Shadowlands Holy Priest Guide

Holy Priest Mythic+ Dungeon Tips & Tricks

Mythic+ is a special type of dungeon mode in World of Warcraft, offering players an endlessly-scaling challenge.

This page is meant to help optimize your Holy Priest in Mythic+ content by highlighting the best Holy Priest gear, best Holy Priest talent builds, and the best rotations to help you succeed in these challenging dungeons, as well as Holy specific tips and tricks both for individual dungeons and the Shadowlands Season 1 Prideful Affix in Shadowlands.

Best Legendaries for Holy Priest

At low-mid level Mythic+: Flash Concentration dominates with its powerful single target healing efficiency. Tanks at low-mid level are generally allergic to kiting and as a result will stay in melee fighting requiring constant heavy healing support.

As you get into higher Mythic+ however, Prideful becomes a higher "gate" for key completion. Harmonious Apparatus: Simple and easy to work with. So long as you're properly using Circle of Healing and Prayer of Mending, you'll receive some excellent cooldown reduction over the course of dungeons. Faster cooldown reduction on your Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify just means your healing becomes more efficient and you'll have greater mana efficiency early on in the expansion which is particularly important with the new Prideful affix explained below.

Dungeons are much more focused on groupwide damage as compared to BfA. There is plenty of value not only in the cooldown of Holy Word: Serenity getting reduced, but also that of Holy Word: Sanctify. This also means that Circle of Healing and Prayer of Mending will receive the bonus from Apotheosis. Which is particularly valuable when you need to move in Mythic+ so you can lean on those mobile abilities to not only do solid healing but also give bonus cooldown reduction. Holy Fire reducing Holy Word: Chastise is also a strong point to mention as well as with the Censure giving you a very significant amount of extra single target damage and stuns to your dungeons.

Best Holy Priest Mythic+ Talents

Mythic+

This Holy Priest build is focused for Mythic+ with the Flash Concentration legendary. At low-mid level Mythic+ your tanks are much less likely to kite and will require substantially more single target healing support to survive. Generally this build works very well before Prideful enemies get too large and your AoE healing is less of a focus. Also especially helpful for dungeons like Spires of Ascension or De Other Side which require very heavy single target throughput through enemy forces and bosses.

Mythic+

This Holy Priest build is focused for Mythic+ with the Harmonious Apparatus legendary. Renew is much more worth the cast in dungeons now that group wide damage is consistent throughout both trash mobs and the Prideful affix enemies. This makes Renewed Faith a solid talent to take in dungeons to support your throughput. Really helpful on prideful to blanket Renew on your party, followed by rapid Prayer of Healing casts thanks to Prayer Circle.

The weirdest talent selections to those who played Holy Priest in BfA will be the 2nd build with Harmonious with Renewed Faith and Prayer Circle so I'll make sure to explain both in turn. Renew is a much more relevant spell to cast in dungeons now that damage in dungeons is more party based in nature, Prideful deals group wide, steady and increasing damage. Furthermore, Flash Heal is a less powerful spell now that the azerite and essence synergies that propped it up in the previous expansion are now gone making its competition less desirable.

For Prayer Circle, this talent is selected as partially as I mentioned with Renewed Faith because your Flash Heal (and the instants that Surge provides) are less generally impactful and will largely be relegated to being used in emergencies and with the Resonant Words conduit procs. The other part is that Prayer Circle is particularly helpful in conjunction with Renewed Faith to help you handle Prideful.

Renew blanketing your party, followed by Circle of Healing to activate Prayer Circle followed by rapid Prayer of Healing casts can really help to stabilize your team when damage is increasing during Prideful.

More information about each of the individual talents in this build is provided on the talent page linked below:

Holy Priest Mythic+ Utility

Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify: Holy Power

Less of "utility" per se but a very relevant part of their kit that deserves mention. With Shadowlands allowing for even more rapid holy word generation through Harmonious Apparatus and bonus "follow up" healing synergy through Resonant Words, Holy Priest is better equipped than ever to rapidly top off the party for the heavy group damage that teams will sustain in Shadowlands dungeons.

Mind Soothe: Trash Skips

Casting Mind Soothe on both enemies creates that Purple effect over their heads, reducing their aggro radius allowing you to slip by without drawing threat. Priest STEALTH......of sorts!

Keep in mind that this is not a "true" Crowd Control. This reduces the radius with which you can move past humanoids or dragonkins. You can STILL aggro enemies if you move too close to them, you just have much more room to work with. This can save your team invisibility potions and a great deal of time putting together skips to optimize your routes!

