Heal Rotation & Cooldowns for Discipline Priest in PvE | Latest Patch 6.0.2
The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.
Single Target Rotation
Normal Healing: Use this spell priority for normal healing.
- Penance to heal low to moderate damage.
- Power Word Shield to absorb low to moderate damage. Procs Borrowed Time.
- Prayer of Mending to heal low to moderate damage.
- Heal to heal moderate to high damage.
- Flash Heal as an emergency heal to save players facing death.
Atonement Healing: Use this spell priority for Atonement healing.
- Archangel with 5 Evangelism.
- Power Word Shield Use to absorb low to moderate damage. Procs Borrowed Time.
- Penance on cooldown for low to moderate damage/healing.
- Holy Fire for low to moderate damage/healing. Builds Evangelism.
- Smite for low to moderate damage/healing. Builds Evangelism.
Discipline Priest healing involves moving between two different healing styles based on the needs of the fight or your party/raid. Your Normal Healing priority is stronger on most progression content and times where high amounts of damage are delivered to a single target. Atonement Healing is strong for farm content and times where every bit of DPS is required to beat a fight. Since Discipline Priest have the passive talents to do both types of healing, you should feel free to switch healing modes on the fly to best suit each encounter.
In general, the 'Normal' healing rotation involves using Penance and Power Word Shield are your preferred spells for healing and mitigate damage low to moderate amounts of damage. As incoming damage increases, you will need to cast Prayer of Mending on cooldown and begin to use Heal for larger amount of healing. Finally, Flash Heal is used as an emergency heal.
The Atonement healing style involved building and consuming Evangelism. In this system, you will continue to use Power Word Shield as your preferred means for mitigating damage. Penance can also be used to deal a moderate amount of damage or healing. Holy Fire is used to maintian its DoT on your target and build Evangelism. Smite is also used to deal additional damage and build Evangelism. Finally, at a full stack of Evangelism you can activate Archangel for a major boost to healing.
- Prayer of Mending on cooldown.
- Holy Nova for low to moderate AoE healing.
- Prayer of Healing for moderate to heavy AoE healing.
For AoE healing, use Prayer of Mending on cooldown. Holy Nova works well for low to moderate AoE healing, especially if your group is stacked up. Prayer of Healing is your major AoE heal and should be used for moderate to heavy healing. Continue to use Power Word Shield for players taking spike damage.
Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.
- Power Word Solace should be used as often as possible for damage, healing, and Mana regen. Do not skip more powerful heals in preference for Power Word Solace if they are needed, but do remember to use Power Word Solace when healing requirements are only light to moderate.
- Spirit Shell should be used as often as possible to help mitigate moderate to high damage.
- Divine Star should be used as often as possible. As Discipline, prioritize Divine Star when it can be used to heal multiple players in a row.
These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.