Classic Shadow Priest DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents

Last updated on Nov 11, 2019 at 18:10 by Niphyr 6 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Shadow Priest DPS in WoW Classic.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Shadow Priest talents.


Talent Builds for Shadow Priests

There are multiple builds for Shadow Priests, most of them revolve around utilising a similar set of base talents and then applying the remaining points, depending on the intended utility or role that is desired.


Leveling Builds

If you were looking for leveling builds, please refer to our leveling guide for Priests.


Important Talents for 'Deep Shadow' Priests

Generic Deep Shadow Talents Image

Deep Shadow in this context refers to you going deep into the Shadow tree, which basically skips all of the healing benefits and thus makes you a damage dealer primarily.

  • Shadow Weaving Icon Shadow Weaving — This is the primary reason why you are wanted as a Shadow Priest in raids. Buffing your Warlocks' damage by 15% is very valuable.
  • Shadowform Icon Shadowform — This is the defining ability of a Shadow Priest. Not only does this significantly increase your damage, it also makes you more durable against Physical damage.
  • Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay — The spell you will probably be casting the most as a Shadow Priest. It does good damage, but its downside is that it takes up a valuable debuff slot.
  • Shadow Focus Icon Shadow Focus — Essentially provides you with 10% Spell Hit, which leaving you to only have to get an additional 6% Spell Hit to get hitcapped against bosses. This is an extremely important talent.

Optional Shadow Priest Talents

Depending on your gear level or content there are a number of talents that can be swapped around.

  • Blackout Icon Blackout instead of Spirit Tap Icon Spirit Tap: for PvE purposes, neither of these are particularly amazing, so you can pick whichever one you prefer. Early on (while leveling), you definitely want to take Spirit Tap. Blackout only procs from the first tick of Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay.
  • Unbreakable Will Icon Unbreakable Will instead of Wand Specialization Icon Wand Specialization: for PvE purposes, neither of these is very important. You can pick whatever you like here. While leveling and with low Mp5 on gear, Wand Specialization is better, unless you expect to engage in a lot of PvP regularly.
  • Improved Mind Blast Icon Improved Mind Blast provides a DPS increase if your Mana (namely Mp5) can sustain all the additional casts. As it is very likely one of the Healing priests in your raid will be taking Improved Power Word: Fortitude Icon Improved Power Word: Fortitude you can drop this for the additional 2 points.
  • Mental Agility Icon Mental Agility can also be taken with low gear levels if Mana is an issue. To find points for this you can drop some points in Silent Resolve Icon Silent Resolve or Improved Mind Blast Icon Improved Mind Blast.
  • Silence Icon Silence, Improved Psychic Scream Icon Improved Psychic Scream and Improved Vampiric Embrace Icon Improved Vampiric Embrace are all powerful talents for PvP, where you can drop points in Silent Resolve Icon Silent Resolve, Shadow Affinity Icon Shadow Affinity and Mental Agility Icon Mental Agility.


  • 11 Nov. 2019: Added more specific details to optional talent descriptions
  • 20 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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