Talent Builds for Healing Priests
There are multiple builds for Healing Priests, most of them revolve around utilising a similar set of base talents and then applying the remaining points, depending on the intended utility or role that is desired.
If you were looking for leveling builds, please refer to our leveling guide for Priests.
Priest leveling guide
Important Talents for 'Deep Holy' Priests
Deep Holy in this context refers to you going deep into the Holy tree to pick up a lot of the healing talents, and it goes all out on maximizing your throughput as a healer. There are several variations you can make on this build and it is by no means the only viable build, but this serves as a good guideline.
Important Talents for 'Deep Discipline' Priests
Deep Discipline in this context refers to you going deep into the Discipline tree to focus more on your own damage and, most importantly, gives you the option to pick Power Infusion. This build is not really recommended early on, as you give up a lot of the healing benefits that going deep into Holy provides. It also does not have a tremendous amount of flexibility in terms of your talent choices. As you and your raid get more gear, this build becomes stronger because you do not have to heal as much, which makes shifting the focus to increasing the DPS of your raid more excusable.
- Power Infusion - This is the biggest reason to consider this build. Adding an extra damage cooldown to your raid makes it valuable for fights where it is not so much about the healing, but the DPS required. Be prepared for bribes from your raid to give them Power Infusion!
- Divine Spirit - It is important to have at least one Priest in the raid get this, but not all Priests have to get it. Make sure to communicate with your fellow Priests about who has to take it.
- Inner Focus - This adds a lot of efficiency to your healing ability every 3 minutes, both in terms of Mana efficiency and raw throughput.
- 09 Aug. 2019: Guide added.
World of Warcraft Classic Leveling Guide Wiki Guide
This section will give you more information on each of the talents in each of the three trees, and which builds in particular they help promote.
Classic WoW Discipline Talents
|Unbreakable Will||Raiding, PVP||While this ability is essential for PVP, it also functions as solid filler for raiding Priests of all kinds.|
|Wand Specialization||Leveling||An essential talent for leveling Priests, but you won't be using your wand in PVP or raids.|
|Silent Resolve||Raiding||Healing Priests won't need this spell unless they are looking for filler, but Shadow Priests should always take this to reduce their threat generation.|
|Improved Power Word: Fortitude||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||It doesn't matter what you are doing, improving one of the most potent buffs in the game is always a good idea.|
|Improved Power Word: Shield||Leveling, Raiding||This is a great talent for leveling Priests, and raiding Priests who are primarily focused on healing, but raiding Shadow Priests can save their points for other talents.|
|Martyrdom||Raiding, PVP||This is a great PVP talent, and it also has situational use for raiding Priests. You'll always be grateful when it procs but, depending on what you are doing, it may not proc often enough in PVE encounters to justify the points spent.|
|Inner Focus||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||For a single point you can make any spell free on a 3 minute cooldown. Since mana is everything for casters, this should always be on your radar.|
|Meditation||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Allowing your mana to regenerate while casting is incredibly powerful, so you should always pick up at least a few ranks of this, and max it out if you can.|
|Improved Inner Fire||Leveling, PVP||This talent can improve your survivability while leveling and in PVP so, if you want it, you can certainly make room in your build for this.|
|Mental Agility||Raiding||This talent gets the most use from healing Priests in raids. Mana efficiency is paramount for all Priests, but only healing priests spend enough time casting instant spells to really justify this.|
|Improved Mana Burn||PVP||This is great for PVP Priests who want to target other casters. If that's your idea of a good time, pick this up. Otherwise, spend those precious points elsewhere.|
|Mental Strength||Raiding||Essential for raiding Discipline Priests, especially because it also unlocks Power Infusion.|
|Divine Spirit||Raiding||A high-value single talent point, deep in the Discipline tree. Get it and use it to buff a player who needs more mana regeneration (Hint: One of those is you)|
|Force of Will||N/A||This talent only influences damaging spells, so only take this if you are playing a Discipline DPS Priest. But don't do that. Play Shadow or healing Discipline, instead.|
|Power Infusion||Raiding||Power Infusion allows you to grant significant temporary buffs to either yourself or other players. If you need clutch burst healing, use it on yourself. If something needs to die immediately, use it on a Mage, Warlock, Shadow Priest, or other potent casters. It's always useful.|
Classic WoW Holy Talents
|Healing Focus||PVP||This talent is really only useful for PVP healing. Shadow Priests should never take it, and neither should raiding healing Priests.|
|Improved Renew||Raiding, PVP||Renew is an expensive spell, but it's one healing Priests will use constantly, whether in Battlegrounds or in raids. Improving its effectiveness is a great way to give yourself more efficient heals, so we recommend at least a few ranks for healing Priests.|
|Holy Specialization||Raiding, PVP||Whether you are playing a Holy DPS build or healing, this is an excellent talent. 5% extra crit applies to both damage and healing, so always pick this up.|
|Spell Warding||N/A||This talent would be much more useful if it reduced all types of damage, but since it only reduces spell damage, it is relegated to niche PVP situations. Even so, there are far better PVP talents, so just skip it.|
|Divine Fury||Raiding, PVP||Reducing cast times, whether for damaging or healing spells, is incredibly potent. Take every rank, every time.|
|Holy Nova||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||The Priest version of Arcane Explosion (except a bit more mana-intensive), it can have situational use in both PVP and PVE, but for a single talent point, you really can't go wrong by grabbing it.|
|Blessed Recovery||PVP||While maxing this talent out is not recommended, spending a single point in it to unlock at least a bit of self-healing can be useful for PVP healing priests.|
|Inspiration||Raiding, PVP||If you are a healing Priest, whether you are in raids or in Battlegrounds, this can be a useful way to make your groupmates more resilient as you heal them. Reduce their damage taken and you improve your mana efficiency.|
