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In this article, we list your Holy Paladin (WoW 4.3) core abilities and how they should be used together (rotation). We also explain when to use your various cooldowns. Then, we go deeper and present all the subtleties that playing a Holy Paladin will face you with. The other articles of our Holy Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.
1. Basic Rotation↑top
Healing is in great part based on your ability to react to the damage that the raid takes, and as such there is no set rotation. Rather, you must understand what spells are best suited to the different situations that can occur during a raid encounter.
1.1. Additional Actions To Perform
As a Holy Paladin there are a number of spells and abilities that you should use regularly during any encounter.
The above actions will grant you mana and Holy Power and as such, with the exception of Holy Shock, will not generate any healing. They should be used in between your other heals, or during periods of low damage. In the case of judging, because of the very high mana gained from it, it should be done even when there are raid members in need of healing, provided that they are not in immediate danger of dying.
You should always use Seal of Insight.
2. Cooldown Usage↑top
As a Holy Paladin, you have a total of 4 healing cooldowns, which we briefly present below (ordered from the least powerful to the most powerful):
In a subsequent section, we present these cooldowns more thoroughly, so that you get a better understand of when to use them.
2.1. Aura Mastery
Aura Mastery is not a healing cooldown but this ability can be very useful to help your raid survive a very damaging magic attack of Fire, Frost, or Shadow damage (provided you are using Resistance Aura).
3. Choosing Your Aura↑top
Before you begin the fight, you should already have a general understanding of what types of damage you are expecting to occur and you should prepare for this damage by using the right aura:
Occasionally it may be useful to utilise Concentration Aura, especially if other Paladins in your raid are already providing the other two auras.
4. Beacon of Light Target↑top
You should place your Beacon of Light on the target that is going to need it the most, even if you are assigned to heal the raid or another raid member. Generally, it is best used on one of the tanks (whichever is taking more damage) or someone in your raid who will be taking constant damage throughout the encounter.
5. Optional Read: Mastering Your Holy Paladin↑top
While the information presented above should enable you to perform very decently as a Holy Paladin, there are many things that you need to perfectly understand if you are to play your character to its full potential. In particular, you need to know the mechanics of all your procs and spells.
5.1. Procs To Watch Out For
Daybreak, indicated in Blizzard's UI by two shining yellow brackets on either side of your character, has a 20% chance to occur when you cast Holy Light, Flash of Light and Divine Light. The effect is simple: your next Holy Shock (used within 12 seconds of your proc) will not trigger a cooldown, effectively enabling you to chain two Holy Shocks one after the other, for a nice amount of overall burst healing. Due to the fact that your two Holy Shocks will have generated two charges of Holy Power, your burst can further be enhanced by following it up with a Word of Glory. It is important to always make use of Daybreak and not let it go to waste.
5.1.2. Infusion of Light
Infusion of Light is caused by your Holy Shock critical strikes, and provides you with a 1.5 second cast time reduction on your next Holy Light, Flash of Light, Divine Light or Holy Radiance. This proc is extremely beneficial, and should only really be used with Divine Light or Holy Radiance, and not Holy Light, unless there is practically no damage to be healed. Due to the very low cast time of your Holy Light while this proc is active (0.7-0.8 seconds) it is not really possible to cancel your cast, so you should have a way to track this proc through use of an addon (such as Power Auras).
5.2. Healing Spells In Detail
Beacon of Light, the iconic Holy Paladin spell, is a very powerful tool. It transfers 50% of all healing done by your Word of Glory, Holy Shock, Flash of Light, Divine Light and Light of Dawn, and 100% of all healing done by your Holy Light to the Beacon target. It also allows for Holy Power generation through use of Flash of Light and Divine Light on the Beacon target thanks to Tower of Radiance.
Holy Shock is an instant cast spell, and your main source of Holy Power generation. It is a core ability that should be used on cooldown. It has a good healing per mana ratio, but the amount it heals for is quite small. In addition, it has a chance to proc Infusion of Light.
Holy Light, thanks to its decent sustainability, is your most spammable spell. It has a very low mana cost, heals for a very low amount and has a long cast time. It also has a chance to proc Daybreak.
Flash of Light is your emergency heal. It has a high mana cost for relatively low healing, but it has a very short cast time which also generates Holy Power if cast on the Beacon target. It also has a chance to proc Daybreak.
