Priest Guide for the Mists of Pandaria

This Priest guide is a general overview of the World of Warcraft Priest. For far more detail on the individual specializations (specs) see the links just below. If you’d like to see what changed when Mists of Pandaria went live, then see our Priest in M of P post, which covers the new stuff that came with M of P.

Updated for Mists of Pandaria patch 5.4. 

Your Draenei Priest GuideThe Priest

Devoted to the spiritual, Priests express their unwavering faith by serving the people. For millennia they have left behind the confines of their temples and the comfort of their shrines so they can support their allies in war-torn lands. In the midst of terrible conflict, no hero questions the value of the priestly orders. (source)

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Patch Notes for Priests

This Pries guide only covers patch notes applicable to Priests. You can find all of the patch notes on WoW’s official pages. All of the official patch notes can be found here.

5.4 Patch Notes

As of Aug 14.

General

  • Hymn of Hope now prefers to target healers when it grants mana. Healers will always be picked before non-healers, regardless of how much mana they have. Previously it would target the lowest of any mana user.
  • Leap of Faith no longer has a facing requirement.
  • Shadow Word: Death damage is now increased by 80% (over patch 5.3) when used on enemies that have less than 20% health, but the cooldown is no longer reset if the target does not die.
  • Shadow Word: Death now deals 15% more damage.
  • Shadow Word: Pain now deals 25% more damage.
  • Cannot use Void Shift in Arena.

Discipline

  • Grace can no longer be dispelled. Pretty nice PvP change.
  • Rapture now energizes the Priest for 100% of the mana cost of Power Word: Shield When the shield is fully consumed or is dispelled (previously Rapture energized the Priest with mana equal to 150% of their spirit). This is the modified mana cost for Power Word: Shield, after being reduced by Rapture’s passive effect.
  • Spirit Shell received a nice little nerf: its duration has been reduced to 10 seconds (down from 15 seconds), and the damage absorption shield’s effectiveness can now be reduced through Battle Fatigue.

Holy

  • Holy Word: Sanctuary mana cost reduced to 3.8% (down from 6.3%).
  • Lightspring, previously Lightspring, is now baseline for all Holy Priests and the ability has been renamed to Lightwell.
  • Serendipity’s mana cost reduction has been increased to 20% per stack (up from 10% per stack), and no longer displays a spell effect in the UI when it’s active.

Shadow

  • Shadowform now increases the Priest’s armor by 60%, but no longer reduces all damage taken by 15%.
  • Shadowy Apparitions now creates a shadowy version of the Priest that floats towards the target and deals damage. The apparitions are now treated as a missile, and is no longer an attackable creature. Pretty interesting change.
  • Vampiric Touch now deals 20% more damage.

Talents

  • Angelic Feather now increases allies’ movement speed by 80%, up from 60%, and feathers placed in the world have a duration of 10 minutes (up from 5 minutes).
  • Divine Insight for Discipline Priests received a nice buff, it now has a 100% chance to activate its effect after using Penance (up from 40%), and now displays an effect in the UI when it’s active.
  • From Darkness, Comes Light
    • Discipline, Holy: Now also has a chance to activate its effect on cast for these following spells; Penance, Circle of Healing, Prayer of Mending, and Prayer of Healing (smite and all healiong spells.) Previously it was only: Smite, Heal, Flash Heal, Binding Heal or Greater Heal
    • Shadow: Now has a 20% chance to activate its effect for Shadow Priests (up from a 15% chance).
  • Mindbender was nicely buffer and now deals 10% more damage, and mana return has been increased by 20%.
  • Psyfiend no longer benefits from Haste, its health has been nerfed by 75%, but fixed a bug where Psyfiend wasn’t being affected by base Resilience.
  • Twist of Fate‘s damage and healing threshold to activate has been increased to 35% of the target’s base health, up from 20%.

