wotlk pve holy priest healer best in slot (bis) & pre raid gear

Equipment will be the main source of your character’s power, contributing the biggest bulk of your stats. It is therefore very important that you choose the correct equipment for each slot — commonly referred to as the “best in slot” equipment — in order to maximize your power.

This guide will help you choose the best equipment possible for each phase, but also the best equipment you can find outside of raids, known as “Pre-Raid” gear or “Pre-BiS”.

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Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former The Obsidian Sanctum 10 drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, you should begin farming Heroic+ Dungeons in search of a quality helmet. All three of the best fresh 80 options all drop from various Heroic+ instances.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Hood of Rationality is the best helmet acquirable outside of Ulduar. It drops from both 10 and 25 man version of the Malygos encounter, which is easily puggable in phase 2 of WotLK.

The second and third best options for this slot, Valorous Crown of Faith & Cowl of Vanity both drop off of various bosses in Naxxramas 10 and 25 man.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (25) (HM)

Crown of Luminescence is the most powerful helmet stat wise in the game. They may also be contested by casters.

Conqueror’s Cowl of Sanctification is a distant 2nd, but can be easily purchased from 58 Emblem of Conquest off of a vendor in Dalaran.

Cowl of Dark Whispers is also a viable option, and drops from UlduarYogg Saron (25)

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Titanium Spellshock Necklace is a relatively inexpensive craftable BoE that should be purchasable on your servers auction house. However, consider running some Heroic+ dungeons first in search of the other three wands on this list, as they are quite a bit more powerful.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons or Judgment at the Eye of Eternity
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Life-Binder’s Locket is the best necklace obtainable outside of Ulduar, and can be acquired from a quest item that drops from Sapphiron.

Torque of the Red Dragonflight is also powerful, but a direct downgrade to the necklace listed above. You can acquire this easily via Heroic+ Dungeons.

Chains of Adoration is a distant third option, and should also be easy to acquire via Heroic+ Dungeons.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarIron Assembly (25) (HM)

Charm of Meticulous Timing is our best in slot necklace in phase 2 of WotLK, and drops off of the relatively easy XT-002 Deconstructor 25 man hardmode fight. It should be noted that this necklace is itemized better for Holy Paladins and Resto Shaman, so consider passing it to them first.

Watchful Eye of Fate is our 2nd best in slot necklace in phase 2 of WotLK, and drops off of the relatively easy XT-002 Deconstructor 10 man hardmode fight.

Sapphire Amulet of Renewal is a distant third option and drops off of Iron Assembly 25 HM.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop) – BoE

Mantle of the Extensive Mind are decent shoulders that should be relatively inexpensive on your servers auction house.

However, the best shoulders you can quickly acquire upon hitting 80 is T7 shoulders. Either Valorous Shoulderpads of Faith for 60 Emblem of Valor, or get lucky and find a Heroes’ Shoulderpads of Faith from Heroic+ Dungeons.

Miasma Mantle is a decent alternative to these options if you are lucky enough to find one in Heroic+ Dungeons.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Your tier shoulders Valorous Shoulderpads of Faith will be the most powerful option outside of Ulduar.

Mantle of Dissemination and Sympathetic Amice have wonderful stats if you are not concerned about set bonuses from your T7.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarYogg Saron (10) (HM)

Amice of Inconceivable Horror are the best shoulders in the game for Holy Priests this phase. It is also best in slot for Affliction Warlocks, so look out for some competition.

Conqueror’s Shoulderpads of Sanctification are a distant 2nd option.

Another viable placeholder until you have either of the above shoulders is the Mantle of Wavering Calm, which drops off of XT-002 Deconstructor normal mode.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Tailoring (415) – BoE

Wispcloak is a relatively cheap crafted BoE that should be available on your servers auction house. Buying this would provide a nice boost upon hitting 80, but it will quickly be replaced by easily obtainable badge and dungeon items.

The best cloak you can get as a fresh 80 is the Cloak of Kea Feathers. It only costs 25 Emblem of Valor and will get you lots of mileage.

