Shadow Priest Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 06, 2021 at 20:15 by Publik 32 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Shadow Priest, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.

1.

Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

After completing enough Torghast runs you will be able to craft Legendary-level gear via through the new Runecarving system. Each power is unique, although several of them harken back to previous Legendary or tier set effects from past World of Warcraft expansions. In this guide we will go over each Legendary for Shadow Priest with full explanations and a final ranking.

2.

Best Legendaries for Shadow Priest

For a video walkthrough of our options, check out my survival guide where I go over what you need to know for Legendaries in Patch 9.1. A full walkthrough will be released soon.

Any slots that are bolded are, generally speaking, the better version of the item you should craft. Depending on the slot the amount of primary and secondary stats can shift. This typically is not a large difference, but it makes sense to min-max around based on the gear drops that come from the raid since we can control the stats on these items. Starting with Patch 9.1 the slots you pick are greatly dependent on the Domination Socket items that you will naturally want to use for the extra power. Since this pieces are specifically on the Head, Shoulder, Chest, Wrist, and Waist slots for Cloth users you want to always craft your Legendary in slots that do not have corresponding Domination slot pieces.

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding Single-Target — Kyrian Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem Legs or Waist Torghast (The Upper Reaches, Layer 3+)
Raiding Single-Target — Night Fae or Venthyr Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism Head or Gloves Mueh'zala in De Other Side
Raiding Single-Target — Necrolord Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command Feet or Finger Renown Level 48
Raiding Multi-Target Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism Head or Gloves Mueh'zala in De Other Side
Mythic+ Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism Head or Gloves Mueh'zala in De Other Side
Torghast and Open World Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism Head or Gloves Mueh'zala in De Other Side

In Patch 9.1 when you get access to three Potency Conduit slots you will then use Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism for almost everything. The third slot allows you to slot in Rabid Shadows Icon Rabid Shadows which significantly improves Shadowflame Prism over the would-be alternative of Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem and the less-powerful Mind Devourer Icon Mind Devourer Conduit. The only times where Shadowflame Prism starts to lag behind is specifically as a Kyrian or Necrolord player on single-target. As Kyrian you simply do not have enough spare globals to make the best use out of Shadowflame Prism in this scenario and Necrolords get a strong single-target Legendary with Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command.

NOTE: as Kyrian on single-target with Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem you should use Courageous Ascension Icon Courageous Ascension as your third Potency Conduit, not Mind Devourer Icon Mind Devourer.

We do want to give an honorable mention to the Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess Legendary, as it can provide a good amount of benefit for a fellow party member that could end up surpassing the value of other Legendaries for yourself, but that will depend on your confidence with them. This will of course not be a DPS increase for you, and if you end up shifting your timings of using Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion to suit the person you are giving it to it could very well end up being a DPS loss, so be careful.

3.

New Legendaries in Patch 9.1 for Shadow Priest

Aside from other balancing changes for Patch 9.1 we also received 4 brand new Legendaries to craft, one specific for each Covenant ability. This means while there are 4 new ones, you will only ever be able to use one of these based on your current Covenant choice. This section will go over each one and their viability to keep you up to date.

  • Spheres' Harmony Icon Spheres' Harmony — essentially makes Kyrian Shadow Priests sync their cooldowns with Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion naturally. Can be good for single-target but will generally speaking still be behind Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism. Where this Legendary can shine is for specific situations with cooldown timing that are only possible with this reduction. It is not great generically but cooldown reduction can be very powerful for short encounters especially.
  • Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command — For the most part this is a set-and-forget Legendary that will spawn a pet to deal damage for you. This is an extremely powerful single-target Legendary and even surpasses damage other Covenants can do on single-target. Going Necrolord for this Legendary might be advantageous considering this benefit, but there are lots of other factors to keep in mind such as Soulbinds and Covenant spells like Soulshape Icon Soulshape vs. Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft. See the Covenant section for more detail.
  • Bwonsamdi's Pact Icon Bwonsamdi's Pact — This Legendary can be weird to read, but essentially this just duplicates the power of a specific Faerie from Fae Guardians Icon Fae Guardians. You can change which one is duplicated throughout the duration, but if using this you are likely going to want to duplicate the Benevolent Faerie for the extra CDR. Unfortunately this does not give much power, as it only affects Voidform Icon Voidform's cooldown and not Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion as well. De-syncing these cooldowns too much just stops being beneficial. This will likely not see any common uses in PvE scenarios.
  • Shadow Word: Manipulation Icon Shadow Word: Manipulation — This Legendary is also quite strange, and will likely not see use in PvE. In a nutshell this gives you a burst of Critical Strike after one of the Mindgames Icon Mindgames "shields" expire, meaning that if the damage or healing absorb shields are consumed you will get a percentage of Critical Strike based on how long the debuff had left on that target. While this certainly could give you more burst, it is entirely out of your control if and when this breaks leading to inconsistent damage and a potentially wasted Legendary effect.
4.

