Introduction to the Holy Priest

Healers that worship the power of the Light, Holy Priests use powerful healing spells to keep themselves and their allies healed through dire situations. The Holy specialisation allows for smooth and very strong AoE/raid healing, and it performs very well in terms of single target healing as well. Holy has traditionally been a reactive healer, using a variety of spells at its disposal to quickly heal damage taken by their allies.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Holy Priest, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Holy Priest


  • Easy to pick up and learn to play.
  • Excels at reactive burst and group healing.
  • Unique cooldown-based healing style providing regular bursts of healing.


  • Mediocre mobility while healing, with the majority of spells having cast times.
  • Mediocre group healing in situations that force a large spread.
  • Reliance on short cooldown abilities can hurt sustained throughput, especially single target.


15Enlightenment EnlightenmentTrail of Light Trail of LightEnduring Renewal Enduring Renewal
30Angel's Mercy Angel’s MercyPerseverance PerseveranceAngelic Feather Angelic Feather
45Cosmic Ripple Cosmic RippleGuardian Angel Guardian AngelAfterlife Afterlife
60Psychic Voice Psychic VoiceCensure CensureShining Force Shining Force
75Surge of Light Surge of LightBinding Heal Binding HealCircle of Healing Circle of Healing
90Benediction BenedictionDivine Star Divine StarHalo Halo
100Light of the Naaru Light of the NaaruApotheosis ApotheosisHoly Word: Salvation Holy Word: Salvation

Rotation of the Holy Priest

The basic rotation of the Holy Priest is as follows:

  • Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal for emergency triage on an ally near death
  • Heal Icon Heal for general purpose single-target healing
  • Renew Icon Renew while moving and emergency healing is required
  • Smite Icon Smite an enemy when no healing is required

Healing Cooldowns

Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn is a channeled spell that heals all raid members within 40 yards over 8 seconds, and also increase the healing they receive during that time by 10%

Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit places a buff on the target, which lasts for 10 seconds and increases all healing received by the target by 60%

Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope should be used towards the end of a raid encounter to give the highest potential mana back to all healers in your group

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Holy Priest is:

  1. Mastery = Critical Strike
  2. Versatility
  3. Intellect
  4. Haste