Shadowlands Holy Priest Guide

Best Legendaries for Holy Priest in Shadowlands

Shadowlands Legendary powers grant impactful gameplay effects for your Holy Priest through the new Runecarving system. As your crafted Shadowlands legendary will be the most important piece of gear in the expansion, providing large performance benefits, it is crucial to pick the right legendary to craft and effectively spend your Soul Ash.

In this guide, we will recommend the best legendary powers and item slots for your Holy Priest for Shadowlands content, as well as highlighting which legendaries are not worth crafting.

9.1 Holy Priest Legendary Changes

  • Legendaries can be upgraded from 235 Rank 4 to Rank 6 262 now using Soul Cinders.
  • There are 4 new legendaries, one for each covenant.
  • VenthyrShadow Word: Manipulation: Do not craft. Crit bonus after casting Mindgames.
  • NecrolordPallid Command: Summons a minion after using your covenant ability, not worth taking as a primary legendary.
  • Night FaeBwonsamdi's Pact: The cooldown reduction provided by this legendary is very interesting, especially in more casual content where you can buff your friends to massive heights. Though in a progress environment Holy has a better alternative. Fun legendary to mess around with.
  • KyrianSpheres' Harmony: The cooldown reduction provided by this legendary gives a strong damage bonus but not strong enough to take as your sole legendary. Do not craft.

Ideal Upgrade Order for Holy Priest Legendaries

Assuming you're not looking for a specific legendary for off-spec, we recommend the following crafting order:

#1Recraft Flash Concentration in the Neck slot if you have not already. If you have, upgrade to R5/6
#2Relax and enjoy
#3Craft/Upgrade alternative legendaries below as desired.

Recrafting Legendaries for Holy Priest in 9.1

Shards of Domination is a new system for Sanctum of Domination gear that provides powerful customizable bonuses by slotting Shards of Domination into specific gear pieces from Sanctum of Domination. Unfortunately, you'll be unable to add Domination Sockets to Legendaries in Patch 9.1; therefore, you'll typically want to avoid equipping legendaries in slots that conflict with Domination Socketed items. This includes all Helms, Shoulders, Chests from Sanctum of Domination as well as two other item slots depending on your armor type:

  • Cloth: Bracers & Belt

If your current legendary does conflict with a Domination Socketed item, you'll typically want to recraft that legendary to a different item slot. Additional item slot options have been added to most legendaries to accommodate these new requirements. For convenience, we've highlighted the most useful legendaries for Holy Priest that you'll likely want to recraft as well as the new recommended slot for that legendary in order to avoid conflicts with Domination Sockets:

LegendaryNew Best Slot
Flash ConcentrationNeck

Best Holy Priest Legendaries

What Legendaries to Craft As a Holy Priest

We listed the legendaries in terms of impact. The strongest and important legendaries are ranked first; legendaries not worth crafting are not mentioned at all (and there are many of them!).

Flash Concentration

  • Available Slots: Neck, Wrist
  • Crafting Preference: Neck
  • Stat preference: Mastery/Crit

Very powerful with a decent maintenance requirement. Heal's throughput bonus makes the spell quite efficient in stabilizing your tank and other party or raid members in all content. Maintaining the stacks of the buff in dungeons can be a challenge and you are less mobile but it provides very efficient single target which comes in particular handy on higher level dungeons as well due to the mana efficiency that you receive, allowing you to sustain throughput for a long period of time.

In raids, this legendary works well and with the 9.0.5 buffs to duration it is substantially easier to maintain and get high value from. There are so many short cooldowns that you cycle through regularly so maintaining uptime is very important. Once you do however, you're well set positioned to provide top level spot healing to the raid.

There is tremendous synergy between this legendary and Resonant Words and Trail of Light.

Verdict: Requires maintenance with a high reward. #1 Legendary

Harmonious Apparatus

  • Available Slots: Shoulder or Ring
  • Crafting Preference: Ring
  • Secondaries to use: Crit/Mastery

Simple and easy to work with. So long as you're properly using Circle of Healing and Prayer of Mending, you'll receive some good cooldown reduction over the course of raids or 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. This is key now that we have lost Essences and trinkets that regen tons of mana.

In 5 mans, this legendary is decent but rapidly loses value the higher that you go. The lower the damage is on the group the easier it is to just solely lean on Holy Word: Sanctify and Holy Word: Serenity to deal with the brunt of the incoming damage. However, as key damage increases, this legendary lacks the sustained output to heal higher level tank damage or Tyrannical bosses in an efficient manner.

Verdict: Simple legendary that is easy to operate but pales in comparison to Flash Conc.

X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus

  • Available Slots: Legs or Back
  • Crafting Preference: Legs
  • Secondaries to use: Mastery/Crit

The return of the classic "croak cloak" this is always a nice legendary to help you get familiar with encounters without the potential expense of costing your raid team a battle rez. The catch is that you don't gain much throughput with this legendary unless you force deaths to save yourself mana, but that also causes you to be rooted for a lengthy period of time where you can spam healing for no cost.

Verdict: Great when you're first learning encounters, but will get outperformed by pure throughput legendaries later on.

Best Holy Priest Legendary for Mythic+

Flash Concentration shines in Mythic+ keys for its high efficiency and powerful throughput. It takes time to properly manage but is absolutely worth it.

Best Holy Priest Legendary for Raiding

Flash Concentration is your preferred craft for Raiding in Sanctum of Domination. With the increased duration and Fae buffs from 9.0.5 the spec pumps out powerful single target oriented throughput with ease.

Do Not Craft Legendaries for Holy Priest

...Everything else:

Class:
  • VenthyrShadow Word: Manipulation: Do not craft. Crit bonus after casting Mindgames.
  • NecrolordPallid Command: Summons a minion after using your covenant ability, not worth taking as a primary legendary.
  • Night FaeBwonsamdi's Pact: The cooldown reduction provided by this legendary is very interesting, especially in more casual content where you can buff your friends to massive heights. Though in a progress environment Holy has a better alternative. Fun legendary to mess around with.
  • KyrianSpheres' Harmony: The cooldown reduction provided by this legendary gives a strong damage bonus but not strong enough to take as your sole legendary. Do not craft.
  • Divine Image: Old artifact trait turned legendary. It generates moderate healing, but is often low impact and random.
Generics:

If you need help with the legendary system in Shadowlands, check out the following guides on Wowhead:

Shadowlands LegendariesLegendary Crafting