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For the Warcraft III unit, see Priest (Warcraft III).
Priests are devoted to the spiritual, and express their unwavering faith by serving the people. For millennia they have left behind the confines of their temples and the comfort of their shrines so they can support their allies in war-torn lands. In the midst of terrible conflict, no hero questions the value of the priestly orders.
Priest crest

Priests are masters of healing and preservation, restoring their wounded allies, shielding them in battle, and even resurrecting them from death. While they have a variety of protective and enhancement spells to bolster their allies, they can also wreak terrible vengeance on their enemies, using the grand powers of the Holy Light to smite and purge them, or the devastating powers of the shadow to decimate their minds. The priest is a diverse and powerful class, highly desirable in any group, and capable of fulfilling multiple roles.

The priest is perhaps the best healing class in the game with a surprisingly strong damage potential as well. Their ability to heal and buff allies, avoid aggro, dispel buffs on enemies, dispel debuffs on their allies, and resurrect fallen comrades makes them an important member of any group, whether PvP or PvE.

Priests are limited to cloth armor and the following weapons: Daggers, One-Handed Maces, Staves, and Wands.

Background

Dwarf priest

Dwarven priestess.

Priests practice a complex, organized form of spirituality. It can be built around moral philosophy, the worship of a particular deity (such as Elune), and/or idol worship. This is in contrast to the reverence of the elements that shamans practice or the close divine connection with animals and the wilderness that druids maintain. Priests serve not only as influential religious figures in their respective societies, but also as powerful practitioners of divine magic. They use this to heal and protect, or harm and weaken.

Devotion to the faiths of Azeroth leads many priests to the paths of courage and heroism. In dark times priests carry the Light of faith with them as a reminder of the powerful forces at work beyond the comprehension of the peoples who walk the land. Powerful healers with an intimate connection to the divine, priests are empowered with abilities that aid them in times of dire need.[1]

Priests comprise quite a varied group in Azeroth. Many are followers, in some manner, of the Holy Light. Some priests choose to be pyremasters or High Priests, while some of the most experienced become epic priests. There are also racial restrictions to some titles, such as witch doctor for trolls and Priestess of the Moon for night elf females.

Notable priests

VelenCardgameArt

Prophet Velen, a draenei priest.

Main article: List of priests
NameRoleStatusLocation
Official alliance mini-iconIconSmall Anduin Anduin Wrynn Prince of Stormwind Alive Stormwind Keep,Stormwind City
Official alliance mini-iconIconSmall Human Male Archbishop Benedictus Leader of the Church of the Holy Light Alive Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City
Official alliance mini-iconIconSmall Human Male Archbishop Alonsus Faol Leader of the Church of Light Deceased Faol's Rest, Tirisfal Glades
Official horde mini-iconIconSmall Troll Male Zabra Hexx Priest Alive Unknown
Neutral 15IconSmall Iridi Iridi Priestess Deceased Buried in Outland
Neutral 15IconSmall Draenei Female High Priestess Ishanah Leader of the Aldor Alive Shrine of Unending Light, Shattrath City
Neutral 15IconSmall ZandalarTroll Male Rastakhan King of all living trolls on Azeroth Alive Zuldazar
Official horde mini-iconIconSmall Troll Male Sen'jin Former leader of the Darkspear tribe Deceased Unknown
Official alliance mini-iconIconSmall Velen Velen Leader of the Draenei Alive Vault of Lights, The Exodar
Official horde mini-iconIconSmall Troll Male Vol'jin Leader of the Darkspear tribe Alive Darkspear Hold, Darkspear Isle
Official alliance mini-iconIconSmall Tyrande Tyrande Whisperwind High priestess of Elune Alive Temple of the Moon, Darnassus

