Galadria’s Holy Priest Raiding Guide

Author’s note:  This guide was written while Patch 2.3 was active.  All info/gear/talents/spells that were introduced or changed since then are not included or considered unless otherwise noted.  If you would like to contribute to updating this guide with information relevent to Patch 3.0.2 please let me know.  Some updated information is available from A Dwarf Priest in her Patch 3.0.2 Survival Guide.

A. Introduction

I would recomend starting with the WoWWiki pages on Priests. Then read the Lux et Umbria Guide on the WoW Forums. It has a lot of information on the Priest class and goes into a lot of detail.

B. Blogs – These are some of the blogs that I like to read (my own included… shameless plug here)

  • The Holy Light(priest) – This is my blog
  • Egotistical Priest – This is one of my favorites. There’s a lot of good information.
  • Priestly Endeavors – This blog has a lot of theorycrafting for those that are interested, lots of good info here too.
  • Resto4Life – This one’s a Druid blog. I don’t know much about healing with a druid, but this blog comes highly recomended.
  • The Holy Light(paladin) – again, I don’t know much about Paladins but this comes highly recomended.

C. Suggested AddOns

  • SW Stats – Has some great features for tracking healing done, mana efficency, decursing, etc. (required for OLN)
  • Item Rack – Addon to swap out gear sets. Very nice for switching out of DPS and healing sets.
  • SmartBuff – This one keeps track of your buffs. When one expires it will splash a message on the screen and make an annoying noise, it will recast the buffs with a scroll of the mouse wheel. Healbot apparently does some similar stuff but I’ve never used it.

D. Stats

The stats important to a healpriest are as follows:

  1. +Healing
  2. MP5
  3. Spirit
  4. Intellect
  5. Stamina

I consider them approximatley in that order of importance, but you need a balance of them all. The recomended minimum stats for going into Kara are as follows for priests, all unbuffed:

  • +Healing – 1k absolute minimum, 1.2k recomended pre-Curator, 1.5k recomended post-Curator
  • Mana – 7k pre-Curator, 8.5k post-Curator, can be on the lower side if MP5 is high
  • Health – 6-7k HP, Attumens Charge can crit for upwards of 8k so it’s a good idea to be on the higher side if you can manage it
  • MP5 – 85 absolute minimum, 120 recomended, some recomend 150 for post-Curator but I’m not sure that much is necessary.

It’s reasonably easy to achieve these stats with the Tailoring Epics. I put Solid Star of Elune’s in all my blue slots to help with the Stam, and healing gems in the other slots. The healing enchants listed below are also very important to get to that 1.5k +Heal.

E. Gear

The Primal Mooncloth and Whitemend sets are HIGHLY recommended for Priests. I wrote an article in my blog about why, but here’s the short version. The Tailoring gear is comparable to Tier 4 stuff. The +Heal on Tier 4 is about 60 less than the Tailoring, but the other stats are higher. Tailoring is also available at 70 (assuming your Tailoring is high enough, PMC is BoP) and you have to get all the way through Magtheridon to get all of Tier 4.

Here are some specific gear recomendations for each slot before entering Kara. These are by no means the only options and I’ve tried to include items from various sources (quests, instances, badge rewards, and heroic instances)

F. Suggested Enchants for Healers

  • Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Healing, Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect, or Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Intellect
  • Head – Glyph of Renewal requires Revered with Honor Hold
  • Shoulder – Greater Inscription of Faith or Inscription of Faith requires Exalted or Honored with Aldor
  • Back – If you can find someone with the recipe get Enchant Cloak – Subtlety
  • Chest – Enchant Chest – Restore Mana Prime, or Enchant Chest – Exceptional Mana
  • Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Superior Healing, Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration, or Enchant Bracer – Major Intellect
  • Hands – Enchant Gloves – Major Healing
  • Legs – Golden Spellthread, or Silver Spellthread made by 375 Tailors with Exalted or Honored with Aldor
  • Feet – Enchant Boots – VitalityRefresh This Item or Enchant Boots – Fortitude

G. Talent Builds

Most raiding Holy Priests will have one of 2 talent builds. 23/38/0 Disc/Holy or 20/41/0 Disc/Holy. A less common but still viable Disc build would be 41/20/0.

A small disclaimer: these talent builds are samples. There are many changes you could make, and I highlight a few of them, that would still be viable raiding builds. Take everything with a grain (or three) of salt and do what works for you and your play-style.

Imp Divine Spirit Build 23/38/0

This build takes 23 points into Disc to get Imp Divine Spirit. If you are the only Priest in a raid I definatley think this is the way to go. Some of the points in the early Tiers of the Disc tree are interchangeable, but to me, the important ones are: 2/2 Imp PW:F, 1/1 Inner Focus, 3/3 Meditation, 5/5 Mental Agility, and 3/3 Divine Spirit. The other points can be spread around into Imp PW:S, Absolution, Silent Resolve, and Imp Inner Fire. In the Holy tree I think this is the best placement of points for raiding. Some don’t like Holy Concentration, but I find it procs often enough to make it worth the 3 points (if you follow it with an Inner Focus when it procs your sure to get a few good seconds outside the 5 sec rule). If you don’t take Holy Concentration, move points from Holy Specalization to Spell Warding since you won’t be getting as much advantage from the crits. The other place for variation is putting the points into Healing Prayers and taking them out of Spiritual Guidance.

