Ability priest atonement.png
  • Atonement
  • Level 12 Discipline priest ability
  • Passive
  • Power Word: Shield, Shadow Mend, and Power Word: Radiance apply Atonement to your target for 15 sec.

    Your spell damage heals all targets affected by Atonement for 50% of the damage done.
Usable by
Class Priest
Other information
Level learned 12
Improvements [Trinity]
Affects [Power Word: Shield], [Shadow Mend], [Power Word: Radiance]
Related buff
Ability priest atonement.png
  • Atonement
  • Healed whenever the Priest damages an enemy.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Atonement is a passive level 12 Discipline priest ability. It causes [Power Word: Shield], [Shadow Mend] and [Power Word: Radiance] to apply Atonement, causing applied targets to be healed when the priest deals damage with its offensive spells.

Where possible, healing in this way will conserve mana, and allow the priest to DPS while healing, leading to faster kills.


  • Atonement will not trigger with damage effects from trinkets and azerite traits.
  • Atonement healing is the only form of healing available to priests that requires a hostile target, and as such is the only form of healing not available between encounters. This also means the priest must be within range of the chosen hostile target in order to heal in this way. In some encounters, this can require the priest to move closer to the hostile target (especially bosses) than they would normally choose to, especially as these spells have only a 30-yard range (including [Penance], when used on hostile targets). Conversely, it is not necessary for the priest to be within range of the friendly target in order to heal them.
  • Atonement healing also requires the priest to be facing the hostile target in order to cast these spells but does not require the priest to be facing any friendly targets in order for them to receive healing. However, when using macros to attack a friendly target's target, the unpredictable nature of the hostile target's location can prove confusing, and can briefly interrupt the priest's healing.


  • When soloing mobs or players, Atonement is a great rotation for combined healing and DPS. Although the healing is halved when received by the priest, it is still enough to reduce or even remove entirely the need to shield or heal, saving global cooldowns and so potentially increasing DPS. However, priests using Atonement while under attack may still wish to use [Power Word: Shield], if only to prevent pushback.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 12.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3.0 (2020-01-14): Atonement's healing has been decreased from 55% to 50% of damage done.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Atonement's healing has been decreased from 60% to 55% of damage done.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Atonement's healing has been increased from 40.1% to 60% of damage done.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Atonement’s duration has been reduced to 15 seconds without the Contrition Talent.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-31): Atonement will now heal players who are out of line of sight of the Priest.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-12-13): Atonement effect increased by 10% in PvP.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Atonement healing is now increased by 15% in PvP (down from 25%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Redesigned from a passive level 38 ability.
    Previous: When you deal damage with Smite, Holy Fire, Penance, Power Word: Solace, or their multistrikes, you instantly heal a nearby injured friendly target for 100% of the damage dealt. If the Priest is healed through Atonement, the effect is reduced by 50%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now heals for 25% less than before.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now heals nearby friendly targets for 90% of the damage dealt, down from 100%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-05): Atonement healing granted from critical strikes now heal for the correct amount.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Healing range increased to 40 yards, up from 15.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now also includes damage from Penance.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Will now account for the target enemy's combat reach when calculating proper range, enabling it to be used on large creatures such as Ragnaros and Al'Akir.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Now works with [Holy Fire] in addition to Smite.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-01-05): The heal from Atonement is now capped at 30% of the priest's health before any modifiers such as healing percentage bonus effects/talents.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-21): The healing effect from Atonement is now being affected by healing modifiers correctly.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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