Gearing Your Fresh Level 80 Holy Priest: Matt’s Recommendations

Here it is, Priests. This is the list you’ve been waiting for. Remember, this isn’t the absolutely best gear you can get at level 80 for pre-raiding. This is the fastest way to get gear you can get at level 80. I’ll provide you with quest options and purchase options. Cheap enchants and select gems will be at the bottom.

The goal here is to get your Priest geared as quick as possible without relying on the RNGness of instance grinding (or at least, running them as little as possible). Means it’s going to rely on BoEs and Quest rewards although I will provide a few choice recommendations for some instances.

Head

Cowl of the Vindictive Captain (81 Spellpower): It’s the quest reward from doing the Utgarde Pinnacle quest: Vengeance Be Mine! Lack of Spirit on this one, but doubles as a potential DPS helm. No Crit either.

Frostsavage Cowl (81 Spellpower): Same amount of Spellpower as above. Contains PvP stats like resilience. Not completely optimized for PvE. Does have Crit. Opt for the cowl if possible.

Neck

Titanium Spellshock Necklace (49 Spellpower): First piece of gear with a socket! Epic quality. Downside is that it could cause a dent in the wallet. No Spirit on this one either. Decent amount of Spellpower and crit.

Amulet of the Crusade (40 Spellpower, 10 MP5): Remember those Scarlet Crusade you banged up back in Dragonblight? Here’s the Admiral. Comes from the Icecrown chain quest: The Admiral Revealed.

Shoulders

Mantle of Electrical Charges (60 Spellpower, 51 Spirit): Comes from doing the instance quest in Halls of Lightning: General Bjarngrim.

Back

Wispcloak (59 Spellpower, 20 MP5): Craftable by tailors. The tailor must have run all the normal dungeons and defeated all the end bosses in order to unlock this recipe. Doesn’t have Spirit but has a decent amount of MP5.

Shroud of Dedicated Research (46 Spellpower): Purchasable from Archmage Alvareaux. He’s the Kirin Tor quarter master. Must be Honored with them in order to purchase.

Chest

Moonshroud Robe (105 Spellpower, 89 Spirit): Ouch. Just wait until you see the mats required for this bad boy.

  • 8 Moonshroud
  • 6 Bolt of Imbued Frostweave
  • 1 Eternium Thread
  • 1 Frozen Orb

Moonshroud’s going to be the tough one. It’s going to take Tailors around 16 days from start to finish assuming they blow their own cool downs. You can cut it down to 8 if you do some tactical trading here and there by exchanging cooldowns with other players.

Bauble-Woven Gown (81 Spellpower, 68 Spirit): Comes from the other Utgarde Pinnacle quest Junk in My Trunk. Great alternative to the Moonshroud Robe if you don’t feel like breaking out the coin bag.

Wrists

Ancestral Sinew Wristguards (50 Spellpower, 27 Spirit): Slap on the Wyrmrest Accord tabard and start grinding your rep with them as much as possible. Contains a nifty Blue socket for more delicious Spirit gems.

Gloves

Moonshroud Gloves (76 Spellpower, 67 Spirit): This is the second and final piece of the Moonshroud “set”. Not as expensive as the Robe, but can be pricey:

  • 4 Moonshroud
  • 4 Bolt of Imbued Frostweave
  • 1 Eternium Thread
  • 1 Frozen Orb

Gloves of the Time Guardian (60 Spellpower, 51 Spirit): Comes from the Caverns of Time quest: A Royal Escort. Are you prepared for the “Arthas yapping” boss? Again, another cheapsauce alternative.

Belt

Fishy Cinch (60 Spellpower, 51 Spirit): Make friends with your fish pals, the Oracles. There’s a few dailies you can do start with there. I don’t have the time to work on doing dailies with them yet.

Deep Frozen Cord (61 Spellpower): Plan B is to just hook yourself up with a tailor and make this BoE purchase. No Spirit. Has some crit, however.

Legs

Frostmoon Pants (61 Spellpower, 68 Spirit): Finally, daddy’s got a new pair of pants! This one’s from our tailoring friends. Unfortunately, it does eat some expensive materials.

  • 1 Moonshroud
  • 6 Bolt of Imbued Frostweave
  • 4 Iceweb Spider Silk
  • 1 Eternium Thread

Feet

Aurora Slippers (60 Spellpower, 51 Spirit): Like the Frostmoon Pants above, this will eat up one of your precious Moonshrouds. Again, see your local tailor and skinners.

