Holy Priest PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Holy Priest and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Holy Priest PvP Guide.
Regular Talent for Holy Priests
|15||✔ Enlightenment||✘ Trail of Light||✔ Renewed Faith|
|25||✔ Angel's Mercy||✘ Body and Soul||✔ Angelic Feather|
|30||✘ Cosmic Ripple||✔ Guardian Angel||✘ Afterlife|
|35||✔ Psychic Voice||? Censure||✘ Shining Force|
|40||✔ Surge of Light||✘ Binding Heal||✘ Prayer Circle|
|45||✔ Benediction||✘ Divine Star||✘ Halo|
|50||✘ Light of the Naaru||✔ Apotheosis||✘ Holy Word: Salvation|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Enlightenment is the best talent in this tier. Holy Priests will run out of Mana quickly versus most teams. This will help with keeping your Mana healthy throughout an arena match. If you are playing against a team that does not have a Purge ability, Renewed Faith will significantly increase your healing output and should be used.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Angelic Feather is the best choice in this tier. This will help you run to or from enemy players. This will make it much easier to get in range of the enemy healer for Psychic Scream. If you feel you will be the primary target for the enemy team, Angel's Mercy is the better option. This will make your Desperate Prayer have a lower cooldown.
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Guardian Angel is the best choice in this tier. Many teams will try to avoid proccing Guardian Spirit to prevent the healing from it. This talent is great when teams do that, so you can use Guardian Spirit more often.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Psychic Voice is the best choice in this tier. This gives you a consistent crowd control on a short cooldown. However, if your team is lacking a stun or you are playing against a team that will prevent you from reaching the enemy healer, Censure is the best choice in this tier.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Surge of Light is the best choice in this tier. Because you have to cast most of your healing spells, this will make it easier to output strong, instant healing.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Apotheosis is the best choice in this tier. This makes the cooldown reductions to your Holy Words 250% and makes their Mana cost free. This will be one of your primary burst healing cooldowns.
PvP Talents for Holy Priests
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Greater Fade removes all threat, increases your movement speed by 50% and causes most melee, ranged and spells to miss you for 4 seconds. This is a crucial talent for not only avoiding crowd control, but to also avoid damage if you are being focused. You can still be interrupted while this is active, so be careful.
Situational PvP Talents
Thoughtsteal is a very interesting talent that steals an ability from an enemy. This gives you access to the ability and the enemy cannot use it for 20 seconds! Ideally, you will want to take this PvP talent versus Mages and Restoration Druids. Here is a list of the abilities you can steal from other classes/specs:
- All Druid specs: Rejuvenation
- All Mage specs: Polymorph
- Mistweaver Monk: Renewing Mist
- All Paladin Specs: Blessing of Freedom
- Shadow Priest: Vampiric Touch
- Holy Priest: Renew
- Discipline Priest: Penance
- All Shaman Specs: Frost Shock
- All Warlock Specs: Fear
Holy Ward wards the friendly target against the next full loss of control effect. This talent will make it very hard for enemy teams to get crowd control on you. Against teams with multiple Purge or Spellsteal effects, you should use Holy Ward right before you are put into crowd control.
Improved Mass Dispel is an interesting PvP talent, as it will find the most use against Mages and Paladins to dispel their major defensive cooldowns. If your team's goal is to be extremely aggressive and you want to sacrifice healing output for an extra win condition, take this talent.
- 02 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP Talent Choices.
- 08 Mar. 2021: Updated PvP Talent Choices.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tier 1 Regular Talent.
- 30 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
- 04 Nov. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 15 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1)
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