Guardian Spirit: Powerful, in the right hands

Guardian Spirit is a bit of an oddity for tank externals but with the right tanks, those that can self heal effectively, this cooldown in conjunction with its synergizing talent is very powerful. Guardian Angel shaving the cooldown down to ~60 seconds also allows it to be used constantly throughout the dungeon, allowing the tank to more consistently heal themselves in areas where your attention may be focused more on damage or healing.

If your tank is not as effective of a self-healer, you can still get frequent use out of Guardian Spirit and will simply keep an eye on them more. Pairing it with a Holy Word: Serenity can almost always help top off your tank in a flash.

Dispel Magic and Mass Dispel removing buffs from enemies

Whether it is the Gushing Slime's Slime Coated buff leaving behind large void zones in Plaguefall, or the hard hitting Atal'ai Deathwalker's Spirit's Spectral buff, there are tons of dispellable buffs from enemies in dungeons.

Many of them will not alter the course of the entire dungeon if removed, but they're often a decent improvement to the safety and security of your dungeon groups. Be sure to keep an eye out for these various buffs in dungeons to quickly remove them and lower the pressure on your team and by extension pressure on you to heal through it!

Mind Control and Shackle Undead Niche but powerful

These abilities are cast infrequently in dungeons but can have excellent uses in the proper scenarios. Mind Control for example can be excellent for the Bolstering affix. If you pull a group of equal health enemies but suddenly another full health mob wanders into the group, you can cast Mind Control BEFORE any bolster stacks are applied, hold that enemy until the others are killed, then release it when the other enemies are dead to avoid any bolster applications. This will not work on already bolstered enemies however.

Shackle Undead has a decent amount of utilization in dungeons like Plaguefall and Theater of Pain. For one, Shackle Undead can be great for immobilizing an undead enemy that is patrolling so you can sneak around it. The ghosts in Theater of Pain's Lich Ward are a good example of this situation. Other areas of use can be when you're dealing with a caster enemy and your team is out of interrupts. Instead you can spam cast Shackle Undead to constantly interrupt their ability casts and give your team more time to get their true interrupts back.

Dealing with Weekly Affixes as a Holy Priest

We've listed some of the affixes present in Mythic+ when there is something to know about dealing with them as a Holy Priest. The full list of affixes for a season can be found here:

Shining Force is an excellent tool to assist with the Sanguine affix. It can be cast off of yourself or an ally to knock mobs away with ease. Keep in mind that the knockback range is VERY far so you need to be mindful as to where you're knocking them. When the tank can reasonably call and predict where the mobs will be moving towards it makes it easier to reduce the healing that Sanguine will provide to enemy trash packs.

Necrotic can be a difficult affix for the healer alone to manage, as often the tank will have the greatest control over their stacks. You can, however, assist the tank and group through well-coordinated Shining Force and Leap of Faith usage. Working with the tank to call for Shining Force to be cast off of them so they can safely begin kiting will often save the tank resources that they can use later on. When playing an aggressive pull, Shining Force will give them instant breathing room and a short slow effect.

Bursting is often a group based challenge, while Priest can now Mass Dispel the Bursting affix, you also need to keep in mind that it may not be up for every single instance of bursting that goes out. Furthermore, you also need to push the team to kill all enemies together as constant, staggered bursting will rapidly eat through your mana. In mob packs with very uneven health pools utilizing an early Divine Hymn while damage is low to medium will go a long way towards smoothing out the damage onto targets until a sufficient amount of enemies are dead for you to get good value from your Mass Dispel. Outside of Mass Dispel, you can also single dispel the debuff as well. Look to the weakest member or lowest health member of your party to give them immediate relief from the bursting damage.

The storming affix is generally simple for ranged players as they can dodge most of the effects by standing at max range. In situations where soaks are required like Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement, just be ready to move back to dodge the storming or step in if allies are getting knocked out of their designated soaking location.

Often there is not much that a Priest can do for Inspiring as well. You'll have Shining Force to knock the mob out of the party if it comes in on accident and if it is applied to an undead enemy you can utilize Shackle Undead to lock it down and keep it away. There could also be some potential for skips with Mind Soothe but it is very mob-dependent.

Once again being ranged has its advantages as the Spiteful enemies deal tremendous melee damage. Prioritize healing melee players when the enemies spawn and make sure you and any other ranged players keep your distance. Try to snipe Shadow Word: Death's to finish them off, ideally on the mobs targeting melee.

Changed in Shadowlands to be removed by direct healing, this looked initially to be a massive boon for the spec but only certain abilities now remove stacks causing some great confusion. From the last experiences in beta Heal, Flash Heal, Holy Word: Serenity, Power Word: Shield, and Prayer of Mending's initial application will all remove stacks on the affected player(s) but for some reason Prayer of Healing, Circle of Healing, Divine Hymn, and Holy Word: Sanctify do not.

