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Spell holy penance
  • Penance
  • 40 yd  range
  • 9 sec cooldown
  • 3.1% of base mana
  • Channeled
  • Launches a volley of holy light at the target, causing X Holy damage to an enemy, or X healing to an ally instantly and every 1 sec for 2 sec.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Utility
Cooldown9 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required10
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Those who have wronged will pay dearly.

Penance is a priest ability learned at level 10 for those with the Discipline specialization. While channeled, it deals damage to an enemy or heals a friendly target.

Modified by Edit

Inv glyph majorpriest2020
  • Glyph of Penance
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Priest (Discipline)
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Increases the mana cost of Penance by 20% but allows Penance to be cast while moving.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph minorpriest2020
  • Glyph of Angels
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Priest
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Your heal spells momentarily grant you angelic wings.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver

Notes Edit

  • Contrary to what the tooltip seems to imply, it actually heals or damages three times, the first tick occurring instantly upon cast.
  • Each heal from Penance receives 63.5% of the priest's spell power. In total, this gives penance of spell power coefficient similar to that of a three second cast rather than a two second cast.
  • Due to its mana efficiency and healing speed, it is generally the primary direct heal used by Discipline priests.
  • [Power Word: Shield] prevents pushbacks and ensures that the effect of Penance is fully used.
  • Even if a pushback prevents the final tick from landing, this is still a more mana efficient heal than [Greater Heal], and will still heal more than [Flash Heal]. Pushback can only prevent one tick, as it can only cancel 50% of a channeled spell.
  • The instant first tick of this spell can save party members who would otherwise die while waiting for [Flash Heal] to cast.

Patch changes Edit

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.3.0 (21-May-2013): Penance now deals 10% less damage, but healing done is increased by 10%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Evangelism's stacking effect now also increases the healing of Penance.; Penance damage and healing has been increased by 20%, now a cooldown of 9 seconds (was 10 seconds), and has a range of 40 yards for both friendly and hostile targets (was 40 yards for friendly and 30 yards for hostile targets).
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Penance mana cost has been increased by 7%, but healing has been increased by 20%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Cooldown increased to 12 seconds, up from 10 seconds.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Penance can now be cast on the priest himself and the damage has been increased.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.

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