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For priest abilities and talents on Classic servers, see Priest abilities (Classic).

Priest abilities are abilities that priests use. Most abilities are shared between all specializations, while some are only specific to one (or two) specializations.

For an overview of priest abilities, see the Priest overview.


All priests automatically learn the following spells at the specified level, regardless of specialization.

Ability Level
Spell holy holysmite [Smite] 1
Spell shadow shadowwordpain [Shadow Word: Pain] 2
Spell holy flashheal [Flash Heal] 3
Spell holy powerwordshield [Power Word: Shield] 4
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy [Mind Blast] 5
Spell holy wordfortitude [Power Word: Fortitude] 6
Spell shadow psychicscream [Psychic Scream] 7
Spell holy testoffaith [Desperate Prayer] 8
Spell magic lesserinvisibilty [Fade] 9
Spell holy resurrection [Resurrection] 10/B Priest [1-10] A Priest's End
Spell holy layonhands [Levitate] 12
Spell holy mindvision [Mind Vision] 14
Ability priest focusedwill [Focused Will] 16
Spell holy mindsooth [Mind Soothe] 18


The three priest specializations are Discipline (Healer), Holy (Healer) and Shadow (caster DPS).

For an exploration of each priest specialization, see Priest specializations.


Talents become available at level 10. They can be changed at any time outside of combat, except during a PvP match or Mythic+ dungeon. A talented ability cannot be changed while it is on cooldown.

Row 5 is locked until 8 points are spent, and row 8 is locked until 20 points are spent.

Class talents[]