|Holy Reach||Raiding, PVP||This is a great choice for PVP Priests, who will spend time both healing and attacking, but it has more situational use for raiding Priests. It's not a bad way to spend points, but there are better talents for raiders.|
|Improved Healing||Raiding||This reduces the mana cost of your primary healing spells. Mandatory for all healing Priests going this far into the Holy tree.|
|Searing Light||PVP||This is a useful talent for DPS Holy Priests, but no healing Holy Priest should take this.|
|Improved Prayer of Healing||N/A||While this talent improves Prayer of Healing, the spell isn't one you'll use often, due to the high mana cost. Your points are better spent elsewhere.|
|Spirit of Redemption||Raiding, PVP||Spirit of Redemption allows you to heal beyond your own death. It can be incredibly useful if you die towards the end of a PVP skirmish or a PVP encounter, and it's a single talent point.|
|Spiritual Guidance||Raiding||Since Spirit is one of the primary stats for Priests anyway, this talent has great synergy with the equipment you'll be going for. Pick this up if you are a raid healer.|
|Spiritual Healing||Raiding, PVP||More healing from each heal. If you are a Holy healing Priest, this is essential.|
|Lightwell||N/A||It's unfortunate that Lightwell, the capstone of the Holy tree, isn't more useful. But it isn't, so don't take it.|
Classic WoW Shadow Talents
|Spirit Tap||Leveling, Raiding||This is an absolute must-have for leveling Shadow Priests, and makes for great filler for raiding Shadow Priests (instead of Blackout), as many enemies in raids will either be immune to stuns, or stunning enemies may hinder the tank's ability to move them into position.|
|Blackout||PVP||Adding a stun to the spells you use most often is invaluable for PVP Shadow Priests, so always take this if Battlegrounds or world PVP are your destination.|
|Shadow Affinity||Raiding||Shadow Priests generate a lot of threat, so be sure to pick this up if you are raiding.|
|Improved Shadow Word: Pain||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Shadow Word: Pain is one of the core spells for Shadow Priests, so improving it is always good. Used in every Shadow build.|
|Shadow Focus||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Spell Hit is essential, especially for raiding Shadow Priests. Pick this up to reduce the likelihood your Shadow spells will be resisted.|
|Improved Psychic Scream||Leveling, PVP||Psychic Scream is an incredibly powerful spell, but it's really only useful for PVP, or when trying to stay alive while leveling.|
|Improved Mind Blast||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Mind Blast is a core spell for Shadow Priests, so reducing the cooldown is a no-brainer. Grab this, regardless of Shadow build.|
|Mind Flay||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||This is an absolute must. Spending one talent point gets you one of the most useful spells in a Shadow Priest's arsenal.|
|Improved Fade||N/A||While Fade can have situational uses, spending talent points is not worth it, especially with so many other incredibly potent offerings in the Shadow tree.|
|Shadow Reach||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||More range is always better. Give yourself more flexibility in all situations by picking this up.|
|Shadow Weaving||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Shadow Weaving adds a debuff to any target you hit with your Shadow spells, making every attack more deadly than the last. Essential for all Shadow builds.|
|Silence||PVP||Being able to shut other casters up in PVP is incredibly powerful. The judicious use of this spell will allow you to dominate encounters which would have been dicey, otherwise.|
|Vampiric Embrace||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||This spell is not only incredibly useful at keeping you alive in PVP, it also unlocks the quintessential Shadow spell, Shadowform. It generates too much threat to use often in raids, but outside of that, it's a potent point to be sure.|
|Improved Vampiric Embrace||PVP||Vampiric Embrace is excellent in PVP, so improving it will make you even more powerful (and harder to kill).|
|Darkness||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Darkness adds more Shadow damage for a build which is all about Shadow damage. Always a good decision.|
|Shadowform||Leveling, Raiding, PVP||Shadowform brings every Shadow build together, adding a flat 15% Shadow damage boost for the Priest, as well as a 15% reduction in damage taken. It's always useful, so always get it when rolling Shadow.|
The following sections is dedicated to listing and explaining three of the best builds for Leveling, Raiding in PvE Dungeons, and PvP encounters. It should be noted that many Priest talents in each of the three trees have their own strengths, and many players often find their own preferred builds that may not be exactly the same, so feel free to experiment or change these suggested builds to use the talents you feel resonate with you the most.
- Discipline - 18
- Holy - 2
- Shadow - 31
This build dips into Discipline to obtain powerful leveling skills like ‘’’Wand Specialization’’’, ‘’’Meditation’’’, ‘’’Inner Focus’’’, and ‘’’Improved Power World: Shield’’’, making it much easier to maintain high levels of mana throughout both open world questing and dungeon play (whether dealing damage or healing).
The primary focus of the build, however, is on the powerful talents in the Shadow tree. Talent spells like ‘’’Vampiric Embrace’’’, ‘’’Mind Flay’’’, and talents like ‘’’Shadow Weaving’’’ are potent in their own right, but they become downright devastating when used in conjunction with ‘’’Shadowform’’’.
- Whether you decide to begin by filling out the Discipline tree or dive straight into Shadow, your first ten points should go to ‘’’Wand Specialization’’’ in Discipline and ‘’’Spirit Tap’’’ in Shadow. These two abilities will significantly increase your mana recovery. Finish off enemies with empowered wand strikes, then recover your mana at twice the speed for a short time. ‘’’Spirit Tap’’’ also allows half of your mana regen to continue while casting, at least for the duration of the buff.
- ‘’’Improved Power Word: Fortitude’’’ and ‘’’Improved Power Word: Shield’’’ will mean you have access to more health and more robust shields. This means you’ll have to spend less time, and less mana, on expensive healing spells.
- The next points in Discipline should go into ‘’’Meditation’’’ and ‘’’Inner Focus’’’. These talents will allow you to make any spell free on a three-minute cooldown and allow a portion of your mana regeneration to be active even while casting. Combined with ‘’’Spirit Tap’’’, this means access to much more mana.
- Round Discipline out with a single point in a talent of your choice (we recommend ‘’’Unbreakable Will’’’) before taking at least three ranks of ‘’’Mental Agility’’’.