Do your best to aggressively remove stacks and prioritize topping players that will not be taking any additional damage after they are cleared. Prayer of Mending and Circle of Healing are insanely efficient healing for this affix and failure to utilize these abilities consistently will often result in a huge mana drain on the Holy Priest. Consider prioritizing your potion uses for mana instead of for offense while this affix is up.

Tier 10+ Season Affix - Prideful for Holy Priest

Before we get into this, a word on the seasonal affix for Shadowlands S1: Prideful.

Prideful is, in many ways, reminiscent of Reaping. Much like the affix of yore, this one causes a single mob to spawn the moment the forces cleared in the dungeon goes past 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100%. This mob does some pulsing AoE damage to the entire group when it spawns; it then engages you in combat. It has two abilities:

  • Bursting With Pride is a pulsing AoE emitted from the Manifestation of Pride, with a 65yd range. Each time it is cast, the Manifestation of Pride gains a stack of Bursting With Pride, increasing the damage this does by 40%, stacking. There is nothing you can do to prevent this other than killing it before it kills you.
  • Belligerent Boast causes a player to grow in size and be surrounded by four red orbs. These orbs follower the player's hitbox, and are aimed north, south, east, west. After a short period of time, each orb emits a beam in the direction it was pointing in. To counter this, if you are picked, do not move. If you are not picked, quickly check who is picked, and make sure to get out of the way if one of them is pointing in your direction, making sure to also leave space for the melee.

Prideful is extremely dangerous to Holy Priests and is a big reason for why Renewed Faith, Prayer Circle and Unholy Nova can be so useful in higher Mythic+ dungeons. Make sure your team is standing relatively close together and coordinate who needs to move to get out of the way of the Belligerent Boast. A loose-spread group will make it easier to fit players in range of Holy Word: Sanctify at high stacks to heal the incoming damage. Cast Divine Hymn at around 70-50% HP for the Prideful enemy, then follow through with Renew blanketing into Circle of Healing, Prayer of Healing, Holy Word: Sanctify as needed. The more your team loose spreads, the easier of a time you'll have.

When you defeat it, your entire group gains Prideful, granting everybody damage, movement speed, and mana regen. This is the ideal time to pull big! As a result, many DPS will look to HOLD their cooldowns during Prideful meaning you need to use your healing cooldowns to heal through the increasing stacks due to the likely low damage that will be on the enemy! Apotheosis will almost always be used on Prideful at higher keys.

Holy Priest Mythic+ Dungeon Tips

We've separated the dungeons into different tabs so that you can refer to them quickly. Each dungeon also has its Wowhead Mechanics guide linked, so you can refer to all of the mechanics in that dungeon.

Inner Circle Trash

Risen Bonesoldier

These can be subject to Shackle Undead which is especially helpful if you need to stop a patrol.

Skeletal Raptor

Be sure to keep Decrepit Bite dispelled.

Hakkar Side

There is nothing to note besides interrupts on the trash for Holy Priest. Using Psychic Scream to interrupt the offerings on this side is quite valuable. Similarly to the King's Rest berserkers, Atal'ai Deathwalker can be Shackle Undeadded to reduce damage intake by interrupting their bladestorm ability.

Manastorm Side

All enemies in this gauntlet are mechanical, so there is no potential fun with Shackle Undead. Line of sight Lubricate if your group is out of kicks and make sure they prioritize Self-Cleaning Cycle.

The Headless Clients can be knocked back with Shining Force.

Millhouse/Millificent

Throw Buzz-Saw hurts, and there is no real way to reset it other than by transitioning the boss. Treat it like a test of survival where the damage ramps up as the fight goes on: don't blow long-duration cooldowns at the start, ask the tank to position Milli against the wall so you can stand in the path of the bombs and easily defuse them as they run out.

Xy'exa Side

The Dragon in Ardenweald can be Mind Soothe'd to more easily maneuver around it, otherwise there is little special interactions.

Dealer Xy'exa

Assist players with Levitate or Leap of Faith when they're falling in the air to reduce fall damage. Only really necessary when players are at risk of dying from the fall damage or went up into the air too early and will die or take too much damage if they land earlier.

Mueh'zala

Use Mass Dispel on a clustered group of players to focus all the void zones in one area and to reduce aoe damage taken by the raid. Make sure you have damage resources ready for when you're traveling to the totems to kill it more consistently.

General Trash

Grand Overseer

Be mindful of these annoying enemies. Stand at max range to avoid the Dread Bindings cast.

Wicked Oppressor

Be sure to keep Wrack Soul dispelled. There will be many of these debuffs out on the party. Lean on Mass Dispel to clear multiple debuffs at once.

Kryxis the Voracious

Position away from the boss and preferably against a wall to reduce your movement from Severing Smash. Coordinate with your team to have a mobile dps clear the orbs while you top your group. Preemptive use of Prayer of Mending will help and make sure you have Apotheosis at the ready to quickly top off allies as needed.