Races

Main article: Priest races

The priest class can be played by the following races:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health Mana
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei Bc icon 21 17 20 22 25 34 52 160
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Dwarf 25 16 21 21 22 32 62 145
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome Cataclysm-Logo-Small 15 23 19 25 23 51 51 205
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human 20 20 20 22 23 40 52 160
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf 16 24 20 22 23 48 52 160
Both 15 IconSmall Pandaren MaleIconSmall Pandaren Female Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen Cataclysm-Logo-Small 23 22 20 18 22 46 52 128
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf Bc icon 17 22 20 25 21 44 52 205
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead 19 18 20 20 28 38 52 130
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin Cataclysm-Logo-Small 17 22 20 25 21  ? 52 205
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren Cataclysm-Logo-Small 25 15 22 17 25 35 72 127
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll 21 22 20 18 24 44 52 128

Human/Dwarf

The Clerics of Northshire were human priests who served the kingdom of Stormwind during the First War. The clerics served as healers on the battlefield, but were ill-prepared for the hazards of combat and thus suffered heavy casualties. This order was largely destroyed, and the Second War saw fragile priests replaced on the battlefield by armored paladins, the Knights of the Silver Hand, established by the clerics' leader Archbishop Alonsus Faol and his apprentice, Uther the Lightbringer.

During events of the Third War, despite the high elves' official departure from the Alliance, some elves still remained true to their former human and dwarven allies. The altruistic priests of Quel'Thalas refused to abandon their roles as healers and agreed to remain in Lordaeron despite the edicts from their reclusive masters in Silvermoon. The high elven priests used their Light-given powers to heal the wounded and bolster the spirits of Lordaeron's fighting elite. A holy field medic, these padres roam the battlefield curing the wounds of fallen comrades.

Draenei

The Draenei have been worshipers of the Light for at least as long as they have known the Naaru, and draw their wisdom and power from them.

Forsaken

Forsaken who once followed the tenets of the Holy Light altered their philosophy upon their transformation. Most forsaken have abandoned religion, just as they believe it abandoned them. Some still adhere to their old faiths, such as the Holy Light. Priests of the Holy Light in particular struggle to reconcile the philosophy that guided their life with their unfortunate new condition. Some balance their old beliefs with their new forms, but most forsaken priests belong to The Cult of Forgotten Shadow. Lost and hurt, these priests founded a new religion based on a self-centered version of their former faith. This philosophy centers around self-empowerment and a desire to balance life with death. They can no longer use the Holy Light and have since learned how to use the shadow.

Troll

The troll priesthoods, much like the shamans and witch doctors of the troll tribes, are comprised of spiritual advisers and caretakers. With trolls being naturally superstitious and spiritual, it allows the various troll priests to manipulate the spiritual energy of the world in order to either heal or harm their targets. The energies the troll priests draw can come from various sources, be it Loa spirits, voodoo magic, or the target itself. Drawing upon these energies, troll priests either mend or harm, depending on which blessing the spiritual entity bestows. Arguably, in World of Warcraft, troll priests can be considered witch doctors in a cultural perspective, in equal terms with the shamans.

Tauren

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In Cataclysm, the Tauren gained the ability to become priests. It is possible they use the light of the Sun in their spells, as opposed to the Holy Light. This is similar to how the Night Elves use the power of the Moon, their goddess Elune, instead of the Holy Light.

Gnome

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With the announcement of the Cataclysm expansion, Gnome healers finally became playable. Gnome priest NPCs (such as the Holdout Medic in Gnomeregan and the North Fleet Medic in Howling Fjord) have existed in Azeroth for some time, but the destruction brought on by Deathwing likely inspired many more Gnomes to turn to their allies and adopt devotion to The Light.

