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For the Classic version, see Spell holy restoration [Desperate Prayer].
Desperate Prayer
Spell holy testoffaith
  • Desperate Prayer
  • Level 8 priest ability
  • 1.5 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Increases maximum health by 25% for 10 sec, and instantly heals you for that amount.
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 1.5 minutes
Other information
Level learned 8
Improvements Spell holy testoffaith [Angel's Mercy], Spell holy restoration [Light's Inspiration]
Related buff
Spell holy testoffaith
  • Desperate Prayer
  • Maximum health increased by 25%.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Desperate Prayer is a priest ability. It is an instant self-only heal that costs no mana to use, healing the caster for 25% 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[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-01): Desperate Prayer has been added to the Personal Resource Display.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 8 by all priests (was a level 26 Discipline and Holy ability).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Discipline Priests now know Desperate Prayer (was Holy only). Now learned at level 26 (was 52).
  • 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 at level 30 (was a level 60 talent for all 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 talent (was a tier 2 Holy talent). 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. Moved from tier 3 to tier 2.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Desperate Prayer is now a tier 3 Holy talent instead of a level 10 racial ability for dwarves and humans.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Now learned from trainers rather than a quest.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Cooldown reduced.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Desperate Prayer is now affected by the talents improving Holy spells.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

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