- While only situationally useful, putting two points into ‘’’Healing Focus’’’ in the Holy tree means, even if your back is against the wall, you’ll be able to finish casting that healing spell, even while being attacked by a melee enemy. It may not look like much, but these two talent points will save your life.
- In the Shadow tree, the first five points go to ‘’’Spirit Tap’’’, followed quickly by ‘’’Improved Shadow Word: Pain’’’ and ‘’’Shadow Focus’’’. These talent points will ensure you are getting more mana back after each kill your main DOT spell lasts longer, and enemies are far less likely to resist your spells (a massive boon, given how expensive some priest spells can be).
- Priests don’t have access to much crowd-control, and the limited options they have come with cooldowns. ‘’’Psychic Scream’’’ is an incredibly powerful defensive spell, so reduce the cooldown with two points in ‘’’Improved Psychic Scream’’’ then grab the powerful ‘’’Mind Flay’’’ which slows enemies as it deals damage.
- Pick up ‘’’Shadow Reach’’’ and ‘’’Shadow Weaving’’’ to give your spells an extra 20% range and cause them to increase subsequent damage taken.
- Enemy casters can be a problem for Priests. From Warlocks, who use powerful DOT spells and curses, to Mages who hit hard and fast, to even other Priests. ‘’’Silence’’’ gives the Priest a powerful anti-caster tool to shut up that pesky foe.
- ‘’’Vampiric Embrace’’’ is like no other spell in World of Warcraft: Classic. It places a debuff on foes which heals the entire party for 20% of the Shadow damage dealt to them for a full minute, and it is incredibly cheap to cast. Not only is it a powerful spell in its own right, it also unlocks access to the lynchpin to the entire build, ‘’’Shadowform’’’.
- Pick up five points in ‘’’Darkness’’’ to gain a flat 10% Shadow damage bonus, then spend the last point in ‘’’Shadowform’’’. When you reach Level 40, make sure to respec to grab Shadowform, as it will make leveling much easier from that point on.
Priests are valuable members of any raiding team. With potent, flexible healing and many tools for dealing damage and CC, Priests have something to offer in any situation. Most Priests will be asked to specialize in healing, but groups with Warlocks in them will always want to bring at least one Shadow Priest along for Shadow Weaving.
Discipline/Holy Raid Healing Build
- Discipline - 21
- Holy - 30
- Shadow - 0
Whether Discipline or Holy, healing Priests have been the most sought after healers in all of World of Warcraft Classic. With a wide variety of healing and defensive spells, and an unprecedented two healing specializations, Priests excel in healing in a way no other class in WoW Classic does. Those Priests who choose to focus on healing will find an open slot in virtually every party they come across.
- Since you won't be needing '''Wand Specialization''' in raids, '''Unbreakable Will''' becomes the filler talent for the first tier. Move on to the next row and pick up one filler point in '''Silent Resolve''' and max out '''Improved Power Word: Fortitude''' to reduce your threat and improve your already-potent buff, respectively.
- '''Meditation''' and '''Inner Focus''' will improve your mana regeneration and efficiency.
- '''Improved Power Word: Shield''' will improve one of your core defensive spells, and is a must-have for raid healing builds.
- '''Mental Agility''' reduces the cost of your instant-cast spells, which includes Power Word: Shield and Renew, so you'll need to pick it up.
- '''Divine Spirit''' rounds out the Discipline talents you'll need by granting you a potent mana regen buff for the entire raid.
- In Holy, pick up '''Holy Specialization''' to give yourself an increased chance to crit with your heals, then grab two filler points in '''Improved Renew'''.
- Reduce the cast time of your heals with '''Divine Fury''', then move on to grab '''Holy Nova''' to gain another AOE healing spell.
- '''Inspiration''' improves the resilience of your targets when you crit heal them, which will now happen more often thanks to '''Holy Specialization'''.
- Pick up a filler rank in '''Holy Reach''', then max out '''Improved Healing''' , '''Spiritual Guidance''', and '''Spiritual Healing''' to increase your mana efficiency and finish off the build.
Shadow Raiding Build
- Discipline - 16
- Holy - 0
- Shadow - 35
Shadow Priests bring great utility to raid parties, especially if those parties contain other Shadow Priests or Warlocks. Shadow Weaving is a powerful buff to the raid's Shadow damage and, if no healing Priests are present, Power Word: Fortitude will make things easier for the healers in the group.
- Although you'll very rarely see the buff from it, max out '''Spirit Tap''' as your first talent because '''Blackout''' can actually cause issues with the tank's ability to move enemies occasionally.
- Threat and Spell Hit are major issues for DPS in WoW Classic, so grab '''Shadow Affinity''' and '''Shadow Focus''' to make things easier for yourself, then grab '''Improved Shadow Word: Pain''' to improve one of your core spells.
- '''Mind Flay''' is a must-have spell for a single point, so pick it up, then grab four points in '''Improved Mind Blast'''.
- '''Shadow Weaving''' is powerful for your own damage, but it scales proportionally to the number of Shadow damage dealers in the raid. The more Warlocks and Shadow Priests, the more damage these 5 points will generate for the raid.
- '''Shadow Reach''' adds 20% extra range onto your Shadow spells, letting you move more freely, so grab that, then move down and pick up '''Vampiric Embrace'''.
- '''Darkness''' is a flat damage buff for every spell you'll be using, and so is '''Shadowform''', so grab them both and round out the Shadow tree talents.
- '''Unbreakable Will''' in the Discipline tree is only filler, but it will come in handy occasionally.
- When taken in conjunction with '''Shadow Affinity''', '''Silent Resolve''' represents a massive reduction in threat generation, making it essential for the raiding Shadow Priest.
- '''Improved Power Word: Fortitude''' is always a great talent to take, as it improves an already incredibly powerful buff. This is doubly essential if you are the only Priest in the group.
- '''Inner Focus''' and '''Meditation''' will improve your mana efficiency and regeneration, making them both essential additions for the build.