Specializations/stats

Uses magic to shield allies from taking damage as well as heal their wounds.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Intellect
  • Mastery
  • Critical Strike
  • Haste
  • Multistrike
  • Versatility
PenanceTCG

Penance

Ability Min Level
Borrowed Time 10
Penance 10
Rapture 10
Meditation 10
Spiritual Healing 10
Holy Fire 18
Holy Nova 20
Purify 22
Divine Aegis 24
Focused Will 30
Heal 34
Ability Min Level
Atonement 38
Evangelism 44
Grace 45
Prayer of Healing 46
Archangel 50
Silence 52
Pain Suppression 58
Power Word: Barrier 70
Mastery: Shield Discipline 80
Enlightenment 90
A versatile healer who can reverse damage on individuals or groups and even heal from beyond the grave.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Multistrike
  • Haste
  • Intellect
  • Mastery
  • Versatility
  • Critical Strike
HealTCG

Heal

SpiritofRedemptionTCG

Spirit of Redemption

Ability Min Level
Holy Word: Chastise 10
Meditation 10
Spiritual Healing 10
Holy Fire 18
Purify 22
Renew 26
Spirit of Redemption 30
Focused Will 30
Heal 34
Serendipity 34
Lightwell 36
Ability Min Level
Prayer of Healing 46
Binding Heal 48
Circle of Healing 50
Chakra: Chastise 56
Chakra: Sanctuary 56
Chakra: Serenity 56
Rapid Renewal 64
Guardian Spirit 70
Divine Hymn 78
Mastery: Echo of Light 80
Divine Providence 90
Uses sinister Shadow magic, especially damage-over-time spells, to eradicate enemies.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Intellect
  • Spell Power
  • Critical Strike
  • Haste
  • Multistrike
  • Versatility
  • Mastery
DevouringPlagueTCG

Devouring Plague

DispersionTCG

Dispersion

Ability Min Level
Mind Flay 10
Devouring Plague 21
Mind Blast 21
Shadow Orbs 21
Shadowform 24
Mind Quickening 26
Vampiric Touch 28
Shadowy Apparitions 42
Ability Min Level
Mind Spike 44
Shadow Word: Death 46
Silence 52
Dispersion 60
Psychic Horror 74
Vampiric Embrace 78
Mastery: Mental Anguish 80
Mastermind 90

Skills/Glyphs

SmiteTCG

Smite

Power Word Shield

Power Word: Shield

Ability Min Level
Shoot Starts with
Smite Starts with
Shadow Word: Pain 3
Power Word: Shield 5
Flash Heal 7
Resurrection 18
Power Word: Fortitude 22
Fade 24
Dispel Magic 26
Ability Min Level
Mind Sear 28
Shackle Undead 32
Levitate 34
Mind Vision 42
Shadowfiend 42
Fear Ward 54
Prayer of Mending 68
Mass Dispel 72
Leap of Faith 84
Key
Tag Source
Inv misc book 07 [Book of Glyph Mastery] (requires 425 inscription skill)
T:# Learned from a trainer with # Inscription skill
M:# Minor Inscription Research (requires # Inscription skill)
N Northrend Inscription Research (requires 385 Inscription skill)
V:# Vendor (requires # Inscription skill)