Circle of Healing Build 20/41/0

This build will become much more viable with the buffs to CoH that are comming in Patch 2.3. The Holy talents are very similar to the previous build with the addition of CoH and the same comments from the earlier build apply to the Disc tree.

Disc Build 40/21/0

With a Disc build you won’t have the big #’s from your heals, but you’ll get huge boosts to your base stats making you more Pally-like, able to heal for smaller #’s for long periods of time. You’ll also get 20% boost to healing on a 3 min cooldown. In the Holy Tree, I’d definatley take Spell Warding over Holy Specalization since you won’t have Holy Concentration.

35 Comments on “Galadria’s Holy Priest Raiding Guide”

  1. Elory Says:

    I think this is a necklace that you might want to add for players that do play some PvP. Its really nice and its socketed! Here is the link to the item. http://thottbot.com/i33068

    Thanks for the guide. From looking at it it looks like im on the right track to become a raid healer. And that makes me feel happy!

  2. Partyfavor Says:

    Nice guide but in several places you indicate that something is from Sethekk Halls when it is actually in Shadow Labs, for instance “Murmur in Heroic Sethekk”. Murmur is the last boss in Shadow Labs.

  3. Galadria Says:

    @Partyfavor
    Thanks! I’ll fix that one. That’s what I get for doing a lot of this from memory 🙂

  4. Phaelia Says:

    Hey Galadria! If you don’t mind, would you please update the link to my blog from the blogspot.com address to my new URL, http://www.resto4life.com? I would appreciate it! =)

  5. Galadria Says:

    @Phaelia
    No Problemo!


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    @Kestrel
    no problemo, it’s a pingback from the same article on 2 different blogs. I don’t have a problem giving both blogs the traffic if someone chooses to follow both links.


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  11. DM Says:

    Heya Gala, you may add the now v2.3 buffed Sethekk Oracle’s Focus necklace reward from the Brother Against Brother quest in Auchindoun. See Here – http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=10097. Itzaaaaa nice!

  12. Demmona Says:

    also on he builds u could go with 43/18/0 thats wat i use and its pretty nice better stats

  13. Faithdriven Says:

    Very good information thank you Galdria.

    Faithdriven 70 Holy Priest Doomhammer

  14. Jaco Says:

    Lots good info here I just dinged 69 last night so looking to start running SL and other higher instances was after some advice if you dont mind that im horde player 😛 http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Turalyon&n=Jaco this is my armoury link any chance you could let me know if this build ok just now for me or do i need change some talents. This all quite new to me but loving the healing side as I normally play a 70 combat sword rogue .

  15. Galadria Says:

    @Jaco
    If you’re not raiding and I’d even say not 25-man raiding, CoH is mostly worthless. Divine Spirit is very usefull to your self and your other casters so I can’t recommend passing on it. I’d recommend something like the Imp DS build I have up there. Feel free to e-mail me if you’d like some more in-depth information or recommendations.

  16. Jaco Says:

    Thnx for replying I do plan to a fair bit of raiding but as I have posted elswhere here our guild goin through a bit of upheaval at moment .

  17. Galadria Says:

    @Jaco
    I did see that after I wrote this comment. I hope every thing works out for you. Like I said, if you’d like some more in-depth information, feel free to e-mail me.

    @DM
    I’ll look into that one, thanks for pointing that one out.

    @Demmona
    If you come back here and look at this, send me a sample talent build or an armory link and I’ll take a look. I’ve never actually played a Disc build so I’m not sure what a good healing Disc build would look like going that deep.

    @Faithdriven
    Thanks! Glad I could be helpful!

  18. Faithdriven Says:

    It was very helpful Galadria. I’m running kara now and In 1 day, after reading this guide, I increased my +healing from 1010 to 1400 and it was mostly due to this guide. I was able to focus on certain items (you listed) that I knew I could get rather easily! In Kara I still seem to die rather frequently on Nightbane as he tends to target me a lot with his smoking blast and the other healers in the raid seem to slow to keep me up. 😛

  19. Galadria Says:

    @Faithdriven
    Excellent work! I’m glad you were able to improve your gear so easily! For Nightbane, if you have a Pally, you can get him/her to spam heal him/her-self. The aggro during the air phase is healing aggro only and the damage is mitigatable by armor, the pally will mitigate the damage and heal himself through it and you and the other healer keep the raid up. Also a premptive Fade right before he the Rain of Bones starts (and don’t do anything until after you Fade) will help with the aggro.

  20. Jaco Says:

    Just made my primal mooncloth belt for 70 🙂

  21. Faithdriven Says:

    Thank you Galadria I’ll try to get the guild to try that technique. 🙂 Makes sense to me now that I’m always getting nuked during the air phase as I’m typically healing the raid quite a lot during that phase.

