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Discipline Priest Healing Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Discipline Priests (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also explain in detail what the talents do, how they work together, and how you can customise your talent tree in order to adapt it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Discipline Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Tank Healing Builds↑top

This build is the standard tank healing build for Discipline Priests. It also works very well in Heroic dungeons.

This build provides you with Atonement healing (turning your Discipline Priest into a hybrid healing/DPS class), but it has less mana regeneration than the previous build.

2. Raid Healing Build↑top

This build is the standard build for raid healing. It provides you with all the useful tools for raid healing, including Atonement healing and Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer.

3. Customising Your Build↑top

Discipline Priests have several options at their disposal to customise both their tank healing and raid healing builds. We detailed both of them in this section. We also discuss the glyphs that should be taken.

3.1. Talents

In the image below, the fixed talents have been highlighted in green, while the optional talents have been highlighted in red.

Discipline Priest Talents

3.1.1. Fixed Talents

Below, you will find an explanation for choosing all of the fixed talents.

  • 2/2 Improved Power Word: Shield Icon Improved Power Word: Shield: a strong boost to your Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield. You will be making extensive use of this ability whether tank healing or raid healing.
  • 3/3 Twin Disciplines Icon Twin Disciplines: increases your healing by 6%. Also increases the damage you deal with Smite Icon Smite and Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire by 6%, which is of benefit if you are using the Atonement playstyle (as it also increases the healing from Atonement Icon Atonement).
  • 3/3 Mental Agility Icon Mental Agility: reduces the mana cost of your instant cast spells by 10%. This talent is very useful, for obvious reasons.
  • 2/2 Soul Warding Icon Soul Warding: reduces the cooldown of your Power Word: Shield by 2 seconds, down to 1 second, allowing you to shield several raid members in quick succession, before a damage spike.
  • 1/1 Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus: gives you the Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus ability. Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus is a very useful cooldown for Discipline Priests. Every 45 seconds (which can be further lowered thanks to the Train of Thought Icon Train of Thought talent, presented below), you can benefit from a mana-free Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal, Greater Heal Icon Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing. This mana-free spell cast also has a 25% increased critical strike chance.
  • 1/1 Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion: gives you the Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion ability. This ability can be cast either on yourself or on another mana user in your raid. It lowers the mana cost of all spells by 20% and increases casting speed by 20% for 15 seconds.
  • 2/2 Renewed Hope Icon Renewed Hope: provides you with increased critical strike chance on targets affected by the Weakened Soul Icon Weakened Soul debuff or the Grace Icon Grace effect. Weakened Soul is the 15-second debuff applied on players shielded by Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield (which prevents the reapplication of Power Word: Shield for its duration). The Grace effect is triggered by the Grace Icon Grace talent, discussed below.
  • 3/3 Rapture Icon Rapture: each time your Power Word: Shield is completely absorbed or dispelled, 7% of your total mana is restored to you. This effect can only occur once every 12 seconds. As this is a very important part of your mana regeneration, it is crucial to use Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield on players who will take enough damage to break the shield before it expires.
  • 2/2 Borrowed Time Icon Borrowed Time: provides you with a 14% increase to your spell haste, for your first spell cast within 6 seconds of using Power Word: Shield.
  • 1/1 Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression: grants you the Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression ability. This is a single target damage reduction cooldown. It reduces the damage that the target takes by 40% for 8 seconds.
  • 3/3 Divine Aegis Icon Divine Aegis: causes all of your critical heals, as well as all of your heals from Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing, to place a damage absorption shield on their targets, absorbing 30% of the amount healed. The shield lasts until fully consumed, but not more than 15 seconds. Keep in mind that successive reapplications of the effect, on the same target, cause the shield to be renewned and the amount of shield absorption that remained to be added to the new shield.
  • 2/2 Grace Icon Grace: your Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, Greater Heal Icon Greater Heal and Penance Icon Penance spells all stack the Grace Icon Grace buff on their target. This stacks up to 3 times, and each stack increases healing done by you to the target by 8% (so, for a total of 24% at 3 stacks).
  • 1/1 Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier: gives you the Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier ability. This places a protective bubble at a target location, reducing the damage taken by all targets within it by 25%.
  • 3/3 Empowered Healing Icon Empowered Healing: increases the healing done by Heal, Flash Heal, Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal and Greater Heal by 15%.
  • 3/3 Divine Fury Icon Divine Fury: reduces the cast time of Smite, Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire, Heal and Greater Heal by 0.5 seconds.

3.1.2. Differences Between Tank Healing and Raid Healing

There are a great many variations of the talent build that you should use. These depend, primarily, on whether you are interested in tank healing or raid healing. For raid healing, you will want to skip out on Strength of Soul Icon Strength of Soul and Inspiration Icon Inspiration and take talents that are more beneficial to raid healing, such as Darkness Icon Darkness (as spell haste has raid-healing benefits). There are also many talents that are suited to specific situations.

Keep in mind that the distinction between tank healer and raid healer is really only possible in 25-man raids. In 10-man raids, each healer will have to perform several, different tasks, in the same encounter (especially if the raid is only using 2 healers). As such, you cannot always use a purely tank healing build or a purely raid healing build. Rather, you will need to adapt your build to your raid's requirements.

