Shadowlands Holy Priest Guide

Holy Priest Gear and BIS in Shadowlands

Gear is one of the most important elements in WoW to strengthen your Holy Priest, providing massive amounts of stats as well as armor, procs, and set bonuses.

In this guide, we will explain how to obtain the best gear for your Holy Priest in Shadowlands and how to check if a piece is BiS, an upgrade or just bad. This guide will help you select the best pieces of gear from Dungeons and Raids in Shadowlands, whether they be weapons, trinkets, or armor.

Recommended Gear for Holy Priests in Shadowlands

What is the BIS Discipline Priest gear?

With many different sources of gearing and loot scarcity in Shadowlands, targeting your absolute Best in Slot gear isn't entirely realistic; instead, we've created a Best in Slot list from the ideal Holy Priest raid drops found in Shadowlands, from Mythic Dungeons, to help you decide what to prioritize.

These lists should give you several gearing paths in Season 2 including Sanctum of Domination, Mythic+, and Tazavesh, the Veiled Market. Give the following guide a read to learn about all gearing options in Shadowlands Season 2.

Sanctum of Domination Recommended Gear for Holy Priest

Holy Priest focuses on maximizing item level in most gear slots with a preference towards Critical Strike / Mastery. However, do not sacrifice primary stats for haste. For dungeon-only healing, you'll typically want to prioritize a more haste/crit/vers gearing setup.

This is a guideline of gear to pursue, for a more close-up look be sure to check out Questionably Epic's Live Gear Tool!

Item SlotNameDomination SocketEncounter
WeaponMaledict OpusKel'Thuzad
HelmVeil of the Banshee QueenShard of ZedSylvanas Windrunner
NeckPeriapt of Pristine PreservationThe Tarragrue
ShouldersFrame of the False MargraveShard of DyzKel'Thuzad
CloakCloak of Scarred HonorSoulrender Dormazain
ChestDiviner's Draped FineryShard of OthFatescribe Roh-Kalo
BracersDesecrator's Keening WristwrapsShard of KyrSylvanas Windrunner
GlovesGloves of Forsaken PurposeFatescribe Roh-Kalo
BeltSash of Duplicitous MagicsShard of RevKel'Thuzad
LegsLeggings of the Screaming FlamesPainsmith Raznal
BootsSandals of Sacred SymmetryGuardian of the First Ones
RingTarnished Insignia of Quel'ThalasSylvanas Windrunner
RingOscillating OuroborosFatescribe Roh-Kalo
TrinketUnbound ChangelingMists of Tirna Scithe
TrinketSoulletting RubyTheater of Pain
TrinketTitanic Ocular GlandEye of the Jailer

Best Shards of Domination for Holy Priest

Shards of Domination is a new system for Sanctum of Domination gear that provides customizable bonuses by slotting Shards of Domination into specific gear pieces from Sanctum of Domination. By killing more bosses in the Sanctum of Domination raid, these Shards of Domination can be upgraded to become more powerful.

Best Raid Shards of Domination for Holy Priest

Holy Priests are mostly focused on a Shard of Domination Build that enhances our healing throughput. As such, for raid, we'll look to maintain the Unholy Rune Word 3-set bonus Chaos Bane and fill with strong Frost Shards.

Raid PriorityShard of Domination
1Shard of Zed
2Shard of Dyz
3Shard of Oth
4Shard of Tel
5Shard of Rev

Best Mythic+ Shards of Domination for Holy Priest

Holy Priests are focused on a Shard of Domination Build that enhances our healing and damage throughput in Mythic+. The 3-set bonus does not work in Mythic+ dungeons, so we don't need 3 Unholy Shards. For the final Shard of Domination, you can use Shard of Dyz or any other offensive Shard.

Mythic+ PriorityShard of Domination
1Shard of Zed
2Shard of Cor
3Shard of Kyr
4Shard of Rev
5Shard of Dyz

For more information on the best Shards of Domination for both Raid and Mythic+, check out our Shards of Domination Holy Priest page:

Mythic+ Recommended Gear for Holy Priest

Like the Sanctum of Domination gear list above, this gear setup favors Crit/Mastery for raiding. For dungeon-only healing, you'll typically want to prioritize a more Haste/Vers/Crit based gearing setup.