  • 1 Moonshroud
  • 4 Bolt of Imbued Frostweave
  • 2 Heavy Borean Leather
  • 4 Iceweb Spider Silk
  • 1 Eternium Thread

Rings

Ring of Temerity (54 Spellpower): A blue zero mana regen ring coming from doing the Oculus quest: The Struggle Persists.

Lion’s Head Ring (55 Spellpower, 20 Spirit): Decent spellpower and spirit from running the Gundrak quest: For Posterity.

Weapons (Staff)

Malygos’ Favor (314 Spellpower, 95 Spirit): This is the normal mode staff drop from the Oculus off the last boss.

Sempiternal Staff (314 Spellpower, 53 Spirit): Drops off that Infinite Dragonflight bad boy Chrono-Lord Epoch in Caverns of Time: Stratholme.

Staff of Draconic Combat (408 Spellpower, 69 Spirit): See if you can get your hands on that beauty. It’s a Heroic drop from the Cache of Eregos in the Oculus (last boss). It’s the bigger brother to Malygos’ Favor.

Weapons (1 Hand)

Flameheart Spell Scalpel (355 Spellpower): It feels really weird to use a weapon with hit rating on it due to the waste stats. But there aren’t any alternative daggers from quests or vendors. Purchaseable at Kirin Tor – Revered from Archmage Alvareaux

Netherbreath Spellblade (355 Spellpower, 26 Spirit): However, if you run Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle and get lucky with Skadi the Ruthless, he just might drop this sword-like dagger for you. It makes me look dashing on my Dwarf.

Gavel of the Brewing Storm (355 Spellpower): More reason to make friends with or scaly friends. The Wyrmrest mace is purchasable after hitting Revered. Fail with lack of mana regeneration, however.

Weapons (Off hand)

Handbook of Obscure Remedies (59 Spellpower, 38 Spirit): For the low cost of 25 Emblems of Heroism, you can pick up this sweet offhand from the Emblem vendor.

Wands

Purifying Torch (26 Spellpower): Argent Crusade, at Revered, will give you access to their torch.

Wand of Ahnkahet (33 Spellpower): If you feel comfortable, run Heroic Ahn’Kahet and try your luck at getting this wand.

Rings

Ringlet of Repose (43 Spellpower): All you gotta do is run Halls of Stone. It’ll drop off of Maiden’s little sister who happens to also be a Maiden.

Titanium Spellshock Ring (49 Spellpower): This epic level ring has zero mana regen but it does have a gem slot. You can opt to stuff in a regen gem of some sort or resort to it a spellpower red gem to ramp up your amperage. Up to you.

Spectral Seal of the Prophet (51 Spellpower): Head over to Drak’Tharon Keep and toggle it onto Heroic for a challenge. With luck, this will drop off Tharon’ja (Prophet).

Enchanted Wire Stitching (46 Spellpower): Say hello to Meathook! This ring drops in CoT: Stratholme off of Meathook. Don’t worry, you don’t have to set it to Heroic.

Trinkets

Soul Preserver (75 Spellpower): You’re undoubtedly going to run Stratholme a few times. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get this trinket off the end boss. It will certainly help with the mana problems that most Priests have at this stage of the game.

Mercurial Alchemist Stone (59 Spellpower): Alchemists may wish to consider using this stone. It should last them for a while. In theory.

Talisman of Troll Divinity (73 Spirit): A whopping 73 Spirit on one trinket? Hell yes. I was lucky enough to get this on my first run through Drak’Tharon Keep. The use effect will be a big bonus on fights with enrages or massive damage spikes. The net effect is that your target (or targets) should see a bonus to their healing received by ~290. Usable every 2 minutes.

Enchants and Augments

Helm enchant – Arcanum of Blissful Mending: Another reason to knock out the Wyrmrest Temple rep first. Obtainable at Revered.

Shoulder enchant – Lesser Inscription of the Crag: Sons of Hodir provide this one. Scribes need not worry about grinding their rep here. This area is only unlockable after doing a massive (and epic length) chain quest. With enough dailies, Greater Inscription of the Crag becomes an option.

Chest enchants – Greater Mana Restoration would be the call I’d make here. Mats are a bit on the expensive side so make sure you get yourself a decent chest. Enchant Chest – Major Spirit is a decent and cheap enchant to toss onto a blue for the time being until you replace it.