Priests are valuable members of any PVP team. With potent, flexible healing and many tools for dealing damage and CC, Priests have something to offer in any situation. Shadow Priests in PVP fill largely the same role as Warlocks, with one big difference: Shadow Priests can flex into healing at the drop of a hat, making them incredibly valuable to have on your team. Whether healing or dealing damage, a skilled PVP Priest is a sight to behold.
Healing PVP Build
- Discipline - 21
- Holy - 30
- Shadow - 0
This build focuses on giving the healing Priest the best bang for their buck in both defensive and utilitarian spheres. It's all about making your spells efficient, effective, and fast.
- '''Unbreakable Will''' is essential for every PVP Priest, so pick it up, then move down and take full ranks in '''Improved Power Word: Fortitude''', '''Improved Power Word: Shield''', and '''Martyrdom''' to improve your main buff, your main defensive spell, and your ability to heal or deal damage while under attack.
- '''Meditation''' and '''Inner Focus''' improve your mana efficiency and regeneration, making them ideal for extended skirmishes.
- '''Mental Agility''' improves the efficiency of your instant-cast spells, which will be a big part of your play, since they allow you to keep moving (which is essential in PVP).
- A single point in '''Mental Strength''' fills out the Discipline tree.
- '''Healing Focus''' and '''Holy Specialization''' are essential to increase your crit chance and your ability to cast while under duress, so max them both out.
- Take two points in '''Improved Renew''' and call me in the morning.
- '''Divine Fury''' will reduce the cast time on some of your core healing spells, making it a must-have in PVP.
- Max out '''Inspiration''' for some added utility to your crit heals, then take '''Holy Nova''' and put a single point in '''Blessed Recovery'''.
- '''Holy Reach''' and '''Improved Healing''' increase the area-of-effect and mana efficiency of some of your spells, so max out both of those.
- While it is situational, '''Spirit of Redemption''' can come through in the clutch, so grab it for a single point, then max out '''Spiritual Healing''' to gain 10% more healing, which is what we're all here for anyway.
Shadow PVP Build
- Discipline - 18
- Holy - 0
- Shadow - 33
Shadow Priests who enjoy PVP will see another, much more sadistic side of the specialization. With damaging abilities which also heal the Priest and their teammates, Silence to stymie other casters, Psychic Scream to make melee-range enemies flee in terror, and stuns added to their Shadow spells, Shadow Priests can be some of the deadliest foes in any Battleground or world PVP situation. When you are on a roll, few classes will be able to oppose you, and many who see you coming may simply run away instead of deal with the devastation you bring.
- In the Discipline tree, pick up the essential '''Unbreakable Will''' to reduce your ability to be CC'd.
- Grab '''Martyrdom''', '''Improved Power Word: Shield''', and '''Improved Power Word: Fortitude''' to improve your survivability and healing potential.
- '''Inner Focus''' and '''Meditation''' improve your mana regeneration and efficiency, so grab both of those to help with extended fights.
- '''Improved Inner Fire''' increases the armor bonus you gain from Inner Fire, so grab this for better survivability.
- Heading to Shadow, grab the immensely powerful '''Blackout''' to add stun potential to your Shadow spells.
- '''Improved Shadow Word: Pain''' improves one of the core Shadow spells, so max that out, then take three points in '''Shadow Focus''' to increase your Spell Hit.
- '''Improved Psychic Scream''' is a potent AOE fear, so shorten the cooldown to make it an even greater threat to enemies, particularly those of the "melee" persuasion.
- Grab two ranks in '''Improved Mind Blast''', then take '''Mind Flay''', which rivals '''Shadowform''' and '''Vampiric Embrace''' as the single best point spent in this tree.
- Max out '''Shadow Reach''' and '''Shadow Weaving''' to ensure you'll hit harder, and from further away, than ever before.
- Grab '''Silence''' to deal with pesky enemy casters, then take '''Vampiric Embrace''' and '''Improved Vampiric Embrace''' to heal yourself for massive damage while you destroy your enemies.
- '''Darkness''' and '''Shadowform''' buff your Shadow damage significantly while reducing your damage taken, so grab both to round out this potent build.
The Incredible MCU That Time Forgot
Talent Builds for Holy Priests
Holy Priest is the go-to spec for healing priests. It has a handful of talents that increase your healing capabilities as well as your Mana regeneration. When focusing on PvE raiding content, Holy is the go-to spec.
If you are looking for leveling builds, please refer to our leveling guide for Priests.
Priest Leveling Guide
Holy Priest Talents and Build
This is the recommended Holy Priest PvE spec. There is not much wiggle room in regards to choosing different talents as this build picks up many improvements to your healing overall, as well as some much-needed Mana generation talents.
Notable Holy Priest Talents
Here we will go over some of the key talents that you will want to have if specializing in Holy.
- Meditation — This is a large improvement to your Mana regeneration.
- Silent Resolve &mdsah; Holy Priests that find themselves having threat issues may wish to put points into this talent. Points from Improved Power Word: Fortitude can be put here instead if you have another Priest with this talent, as well as the point in Absolution.
- Inner Focus — This can be used for a free spell cast. This spell will not interrupt your Spirit-based Mana regeneration.
- Mental Agility — As Holy, a large portion of your spell casts are instant, giving this talent very high value.
- Holy Nova — This gives you the option to deal a bit of AoE damage while also healing your party members that are in range.
- Improved Healing — This helps with your Mana costs.
- Spirit of Redemption — This gives you a 5% increase to Spirit. In addition to that, if you ever die you will turn into an Angel form, allowing you to continue healing for up to 15 seconds with no Mana cost and making you immune to damage.
- Holy Concentration — This gives you a 6% chance to get a free spell cast. Use these procs on Greater Heal whenever possible.
- Circle of Healing — This is an amazing AoE healing spell, and one of the best in the game. Be careful to not overuse this spell as it has a high Mana cost in proportion to how quickly you can use it.
Holy Priest does not utilize the Shadow tree for their PvE talent build.
Alternative Holy Priest Talents and Builds
Holy Priest has an alternative build that aims to buff their party and raid even further.
