Shadowlands Holy Priest Guide

Holy Priest Overview

Welcome to Wowhead's Holy Priest guide, updated for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Pre-Patch! This guide will teach you to master playing Holy Priest in all aspects of the game, helping you to keep your allies alive in Raids and Mythic+ dungeons.

Throughout this guide, we will cover many different aspects to increase your Holy Priest expertise, including concepts like Holy Priest talents and talents builds, Holy Priest BiS gear choices, Holy Priest stat priorities, among many other aspects of your class and specialization. Make sure to navigate to additional pages of the guide to find more in-depth information on topics such as Mythic+, Raids, and gear recommendations.

Basic Information

Holy Priest in Shadowlands does not have monumental changes to the playstyle and structure. Holy is often regarded as the classic healer, offering a flexible healing style that mixes Heal over Time effects with powerful direct healing abilities in our Holy Words. Any sort of healing that is required, Holy is able to adapt and respond to it well enough to keep the group healthy. They are often viewed as the "Jak of all trades, master of none" for this reason. While they lack a specific niche, they make up for it in great raid oriented tools and cooldowns, which has only grown in Shadowlands with the addition of Circle of Healing to the baseline kit.

What's changed in Shadowlands?

With the second expansion in a row with minimal changes, Holy Priest should feel right at home for many returning players who have experienced it in Legion or BFA. There will be some talent adjustments that we will list below but the gameplay will continue to revolve around Holy Words and working to utilize them to the fullest.

New Abilities for Holy Priest in Shadowlands Pre-Patch

Holy Priest has received some talent adjustments and GCD improvements:
  • Circle of Healing - Is now a baseline ability and used about on cooldown whenever there is damage to heal as usual.
  • Renewed Faith - Replaces Enduring Renewal on the 15 talent row and is a potential 5 man focused option to better support your tank. During pre-patch, this can be a strong option for extremely fast boss kills where you want to further optimize raw throughput and don't need the mana return of Enlightenment.
  • Prayer Circle - Replaces Circle of Healing on the level 40 talent row in pre-patch offering faster heals after using Circle of Healing.
  • Apotheosis - Now instantly resets the cooldowns of your Holy Words when pressed solidifying this talent as the top Mythic+ pick on the row.
It has also received some returning abilities shared across all Priest specializations:
  • Mind Soothe - Offers a very useful tool for skipping trash enemies in Mythic+ and while questing. You cannot run straight through these enemies but you can be significantly closer to them than before without having them attack you.
  • Power Infusion - Off-GCD haste increase for yourself or an ally.
  • Power Word: Shield - Situational use when on the move and the ally needs instant healing.
  • Psychic Scream - Now baseline.
  • Shadow Word: Death - More shadow abilities now made available to Holy.
  • Shadow Word: Pain - Now baseline.

Holy Priest Strengths

  • Specializes in multi-target healing, with all direct healing abilities causing a Healing Over Time effect afterwords.
  • Has flexible single target and aoe oriented healing abilities in Holy Words.
  • Raid oriented cooldowns that can restore health or mana to the group.
  • Can heal through death for a short period of time with Spirit of Redemption.

Holy Priest Weaknesses

  • Lacks many mobile or instant cast abilities and can be impeded on specific encounters with high movement requirements.
  • Thrives in stacked encounters where Holy Word usage can be maximized, can struggle when players are more spread.
  • Lower defensive and survivability tools.

What makes Holy Priest Special

Best Holy Priest Racials

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  • Human- Offering bonus secondaries through The Human Spirit and a stun escape in Every Man for Himself, Humans are a solid overall selection.
  • Void Elf - The Allied Race offers a decent mobility/escape tool in Spatial Rift and a solid passive effect in Entropic Embrace for damage and healing.
  • Night Elf - Depending on the time of day you will receive bonus Haste or Critical Strike with the Touch of Elune passive. In addition, Shadowmeld has a wealth of uses in high level keystones, leading away mobs from the party so they can cross a part of the instance (like Volkaal in Atal’dazar) to later Shadowmeld and drop combat.