Shadow Priest Level 58 Boost Guide

Last updated on May 18, 2021 at 12:36 by Abide 1 comment

This guide was designed to help new and returning Shadow Priests with getting up to speed on how their class plays at Level 58 with the TBC talents and spells.

It is also an excellent first-read for players using the new TBCC Dark Portal Boost!



In The Burning Crusade Classic, Blizzard has added a feature where you can boost a character instantly to level 58. This guide aims to help you learn the basics of playing a Shadow Priest, considering this expedited leveling experience.

Shadow Priest is the recommended leveling spec when playing solo. In Burning Crusade, Shadow Priest becomes a strong leveling spec, having decent self-sustain and damage output.



Shadow is a very strong leveling spec; whether you are focusing on solo play or playing with a group, you will perform well with the talents below. Try to utilize Spirit Tap IconSpirit Tap as often as possible to regenerate Mana without needing to drink frequently.





Priests use Mana as their primary resource. With boosted gear you will have a low starting Mana pool, so be aware of your Mana and make sure you are drinking water often to stay full.


Important Abilities

In this section we will try to break down the basic abilities that you will want to focus on using. They will be separated into different sections based on their uses, such as offense or defense.


Healing Abilities

While you will not be using these abilities often if you are focusing on DPSing, it is good to know what your healing options are.

  • Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield is a spell you should try to only use in emergencies, as it has a high Mana cost for a low health gain.
  • Renew IconRenew is a great heal over time spell.
  • Flash Heal IconFlash Heal is a heal with a quick cast time used to rapidly heal someone.
  • Greater Heal IconGreater Heal has a long cast, but heals for a very large amount.

Offensive Abilities

  • Wanding is a good option if you are low on Mana or a mob will die to the DoTs you have on it. Wanding saves you a ton of Mana, instead of wasting it on over-killing something.
  • Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain should be kept up on as many targets as possible, unless they are about to die.
  • Vampiric Touch IconVampiric Touch should also be kept up on as many targets as possible, unless they are about to die. It causes your Shadow damage to give Mana to your party members.
  • Mind Blast IconMind Blast has a quick cast time and deals good damage. Make sure to use this on cooldown.
  • Mind Flay IconMind Flay is a channeled spell that should be used to fill in the gaps when you are not casting anything else.

Defensive Abilities

  • Fade IconFade temporarily reduces your overall threat. It can be useful if you get aggro from healing.
  • Dispel Magic IconDispel Magic can be used to remove magical debuffs from an ally or magical buffs from an enemy.
  • Psychic Scream IconPsychic Scream lets you fear mobs off you, which can be useful if things start to go wrong and you are being attacked.
  • Fear Ward IconFear Ward can be used preemptively to prevent a fear on an ally.

Utility Abilities

  • Mind Soothe IconMind Soothe reduces the range that a hostile creature will aggro from. It can be useful for skipping mobs or avoiding face pulls.
  • Shackle Undead IconShackle Undead allows you to crowd control an Undead mob.
  • Vampiric Embrace IconVampiric Embrace causes your shadow damage to heal your party for a portion of your damage dealt. Use this on bosses or enemies that will live a long time.


Try to keep these buffs up at all times on yourself and your party members.

  • Shadowform IconShadowform increases your Shadow damage. Make sure to keep this up at all times.
  • Power Word: Fortitude IconPower Word: Fortitude buffs the target with increased Stamina for 30 minutes.
  • Shadow Protection IconShadow Protection can be very useful if you are dealing with enemies that deal Shadow damage.
  • Inner Fire IconInner Fire increases your armor by a good amount. Try to keep this buff up in case you get melee attacked.


  1. Spell Damage
  2. Intellect
  3. Spirit
  4. Mana Per 5
  5. Stamina


  • 17 May 2021: Guide added.
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