Cloak enchants – If you can afford it, go for the Wisdom cloak enchant. Make sure you have a damn good cloak to go with it. Otherwise, for the low low price of 6 Infinite Dust, you can get a little extra Speed. Tailors get the option of further enchanting their own cloak with Darkglow Embroidery.

Bracer enchants – Superior Spellpower is what I would consider for a top end Wrath level item. I wouldn’t use it on anything less than an epic quality due to the cost of the mats involved. Go ahead and stick on BC level enchants on your blues for the time being.

Glove enchants – Exceptional Spellpower is a (relatively) cheap glove enchant you can toss onto your mitts. Spellpower gets increased by 28.

Belt – Eternal Belt Buckle: Yes, there is an augment for belts. It is not an enchant but it’s not any less important. Hit up your local auction house or blacksmith and make sure you get one of these belt buckles! It adds an extra gem slot to your belt! This could make or break your meta bonus! Get one!

Leg patches – Opt for the Shining Spellthread first. Once you get a real set of pants, upgrade it to a Brilliant Spellthread.

Boot enchants – Greater Spirit is the main boot enchant of choice. For any sort of resist boots, you may wish to opt for Greater Fortitude.

Weapon enchants – Several interesting choices here at your disposal:

  • Exceptional Spellpower: A good starter choice for Priests in terms of economic impact. Should be affordable for most players.
  • Exceptional Spirit: Slap this on a mana regen weapon of your choice. Or even keep it on your main weapon of choice. You can’t go wrong really.
  • Mighty Spellpower: Exceptional’s big brother Mighty increases your spellpower by 63 (compared to the 50 that the big E provides). 13 Spellpower. Can you justify the mats? If you can, go for it. It’s a tough pill to swallow though, early on in Wrath.
  • Major Intellect: Although it’s an old school BC enchant, I’m wondering if it’s worth putting on a high intellect staff for the purposes of mana regen. Perhaps you could macro a weapon switch with Hymn of Hope so that it could provide a little bit more extra juice.

Gems

There’s a lot more options for gem configurations. I’ll list all of the useful ones first.

Red

Runed Scarlet Ruby (19 Spellpower)
Purified Twilight Opal (9 Spirit, 9 Spellpower) Purple gem
Luminous Monarch Topaz (9 Spellpower, 8 Int) Orange gem
Potent Monarch Topaz (9 Spellpower, 8 Crit rating) Orange gem

Blue

Sparkling Sky Sapphire (16 Spirit)
Purified Twilight Opal (9 Spirit, 9 Spellpower) Purple gem
Misty Forest Emerald (8 Spirit, 8 Crit) Green gem
Seer’s Forest Emerald (8 Int, 8 Spirit) Green gem

Yellow

Brilliant Autumn’s Glow (16 Intellect)
Luminous Monarch Topaz (9 Spellpower, 8 Int) Orange gem
Potent Monarch Topaz (9 Spellpower, 8 Crit rating) Orange gem
Misty Forest Emerald (8 Spirit, 8 Crit) Green gem
Seer’s Forest Emerald (8 Int, 8 Spirit) Green gem

Your gem configuration is going to largely depend on the meta you want to go for. You may have to switch to hybrid color gems instead of pure color gems in order to activate it. The general rule of thumb for entry level Priests is to go for mana regeneration and spellpower. This early in the game, you’re going to want to take a hard look at your Spirit and mana regen so that you have the capability to sustain yourself in raids.

Meta

Bracing Earthsiege Diamond (25 Spellpower, 2% Reduced threat)
Ember Skyflare Diamond (25 Spellpower, 2% Intellect)
Insightful Earthsiege Diamond (21 Int, chance to restore mana)
Revitalizing Skyflare Diamond (8 MP5, 3% increased crit healing)

I’ll pick Insightful Earthsiege. Reports say that the proc gives 600 mana. No doubt it has an internal cooldown.

Sources: WoWHead and WoWWiki

Last updated

November 27

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Comments

  1. Silken Amice of the Ymirjar (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37055) from Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle is a nice plan B for shoulders.

    Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=60692) seems another decent chest enchant option. Although it is a bit more expensive reagent-wise.

    Personally as a Disc priest im gearing more for Int over Spirit.