Improved Divine Spirit Alternative
This spec goes for Improved Divine Spirit to buff their raid with increased Spirit, Spell Damage and healing. While the increased stats are nice, this spec is typically replaced later on when raid damage is much higher.
- 30 May 2021: Guide added.
The Best Priest PvE Healer Build for WoW Classic
An in-depth guide on how to become the best Priest Healer in WoW Classic
You can find all our Pocket Guides for other WoW Classic Classes builds right here: Best WoW Classic Builds
If you have just started leveling your Priest, you may want to check out our Priest leveling Guide first
Priest, with his two competitive healing/support-oriented Talent trees in the form of Discipline and Holy, is regarded as the most well-rounded healer of WoW Classic. While specced in Holy, Priest excels in both AoE and Single-Target healing without sacrificing the strength of Class's signature buffs - Divine Spirit and Power Word: Fortitude. Holy Priest is the backbone of any progressive Raid and is great for any content that requires healing (both PvP and PvE). If dedicated to the route of Discipline, Priest loses some of his healing output but gains the ability to infuse his group members with holy power. Disci's Power Infusion is one of the best DPS-oriented cooldowns in the game. It is also the reason why speed-running guilds stack Discipline Priests as their healers.
The main downside of Priests comes from their mobility or the lack of it. Their most powerful spells require casting time, which results in high HPS loss when Priests are forced to move (Renew and Power Word: Shield are typically not enough to keep teammates healthy). On top of that, despite some strong sustain-oriented Talents, priests can run out of mana surprisingly quickly without the proper management.
The Best Race Choice
Note: Here, we will point you only towards the best PvE Healer Priest Race. If you'd like to know more about other race picks, please check our WoW Classic Beginners Guide, where we dive deep into all available Priest's race choices for both factions.
Human and Night Elf are not even close to Dwarf when it comes to the utility provided by racials. Dwarf's Fear Ward is one of the strongest PvE and PvP racials in the game (it lets you bypass some Boss mechanics, and makes you much stronger against Warlocks in PvP). Stone Form makes Dwarf more durable and allows him to remove some annoying effects from your character. And Desperate Prayer can save his life in some situations.
|Despite having 1 less choice, picking a Priest Race on Hodre's side is much more difficult. On paper, Troll is a better option as Berserking is the only racial that affects HPS and Hex of Weakness can be useful in 5-mans run without Warrior who has access to Mortal Strike. But. The boost provided by Berserking is very minor most of the time. On the other hand, Undead's Will of the Forsaken shines in PvE as well as in some of the PvE encounters and Cannibalize provides some additional self-healing during combat, but Devouring Plague, while powerful, wastes a debuff slot. All in all, you should pick either Race based on your preference (they are very comparable in both PvP and PvE).|
The Best Professions Choice
There are two professions that make a real impact in Raids and they are Engineering and Tailoring (Alchemy is also a decent option, but you can buy Flasks, Elixirs, and Potions from other players, which makes it much less impactful). Engi's Goblin Saper Charge is the single most powerful tool for Raid vs Raid encounters in the game (few players breaking through enemy lines and triggering their Saper Charges inside enemy's zerg is enough to wipe out the enemy a lot of the time). Moreover, Engi gadgets come in handy in many back-to-the-wall situations. The fact that Engineering is also considered the best PvP profession is an added benefit to its power in PvE and Raiding environments. Tailoring, a seemingly mediocre PvE profession, gives you access to a powerful Bind on Pickup Robe - Truefaith Vestments which is a pre-Raid and Phase 1 BiS that is great during phase Phase 2 as well. Getting this Robe will definitely raise the power level of your character during the first few Raid Tiers of Classic.
At the start, you should pick Mining to supplement your Engineering Skill, you should also stock up on Cloths instead of vendoring/selling them. After you max out Engi, you should switch Mining to Tailo, as it can be easily (and rather cheaply) leveled without a supporting profession.
Note: If you want to know more about all available professions and secondary skills, please check our detailed WoW Classic Professions Guide.
Statistic Priority for a Healer Priest:
Healing Power ⇒Mp5 ⇒Spirit ⇒Intellect ⇒Spell Crit
The Best Talent Builds
Proper Talent allocation is essential for maximizing your Healing Per Second (HPS). Here, we will describe the most optimal specs and lead you through the Talent Trees level-by-level to explain some choices.
There are two competitive PvE Healer Priest Builds to choose from:
- Holy Priest - The all-purpose Healer build for priests. It focuses on increasing healing output by securing deep Holy Talents (Holy Specialization, Spiritual Guidance, and Spiritual Healing) without forgoing sustain provided by Discipline's Meditation and Mental Agility Talents or much-needed buffs (most notably Divine Spirit and Improved Power Word: Fortitude). If you want to focus on HPS and be well-rounded, pick this build.
- Discipline Priest - Build that sacrifices Holy's healing output in favor of the Power Infusion Talent. Priests who run this build are able to boost Raid's performance, by providing top DPS players with a powerful Cooldown. While Discipline's HPS is not as high as Holy's, the build's sustain is comparable or even better thanks to Mental Strength Talent. This build is not recommended for Raid progression as it is not meant for it and will, most likely, not provide enough HPS. It is meant for speedrunning content that is already on farm thanks to its DPS-boosting Power Infusion.
Holy Priest PvE Healer Build
Why no Lightwell? Short version: Because it's bad. Long version: It is very clunky, as it requires your teammates to click on the well if they want to be healed, which is very impractical during a Raid encounter. Moreover, taking Damage cancels the effect, so Lightwell is useless during fights with any kind of AoE damage, and it can't be used to heal tanks ever (because they get hit constantly). One of the worst abilities in the game, especially considering that it is a final Talent.
Discipline Priest PvE Healer Build
Where to get Pre-Raid/Raid BiS Gear
In order to maximize your HPS and Sustain, you should aim to assemble the best possible Gear. This applies to both Pre-Raid and each of the Raid Tiers/Phases.
