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.
Ideal Crafting Order for Holy Priest Legendaries
Assuming you're not looking for a specific legendary for off-spec, we recommend the following crafting order:
|#1||Craft Harmonious Apparatus for raid-focus.|
|#2||Craft Flash Concentration if you're M+ focused or want to get a legendary before you kill Sire on normal.|
|#3||Upgrade Harmonious Apparatus and Flash Concentration together or focus one depending on your priorities (discussed further below)|
|#4||Craft X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus as desired, generally for raid progression while learning fights.|
Now that the content has been out for a few weeks this list has been updated to discuss players priorities as they're coming back to the game. Flash Concentration has proven to be extremely valuable on the Sun King encounter and works well in Mythic+ content so it has been added to the crafting list above. Check the specific legendaries discussed below for context on their selections and their utilizations.
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!).
- Available Slots: Shoulder or Ring
- Crafting Preference: Shoulder
- 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 excellent 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 very interesting. Some dungeons have very large group focused damage even further emphasized by the prideful affix which requires heavy party healing every 20% of enemy forces. Many dungeons like Theater of Pain, Necrotic Wake and Plaguefall to name a few, require fairly consistent party throughput, making this legendary extremely helpful for the additional Holy Words you can generate but in and out of your Apotheosis cooldown. Mana can also be an additional constraint particularly in Grievous or Bursting Affix weeks making the high efficacy of Holy Words vary valuable. Other dungeons like Spires or De Other Side require more single target where Flash Concentration can shine more. There is plenty of value in this legendary for not only reducing the cooldown of Holy Word: Serenity, but also that of Holy Word: Sanctify.
Verdict: Great legendary. Craft first if raid focused, then upgrade depending on your priorities.
- 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.
- Available Slots: Neck, Wrist
- Crafting Preference: Wrist
- Stat preference: Mastery/Crit
Good on paper, situationally powerful in practice. As players are learning dungeon content and tanks are gearing and becoming more familiar with instances they get absolutely annihilated. This makes the throughput bonus Heal quite efficient in stabilizing you tank and other party members. Maintaining the stacks of the buff in dungeons can be a challenge and you are less mobile but it provides very efficient single target.
In early dungeons your primary concern is frequently the tank, but the higher that you go, the more that the Prideful affix and the heavy group throughput that is required begins to be the primary challenge of your keys. As a result, this legendary works very well at early stages but I believe will receive more competition from Harmonious Apparatus later on. Some exceptions to the rule are heavy single-target focused dungeons like Spires of Ascension or De Other Side which have extremely high single target heal requirements.
In raids, this legendary could work well, but the low duration creates a big challenge. There are so many short cooldowns that you cycle through and those, in addition to Heal's lengthy cast time, make it difficult to get consistent value from the legendary. On the Sun King Salvation encounter, this legendary is fantastic because the entire focus of the encounter for healers is just single target support on the NPC. There is tremendous synergy between this legendary and Resonant Words and Trail of Light. Longer duration or making Heal extend the duration would make this legendary much more well rounded but it has good strengths already.
Verdict: Good early Mythic+ option with specific dungeons where it is excellent at in higher levels. Alternative/hyper-efficient single-target focused gameplay style for raiding.
Best Holy Priest Legendary for Mythic+
Flash Concentration in early level Mythic+ really shines with providing heavy tank support and single target support to allies. In later dungeons I believe there can be some good uses for Harmonious Apparatus as stated above but Flash should be your initial craft priority.
Best Holy Priest Legendary for Raiding
Harmonious Apparatus is your preferred craft for Raiding in Castle Nathria. X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus can have some situational value when learning new encounters and Flash Concentration is the dominant legendary specifically for the Sun King Salvation encounter.
Do Not Craft Legendaries for Holy Priest
- Divine Image: Old artifact trait turned legendary. It generates moderate healing, but is often low impact and random.
- Measured Contemplation: Buffs the healing of your Flash Heal like the Azerite essence Devout Spirit from BfA. Problem with this legendary is that there is such a long duration between each buffed Flash Heal that its nowhere near as consistent as the Azerite trait it was made from.
- Vault of Heavens: Causing Leap of Faith to have multiple charges and to be improving your mobility. Fun, but not strong enough to see competitive play.
- Cauterizing Shadows: Steadily nerfed over Beta. Too weak to see competitive play.