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Shadow Priest DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 31, 2016 at 08:59 by Vlad 116 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Shadow Priests. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

The other pages of our Shadow Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Viklund, one of the best Shadow Priests in the world, who raids in Serenity. You can follow him on Twitter and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression
  1.  Icon Void Torrent
  2.  Icon Void Siphon
  3.  Icon Unleash the Shadows
  4.  Icon To the Pain
  5.  Icon Thrive in the Shadows
  6.  Icon From the Shadows
  7.  Icon Mind Shattering
  8.  Icon Mass Hysteria
  9.  Icon Thoughts of Insanity
  10.  Icon Touch of Darkness
  11.  Icon Call to the Void
  12.  Icon Sinister Thoughts
  13.  Icon Creeping Shadows
  14.  Icon Sphere of Insanity
  15.  Icon Void Corruption
  16.  Icon Mental Fortitude
  17.  Icon Death's Embrace
  18.  Icon Darkening Whispers

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level (more on this below), regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between relics that grant the same item level, you should prioritise them based on this list:

  1.  Icon Unleash the Shadows
  2.  Icon Touch of Darkness
  3.  Icon To the Pain
  4.  Icon Creeping Shadows

If you have the legendary item Mangaza's Madness Icon Mangaza's Madness and you are using the talent Shadowy Insight Icon Shadowy Insight, then the  Icon Mind Shattering relic becomes one of the best.

Regarding the item level difference when choosing relics, consider the following.

  • In case of a 1 item level difference, it is not worth replacing a higher-ranked relic with a lower one.
  • In case of a 3 item level difference, you can replace a higher-ranked relic with a lower one (from the list above).
  • In case of a 5 item level difference, you can replace any relic from the list above with any other relic, whether the new relic contributes to your DPS output or not.

3. ChangeLog

  • 31 Oct. 2016: Added a mention of how having Mangaza's Madness can affect relic choice and also added a clarification of how to account for item level differences provided by different relics.
  • 10 Oct. 2016: Updated the relic priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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