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Holy Priest Gear Recommendations
This section of the Holy Priest guide covers everything Gear: Stat priorities, gear recommendations from dungeons and raids, and legendary item rankings. The author of this guide is
Priest Healer for Incarnate on US-Ner'zhul. He's been raiding in WoW for almost 6 years straight with his most recent accomplishments of finishing Mythic Nighthold US - 15, World 69th.
Priorites & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Currently the stat priority for Holy Priest in Legion is:
Intellect Mastery Critical Strike Haste Versatility
Stats have become much closer with this latest patch and now we are in a situation where item level of gear pieces will make all the difference in determining what is higher valued. Keep this in mind when choosing gear that Mastery/Crit/Haste are all within around 1% in value to each other and are extremely valuable in they are balanced out. Ideally you should shoot for a balanced build of around 30-35%ish Mastery and Critical Strike followed by Haste, you may have to adjust gems and enchants accordingly to manipulate your stats into an optimal position.
Intellect is our main primary stat and is found on all gear that we want to be wearing. It has a higher value than any of the secondary stats and should be the first thing you look at when debating whether one piece of gear is an upgrade over another.
Mastery for us is
Mastery: Echo of Light
, leaving HoTs on the targets from our direct heals. Now that absorbs have been greatly toned down in size, along with damage patterns becoming more consistent and less bursty, Mastery has become exceptionally powerful, more than earning the top spot.
Critical Strike provides a chance to double the healing done of your spells, this synergizes quite well with Mastery and the bigger focus on direct healing playstyle of Legion in that Critical direct heals also increase the size of the
Echo of Light
heal that follows them. While it is random, which is a drawback for many healers, it is rare to find many of your heals relying on a critical strike at a specific moment to save a player from death, often proper preparation is the key to saving lives. Extremely close in value to Mastery.
Haste decreases the cast time of your spells and also adds ticks during the healing over time of
. While Haste breakpoints still exist for
, they are irrelevant today because when you are in between these breakpoints the HoT receives partial ticks that are added onto the regular tick. Haste also reduces the Global Cooldown (GCD) and the cooldowns of certain spells like
Holy Word: Sanctify
and others that have a green text when you mouseover their tooltips in game.
is being used far less than in Warlords of Draenor, somewhat devaluing Haste and with mana being less plentiful that means that stacking Haste, will only seek to run you out of mana faster. Haste will gain more value if mana becomes more plentiful from raid trinkets that you receive.
Versatility is a linear gain in outgoing healing & damage, as well as reduction of damage taken. With this increase to damage done, and decrease to damage received, comes the price of worse scaling than any other secondary stats for Holy Priest.
Best in Slot Trinkets, Relics and Important Additions
: Legendaries will not be listed and their rankings will be displayed below. Due to the nature of Mythic+ and the heavy incentives to be running them constantly I will avoid listing out every single slot of gear and instead focus on specific rankings for gear pieces as a perfect Best in Slot set is unrealistic and unobtainable. To compare items close in value I'd suggest downloading the addon Pawn and importing my Pawn Strings listed in the Macros and Addons Section.
For Holy it is now more optimal to run double throughput trinkets rather than one regen and one throughput due to the devaluation of FH heavy playstyles, the rise of
Greater Blessing of Wisdom
. For the purposes of this ranking system and the concerns of warforged, titanforged, and socketed trinkets I'll list out possibilities assuming equal ilvl, but also try to provide adequate description of just how much better one item is over another.
There are a huge number of throughput trinkets that hold value for Holy Priest. Those heavy in Intellect, Mastery, or Crit all can have a great deal of value, especially if they are warforged, titanforged, or socketed. For these purposes I'll look at the Top 5 trinkets available for throughput.
Perfectly Preserved Cake
Etraeus' Celestial Map
Dreadstone of Endless Shadows
Brinewater Slime in a Bottle
Padawsen's Unlucky Charm
Vial of Nightmare Fog
With the prominence of Mythic+ there are many options available to you for trinkets. Looking for the criteria listed above and high ilvl pieces can trump some of the items in this list easily. For a full list of Trinkets, be sure to check out this
With the recent devaluation of heavy Flash Heal styles, mana regen trinkets have lost a ton of value and it is often better to just run with double throughput trinkets and use
to offset the lack of regen.
Darkmoon Deck: Promises
Amalgam's Seventh Spine
Cocoon of Enforced Solitude
Nighthold Set Bonuses and Relics
Vestments of the Purifier
Star Augur Etraeus
Holy's Tier 19 set bonuses are:
Item - Priest T19 Holy 2P Bonus
- Holy Word: Sanctify's Echo of Light heals for 100% more.
Item - Priest T19 Holy 4P Bonus
- Holy Word: Serenity gains 20% increased critical strike chance if the target is affected by your Echo of Light.
The 2-set is far more valuable than the 4-set but both are worth going for. With 2-set you can drop some item level in gear in order to acquire it, but 4-set you do not want to drop much, if any, item level to acquire. With the
buff you will have a substantially higher amount of
Holy Word: Sanctify
casts over the course of the fight and for the 4piece you will have plenty of Echo out on the raid thanks again to
big buff. Due to how rare legendaries still are, this guide recommends you prioritize set pieces to roll on based on what legendaries you are currently wearing. Stats are all extremely close in value, so use coin rolls based around your legendaries as those are quite hard to replace.
