Shadow Priest DPS Buffs, Debuffs, and Useful Abilities (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we list the buffs, debuffs and useful abilities that a Shadow Priest brings to a raid in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list equivalent buffs and debuffs that other classes provide.

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 Twintop, one of the main Shadow Priest theorycrafters, who runs Shadow Orbs and Mind Spikes and works on How To Priest.

Buffs
Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude Increases the Stamina of all party and raid members by 10% — does not stack with Qiraji Fortitude Icon Qiraji Fortitude, Dark Intent Icon Dark Intent, and Commanding Shout Icon Commanding Shout
Shadowform Icon Shadowform Increases spell casting speed of all raid or party members by 5% — does not stack with Moonkin Aura Icon Moonkin Aura, Mind Quickening Icon Mind Quickening, and Elemental Oath Icon Elemental Oath
Utility
Hymn of Hope Icon Hymn of Hope Raid-wide mana regenerating cooldown
Fear Ward Icon Fear Ward Grants you or a friendly target immunity against the first fear effect cast against them.
Dispel Magic Icon Dispel Magic Removes 1 beneficial Magic effect from an enemy.
Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel Removes one harmful magical effect from every friendly target and one beneficial magical effect from every enemy target in an area. If Glyph of Mass Dispel Icon Glyph of Mass Dispel is used, then it also removes effects that are not normally dispellable.
Silence Icon Silence Interrupt on a 45-second cooldown
Crowd Control
Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream AoE fear
Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror Disarm and Incapacitate on a 45-second cooldown
Shackle Undead Icon Shackle Undead Allows you to crowd control an Undead target.
Survival
Fade Icon Fade Temporarily reduces your threat against all targets (to 0), forcing the mobs to attack someone else on their threat table. This spell is especially useful when adds are spawning and you wish to avoid aggro.
Void Shift Icon Void Shift Instantly swaps health percentages between the Priest and the target raid member. It can be used to replace a player's low health percentage with a full health percentage, thus saving them.
Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith Pulls a raid member to your location. This ability is useful for moving unresponsive (or disconnected) players out of harm's way.
Levitate Icon Levitate Reduces speed while falling (hence preventing fall damage) and grants the ability to walk on water.
Dispersion Icon Dispersion Reduces damage taken by 90% for 6 seconds, during which you also regenerate 6% mana every second. Activating Dispersion clears you of all movement-impairing effects and makes you immune to them for 6 seconds. While Dispersion is active, you cannot attack or cast spells.
Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace Heals you and your allies for 50% of the damage you deal with single-target spells for 15 seconds (the healing is split evenly). The ability is on a 3-minute cooldown.

1. Changelog↑top

  • 10 Sep. 2013: Moved Hymn of Hope Icon Hymn of Hope from the Buffs category to the Utility category. Also updated the wording of Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel to reflect the fact that when glyphed, it only removes effects not normally dispellable.
  • 08 May 2013: Added Void Shift Icon Void Shift to the list.
  • 07 Mar. 2013: Blood Pact has been removed by Patch 5.2. The 10% Stamina buff has been added to Dark Intent Icon Dark Intent.