Executor Torvald and the Fleeting Manifestation

This mob hurts and must be focused down immediately. Stay around max range to give your team room to move towards you whenever Residue drops. The less you have to move the easier you can focus on healing or assisting with killing the add.

Grand Proctor

Primary focus here will be on pre-spreading your group to soak the orbs to reduce your damage taken from Rite of Supremacy. Holy words, Circle of Healing and Prayer of Mending can all be cast on the move, so look to have those ready to cast when you need to dodge and be casting Prayer of Healing or Flash Heal as needed when you are able to plant your feet.

General Kaal

Wicked Rush can be dodged with the movement speed from Angelic Feather, give yourself sufficient room to run in a straight line to reduce the chances of taking on this permanent bleed. Stack with the team under Z'rali during Gloom Squall, at lower levels this will not one-shot but will knock players off the platform, be ready with Leap of Faith if players are slow getting into position.

In general this dungeon is very "on the rails" and there are not a ton of finesse plays that are afforded to you as a result.

General Trash

Diseases and bleeds! Make sure your dispel is ready and you are well-prepared for the variety of ticking damage that takes place in this dungeon. Rancid Gasbag in particular have a nasty frontal and "back-al?" that applies a disease to players if hit and disorients them. Your disease dispel is particularly handy for this if anyone gets caught in the blast.

Affront of Challengers

Make sure to dispel Unholy Fervor from the Battlefield Ritualist. Stay close to the melee to be in easy reach for a quick save if the rogue ambushes you.

Gorechop

Stay close to the boss to avoid getting dragged in by the boss, making it harder to dodge the Meat Hooks. This boss features smaller NPCs that explode on death, try to use Shining Force when possible to knock these enemies into walls or away from players when they are about to Vile Eruption.

Xav the Unfallen

Extremely patchwerk encounter for healers. Watch the tank damage and focus the Oppressive Banner at all times to remove the slow debuff.

Kultharok Side

Portal Guardian deal very heavy damage with Soulstorm also applying a curse to one player that makes them take extra damage. Give them greater focus or have another player dispel them to reduce their damage taken. Ready your Leap of Faith for the Nefarious Darkspeaker, their Death Winds cast will launch players off the platform. Watch where they are facing and be ready to help your team.

Kul'tharok

Primary mechanics are Phantasmal Parasite and Draw Soul. In general its just a fight that requires heavy single target healing. The challenge however is when these mechanics align on players resulting in a lethal scenario. While you can Mass Dispel the Phantasmal Parasite debuffs it is more important to have better timed Mass Dispel rather than more of them. Watching the timers the boss can stack cast sequences resulting in both debuffs being applied simultaneously. Prepare for this and the debuffs will be much easier to deal with. Without Mass Dispel, prioritize dispelling anyone who is also being Draw Soul'd, then anyone low, then yourself or another dps with limited defensives. Tanks are generally safe to leave this debuff up on.

Mordretha, the Endless Empress

This fight is extremely helter-skelter and features a great many void zones and one-shot level mechanics as you get to higher level dungeons. Stay CLOSE to the boss and stand opposite to where the tank is facing the boss. The closer you are, the easier it is to dodge the Dark Devastation which can push you into extremely unfavorable positions if you're not careful. Stay close to the group, lightly spread and keep your UI clean to be able to see what is coming next.

General Trash Tips

Forsworn Mender

These plain male Kyrians are featured multiple times throughout this instance.

  • Infuse Weapon: WATCH for this cast. This empowers their weapon making them deal bonus damage, it can be removed through Dispel Magic or Mass Dispel. Upon removal, the weapon will be removed from the enemy and can be picked up by a player. It deals a stout amount of damage and empowers melee swings. Tell your melee players to watch for this weapon so they can quickly secure it and use it to finish off the rest of the trash pack. This is a great time saver for your team.

Etherdiver

Watch for these Wyrms as they apply Insidious Venom very quickly and it stacks. Make sure all wyrms have applied the debuff before you dispel.

Forsworn Justicar

These forsworn cast, Forced Confession another debuff featured prominently throughout the dungeon. This dispel is also a high priority, much like pretty much every debuff in this instance. Waste no time removing it.

Kin-Tara

Heavy-tank damage with moderate movement. Be sure to keep DoTs up on both the angel and her pet as they share a health pool. Tank healing is a priority though there are some moderate damage debuffs that can be dispelled with ease. Watch your feet, watch the tank, contribute damage.

