Holy Priest Guide for The War Within

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the Holy Priest changes in World of Warcraft's latest expansion, "The War Within." This page is designed to help you navigate the new changes, optimize your gameplay, and get the most out of your Holy Priest in PvE environments.

In this guide, you'll find detailed breakdowns of the new Hero Talent Trees for Holy Priest. We'll explore the most significant updates, and offer insights into how these changes will impact your overall playstyle. Whether you're a veteran Holy Priest or new to the class, our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in "The War Within."


Holy Priest: The War Within Expansion Preview

Welcome to our War Within expansion guide for Holy Priest. Ahead of launch, this page will contain everything you need to know about the Holy Priest spec in the forthcoming The War Within expansion, including changes, Hero Talent Trees, and some light predictions on the state of the spec going into the expansion.

This page is a constantly evolving work in progress, with regular changes expected as updates hit the War Within Beta. This is not meant to be a launch guide for Holy Priest, but instead serves as a resource for you to keep up to date with how the spec is evolving on Beta, and what you can expect from its playstyle and feel on launch.


The War Within Changes for Holy Priest


Core Changes

Holy Priest has received only a few minor core changes to its baseline kit and Talents in The War Within thus far. Blizzard has alluded to there possibly being changes in the future, which could dramatically alter the contents of this page, so check back!

  • Priest tree talent layout has been slightly altered.
  • Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn healing increased by 400%.
  • Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn now does reduced healing beyond 5 targets.
  • Power Word: Life Icon Power Word: Life healing increased by 15%.
  • Phantom Reach Icon Phantom Reach is a new talent increasing the range of most spells by 15%.
  • Cauterizing Shadows Icon Cauterizing Shadows heals a nearby ally for a small amount when Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain expires.
  • Mindgames Icon Mindgames is now a pvp talent and the Shattered Perceptions talent has been removed.

The Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn changes are aimed at increasing the potency of Divine Hymn in smaller groups, while aiming to be roughly the same strength as in Dragonflight for groups of around 20 players.


Systems Changes

While there are only minor changes for Holy Priest's core features, The War Within still has major implications for all specs thanks to the Hero Talent Tree system, new tier sets, and the natural reduction in secondary stats when entering a new expansion.

Holy Priest gets to choose between the Archon and Oracle Hero Talent Trees. In sections below, we will talk more deeply about the implications of these Hero Talent Trees for the spec, and some thoughts on what looks strong and weak ahead of launch.


Hero Talent Trees for Holy Priest in The War Within


Archon Hero Talents for Holy Priest

The Archon Hero Tree Talents are primarily based on interactions of Halo Icon Halo and Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light.

Gameplay-wise, expect a mostly passive kit that occasionally gives you additional Surge of Light Icon Surge of Light procs, additional casts of Halo Icon Halo, and increased healing through interactions with Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion, Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation & Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis.

Power-wise, expect a solid all-rounder that amplifies our existing kit more than applying new stuff on top of it. Casting Halo Icon Halo regularly is key to making the most of the tree, so knowing damage patterns will help ensure those extra Halo casts are providing as much benefit as possible.

Defensively, there isn't much added from Archon. There is some nice potential Mythic+ utility from Incessant Screams Icon Incessant Screams which provides another AoE stop.


Oracle Hero Talents for Holy Priest

The Oracle Hero Tree Talents are primarily based on its core ability, Premonition Icon Premonition, and the buffs it grants which augment your abilities for a short time after being used.

Gameplay-wise, Premonition Icon Premonition has a relatively short cooldown and when fully talented will grant 3 buffs:

  • Premonition of Insight Icon Premonition of Insight - Reducing the cooldown of your next 3 casts by a small amount.
  • Premonition of Piety Icon Premonition of Piety - For a short period of time increases healing done and distributes some of your overheal to nearby allies.
  • Premonition of Solace Icon Premonition of Solace - The next single target healing spell also places a large absorb on that ally, along with decreasing the damage they take by a small amount for a short time.

Power-wise, the Oracle tree encourages you to put more thought into the spells you cast after using Premonition Icon Premonition. Ensuring you use the buffs effectively are a large part of the value from this Hero tree.

Defensively, however, Oracle is a strong choice with buffs to Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer, Angelic Bulwark Icon Angelic Bulwark, Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit and single target self-healing.


Holy Priest Tier Set in The War Within

Below are the Tier Set Bonuses for Holy Priest in The War Within. After the wording of the bonus, you will find a brief note/commentary that is italicized.

  • Priest Holy 11.0 Class Set 2pc Icon Priest Holy 11.0 Class Set 2pcSerendipity Icon Serendipity is 10% more effective. In other words, abilities which reduce the cooldown of Holy Words, reduce it by a little bit more.
  • Priest Holy 11.0 Class Set 4pc Icon Priest Holy 11.0 Class Set 4pcHeal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, and Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing have a 50% chance to cast again at 35% effectiveness. This behaves as it sounds, sometimes mirroring your cast but for a reduced amount.

Both set bonuses are completely passive and are not expected to have any significant gameplay impact.

The 2pc bonus behaves in a similar manner to the Light of the Naaru Icon Light of the Naaru talent, passively providing more Holy Words throughout an encounter. The 4pc bonus provides fairly regular additional healing to the targets of your filler spells.


Holy Priest Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Excels at reactive burst and group healing.
  • +Unique cooldown-based healing style providing regular bursts of healing.
  • +Powerful group cooldowns with Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn and the talents Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis and Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation.
  • +Group utility with Dispel Magic Icon Dispel Magic, Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel, Mind Soothe Icon Mind Soothe, Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion, and Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith.
  • +Good single target damage potential, when healing is not required.
Weaknesses icon 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 passive damage compared to most other healers.
  • -No interrupt.


  • 23 Jul. 2024: Updated for The War Within Pre-Patch.
  • 18 Jun. 2024: Added Page.
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