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For the quest, see A [10-30] Atonement. For the TCG card, see Atonement (Blood of Gladiators).
Ability priest atonement
  • Atonement
  • Row 1 Discipline priest talent
  • Passive
  • Power Word: Shield, Flash Heal, Renew, and Power Word: Radiance apply Atonement to your target for 15 sec.

    Your spell damage heals all targets affected by Atonement for 40% of the damage done.
Class Priest
Other information
Affects Spell holy flashheal [Flash Heal], Spell priest power word [Power Word: Radiance], Spell holy powerwordshield [Power Word: Shield], Spell holy renew [Renew]
Improvements Ability priest surgeofdarkness [Abyssal Reverie], Ability priest clarityofwill [Indemnity], Ability priest atonement [Lenience], Spell priest burningwill [Trinity]
Related buff
Ability priest atonement
  • Atonement
  • Healed whenever the Priest damages an enemy.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Atonement is a passive Discipline priest talent. It causes several abilities 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 Spell holy penance [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 Spell holy powerwordshield [Power Word: Shield], if only to prevent pushback.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-07): Now heals for 40% of damage done (was 36%). This change will also affect PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.5 (2023-07-11):
    • Now transfers 36% of all damage (was 40%).
    • Now 89% more effective in PvP combat (was 70%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-26): Healing is now increased by 70% in PvP Combat (was 50%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-05): Healing is now 50% more effective in PvP Combat (was 40%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-03-06): Healing is increased by 40% in PvP Combat (was 20%).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): Spell damage heals all targets affected by Atonement for 40% of damage done (was 50%).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 1 Discipline talent (was a level 12 Discipline ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.0 (2021-06-29): Atonement's damage to healing transfer has been increased by 20% in PvP combat.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2020-10-21): Fixed an issue causing Atonement to heal for too little at low levels.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 12 (was 20).
  • 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 Hotfix (2018-07-24): Healing from Atonement will correctly be increased if the target has Ability monk sparring [Mystic Touch] or Ability demonhunter empowerwards [Chaos Brand].
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Atonement's healing has been increased from 40.1% to 60% of damage done. Now learned at level 20 (was 24).
  • Legion Hotfix (2018-02-26): Fixed a bug where Atonement's bonus 15% healing transfer in PvP was increasing Atonement heals by more than intended.
  • 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. Plea, Power Word: Shield, Shadow Mend, and Power Word: Radiance also apply Atonement to your target for 15 sec. When you deal spell damage, you instantly heal all targets affected by Atonement for 40.1% of the damage done. Now learned at level 24 (was 38).
    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 Hotfix (2014-10-30): Spell holy holysmite [Smite] critical hits should no longer incorrectly cause the target to be healed for a greater than intended amount through Atonement.
  • 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 Hotfix (2012-12-05):
    • Fixed an issue that could cause Atonement to attempt to heal invalid targets.
    • Atonement critical heals will now properly take effect on allies within 40 yards of the original target.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Healing range increased to 40 yards, up from 15. Now learned at level 38 (was 60).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now also includes damage from Penance. Now a level 60 specialization ability for Discipline (was a tier 3 Discipline talent).
  • 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 Spell holy searinglight [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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