Monday, January 14, 2013
Guide to Healing Priest by Fuyuko
The type of build I’m using is more of a hybrid healing build since currently I’m leveling. I’m mostly investing points into INT but in the future I’ll most likely be going with something similar to 40 INT 40 AGI and the rest into VIT. I put an example of my build in the table below. I find I can gather a group of monsters using Oratio and then just AOE them to death. It makes questing much easier then Holy Light spamming. Of course if you wanted more points to spend towards your support skill tree you could completely skip all the other DPS skills on the DPS tree.
The skill Aqua Benedicta will save you a fortune on potions in the future of course I still took Alchemy as a job because I wanted to be able to make the buff potions for myself. Aspersio is one of the most valuable skills to a priest because it allows them to use resurrection with no cool down time. It takes around 3 seconds to cast resurrection and is a valuable tool in a raid where 3 seconds wasted can mean a wipe for your group.
Highness heal can critical up to 4k+ and with meditatio at 1 you’ll be able to heal around 2k+ every 2 seconds it also effects sanctuary and raises the hp of your party members temporary. Meditatio’s translation is really poor in the English and does not really explain properly of what it does. But meditatio doesn’t effect the percentage of a critical hit. It effects the value of the heal amount so for example if your heal was a critical of 3000 damage it would raise it to 3500 or 4000 instead. And the combination of having aspersio a healing priest would not need to raise the skill. Only a DPS priest would see value in increasing meditatio. Angelus is pretty useless because bosses will 2-3 hit a party member regardless of the amount of your current defense especially with the amount of defense it gives. If the skill however was 100% instead might allow someone to last longer but the value of what angelus gives is terrible. Archangel has a really awesome ability but as a healing priest you would not want to waste the points in this skill even as a DPS priest you would be forced to give up resurrect and bless and the investment in other skills would be much more valuable to you. Suffragium is a very useful skill but for my build since I invested in the extra DPS skills I did not have enough points to make use of the skill. Perhaps at max level I’ll respect and drop the other DPS skills to pick up that one but if your making a pure build you can drop the extra DPS skills and pick it up right from the start. Sanctuary is useful for survival and should not be used for healing your party using aspersio is a must and should always be paired together. Highness Heal causes a HOT(Healing Over Time) besides just healing your party members when used with aspersio but this skill can cause a lot of threat you would want to avoid using this skill at the start of a battle to avoid getting killed by the boss until the tank has built up enough threat. Assumptio will keep whoever you decide to give it to alive whether you decide to give it to yourself or another healer in the group.
The other valuable professions to go with as a priest is either blacksmithing, or artisan. Avoid using Chef because it has the lowest value to a priest. That’s about it for a healing priest. Once I learn the class more I’ll make another guide with DPS priest and explain what you’ll be aiming for in terms of skills and how they are used.