Cloak of the Dying is a strong cloak if you are lucky enough to find it in Heroic+ Dungeons.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source

Pennant Cloak is extremely powerful and comparable to nearly any cloak in the entire game. It is heavily contested and drops off of 2 Drake Sartharion, which can be challenging relative to other Tier 7 content.

Cape of the Unworthy Wizard drops off of the final boss of Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad. It is far inferior to the Pennant Cloak, but may be more easily obtainable as it is less contested.

Cloak of Kea Feathers is very easy to obtain as it only costs 25 Emblem of Valor. It is not as strong as the options listed above.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarFreya (25) (HM)

Sunglimmer Cloak is an exceptional cloak, and drops off of a quest item, Reply-Code Alpha, from Algalon The Observer 25 man. The quest offers best in slot rings and cloaks for nearly every DPS and Healer in the game, so it is highly contested.

Drape of the Sullen Goddess drops from Freya 25 man Hardmode, which is relatively difficult. It is contested by Holy Paladins, Resto Shaman and Discipline Priests.

Sunglimmer Drape is the 10 man version of Sunglimmer Cloak.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting level 80, you’re going to want to farm Heroic+ Dungeons for a decent chest piece. The best of which by far is your tier chest, Heroes’ Robe of Faith. If you don’t manage to acquire this from Heroic+ Dungeons, it is also available for 80 Emblem of Heroism.

Gown of the Spell-Weaver & Robes of Hoarse Breaths are viable alternatives that both drop in Heroic+ Dungeons.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Before Ulduar, Blanketing Robes of Snow is the best obtainable chest piece. It drops from both 10 and 25 man Eye of Eternity, which is easily pugable now in phase 2.

If you are able to make a set bonus, however, you should seek out Valorous Robe of Faith, which drops from several bosses in Naxxramas.

Robes of Mutation & The Sanctum’s Flowing Vestments are also competitive. The Sanctum’s Flowing Vestments has the benefit of being very good for both Holy and Shadow as well.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarHodir (25)
UlduarKologarn (25)

In order to secure your 2 piece set bonus, you’ll want to use Conqueror’s Robe of Sanctification.

If you do not yet have tier chest, Raiments of the Iron Council from normal mode 25 man Iron Assembly is the best chest for its standalone stats. Robes of the Umbral Brute is also comparable.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant are a cheap option that you can buy on the auction house upon hitting 80. You will quite a bit of mileage out of these, and they remain competitive for quite a while.

Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to obtain Resurgent Phantom Bindings or Cuffs of Winged Levitation during your Heroic+ grind, consider saving your gold instead of spending it on Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Unsullied Cuffs are extremely powerful and will last you well into Ulduar. They are, however, extremely contested by every other casting class in the game.

Bindings of Yearning & Bands of Impurity are also powerful bracers, both of which drop in Naxxramas.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Grasps of Reason are the best bracers in the game for a Holy Priest, but they are heavily contested by nearly every caster in the game.

For that reason, you should consider using either Shackles of the Odalisque from normal mode 25 man Razorscale or Unsullied Cuffs, which was our best in slot in the previous phase.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
UlduarThorim (25) – BoE
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Handwraps of Resonance are a phenominal choice to buy immediately after hitting 80. They are an Ulduar 25 man piece that you can buy on the auction house.

All other contenders pale in comparison to the gloves detailed above, but there are several viable options from Heroic and Heroic+ dungeons.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

The best gloves in the game outside of Ulduar, particularly if it helps you complete a set bonus, is your Tier 7 gloves Valorous Gloves of Faith. They drop from The Obsidian Sanctum. Valorous Handwraps of Faith, the shadow priest version of your tier, is also a viable choice, although you will not get any benefit from the 2 or 4 piece set-bonus.

Wraps of the Persecuted and Gloves of Token Respect are common drops from both Naxx 10 and 25 man.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (25) (HM)

Pharos Gloves are the best gloves in the game for us, but are extremely contested by virtually every caster.