Ventunax

Heavy priority target healing required. Stand back from the boss' void pools to better dodge the incoming projectiles. Keep your eyes down-range to learn the cycle of the projectiles and be prepared for the recharge phase where the boss will accelerate the projectile quantity. Dark Stride can place a hefty debuff on the player and will need constant healing to keep them alive. Work with your team on timing defensives both external and personal for when you may have to move to dodge projectiles.

Skips

This instance is filled with humanoids, providing many opportunities for Mind Soothe to shine. These are a few options for potential skips that Mind Soothe can create.

Upon entering the platform of the 3rd boss, you can Mind Soothe the Justicar and Warden to skip them and jump up the side of the stairs and get around them without having to engage.

Past those enemies there are a swarm of Usurpers that can also be skipped by tightly hugging the right side and Soothe'ing the closest two.

These are not the only skips in this dungeon but are some of the most easy to pull off.

Oryphrion

Simple stack-spread fight. Dispel the Charged Stomp, spread for Purifying Blast and stack again to place anima fields. Keep in mind that the anima orbs will "cleave" allies who are too close to the soaking player so keep your distance from the tank or other player who is absorbing them.

Devos

Mass Dispel the Lost Confidence when possible, keeping them out of the defensive field. The most challenging part of this encounter are the two intermissions where players receive stacking Lingering Doubt debuffs while they must gather orbs. First, gather one orb to help your team, blanketting Renew while moving, evaluate if anyone had to step through void zones in order to get their orb and singular dispel any high stack player (3-4+). Plant your feet, providing spot healing or aoe as needed in order to even out everyone's health. Then as the collective group's stacks are increasing to around 3 or 4 hit Divine Hymn to save mana and heal.

By the time that you finish channeling, your team should have knocked the boss back to earth. Tell everyone to stack and then Mass Dispel to clear the debuffs. Mass Dispel halfway through just consumes more mana as you end up healing the 2-4 stacks that would be present on players after the intermission ends. It is much better to focus on keeping players alive during the intermission and single dispelling on cooldown, then hitting Mass Dispel as the phase ends. Exceptions can be made if multiple misses are made from the javelin.

General Trash Tips

If you can dispel it, you should. This entire dungeon is one big diseased mess with almost every trash pack applying new diseases to the tank. Your Purify should pretty much be cycling for majority of the dungeon to best help your group.

Rotmarrow Slime

Constant, spamming Corrosive Gunk that debuffs nearby players can be particularly annoying. Stay out of range to avoid taking extra stacks.

Defender of Many Eyes

Cast an annoying Bulwark of Maldraxxus reducing the damage of anyone in the field. Use Shackle Undead to interrupt this cast.

Globgrog

A good example of the needs for rapid dispels. The first boss' Plaguestomp applies the Debilitating Plague disease to each player. Dispel yourself and any other immobile dps to help them better dodge the follow up Slime Wave. Your crowd control in Holy Word: Chastise, Shining Force and Psychic Scream is also very good for helping with the Beckon Slime from the boss.

Doctor Ickus

Decent helter-skelter fight with multiple dispellable debuffs on the tank. Work to keep Purify cycling and help your team kill the Plague Bomb when it spawns. A Congealed Slime will also spawn and while the tank should keep it away, they don't always. So having Shining Force at the ready to knock it away from the bomb is great to have.

Skips

There is a solid mix of humanoids amongst the undeads and abberations. One of the most important skips that Mind Soothe can produce is that of helping skip Virulax Blightweaver. A named NPC that is supposed to produce a nasty gauntlet for players. Simply hug the edges of the room to dodge his endless spawn of enemies, cast Mind Soothe and run around him.

Domina Venomblade

This boss leaves a nasty poison DoT on the tank periodically. Look to your group for a Monk, Druid or Paladin to assist you with dispelling this debuff. If they're a DPS, make sure they know that it is their job to support you here as damage can ramp up rapidly. One of the most dangerous parts of this encounter is when the boss summons stealthed Brood Assassin that throw blades at the party.

In order to remove these enemies you're supposed to run over the Shroudweb fields to reveal them. As Priests however, moving sucks. Instead, cast Mass Dispel on those Shroudweb fields. This will reveal the enemies hiding in there and they will rush to get into melee range of players.

Margrave Stradama

The final boss of the instance. High movement, many diseases and heavily stacked players. Wait until the final stack of the Infectious Rain before you dispel yourself or another player. Space out cooldowns, defensives to best handle each of these rain casts, this can be a long and tedious encounter.

To dodge the Plague Crash, watch for the shining effect from the tentacles in order to know which are the next up to slam.

General Trash Tips

Drust Soulcleaver

Extremely dangerous mobs that you fight early on in the instance. They cast Soul Split on the tank, increasing their damage taken and dealing a significant chunk of damage as well. Focus on dispelling the debuff before topping off the tank.

