Holy Priest Healing Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 06, 2018 at 08:34 by Niphyr 30 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Holy Priest healing guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Holy Priest in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Niphyr, a generally knowledgeable, long-time healing Priest and theorycrafter. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

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.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2. Patch 8.0.1 changes for Holy Priests

  • Renew Icon Renew now reduces the cooldown of Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify by 2 seconds.
  • Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel now has a 45-second cooldown, up from 15 seconds.
  • Apotheosis Icon Apotheosis now has a 20-second duration, 2-minute cooldown and generates 300% cooldown reduction on Holy Words.
  • Angel's Mercy Icon Angel's Mercy was added. Previously this was the Times and Measures artifact trait which provides a chance to reduce the cooldown of Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer upon taking damage.
  • Cosmic Ripple Icon Cosmic Ripple was added, which was previously an artifact trait.
  • Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation was added with a 12-minute cooldown, healing all allies within 40 yards and applying both Renew Icon Renew and 2 stacks of Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending. This cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds each time you cast a Holy Word, which, with regular use of your Holy Words, reduces the cooldown to 3-5 minutes on average.
  • Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit now has a 3 minute cooldown with 60% increased healing.
  • Body and Mind has been removed.
  • Divinity has been removed.
  • Piety has been removed.
  • Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope is now channelled and a baseline ability restoring mana to nearby healers based on their missing mana.
  • Benediction Icon Benediction is now a level 90 talent.
  • Light of the Naaru Icon Light of the Naaru is now a level 100 talent
  • Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude is back as a baseline ability.
  • Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream is back as a baseline ability.
  • Holy Words Icon Holy Words is renamed from Serendipity and is a hidden passive.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

4. Changelog

  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from more hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Updated addon suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (spells page): Minor clarifications on spell descriptions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent choice and playstyle.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Updated some talent suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated links to external resources.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Holy Priest Spreadsheet.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified playstyle options with a clear priority system.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added more affix specific suggestions.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings from hotfix changes.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor description clarifications.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat priority after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated choices after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority after higher gear-level modelling.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page added.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated suggestions for shared dungeon and raid gear enhancements.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Clarified some points based on feedback.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various updates to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made various substantial updates to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added FAQ.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Added common mistakes page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Clarified introduction wording regarding movement.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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