Tier Talent Ranks Requirement
1 Spell holy renew [Renew] 1 Automatic for Discipline/Holy
Spell nature nullifydisease [Dispel Magic] 1
Spell shadow shadowfiend [Shadowfiend] 1 Automatic for Discipline/Shadow
2 Spell holy prayerofmendingtga [Prayer of Mending] 1 Renew (Automatic for Holy)
Spell holy heal [Improved Flash Heal] 1 Renew OR Dispel Magic
Spell holy nullifydisease [Improved Purify] 1 Dispel Magic (Holy/Discipline only)
Spell holy nullifydisease [Purify Disease] 1 Dispel Magic (Shadow only)
Ability warrior commandingshout [Psychic Voice]/
Spell shadow psychichorrors [Petrifying Scream]
1 Dispel Magic OR Shadowfiend
Spell shadow demonicfortitude [Shadow Word: Death] 1 Shadowfiend (Automatic for Shadow)
3 Achievement bg returnxflags def wsg [Focused Mending] 1 Prayer of Mending
Spell holy holynova [Holy Nova] 1 Prayer of Mending OR Improved Flash Heal
Spell holy holyprotection [Protective Light]/
Spell holy flashheal [From Darkness Comes Light]
1 Improved Flash Heal
Ability priest angelicfeather [Angelic Feather] 1 Improved Flash Heal OR Improved Purify OR Purify Disease OR Psychic Voice/Petrifying Scream
Ability priest phantasm [Phantasm] 1 Psychic Voice/Petrifying Scream OR Shadow Word: Death
Spell shadow demonicfortitude [Death and Madness] 1 Shadow Word: Death
4 Spell holy spellwarding [Spell Warding]/
Spell holy blessedrecovery [Blessed Recovery]
1 Prayer of Mending OR Focused Mending OR Holy Nova
Spell holy holynova [Rhapsody] 1 Holy Nova
Priest spell leapoffaith a [Leap of Faith] 1 Holy Nova OR Protective Light/From Darkness Comes Light OR Angelic Feather
Spell nature slow [Shackle Undead] 1 Angelic Feather
Spell nzinsanity fearofdeath [Sheer Terror]/
Spell priest voidtendrils [Void Tendrils]
1 Angelic Feather OR Phantasm
Spell shadow shadowworddominate [Mind Control]/
Spell priest void flay [Dominate Mind]
1 Phantasm OR Death and Madness
5 Ability priest clarityofwill [Words of the Pious] 1 Spell Warding/Blessed Recovery
Spell arcane massdispel [Mass Dispel] 1 Spell Warding/Blessed Recovery OR Rhapsody OR Leap of Faith
Ability priest savinggrace [Move with Grace] 1 Leap of Faith
Spell holy powerinfusion [Power Infusion] 1 Leap of Faith OR Shackle Undead OR Sheer Terror/Void Tendrils
Inv archaeology 80 zandalari sanguinetotem [Sanguine Teachings]/
Spell shadow unsummonbuilding [Vampiric Embrace]
1 Sheer Terror/Void Tendrils OR Mind Control/Dominate Mind
Spell nzinsanity bloodthirst [Tithe Evasion] 1 Death and Madness
6 Spell holy layonhands [Inspiration] 1 Spell Warding/Blessed Recovery OR Words of the Pious OR Mass Dispel
Spell arcane massdispel [Improved Mass Dispel] 1 Mass Dispel
Spell holy symbolofhope [Body and Soul] 1 Mass Dispel OR Move with Grace OR Power Infusion
Spell fire felflamering red [Twins of the Sun Priestess] 1 Power Infusion
Inv enchant voidsphere [Void Shield] 1 Power Infusion OR Sanguine Teachings/Vampiric Embrace
Achievement boss lanathel [San'layn] 1 Sanguine Teachings/Vampiric Embrace
Ability rogue masterofsubtlety [Apathy] 1 Mind Control/Dominate Mind OR Sanguine Teachings/Vampiric Embrace OR Tithe Evasion
7 Ability warrior unrelentingassault [Unwavering Will] 2 Inspiration OR Improved Mass Dispel OR Body and Soul
Spell shadow mindtwisting [Twist of Fate] 2 Body and Soul OR Twins of the Sun Priestess OR Void Shield
Spell shadow haunting [Throes of Pain] 2 Void Shield OR San'layn OR Apathy
8 Spell holy testoffaith [Angel's Mercy]/
Spell holy blindingheal [Binding Heals]
1 Unwavering Will
Spell priest divinestar [Divine Star]/
Ability priest halo [Halo]
1 Unwavering Will OR Twist of Fate (Discipline/Holy only)
Spell priest divinestar shadow2 [Divine Star]/
Ability priest halo shadow [Halo]
1 Unwavering Will OR Twist of Fate (Shadow only)
Spell nature invisibilty [Translucent Image] 1 Twist of Fate OR Throes of Pain
Ability revendreth priest [Mindgames] 1 Throes of Pain
9 Spell holy surgeoflight [Surge of Light] 2 Angel's Mercy/Binding Heals
Spell holy restoration [Light's Inspiration] 2 Angel's Mercy/Binding Heals OR Divine Star/Halo
Ability priest reflectiveshield [Crystalline Reflection] 2 Divine Star/Halo OR Translucent Image
Spell magic lesserinvisibilty [Improved Fade] 2 Translucent Image OR Mindgames
Ability revendreth priest [Manipulation] 2 Mindgames
10 Ability priest spiritoftheredeemer [Benevolence]/
Ability priest holywordlife [Power Word: Life]
1 Surge of Light OR Light's Inspiration
Ability priest angelicbulwark [Angelic Bulwark] 1 Light's Inspiration OR Crystalline Reflection
Achievement raid terraceofendlessspring04 [Essence Devourer]/
Spell priest voidshift [Void Shift]
1 Crystalline Reflection OR Improved Fade
Spell animarevendreth debuff [Shattered Perceptions] 1 Manipulation

Specialization talents[]

PvP talents[]

PvP talents become available at level 20. Up to 3 PvP talents may be active at any given time (with additional slots becoming available at levels 30 and 40).

These talents are active in the open world with War Mode turned on, as well as during instanced PvP. They have no effect in dungeons and raids.


Glyphs are items that can change a spell or ability's visual appearance. Most glyphs are crafted by scribes, are color-coded by class, and can be applied as early as level 11. They can be removed at any time outside of combat using Inv misc dust 02 [Vanishing Powder].

Glyph Used on
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Angels] Spell holy aspiration [Mastery: Echo of Light]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Dark Absolution] Spell holy penance [Penance]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Ghostly Fade] Spell magic lesserinvisibilty [Fade]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Inspired Hymns] Spell holy divinehymn [Divine Hymn]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Shackle Undead] Spell nature slow [Shackle Undead]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Shadow] Spell shadow shadowform [Shadowform]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of Shadowy Friends] Spell shadow shadowform [Shadowform]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of the Heavens] Spell holy layonhands [Levitate]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of the Lightspawn] Spell shadow shadowfiend [Shadowfiend]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of the Sha] Spell shadow shadowfiend [Shadowfiend]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of the Val'kyr] Inv enchant essenceeternallarge [Spirit of Redemption]
Inv glyph minorpriest [Glyph of the Voidling] Spell shadow shadowfiend [Shadowfiend]

See also[]