Holy Paladin

Patch 8.3

Written by Jeathebelle Last Updated: 26th Feb, 2020

Azerite Traits

Important Azerite Traits

Azerite traits rotation changes

Glimmer of Light

The Glimmer of Light azerite trait causes your Holy Shock to buff friendly targets and debuff enemies, with Glimmer of Light. All targets with Glimmer of Light are healed, or take damage, every time you Holy Shock. This is by far the best throughput increasing azerite trait, and you need it on all 3 of your azerite pieces. Maximizing Holy Shock casts is very important with this trait; which is why you should spec into Crusader’s Might, Holy Avenger, Sanctified Wrath and Divine Purpose - all of which dramatically increase your Holy Shock potential.

Glimmer of Light can be applied to a maximum of 8 targets. If it’s important that a particular target has Glimmer, for example a tank or other player taking heavy sustained damage, you’ll need to remember to refresh their Glimmer after casting Holy Shock on 8 other targets. Also, to maximize HPS, it’s better to Holy Shock a target without Glimmer rather than overwriting an existing Glimmer (as long as the new target will take damage in the next 30 seconds) but remember to prioritize saving lives: If someone needs a Holy Shock to live, don’t let them die just to avoid overwriting their Glimmer!

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn increases the range of Light of Dawn, from 15 yards to 40 yards. This makes hitting 5 injured targets with each cast much easier. It also makes it unnecessary to use Rule of Law, to extend the range of Light of Dawn.

Grace of the Justicar

Grace of the Justicar heals 10 players around your target, every time you cast Judgment. If you have this trait, it’s worthwhile to cast Judgment for healing if Holy Shock, Crusader Strike, and Light of Dawn are all on cooldown.

Recommended Azerite Traits


Glimmer of Light: 3 of these traits are required for optimal performance. 

Light’s Decree: This Retribution specific trait increases the duration of Avenging Wrath. Because the bulk of Holy Paladin healing occurs during Avenging Wrath, this extended duration is extremely powerful and you want 1 Light’s Decree trait. No azerite pieces from the raid allow you to choose both Glimmer of Light and Light’s Decree, so you’ll need to use your residuum to obtain your Light’s Decree trait.

Avenger’s Might: Dramatically increases your healing during Avenging Wrath. Before patch 8.3, it was never available with Glimmer of Light. However, the helmet from N’Zoth the Corruptor, the chest from Vexiona, and the chest from Ra-den all allow you to choose both Glimmer of Light and Avenger’s Might.

Breaking Dawn: Increases the range and healing of Light of Dawn. It’s a good option if you don’t have access to Avenger’s Might.


Glimmer of Light: The best trait for both healing and DPS in dungeons. You need 3 of these traits.

Light’s Decree: The increased duration of Avenging Wrath from this trait is valuable in M+ as well as raiding. 

Indomitable Justice: Increases your Judgment damage, which is good in M+.



Vision of Perfection: The default choice for both raiding and M+. The bulk of your healing occurs during Avenging Wrath, and this essence increases your Avenging Wrath uptime.

Crucible of Flame: Usable in M+ if you are completely unconcerned about healing. This essence will do a little more damage, than Vision of Perfection.


Conflict & Strife: Gives a lot of versatility, which increases both your healing and your damage, while reducing your damage taken. Always use this trait, both in M+ and raiding.

The Formless Void: As long as a couple of people in your raid are using Crucible of Flame, as their major essence (which most tanks should) you will have very high uptime of the intellect and haste this minor grants; which will increase both your healing and your damage. This is a go-to essence to use in raiding.

Well of Existence: Your best third minor essence, for HPS, if: your group is taking a lot of damage, you are doing a lot of healing, and allies are falling below 50% health. If any of those are not true, this essence loses value.

Unwavering Ward: If your group isn’t taking enough damage for Well of Existence to be valuable, this essence can do fairly good healing, particularly if the group is stacked.

Crucible of Flame: If you don’t need to maximize HPS, Crucible is an excellent third minor, as it does extremely good DPS.

Worldvein Resonance: You would only use this essence if doing so was the difference between good uptime and bad uptime, for DPS players who are using it.


Notable Gear


Best in slot azerite for raiding will be:

These pieces give you 3x Glimmer of Light, 2x Avenger’s Might and 1x Light’s Decree.


The best in slot weapon will be Shgla’yos, Astral Malignity from Carapace of N’Zoth.


Corruption Overview

There are a couple of corruption effects that dramatically increase DPS. For example, Infinite Star, Echoing Void and Twilight Devastation do excellent damage. The damage you gain, from equipping these corruption effects, will usually be more valuable than the healing you would have gained from other corruption effects.

Leech corruption is probably the strongest effect for increasing your HPS.

The passive stat corruption effects that increase your total crit, versatility or haste are good choices that will increase both your healing and damage.

Finally, the Ineffable Truth corruption effect is fairly good for Holy Paladin.