Shadow Priest Pre-Patch Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 06, 2022 at 11:47 by Abide 1 comment

The Pre-Patch period of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a time to allow players to level or gear up characters while experiencing some of the class changes of the coming expansion before its official launch. Here you will find recommended talents, gear, and some rotation tips for a Shadow Priest when you can only reach a maximum level of 70.


Talent Builds for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

Shadow Priest in the pre-patch has a very straightforward spec, playing very similar to how it will at Level 80. You get all of your key talents, the only thing you miss out on is Meditation IconMeditation. Typically you will not have Mana issues even without this talent, but in lower gear you may find yourself running out of mana.

The spec has been improved greatly in Wrath of the Lich King, giving us some much-needed quality of life improvements. Shadow Weaving IconShadow Weaving is now a personal buff and not a debuff, meaning it only boosts your damage dealt now. Vampiric Embrace IconVampiric Embrace is now a personal buff and does much less healing to the party than before. Shadowform IconShadowform allows all of your DoTs to Crit and both Vampiric Touch IconVampiric Touch and Devouring Plague IconDevouring Plague to benefit from Haste.

Misery IconMisery now puts a debuff on the target that increases the chance all spells will land by 3%, buffing everyone in the raid. Pain and Suffering IconPain and Suffering is a great new talent, automatically refreshing your Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain whenever you cast Mind Flay IconMind Flay. Finally, you gain Dispersion IconDispersion, a powerful new defensive cooldown and Mana regeneration ability. All of these changes and more make Shadow Priest an extremely powerful specialization.


Best Glyphs for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

Glyphs are a new consumable of sorts introduced in Wrath of the Lich King. Glyphs greatly improve certain spells when you learn them, supporting and even enabling some builds. In the pre-patch of WotLK you only have access to two major glyphs, as the third slot requires Level 80 to unlock.


Major Glyphs for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Glyph of Mind Flay Icon Glyph of Mind Flay — This is one of your main glyphs that you will be using at Level 80, making this a great pickup during the pre-patch.
  2. Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain Icon Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain — This glyph is not ideal, but you cannot get any of your other major glyphs during pre-patch. In addition to that, you will not have the Meditation IconMeditation talent during pre-patch, so this will help out with your Mana regeneration.

Minor Glyphs for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Glyph of Fortitude Icon Glyph of Fortitude — This helps save Mana through an entire raid night, and especially if you need to rebuff someone who died in combat.
  2. Glyph of Shadow Protection Icon Glyph of Shadow Protection — Is pretty minor, but will save us a bit of Mana throughout an entire raid night.
  3. Glyph of Levitate Icon Glyph of Levitate — Is simply a quality of life feature, saving us some reagents.

Stat Priority for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

The list below is in order of your desired stats. Keep this in mind when looking at different gearing choices.

  1. Hit Rating
  2. Spell Power
  3. Haste Rating
  4. Critical Strike Rating
  5. Spirit

Spell Rotation for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch


Shadow Priest Single-Target Damage Rotation in Pre-Patch

  1. Vampiric Touch IconVampiric Touch — As with TBC, this is your main priority to keep up.
  2. Devouring Plague IconDevouring Plague — All Priests have this spell now, not just the Undead. A huge part of your damage, be sure to keep it up as much as possible.
  3. Mind Blast IconMind Blast — Use this on cooldown as it deals very high damage and procs some of your talents such as Improved Spirit Tap IconImproved Spirit Tap.
  4. Shadow Word: Death IconShadow Word: Death — If you are healthy and not in danger of dying you will want to use this after everything else.
  5. Mind Flay IconMind Flay — Still acts as your filler spell, but has a few added bonuses with WotLK. Like Mind Blast, this will proc Improved Spirit Tap IconImproved Spirit Tap, but Mind Flay will also proc Pain and Suffering IconPain and Suffering, constantly refreshing the duration of your Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain.
  6. Shadow Word: Pain IconShadow Word: Pain — You have this at the bottom of the list as it should always be refreshed with your new talent Pain and Suffering IconPain and Suffering. That being said, you still need to manually apply it the first time, but it should remain up for the rest of the fight after that. Be sure to wait until you have 5 stacks of Shadow Weaving IconShadow Weaving before you apply this.

Shadow Priest AoE Damage Rotation in Pre-Patch

Your AoE rotation will vary depending on the size of the pull and the mobs health. If you are facing very healthy enemies that will live for at least 24 seconds, you will want to mostly follow your single-target rotation and apply your DoTs to enemies. If not you will want to use Mind Sear IconMind Sear to AoE everything down.


Best in Slot Gear for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

Your best in slot gear does not change much from Phase 5 of TBC, but ideally you can change a few pieces of gear. Below is a list of recommended best in slot gear, as well as some easy to obtain choices.

However, for newer players especially or if you are playing on one of the Fresh Servers, the gear listed below may not be realistic to obtain for most players in only a month. If you want the most efficient start possible, we would highly recommend farming Honor in the pre-patch through battlegrounds. This will allow you to buy the full "Brutal" PvP set, which is close in power to gear from Sunwell Plateau. While not BiS, it is the closest you will get within the short time frame, and you are guaranteed to obtain it with enough farming.

