Desperate Prayer
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  • Desperate Prayer
  • Level 52 Holy priest ability
  • 1.5 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Heals you for 30% of your maximum health, and increases your maximum health by 30%, decreasing by 3% every second.
Usable by
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 1.5 minutes
Other information
Level learned 52
Related buff
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  • Desperate Prayer
  • Maximum health increased by 30%.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Desperate Prayer is a level 52 Holy priest ability. It is an instant self-only heal that costs no mana to use, healing the caster for 30% of their total health.


  • Desperate Prayer is not affected by the global cooldown.
  • This spell's main use, both in PvE and PvP, lies as a "panic button", undoing any situation should you find yourself at critical health levels and in dire need of a heal.
  • Since the priest can heal themselves without needing to self-target, this can save crucial moments in tight situations in PvE and PvP.
  • The fact that it is a free spell may make a difference when mana is tight.
  • In PvP, the spell's short cooldown means it can be used frequently, sometimes in every encounter.
  • The ability used to be a racial spell available to humans and dwarves only.

Tips and tactics

Desperate Prayer heals for a notable amount, and most importantly for free. Since it is not affected by the GCD, it can also be used simultaneous to other heals to provide significant instant protection. Priests can save it for truly dangerous moments where it can be used at a moment's notice, or simply use it regularly to save mana and globals.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now learned at level 52 for Holy.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now heals and increases health by 30% (was 20%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Holy priests. Now heals for 20% (down from 30%) but also increases the caster's health.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a level 60 talented ability. New icon.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-04-26): Desperate Prayer is now properly casting its heal on the caster at all times, even after Spirit of Redemption has been triggered.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now heals the priest for 30% of their total health, up from a very subpar value.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Desperate Prayer is now free of cost.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Desperate Prayer changed into a talent in the holy tree, no longer a racial ability.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Now learned from trainers rather than a quest.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Cooldown reduced.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Desperate Prayer is now affected by the talents improving Holy spells.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

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