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Spell holy penance
  • Penance
  • Level 11 Discipline priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2.8% of base mana
  • 9 sec cooldown
  • Channeled
  • Launches a volley of holy light at the target, causing (120% of Spell Power) Holy damage to an enemy or (375% of Spell Power) healing to an ally over 2 sec. Castable while moving.
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 9 seconds
Other information
Level learned 11
Improvements Spell holy searinglight [Blaze of Light], Spell holy searinglightpriest [Castigation], Ability priest savinggrace [Contrition], Spell holy penance [Make Amends], Ability revendreth priest [Manipulation], Ability priest clarityofpower [Painful Punishment], Spell priest burningwill [Trinity], Spell shadow shadowfiend [Void Summoner], Spell priest burningwill [Weal and Woe]

Penance is a level 11 Discipline priest ability, granted upon choosing the Discipline specialization. It is a potent channeled ability that either deals direct damage to an enemy, or heals an ally.


  • Penance bolts normally occur three times per cast, the first tick occurring instantly upon cast.
  • Ability paladin handoflight [Harsh Discipline] significantly improves the potency of that cast of Penance by adding extra bolts. Similarly, Spell holy searinglightpriest [Castigation] will add an extra bolt. Additional bolts come with increased tick rate, firing faster so that the overall channeling time remains constant.
  • Penance is normally a Holy spell, but can become a shadow spell with use of Spell shadow summonvoidwalker [Shadow Covenant].
  • Spell holy powerwordshield [Power Word: Shield] prevents pushback and ensures that the effect of Penance is fully used.
  • Penance is one of the only ways for a Discipline priest to deal instant damage. Penance can be channeled while moving.


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-09-18): Healing is increased by 35% in PvP combat (was 15%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-07-24): Damage and healing increased by 15% in PvP combat.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 11 (was 10). Healing is now 375% of Spell Power.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3.0 (2020-01-14): Healing increased by 15%.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Spell priest finalprayer [The Penitent]'s effects are now included in Penance.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26): Penance damage is now 190% of Spell Power (was 175%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-22): Penance mana cost has been reduced to 2.8% base mana (was 3%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer does direct healing but can be cast while moving. Damage increased by 369%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now deals 10% less damage, but healing done is increased by 10%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Damage and healing has been increased by 20%, now a cooldown of 9 seconds (was 10 seconds), and has a range of 40 yards for both friendly and hostile targets (was 40 yards for friendly and 30 yards for hostile targets).
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-18): Penance's base damage has been reduced so that it now deals significantly less damage at lower player levels, and slightly less damage at level-85.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Damage increased by approximately 300%. Cooldown reduced from 12 sec to 10 sec.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Penance ticks no longer cause friendly targets to flinch.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Mana cost has been increased by 7%, but healing has been increased by 20%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mana cost reduced. Now a level 10 specialization ability for Discipline (was a tier 11 Discipline talent).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Cooldown increased to 12 seconds, up from 10 seconds.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Penance can now be cast on the priest himself and the damage has been increased.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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