Shadow Priest DPS Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for a Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

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.

1. Gems↑top

If your item level is higher than 505, and your raid-buffed Spellpower is greater than 30,000, you should gem as the table below suggests. If you do not meet these requirements, we recommend gems for you below the table.

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Burning Primal Diamond Icon Burning Primal Diamond or Sinister Primal Diamond Icon Sinister Primal Diamond (better)
Yellow SocketPrismatic Socket Quick Sun's Radiance Icon Quick Sun's Radiance/Perfect Quick Sunstone Icon Perfect Quick Sunstone
Red Socket Reckless Vermilion Onyx Icon Reckless Vermilion Onyx/Perfect Reckless Tiger Opal Icon Perfect Reckless Tiger Opal or Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye (JC)
Blue Socket

Note that if your item level is below 505, or if you do not have at least 30,000 raid-buffed Spellpower, Haste Rating is not as desirable to you. You should, instead, use Brilliant Primordial Ruby Icon Brilliant Primordial Ruby in red and prismatic sockets, Reckless Vermilion Onyx Icon Reckless Vermilion Onyx in yellow sockets, and Purified Imperial Amethyst Icon Purified Imperial Amethyst in blue sockets. If you are having issues reaching the hit cap through reforging alone, you can use pure spirit/hit gems in blue sockets.

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders
Back
Chest Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs
Feet
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect (Enchanting)
Weapon
Off-Hand Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect Icon Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Intellect. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

Your flask should be a Flask of the Warm Sun Icon Flask of the Warm Sun.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of the Jade Serpent Icon Potion of the Jade Serpent.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Shadow Priest can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 320 Intellect through Lightweave Embroidery Icon Lightweave Embroidery. It also provides Sanctified Spellthread Icon Sanctified Spellthread, a much cheaper equivalent of Greater Pearlescent Spellthread Icon Greater Pearlescent Spellthread, the usual leg enchant.
Blacksmithing Provides a 640 Haste Rating gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Quick Sun's Radiance Icon Quick Sun's Radiance.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through the ability of using 2 Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye. These should be used in red sockets, replacing Reckless Vermilion Onyx Icon Reckless Vermilion Onyx gems, and not in prismatic sockets.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Intellect gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Intellect for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Intellect).
Inscription Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Secret Crane Wing Inscription Icon Secret Crane Wing Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Fur Lining - Intellect Icon Fur Lining - Intellect.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

Blacksmithing and Engineering is currently the best profession combination for Shadow Priests. Blacksmithing provides a Haste Rating increase higher than that offered by any other profession.

Engineering should be your second profession, as it provides you with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs, which you can line up with cooldowns and trinket procs.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 02 Aug. 2013: Updated the gemming table to correctly suggest that the only Jewelcrafter-only gems to be used are Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eyes, and only in red sockets.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 08 May 2013: Clarified that the different gemming is reliant not only on being above or below 505 item level, but also on reaching 30,000 raid-buffed Spellpower. Also added that Haste gems should be used in prismatic sockets, in the "high" gear level gemming suggestions. Added a mention that Jewelcrafter-only Intellect gems should be used in red sockets, and not in prismatic sockets.
  • 27 Apr. 2013: Added a mention of how to gem below item level 505.
  • 26 Apr. 2013: Added a mention that Blacksmithing and Engineering is the best profession combination.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 10 Apr. 2013: Removed mention of ever using pure Haste gems in red sockets. Added Enchant Boots - Greater Haste Icon Enchant Boots - Greater Haste option for feet enchant.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Improved advice for choosing your profession.
  • 26 Mar. 2013: Updated the gemming recommendations to, emphasising Haste Rating-oriented gemming.