Due to the very inefficient nature of Flash of Light and its very low cast time, Flash of Light should indeed only be used when you feel that your target will die before you have a chance to complete a Divine Light cast on them. While that is the general rule, a few exceptions do exist, most notably when there is a need to top off the tank (or any raid member) before a period of time when you cannot effectively heal them at all due to having to move extensively. Flash of Light healing will drain your mana very quickly and should not be used lightly.
Divine Light is your bread and butter tank healing spell. It costs a large amount of mana, heals for a large amount and has a high cast time. It generates Holy Power when cast on the Beacon target. It also has a chance to proc Daybreak.
Word of Glory is an instant cast, free of mana and without cooldown, but it consumes all Holy Power and requires Holy Power to use. This spell is one of your two Holy Power outlets. It provides you with a good amount of healing especially when Eternal Glory is talented.
Light of Dawn is your second Holy Power outlet. This spell will heal 6 targets in a 30 yard cone in front of the caster. It is instant cast, free of mana and has no cooldown, but it consumes all Holy Power and requires Holy Power to use.
Holy Radiance is your AoE healing over time spell. It has a rather long cast time, no cooldown and a rather high mana cost. Holy Radiance lasts 3 seconds and heals all raid members within 10 yards of the targeted player.
5.3. Healing Cooldowns In Detail
Divine Favor grants 20% spell haste and 20% critical strike chance for 20 seconds (30 seconds with Glyph of Divine Favor), and is extremely useful in times when you need a temporary increase in your healing output.
Avenging Wrath is the trademark paladin cooldown. The part that interests Holy Paladins is the 20% increased healing. It is yet another useful spell during periods of high damage.
Guardian of Ancient Kings, in its Holy version, provides a minion which will replicate any single target heals that you cast, free of mana cost or any casting time. It is limited to a 30 second duration and a maximum of 5 heals. In addition to replicating the heals, it also provides 10% of the amount healed to all targets within 10 yards of the target. This ability is useful in times of extremely high tank damage (it practically allows you to cast two Divine Lights within the space of two seconds, up to 5 times) but can also be used in times when the raid is stacked closely and there is a need for AoE healing. It can also be used as a mana conservation tool with some success.
Lay on Hands is an extremely powerful ability, and with a 10 minute cooldown, it is only realistically usable once per fight, but it remains of great use. This spell is not on the global cooldown, making it truly an emergency heal.
5.3.1. More on Cooldown Usage
When using Guardian of Ancient Kings, it is important to delay or stagger your heals as much as needed so that your Guardian does not overheal the target and essentially waste its effect. It should also only be used with high heals, for more efficiency — either Divine Light or Word of Glory.
5.4. Beacon of Light Subtleties
Beacon of Light provides the benefit of free healing on a secondary target (and should certainly be used with that in mind. Nevertheless, it is very important to keep track of the fact that through Tower of Radiance, healing your Beacon target directly with Flash of Light and Divine Light will generate Holy Power quickly. This enables you, at least every 3rd Divine Light (assuming you had no time to weave in any Holy Shock between your Divine Lights due to the high tank damage) to use an instant cast, mana free Word of Glory on your tank (or someone else, in fact!) with the chance of a Holy Power refund.
5.4.1. Beacon Assignment
If you are assigned to raid healing, then cast your Beacon of Light on the raid member that takes the most damage (usually a tank) and occasionally heal them if needed.
If you are assigned to tank healing, then cast your Beacon of Light on the tank that takes the most damage and heal them directly with Divine Light or Flash of Light, using Word of Glory to dump your Holy Power and conserve some mana.
5.5. Mana Regeneration With Divine Plea
Divine Plea is a mana regeneration cooldown that allows you to regain 12% (18% if glyphed) of your total mana over the course of 9 seconds, at the cost of a 50% reduction to the efficiency of all your heals for the same duration. On a two minute cooldown, this ability is somewhat situational, and while some fights do not allow for any breathing room to cast this, most of the time it is possible to use it during a time when the healing required is low.
It is a common and incorrect practice to use healing cooldowns such as Avenging Wrath or Divine Favor during Divine Plea in order to counter part of the reduced healing you are doing. You should not do this in any case because Divine Plea's penalty will diminish the effectiveness of your healing cooldown, effectively wasting it. Furthermore, if you find yourself in need of extra healing from your spells during Divine Plea it means you have used Divine Plea at the wrong time. For those situations where something unexpected happens during your Divine Plea, and which requires you to heal without the penalty, it is useful to have /cancelaura Divine Plea as a macro.
Here are a few useful tips to conclude this guide on the Holy Paladin play style: