- Author: Amery
- Date: August 23, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Professions are a crucial part of your World of Warcraft character, potentially offering a large boost to your damage, healing or survivability, while also allowing you to generate some gold.
This section will cover some of your best options for professions as a Holy Priest.
Holy Priests have a ton of variety in what professions they can choose, with Jewelcrafting being one of the best, and with Engineering and Tailoring being the next best. You could also go for any of the 46 sp professions for the 2nd profession slot.
As a Tailor, you gain access to the Lightweave Embroidery that can offer you +295 Spell Power for 15 seconds! This enchantment is the most powerful enchantment that you can gain as a Healer!
Tailoring will also aid you throughout your journey, providing you with valuable equipment throughout the entirety of your leveling journey!
Tailoring, depending on your serve economy, can provide a hefty amount of gold, especially when taking into consideration epic recipes.
Engineering is the king of professions for PvE content, offering a vast, vast array of different benefits.
The main benefit of Engineering lies in the Hyperspeed Accelerators gloves enchant, which gives +340 haste rating for 12 seconds, on a 1 minute cooldown. This translates into a ~10% casting speed increase with a 20% uptime, which is already amazing on its own — but it becomes even bigger when you use the Accelerators when your various trinkets proc.
Additionally, as an Engineer you have access to the Nitro Boosts boots enchant, passively giving +24 crit rating and coming with the on-use effect which massively increases your speed for 5 seconds, allowing you to move out of dangerous AoE effects or catch up to your target quickly. This gadget is not as beneficial for Holy priest thanks to the Body and Soul Talent.
Finally, just like in previous expansions, Engineers can use powerful explosives such as Saronite Bombs and Global Thermal Sapper Charges.
Jewelcrafting is an extremely potent profession for most classes / specs and that includes Holy Priest. Not only do you gain access to powerful, Jewelcrafter-unique gems, but you also get to sell gems to others, granting you a steady income, depending on your server’s economy.
The main benefit of Jewelcrafting is the Jewelcrafter-unique gems, Dragon’s Eye, which are more powerful than regular gems, but are limited to 3 equipped at a time. The main ones you’ll be crafting as a Priest are Runed Dragon’s Eye and Quick Dragon’s Eye, resulting in +48 spell power or +42 haste rating compared to using regular epic gems.
The following professions are considered viable, but offer a lesser benefit compared to the best professions, so they’re not recommended. If you’re not focused on making your character 100% optimal, you can use any of these professions just fine.
As an Alchemist, you gain access to the Mixology passive effect, which increases the effectiveness of flasks and elixirs you consume, but only if you can craft them yourself. This results in a +57 spell power increase when using Flask of the Frost Wyrm, our preferred flask. This is sadly a smaller boost than what other professions can offer, but not by much.
Alchemy can be considered the best profession when it comes to gold generation, especially when you think about how many flasks, elixirs, and potions are in constant demand. Alchemists, just like in TBC, can acquire a sub-specialization, allowing them even more possibilities to acquire more gold.
As an Enchanter you gain access to the Enchant Ring – Greater Spellpower enchant, which you can apply to both of your rings for a modest +46 spell power.
Apart from the special bonus that it provides, Enchanting can be considered one of the most useful professions, along with Alchemy, providing you with plenty of opportunities to generate materials that you can either sell in the auction house or trade your services to other players in the form of direct interaction or scrolls that you can create and place on the auction house.
Blacksmiths can add 2 extra gem sockets to their gear — 1 on wrists, and 1 on hands. Socketing 2x Runed Dragon’s Eye or 2x Reckless Ametrine into them translates into a +46 spell power or +24 spell power/20 haste rating bonus.
Moreover, Blacksmithing allows you to craft some neat gear for other people, which is especially useful early on in the expansion or when your character is freshly dinged level 80. However, the crafted gear is generally not as powerful as it was in previous expansions.
Blacksmithing also gives you access to crafting trading good materials such as different types of rods for Enchanters or even tools such as keys that can be used to open lockboxes, chests, and doors.
As a Leatherworker you gain access to the Fur Lining – Spell Power bracer enchant, which proves a +46 spell power increase over the standard enchant available to everyone, Enchant Bracers – Superior Spellpower.
There are sadly no other useful benefits gained from Leatherworking, apart from the crafting aspect of the profession which will generate you medium amounts of gold, depending on your server economy.
As a Scribe, you gain access to the Master’s Inscription of the Storm shoulder enchant, which provides a +46 spell power increase over the standard enchant available to everyone, Greater Inscription of the Storm.
Scribes also get to make Glyphs & scrolls, providing a nice source of income, but many will argue that the real benefit in Inscription comes in not having to grind The Sons of Hodir reputation for the shoulder enchants!
Skinners gain access to the Master of Anatomy passive, which offers a +40 crit rating boost. This is weaker than all of the other professions mentioned in this list, but at least it’s something.
Skinning is generally not that good at gold generation either, so it’s overall not a great profession.
The following professions do not offer any useful abilities and are considered to not be viable in a PvE scenario for Holy Priests.
Herbalists gain the Lifeblood active skill, which heals you for 3600 over 5 seconds, with a 3-minute cooldown. This can occasionally come in handy, particularly while leveling, farming, or questing, but will generally never be enough to save you in a dungeon or raid.
On the flip side, Herbalism is one of the strongest professions for gold generation, as herbs are used in Alchemy and Inscription, and thus always in demand. This makes it a good profession to have on an alt, particularly a Druid!
Miners gain access to the Toughness passive, which offers a +60 stamina boost. This profession is better suited for tanks, bringing little to no true stat benefits for a Holy Priest.
On the other hand, Mining is an extremely good gold-generating profession, as you can either sell the materials at the Auction House or trade them to crafters!
Sub-Par ProfessionsThe following professions do not offer any DPS-increasing benefits and are thus not considered viable for Frost Death Knights in PvE.