Glyphs: Major Glyphs

  • Glyph of Dark Binding‘s effect is now baseline and has been replaced with Glyph of Focused Mending.
  • Glyph of Fear Ward now reduces the cooldown on Fear Ward without reducing its duration.
  • Glyph of Lightspring has been renamed to Glyph of Lightwell.
  • Glyph of Lightwell has been renamed to Glyph of Deep Wells.
  • The new Glyph of Lightwell causes Lightwell to heal for 50% more, but no longer automatically heals allies. Allies can click on the Lightwell to heal.
  • Glyph of Purify now causes Purify to heal the target for 5% of their maximum health after successfully dispelling a magical effect or disease (up from 3%).
  • Glyph of Reflective Shield now causes Power Word: Shield to reflect 70% of the damage absorbed (up from 45%).
  • New: Glyph of Focused Mending causes Prayer of Mending to only bounce between the target and the caster.
  • New: Glyph of Deep Wells increases the number of charges on Lightwell by 2. Was Glyph of Lightwell.

New Minor Glyphs

  • Glyph of Feathers: Causes the Priest’s healing spells to momentarily grant angelic wings.
  • Glyph of Inspired Hymns: A spirit appears above the Priest while channeling Hymns.
  • Glyph of Shifted Appearances: Void Shift causes the Priest and their target to exchange appearances for several seconds.
  • Glyph of the Sha: Transforms the Priest’s Shadowfiend and Mindbender into a Sha Beast.

Class Armor

  • Discipline/Holy PvP 2-piece set bonus’ (4-piece set bonus pre-Season 12) Holy Spark effect can no longer be dispelled.
  • Shadow PvP 4-piece set bonus is no longer an area-of-effect and only affects the character that dispels Vampiric Touch

5.3 Patch Notes

GENERAL

  • Power Word: Fortitude had its mana cost reduced to 1%, down from 4.4%.
  • Mass Dispel no longer dispels magic effects that are normally undispellable (but see the Glyph of Mass Dispel.) Cast time has been decreased to 0.5 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds for Discipline and Holy Priests. Mass Dispel has a 1.5 second cast time for Shadow.
  • Void Shift was nerfed for Shadow, improved for Disc and Holy:
    • it had its cooldown decreased to 5 minutes, down from 6 minutes for Discipline and Holy Priests.
    • For Shadow Priests, cooldown has been increased to 10 minutes, up from 6 minutes, and the spell is no longer usable while in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds

GLYPHS

  • Glyph of Mass Dispel has been redesigned and no longer reduces cast time. The glyph now enables Mass Dispel to dispel magic effects that are normally undispellable. This restores Mass Dispell to its pre-5.3 value.
  • Glyph of Smite no longer causes the additional 20% damage dealt by Smite to transfer into Atonement.
  • Fixed an issue where Glyph of Mind Flay’s movement speed increase was not stacking correctly.

DISCIPLINE

  • Atonement was nerfed a bit, it now heals nearby friendly targets for 90% of the damage dealt, down from 100%.
  • Borrowed Time now reduces the cast or channel time of the next Priest spell by 15% after casting Power Word: Shield (was 15% spell haste).
  • Penance now deals 10% less damage, but healing done is increased by 10%.

HOLY

  • Divine Hymn was improved, it now targets 12 raid members (up from 5) each time it heals when used in a 25-player instance.

SHADOW

  • Vampiric Embrace now has a healing cap of 15 raid members (up from 6) when used in a 25-player instance.

5.2 Patch Notes

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents:

  • Dominate Mind now has a 1.8-second cast time (was 2.5 seconds.)
  • Psyfiend belonging to an individual Priest will no longer cast Psychic Horror on the same target twice.

Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents:

  • Angelic Feather now has a 6 second duration (was 4 seconds.)
  • Phantasm no longer makes the Priest untargetable by ranged attacks, and the movement impairing immunity effect is now 5 seconds (was 3 seconds.)

Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents:

  • Power Word: Solace has been replaced with a new talent: Solace & Insanity, which teaches you the Power Word: Solace ability
    • For Holy and Discipline, Power Word: Solace replaces Holy Fire. It deals the same damage, and interacts with other spells and abilities in the same manner but does not trigger Atonement, is instant, costs no mana, and restores 1% of maximum mana on each cast. Damage dealt by Power Word: Solace will heal a nearby friendly player within 40 yards of the target for 100% of the damage dealt (50% when healing the Priest.)
    • For Shadow, this ability causes Mind Flay to gain the Insanity effect on a target affected by Devouring Plague. Insanity increases the damage of Mind Flay by 33% per Shadow Orb consumed

Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents:

Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents:

  • Power Infusion now increases the Priest’s damage by 5% in addition to current effects.

Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents:

  • Halo will no longer hit enemies that are in stealth.

Abilities

Discipline

  • Mastery: Shield Discipline now also increases all healing done by a lesser amount, but the bonus provided by Mastery has been reduced by 36%.
  • Penance 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.)
  • Focused Will now reduce damage taken by 15% per stack, with a limit of 2 stacks.
  • Spirit Shell can no longer be dispelled and now provides an absorb shield equal to the average healing and absorb of the triggering spell, including criticals and Divine Aegis.
  • Rapture now reduces the cost of Power Word: Shield by 25% and provides mana equal to 150% (was 200%) of the Priest’s Spirit, but no longer benefits from Spirit provided by short-duration bonuses.
  • Divine Aegis now causes critical heals to apply an absorb shield on the target for 100% of the amount healed instead of healing for twice as much. In addition, it grants Power Word: Shield a chance equal to the Priest’s critical chance for the shield to absorb twice as much damage.
  • Holy Fire is now an instant cast ability.
  • Pain Suppression can now always be cast while stunned.
  • Casting Inner Focus now always grants 5 seconds of immunity to silences, interrupts, and dispels.

Holy

Shadow

  • Dispersion now belongs to the Shadow spell school.
  • Shadowform now increases the Priest’s Shadow damage by 25% (was 20%.)

Glyphs and Gear

  • Glyph of Mind Spike only works from Mind Spikes that aren’t instant casts from Surge of Darkness.
  • Glyph of Desperation has been replaced with Glyph of Binding Heal.
  • Glyph of Inner Focus has been replaced with Glyph of Weakened Soul.
  • Glyph of Holy Fire has been redesigned. It now increases the range of Holy Fire, Smite, and Power Word: Solace by 10 yards.
  • New Glyph: Glyph of Weakened Soul reduces the duration of Weakened Soul by 2 seconds.
  • New Glyph: Glyph of Binding Heal applies Binding Heal to a third nearby friendly target, but costs 35% more mana.
  • The 2-piece Holy/Discipline PvP set bonus has been replaced by the now the previous 4-piece set bonus.
  • The 4-piece Holy/Discipline PvP set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Chakra by 25 seconds. When Spirit Shell is active, the mana cost of Flash Heal is reduced by 50%.
  • Tier-14 Holy/Discipline 4-piece set bonus now reduces the cooldown of Penance by 3 seconds (was 4 seconds.)

 

Quick Guide to All Priests

This is a general Priest guide, but all priests are pretty close in what they need. Unlike, say, Druids. Being casters all Priests will have certain things in common, whether they heal or they’re pure damage machines.