Legendary Crafting Order for Shadow Priest

Since Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash and Soul Cinders Icon Soul Cinders are non-infinite resources it is important to think about the order you should craft your Legendaries in. This will vary based on the content you do, so use the lists below as a guide.

4.1.

Crafting Order for doing Raids and Mythic+

  1. Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism at Rank 1
  2. Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command at Rank 1 (Necrolord only)
  3. Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem at Rank 1 (Kyrian only)
  4. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess at Rank 1 (primarily for Mythic raiding and coordinated Mythic+ groups)
  5. Keep each of these three Legendaries upgraded within a rank of each other, following this order.
4.2.

Crafting Order for Raiding-Focused

  1. Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command at Rank 1 (Necrolord only)
  2. Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem at Rank 1 (Kyrian only)
  3. Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism at Rank 1
  4. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess at Rank 1 (primarily for Mythic raiding)
  5. Keep each of these three Legendaries upgraded within a rank of each other, following this order.
4.3.

Crafting Order for Mythic+-Focused

  1. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess at Rank 1 (primarily for coordinated groups)
  2. Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism at Rank 1*
  3. Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem at Rank 1*
  4. Eternal Call to the Void Icon Call to the Void at Rank 1
  5. Keep each of these three Legendaries upgraded within a rank of each other, following this order.

*Both Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism and Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem have some use in dungeons where you opt to use Misery Icon Misery over Searing Nightmare Icon Searing Nightmare. This is typically just in Theater of Pain or Spires of Ascension.

5.

Best Overall Legendary for Shadow Priest

Due to current tuning and overall usefulness of Legendaries, you should craft Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism first for the best overall performance in raids and mythic+. Outside of this, for coordinated players I highly suggest keeping Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess at a high enough rank for progression encounters that can make good use of it.

To fully optimize for various damage patterns for specific situations you can also keep Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem and Eternal Call to the Void Icon Call to the Void ranked up as well in case you want these patterns of damage. These will rarely compete with Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism in overall damage, but sometimes you will want something where losing overall damage is okay depending on the trade-offs.

6.

Best Raiding Legendaries for Shadow Priest

Raiding content as a DPS will constantly throw different situations at you, so when picking an overall raiding Legendary you want something that will be able to handle as many scenarios well as possible.

  1. Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism becomes the de facto Legendary for multi-target raiding encounters, and even single-target if you are a Night Fae or Venthyr. The synergy with Mindbender Icon Mindbender requires you to use this talent when using this Legendary strictly because it is much weaker when used with Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend. Keep in mind that this Legendary does grant you some passive priority target damage due to the increased Insanity from more Mindbender melees, but typically this is not the strong suit of the Legendary. In addition, whenever fighting mobs that are not stacked you could see weird results with the Legendary, as it does prefer stacked targets as much as possible. It cleaves in a 10-yard range around the target of your Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast or Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death.
  2. Pallid Command Icon Pallid Command has monstrous single-target damage potential, especially on single-target when using Heirmir's Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone Icon Heirmir's Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone with the Bonesmith Heirmir soulbind. It is definitely something you should have and use as a Necrolord for single-target encounters.
  3. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess is a bit of a wild-card pickup, but if you find yourself not getting great benefit from the previous Legendaries, you could use this to augment another player's cooldowns. This really is not a DPS increase to you, but could be a net gain for the party. With a Power Unto Others Icon Power Unto Others Conduit, you do get a bit of a cooldown reduction, but that is only a gain if the person you are casting it on does not mind getting the cast de-synced after subsequent uses.
  4. Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem gives you a boost to your Mind Blast Icon Mind Blasts on any target if you currently have Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch, and Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague ticking on a single target at the same time. You will get a buff if all 3 DoTs are active and this will buff your Mind Blast on any target, not just the one with all 3 DoTs. This is typically not something you will find useful, since you would still want to cast into the target with 3 DoTs for full Mastery benefit, but is nice to have in Voidform Icon Voidform. In addition to the cool visual, this Legendary is very strong in single-target, but, as you add targets, your uptime on Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague naturally falls off making this harder to gain maximum benefit. With the extra Conduit slot this Legendary is no longer better than Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism in overall single-target, unless you are Kyrian. That being said, if you are looking for more consistent single-target damage rather than the 1-minute cycles of Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism this could be a good Legendary to have in your back pocket.
7.

Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Shadow Priest

Mythic+ typically leans towards wanting more AoE damage, but since you will still spend about half of your time on bosses and Prideful mobs, having single-target is still quite valuable in terms of overall dungeon damage.

  1. Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess will be the default Legendary for non-pug groups. The power of coordinated Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion cannot be overstated enough inside of Mythic+. The level of coordination required for this is typically not worth it in pug groups, but that will be your call to make.
  2. Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism is a 5-target cleave Legendary that can do great damage on up to 5 stacked targets, but in doing so you are missing out on Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear and Searing Nightmare Icon Searing Nightmare casts. Because of this you will need to think carefully if this Legendary is the correct choice on a dungeon-by-dungeon basis, particularly based on your talent choice (Misery Icon Misery vs Searing Nightmare Icon Searing Nightmare). Being able to weave this into your Searing Nightmare rotation could still produce good results if done well though, especially on lower target counts. In addition, for Explosive Icon Explosive weeks this Legendary is optimal as you will be getting massive Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death resets from the Explosives.
  3. Eternal Call to the Void Icon Call to the Void is a decent passive Legendary option that will simply respond to what you are currently doing. It procs Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay tentacles in single-target and Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear tentacles in AoE, naturally granting you more passive Insanity depending on the situation. Where this Legendary falls short is particularly in high-target-count situations where you are generating Insanity faster than you can spend it. That being said, it can still produce good results when paired with Searing Nightmare Icon Searing Nightmare if you cannot make the most out of Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism.
  4. Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem is the last Legendary to consider for Mythic+ as it does have good synergy on certain Fortified Icon Fortified keys with Psychic Link Icon Psychic Link. You typically will not opt to use this build on Tyrannical Icon Tyrannical weeks since losing out on boss damage is generally not a good idea. This build is even better as a Night Fae, and can be very competitive for dungeons like Theater of Pain or Spires of Ascension where you typically do not run Searing Nightmare Icon Searing Nightmare.
8.

Best Torghast Legendaries for Shadow Priest

If you plan on running Torghast with a group of people, consider referring to the Mythic+ recommendations if your group is large enough that you have to heal for most of the time.

Torghast Legendaries are in a similar boat as Mythic+ for us; depending on how you pull, the value will swing quite widely and there really is not a "best" Legendary for this reason.

  1. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a unique Legendary that augments your Torghast run by increasing the Torghast-only currency you get inside each run. The amount will vary, but could potentially add up to be enough to let you buy an additional Anima Power making it extremely powerful compared to our other options for Legendaries.
  2. Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism is a decent enough Legendary to run in Torghast if you are looking for a cooldown-based Legendary that has good uptime for the run.
  3. Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem can be a great Legendary to swap to on Broker floors if you get a few Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast powers to augment the build.
9.

Changelog

  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated video link.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Adjusted rankings and item slot suggestions as per Patch 9.1 changes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated Legendary rankings as per the recent Patch 9.0.5 changes.
  • 22 Jan. 2021: Clarified Talbadar's Stratagem buff and created Legendary Crafting order rankings.
  • 11 Jan. 2021: Updated Legendary rankings for Talbadar's Stratagem.
  • 03 Jan. 2021: Added embedded video to the page.
  • 15 Dec. 2020: Fixed gear slot for Echoing Call to the Void for all types of content.
  • 04 Dec. 2020: Fixed typo in statement on Haste-heavy Gloves from raid/dungeons.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Added link to video guide.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Updated Eternal Call to the Void Crafting Slot recommendation
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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