Holy Priest Healing Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.2.5
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Welcome to our Holy Priest starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Holy Priest, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Holy Priest Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
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S3 Cheat Sheet
S3 Raid Tips
S3 Talent Builds
S3 Support Buffs
S3 Tier Set Bonus
Abilities & Talents
Macros & Addons
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Best Covenants for Holy Priest
Best Holy Priest Covenants and Soulbinds for Raid
Best Holy Priest Covenants and Soulbinds for Mythic+
Best Holy Priest Legendaries
Best Single Legendaries for Holy Priests
Best Double Legendaries for Holy Priests
Holy Priest Legendary Guide
Detailed Holy Priest Builds
There are currently no talent variations depending on your covenant selection but there
variation depending on your Legendary selection. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the Holy Priest Talent Guide.
This Holy Priest build is focused primarily on raiding in Shadowlands with the
legendary. Your 45 tier talent can change based on the ease with which you can hit targets.
This Holy Priest build is focused for Mythic+ with the
Holy Priest Talents Guide
Stat Priority for Holy Priests in Shadowlands
Holy Priests primarily favor higher Item Level gains, along with Mastery, although secondary stats are generally close in value. Find out more about how stats work in the Stats Guide, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the Holy Priest Gear Guide.
Gear in Battle for Azeroth heavily focused on pursuing item level upgrades and Shadowlands continues this trend as well. While mastery will be a primary focus to prepare for raids, if you find a non-mastery item that is 10 item levels higher than the Mastery piece, it is quite likely that the higher ilvl piece will be better. Some exceptions to item level can be rings and some trinkets. For further detail, check the gear guide.
Holy Priest Stats Guide
Best Enchants for Holy Priests
Many gear slots can be enchanted in Shadowlands power enhancing enchants: weapons, rings, bracers, chest, gloves and boots. Some of these will be utility based for gathering or reducing fall damage.
Recommended Holy Priest enchants:
Enchant Ring - Tenet of Mastery
Enchant Weapon - Celestial Guidance
Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech
Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats
Enchant Bracers - Eternal Intellect
The next two are utility based.
Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering
Enchant Boots - Soul Treads
Potions and Flasks for Holy Priests
Spectral Flask of Power
Cosmic Healing Potion
Spiritual Mana Potion
Potion of Sacrificial Anima
Potion of Soul Purity
can be very useful for removing debuffs that you cannot dispel.
Weapon Oils for Holy Priests
: This does very little healing at all. Opt for the damage oil instead.
: While this does not give you any extra healing it actually does something unlike
Best Food for Holy Priests
The optimal individual food is
Iridescent Ravioli with Apple Sauce
Meaty Apple Dumplings
being cheaper but weaker.
Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism
is the highest quality feast in Shadowlands and should be prioritized over individual food.
Best Gems for Holy Priests
Recommended Holy Priest gems is
Masterful Jewel Cluster
Masterful Jewel Doublet
being the cheaper version.
Holy Priest Enchant/Consumables Guide
Rotation for Holy Priests in Shadowlands
Healing and dealing damage differ greatly, as healing does not follow a rotation, but instead prioritizes spells depending on the situation. This section gives a general overview. Optimizations, talent variations, and advanced tips can be found in the Holy Priest Rotation Guide.
before pull to stack
uptime even if you have to force a
Holy Word: Sanctify
on cooldown (if hitting 5-6 targets and it will be effective).
Holy Word: Serenity
on cooldown if the target is ~50% or lower, for tanks look to cast around 60-70% HP.
Prayer of Mending
Circle of Healing
on cooldown if 3+ allies are injured.
so that it impacts just after damage hits. Targetting an ally or enemy.
whenever it will get value.
Holy Word: Salvation
with respect to other healer's raid cooldowns when heavy damage occurs (addressed further in Advanced section).
during downtime to reduce the cooldown of
and regen mana.
Boon of the Ascended
will frequently be used as its own cooldown. Check the Kyrian covenant page for more information.
Add damage during downtime
Holy Word: Chastise
Shadow Word: Pain
at over 3 targets
Holy Priest Rotation Guide
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