Shadow Priest DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.2.5

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Publik 52 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Shadow Priest for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.5.

1.

Introduction

During the Dragonflight Pre-Patch, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will be simultaneously featured as Fated Raids. During this time encounters within each specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.

In this section, you will find information and guidance for Shadow Priests on each boss individually in the Castle Nathria raid. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for doing the bosses as a Shadow Priest.

All recommendations are progression based tips and will not necessarily be the best for an overall DPS ranking.

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Note: The build above uses Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem as your legendary. Should you wish to use Shadowflame Prism Icon Shadowflame Prism you can use the below build, just note that it is about 3% DPS behind on single target.

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2.

Shadow Priests in Castle Nathria

3.

Fated Raid Affixes

With the introduction of Season 3 each raid boss will have a different Fated affix.

  • Fated Power: Chaotic Essence Icon Fated Power: Chaotic Essence
  • Fated Power: Creation Spark Icon Fated Power: Creation Spark
  • Fated Power: Protoform Barrier Icon Fated Power: Protoform Barrier
  • Fated Power: Reconfiguration Emitter Icon Fated Power: Reconfiguration Emitter

These affixes are strong enough that you should try to play around them in a coordinated group. Most of them spawn relatively early on in the fight so it could be worth holding cooldowns and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust to line up with these large damage buffs.

4.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

4.1.

Tips

  • You can use Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows or Soulshape Icon Soulshape to easily line of sight quickly to keep DPSing for as long as possible.
  • During intermission phases or when you are line of sighting the boss, be sure to cast Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield on yourself to gain Insanity via Hallucinations Icon Hallucinations.

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

5.

Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

5.1.

Tips

  • To maximize damage, you should make sure you have a few seconds heads up before a Shadow of Barghast add is gripped in for killing. With this heads up, you can bank up Insanity or save cooldowns to nuke down the add ASAP.
  • As a Necrolord, make sure you get effective casts of Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova by hitting the boss with the add for max damage.

In terms of CC for the Destabilize Icon Destabilize mechanic, here are the following spells you can use as a priest to keep them locked down:

  • Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream;
  • Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror;
  • Mind Bomb Icon Mind Bomb.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

6.

Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

6.1.

Tips

This fight is fairly straightforward as a Shadow Priest, and will mostly come down to executing your single-target rotation and using your instant cast abilities to move effectively without losing active uptime.

  • Keep in mind when Consume Icon Consume cast is coming, since you will be running away from this you want to make sure to save cooldowns till after this so your burst does not get interrupted. Depending on incoming damage you can cast some spells, but typically this is not a good time to use cooldowns.
  • The boss leeches health from the tanks on each melee swing, which counts towards Mindgames reversal. So while you have Mindgames up on the boss it will continue to deal damage to it up to the shield amount as the boss tries to heal itself but instead damages itself.

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

7.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'Mox: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

7.1.

Tips

  • Do not be deceived by the adds here, this is a single-target encounter if your raid does the mechanics correctly, so you should build for that specifically. If your raiders get trapped too often that will just snowball the fight anyways.
  • You can use Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows to easily "blink" out of the Edge of Annihilation Icon Edge of Annihilation at the last second as a Venthyr.
  • Utilize Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith to easily reposition the Fated affix Chaotic Essence. It spawns as a clickable object you are able to grip. This can be useful if it spawns and you want it somewhere else or on top of the boss.

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

8.

Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

8.1.

Tips

The Kael'thas encounter is the biggest AoE fight we have in the raid, however the boss does come out during intermission phases, which are mostly single-target. I would cautiously swap to AoE/cleave talents as needed; keeping some single-target choices might be the better balance needed to kill the boss.

  • Utilizing Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova will be challenging on this boss. Since the ability does snapshot square root scaling, you need each add it hits to live for the full duration to get maximum damage. If you use this ability and a mob dies right away you will have lost considerable damage on the remaining adds.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

9.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

9.1.

Tips

No specific tips for this encounter.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

10.

The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

10.1.

