Flash of Light
Spell holy flashheal
  • Flash of Light
  • 40 yd  range
  • 20% of base mana
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Heals a friendly target for x.
Usable by
Casting time1.5 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required14
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The Light is quickest when the situation is most dire.
- Commander Goodchilde TCG

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Flash of Light is a core paladin ability learned at level 14. It quickly heals a friendly target for a small amount.

Modified by

Core abilities
Spell holy holybolt Holy specialization abilities
Spell holy auraoflight Retribution specialization abilities


During the Burning Crusade expansion, "Flash of Light spam" was a popular style of healing for holy paladins in PvE. During the early phases of Wrath of the Lich King Flash spam fell out of fashion due to the nearly unlimited mana made possible by Divine Plea and Illumination. As the expansion progressed, there were several nerfs to Paladin mana regeneration. With the mana nerfs, the increased availability of high spell power gear, and increased availability of sockets allowing further spell power increases, Flash of Light spamming re-emerged in PvE healing. There is considerable disagreement over whether Flash of Light spamming is sufficient for the tank healing niche of Holy Paladins in raids, but it appears some paladins are using it successfully.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Flash of Light mana cost has been increased to 31% of base mana, up from 27%.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Flash of Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): This spell no longer causes a heal-over-time effect unless the player has the Infusion of Light talent.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Sacred Shield: When a paladin casts Flash of Light on a target with this buff, they also now place a heal over time effect on the target, healing that target for 100% of the Flash of Light amount over 12 seconds. The Art of War: Now only applies to melee critical hits, but will make your next Flash of Light or Exorcism instant. Exorcism has a cast time of 1.5 seconds but can be used on players again. ...we are changing The Art of War to make not only Flash of Light instant, but also Exorcism. Choose healing or damage. (source)
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Infusion of Light now affects Flash of Light too, reducing its cast time down to zero and can be used while moving.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Flash of Light and Holy Light will now work properly with castsequence macros.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Blessing of Light: Lower ranks of Flash of Light and Holy Light are now properly penalized when used with this Blessing.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.1.0 (07-Nov-2004): Added.

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