Holy Priest Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Jan 21, 2019 at 19:37 by Niphyr 35 comments

Welcome to our Holy Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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.

1. Holy Priest Overview

The Holy specialisation allows for smooth and very strong AoE/raid healing, and it performs very well in terms of single target healing as well.

Holy has traditionally been a reactive healer, using a variety of spells at its disposal to quickly heal damage taken by their allies.

In order 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.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Holy Priests

Overall, Holy Priest healing remains around the same it did prior to the patch. The buff to Renew Icon Renew helped offset the change to Benediction Icon Benediction and Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation. The increases to the Holy Priest Icon Holy Priest aura and Heal Icon Heal helped offset some of the other changes, including the reduction in power to Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal. Binding Heal itself is now no longer the best filler spell in all situations.

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Holy Priests

  • Renew Icon Renew now reduces the cooldown of Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify by 2 seconds.
  • Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel now has a 45-second cooldown, up from 15 seconds.
  • Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis now has a 20-second duration, 2-minute cooldown and generates 300% cooldown reduction on Holy Words.
  • Angel's Mercy Icon Angel's Mercy was added. Previously this was the Times and Measures artifact trait which provides a chance to reduce the cooldown of Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer upon taking damage.
  • Cosmic Ripple Icon Cosmic Ripple was added, which was previously an artifact trait.
  • Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation was added with a 12-minute cooldown, healing all allies within 40 yards and applying both Renew Icon Renew and 2 stacks of Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending. This cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds each time you cast a Holy Word, which, with regular use of your Holy Words, reduces the cooldown to 3-5 minutes on average.
  • Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit now has a 3 minute cooldown with 60% increased healing.
  • Body and Mind has been removed.
  • Divinity has been removed.
  • Piety has been removed.
  • Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope is now channelled and a baseline ability restoring mana to nearby healers based on their missing mana.
  • Benediction Icon Benediction is now a level 90 talent.
  • Light of the Naaru Icon Light of the Naaru is now a level 100 talent
  • Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude is back as a baseline ability.
  • Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream is back as a baseline ability.
  • Holy Words Icon Holy Words is renamed from Serendipity and is a hidden passive.

4. Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor tips for Holy Priest.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent choices and playstyle for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from more hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Holy Priest Spreadsheet.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Updated addon suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talent suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added more affix specific suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified playstyle options with a clear priority system.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor description clarifications.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (spells page): Minor clarifications on spell descriptions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent choice and playstyle.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated links to external resources.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat priority after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated choices after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated suggestions for shared dungeon and raid gear enhancements.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Clarified some points based on feedback.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various updates to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made various substantial updates to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added common mistakes page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added FAQ.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Clarified introduction wording regarding movement.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 21 Jan. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated with new seasonal affix and azerite traits.
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