Lay on Hands

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Lay on Hands
Spell holy layonhands
  • Lay on Hands
  • 40 yd  range
  • 10 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Heals a friendly target for an amount equal to your maximum health.

    Cannot be used on a target with Forbearance. Causes Forbearance for 1 min.
Usable by
Cooldown10 min
Level required16
Related debuff
Spell holy removecurse
  • Forbearance
  • Cannot be affected by Divine Shield, Hand of Protection or Lay on Hands.
  • Duration: 1 minute
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Take all my strength into you and be whole once more![1]

Lay on Hands is a core paladin ability learned at level 16. It is a Holy-based spell that instantly fills your target with life. Considered an "emergency" ability, in that due to its long cooldown it should only be used when it's really needed. Lay on Hands causes Forbearance. As it allows a paladin to "live twice" by using it, the spell is somewhat famous.

Modified by

Inv glyph majorpaladin2020
  • Glyph of Divinity
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Paladin
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Increases the cooldown of your Lay on Hands by 2 min but causes it to give you 10% of your maximum mana.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver


  • Tankadins can consider this as a long cooldown "oh s**t button". Turn on the auto-self cast option or create a macro. When your health is dangerously low, use it immediately to heal yourself back to full health.
  • This ability is completely independent of the amount of Healing the caster has. It always heals the target for the amount of health the caster has.
  • This ability can crit.
  • Often annoys other players in pvp and dueling, for the reason that it cannot be used in an arena match and is viewed as unfair much like the Death Knight's Army of the Dead ability.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Lay on Hands now causes Forbearance on the target. It used to only cause it when cast on the paladin. This was an old design from when Divine Protection caused Forbearance and the paladin didn’t want to prevent a tank from using their defensive cooldown.; Lay on Hands cannot be a critical effect and will not be affected by most abilities which modify healing (such as Beacon of Light). In addition, Lay on Hands is no longer on the global cooldown.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Tooltip clarified to better explain this ability’s interactions with Divine Shield, Divine Protection, and Hand of Protection.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): This ability will place Forbearance on the paladin if used on his or herself. It will not place Forbearance on others.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 10/20% instead of increasing the target’s armor.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Does not drain all of the player's mana anymore. Cooldown reduced to 20 minutes.


  1. ^ TCGTDP, 61

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Patch date8 February 2011 +, 23 March 2010 +, 8 December 2009 +, 4 August 2009 + and 14 October 2008 +

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