Note1: The list will be updated with new items concurrently with the introduction of new Raids/Phases, so remember to visit this page after a new Raid opens for an update on what current best Priest items in each lot are.
|The Best Healer Priest Items|
The Best Enchants and Consumables
Proper enchants and consumables will greatly increase your Raid performance. While getting enchants is a one-time-deal, farming consumables might be a real chore, but it is still worth it as numbers clearly show.
|The Best Enchants|
|Weapon (1H)||Enchant Weapon - Healing Power (+ 55 Healing Power)|
|Weapon (TH)||Enchant Weapon - Healing Power (+ 55 Healing Power)|
|Head||Lesser Arcanum of Voracity (+8 Intellect, available from Libram of Voracity Quest in Burning Steppes)|
|Chest||Enchant Chest - Greater Stats (+4 to all stats)|
|Legs||Lesser Arcanum of Voracity (+8 Intellect, available from Libram of Voracity Quest in Burning Steppes)|
|Hands||Enchant Gloves - Riding Skill (Minor Raiding Speed Increase)|
|Feet||Enchant Boots - Minor Speed (+8% Run Speed) / Enchant Boots - Spirit (+5 Spirit)|
|Shoulders||Chromatic Mantle of the Dawn (+5 to all Resistances)|
|Wrists||Enchant Bracer - Healing Power (+24 Healing Power)|
|Back||Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance (+5 to all Resistances)|
The Best Consumables
Flask of Distilled Wisdom
|+2000 maximum Mana for 2 hours; effect persists through death. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be dropped from Balnazzar, Stratcholme.|
Major Mana Potion
|Restores 1350 to 2250 Mana. Created by Alchemy. Recipe drops from various high-level mobs, elites, and Bosses.|
Elixir of Greater Intellect
|+25 Intellect for 1 hour. Created by Alchemy.|
|Restores 1356 mana at the cost of 862 life. Drop from Demons in Azshara, Felwood, and Blasted Lands (Satyrs and Fel Guards).|
|+30 Intellect for 30 minutes. Reward from a reputable Quest available from NPC Witch Doctor Mau'ari, Everlook, Winterspring.|
Cerebral Cortex Compound
|+25 Intellect for 1 hour. Obtained from "Infallible Mind" repeatable Quest, Blasted Lands|
|+12 Mp5 for 1 hour. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be bought from Rin'wosho the Trader, located in north Stranglethorn Vale|
|It provides 8 mana per 5 seconds for 10 minutes. Created by Cooking.|
Brilliant Mana Oil
|+12 Mp5 and +25 Healing Power for 30 minutes. Created by Enchanting. This is applied to a Weapon.|
Priest's Spells and Downranking
In Classic, Healers do not follow any rotation as their gameplay is based purely on responding to different Raid situations and keeping everybody alive.
Understanding your spells, knowing what they do, and when to use them is the key to your success as a Priest healer. This is why we will shortly describe all of Priest's major spells, specify when you should use them, and tell you a word or two about the Downranking and why it is very important.
Downranking is a method of conserving Mana by using lower ranks of spells. Using this method is flat out necessary to not run out of mana before combat ends. You should memorize how much Health different Ranks of your spells restore and use them accordingly in order to preserve resources.
Note: Higher Rank of any spell is always more cost-effective than lower Rank, but Healing Power changes the math significantly and makes lower Rank spells more cost-effective than their higher Rank counterparts.
Note2: Lowest Ranks of spells have a much lower Healing Power coefficient than higher Ranks do (they receive much less benefit from your Healing Power statistic). This means that you don't usually want to use Spell Ranks lower than 3 (unless Rank 1 or Rank 2 is enough to top your Target on Health).
|Priest's Spells and when to use them:|
|Heal - Healing spell with a 3-second cast time. This is the most cost-effective healing tool Priest has access to. You will use Rank 3 of this spell, in periods when stronger or quicker spells are not needed, as it is the most mana-efficient.|
|Flash Heal - Quick-to-Cast (1,5s Casting time), but mana inefficient Healing spell. You should use it when your Target requires healing IMMIADETLY; use more efficient spells otherwise. Flash Heal is no downranked commonly as it is mostly used during emergencies (use Rank 7).|
|Greater Heal - Powerful Healing Spell with a 3-second cast time; commonly used to counter large amounts of incoming damage. Always try to time the end of your cast with Boss's attack to maximize your healing effectiveness. Use Rank 3 to counter the most powerful Boss's attacks (if Rank 3 causes overhealing, use Rank 2 instead).|
|Prayer of Healing - Very powerful and very costly AoE Healing Spell with a 3-second cast time. Use this to counter heavy AoE attacks, but mind your mana.|
|Power Word: Shield - Applies a Shield that soaks up Damage. Not very cost-effective, but it can be used to increase Target's Total Effective Health Pool or to mitigate predictable incoming damage. Power Word: Shield does not scale with gear almost at all, so you should always use the highest Rank.|
|Renew - Instant-cast Heal-over-time Spell. Its usefulness is rather limited, but you will want to cast it while relocating to keep your healing output up. Never downrank it.|
|Inner Focus - Makes your next Spell cast free and increases its Critical Chance by 25% (if the spell is capable of criting). You want to use this with your most expensive spells (max rank Greater Heal and max rank Prayer of Healing). Try not to rely on the Crit bonus as missing it might cause a wipe.|
|Power Infusion - Increases target's Spell Damage and Healing by 20% for 15 seconds. This spell should be treated as a DPS cooldown as it is the most effective as such. You should use it on top-performing Mages, but don't cast it without forewarning as the spell should be combined with Mage's own Cooldowns to maximize its effectiveness.|
Tips and Tricks for aspiring Healer Priest Raiders
This Guide should help you to prepare yourself for that legendary Vanilla Raiding Experience and allow you to progress through Raid Tiers efficiently and with a good amount of fun.
We hope that you have found this guide useful and informative. If we have missed a piece of information that is important to you, please let us know!
Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comments section below.
