Holy Priest Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 15, 2019 at 15:30 by Niphyr 36 comments

Welcome to our Holy Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. 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 8.1.5 Changes for Holy Priests

There were no significant changes for Holy Priest in Patch 8.1.5; the mana cost of some utility spells has been adjusted, and there were some minor changes to healing traits and trinkets. None of these changes modify the currently suggested playstyle in Raids or Dungeons.

With Patch 8.1.5 also comes the Zandalari and Kul'Tiran races, with all new racials. Compared to existing racials, the new ones are quite well balanced for Holy Priest, so there is no need to race swap for a performance advantage.

3. 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.

4. Changelog

  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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 (Uldir 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 (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 (simulations 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 (gear page): Added information on the special items from 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 (FAQ 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 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (mythic+ 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.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Fixed some numerical errors in tooltip descriptions.
  • 02 Mar. 2019 (spells page): Fixed some numerical errors in tooltip descriptions.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (how to improve page): Added a section about log analysis and expanded on some of the common mistakes.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated rankings and added two missing traits.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated some talent suggestions.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Changed the order of some sections and added some playstyle information.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (spells page): Re-ordered some of the content sections.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (easy mode page): Re-ordered some of the content sections.
  • 25 Feb. 2019 (simulations page): Added link to the How to Improve page.
  • 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 (FAQ 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 (gear 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 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats 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 (mythic+ 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 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 (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.
  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from more hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified playstyle options with a clear priority system.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talent suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent choice and playstyle.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated links to external resources.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (spells page): Minor clarifications on spell descriptions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Added Holy Priest Spreadsheet.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added more affix specific suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Updated addon suggestions.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated choices 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 (stats 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 (gear page): Made various substantial updates to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various updates to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite page.
  • 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 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added FAQ.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added common mistakes page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation 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.
  • 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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