  • Priests can use Daggers, Maces, Staves, and Wands.
  • Int is the #1 stat for all Priests, Spirit is #2, though PvP S. S priests have less use for it than the others. Mostly Shadow just needs Spirit for Spell Hit rating. Holy and Discipline need it for mana regenration.
  • Spell Hit adds together your Hit, Expertise, and racial Expertise (if you’re equipping the right weapon.) The Human Spirit bonus does add to the Spell Hit rating for S. Priests. 15% total is needed for Raid bosses, 6% for PvP or same level enemies. Holy and Discipline have a lot less use for Hit than Shadow.
  • Red Int gems (“Brilliant”) in all appropriate sockets, whether for PvE of PvP. You do want to match socket colors, though, so use Int/Something hybrid gems for the other slots.
  • PvP Power (and Resilience) are useful stats for PvP Priests. PvP Power is the same as Attack Power except that it boosts healing and damage and only Vs other players. Outside of PvP it’s useless, inside of PvP it’s a solid stat. PvP Power was hit hard in patch 5.3. (see here.)
  • Resilience applies against attacks from other players. As of 5.3 everyone, regardless of gear, starts with 65% Resilience. You no longer need to get more.
  • Haste is a generally good secondary stat for all Priests.
  • Enchants should be Int, Spellpower, Spirit, Haste.
  • See below for PvE, PvP, and leveling info.
  • Race: Play what you like, but if you want to be more efficient…
    • Humans, for the Spirit gain and PvP trinket escape
    • Gnomes for size, escape, and mana pool (and Engineering boost if you like that skill)
    • Trolls for Berserking and Da Voodoo Shuffle
    • Goblins for escape (Rocket Jump) and Haste.
    • Pandaren if you like to eat

Leveling your Priest? It used to be that Shadow was the only way to go (for leveling) and leveling before getting Shadowform was… painfully slow. Now it’s easy to mow down the opposition, plus we have the Dungeon-finder tool and PvP leveling.

If you don’t care for the pace, frustrations, and occasional jerks in PvP or the dungeons then Questing is the way to go and it’s soooo much faster than it used to be (And can be just about as fast as Dungeoning.)   Here’s our favorite guide to get you to the level cap ASAP. This guides sits in your in-game window and shows you exactly where to go and what to do, every step of the way, all the way. It’s just the thing if you’re brand new to the game and it’s also smart enough to deal with heirlooms, Recruit a Friend, and leveling from PvP or Dungeons. Get yours here.

 

Race Choices for Priests

Pandarens can be Priests, Orcs are the only race which cannot be priests.

Channeling the Night Elf Priest Guide, above, “The best race choice is the one that you want to play. Your skills will far outshadow any of the racials.” That said, here’s a rundown of the racial bonuses, anyway.

Best race?

  • Horde: Troll (Berserking, VooDoo Shuffle), Uneaded (PvP – remove effects)
  • Alliance: Human (Spirit, Escape, Rep gains)

Pandaren

Pandarens get to choose, once they leave the starting area, whether they will join Horde or Alliance.

  • Can stun enemies with a strike of their hand, but you rarely will want to be that close to the opposition.
  • Rested (as from an Inn) XP lasts longer for faster leveling. This will change slightly in patch 5.4, but will have much the same effect.
  • Increased benefits from food buffs is especially nice for raiding.
  • Good at Cooking.
  • “Bouncy,” so take less falling damage

Horde

Blood Elf - Best hair, no useful Priest abilities.

  • Arcane Torrent restores some Mana and interrupts casting. Unfortunately, it’s point blank range and won’t interrupt those melee types who will be in your face (in PvP)
  • Good with Enchanting

Goblin – Holy relics for sale! What? Of course they’re genuine! You calling me a con gob, bud?

  • Rocket Jump is a nice escape or gap closer.
  • 1% Haste is a nice stat for any Priest.
  • Vendor Discounts and a personal bank
  • Good with Alchemy

Tauren – You have no interesting Priest specific abilities, you only look like a teddy bear, and you’re the butt of cow jokes.

  • War Stomp might have some use when mobs/melee get too close, allowing you to escape.
  • Increased health isn’t increased by that much at high level, but is always nice. It’s about the same as three Stam gems.
  • Good with Herbalism

Troll – Good Priest choice, and the best tusks anywhere.

  • Berkerk is a very nice spell casting speed increase.
  • Damage increase Vs beasts is very nice when leveling and has some PvE use when fighting beast trash.
  • Reduced duration of movement impairing effects has more PvP use than otherwise.
  • Ranged weapon expertise is of no use to you.

Undead – “And you are…?”