Pictures used in this article are the intellectual property of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Talents classic priest
WoW Classic Priest Builds
Best Priest Race
Since each race will get 2 unique priest spells, this will affect how we determine the Best Race. As you might expect when it comes to PVP Undead for Horde and the Dwarves for Alliance are best. If you only plan to do PVE Dungeons and Raids you will likely find that Humans for alliance and Troll for Horde are a better choice.
Best Priest Spec
Often considered one the best Healing Classes in Wow Classic you might expect we would rank Holy highly. Most Raids will have an absolute need for a Holy Spec Priest and this spec can even do well in PVP Battlegrounds when healing the Flag Runner. When it comes to PVP DPS for sure you will want either Shadow or Discipline, both are quite fun and offer their own playstyle to go along with it.
- Best – Holy, Shadow
- Average – Discipline
- Weak –
World of Warcraft Classic Best Priest Build
WoW Classic Priest Starter Build and Leveling Guide
The best Starter build for the Priest class in WoW Classic and in-depth leveling guide
BUY WOW CLASSIC GOLD
Priest Class Overview
A lot of people may think that "Priest is a healing class, so leveling him up solo must be a nightmare because he certainly lacks offensive capabilities of other Classes". These people couldn't be farther away from reality. In fact, Priest is a strong Classic Leveler and he may not be the fastest, but leveling up to 60 is more of a marathon (for 99% of the player base, at least), and Priest is definitely a great long-distance runner. If we were to choose a word that describes Him the best, it would be "Efficient". Thanks to an unprecedented combination of very strong leveling Talents and great offensive, defensive, and utility spells, Priest can go through levels with incredible efficiency and close to zero downtime.
To see how strong of a leveler the Priest is, all you have to do is look at the first row of his Discipline and Shadow Talent Trees. What you will see there are two amazing tools - Wand Specialization and Spirit Tap. These two alone allow Priest to preserve and regenerate mana like no other Class in the game while leveling. When we add Power Word: Shield, Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Blast, Renew, Psychic Scream, and even the humble Smite to the equation, we come up with a steady and almost unstoppable leveling machine. The only things that hold Priest back are his rather slow mob kill times and lack of strong multi-target abilities that would allow him to deal with multiple mobs at once without the efficiency loss.
This guide will aid you and your Priest on your journey to level 60; it will help you choose a Race, present you with an optimal leveling Talent build, point you towards Dungeons and Quests that award worthwhile Wands, provide some tips & tricks, and more.
Priest's Strengths and Weaknesses
*Healing Power stat present in Healing Gear does not affect the power of offensive abilities, which makes End-Game mob grinding quite difficult for Healers if they don't have a spare DPS set.
Leveling stat priority:
Spirit ⇒ Intellect ⇒ Stamina ⇒ ⇒ Agility ⇒ ⇒ Strength
Note: Items with "Of the Owl" Suffix are ideal for Priests, as they provide both Spirit and Intellect. "Of the Whale" (Stamina and Spirit) and "Of the Eagle" (Stamina and Intellect) are strong second choices and you should Need on those, while in a group, as well.
The Best Priest Races for Both Factions
Each Race has unique traits and abilities, some of which greatly benefit a Priest, other - not so much. The Race choice is even more important for a Priest, as he gets two bonus Race-specific Abilities. More competitive Players might even want to choose their Faction based on Racial traits of one of its member Races. We will take a closer look at all Races that can choose the path of a Priest and determine which are the best for PvP and PvE.
Note: Please remember that a good Player will make all races work well, and a bad player will not get any better thanks to a Race choice. In other words - pick your Race and your Faction as you please, because after all, Fun is the most important aspect of the Game.
For both PvP Healing and DPS Dwarf comes out on top quite easily, thanks to his Fear Ward and Stoneform abilities. Human's Spirit Racial is also quite good, but it can't really compare, Perception comes in handy against Rogues, but it is less useful than Stoneform and both Dwarf and Human get the Desperate Prayer, so it is not a real factor here. Night Elf falls quite far behind when it comes to PvP, sadly.
Recommended choice: Dwarf
Second choice: Human
If you are a PvE Player and want to choose the best PvE race, you have to decide if you want to Heal or to DPS (Shadow Priests are not too popular among Raid leaders, so you will have a much easier time finding a Raiding Guild if you roll as a Healer). The reasoning here is exactly the same as it was for the PvP part. Fear Ward's utility carries Dwarf to the front. Human follows suit with his Spirit increasing Racial, and Night Elf lags behind with his rather underwhelming Elune's Grace and Star Shards.
Recommended choice for Healing: Dwarf
Second choice for Healing: Human
Recommended choice for DPS: Dwarf
Second choice for DPS: Human
Undead is the best race for a PvP Shadow Priest, thanks to his Devouring Plague and Will of The Forsaken, however, Troll's Hex of Weakness shines in PvP as well, and Berserking is great if you decide to PvP as a Healer. Moreover, Troll's Shadowguard, while rather lackluster, can be hilarious when combined with the Blackout Talent, giving you a shield that can randomly Stun attackers for 3 seconds. All in all, Undead is a better Shadow Priest and Troll is a better Healer.
Recommended choice for PvP Healing: Troll
Second choice for PvP Healing: Undead
Recommended choice for PvP DPS: Undead
Second choice for PvP DPS: Troll
If you are a PvE Player and want to choose the best PvE race, you have to decide if you want to Heal or to DPS (Shadow Priests are not too popular among Raid leaders, so you will have a much easier time finding a Raiding Guild if you roll as a Healer). Horde Priest's Racials do not have too much of an impact on the PvE Healer gameplay (we assume that every Raid has a Warrior who uses Mortal Strike, so Troll's Hex of Weakness is not that useful), so "standard" racials will be the deciding factor here. Troll's Berserking allows him to lower his Cast times, which might be Raid-saving in close call situations, while Undead's Will of the Forsaken is irreplaceable in some encounters (like Onyxia, for example). Both of these Racials are very strong in their own ways and the best choice greatly depends on the encounter type, so there is no clear winner here. When it comes to DPS, Troll comes out on Top with his Berserking. Undead's Devouring Plague is powerful, but it is a 3-minute Cooldown, and the Debuff Limit is a thing.