    BobTurkeys last blog post..Wrath tailoring for priests

  2. This indeed seems to go mainly for the holy priest stats. I went disc and am currently having less mana problems in this spec than in holy it seems.

    Spellpower, int and crit seem to be the first stats to look for as a disc priest, and only then comes spirit. (PWS can crit, the glyph for PWS can also crit this means that my shield can heal a total of about 6.5 K nowadays)

  3. If you are good friends with a high level Blacksmith, try to get this mace for some real main handed action

    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41384

  4. Allindra - Smolderthorn - Alliance says:

    /print

    Thank you, I was waiting for this. You rock, I love you. 😛

    I’ll admit I checked your character on Armory this morning to see where you put your talent points to help me figure mine out when I get to 80 (I’m 77 now).

    No, I’m not a stalker. *shifty eyes*

  5. @Allindra Matt does the stalking

    Ill recommend to everyone whether you are a healer or not

    GET RID OF YOUR TBC STUFF

    I do hate seeing people run around with tier6 because they refuse to lose a 2 or 4 set bonus and yet they will play with sub par stats

  6. yeah i hate seeing people in tbc stuff ^^

    I grabbed the blacksmithing mace and I have the offhand from razuvious. couldn’t be happier getting almost 600 spellpower from my mace/offhand.

    this list looks good for holy spec, but if your disc, don’t be afraid to pick up a few of these pieces, because theyre definetly good stepping stones.

  7. James Birkett says:

    A few relatively easy to get items you may have missed

    Legs: Conferred Pantaloons – Violet hold quest.
    36 Stam, 45 Int, 57 Spirit, 68 Spell power. Not quite as good as the crafted ones, but lighter on the wallet, moonshroud is ridiculously expensive on my server at least.

    And for those who like to check their local auction house, some affordable BoE items:
    Off Hand: Prison Manifest – I picked one up for 150g. Your mileage may vary.
    33 Stam, 42 Int, 34 Spirit, 51 Spell Power

    Shoulders: Runecaster’s Mantle – I picked mine up for 300g. Again, depends on your AH.
    43 Stam, 47 Int, 44 Spirit, 68 Spell power, Yellow socket, socket bonus 5 sp. I believe this item is somewhat better than the one listed above.

    Neck: Dragon Prow Amulet – not got one of these yet, but worth checking the AH for:
    31 Stam, 33 Int, 43 Spirit, 50 Spell power.

    Main Hand: Totemic Purification Rod – requires revered Kalu’ak
    37 Stam, 39 Int, 32 Haste, 314 Spell Power
    (ok, it’s harder to get than the others, but if you’re going for exalted for the fishing rod anyway…)

  8. James Birkett says:

    Oh, one other recommendation:

    Wand: Gnomish Magician’s Quill – Requires Alliance Vanguard Revered
    18 Int, 17 Spirit, 20 Spell power

    You may have got to revered or close to it by questing as you level up, if not a couple of dungeons without a tabbard will give you the rest of the rep for this.

  9. Great list and love your site!

    There are great pre-raiding helms that drop from h-strat and h-draktheron also. Both should be reasonably accessible to new 80’s since they drop from the 2nd and 1st boss of their respective instances.

    Forgotten Shadow Hood:
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37684

    Cowl of the Dire Troll:
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37715

    – Cleansed of Dragonmaw

    Cleanseds last blog post..Open Recruitment!

  10. Thank you for the guide.

    Yes, I am having trouble getting rid of my tier 6. I hit level 78 this morning and see that I will be exchanging some stuff soon.

  11. Jane Gray says:

    I think i’m going to go for the intellect gem this time around, I used the mana restore gem before and it would maybe proc for a pots worth of mana all night (according to wow web stats). TBH they are all pretty underwhelming options.

  12. Thanks Matt!
    I have been waiting for this list. Just a note… Heroic or regular COT Strat is really a good instance to chain run. There are a lot of really good upgrades for priests there.

    I wanna add a few things on the list too if you don’t mind. 🙂

    Necklace (with spirit!) – Necromancer’s Amulet
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37683

    Gloves- Gloves of Distorted Time
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37687

    Wowhead says it’s a chest drop, I could’ve sworn it dropped from a boss.
    Shoulders (with spirit!) – Mantle of Deceit
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37691

  13. Great guide. Thanks very much for this. I had started on this same guide on my own blog when I realized that you had beaten me to it.
    Thanks a lot though.