Drust Harvester

Also a nuisance in this dungeon, their Harvest Essence channel heals them and damage the party. If no other interrupts are available, lean on Psychic Scream to interrupt them.

Drust Boughbreaker

Deal heavy damage with Furious Thrashing when they hit 50% health. Make sure when the first one is pushed to half health that you lean on your mobile spells to dodge the void zones that the higher health enemy will continue casting until they push to 50% as well. Once the second one pushes you can more easily plant your feet and cast.

Purges: Mistveil Tender, Mistveil Shaper, Spinemaw Staghorn

All of the above enemies cast friendly buffs onto their allies and need to be a priority of dps. Nourish the Forest, Bramblethorn Coat, and Stimulate Resistance are cast by the mobs above respectively and can all be removed by Dispel Magic or Mass Dispel. With the final buff, it is cast on every enemy nearby. Make sure to have Mass Dispel ready to be able to remove those rapidly.

Ingra Maloch

Him and his thrall Droman Oulfarran are just all about watching your feet. Dodge void zones, focus the tree and then save damage for the boss when the tree is broken free.

Skips

There are a couple of easy skips that can be produced in Mists. After you clear the first couple trash packs you'll get some easy skips to get closer to the boss with ease. Mind Soothe for the win!

Mistcaller

Prepare to dodge and communicate! This boss will require you to find the image that is unlike the others. The variables are Leaf/Flower, Filled/Empty, or Border (circle) or no border. This will often fall to the healers to watch for, get your pattern recognition caps on! Psychic Scream the Illusionary Vulpin to keep it away from your allies and yourself.

Tred'ova

Final boss of the instance with a large boss room, adds that fixate on the healer and a mess of void zones. The Acid Expulsion will target your feet and the last place that you traveled to dodge the previous Acid Expulsion. Make sure to minimize your movement to have an easier time dodging this event.

General Trash Tips

Shard of Halkias

Three of these enemies must be killed before the first boss can be engaged. Watch for their Thrash mechanic. This mechanic can be outranged so make sure your melee are positioned at max melee range so you can still heal them while you outrange and reduce the overall damage of the group.

Depraved Collector

Are often paired with the Shard of Halkias. Watch for the Siphon Life during Thrash. This must be dispelled IMMEDIATELY making it even more important to outrange the aoe damage.

Stoneborn Reaver

Nasty enemy that you encounter after the first boss. Their Turn to Stone should be interrupted, but if it is not you will have to dispel any stunned players then Dispel Magic or Mass Dispel the enemies that were granted the damage reduction. If Mass Dispel is on cooldown, focus on purging the Stoneborn Reavers before other enemies.

Halkias

Simple encounter. Stay in the ring to avoid being feared by Sinlight Visions, stay at around max range in the ring to more easily dodge ground affects and have more room to dodge the Refracted Sinlight. Take your time and if you have to choose between the beam damage and the ground effects, take the ground effect damage. The beam as you go into higher keys will hurt much more.

Skips

After the first boss the courtyard above is filled with humanoid enemies. You will need a bit of finesse and tight movement to make this work but casting Mind Soothe on the marked enemies, killing or halting the anklebiter patrol with a Paralysis or Hunter's trap can help you get enough room to make a skip similar to this work. Work with your team to optimize your routes around Mind Soothe when possible!

Echelon

Hardest boss in the instance, try to align the Prideful buff and Bloodlust with this boss. As a Priest you cannot dispel the Curse of Stone but you can cast Pain Suppression while stunned. If you have someone else in the group who can dispel curses, make sure they are dispelling the player targetted by Stone Shattering Leap while you and everyone else get out of their way. If you are fortunate enough to have TWO curse removals, designate one to always dispel yourself and another to always dispel the stomp target so you can ensure players are as healthy as possible after the adds are killed.

High Adjudicator Aleez

Simple fight. Watch your feet, guide the Ghastly Parishioner into his home in the jars and contribute damage when possible!

Lord Chamberlain

Challenging encounter at the end of the instance. Watch the position the statues are facing to know where they'll go when the boss casts Telekinetic Toss. During Ritual of Woe players can soak multiple statue lines at a time while only taking the effective damage of one by standing inside the boss. Have two players standing inside so you can focus healing into them. There are two rounds of this so work to space out players personals and your own resources.

General Trash Tips

Zolramus Gatekeeper

First major enemies that you encounter in the dungeon, they have a lengthy DoT called Clinging Darkness that should be dispelled when it reaches around ~8 stacks. It will jump to another player and begin ramping damage again. It is tedious to continue dispelling but will spread the damage pressure out between your allies.

Corpse Harvester

The most annoying enemies in existence. They have a very damaging Drain Fluids cast that also "disorients" you. Even though damage should break disorients?? Either way, watch these enemies like a hawk, stand by them and use Psychic Scream if need be. Just make sure they get stopped.

