Shadow Priest DPS Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Jan 29, 2019 at 09:43 by Isentropy 29 comments

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Shadow Priest for each boss of the Battle of Dazar'alor raid. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

1. Disclaimer

This page will be a rough outline of the bosses and mechanics in Battle of Dazar'alor. Recommendations on this page are based on personal experience and on what other people are doing, and will focus on what you can do as a Shadow Priest in order to optimize your DPS. This is not a full guide for each individual boss. As more data becomes available, this page will be updated continuously to make sure it properly reflects what is optimal.

2. Shadow Priest in Battle of Dazar'alor

Shadow is looking to be in a pretty good spot for Battle of Dazar'alor, just based on the way the fights have been designed. They fit the damage profile of Shadow much better than those in Uldir, which is encouraging. However, as always, how strong a spec ends up being ultimately comes down to numbers tuning and that has not really happened as of yet.

3. Talent Cheatsheet

Champion of the Light Grong Jadefire Masters Opulence Conclave of the Chosen King Rastakhan High Tinker Mekkatorque Stormwall Blockade Lady Jaina Proudmoore

4. Champion of the Light

4.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Champion of the Light

This fight should more or less be treated as a single-target encounter despite the fact that there are always adds present. Talents such as Misery Icon Misery, Dark Void Icon Dark Void or Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash are not worth taking here.

4.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Champion of the Light

  • Do not spend a lot of time on keeping both DoTs up on the adds, as this is more or less useless damage outside of when the boss is affected by Seal of Reckoning Icon Seal of Reckoning.
  • Try and position yourself so that you do not face the Darkforged Crusader when it casts Blinding Faith Icon Blinding Faith, as it will disorient you if you do.

5. Grong

5.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Grong

Grong is a fairly simple single-target encounter, with the occasional add you need to burn down. The talent setup recommended is therefore the standard build. You could play Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death if you really wanted to, but execute is not an important aspect of this fight so it is not advised.

5.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Grong

  • On Heroic or higher difficulty, Grong will cast Ferocious Roar Icon Ferocious Roar every so often. This fears you if you are not close to another players, so position yourself accordingly. In the event that you do get feared, you can use Dispersion Icon Dispersion to stop your Insanity draining during it.
  • Try and position yourself as close to the middle of the area as possible to make it so you are more likely to be within range of the add when it spawns.
  • Be liberal with your Dispersion Icon Dispersion usage during Tantrum Icon Tantrum/Death Knell Icon Death Knell as this is the most likely thing to kill you in the fight.

6. Jadefire Masters

6.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Jadefire Masters

Jadefire Masters is a fight where, most of the time, you will be attacking both bosses at the same time. At first glance this makes a talent like Misery Icon Misery seem attractive and while this is certainly not a terrible idea, Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate seems to be more useful overall.

6.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Jadefire Masters

7. Opulence

7.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Opulence

Once Phase Two starts, every minute or so, the main boss will spawn small adds on top of him that have to be killed as soon as possible. As such, the recommendation here is to go for Dark Void Icon Dark Void. Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void and Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension are both fine here, with Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension having a bit more burst potential on the small adds should the timings line up that way. However, considering the movement in Phase One, Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void is a safer option.

7.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Opulence

  • If you get the choice, you will want to pick up the Opal jewel once you are in the jewel room. The Emerald jewel is the next best.
  • During Wail of Greed Icon Wail of Greed, you can use Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace to help heal up the raid. This is also a good time to use Dispersion Icon Dispersion if you are low on health.

8. Conclave of the Chosen

8.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Conclave of the Chosen

Even though there are always at least two targets available to hit at all times, this fight must be treated as a single-target fight primarily as Shadow does not really gain damage from keeping DoTs up on both targets. Occasionally raptors will spawn spread out across the room, which is a perfect scenario for Misery Icon Misery, but Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate is better for the other parts of the fight. It is up to you what you want to be better at in the fight.

8.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Conclave of the Chosen

  • When you are targetted by Kimbul's Wrath Icon Kimbul's Wrath at the same time as Pa'ku's Wrath Icon Pa'ku's Wrath is going on, use Dispersion Icon Dispersion and move outside of the safe zone underneath Pa'ku's Aspect to prevent hitting multiple people with Kimbul's Wrath.
  • When Akunda's Aspect casts Mind Wipe Icon Mind Wipe on several people in the raid, try and help out your healers by hitting as many affected players as possible with Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel.
  • When Gonk's Wrath Icon Gonk's Wrath happens, multidot all the raptors that spawn and help out controlling them using Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror.

9. King Rastakhan

9.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on King Rastakhan

Although there are occasionally adds that need to be focused when they spawn, there are not enough of them and they do not spawn frequently enough for Misery Icon Misery to be worth it. Moreover, the ability to execute that Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate gives you is very useful in the last phase, on top of being able to proc it multiple times before that as well.

9.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on King Rastakhan

  • If you use a strategy that involves tanking King Rastakhan away from the raid in Phase One, try and position yourself so that you are in range of both King Rastakhan and his three guards. Still stack with the rest of the raid when Meteor Leap Icon Meteor Leap happens, though.
  • If you get to pick, stay in the Living Realm during Phase Three, as there is a lot of movement going on in the Death Realm. In addition, your multidotting makes you way more useful in the Living Realm, as three adds will spawn there, as opposed to the Death Realm where you only fight Bwonsamdi.

10. High Tinker Mekkatorque

10.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on High Tinker Mekkatorque

Mekkatorque is a pure single-target encounter, so the standard talents are recommended here. There is not much room for change there.

10.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on High Tinker Mekkatorque

When you are targetted by Gigavolt Charge Icon Gigavolt Charge, you have to hide behind something to make sure you are not in line of sight of the rest of the raid. In order to lose as little DPS to this as possible, stutterstep towards the object you have chosen to hide behind, as you have a good amount of time to do this. Then, use Dispersion Icon Dispersion once you are not able to hit the boss anymore and wait in Dispersion until your Gigavolt Charge has exploded. This stops your Insanity from draining and also protects you from the Gigavolt Charge damage.

11. Stormwall Blockade

11.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Stormwall Blockade

Although there are relatively frequently spawning adds in Phase Two, they do not occur often enough for Misery Icon Misery to be a worthwhile pick.

11.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Stormwall Blockade

  • Use stutterstepping to deal with many of the abilities in Phase One, such as Sea Storm Icon Sea Storm and Voltaic Flash Icon Voltaic Flash.
  • In Phase Two, plan ahead for Sea Swell Icon Sea Swell if you can. Ideally, you will have a Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt global to deal with the movement, but Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain is also an option - just always be casting something!

12. Lady Jaina Proudmoore

12.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Lady Jaina Proudmoore

Jaina is a fight that is mostly single-target, and occasionally has you swap to one, or at most two, priority targets. This means that the standard talents are the way to go here.

12.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Lady Jaina Proudmoore

  • In Phase One, you can use Mind Control Icon Mind Control on the Kul Tiran Marines and walk them off the boat to kill them. It is unsure whether this is intended, but it still works for now.
  • Use stutterstepping to avoid getting hit if you are targeted by Avalanche Icon Avalanche.
  • When targeted by Siegebreaker Blast Icon Siegebreaker Blast in Phase Two, get as far away from the raid as possible using your available speed boosts, Dispersion Icon Dispersion and Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul.

13. Changelog

  • 29 Jan. 2019: Added the remaining talent advice and boss tips.
  • 24 Jan. 2019: Filled in most of the talent advice and boss tips.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Added boss tips for Shadow Priest in Battle of Dazar'alor.
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