Major Glyph Source Major Glyph Source
Glyph of Binding Heal Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 200
Research: Celestial Ink
Glyph of Circle of Healing Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 300
Glyph of Deep Wells Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 300 Glyph of Delayed Coalescence Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Dispel Magic APB Skill Inscription 150
Research: Jadefire Ink
Glyph of Dispersion Spell shadow shadowwordpain Automatic at level 75
Glyph of Fade Automatic at level 25 Glyph of Fear Ward APB Skill Inscription 25
Research: Moonglow Ink
Glyph of Focused Mending APB Skill Inscription 300
Book of Glyph Mastery
Glyph of Free Action Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Guardian Spirit Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Holy Fire Spell holy powerwordshieldSpell holy guardianspirit Automatic at level 25
Glyph of Inquisitor Spell holy powerwordshieldSpell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Leap of Faith APB Skill Inscription 300
Book of Glyph Mastery
Glyph of Levitate Automatic at level 25 Glyph of Lightwell Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 150
Research: Jadefire Ink
Glyph of Mass Dispel APB Skill Inscription 300 Glyph of Mind Blast Spell shadow shadowwordpain Automatic at level 50
Glyph of Mind Flay Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 75
Research: Midnight Ink
Glyph of Mind Harvest Spell shadow shadowwordpain  ??
Glyph of Mind Spike Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 200
Research: Celestial Ink
Glyph of Miraculous Dispelling Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Penance Spell holy powerwordshield Automatic at level 75 Glyph of Power Word: Shield APB Skill Inscription 500
Research: Ink of Dreams
Glyph of Prayer of Mending APB Skill Inscription 300 Glyph of Psychic Horror Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 300
Glyph of Psychic Scream APB Skill Inscription 425
Research: Blackfallow Ink
Glyph of Purification (priest glyph) Spell holy powerwordshieldSpell holy guardianspirit Official alliance mini-icon Joao Calhandro 100Gold
Official horde mini-icon Maru'sa 100Gold
Glyph of Purify Spell holy powerwordshieldSpell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 100
Research: Lion's Ink
Glyph of Reflective Shield Automatic at level 50
Glyph of Renew Spell holy guardianspirit Automatic at level 75 Glyph of Restored Faith APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Scourge Imprisonment APB Skill Inscription 250
Research: Shimmering Ink
Glyph of Shadow Magic Spell holy powerwordshieldSpell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Shadow Word: Death Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 500
Research: Ink of Dreams
Glyph of Silence Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of Smite Spell holy powerwordshieldSpell holy guardianspirit Automatic at level 50 Glyph of Spirit of Redemption Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 1
Scribe's Research Notes
Glyph of the Redeemer Spell holy guardianspirit  ?? Glyph of Vampiric Embrace Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 25
Research: Moonglow Ink
Glyph of Weakened Soul APB Skill Inscription 300
Minor Glyph Source Minor Glyph Source
Glyph of Angels APB Skill Inscription 350
Research: Ink of the Sea
Technique: Glyph of Angels
Glyph of Borrowed Time Spell holy powerwordshield APB Skill Inscription 290
Research: Ethereal Ink
Glyph of Confession APB Skill Inscription 350
Research: Ink of the Sea
Glyph of Dark Archangel Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 100
Research: Lion's Ink
Glyph of Holy Resurrection APB Skill Inscription 25
Research: Moonglow Ink
Glyph of Inspired Hymns Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 25
Research: Moonglow Ink
Technique: Glyph of Inspired Hymns
Glyph of Shackle Undead APB Skill Inscription 250
Research: Shimmering Ink
Glyph of Shadow Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 200
Research: Celestial Ink
Glyph of Shadow Ravens Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 350
Research: Ink of the Sea
Glyph of Shadowy Friends Spell shadow shadowwordpain APB Skill Inscription 425
Research: Blackfallow Ink
Glyph of the Heavens APB Skill Inscription 425
Research: Blackfallow Ink
Glyph of the Sha APB Skill Inscription 290
Research: Ethereal Ink
Technique: Glyph of the Sha
Glyph of the Val'kyr Spell holy guardianspirit APB Skill Inscription 500
Research: Ink of Dreams

Suggested professions

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  • IconSmall Tailoring [Tailoring] and IconSmall Enchanting [Enchanting] are logical choices for any cloth armor wearing class. This allows crafting decent armor as one levels and various enchants from [disenchanting] created items as one levels. Tailoring also increases cloth drops at higher levels.
  • IconSmall Alchemy [Alchemy] can be useful for non-Holy spec who need quick potion heals and various buffs from elixirs and flasks. This profession is also good all around for making money and supplying guild runs.
  • IconSmall Herbalism [Herbalism] prides ingredients for IconSmall Alchemy [Alchemy] and IconSmall Inscription [Inscription], but also gives the [Lifeblood] ability which adds both healing and haste. This profession is also good all around for making money.
  • IconSmall Cooking [Cooking] is good for non-combat health regeneration and provides good buff foods.
  • IconSmall First Aid [First Aid] is good for for in-combat health regeneration and low downtime regeneration. For healing specs it saves precious mana for heal spells.
  • IconSmall Fishing [Fishing] is good for leveling cooking.

