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Lay on Hands
Spell holy layonhands
  • Lay on Hands
  • Row 1 paladin talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 10 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Heals a friendly target for an amount equal to 100% your maximum health.

    Cannot be used on a target with Forbearance. Causes Forbearance for 30 sec.
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 10 minutes
Improvements Spell holy layonhands [Empyreal Ward], Ability paladin infusionoflight [Healing Hands], Spell holy revivechampion [Tirion's Devotion], Spell holy holyguidance [Unbreakable Spirit], Spell holy greaterblessingofsalvation [Uther's Counsel]
Related debuff
Spell holy removecurse
  • Forbearance
  • Cannot be affected by Divine Shield, Hand of Protection or Lay on Hands.
  • Duration: 30 seconds
Take all my strength into you and be whole once more![1]
Paladins, I've heard you have many lives. Show me. - Nefarian

Lay on Hands is a Holy-based paladin ability that instantly fills your target with life. It is considered an "emergency" ability, in that due to its long cooldown it should only be used when it's really needed. Lay on Hands causes Spell holy removecurse [Forbearance]. As it allows a paladin to "live twice" by using it, the spell is somewhat famous.

Lay on Hands is automatically learned by Holy and Protection paladins.


  • Not affected by the global cooldown.
  • Tankadins can consider this as a long cooldown "oh s**t button". Turn on the auto-self cast option or create a macro. When your health is dangerously low, use it immediately to heal yourself back to full health.
  • This ability is completely independent of the amount of Healing the caster has. It always heals the target for the amount of health the caster has.
  • This ability cannot crit.


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 1 class talent (was a level 14 ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Now learned at level 14 (was 9).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 9 (was 22).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Lay on Hands received a new visual effect.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now learned at level 22 (was 16).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Can no longer crit. Now causes Forbearance on any target it is cast on.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Lay on Hands no longer grants mana to the target.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Cooldown reduced down from 20 minutes. No longer uses spell ranks, nor affected by any Lay on Hands-specific talents.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Tooltip clarified to better explain this ability's interactions with Divine Shield, Divine Protection, and Hand of Protection.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This ability will place Forbearance on the paladin if used on his or herself. It will not place Forbearance on others.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Does not drain all of the player's mana anymore. Cooldown reduced to 20 minutes.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Range increased.

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