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.

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:

#1Craft Flash Concentration
#2Craft Harmonious Apparatus
#3Upgrade both.
#4Craft X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus as desired, generally for raid progression while learning fights.

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: Wrist
  • Stat preference: Mastery/Crit

Very powerful but very high maintenance. 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 your 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 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 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 for raw tank support and late stages for the high throughput and efficiency that it brings. Heavy single-target focused dungeons like Spires of Ascension or De Other Side which have extremely high single target heal requirements are particular must-have spots for this legendary.

In raids, this legendary works well and with the recent buffs to duration in 9.0.5 it will be 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. At 20 seconds duration it is much easier to maintain the 5 stack buff while being able to follow the rest of your priority list at the same time.

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: High maintenance high reward legendary. HIGH efficient output that can still be challenging to maintain.

Harmonious Apparatus

  • 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 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 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 Pridefuls or Tyrannical bosses in an efficient manner. As a result, it is an excellent legendary for new players but as you go into more challenging keystones, the value quickly diminishes.

The higher of an M+ level that you go, the more that this legendary will diminish in value however. One of the large benefits of this legendary is that it requires minimal maintenance to maximize. For higher levels Flash Concentration will be a stronger pick for dungeons and has a ton of strong uses in raids.

Verdict: Simple legendary that is easy to operate and yield its maximum results.

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. Harmonious Apparatus is a decent low-maintenace option but diminishes in value the higher into keystones that you go.

Best Holy Priest Legendary for Raiding

Flash Concentration is your preferred craft for Raiding in Castle Nathria. With the increased duration and Fae buffs incoming the spec pumps out powerful single target oriented throughput with ease. X'anshi, Return of Archbishop Benedictus can have some situational value when learning new encounters and Harmonious Apparatus is a good alternative legendary that is low maintenance to operate.

Do Not Craft Legendaries for Holy Priest

...Everything else:

  • Divine Image: Old artifact trait turned legendary. It generates moderate healing, but is often low impact and random.

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

Shadowlands LegendariesLegendary Crafting