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Guardian Spirit
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  • Guardian Spirit
  • 40 yd  range
  • 3 min cooldown
  • 0.9% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Calls upon a guardian spirit to watch over the friendly target, increasing healing received by 60% and preventing the target from dying by sacrificing itself. This sacrifice terminates the effect and heals the target for 40% of maximum health. Lasts 10 sec. Castable while stunned.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown3 min
Level required70
Related buff
Spell holy guardianspirit.png
  • Guardian Spirit
  • Increased healing received by 60% and will prevent 1 killing blow.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
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The Light has seen fit to give you a second chance. Don’t waste it.

Guardian Spirit is a priest ability learned at level 70 for those with the Holy specialization. A friendly target receives 60% more healing for 10 seconds. If the target dies while under the effect of the spell, the Guardian Spirit will prevent death by sacrificing itself and restore 40% of the target's maximum health.

Modified by



  • Any friendly target can only benefit from Guardian Spirit every 60 seconds (internal cooldown)
  • Guardian Spirit prevents death, it will not reset a target's threat.
  • The ability can be dispelled and is not affected by global cooldown.
  • Guardian Spirit is able to heal critically.
  • Guardian Spirit won't prevent death from fall damage.
  • A paladin's Ardent Defender heal must be on cooldown before Guardian Spirit can be consumed.


  • This is the Holy priest's panic button when a party member is about to die.
  • Casting Guardian Spirit on the tank will allow the priest to heal other party members, while the tank is safe.
  • Using a macro or addon to announce your target is recommended.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Pain Suppression and Guardian Spirit can now always be cast while stunned.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (29-Nov-2011): Guardian Spirit's healing bonus has been increased to 60%, up from 40%.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Guardian Spirit: The absorb/heal from this ability can now never exceed 200% of the maximum health of the target.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Guardian Spirit: It is no longer possible for simultaneous killing blows to trigger the heal from this ability multiple times.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Guardian Spirit: A target may now have only one Guardian Spirit active.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added; Guardian Spirit will now heal the target 50% of their maximum health.

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