  • Removing fear, charm, etc is a nice PvP ability and has some PvE use.
  • Cannibalism means never having to pack food/water in your bags and is a nice “in your face” for PvP.
  • Touch of the Grave is the new undead racial for Mists of Pandaria. It’s a passive effect that drains life and heals you for the same amount. It will add a bit to your damage totals.

Alliance

Draenei -

  • +1 to Hit helps with end-game gearing in PvE, but mostly for Shadow. Holy and Disc. don’t have a lot of use for Hit.
  • The heal is redundant, for Holy and Discipline. Shadow might find some use for it, since you won’t have to drop out of Shadowform to use it.

Dwarf - No “short jokes” please.

  • Stoneform removes bleeds and reduces damage by 10%
  • Ranged weapon expertise is useless.
  • Mace expertise will add +1 to your Spell Hit if you are equipping a mace.
  • Good with Archeology

Human

  • Increased Spirit helps with mana regen. and will count towards your Shadow Spiritual Precision ability.
  • Bonus to rep gains helps with faction grinding
  • PvP trinket ability allows use of two DPS/Healing trinkets in PvP and can break some PvE mechanics.
  • If you equip a mace in your main hand then the Human expertise racial will give you a +1% to your Spell Hit.

Gnome

  • Can escape from speed altering effects, which has PvP use and situational PvE use.
  • Increased mana pool helps, a bit.
  • If you equip a dagger in your main hand then the Gnome expertise racial will give you a +1% to your Spell Hit.
  • Good with Engineering

Night Elf

  • Shadowmeld has its uses in PvP and can drop aggro in PvE. Just that thing for those “oops!” moments.
  • Being 2% harder to hit has more PvP use than PvE.
  • Wisp form, while dead, lets you get back to your body faster. Hopefully you don’t have to use that too oftern.

Worgen

  • 1% crit bonus is nice for heals or damage.
  • Sprint-like ability has its uses.
  • Good with Skinning

 

Priest Abilities & Specializations

Undead Priest Guide Scoffs at the Alliance Guides (above.)

Undead Priest

Again, this Priest guide is an overview. Here’s a capsule guide to the three specs, bgut follow the links for a lot mroe info.

Priests, like all classes, possess three unique trees holding numerous spells designed to support and aid in all pursuits, whether they be damage, healing, or simply survival.

In essence by choosing one tree over another you almost redefine exactly what your class is made to do, as opposed to others who simply improve one function over another (Rogues, for example.) Ultimately this requires you to choose wisely as to which tree you’ll invest your points in.

Shadow

Shadow is the pillar of priest strength and is practically our only source of efficient damage when questing/leveling.  It holds the Nukes, all of our DoT’s, and the only available silence, gained at level 52,

Finally shadow provides the tools to become a viable end-game raiding DPSer and even raid support. With spells such as Vampiric embrace a priest can restore some of her own life as well as to her team members, all while increasing the damage dealt to her target via an assortment of DoTs and direct damage spells.

Shadow Priest Leveling

Leveling as a shadow priest is my personal favorite and the obvious choice for a solo Priest looking to hit the level cap as quickly as possible. It limits your healing abilities somewhat, especially what with Shadowform locking them out unless you drop the spell, but all in all gives back far more than enough to make up for it.

By carefully calculating out a spell rotation for whatever mobs you happen to be fighting, you can effectively create a never-ending grinding cycle as you regenerate enough health and mana per fight to more than replace all that was lost from being beat on/using spells.

See our Shadowpriest leveling page for builds, more info, and tips.

Discipline

With shadow being a Priest’s damage capability, discipline is our survivability, it encompasses all our defensive and buffing abilities such as Power Word: Fortitude and Power Word: Shield, both immensely useful for all styles of play including solo leveling, PvP, and raiding.

Discipline also provides our only means of improving armor and defense against melee attacks aside from a straight up damage shield, this being inner fire, a charged armor buff providing protection for a period of time.

By going deeper into the discipline tree you gain increasing survivability and mana efficiency, making it an ideal complimenting tree for either shadow or holy, and when chosen as your primary investment it can be ideal for PvP situations.