If you cannot obtain either of these gloves, your tier gloves are also a solid option based on stats alone, and invaluable if you need gloves to enable your 2 piece set bonus.

Handwraps of the Vigilant are a safe alternative, as they are largely uncontested by all but holy and discipline priests.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Tailoring (415) – BoE
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, your best bet by a mile is to purchase Cord of the White Dawn on your servers auction house. It may be moderately expensive, but it is the second best belt in the entire game, so it will last you a very long time.

If you cannot yet afford Cord of the White Dawn, Agonal Sash & Sash of Mortal Desire are decent starters and that drop in Heroic+ Dungeons.

Elegant Temple Gardens’ Girdle is purchasable via 40 Emblem of Heroism and is serviceable as well.

Sash of the Servant drops from Azjol’Nerub Heroic. It may be worth your time to run it heroic Azjol’Nerub because it also drops Rod of the Fallen Monarch, one of the best starting wands for a holy priest.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Tailoring (415) – BoE
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

Outside of Ulduar, Cord of the White Dawn is your best bet. It is crafting via Tailoring and can be purchased on your servers auction house. Not only is it the best belt outside of Ulduar, but it is the second best belt in the entire game.

Leash of Heedless Magic drops from Malygos 10 and 25 man. It is heavily contested by all casters.

Out of Naxxramas you can find both Sash of Solitude & Sash of the Parlor which are viable options, but pale in comparison to the other two belts on this list.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE

Starwatcher’s Binding is the best belt in the game. It drops off of the very challenging Algalon The Observer in 25 man and is heavily contested by nearly all casters.

Embrace of the Leviathan drops from normal mode Flame Leviathan, so this belt could not be easier to obtain. It is also relatively uncontested, as most casters crafted belts are superior.

Cord of the White Dawn still holds up as the 3rd best belt in the entire game, making this purchase a no-brainer if you do not have any of the other belts on this list yet.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, your quickest path to obtaining decent legs is to farm Heroic+ dungeons. You can farm 75 Emblem of Valor for Valorous Leggings of Faith, or get lucky and obtain one of the other three leggings on this list.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

The best legs outside of Ulduar are your Tier 7.5 legs, Valorous Leggings of Faith, especially if they secure a 2 or 4 piece set bonus.

Ignoring Tier 7 set bonuses, Leggings of Mortal Arrogance have the best stats of any leggings outside of Ulduar.

Distorted Limbs is a distant alternative, although it is very easy to obtain from several bosses in Naxxramas.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarFreya (25)
UlduarThorim (25)
UlduarVezax (10) (HM)

In order to secure your 2 piece set bonus, you’ll want to use Conqueror’s Leggings of Sanctification.

Leggings of the Enslaved Idol have the best stats in the game, but are not worth running as your 2 piece is pretty powerful.

Leggings of Profound Darkness are a nice 10 man option that drop from Vezax.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

Upon hitting 80, your two best options are BoEs. Savior’s Slippers can be crafted by a tailor or purchased on the auction house.

Arcanic Tramplers drop from Malygos 10 and 25 man and are also BoE.

If you don’t have gold to spare, Slippers of the Holy Light can be purchased with 40 Emblem of Valor.

If you happen to find Sullen Cloth Boots from Heroic+ Dungeons, these are a viable option as well.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE

The best options for boots outside of Ulduar are both BoEs. Savior’s Slippers and Arcanic Tramplers can be purchased on your servers auction house.

If you’re short on gold, you can stay on the lookout for Boots of Persuasion or Serene Echoes from Patchwerk & Heigan the Unclean in Naxxramas.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarFlame Leviathan (25) (HM)
UlduarYogg Saron (25) (HM)
UlduarFreya (25)

Boots of Fiery Resolution are the best boot in the game and is highly contested. It is also BIS for Affliction Warlocks.

Treads of the False Oracle drop off of Yogg+1 25 man, and are also very contested.

