Holy Word: Sanctuary

Holy Word: Sanctuary
Usable by
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 40 seconds
Other information
Level learned 56

Holy Word: Sanctuary is a priest Holy Word, a Holy specialization ability. It is an area of effect smart-healing spell, gained through the Priest icon chakra blue.png [Chakra: Sanctuary] state, replacing Spell holy chastise.png [Holy Word: Chastise].


  • As of Patch 5.4.0, Holy Word: Sanctuary functions as a 'smart heal', healing the 6 most injured friendly targets within range. This appears to contradict the ability's tooltip, which may simply not have been changed to reflect its new functionality.
  • Does not target minor guardians, such as Ability warlock impoweredimp.png [Wild Imps], Bloodworms or snakes from Ability hunter snaketrap.png [Snake Trap].

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion-Logo-Small.png Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed. Replaced by Spell holy divineprovidence.png [Holy Word: Sanctify].
  • WoD-Logo-Small.png Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now heals for 60% more than before.
    Now costs 2.5% base mana (down from 3.8% base mana).
  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Mana cost reduced to 3.8% (down from 6.3%), and now functions like a smart heal, healing the 6 most injured friendly targets within range, and minor guardians are no longer targeted (Wild Imps, Bloodworms, Snakes from Snake Traps, etc.). There has been no change to the total amount of healing granted by the ability.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Hotfix (2011-04-27): Holy Word: Sanctuary should now properly benefit from Echo of Light.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png 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.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Holy Word: Sanctuary: now has a diminished effect when healing more than 6 players at once.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.
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