Holy

Holy is the core of what defines a priest, being a tree dedicated entirely to healing.  This was originally the priest’s one and only reason for being viable in teams and raiding in general, and although shadow has now become an equal as far as utility is concerned, holy priests still represent a large factor in group success.

Of our holy spells we gain renew, our only heal over time, as well as heal and greater heal, the latter being a massive raid saver for the tank when used at the right moment, and multiple AoE healing abilities that drastically improve your odds of completing several boss fights.

Finally the holy tree grants us the ability to ‘improve death” by casting the spirit of redemption form which lasts for 15 seconds after death and giving them the ability to cast heals without mana cost. This often will allow the Priest to save groups from a wipe, demonstrating amazing effectiveness even after death.

Discipline/Holy Priest Leveling

Both of these builds are generally used for those who forsake the path of shadow, granting a combined bonus to healing and mana efficiency that shadow won’t require due to its vampiric talents.  Additionally this style of leveling should only be used for those who have a few dedicated leveling buds to call on at any given time, otherwise you’re only slowing yourself down.

Smite and Holy fire remain generally weak and mana inefficient until the high 40’s and 50’s, this slowly starts to be negated as you pick up more spell damage and improve your overall mana regeneration via massive amounts of spirit plus MP5(Mana per 5 seconds gear.)

Although I won’t recommend this style of killing, it is possible for those who wish to do so. It just won’t be as fast as shadow, no matter what gear you pick up, and you’ll also find your overall power quite low until you hit Outland.

Basically, if you’re going to stick with either Holy of Disc., you should stick to dungeon and PvP leveling.

 

Priest Abilities

Previously all Priests shared a pool of abilities and the talents defined the individual specializations (specs.) In Mists of Pandaria each spec will share a pool of common abilities as before, then they will each have their own set of unique talents. You will pick each of these up from your trainer at the appropriate level.

These are the abilities that define you as Shadow, Disipline, or Holy.

(P) = Passive ability

Shadow

Discipline

Holy

Mind Flay 10 Rapture (P) 10 Holy Word: Chastise 10
Spiritual Precision (P) 20 Meditation (P) 10 Meditation (P) 10
Devouring Plague 21 Penance 10 Spiritual Healing (P) 10
Mind Blast 21 Spiritual Healing (P) 10 Divine Fury (P) 16
Shadow Orbs (P) 21 Divine Fury (P) 16 Holy Fire 18
Shadowform 24 Holy Fire 18 Purify 22
Vampiric Touch 28 Purify 22 Heal 28
Shadowy Apparitions (P) 42 Divine Aegis (P) 24 Focused Will (P) 30
Mind Spike 44 Heal 28 Spirit of Redemption (P) 30
Silence 52 Spirit Shell 28 Greater Heal 34
Dispersion 60 Focused Will (P) 30 Serendipity (P) 34
Psychic Horror 74 Greater Heal 34 Lightwell 36
Vampiric Embrace 78 Inner Focus 36 Evangelism (P) 44
Mastery: Shadowy Recall (P) 80 Atonement (P) 38 Prayer of Healing 46
Void Shift 87 Evangelism (P) 44 Circle of Healing 50
Grace (P) 45 Chakra: Chastise 56
Prayer of Healing 46 Chakra: Sanctuary 56
Archangel 50 Chakra: Serenity 56
Strength of Soul (P) 52 Rapid Renewal (P) 64
Pain Suppression 58 Guardian Spirit 70
Borrowed Time (P) 62 Divine Hymn 78
Power Word: Barrier 70 Mastery: Echo of Light (P) 80
Train of Thought (P) 78 Void Shift 87
Mastery: Shield Discipline (P) 80
Void Shift 87

 

 

Priest Stats, Gems, Enchants

Generally speaking, for all Priests:

  • Int is your #1 stat, by far.
  • Spirit is very useful for mana regen and Shadow’s Spiritual Precision ability gives you Hit rating from your Spirit.
  • Agility & Strength are to be avoided.
  • The Stamina on your gear will be enough, though you may want to get a lot at low levels, for survival.
  • The Value of Mastery varies with your spec.
  • Hit is necessary if you’re attacking rather than healing
    • Shadow will need 15% hit for raid bosses, 6% for PvP
    • The same is true for Holy and Discipline if you’re doing anything other than healing.
  • Haste is a good stat for all Priests, and more is better. You will burn mana faster and your DoTs will tick faster.
  • Crit is a useful stat.
  • Expertise adds to your spell hit.
  • Dodge, Parry, and excess Hit should be avoided.