Tactics

Main article: Priest tactics

Priests are generally regarded as a tough class to play in PvP, but they are highly desired in battlegrounds. They are easily the best healer in the game and a great utility class. While the discipline and holy specializations focus on making very strong healers, the shadow specialization focuses on damage dealing while restoring the party's health and mana at the same time.

Many players regard healing priests as being the jack-of-all-trades healing class due to the great diversity of healing spells at their disposal. This includes direct healing, healing over time, area of effect healing, and the ability to shield targets from damage. Due to this great diversity, a healing priest can heal any encounter while the other healing classes may find it more difficult.

Healing priest tactics generally involve conserving mana while deciding the ideal time to heal. Priests must decide which spell to use and at what time. While Flash Heal and Power Word: Shield may be very mana intensive, they are excellent methods to quickly rescue someone from death. Many priests use a tactic known as stopcasting. In this method, the priest will constantly use Greater Heal; however, if in the 2.5-second cast time the target never takes sufficient damage, the priest will cancel the heal before it goes off and begin recasting.

The goal of a shadow priest is to keep a series of spells with unique cooldowns and durations going constantly. They must cycle through several direct damage, channeled, and damage over time spells. A shadow priest is unique in that Vampiric Embrace restores health to the priest's entire party, which is based upon the damage the priest deals.

End-game expectations

Though many priests found themselves originally pigeonholed into a single role in classic World of Warcraft, many are experiencing greater freedom in a post-Burning Crusade raiding environment. Priests are capable of filling both healing and damage-dealing roles, depending on the priest's spec and the need of the raid. This flexibility is further aided by the increased debuff cap making it easier to allow multiple shadow priests to contribute without being detrimental to a raid.

End game healing

Proficient and skilled healers are highly valued, capable of utilizing a variety of heals and numerous buffs that benefit raiders such as Power Word: Fortitude and Power Word: Shield. While sometimes considered by some to be mana inefficient when compared with other healing classes, the introduction of the Shadowfiend in the Burning Crusade allows a healing priest to regain a significant amount of mana used to continue healing while providing negligible damage against one target. The use of Lightwell allows raiders to regain health by accessing the conjured well, while Spirit of Redemption allows holy priests to continue casting healing spells on a raid for 15 seconds beyond death with no expense to mana.

For Discipline priests, their strength lies in preventing damage. They cannot put out as much raw healing as holy priests can; however, the strategy for discipline priests is quite different. They prefer to strengthen allies and prevent damage from happening by shielding others. Discipline priests are capable of healing multiple targets, but in a large group their role will usually be to keep the main tank alive. Their specialization focuses on protection. While healing priests do not possess the raid healing output of a druid or the tank healing capabilities of a holy paladin, priests are incredibly proficient at both of theses roles, earning them the name "The jack of all trades, master none".

End-game damage dealing

The strength and versatility of a Shadow priest has been recognized as an invaluable asset in both five mans and raids. A shadow priest is capable of contributing significant damage as well as providing a variety of buffs and debuffs that benefit the group as a whole. Vampiric Embrace gives a portion of the shadow priest's single-target shadow damage as a group-wide heal that can aid in keeping the health of group members up; this can be especially helpful when grouped with a tank and warlocks who Life Tap frequently, as well as rogues and Feral druids performing melee damage.

In addition to providing significant damage and buffs, shadow priests have the flexibility to drop out of Shadowform and provide backup healing if the situation warrants, though they typically suffer from reduced bonus healing.

Note

The priest prestige class was eliminated from the World of Warcraft RPG and replaced with the priest core class.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 70
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game Conversion Document, 1-2

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