Holy Priest Healing Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.7

Last updated on Mar 20, 2023 at 14:16 by Niphyr 38 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7. 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
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 AoE damage.
  • -No interrupt.

Dragonflight Changes for Priests

We are maintaining a list of changes for Priests, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.

Holy Priest in Dragonflight remains a very reactive healer, with talents and abilities catering to this play style. While many new talents have been added, the core playstyle has remained mostly the same in all forms of content. Some new DPS spells have been added, along with some utility spells.

The most notable changes for Holy Priest in Dragonflight are the additions of new talents including Divine Word Icon Divine Word and Lightweaver Icon Lightweaver. These powerful new talents provide Holy Priest additional tools to adapt to the situation at hand, keeping Holy Priest an adaptable and reactive healer.

There has been an improvement in personal survival with several defensive talents in the Class Tree such as Protective Light Icon Protective Light, Light's Inspiration Icon Light's Inspiration, and Translucent Image Icon Translucent Image. Unfortunately the utility of Holy Priest did not receive the same positive attention and nothing significant has changed here, besides the removal of the talent Shining Force.


Holy Priest changes in patch 10.0.7

Besides many bug fixes, Holy Priest has received significant changes to two of the final row Holy tre talents.

Divine Image Icon Divine Image has been re-worked to trigger from all Holy Word casts. This includes Holy Word: Serenity Icon Holy Word: Serenity, Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify, Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise and Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation. Divine Image is now a competitive talent and will be a solid option in both Raid and Mythic+ content.

Lightwell Icon Lightwell healing has been increased by 40% and the cooldown reduced from 3 minutes, to 2 minutes. While this is a large buff to Lightwell, it is not enough to overwhelmingly favour it over the other capstone options. The good news is that taking this talent in raid content is no longer a huge mistake.


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 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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