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Shadow Priest DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 10, 2016 at 12:52 by Vlad 116 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Shadow Priests. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

  1. Mangaza's Madness Icon Mangaza's Madness
  2. Mother Shahraz's Seduction Icon Mother Shahraz's Seduction
  3. Anund's Seared Shackles Icon Anund's Seared Shackles
  4. The Twins' Painful Touch Icon The Twins' Painful Touch
  5. Norgannon's Foresight Icon Norgannon's Foresight
  6. Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem Icon Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem
  7. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  8. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret

Note that in Mythic+ dungeons, the Anund's Seared Shackles Icon Anund's Seared Shackles wrists are ranked below the The Twins' Painful Touch Icon The Twins' Painful Touch ring.

1.1. Explanations

1.1.1. Mangaza's Madness (Waist)

Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast now has 3 charges. When in Voidform Icon Voidform this solves the problem of overlapping cooldown abilities, namely Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt and Mind Blast, from both being up at the same time by allowing you to shift Mind Blast 1 global cooldown into the future with no penalty.

1.1.2. Mother Shahraz's Seduction (Shoulder)

When you enter Voidform Icon Voidform, you begin at a higher stack of Voidform based on how much time was remaining on your Lingering Insanity Icon Lingering Insanity buff. This value is always equal to your time remaining / 7, rounded down (so 43 seconds remaining would give you 6 stacks of Voidform). This does not change your starting Insanity drain and does not allow Voidform (and therefore  Icon Mass Hysteria's effects) to go above 100 stacks.

1.1.3. The Twins' Painful Touch (Finger)

The first Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear that you cast after entering Voidform Icon Voidform refreshes and copies Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch from your current target to 2 nearby targets. This buff remains on your character until you cast Mind Sear, even if you have left Voidform. The effect of this ring only applies if Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch is on the target you cast Mind Sear on, meaning if your target does not have Shadow Word: Pain ticking on it then that DoT will not be refreshed or spread to nearby targets. While it is wise to use this buff as early as possible, you can also use it later in Voidform as a means to refresh DoTs on off-targets where your DoTs may have already expired.

1.1.4. Anund's Seared Shackles (Wrist)

Each time your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch tick, you gain a stacking buff that increases the damage done by your next Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt by 2%, stacking up to 50 times (100%). In practice, you will see maximum stacks in 3+ target situations between Voidform phases, generally fewer than 20 stacks otherwise. Inside of Voidform, you will not see more than a few stacks at any point due to Void Bolt being cast every 3rd global cooldown.

1.1.5. Norgannon's Foresight (Feet)

When you cast an instant cast spell, such as Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt or Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death, you have a chance to make your next non-instant spell castable while moving. At a proc rate of 3 RPPM + Haste, this effect should occur for Shadow roughly every 10-15 seconds. The unpredictable nature of RPPM, coupled with this legendary having no value whatsoever if you have Surrender to Madness Icon Surrender to Madness active, makes it a nice perk but not a legendary worth using in most situations.

1.1.6. Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem (Head)

This increases the healing done by Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace by 250% while in Voidform Icon Voidform. This turns Vampiric Embrace in to a powerful raid healing cooldown, but provides no damage increases.

1.1.7. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus (Neck)

If you do not take any damage for 5 seconds, you gain an absorb shield equal to 15% of your maximum health for 30 seconds. This could be a very helpful legendary for world questing or soloing difficult content, but it is not very valuable for 5-man instances or raids.

1.1.8. Sephuz's Secret (Finger)

Successful crowd control on an enemy grants you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds. This is a legendary designed for use in PvP situations and will have limited use cases in PvE content.

2. Loot Competition

Apart from other Shadow Priests, you will also be competing for items with the classes listed below:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Discipline/Holy Priests, and Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Discipline/Holy Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Discipline Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

3. ChangeLog

  • 10 Oct. 2016: Updated some mentions about legendary items.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 30 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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