For a safe, uncontested option, look into Boots of the Servant from normal mode Freya 25 man.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Harold Winston (Vendor) – Dalaran
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

If you have lots of gold, Inscribed Ring of the Kirin Tor is extremely powerful and purchasable from a vendor in Dalaran. It also comes with the added bonus of giving you a second hearthstone!

Renewal of Life is available for 40 Emblem of Valor and is a solid option.

Band of Neglected Pleas is good as well if you are lucky enough to find it in Heroic+ Dungeons.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Harold Winston (Vendor) – Dalaran
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

If you have lots of gold, Inscribed Ring of the Kirin Tor is extremely powerful and purchasable from a vendor in Dalaran. It also comes with the added bonus of giving you a second hearthstone!

The best ring from Tier 7 content is the Signet of Manifested Pain, but it may be difficult to obtain as it has a low drop rate and is heavily contested.

Seized Beauty on the other hand is far less contested and drops more often.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarMimiron (25) (HM)
UlduarYogg Saron (25)

Conductive Seal is the best ring in the game for us, be be warned, it is heavily contested. Not only is it the best ring in the game for most casters now, but it is also BIS in ToGC for several of them as well.

Signet of Soft Lament is much less contested and drops from the relatively easy normal mode Yogg Saron 25.

Nebula Band drops from 10 man Algalon The Observer and has tremendous output potential. It is also heavily contested by all casters.

Starshine Circle is a ring from the quest Heroic: All Is Well That Ends Well. It is not recommended to go for this item, and go for your best in slot cloak instead.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
World Drop – BoE

Your options for trinkets outside of raids are somewhat limited, although easy to obtain.

The best trinket outside of raids, especially if you are struggling for mana, is Figurine – Sapphire Owl from Jewelcrafting. It is not a BoE, so you will need Jewelcrafting in order to craft and equip it.

There are also three BoEs that are relatively cheap and can be purchased on your servers auction house: Darkmoon Card: Greatness, Je’Tze’s Bell and Darkmoon Card: Illusion. They are all very close in strength, so if you are short on gold, consider buying whichever two are cheapest.

An interesting but viable option is the Battlemaster’s Bravery, which you could quickly obtain in an hour or two of Battlegrounds and Wintergrasp.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses
World Drop – BoE

Illustration of the Dragon Soul is an insanely overpowered trinket for Holy Priests. It is by far the best trinket in the game during Phase 1 WotLK.

Forethought Talisman is a solid output option and is very easy to obtain. It is relatively uncontested and drops off of multiple bosses in Naxxramas 10 and 25 man.

There are also three BoEs that are relatively cheap and can be purchased on your servers auction house: Darkmoon Card: Greatness, Je’Tze’s Bell and Darkmoon Card: Illusion. They are all very close in strength, so if you are short on gold, consider buying whichever two are cheapest.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarYogg Saron (25) (HM)
UlduarThorim (10) (HM)

Show of Faith & Sif’s Remembrance will be your best trinkets this phase.

Show of Faith & Sif’s Remembrance are well balanceded trinkets with great output potential with their static spellpower, and lots of sustain with their mp5 proc.

Soul Preserver still holds up even in Ulduar, offering insane mana regen potential for a Holy Priest.

Although it is much better on Holy Paladins, Meteorite Crystal is a viable option for us as well.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic+ Dungeons (Former The Eye of Eternity 10 drop)
Blacksmithing (440) – BoE

As an immediate option right as you hit 80, Titansteel Guardian is your best bet. It is crafted by Blacksmithing but is a BoE, so you can purchase it on your servers auction house.

Hammer of the Astral Plane & Ice Spire Scepter are overpowered weapons from Heroic+ Dungeons. If you are fortunate enough to find one of these, you should consider your weapon good enough to enter any raid.

War Mace of Unrequited Love drops from the last boss in The Nexus Heroic and is a solid starter weapon.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic+ Dungeons (Former The Eye of Eternity 10 drop)

Torch of Holy Fire is by far the best weapon available outside of Ulduar, but it is heavily contested, and a rare drop from the final boss in Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad.

