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Holy Priest Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 22, 2020 at 10:16 by Niphyr 37 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Holy Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Healer Priest guide.

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 8.3 Changes for Holy Priests

There are no Holy Priest specific changes in Patch 8.3, but you can check out the full Priest changes for 8.3 below.

In addition, we have:

3.

Holy Priest Strengths

4.

Holy Priest Weaknesses

  • Mediocre survivability, no immunities or damage reduction defensive abilities.
  • Mediocre mobility while healing, with the majority of spells having cast times.
  • Mediocre group healing in situations that force a large spread.
  • Reliance on short cooldown abilities can hurt sustained throughput, especially single target.
5.

Holy Priest Viability in the Current Patch

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 variety of "filler" spells used to reduce the cooldown of these 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.

The Eternal Palace raid released in Patch 8.2 continues on from the strong position Holy Priests had as reactive raid healers in Battle of Dazar'alor. There are some encounters with high amounts of movement which will require additional planning to adapt and maximise our throughput in these situations, as our healing while moving for extended periods of time is a weakness.

Mythic+ dungeon content is not particularly suited to the Holy Priest toolkit, as it requires strong sustained burst, which we lack outside of our short cooldown abilities like our Holy Words. Holy DPS in dungeons can be quite strong, but comes at the complete trade-off to healing done. Couple this with the lack of burst outside of cooldowns and you may find it difficult or punishing to spend a lot of time contributing damage for your group. All of this said, Holy Priest is still more than capable of handily clearing keys up to and beyond the maximum loot reward levels.

PVP Healing as a Holy Priest does not typically see much use in Arena, however can provide a strong amount of healing in battlegrounds where there are more allies to heal. Holy Priest can struggle to create distance between themselves and enemies, and makes up for this with some close-quarters crowd control abilities, and personal defensive abilities and talents.

6.

Changelog

  • 22 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Added new Augment Rune.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait from Ny'alotha.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Added new essences from Patch 8.3 and updated essence recommendations.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated Essences for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 4.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for the Ny'alotha raid items.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Nov. 2019 (spells page): Fixed an error in the Prayer of Healing description.
  • 21 Sep. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated talent suggestions.
  • 21 Sep. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added more boss tips and updated talent suggestions.
  • 04 Sep. 2019 (enchants page): Updated weapon enchant recommendations.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (addons page): Added multiple new macros.
  • 28 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated various recommendations after the first Mythic week.
  • 28 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added basic Essence recommendations.
  • 28 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket info including Punch Card suggestions.
  • 28 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Added essence recommendations and ERT usage.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added general purpose Azerite trait suggestions.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2 and added The Eternal Palace and Mechagon traits.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added latest trinket info for The Eternal Palace and Mechagon trinkets.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added note about The Eternal Palace viability.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added mention of the Conflict and Strife essence.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added strengths, weaknesses, and viability.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated for The Eternal Palace and Benthic gear.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Azerite trait and Essence information.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Added new 8.2 Inscription trinket.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated with new 8.2 consumable suggestions.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Removed mentions of Uldir traits.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 23 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added more tips for both bosses.
  • 23 May 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Added information on the special items from the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1.5 and no changes are necessary.
  • 08 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Minor changes to boss advice
  • 02 Mar. 2019 (spells page): Fixed some numerical errors in tooltip descriptions.
  • 02 Mar. 2019 (easy mode page): Fixed some numerical errors in tooltip descriptions.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated rankings and added two missing traits.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (easy mode page): Re-ordered some of the content sections.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (how to improve page): Added a section about log analysis and expanded on some of the common mistakes.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (spells page): Re-ordered some of the content sections.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Changed the order of some sections and added some playstyle information.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated some talent suggestions.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (simulations page): Added link to the How to Improve page.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor tips for Holy Priest.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear 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 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent choices and playstyle 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 (how to improve 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.
  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from more hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talent suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified playstyle options with a clear priority system.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated links to external resources.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Holy Priest Spreadsheet.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Updated addon suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (spells page): Minor clarifications on spell descriptions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added more affix specific suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent choice and playstyle.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor description clarifications.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated choices after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 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.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated suggestions for shared dungeon and raid gear enhancements.
  • 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 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added common mistakes page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added FAQ.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Clarified introduction wording regarding movement.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 02 Mar. 2018 (mythic+ page): Expanded suggestions for various affixes.
  • 21 Jan. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated with new seasonal affix and azerite traits.
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