Item SlotNameDrop Location
StaffWhizblast Walking StickDe Other Side
Main HandScithewood ScepterMists of Tirna Scithe
Off HandVessel of Shining RadianceSanguine Depths
HelmAbominable VisageThe Necrotic Wake
NeckTrailspinner PendantMists of Tirna Scithe
ShouldersCastigator's MantleSanguine Depths
BackCloak of Enveloping ManifestationsSanguine Depths
ChestSoulsewn VestmentsTheater of Pain
BracersNecropolis Lord's ShacklesThe Necrotic Wake
GlovesGory Surgeon's GlovesThe Necrotic Wake
BeltSash of Exquisite AcquisitionsDe Other Side
LegsBeryllia's Leggings of Endless TormentSanguine Depths
BootsStradama's Misplaced SlippersPlaguefall
RingRing of Perpetual ConflictTheater of Pain
RingFleshfused CircleTheater of Pain
TrinketUnbound ChangelingMists of Tirna Scithe
TrinketSoulletting RubyTheater of Pain
TrinketFirst Class Healing DistributorTazavesh, the Veiled Market

Notable Tazavesh Gear for Holy Priest

With Patch 9.1 comes the release of Tazavesh, the Veiled Market, a Mythic-only megadungeon for Shadowlands. Because this dungeon only has one difficulty option, all loot will drop at 226 item level on the normal Mythic but the hardmode will drop 233 pieces.

Item SlotNameEncounter
WeaponsStaff of Fractured Spacetime (Staff)So'leah
Gluttonous Rondel (Main Hand)The Grand Menagerie
Acoustically Alluring Censer (Off-Hand)Myza's Oasis
TrinketsSo'leah's Secret TechniqueSo'leah

The weapons from Tazavesh are great ways to nab a 226/233 weapon quickly without having to enter Mythic+. The listed trinket offers fairly solid stats early on when you're still trying to obtain your best trinkets. Check the trinket section below to see how they compare.

Best Holy Priest Trinkets in Shadowlands

As healers, we usually have the option for mana regeneration trinkets or throughput trinkets depending on the situation. However, current Shadowlands trinket options that provide additional mana are practically nonexistent. As such, we'll primarily focus on healing throughput trinkets.

Due to gear being able to scale in a variety of content (Mythic+ and Raid), I'll typically list out the overall ranking of trinkets in order assuming equal iLvl. Significant item level differences will influence your selection.

Throughput Trinkets

In regard to throughput trinkets, healers tend to dislike random proc trinkets as we can't always utilize the extra throughput at that particular moment in the fight. As such, on-use effects and stat sticks are highly favored. You can look for one passive/stat stick trinket and one on-use or double stat sticks depending on item level/quality.

GradeTrinketDrop LocationNotes
A+Unbound ChangelingMists of Tirna Scithe
A+Soulletting RubyTheater of Pain
A+Titanic Ocular GlandEye of the Jailer
AShadowed Orb of TormentRemnant of Ner'zhul
ACabalist's HymnalSire Denathrius - Castle Nathria
ASpiritual Alchemy StoneAlchemySolid early trinket for Season 2 now that it can be upgraded to 230 ilvl via Crafter's Mark of the Chained Isle
B+First Class Healing DistributorTazavesh, the Veiled Market
BTome of InsightKorthian Armaments - Korthia
BResonant Silver BellZones
BTuft of Smoldering PlumageSun King's Salvation - Castle NathriaMythic+ Priority - Poor in raid
BInscrutable Quantum DeviceDe Other Side
CMacabre Sheet MusicThe Council of Blood - Castle Nathria
CVial of Spectral EssenceTheater of Pain
CLingering SunmoteSanguine Depths
COverflowing Anima CageSanguine Depths
CBoon of the ArchonSpires of Ascension

Best Items to Upgrade with Valor Points for Holy Priest in Shadowlands

When upgrading Mythic+ items to 220 with Valor, you'll prioritize items that give you the most value, which tends to be weapons and trinkets. I've noted the strongest selections for these gear slots below.

You'll then want to prioritize gear slots with higher stat budgets like helms, chests, and legs, especially if these gear slots are some of your lowest item level gear pieces. Next will be shoulders, gloves, belt, and boots. Finally, fill the remaining gear pieces by lowest item level slots. Please see the Mythic+ Gear List for suggestion on which specific pieces of gear to upgrade.

WeaponWhizblast Walking StickDe Other SideGenerally our best itemized weapon from Mythic+.
TrinketsSoulletting RubyTheater of PainStrong trinket for Mythic+ and solid raid option.
Unbound ChangelingMists of Tirna ScitheThe other strong trinket from Mythic+ with a variable secondary stat buff.

Items to Prioritize in the Great Vault for Holy Priest in Shadowlands

When selecting your weekly reward from the Great Vault, you'll prefer higher item level pieces when possible. Prioritize weapons early, since they give the most throughput for a single item upgrade. High priority trinkets will be your next best option, followed by items with a higher stat budget (typically Helms, Chests, and Legs followed by Shoulders, Gloves, Belt, and Boots).

Continue to favor high stat budget items over low stat ones. If there's a particular item in your gear set with a low item level then you can also select that over making minor item level upgrades to other pieces. As a bit of a cheat sheet:

Weapons → High Value Trinkets → High Stat Budget Gear (Helms, Chests, and Legs) → Large Item Level Upgrades → Everything Else

For more information on how the Great Vaults works, please see the following guide:

Stat Priorities for Holy Priests in Shadowlands

For a more in-depth look at stats, check out our Holy Priest Stat Priority Guide.