Optimal relics to pursue in The Nighthold include
Archaic Nathrezim Keepsake
Glistening Meteorite Shard
depending on how much you are able to use PoH.
My personal ranking for Holy Priest Legendaries are as follows:
X'anshi, Shroud of Archbishop Benedictus
: Fantastic survivability legendary that allows you to fully utilize your Spirit of Redemption, resets your potion cooldowns, and provided mass rez protection for difficult progression encounters. Priest lacks heavily in personal cooldowns so the Cloak is quite easy to activate on certain mechanics of your choosing giving you the flexibility to choose when to activate the full benefit or simply keep your guild from ever having to use a battle rez on you. On Mythic encounters in particular it can be very powerful for certain mechanics that force movement while damage is going out, being able to stand in Arcane Orbs on Spellblade Alluriel for example can give you an exceptional HPS benefit and help keep the rest of your raid healthy.
Velen's Future Sight
: Highest HPS Legendary available, Velen's offers a distinctive HPS boost on a short cooldown. Very effective with your Divine Hymn or any heavy damage phases and should result in strong efficiency with its overheal protection.
Entrancing Trousers of An'juna
: This is a straightforward and great legendary to take, adding big value to Renew. Extremely powerful.
Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
: Offering a strong and consistent effective health increase, this neck provides huge amounts of healing over a fight and has recently been buffed to offer even more healing than before. This legendary is very close in value to the legs, and on some encounters with heavy damage may be better as Priest heavily lacks personal cooldowns and the effective health increase for Prydaz is quite substantial. If you get any of the above then you should be extremely pleased.
Muze's Unwavering Will
: Decent legendary, the cast speed can be good, especially now that Flash Heal has been added to the included spells, but it is not as strong as the Legendaries above it.
Rammal's Ulterior Motive
: While this legendary can synergize well with our PoM centric playstyle and received a slight buff with 7.2, we often are not casting enough Flash Heals over the course of encounters to justify this legendary over the above. This is a great legendary for healing Mythic+ dungeons, but in raids it can fall flat. To utilize it always focus PoM's on the tanks first and you can guarantee a hefty tank healing boost. Make sure you have a tracker on your raid frames to properly track the buff. Weak heal increase, but an HPS increase nonetheless.
: Recently buffed with the latest patch, these boots now guarantee control over when you would like to move and cast, specifically for using something like Divine Hymn on the move. This is a nice quality of life boost, although it does not result in significantly higher raw HPS like the legendaries ranked above it.
Al'maiesh, the Cord of Hope
: While I had high expectations for this legendary due to its nature of allowing you to prepare for damage I've found that all too often you are always using your Words on cooldown and very infrequently will you gain the benefit in a raiding environment, that said it can be very potent in Mythic+ 5mans because you are more likely to hold HWords for specific moments.
: The bane of many a DPSers existence, this Ring has received some nice buffs and is be an exceptional Mythic+ legendary for Priest to have since we will be utilizing the haste effect for healing or for damage in 5mans. It can have some decent effects in raid encounters with multiple dispels, and the recent flat Hasted buff to it, but generally it has many limitations in that area.
: Recently buffed ring granting increased duration of
and making it so that the healing effect does not fade if the Spirit is consumed early, strong in Mythic+ and decent in raids.
Finding Gear on Wowhead
From simple recommendations to advanced filters, Wowhead can help you find the gear you want.
is a great way to search for gear if you are new to Wowhead's filtering system.
Choose what item category, gear slot, and class specialization you're interested in, and it will return results for you. You can further narrow it down by source--including gear from LFR and heroic dungeons.
You can find the Item Finder via Tools > Item Finder or Database > Items > Item Finder.
returns personalized gear suggestions for you and shows which content has the most upgrades.
Simply load up the
with you preferred character and it will list gear recommendations in a 20 ilvl range for you. It will also list how many gear upgrades each boss has so you can plan out bonus rolls. Finally, the character planner will perform an audit and let you know if you have any missing enchants, glyphs, or gems.
If you have a character in our
which is great for tracking vanity collections and viewing your character in our 3D modelviewer, you can click on the "Planner" button in the header to access the tool. If you don't, you can just enter your information in at Tools > Character Planner.
Wowhead utilizes a powerful system of item filters to narrow down the gear you need.
, you can enter in some basic options at the top--the name of the item, its item level, the level the players needs to be. The "Usable by" dropdowns cover factions, class, and role.
The dropdown menu right above "Stat Weights" opens to display a variety of advanced options. These cover the following:
General item info such as Added in Expansion/Patch, BoE/BoP, Unique-Equipped, Class-Specific.
Stats: All primary stats, secondary stats, defensive stats, and weapon stats.
Source: All in-game sources, ranging from raid difficulties to the Black Market Auction House to sold by a vendor.
Miscellaneous: Many of these filters are not relevant to equippable gear such as Crafting Reagents and Toys, but you can filter for items that are currently obtainable.
Once you've selected a filter from the menu, click on Apply filter for search results. You can repeat the process to filter for multiple criteria at once--for example, Agility gear that is found in Mythic Foundry.
Over on the right-hand side of the page, you can select a particular Gear Slot or Quality to narrow results even further.
Finally, you can quickly view a subset of items at once using the Database Menus. Head to Database > Items and mouseover the Weapon and Armor options for quick links to gear arranged by armor type and slot.
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