Hammer of the Astral Plane & Ice Spire Scepter are also phenomenal starters, and drops from Heroic + Dungeons.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (10) (HM)
UlduarHodir (25) (HM)

To nobodies surprise, Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings is the best weapon in the game for Holy Priests. We can deliver massive bubbles to the raid, and build up sturdy bubbles on the tank as well.

Constellus is our realistic BIS this tier. It is a fantastic weapon that will last you well into ToGC.

Very similar in value to Constellus is Aesuga, Hand of the Ardent Champion, which offers us a nice 10 man weapon option.

Staff of Endless Winter is another solid alternative, but will be contested by most casters as it is most classes 2nd BIS weapon.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Inscription – BoE

If you are seeking an immediate upgrade upon hitting level 80, Faces of Doom can be crafted via Inscription and purchased on the auction house.

Scepter of Murmuring Spirits is slightly better than Faces of Doom, but will require some luck in Heroic+ Dungeons.

For 25 Emblem of Heroism you can buy Handbook of Obscure Remedies which is a decent starter offhand.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

For an offhand to get you into Ulduar, all of your options are in Naxxramas.

Urn of Lost Memories and Accursed Spine drop from several bosses so should be easy to obtain, where as Matriarch’s Spawn exclusively drops from Maexxna, and is contested by casters.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarKologarn (25)

Ironmender is the best offhand in the game for us this phase. It is contested by resto druids and warlocks, but should not be terribly difficult to obtain. It drops off of the best easiest boss in 25 man Ulduar, Kologarn.

Cosmos is the 2nd best offhand in the game for us this phase, but drops off of the difficult boss Algalon The Observer, and is contested by every caster. It is not recommended that you take this item, as it is better on other classes.

Igniter Rod is a safe uncontested option from 10 man Ignis The Furnace Master.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)

To secure a wand upon hitting 80, your best bet will be in Heroic+ Dungeons. You should be after either Wand of the Archlich or Contortion.

Alternatively, you can try your luck in Heroic Azjol-Nerub in search of Rod of the Fallen Monarch.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic + Dungeons (Former Naxxramas 10 Drop)
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses
Naxxramas – Multiple Bosses

The best wand outside of Ulduar is Fading Glow, which drops from Loatheb in Naxxramas.

Also in Naxxramas is both the Plague Igniter & Touch of Horror. They drop off of multiple bosses from both 10 and 25 man versions, so they should be relatively easy to obtain.

Wand of the Archlich is from Heroic+ Dungeons and is very strong as well.

Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
UlduarVezax (25) (HM)
UlduarFreya (10) (HM)

Scepter of Creation is a total freebie. It is relatively uncontested and drops off of the extremely easy boss, Ignis The Furnace Master 25 man.

Scepter of Lost Souls is harder to obtain than the others on this list, as it drops from Vezax 25 man hardmode, which is quite a bit more difficult than the bosses that your other best wands drop from.

Petrified Ivy Sprig is a viable option for us, despite the hit rating. It is, however, contested by every other class/spec that can use a wand, including discipline priests.

 

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Hey guys! My name is Amery and here is a little something about me: I've been playing WoW for about 15 years now. With that experience, I wanted to share all the things I have learned over the years.
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H1dr3x
H1dr3x
7 months ago

hey, the off-hand is missing ^^ but thank you for the help and info

NAFK
NAFK
4 months ago

what about past phase 2 ?

Passion
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Reply to  NAFK
3 months ago

Those will be added as we get closer to the release. Any information posted now would be based on incomplete information. Ulduar showed that Blizzard is absolutely willing to drastically overhaul gear, so any time spent making a best in slot list for future Phases this early would just be misleading.

Delta
Delta
13 days ago

Saludos ante todo.
Podrian poner una fase 3, pues queda decir que puede optimizar el equipo a un nivel superior con halio, icc, pc25h claro ulduar no pierde algunos en item pero seran muy pocos.

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