PvP Stats

  • Resilience is only for PvP, even in Mists of Pandaria. All players start at 65% Reslience, Also, while is appears on lower level PvP gear, it’s gone from the high level stuff. Shadow should skip it, Disc and Holy might want more if you’re getting too much pressure.
  • PvP Power is also only for PvP. Point for point Int is better, since PvP Power was nerfed in patch 5.3.

Priestly Gems

Various gems are shown if you want to experiment. Generally you should match socket bonuses and gem for Int whereever possible, so use hybrid Int gems in yellow and blue sockets.

If you find yourself short of the cash needed to buy expensive gems then you should see this post.

Gems with secondary stats have twice the value of gems with primary stats, so your Haste gems are 320 points and your Int gems are 160. This does give some reason to match socket bonuses, though we recommend only doing it if it’s for a nice Int or Spirit bonus. Several gems are shown if you need to work on some stat other than Int.

Orange & green gems can match your yellow sockets, green or purple gems can match the blue sockets.  The green Vivid Wild Jade (see table) would be a nice PvP gem to stick in all yellow or blue sockets.

Your Mysticism adds to any Int gem bonuses, making them worth 5% more Int. That bonus does not add to other stats.

There are a lot of gems you can use. See the detail pages for info appropriate to your spec (links at top of page.)

Useful Gems for Priests
Meta Courageous Primal Diamond: +324 Intellect and chance on beneficial spell to make your spells cost no mana for 4 sec.
Sinister Primal Diamond: +324 Critical Strike, and chance on spell damage to gain 30% spell haste
Capacitive Primal Diamond: +324 Critical Strike, and chance on melee or ranged hit to gain Capacitance
Burning Primal Diamond: +216 Int & 3% Increased Crit Effect
Ember Primal Diamond: +216 Intellect and +2% Maximum Mana
Revitalizing Primal Diamond: +432 Spirit & 3% Increased Crit Effect
Tyrannical Primal Diamond: +665 PVP Power and +775 Resilience, requires 27k earned conquest points and iLevel 476, cost 1k conquest points.
Red Brilliant Serpent’s Eye: 320 Int, self-only Jewelcrafting gem
Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 160 Int
Yellow Mystic Sun’s Radiance: 160 Resilience
Quick Sun’s Radiance: +320 Haste
Fractured Sun’s Radiance: +320 Mastery
Smooth Sun’s Radiance: +320 Crit
Blue Stormy River’s Heart: +160 PvP power
Sparkling River’s Heart: +320 Spirit
Rigid River’s Heart: +320 Hit
Orange Willful Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +80 Resilience
Potent Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +160 Crit
Reckless Vermilion Onyx: 80 Int, 160 Haste
Tenuous Vermilion Onyx: 160 Expertise, 80 Resilience
Artful Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +160 Mastery
Green Vivid Wild Jade: +80 Res, +80 PvP Power
Energized Wild Jade: +160 Haste, +160 Spirit
Zen Wild Jade: +160 Mastery, +160 Spirit
Sensei’s Wild Jade: +160 Hit and +160 Mastery
Piercing Wild Jade: +160 Critical Strike and +160 Hit
Purple Mysterious Imperial Amethyst: +80 Int, +80 PvP Power
Purified Imperial Amethyst: +80 Int, +160 Spirit
Veiled Imperial Amethyst: 80 Int and 160 Hit
Prismatic Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 160 Int
Cogwheel Sparkling Tinker’s Gear: 600 Spirit – requires an engie helm, such as this.
Quick Tinker’s Gear: 600 Haste
Smooth Tinker’s Gear: 600 Crit
Fractured Tinker’s Gear: 600 Mastery

Priest Enchantments

Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants all come from the Inscription profession. As with gems, your Mysticism adds to any Int enchants.

