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For the Burning Crusade priest racial ability, see Spell holy chastise [Chastise].
Holy Word: Chastise
Spell holy chastise
  • Holy Word: Chastise
  • Row 2 Holy priest talent
  • 30 yd range
  • 2% of base mana
  • 1 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Chastises the target for (140% of Spell power) Holy damage and incapacitates them for 4 sec.
  • Rank 2: Cooldown reduced by 4 sec when you cast Smite.
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 1 minute
Talent required Spell holy persuitofjustice [Holy Word: Serenity]
Rank levels 26 (rank 2)
Improvements Spell holy eyeforaneye [Censure], Inv staff 2h artifactheartofkure d 04 [Divine Image], Inv pet naaru [Light of the Naaru], Spell holy holybolt [Resonant Words]
Related debuff
Spell holy chastise
  • Holy Word: Chastise
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Holy Word: Chastise is a Holy priest Holy Word ability. It is an instant-cast damage spell that disorients its target.

Tips and tactics[]

The disorientation effect of Holy Word: Chastise can be invaluable for priests in PvP, and the spell's damage, though not considerable, can be useful as an extra nuke. However it should be noted that the disorientation effect will break immediately upon any damage taken by the target, meaning that this effect is best used for crowd control or to allow time for healing, escape or the use of an ability with a long cast time. However even in hectic battleground encounters, it can still be used to interrupt a caster at a critical moment.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-26): Damage increased by 35%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 2 Holy talent (was a level 23 Holy ability).
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2022-06-24): Now incapacitates enemy players for 3 seconds (was 4 seconds).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.2.0 (2022-02-22): Damage increased by 25%.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 23 (was 16).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Now learned at level 16 (was 18).
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Damage increased by 25%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 18 (was 24).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-08): Holy Word: Chastise will no longer remove periodic damaging effects from targets in PvE situations.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 633%. Duration increased from 3 seconds to 5. Now learned at level 24 (was 10).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now shares Diminishing Returns with all other Mesmerize effects.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Holy Word: Sanctuary healing done has been increased by 35%. In addition, it has a new spell effect.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-03-16): Casting Holy Word: Chastise against bosses will cause damage, but no longer disorient them when they are immune to such effects.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now has a 30-second cooldown, up from 25. In addition, it properly breaks from damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Holy Word: Sanctuary: now has a diminished effect when healing more than 6 players at once.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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