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Priests are just one of many
classes in World of
Warcraft, however,
this class is special because it is equipped with not only amazing
healing abilities, but also is able to dish out some serious DPS using
priestly spells. No matter how you choose to play your Priest,
as a healer, or as DPS, the Priest is always a welcome addition to any
group.

In this section of our Priest
Guide you will find
basic information
regarding the Priest class. Including, why you should play the Priest,
profession information, important statistics, and which race is best
for the Priest. Enjoy!

Getting Started

style="font-weight: bold;">Why should you play a
Priest?

With all the other excellent
class choices in World of Warcraft you may be wondering why exactly you
should choose the Priest. Below you will find several of the most
positive aspects of the Priest class:

  • Priests are able to not only
    do incredible healing, but also dish out massive amounts of DPS with
    just a simple change of spec. 
  • Essential to any group, the
    Priest of any spec can provide many useful buffs to the entire group or
    raid.
  • Leveling the Priest is easy
    thanks to their ability to heal and do damage. 
  • Even though they wear cloth,
    the Priest has many defense mechanisms to save themselves and other
    members of their group or raid from
    certain doom.

Priest Race
Selection

style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">What's
the best race for the Priest?

One of the first big decisions
you will make as a Priest is what race you will be, but first you
should decide which faction you wish to be part of, Alliance or Horde.
Your choice of faction will dictate which zones you spend the most time
in, who your comrades will be, and who you will consider your enemies.

Remember that the ultimate
decision of what race you choose should be based on your personal
feelings rather than stats, this will ensure that you love the race you
are playing and most likely will never regret your choice. However, if
your looking for a more technical way to choose your race you may wish
to check out the various racial abilities attributed to each. Check out
the listings below to see the racial abilities for each race:

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rowspan="1"> style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(253, 253, 253);">Horde style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/blood-elves"
target="_blank">Blood Elf Blood
Elves racials provide them with an increased resistance to Arcane
effects, increased
Enchanting skill, and Arcane Torrent; a silencing
ability. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/undead"
target="_blank">Forsaken Forsaken
racials provide the race with an increase in Shadow resistance by 1,
the ability to breathe underwater for longer than normal, the ability
to gain back health and mana through cannibalization, and Will of the
Forsaken; an ability that removes any movement impairing effects from
the player. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/goblin"
target="_blank">Goblin Goblin
racials provide them with the best possible gold discount at vendors,
regardless of faction, an increase in Alchemy skill, a 1% increase in
attack and casting speed, and the ability to use their belt to launch
rockets at enemies and jump long distances from time to time. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/tauren"
target="_blank">Tauren Tauren
racials provide a base health increase by 5%, a increase in nature
resistance by 1, an 15 point increase in Herbalism, and War Stomp; an
ability that stuns nearby enemies. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/trolls"
target="_blank">Troll Troll
racials provide this race with 5%  increased damage verses
beasts, 20% increased attack and casting speed, a 1% increased chance
to hit with bows, a 10% health regeneration rate, an 1% chance to
critically hit with throwing weapons, and a 15% reduction to the
duration of all movement impairing effects.
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rowspan="1"> style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(253, 243, 247);">Alliance style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/draenei"
target="_blank">Draenei Draenei
racials provide an increase in Jewelcrafting skill by 10 points, a 1%
increased chance to hit with all spells and attacks, increased
resistance to Shadow effects by 1, and Gift of the Naaaru; an ability
that heals the player’s target. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/dwarf"
target="_blank">Dwarf Dwarven
racials provide a 1% increase to critically hit with Guns, expertise
with Maces and Two-Handed Maces increased by 3, an increased resistance
to Frost effects, the ability to find additional fragments when looting
arcaelogical finds and the ability to survey faster than other
archaeologists, and Stoneform; an ability that removes all poison,
disease, and bleed effects, and increases the player’s armor
by 10% for 8 seconds. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/gnomes"
target="_blank">Gnome Gnome
racials provide an increase in resistance to Arcane effects by 1, a 15
point increase in Engineering, a 5% increase in the player’s
mana pool, a 3 point increase in expertise with Daggers and One-Handed
Swords, and Escape Artist; an ability that allows the player to escape
the effects of any immobilization or movement speed reduction effect. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/humans"
target="_blank">Human Humans
have an increase in Spirit by 3%, a 10% increase in reputation
gain, an additional 3 points of expertise in Maces, Two-Handed Maces,
Swords, and Two-Handed Swords, and Every Man for Himself, an ability
that removes all movement impairing effects which cause loss of control
of your character. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/night-elves"
target="_blank">Night Elf Night
Elf racials provide a 75% increased movement speed while dead, a 1
point resistance increase to Nature effects, reduces the chance that
melee or ranged attackers will hit you by 2%, and allows the player to
meld with the shadows, reducing the chance for enemies to detect your
presence. style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/races/worgen"
target="_blank">Worgen Worgen
racials provide a 15 point increase in Skinning and allows the player
to skin faster, increases critical strike chance by 1%, allows the
player to shift between Worgen and Human form, a 13 point increased
resistance to harmful Nature and Shadow effects, the ability to drop to
all fours to run more quickly, and Darkflight, an ability that allows
the Worgen to transform into their true form, increasing movement speed
by 70% for 10 seconds.

Priest Professions

style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">What’s
the best Profession for a Priest?

Choosing a profession can seem
like a difficult task, but let me assure you that it is easier than you
might think. Thanks to some changes made by Blizzard, currently every
crafting profession in game will offer a basic bonus to a
player’s stats. These bonuses are designed so that none are
better than the other. This means that players for possibly the first
time ever are able to pick a profession based on their own personal
preference instead of picking one simply because it helps out their
class. So feel free to pick the profession that most appeals to you and
go from there.

Priest Specializations

style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">What
spec should I pick for a Priest?

There are three major
specializations that a Priest can choose from; Holy (Healing,
Discipline (Healing), or Shadow (Spell DPS). Each specialization has
its own benefits and will offer the Priest a distinct playing
experience. Choose the one that best fits your personal play style. See
a basic description of each of these specializations below:

  • style="font-style: italic;">Discipline (Healing)
    - Discipline Priests, while healers, specialize in preventing damage
    rather than healing it. In fact the Discipline Priests main role in a
    group or raid will be
    damage mitigation combined with some quick
    healing when in a pinch.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Holy (Healing)
    - Holy Priests are the crème de le crème when it
    comes to healers in World of Warcraft. Able to heal large groups, or
    individuals with precision and incredible efficiency the Holy tree
    focuses on enhancing these healing abilities.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Shadow (Spell DPS)
    - The Shadow tree delves into the dark side of the Priest. Here Priests
    will find abilities to enhance their spells to let them unleash
    incredible amounts of damage. Priests who choose this path use
    Shadowform, which increases Shadow damage, increases all party and raid
    members spell haste, and reduces damage done to the Priest, however,
    once in Shadowform the Priest loses the ability to cast Holy
    spells. 

Priest Equipment and Statistics

How should I choose equipment
and stats for the Priest?

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style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 51);">Discipline style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 51);">Holy style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 51);">Shadow Intellect

Spirit Intellect

Spirit

Haste Intellect

Spell Power

Haste.

Critical Strike
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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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