Necrotic Bolt

Many different mobs cast this ability. Keep in mind that it is a negative healing absorb, that is it will consume the healing that you intend. Work to heal up your allies afflicted with this ability and assist with fears when possible to reduce the pressure.

Blightbone

Always aim Heaving Retch away from the group, ideally facing a wall or facing over the previous pile of gas on the ground. Even if you have to run into the gas pool, silencing yourself for a moment, it is worth as long as you don't get yourself killed. This will save a tremendous amount of space and make it less likely that you'll bump into other enemies you don't intend to pull.

Help your team with killing the Carrion Worm. You can Psychic Scream to interrupt their damaging cast and you can Shining Force them back into the gas piles to gain some separation for you and your allies. Keep in mind that if they melee too much then they'll explode and wipe the party.

Skips

One of the most significant skips in Necrotic Wake will be dodging around Nar'zudah, an extremely nasty enemy. You can go around either side of this group. I would recommend going around Nar'zudah's side as there is a training dummy on the opposite side and if your team isn't careful they'll move too close to the bonecarver like the image below!

Use Mind Soothe to go around Nar'zudah the opposite way!

Amarth

Necrolord and dragon combined! Watch for the boss' frontals and don't burn all of your resources early on damage. Each Final Harvest will consume the killed bodies and increase the boss' passive ticking damage on the party. You must kill every undead enemy before that cast, but if you team lacks kicks and is busy with other enemies, you can use Shackle Undead to shut down a caster to give your team more breathing room.

Surgeon Stitchflesh

Practice your aim! Personally I like to have my back to the construct and walk towards the boss on his platform to better align the Meat Hook.

Nalthor the Rimebinder

Stay spread before dispelling Frozen Binds, move from Comet Storm, win!

Best Holy Priest Covenant for Mythic+

In Mythic+ the Necrolord is as an excellent covenant for dungeon content. Some of the biggest challenges Holy Priest will have is the Prideful enemy and some select Tyrannical bosses. Holy will benefit the most with a stacked team, a bursty Covenant ability and follow up buffs. This is exactly what Unholy Nova provides with Emeni. As stacks increase, communicating with your team to stack, then cast Unholy Nova on your party and follow through with Holy Word: Sanctify or Prayer of Healing to sustain your team through the worst of the damage is remarkably effective.

On Tyrannical bosses, you often will leverage Lead by Example for key moments where your Flash Heal and Holy Word: Serenity will need to be as strong as possible to deal with high pressure mechanics on individuals or even on your entire team. If there's no damage going out that needs heavy healing, simply tossing out Unholy Nova for pure damage also shores up Holy's low passive damage in dungeons, making it much more competitive.

More detailed information on the various Covenants is available below. You can familiarize yourself with the abilities at your disposal, and their uses:

Best Soulbinds for Holy Priest in Mythic+

Our primary concerns on any Soulbind tree are, in order:

  1. Good generic traits on the Soulbind, that ideally lends them well to Mythic+
  2. Ideally one Potency and one Endurance Conduit

The following is a list of soulbinds that are good early on that you can take advantage of:

  • Venthyr: Nadjia: It is worth knowing that Door of Shadows comes with an AoE disorient on use with this Soulbind. Whilst not amazing, it can be situationally impactful as yet another soft interrupt. Her Thrill Seeker buff can drop quickly out of combat, but in a high tempo dungeon run it will get much better uptime. There are some concerns about dropping Theotar's mastery buff or having to move away from it in a dungeon environment.
  • Kyrian - Pelagos: Solid all around granting you a potency and an endurance rapidly. Finesse conduits are generally niche in dungeons while extra defensives are more universal.
  • Night Fae - Niya or Dreamweaver: Niya's first ability is just generally helpful with secondary stats but Dreamweaver is the earlier 2nd potency slot which can be extremely helpful as well.
  • Necrolord - Enemi: The Lead by Example trait is just generally helpful for increasing your throughput on demand. While it does not grant an endurance early, thats acceptable given the power of Emeni for Holy.

Holy Priest Strengths

Holy's kit has not changed greatly in a Mythic+ environment, but the dungeons themselves have become more group-damage oriented which in turn becomes extremely favorable to Holy's kit. Holy Words are generally the "bounce back" from incoming damage and that is put into overdrive in Shadowlands as Holy Word generation is further accelerated as Apotheosis instantly resets holy words and Harmonious Apparatus provides additional holy word synergy.

Instant Prayer of Mending is a huge boon in dealing with consistent damage that may go out in a dungeon and with now-baseline Circle of Healing lends some much needed mobility to the spec. Prideful is all about steady damage and often lead to attrition healing encounters at high keys where the player must maintain a certain high level of HPS to keep the party alive, especially as DPS save their cooldowns so they can take advantage of them on the next trash pack with Pride's buff.