Slot Item Source
  • Dark Conjuror's Collar Icon Dark Conjuror's Collar
  • Cowl of the Illidari High Lord Icon Cowl of the Illidari High Lord
  • Helm of Arcane Purity Icon Helm of Arcane Purity
  • Annihilator Holo-Gogs Icon Annihilator Holo-Gogs
  • Hood of Hexing Icon Hood of Hexing
  • Amulet of Unfettered Magics Icon Amulet of Unfettered Magics
  • Pendant of Sunfire Icon Pendant of Sunfire
  • Translucent Spellthread Necklace Icon Translucent Spellthread Necklace
  • Guardian's Pendant of Subjugation Icon Guardian's Pendant of Subjugation
  • Shoulderpads of Absolution Icon Shoulderpads of Absolution
  • Amice of the Convoker Icon Amice of the Convoker
  • Mantle of Nimble Thought Icon Mantle of Nimble Thought
  • Tattered Cape of Antonidas Icon Tattered Cape of Antonidas
  • Nethervoid Cloak Icon Nethervoid Cloak
  • Volanthius Shroud Icon Volanthius Shroud
  • Sunfire Robe Icon Sunfire Robe
  • Robes of Ghostly Hatred Icon Robes of Ghostly Hatred
  • Fel Conquerer Raiments Icon Fel Conquerer Raiments
  • Bracers of Absolution Icon Bracers of Absolution
  • Cuffs of Devastation Icon Cuffs of Devastation
  • Guardian's Silk Cuffs Icon Guardian's Silk Cuffs
  • Wristguards of Tranquil Thought Icon Wristguards of Tranquil Thought
  • Bracers of Nimble Thought Icon Bracers of Nimble Thought
  • Handguards of Defiled Worlds Icon Handguards of Defiled Worlds
  • Sunfire Handwraps Icon Sunfire Handwraps
  • Gloves of Tyri's Power Icon Gloves of Tyri's Power
  • Cord of Absolution Icon Cord of Absolution
  • Belt of Blasting Icon Belt of Blasting
  • Leggings of Calamity Icon Leggings of Calamity
  • Leggings of Channeled Elements Icon Leggings of Channeled Elements
  • Pantaloons of Growing Strife Icon Pantaloons of Growing Strife
  • Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants
  • Treads of Absolution Icon Treads of Absolution
  • Slippers of the Seacaller Icon Slippers of the Seacaller
  • Boots of Incantations Icon Boots of Incantations
  • Ring of Omnipotence Icon Ring of Omnipotence
  • Loop of Forged Power Icon Loop of Forged Power
  • Ring of Ancient Knowledge Icon Ring of Ancient Knowledge
  • Ring of Captured Storms Icon Ring of Captured Storms
  • Mana Attuned Band Icon Mana Attuned Band
  • Fused Nethergon Band Icon Fused Nethergon Band
  • Shifting Naaru Sliver Icon Shifting Naaru Sliver
  • The Skull of Gul'dan Icon The Skull of Gul'dan
  • Timbal's Focusing Crystal Icon Timbal's Focusing Crystal
  • Hex Shrunken Head Icon Hex Shrunken Head
  • Icon of the Silver Crescent Icon Icon of the Silver Crescent
Main Hand
  • Sunflare Icon Sunflare
  • Brutal Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Brutal Gladiator's Spellblade
  • Reign of Misery Icon Reign of Misery
  • Grand Magister's Staff of Torrents Icon Grand Magister's Staff of Torrents
  • Golden Staff of the Sin'dorei Icon Golden Staff of the Sin'dorei
Off Hand
  • Heart of the Pit Icon Heart of the Pit
  • Chronicle of Dark Secrets Icon Chronicle of Dark Secrets
  • Fetish of the Primal Gods Icon Fetish of the Primal Gods
  • Wand of the Demonsoul Icon Wand of the Demonsoul
  • Wand of Cleansing Light Icon Wand of Cleansing Light
  • Wand of Prismatic Focus Icon Wand of Prismatic Focus
  • Carved Witch Doctor's Stick Icon Carved Witch Doctor's Stick

Best Enchants for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

Your enchants mostly stay the same from TBC, not requiring much change. Check out our TBC enchants page for a list of available options.


Best Consumables for Shadow Priest in Pre-Patch

Your consumables are mostly the same from TBC. You can use any food buff that provides Spell Power and Spirit, so look for the cheapest.

  • Flask of Pure Death Icon Flask of Pure Death or Flask of Supreme Power Icon Flask of Supreme Power
  • Blackened Basilisk Icon Blackened Basilisk
  • Superior Wizard Oil Icon Superior Wizard Oil
  • Haste Potion Icon Haste Potion


  • 06 Sep. 2022: Fixed Honor cost on weapons.
  • 29 Aug. 2022: Page added.
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