Recommended choice for Healing: Troll or Undead
Recommended choice for DPS: Troll
Second choice for DPS: Undead
Talent Build and Talent Allocation Order
Optimal Talent allocation is essential for smooth leveling. Here, we will describe the most optimal leveling spec and lead you through the Talent Trees level-by-level.
Talent allocation for Early Levels (10-39)
|After reaching Level 40, you should visit a Class Trainer and reset your Talent Points.|
Talent allocation for Levels 40-59
Note: At this point, you pretty much are done leveling; you can do some mount Gold farming at this point, or switch into Raiding spec immediately (if you are going for an Eng-Game Healer build, we advise you to farm in your old spec, as it will be more efficient).
|After reaching Level 60, you should visit a Class Trainer, reset your Talent Points and spec into an End-Game Build.|
Thanks to the Wand Specialization Talent, Priest deals significant amounts of Damage essentially for free, as long as he keeps his Wand up to date.
It goes without saying that you should aim to upgrade your Wand as often as possible because it will speed up your leveling process and make experience grinds much more enjoyable (at least for the next few levels after getting an upgrade). Below, we present you a short list of Wands that you should try and get during your leveling journey.
Note1: Listed Wands are not organized in a strict order and you don't have to go for every single one of them. The list is meant to be a raw guideline for Priest's Wand progression.
Note2: There are a lot more Wands than those described. We have mentioned just the easy-to-get and quite essential upgrades. BoE Wands were excluded from the list, as there is a lot of RNG involved in getting them.
Horde and Alliance Wand Progression
Lesser Magic Wand
Spark of the People's Militia
Greater Magic Wand
Rod of Corrosion
Your rotation will greatly depend on your level and will get gradually more complex as you progress through content and get access to more tools. Moreover, your Wand will be an inherent part of your rotation throughout the whole leveling journey.
Let us look at basic DPS rotations for different level ranges:
|Very Early Levels|
At the beginning of your journey, your rotation will change rapidly as you will gain access to new abilities very quickly. You should try to implement every new ability to your rotation:
|Levels 10 - 39|
At this point, you should already have your Wand. You will use it to finish off mobs in order to maximize resource gain from the Spirit Tap Talent.
Before Combat Starts:
Make sure, you have all buffs active (Inner Fire especially, as it has only 20 charges), and pre-cast Power Word: Shield and Renew (if needed).
Single Target Rotation:
Smite/Holy Fire (chose the one that currently deals more Damage) ⇒ Shadow Word: Pain ⇒ Mind Blast ⇒ Wand Attack until a mob is dead
Smite/Holy Fire/Mind Blast (chose the one that currently deals more Damage; skip this part if you didn't have a chance to hard-cast a spell before combat) ⇒ Shadow Word: Pain on all Targets ⇒ Appropriate Rank of the Psychic Scream ⇒Wand Attack
Note: It is very important that you do not cast any spells after the initial sequence unless you really have to. This is because of the 5-second rule ⇒ your Mana will only regenerate 5 seconds after your last spell-cast. Obeying this rule will allow you to chain-kill mobs without any Downtime.
|Levels 40 - 60|
After your level 40 re-spec, you will have access to the Shadowform ability that will increase your Shadow Damage dealt but prevent you from using Holy spells so, from now on, you will rely on your Power Word: Shield, to keep you healthy, almost exclusively. You will also get the Mind Flay and the Vampiric Embrace that will provide you with some additional Healing without the need to leave Shadowform.
Before Combat Starts:
Make sure, you have all buffs active (Inner Fire especially, as it has only 20 charges), and pre-cast Power Word: Shield.
Single Target Rotation:
Mind Blast ⇒ Vampiric Embrace(if needed) ⇒ Shadow Word: Pain ⇒ Mind Flay ⇒ Mind Flay ⇒ Wand Attack until a mob is dead
Mind Blast ⇒ Vampiric Embrace(if needed) ⇒ Shadow Word: Pain on all targets ⇒ Appropriate Rank of the Psychic Scream ⇒Wand Attack
Note: Weave in additional Power Word: Shield Cast to your rotation if you are taking heavy Damage (Weakened Soul Debuff should not be a problem if you pre-cast PW: S before the start of each combat).
| + |
Tailoring + Enchanting
|We recommend this professions combination for one simple reason - Wands. Tailoring will enable you to get some Uncommon Items for Disenchanting, and Enchanting will provide you with your first Wand at level 10 Enchanting skill (Lesser Magic Wand). Save all dropped Linen Cloths and craft some Brown/White Linen Robes out of them and then Disenchant. There is a 20% chance for a Lesser Cosmic Essence, so ~5 robes should be enough to get you mats for your first Wand (Essence can also be bought from a Vendor, but it is in limited supply, so don't count on it). Craft it, use it, and try to level Enchanting up to 70 to get your Greater Magic Wand. After that point, feel free to respec into your desired professions or stick to this combination for some future Cloth Armor/Wand/Enchanting-related benefits.|
If you want to know more about all professions available in WoW Classic, please check out our WoW Classic Professions Guide.
Tips and Tricks for Priest leveling
Leveling process in the Classic World of Warcraft is different from leveling in the current game versions. This Guide should help you to prepare yourself for that legendary Vanilla Experience and allow you to progress through levels efficiently and with a good amount of fun.
We hope that you have found this Guide useful and informative. If we have missed a piece of information that is important to you, please let us know!
Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comments section below.
Pictures used in this article are the intellectual property of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
You will also like:
- Mk6 gli tune
- Scp containment breach songs
- Storage closet shelving
- Highland ut weather
- Bexar county sheriff shooting
- Driving directions florida
- Arctic monkeys poster
- Launch lift for car
- Happy animals gif
- For rent hampton roads
- Gemini tattoos two faces
- Bountiful lds temple hours
I didn't have time to imagine his cock hitting my cheek. From orgasm, I bent over and suddenly felt strong and soft hands envelop me. What a hollowhead I got. I heard a hoarse voice.