As mentioned previously, Holy Words generate faster than ever allowing for Holy Word: Chastise to be cast more frequently and produce even more stuns via Censure. Constant use with multiple different targets can provide a surprising amount of effective "damage reduction" to your tank by just reducing melee swings and damaging abilities flowing into them. Holy has a surprisingly versatile kit for dungeon content and can assuredly push high keys.

Holy Priest Mythic+ Weaknesses

Many of the weak points of Holy Priest are shored up through the covenant ability Unholy Nova. Low passive damage for example quickly increases thanks to covenants and the on-demand intellect bonus from soulbinds gives flexibility in strong areas as well.

There are still some gaps in Holy Words that can create tank or priority target vulnerability. These are generally narrow areas outside of Apotheosis where targets are continuing to take heavy damage with the only relief being Flash Heal spam. To dig out of this whole, triage healing and setting priorities on who needs the most healing right now is key. The Resonant Words conduit provides strong follow-up healing after a Holy Word cast and works on all 3 words. So if you know a pull will last longer, consider banking that Holy Word: Chastise cast to force a new Resonant Words proc and stun a key enemy at the same time.

It is also extremely tempted to use Guardian Spirit like a "win more" ability. Placing it early on the tank to allow them to sustain themselves early while you contribute damage. Really talk to your tank more about your Guardian Spirit usage and experiment yourself on using it earlier and later in pulls to maximize the bonus healing and/or cheat death that it provides.

Finding Groups as a Holy Priest - Improving Your Play in Mythic+

While Holy Priests have negative reviews regarding desirability in public opinion, every healer is capable of pushing high keys in Season 1 and Holy is no different. I personally, was declined in groups in Beta of all places by players who had never played with Holy Priest before and automatically assumed they were bad. To respond, I relentlessly bugged them until they invited me, I healed the dungeon fine, we timed it and they came away with a different outlook on the spec. It is very frustrating dealing with the ignorance of pugs but you yourself can be an active catalyst for changing community perception. You already are looking to improve yourself if you're reading this guide, keep going!

Healers all have to actively spend more time healing in Shadowlands dungeons and as a result stronger healers will shine through regardless of their class.

Probably the best advice I could give to anybody right now, in the position in which our spec is, is to network. Build a list of trusted players you would like to keep running with. Run with a solid group and you enjoyed how the tank pulled, communicated or was willing to listen? ADD THEM. They're very likely in the same position as you, looking to find teammates to push keys and learn higher dungeons together. Things will likely get rougher as the community "meta" expectations solidify. This will also bring an element of consistency to your runs.

Another key aspect of your runs is the ability to improve, learn and adapt. This innately differentiates the good from the great: the ability to be introspective, to break down a run after completion, and learn from mistakes. One large element of this is the routine of logging your keys, locally recording your runs via OBS software and going over the logs/footage to identify areas that were problematic:

  • Pulls where people died
  • Pulls where cooldowns were required but not available, in order to identify where else they should be spent or what could be done to have them up
  • Individual elements of play that may not be up to standard
  • Rotational, micro (in-pull), or macro (pathing/routing) issues

The Importance of Raider.IO Score

Raider.IO is a third-party website tracking keys being completed by individual players. They do this by watching the Mythic+ leader boards provided by Blizzard and, effectively "ranking" you amongst your peers in your role (Healer), class (Priest) and specialization (Holy). It does not get information about how well the key went, merely the group composition for it, and the final timer.

A lot of the un-organized pugging scene revolves around the Raider.IO score that this website provides; this is, effectively, a sum of the score associated with each of your best keys, and allows you to put a metric on how high somebody's best runs were.

If you're interested in pushing keys, this number will naturally go up. The advice above will get you there, but you will need to be aware of the limitations of this system and the preconceived biases others may have around what a "low" score may be, for instance. The other, bigger issue is that this score hides your actual ability more often than not, and this cuts both ways. Weak players can rank higher, thanks to their groups being stronger than they are, whilst stronger players may have been unlucky and been in weaker groups.

You are not alone
  • in wanting to improve your score
  • in wanting to have consistent and successful dungeon runs
  • in wanting to have friends to play with.

So. many. others. are just like you. Sometimes you need to be the catalyst for change in your game experience. If guildies aren't interested, build your network. PuG, add the best performers from each run to your friends list, make discord groups, make friends and socialize. It's an MMO after all!

This guide will walk you through common problems, pitfalls, and places to improve your gameplay as a Holy Priest in order to maintain a competitive edge in Shadowlands. Many of the topics covered are based on the Holy Priest rotations, so make sure you familiarize yourself with that information to get the most out of this guide.