  22. Galadria Says:

    @Faithdriven
    Priests are well suited to group healing that phase of the fight, but you need to have someone taking the healing aggro, Fade helps a lot and if you can use things like Frisbee and Binding that have reduced/redirected threat it should work better for you. Good Luck!!

  23. Elyxaar Says:

    Glad to see that I’m not mad for putting Solid Stars in all my blue sockets 😀

    Great gear guide btw. Currently working on my Keepers rep for Bindings of the Timewalker, Sha’tar rep for the Gavel of Pure Light and heroic badges for a Voodoo Shaker off-hand to go with it. The last two will replace my Seer’s Cane that has served me well for quite some time now.

  24. Elyxaar Says:

    Just noticed something…
    “If you don’t take Holy Concentration, move points from Holy Specalization to Spell Warding since you won’t be getting as much advantage from the crits.”

    HC doesn’t need a crit to proc…
    “Gives you a 6% chance to enter a Clearcasting state after casting any Flash Heal or Greater Heal spell. The Clearcasting state reduces the mana cost of your next Flash Heal or Greater Heal spell by 100%.”

  25. Jaco Says:

    Was farming primal water in nagrand elemental plateau I dropped this 🙂 The Ancient Scepter of Sue-Min

  26. Jaco Says:

    I now have 2 parts of my primal moocloth set waist and shoulders I got the hallowed gloves and trousers and jeweled boots of santification all in the last couple weeks :).

  27. Galadria Says:

    @Elyxarr
    Good luch on the rep grind, CoT isn’t always easy to get groups for on my server. Sha’tar is always easy tho 🙂

    Thanks for pointing that out… I’ve probably mis-read that tooltip a million times by now!

    @Jaco
    Your gear is comming along quite well! Grats!!


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  29. adran Says:

    Could you possibly expand on what spells to cast at which stage, what ranks, and break down in stats of how much healing is spent per mana, during which fights it’s the most efficient. I plan on getting a lvl 70 priest but I’ve never played a holy priest before and dont know which spell to spam.

  30. Halfabee Says:

    This is great, thanks 😀 I leveled 10-60 pure holy, switched to shadow/disc at 60 and have been shadow for about 6 months now. I want to go back to holy…but its been awhile.
    This guide is EXTREMELY helpful, especially the bit about stat requirements for Kara, and suggested gear.
    Thanks a ton :3

  31. Tina Says:

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but when clicking the links into the talent calculator you give it shows talent lines that are completely impossible. Just picking the Imp Divine Spirit build it shows 2 points on Pain Suppression, which you can’t reach with 25 points, & also 5 points onto Spirit of Redemption, 4 onto Imp Renew, ect. I noticed things like this in all the links, not entirely sure how it’s like that. Also updating this for the Isle of Quel’danas would be wise, since they offer a very nice healing pendant when exalted: http://thottbot.com/i34677 (if the link shows… :S) I also have the healing mace from Revered & that seems very nice with the Lamp of Peaceful Repose. I’m not an expert on having a healer, seeing as I’m looking for a bit of help to see what I can improve, but I thought maybe this would be helpful in some way.

  32. Tina Says:

    Bah, hate to post twice in a row but forgot something. ^^; I was wondering what would be the best helm inscription to buy as a Horde player. You posted one for Alliance players, but as a Blood Elf, I don’t think I could get into Honor Hold. 😛 Scryer has threads tailors can make for their pants as well, just need the other 10,500ish rep til Exalted to get the best thread pattern. :S
    http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Blackwater+Raiders&n=Tanallia
    There’s the link to my armory profile if you wish to inspect, maybe you could give me a few tips on what I could do to my gear or if there’s anything I should improve.

  33. Galadria Says:

    @Tina
    As I said at the top of this post I haven’t played since before Patch 2.4 and this guide doesn’t reflect any of those changes. Since I’m not playing anymore I don’t have the ability to update the guide, but thought I’d leave it here as some of it will still be aplicipable. As for the talent builds, I’m guessing it’s a bug from the WoW Talent Calculator. If I have some time, I’ll go back and update those links. Thanks for the comment. I will take a look at your armory page and send you an e-mail with any advice I have.

    Thanks!

  34. Corey Says:

    Absolutely awesome guide! I’ve been pouring over this for many hours now taking notes too trying to up my healing, regen, and generally having an expanded look into planning for the future of my holy priest. I found everything that I could ever ask for between you and other submitters also….
    Thank you!

  35. Xavier Says:

    Sweet guide =), nice and succinct, and covers everything you need to know. I have a 49 priest (Andar, human male, frostmane), he is going to be my second 70, hopefully. Its a bit early to be thinking of raiding, but I’m leveling my tailoring (its at 300) so I can start making PMC as soon as possible and walk straight in to my healing set at 70. I love reading blogs by people who love this game as much as me! I’m jealous that your husband plays with you, I have yet to convince my fiance to play. At least she doesn’t mind me playing I guess =P


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