.


Leveling a Holy Priest

While levelling a Priest, you will often want to heal your allies through dungeons and other group content. Our levelling guide has you covered for the basics, as well as some tips and tricks to help when healing.

Hitting max level and then trying to dive straight into end-game content as a healer can be quite daunting. To ease this transition, you should try to implement relevant macros and addons as you are levelling. While not all are necessary throughout the levelling process, getting started in modifying your UI and how it impacts your performance as a healer early on will make it much easier to dive head-on into the end-game content when you reach max level.


Basics of Holy Priest Gameplay

Holy Priest is classed as a reactive healer, meaning you will primarily be reacting to damage your allies take and then cast the appropriate spells from your toolkit to respond to that damage. While this healing style does make Holy Priest is one of the easier healers to pick up; getting your head around the number of healing spells available can take some time.

To learn about the fundamentals and make sure you are doing the basics right, familiarize yourself with the Spell Summary page, then move on to the Easy Mode page.

If you have experience playing Holy Priest, you can dive into a bit more depth by learning about the current talents, builds, and rotation. The rotation page, in particular, provides a lot of value in helping you properly decide when to use each of the spells and ensure you get the maximum return from your Mana spent.


How to Gear Up a Holy Priest

Gearing as a healer can be a bit daunting at first. There is a lot of variability in your healing from fight to fight, dungeon to dungeon. For most gear slots, you will be prioritizing item level, but this can be further complicated by gear with special bonuses like trinkets or tertiary stats like Leech and gear containing sockets.

To help you wade through it all, the stats page discusses what and why you should prioritize while gearing, and there is a best-in-slot list for the current raid tier to use as a foundation for gearing.

Once you obtain new gear, be sure to squeeze out that extra bit of performance by improving your gear with gems and enchants. You should also look to be buffing your character with the appropriate consumables.


Holy Priest End-Game

How you gear, play, and support your allies depends heavily on the type of content you are participating in. Whether it be large groups in a raid, smaller dungeon groups or PvP skirmishes, understanding the best way to prepare, and then apply each of your abilities to specific situations is crucial to becoming a solid Holy Priest healer.


Improving as a Holy Priest

A huge part of being a successful Holy Priest in any content is the ability to analyze your shortcomings and adapt. Most of the common mistakes for Holy Priests are around incorrect spell usage, resulting in poor Mana usage and low HPS. While the Rotation advice is quite clear on how to perform optimally, actually putting it into practice can be challenging. We have compiled a list of common mistakes, frequently asked questions, and some useful tools to assist you in improving.



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