The ultimate PvE guide for Healing Priest. Find out about the best spec, optimized rotations, macros and desirable gear to become the best healer in Classic WoW.
Welcome to our Healing Priest PvE Guide! This guide will help you improve as a healing priest in every aspect of the game, giving you the knowledge you need to face the hardest Dungeons and Raids in WoW Classic.Throughout this guide, we will talk about many different facets of the priest in order to give you a thorough understanding of the class, including talents, gearing, stats priority, consumables, enchants ...
As for other healing classes, priests use mana for all their abilities. Intelligence increases the Priest’s mana pool, and Spirit increases their mana regeneration.
In WoW Classic, every character passively regenerates mana every 2 seconds (« ticks »). How much mana you gain from these ticks depends on how much Spirit you have. However, casting a spell will temporarily halt the spirit-based mana regeneration for 5 seconds. This is called the « 5 seconds rule ».
Depending on the encounter, there is quite a bit of freedom in talent choice. For the purposes of this guide, we will focus on giving you a solid « basic » spec, with the reasoning behind certain choices, that you can then adapt to your needs. You will also find other archetypes in this guide. The main issue with Holy & Discipline Priest, as for almost all the classes that use mana, is mana regeneration.
Even if you strictly follow the recommended rotations, you will always have to use your wand at times in order to get some mana back. Even during the last phases of the game, mana regen will remain a priority.
You will notice that we’re using talents like Méditation or Sagacité to help with this. Esprit divin gives you another source of spirit gain which will come in handy. Nova sacrée gives you instant group healing, very useful for emergencies.
The most proven healing priest talent build for PvE. Very polyvalent, it can fill all your needs without forcing you to think about adapting too hard. This is our basis for “alternative” builds.
A more mana-friendly alternative thanks to Force mentale
A holy/shadow alternative that takes advantage of the shadow tree and notably Etreinte vampirique if you’re missing a healer.
An alternative build that grabs Infusion de puissance.
This discipline build focuses more on raid performance, losing out on some healing power. The goal is to reach Infusion de puissance,which is a very powerful tool when used on a strong DPS caster. You also gain a 10% larger mana pool thanks to à Force mentale, which helps with mana issues compared to more typical builds.
Final phase: less regeneration, more group healing.
Classic WoW contains 6 Raids and 6 World Bosses, that’s a lot of content for players to discover, split into several phases. Although all the content won’t be available at release, you can already start preparing for it by reading our guides.
Knowledge is power, and certain classes or talents benefit more from some abilities. It is therefore crucial that you know what you’re about to fight
Healing Priests are exceptionally powerful healers, and one of the sturdiest classes in the game, as far as their role is concerned. Priests are both good at single-target and raid healing.
Here are some numbers on how mana efficient healing spells are. 1 = most efficient.
If you play as a Horde Priest, you will most likely focus on single-target healing because shamans are very good at AoE-healing with Salve de guérisonRénovation is very efficient but Mot de pouvoir : Bouclier helps keep people safe.
Whether assigned to heal the tank or keep other friendlies alive, Priests have a large array of single-target healing spells they can use.
Once again, your raid healing experience will depend on your faction. As a Horde Priest, you will synergize with shamans, which means you should focus on single-target healing. On the other hand, Paladins are good at single-target healings, so Alliance Priests will focus on raid healing.
Downranking means using lower ranks of spells to save some mana, or adapt your healing/damage depending on your target.
Very used at every level of the game, how you downrank also depends on your gear. This trick allows you to not go oom while staying as effective as possible.Here is a very thorough site that will help you with Downranking so you can play optimally during raids!
Here is the stats priority to optimize your healing Priest for PvE content.
BONUS HEALING: Your most valuable stat. Your bonus heealing doesn’t just increase how powerful your healing spells are, but also indirectly helps with mana because it allows you to downrank more. Generally, if an item gives more bonus healing, it’s a better item.
SPIRIT: Very useful stat. Most priests will have Méditation for additional regen during fights and Direction spirituelle for more bonus healing equivalent to 25% of your spirit which, once again, allows you to downrank more and save even more mana.
MP5 (Mana par 5 secondes): Very comfortable stat, but it’s not worth losing bonus healing for it.
INTELLIGENCE: Intelligence isn’t a stat you should be targeting outside of leveling, you will gain some naturally. 59 Intelligence also gives 1% critical strike chance, but you would need enormous amounts of Intelligence for this to mater, and it’d mean losing Bonus Healing, which is very bad.
SPELL CRIT: This stat is simply a bonus, you should never target it. It helps Inspiration, but most items that have spell crit won’t have bonus healing. Give these to Mages or Warlocks instead.
STAMINA: Another stat you shouldn’t really consider. Having a lot of life helps you survive but this comes naturally with item progression.
You can find here lists of the best possible equipment your Shadow Priest can use in PvE thanks to our « Best-in-slot » tool below.Priest BIS Gear Guide
Consumables are extremely important for healing priests in order to be properly prepared for raids. Alchemy as well as Cooking can help your raid a lot; don’t hesitate to follow our leveling guides for these professions.You will find below a non-exhaustive list of some necessary consumables for raiding.
There are many more consumables that can be useful for specific encounters or hard bosses.
Thanks to all our contributors as well as the following sources for helping to create this guide : Linzell, contributor on the site, GM of the " Lunatic " guild, Wowhead, Elysium Forum, classicwow.live, vanilla-wow.fandom, Wowhead, Reddit, the classic priest discord and Barrens chat.