The only PvP specific enchants are the weapon and chest items.

Enchantments for Priests
Weapon Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit: Sometimes increases Int by 1650, might increase Spirit by 750 if mana is low.
Enchant Weapon – Windsong: Sometimes increase Crit, Haste, or Mastery by 1,500 for 12 seconds.
Enchant Weapon – Glorious Tyranny: 600 PvP Power, 50% Disarm reduction, cost is 1,000 Conquest points.
Shoulders Secret Crane Wing Inscription: 520 Int and 100 Crit rating, Requires Inscription 550.
Greater Crane Wing Inscription: +200 Int and 100 Crit
Cloak Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect: +180 Int
Lightweave Embroidery – attacks can give 2k Int for 15 sec, requires tailoring
Chest Enchant Chest – Super Resilience: +200 Resilience
Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: +80 to all stats
Enchant Chest – Mighty Spirit: +200 Spirit
Bracers Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect: +180 Int
Fur Lining increases Int by 500, requires leatherworking.
Socket Bracer – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
Gloves Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste: +170-Haste
Socket Gloves – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
Belt Livingsteel Belt Buckle: Gem slot for a nice Int gem
Leggings Greater Pearlescent Spellthread: +285 Int and +165 Spirit
Greater Cerulean Spellthread: +285 Int and +165 Crit
Boots Enchant Boots – Greater Precison: +175 Hit rating
Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step: +140 Mastery, slight run speed increase.
Enchant Boots – Greater Haste: +175 Haste
Rings Enchant Ring – Greater Intellect: +160 Int, Requires Enchanting 550

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Priests in Mists of Pandaria

A Gnome Priest Guide ponders new talent system...

Mists of Pandaria is the new WoW expansion and Blizzard completely changed talents and abilities for all classes, in addition to adding a few new ones.

Here’s how things looks so far (in the Beta.) 

  • Prime glyphs are going away and a lot of glyphs will change, as well as new ones appearing.
  • Your ranged weapon slot is gone, though you can still use wands. What you have now is “main hand” and “off hand” items.
  • Talents as they were in Cataclysm are going away (see video, below.)
  • All Priests will share a pool of abilities, as the do now.
  • Each spec will have a number of abilities unique to that spec, several of which used to be talents.
  • All Priest will be able to pick any of the talents from the talent pool. This pool is made up of six tiers of talents, reached at levels 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90. You can pick one from each tier, for six talents at level 90.
  • There are no longer points to spend in any talent or ability. When you pick it up you have the whole thing.

This video is the Blizcon 2011 introduction to the new Priest talents. There have been changes since the video was made, but it will give you an idea of how things work now, especially if you are coming back to WoW from an earlier time.

 

The Fast Priest Leveling Guide

WoW has about a bazillion quests and sometimes one is left with the question, “where to go… how do I find… what to do next…?” Especially if you haven’t already leveled several charaters to the max.

Leveling your Priest, of any build, doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. Grab yourself a full blown leveling guide, like Zygor’s guide, and you will never again have to ask any of the “Where to go…” questions.

Zygor’s shows you the full step by step path all the way to the end, regardless of youir starting point. This means that the guide knows where you are (zone and level) and updates your quests and directions as you move along (though it won’t play the game for you.)

Everything you need to know is contained within the guide and it’s displayed (in a moveable, resizeable window) on your main screen. You may never have to look at your quest log again, much less consult some website. It doesn’t matter whether you’re brand new to the World of Warcraft,  are decked head to toe in heirlooms, or have grabbed many levels in the dungeons or through PvP, Zygor has your back.

Grab yourself a copy of Zygor’s Leveling guide (or read our review first) and blast to level the level cap quickly and painlessly.

 

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