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As priests are mana based spell-casters, their abilities vary greatly. This is dependent on choices of specialization and tree selection. For instance healers focus more on healing, protection, buffing and the removal of harmful buffs, wheres Shadow priests are experts in direct and damage over time, as well as indirect healing.

For detailed information on each spell and its rank advancements, click on the spell title.

Mists of Pandaria

Mists-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

For talent-granted abilities, see Priest talents.

Pre-Mists of Pandaria

Icon Ability Min. level Range Tree Description
Spell holy holysmite Smite Starts with 30 yards Holy Smite an enemy for X to Y Holy damage.
Spell holy wordfortitude Power Word: Fortitude 1 30 yards Discipline Power infuses the target, increasing their Stamina by X for 30 min.
Spell shadow shadowwordpain Shadow Word: Pain 4 30 yards Shadow A word of darkness that causes X Shadow damage over 18 sec.
Spell holy powerwordshield Power Word: Shield 6 40 yards Discipline Draws on the soul of the party member to shield them, absorbing X damage. Lasts 30 sec. While the shield holds, spellcasting will not be interrupted by damage. Once shielded, the target cannot be shielded again for 15 sec.
Spell magic lesserinvisibilty Fade 8 Self only Shadow Fade out, temporarily reducing all your threat.
Spell holy renew Renew 8 40 yards Holy Heals the target for X over 15 sec.
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy Mind Blast 10 30 yards Shadow Blasts the target for X to Y Shadow damage.
Spell holy resurrection Resurrection 10 30 yards Holy Brings a dead player back to life with X health and Y mana. Cannot be cast when in combat.
Spell holy innerfire Inner Fire 12 Self only Discipline A burst of Holy energy fills the caster, increasing armor by X. Each melee or ranged damage hit against the priest will remove one charge. Lasts 30 min or until 20 charges are used.
Spell holy nullifydisease Cure Disease 14 40 yards Holy Removes 1 disease from the friendly target.
Spell shadow psychicscream Psychic Scream 14 8 yards Shadow The caster lets out a psychic scream, causing X enemies within 8 yards to flee for 8 sec. Damage caused may interrupt the effect.
Spell holy heal Heal 16 40 yards Holy Heal your target for X to Y.
Spell holy dispelmagic Dispel Magic 18 30 / 40 yards Discipline Dispels magic on the target, removing X harmful spell(s) from a friend or X beneficial spell(s) from an enemy.
Spell shadow devouringplague Devouring Plague 20 30 yards Shadow Afflicts the target with a disease that causes X Shadow damage over 24 sec. 15% of damage caused by the Devouring Plague heals the caster. This spell can only affect one target at a time.
Spell holy excorcism Fear Ward 20 30 yards Discipline Wards the friendly target against Fear. The next Fear effect used against the target will fail, using up the ward. Lasts 3 min.
Spell holy flashheal Flash Heal 20 40 yards Holy Heals a friendly target for X to Y.
Spell holy searinglight Holy Fire 20 30 yards Holy Consumes the enemy in Holy flames that cause X to Y Holy damage and an additional Z Holy damage over 10 sec.
Spell holy holynova Holy Nova 20 10 yards Holy Causes an explosion of holy light around the caster, causing X to Y Holy damage to all enemy targets within 10 yards and healing all party members within 10 yards for Z to V. These effects cause no threat.
Spell holy mindsooth Mind Soothe 20 40 yards Shadow Soothes the target, reducing the range at which it will attack you by 10 yards. Only affects Humanoid targets. Lasts 15 sec.
Spell nature slow Shackle Undead 20 30 yards Discipline Shackles the target undead enemy for up to X sec. The shackled unit is unable to move, attack or cast spells. Any damage caused will release the target. Only one target can be shackled at a time.
Spell holy mindvision Mind Vision 22 100 yards / unlimited Shadow Allows the caster to see through the target's eyes for 1 min.
Spell shadow manaburn Mana Burn 24 30 yards Discipline Destroy 10% of the target's mana (up to a maximum of 20% of your own maximum mana). For each mana destroyed in this way, the target takes 0.5 Shadow damage.
Spell shadow shadowworddominate Mind Control 30 20 yards Shadow Controls a humanoid mind up to level X, but increases the time between attacks by 25%. Lasts up to 1 min.
Spell holy prayerofhealing02 Prayer of Healing 30 30 yards Holy A powerful prayer heals party members within 30 yards for X to Y.
Spell shadow antishadow Shadow Protection 30 30 yards Shadow Increases the target's resistance to Shadow spells by X for 10 min.
Spell holy divinespirit Divine Spirit 30 30 yards Discipline Holy power infuses the target, increasing their Spirit by X for 30 min.
Spell nature nullifydisease Abolish Disease 32 40 yards Holy Attempts to cure 1 disease effect on the target, and 1 more disease effect every 3 seconds for 12 sec.
Spell holy layonhands Levitate 34 30 yards Discipline Allows the target to levitate, floating a few feet above the ground. While levitating, the target will fall at a reduced speed and travel over water. Any damage will cancel the effect. Lasts 2 min.
Spell holy greaterheal Greater Heal 40 40 yards Holy A slow casting spell that heals a single target for X to Y.
Spell holy prayeroffortitude Prayer of Fortitude 48 40 yards Discipline Power infuses all party and raid members, increasing their Stamina by X for 1.00 hour.
Spell holy prayerofshadowprotection Prayer of Shadow Protection 56 40 yards Shadow Power infuses the target's party and raid members, increasing their Shadow resistance by X for 20 min.
Spell holy prayerofspirit Prayer of Spirit 60 40 yards Discipline Power infuses the target's party and raid members, increasing their Spirit by X for 1.00 hour.
Spell shadow demonicfortitude Shadow Word: Death 62 30 yards Shadow A word of dark binding that inflicts X to Y Shadow damage to the target. If the target is not killed by Shadow Word: Death, the caster takes damage equal to the damage inflicted upon the target.
Spell holy blindingheal Binding Heal 64 40 yards Holy Heals a friendly target and the caster for X to Y. Low threat.
Spell shadow shadowfiend Shadowfiend 66 30 yards Shadow Creates a shadowy fiend to attack the target. Caster receives mana when the Shadowfiend deals damage. Lasts 15 sec.
Spell holy prayerofmendingtga Prayer of Mending 68 40 yards Holy Places a spell on the target that heals them for X the next time they take damage. When the heal occurs, Prayer of Mending jumps to a raid member within 20 yards. Jumps up to 5 times and lasts 30 sec. after each jump. This spell can only be placed on one target at a time.
Spell arcane massdispel Mass Dispel 70 30 yards Discipline Dispels magic in a 15 yard radius, removing 1 harmful spell from each friendly target and 1 beneficial spell from each enemy target. Affects a maximum of 10 friendly targets and 10 enemy targets. This dispel is potent enough to remove Magic effects that are normally undispellable.
Spell shadow mindshear Mind Sear 75 30 yards Shadow Causes an explosion of shadow magic around the enemy target, causing X to Y Shadow damage every 1 sec. for 5 sec. to all enemies within 10 yards around the target.
Spell holy divinehymn Divine Hymn 80 15 yards Holy You recite a Holy hymn, summoning the power of the Divine to assist you in your time of need. Heals 3 nearby lowest-health friendly party or raid targets for X every 2 seconds for 8 seconds, and increases healing done to them by 15% for 8 seconds. Maximum of 12 heals. The Priest must channel to maintain the spell.
Spell holy symbolofhope Hymn of Hope 80 40 yards Holy You recite a Holy hymn, restoring hope to those in despair. Restores 3% mana to 3 nearby low mana friendly party or raid targets every 2 seconds for 8 seconds, and temporarily increases their total maximum mana by 20% for 8 seconds. After the effect expires, the mana is lost. Maximum of 12 mana restorations. The Priest must channel to maintain the spell.

Icon Ability Reqs Description
Spell frost windwalkon Inner Focus Discipline 10 When activated, reduces the mana cost of your next spell by 100% and increases its critical effect chance by 25% if it is capable of a critical effect.
Spell holy powerinfusion Power Infusion Mental Strength 1
Disclipline 30
Infuses the target with power, increasing spell casting speed by 20% and reducing the mana cost of all spells by 20%. Lasts 15 sec.
Spell holy painsupression Pain Suppression Discipline 40 Instantly reduces a friendly target's threat by 5%, reduces all damage taken by 40% and increases resistance to Dispel mechanics by 65% for 8 sec.
Spell holy penance Penance Discipline 50 Launches a volley of holy light at the target, causing X Holy damage to an enemy, or Y to Z healing to an ally every 1 sec for 2 sec.

Icon Ability Reqs Description
Spell holy restoration Desperate Prayer Holy 10 Instantly heals the caster for X to Y.
Spell holy summonlightwell Lightwell Spirit of Redemption 1
Holy 30
Creates a Holy Lightwell. Members of your raid or party can click the Lightwell to restore X health over 6 sec. Attacks done to you equal to 30% of your total health will cancel the effect. Lightwell lasts for 3 min or 10 charges.
Spell holy circleofrenewal Circle of Healing Holy 40 Heals up to 5 friendly party or raid members within 15 yards of the target for X to Y.
Spell holy guardianspirit Guardian Spirit Holy 50 Calls upon a guardian spirit to watch over the friendly target. The spirit increases the healing received by the target by 40%, and also prevents the target from dying by sacrificing itself. This sacrifice terminates the effect but heals the target of 50% of their maximum health. Lasts 10 sec.