    Bacclors last blog post..Ding 80!!!!!

  14. Thanks so much for this! I had been looking everywhere for such a guide but all those I found online were focused on end-game gear. This is exactly what I needed to see to bridge the gap.

    Awesome info, as always!

  15. Regarding the bracer enchants, if you don’t want to shell out the mats for the superior spellpower (+30 spellpower) yet, there’s also another Wrath enchant you could get instead: Enchant Bracers – Greater Spellpower (+23 spellpower). It’s pretty cheap.

  16. Frangus - Warsong - Ordo Fidelis says:

    Hey Matt.
    Your guide has been very helpful. I have been checking it every so often to figure out what I should be going for with the gear that I am trying to get. Everything seems spot on so far and I am nearly ready for Naxx. There are a few more gear upgrades that I am going for, but for the time being, I am nearly ready to be going in there.
    Heroics here I come!

    ~Frangus

  17. Darra - Argent Dawn, EU says:

    Tailors have another option for cloak enchant – Darkglow. When it procs you get 300 mana back. I think the proc rate is rather high, and I’ve seen it proc on no-cost spells too.

  18. Great yet again thanks , i geared my holy priest at 70 from your last list glad i found this and can start all over again lol thanks 🙂 skyy

  19. Great list! Thanks for all your hard work. I’ve just come back to the game after a bit of time away and picked back up my priest to level. I’m only 56 on it right now but trudging ahead. Do you or anyone have any suggestions for Shadow Gear for leveling (possibly dual purpose with PvP)? With some of the changes I’m not even sure what gear stats I should focus on for Shadow anymore. Spell Power, Crit, Hit, Int, Spirit all seem valid and important, but what order should I take for shadow as I level away. I’ve been keeping two sets (using pre-BC mentality) one balancing Spi and Int for PVE, and another with Spellpower (then +Shadow) and STA/INT for PvP.

    Is this still valid? Any pointers as I grind away to 80?

  20. Nice list very helpful. Thanks alot.

    You have:
    Glove enchants – Exceptional Spellpower is a (relatively) cheap glove enchant you can toss onto your mitts. Spellpower gets increased by 28.
    “Tailors get the option of further enchanting their own CLOAK with Darkglow Embroidery.”

    O well, I seem to always find something wrong with everything, lol…

  21. I’d also like to add that if you’re a tailor you can put Sanctified Spellthread on your pants (equivelant of Brilliant Spellthread) and it only costs 1 eternium thread to do so.

  22. Buy Reanimator’s Cloak at your local AH.
    It is better than Wispcloak for a Holy Priest IMO, and far cheaper too.

  23. Narusegawa says:

    Been reading this as I’m 77 now and soon to be 80. Gonna start planning my 80 healing gear now! 🙂 Thanks for all this.

    Where is Matticus’s armory profile though? I’d be interested to see the holy build 🙂

  24. Since you suggested some of the heroics, i found the following to be easier to do, though probably less entertaining.

    H-Nex, H-UK, H-VH are the three fairly straightforward heroics, and can net between 10-11 badges per day. 3 days of grinding all 3 out and you have had a chance to grab the War Mace of Unrequited Love from the H-Nex boss, the 25 emblems needed for Lattice Choker of Light (neck), and kirin tor rep should be about revered, if not well into it depending on your questing done prior to.

    For those without a guild pass into raiding naxx and reliant on pugs, you’ll find that people will want experience and knowledge of fights, something you wont possess, and therefore your best alternative is to outgear some people who’ve been in once or twice, and the best way to do that is grind a bit on heroics.

    Kirin tor exalted has a nice chest as well, so there is an additional reason for any healer, or really any dual spec heal/shadow priest to be interested in seeing that one all the way through.

  25. Anthony says:

    I know it’s a few weeks out now, but you may wish to include Scalpel of the Royal Apothecary from the Argent Tournament Horde quartermasters. It has the same spellpower as the Staff of Draconic Combat and all for the price of a few dailies. It’s stats are:
    28 STAM
    38 INT
    38 SPI
    408 Spellpower
    It’s epic and worthy to be held with Obscure Remedies IMO

  26. 11111111 says:
  27. Superb job. I’ll start right away.

  28. I know this guide is a year old, but I just wanted to say how useful it is. All the other guides are full of end-game raiding content. Thanks!

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