3.1.3. Atonement Healing Variation

Atonement healing is an entirely optional playstyle, which is viable in tank healing and raid healing. Atonement healing can be very useful in fights where there are times when healing is not strained, as it allows you to contribute to the DPS while still doing very mana-efficient healing. Below, you will find the list of talents that you should take for Atonement healing:

  • 2/2 Evangelism Icon Evangelism: this talent allows you to stack a buff on yourself (Evangelism Icon Evangelism), each time you deal damage with Smite Icon Smite or Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire. At the maximum 5 stacks, the buff increases the damage that you deal with these abilities by 20%, and also reduces their mana cost (as well as the mana cost of Penance Icon Penance) by 30%.
  • 1/1 Archangel Icon Archangel: this gives you the Archangel Icon Archangel ability. Using this ability will consume all of your Evangelism Icon Evangelism stacks, and instantly restore 1% of your total mana and increase your healing done by 3%, per stack. So, at 5 stacks, you will gain 5% of your total mana and a 15% healing increase. The healing increase lasts for 18 seconds.
  • 2/2 Atonement Icon Atonement: this talent allows you to heal targets by dealing damage with Smite Icon Smite and Holy Fire Icon Holy Fire. The lowest health raid member, within 15 yards of the target you are damaging, will be healed for the amount of damage that you deal with Smite and Holy Fire. If you yourself are benefiting from the heal, its effects are reduced by 50%.

Additionally, because Archangel Icon Archangel grants you a 15% healing increase for 18 seconds, you can use this buff to your advantage, by stacking Evangelism Icon Evangelism up to 5 stacks before a time where a lot of healing will be needed, and then using it to boost your healing.

3.1.4. Other Filler Talents

  • 1/3 Inner Sanctum Icon Inner Sanctum: this is a filler talent that you can take, in case you have not taken any of the Atonement talents, in order to unlock further talent tiers. It reduces all damage taken by 2% while Inner Fire Icon Inner Fire is active and increases your movement speed by a further 2% while Inner Will Icon Inner Will is active.
  • 2/2 Strength of Soul Icon Strength of Soul: healing a target affected by Weakened Soul Icon Weakened Soul with Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal or Greater Heal Icon Greater Heal reduces the duration of the Weakened Soul debuff by 4 seconds. This is an excellent tank-healing talent, as it allows you to cast Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield a lot more often on the tank.
  • 2/2 Train of Thought Icon Train of Thought: each time you heal a target with Greater Heal Icon Greater Heal, the cooldown of Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus is reduced by 5 seconds. This is another useful tank healing talent (although it does have some merit in raid healing situations), as it allows you to benefit from Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus a lot more often, all while casting Greater Heal on the tank (which you will do often).
  • 2/2 Inspiration Icon Inspiration: each time you heal someone with a critical heal from Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, Greater Heal Icon Greater Heal, Binding Heal Icon Binding Heal, Penance Icon Penance, Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing or Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending, they receive a buff which reduces physical damage taken by 10% for 15 seconds. This buff is also provided by Restoration Shamans (Ancestral Healing Icon Ancestral Healing).
  • 1/1 Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer: this talent gives you the Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer ability. This is large, mana-free self-heal, which is off the global cooldown. This talent can be useful on fights where you receive a lot of damage.
  • 3/3 Darkness Icon Darkness: increases your spell haste by 3%. This talent is useful if you are raid healing (where Haste Rating is beneficial) or if you simply wish to cast faster. You can also take 1/3 or 2/3 points in this talent, depending on what other talents you have chosen.
  • 2/2 Veiled Shadows Icon Veiled Shadows: this is a mana regeneration talent, as it reduces the cooldown of your Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend (a mana regeneration ability) by 1 minute, allowing you to cast it more often.

3.2. Glyphs

3.2.1. Prime Glyphs

There is one mandatory Prime Glyph, as a Discipline Priest:

  • Glyph of Power Word: Shield: instantly heals the target for 20% of the amount that your shield absorbs. As you are using Power Word Shield often, this glyph is of great benefit, especially as it provides you with a (small) heal which you can cast will moving.

For your other glyphs, you should choose two from among the following:

  • Glyph of Penance: reduces the cooldown of Penance Icon Penance (a great single-target and tank healing spell) by 2 seconds. This is useful in most cases, unless you are preparing for a heavy raid damage encounter.
  • Glyph of Prayer of Healing: grants your Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing (an AoE heal) a healing-over-time effect, which heals for 20% of the initial heal, over 6 seconds. This is an excellent glyph on fights with heavy raid damage.
  • Glyph of Power Word: Barrier: increases the healing received by all targets within the barrier by 10% (from all sources). If the encounter allows you to efficiently use Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier, then this glyph will likely be very useful.

3.2.2. Major Glyphs

3.2.3. Minor Glyphs

  • Glyph of Fortitude: reduces the mana cost of your Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude spell by 50%. This is useful in case you need to re-apply the buff during combat.
  • Glyph of Fading: reduces the mana cost of your Fade Icon Fade spell by 30%. This can be useful on encounters where you find yourself using Fade often.
  • Glyph of Shadowfiend: instantly grants you 5% of your maximum mana if your Shadowfiend dies from damage. Shadowfiends rarely die in PvE content (as they benefit from a lot of AoE damage reduction), but there are no better alternatives.



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