Shadow Priest Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 25, 2020 at 11:10 by Publik 32 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.


What is Corruption?

Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character (more so as you get more of it), but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful the affixes will be. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.


What Corruption Powers to Buy For a Shadow Priest

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

As a Shadow Priest, we recommend that you spend most of your Echoes on a healthy balance of Expedient Icon Expedient and Severe Icon Severe. Due to the relatively high cost of these vs. amount of effort to farm we suggest you only put these on pieces that are high item level and ideally crit/haste secondaries. Generally speaking you want to focus on buying Rank 3 versions of these effects only, as eventually you will be able to run one of these effects on almost every piece of gear, so you want to maximize your budget per piece.

If you have nothing that is worth adding Corruption to here and now, you should still consider buying the Corruption consumables for good Corruptions like Expedient and Severe. You never know when those Corruptions may be available on the vendor again.


Corruption Rankings for Shadow Priest

We have provided simulations below for all the different Corruptions, but we still feel the need to explain why some Corruptions are good and so on, as simulations rarely tell the full story.


Best Single-Target Corruptions

The following list will net you the best results for single-target encounters. Generally, these will be okay in other situations, but they will not excel.

  • Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound is the most efficient single-target Corruption on high item level items (475 iLvl and higher) and is very sought after. Since the recent nerf, this has dropped considerably (roughly 2%), but is still decent on extremely high item level pieces. The BiS setup would maybe run 1 of these on a 485 piece, but is not necessarily your best option.
  • Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars is a good pickup for any single-target situations where you are NOT target swapping. Ideal fights in Ny'alotha would be things like Maut or Shad'har the Insatiable.

Best Mythic+ Corruptions

The following list will net you the best results for Mythic+ Dungeons and/or heavy cleave fights like The Hivemind.

  • Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is an extremely powerful effect for dungeon environments. Be warned that this effect is very RNG-dependent, and using another effect is likely better if you want more consistent damage. Keep in mind you also need to position your character and be in range of the pack you are killing at all times.

Best Overall Corruptions

The following list is your go-to list to aim for general content. You can safely use any of these options in almost all types of content and do great damage.

  • Severe Icon Severe increases the Crit you gain from all sources and is excellent for all situations. This is generally the best Corruption, along with Expedient Icon Expedient.
  • Expedient Icon Expedient increases the Haste you gain from all sources and is excellent for all situations. This is generally the best Corruption, along with Severe Icon Severe.
  • Racing Pulse Icon Racing Pulse is a large Haste buff that lasts 4 seconds, and has roughly 33% uptime. It works well for all situations and is a solid choice.
  • Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum pairs well with Severe Corruption Traits, and is essentially a passive Critical Strike buff.
  • Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual is a solid choice. Its highest level provides 66 Corruption, which makes it good at "filling out" your Corruption allowance. It gets 20% better when there are nearby players using it as well. This is a great all-around choice and works for all content.
  • Twisted Appendage Icon Twisted Appendage not only fills a vital hole in the class fantasy for Shadow Priests, it also does decent damage throughout most things. Similar to Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation, this effect can be extremely RNG, so do not use this if you are looking for consistent throughput.

Best Corruption Combinations

Since a recent update to the game, you can now purchase Corruption effects and add them to your gear. This has effectively given us an option to build a Best in Slot list to target on your Shadow Priest.

Depending on your Azerite build, you will run slightly different builds, with triple Chorus of Insanity Icon Chorus of Insanity leaning towards Haste, and triple Spiteful Apparitions Icon Spiteful Apparitions favoring crit. The best build for each of these will maximize the amount of Severe or Expedient you can run. With maxxed out cloaks, these are the top builds.


Triple Chorus of Insanity


Triple Spiteful Apparitions

Note: this build requires over 2000 base critical strike (without counting Severe increases) before it starts to beat out the Chorus of Insanity Icon Chorus of Insanity build.


Corruption Simulations for Shadow Priest


Single-Target DPS per Corruption Point

The top chart is more generally useful. Corruption is a resource that we want to minimize wherever we can, and the top chart provides you an idea of which Corruption affixes provide the most DPS for the Corruption they add to your gear. The bottom chart is more of a showcase of the DPS potential of the Corruptions.

For the complete simulation results, check out

Single-Target Corruption DPS Overall

We do not recommend making choices based off of this chart. We recommend using the "DPS per Corruption Point" chart instead.

For the complete simulation results, check out

AoE DPS per Corruption Point

For the complete simulation results, check out

AoE Corruption DPS Overall

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Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

There are 5 negative effects based on your Corruption amount. In order of appearance, the effects are Grasping Tendrils Icon Grasping Tendrils, Eye of Corruption Icon Eye of Corruption, Grand Delusions Icon Grand Delusions, Cascading Disaster Icon Cascading Disaster, and, finally, Inevitable Doom Icon Inevitable Doom.

Your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, will have a special on-use effect that clears all Corruption effects from you. This should be used if you get hit by a Thing From Beyond while above 60 Corruption. Otherwise, use it whenever you are in a very sticky situation, such as being slowed inside a void zone. You should also use it if you are meant to be stacked with your group, and you get an Eye of Corruption on you.


How Much Corruption Should I Run As A Shadow Priest?

The amount of Corruption you run with is up to you; just note that, if you screw up and die, that will be a significantly greater loss in DPS than anything you would gain by using that much Corruption. Due to the kit of the Shadow Priest, I would suggest running below 40 Corruption for progression encounters.



  • 25 May 2020: Update after corruption vendor has been added.
  • 30 Mar. 2020: Added page.
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