|Prayer of Healing|
Tips and tactics
- An additional benefit to using an AoE heal such as Prayer of Healing, rather than healing multiple targets individually, is the convenience and lack of time lost selecting each target. AoE healing may therefore be preferred even when not the most mana efficient option.
- As Prayer of Healing only heals for a small amount, it is useful for avoiding overheals (and so conserving mana) when multiple targets need 'topping up'.
- While Prayer of Healing only has a healing radius of 20 yards, it has a cast range of 40 yards.
- The area of effect is centered on the target, not on you, so it can heal players up to 60 yards away from you. This allows you to heal players that would otherwise be out of reach.
- Line of sight is only checked on the target, not on other players receiving the healing. This is useful in arenas and if a boss locks you out of its room. In such situations, cast it on yourself.
Like all AoE healing spells, Prayer of Healing's mana efficiency depends upon the number of targets healed. Only when sufficient numbers of players are in need of healing does the spell become an efficient option.
Not only passives and talents affecting Prayer of Healing (PoH) are involved in estimating its efficiency; those affecting direct heal options such as and , by improving these abilities, effectively increase the number of targets required to make PoH the best option. Passives that add additional effects to direct heals may further incline the priest to heal targets individually with these spells even when PoH would be a more mana efficient option.
In practice the time efficiency (HPS) and convenience of using Prayer of Healing will cause many priests to use it even when it is not one of the most mana efficient options. When Prayer of Healing is the most mana efficient option, it makes sense to use it even when time is not a factor.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10):
- Healing increased to 250% (was 200%).
- Now heals the target and the 4 nearest allies (was 5 random injured targets).
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Holy. Healing increased by 198%. Now heals allies up to 20 yards from the target, down from 30 yards.
- Hotfix (2013-03-27): For Discipline Priests with Divine Aegis, Prayer of Healing criticals should now heal for the correct amount.
- Hotfix (2012-10-12): Now provides 25% more healing.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a Holy and Discipline specialization ability.
- Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Effectiveness has been reduced by 15%.
- Hotfix (2010-11-23): Prayer of Healing is now properly healing all of the target's party members, unless they are further than 30 yards away.
- Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The percentage of spell power this spell gains in healing (per target) has been reduced from 80.7% to 52.6%.
- Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): This spell now heals the target's party, rather than being limited to just your direct party.
- Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost and heal amount increased.
- Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Cast time reduced to 3 seconds.