Icon Ability Reqs Description
Spell shadow siphonmana Mind Flay Shadow 10 Assault the target's mind with Shadow energy, causing 45 Shadow damage over 3 sec and slowing their movement speed by 50%.
Spell shadow impphaseshift Silence Imp. Psychic Scream 2
Shadow 20
Silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 5 sec.
Spell shadow unsummonbuilding Vampiric Embrace Shadow 20 Fills you with the embrace of Shadow energy, causing you to be healed for 15% and other party members to be healed for 3% of any single-target Shadow spell damage you deal for 30 min.
Spell shadow shadowform Shadowform Vampiric Embrace 1
Shadow 30
Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage by 15%, reducing all damage done to you by 15% and threat generated by 30%. However, you may not cast Holy spells while in this form except Cure Disease and Abolish Disease. Grants the periodic damage from your Shadow Word: Pain, Devouring Plague, and Vampiric Touch the ability to critically hit for 100% increased damage.
Spell holy stoicism Vampiric Touch Shadowform 1
Shadow 40
Causes X Shadow damage over 15 sec to your target and causes up to 10 party or raid members to gain 0.25% of their maximum mana per second when you deal damage from Mind Blast. In addition, if the Vampiric Touch is dispelled it will cause X damage to the afflicted target.
Spell shadow psychichorrors Psychic Horror Shadow 40 You terrify the target, causing them to tremble in horror for 3 seconds and drop all their main hand and ranged weapons for 10 seconds.
Spell shadow dispersion Dispersion Vampiric Touch 1
Shadow 50
You disperse into pure Shadow energy, reducing all damage taken by 90%. You are unable to attack or cast spells, but you regenerate 6% mana every 1 sec for 6 sec. Dispersion can be cast while stunned, feared or silenced and clears all snare and movement impairing effects when cast, and makes you immune to them while dispersed.

A codex is an item that can teach a new or a specific rank of a learned ability to a priest. These abilities used to be available only via codices. Since patch 2.1.0 they can be learned from a trainer as well.

Icon Ability Rank Req. level Codex Description
Spell holy prayeroffortitude Prayer of Fortitude 1 48 Codex: Prayer of Fortitude Power infuses all party and raid members, increasing their Stamina by 43 for 1.00 hour.
Spell holy greaterheal Greater Heal 5 60 Codex of Greater Heal V A slow casting spell that heals a single target for 1966 to 2194.
Spell holy prayerofhealing02 Prayer of Healing 5 60 Codex of Prayer of Healing V A powerful prayer heals party members within 30 yards for 997 to 1053.
Spell holy renew Renew 10 60 Codex of Renew X Heals the target for 970 over 15 sec.
Spell holy prayeroffortitude Prayer of Fortitude 2 60 Codex: Prayer of Fortitude II Power infuses all party and raid members, increasing their Stamina by 54 for 1.00 hour.
Spell holy prayerofshadowprotection Prayer of Shadow Protection 1 60 Codex: Prayer of Shadow Protection Power infuses the target's party and raid members, increasing their Shadow resistance by 60 for 20 min.
Spell holy prayeroffortitude Prayer of Fortitude 3 70 Codex: Prayer of Fortitude III Power infuses all party and raid members, increasing their Stamina by 79 for 1.00 hour.
Spell holy prayerofshadowprotection Prayer of Shadow Protection 2 70 Codex: Prayer of Shadow Protection II Power infuses the target's party and raid members, increasing their Shadow resistance by 70 for 20 min.

Racial abilities

This section contains information removed from the game and is kept for historical purposes only.

Prior to patch 3.0.2, priests got two additional spells according to their race, first at level 10 and then at level 20. In Wrath of the Lich King, most of these racial spells were removed from the game while a few got revamped. Desperate Prayer replaced Holy Nova as a Holy talent (the latter spell became a basic priest spell), while Symbol of Hope and Devouring Plague were retooled and made basic priest spells. All other racial abilities were removed from the game.

Spell Level Races Description
Desperate Prayer 10 Dwarf
Human
Instantly heals the caster for X to Y. 10 minute cooldown.
Starshards 10 Night Elf Rains starshards down on the enemy target's head, causing X Arcane damage over 15 sec. No mana cost, 30 sec cooldown.
Touch of Weakness 10 Undead
Blood Elf
The next damaging melee attack against the caster will cause X Shadow damage and reduce the damage caused by the attacker by Y for 2 min.
Hex of Weakness 10 Troll Weakens the target enemy, reducing damage caused by X and reduces effectiveness of healing spells by 20% for 2 minutes.
Symbol of Hope 10 Draenei Greatly increase the morale of the party members. Gives them up to X mana every 5 secs for 15 secs. 5 min cooldown.
Chastise 20 Dwarf
Draenei
Chastise the target, causing X to Y Holy damage and Incapacitates them for up to 2 sec. Any damage caused will awaken the target. Only works against Humanoids. This spell causes very low threat.
Feedback 20 Human The priest becomes surrounded with anti-magic energy. Any successful spell cast against the priest will burn X of the attacker's Mana, causing 1 Shadow damage for each point of Mana burned. Lasts 15 sec.
Elune's Grace 20 Night Elf Reduce chance to be hit by melee and ranged attacks by 20% for 15 seconds
Devouring Plague 20 Undead Afflicts the target with a disease that causes X Shadow damage over 24 seconds. Damage caused by the Devouring Plague heals the caster.
Shadowguard 20 Troll The caster is surrounded by shadows. When a melee or ranged attacker hits the caster, the attacker will be struck for X Shadow damage. Attackers can only be damaged once every few seconds. 3 charges. Lasts 10 minutes.
Consume Magic 20 Blood Elf Dispels one beneficial Magic effect from the caster and gives them X to Y mana. 2 min cooldown.


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