Tips

  • Depending on where your raid team is struggling with this boss, you can choose to build more single-target than multi-target since the last phase will just be a single boss.
  • Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova will be extremely hard to time in this boss. Since the bosses reset their health when one of them dies, you only want your Unholy Nova to hit exactly 1 boss each cast, otherwise you are padding damage that will be healed AND dealing less priority target damage due to the square root scaling.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

11.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

11.1.

Tips

  • Be mindful of the Destructive Impact Icon Destructive Impact vulnerability phase and hold as many cooldowns as possible for this part of the encounter. It only lasts for 12s, so ideally you are using Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption just before the phase and you already have all your setup DoTs active when he phases.
  • Utilize Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith to easily re-position the Fated affix Chaotic Essence. It spawns as a clickable object you are able to grip. This can be useful if it spawns and you want it somewhere else or on top of the boss.

Below are rough guidelines you can use to time your cooldowns with each Destructive Impact Icon Destructive Impact vulnerability phase. Note that depending on the affix timing of the boss you should consider delaying cooldowns to line up better with these damage buffs. These have not been updated for pre-patch.

11.1.1.

Timings for Necrolord/Venthyr

  • 0:00 — Use all cooldowns on pull. This includes Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption, Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion, and Mindbender Icon Mindbender. Because the first vulnerability happens quickly and sometimes a bit sooner than 1 minute you should use Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova earlier than you would otherwise, just before your first Voidform Icon Voidform.
  • 1:00 — Save your 2nd cast of Mindgames Icon Mindgames/Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova for this first vulnerability window and use your 2nd Mindbender Icon Mindbender.
  • 2:10 — Use your 2nd Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption cast of the fight along with Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion, Mindbender Icon Mindbender, and Mindgames Icon Mindgames/Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova.
  • 3:20 — This is the second small window, where you will just use Mindbender Icon Mindbender and Mindgames Icon Mindgames/Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova.
  • 4:30 — This is the big push as the boss will be enraged by this point. If your group chooses to Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust here you should use your potion. The rest of your cooldowns should all be up, including Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption, Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion, Mindbender Icon Mindbender, and Mindgames Icon Mindgames/Unholy Nova Icon Unholy Nova. This is basically a re-hashed opener, and you should have everything ready to blast the boss.
11.1.2.

Timings for Night Fae

The below optimizes total cooldowns, and de-syncs Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion. You can choose to move this around based on your lust timings, these are done so that you get maximum casts of the ability while still having it for the last pillar.

  • 0:00 — Cast Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion on pull, this is done to maximize uses but still get it for the last pillar.
  • 0:50 — Cast Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption so that it is running while the pillar is active.
  • 0:55 — Cast your first Fae Guardians Icon Fae Guardians right before the first pillar.
  • ~2:00 — Cast your second Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption before the second pillar.
  • ~2:00 — Use your second Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion. As long as you use this before ~2:20 things should sync.
  • 2:25 — Cast your second Fae Guardians Icon Fae Guardians right after the second pillar (on cooldown basically).
  • ~3:10 — Cast your third Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption before the third pillar.
  • 3:55 — Cast your third Fae Guardians Icon Fae Guardians when it comes back off cooldown.
  • 4:25 — Cast your fourth Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption for the last pillar of the fight. Depending on Fae Guardians Icon Fae Guardians timings this might vary a bit, but you should get this before the last pillar. You will also use your third Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion cast for this pillar.

These cooldown timings are following the suggested Sludgefist strategy that suggests using Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust on pull or for the last Vulnerability phase where he gains his enrage. If you use different timings you might want to shake things up slightly or move your potion to correspond with Bloodlust, since you will only get one potion.

Since the vulnerability window lasts just 12 seconds, it is very important that you are already setup by the time the boss has started his charge. This means you should pre-cast your cooldowns so that they are already up and ticking by the time he has gone vulnerable. Save on hit abilities like Mindgames Icon Mindgames to use during this window. This is basically the only time where banking up 100 Insanity and double casting Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague can net you positive results. Also feel free to use Void Torrent Icon Void Torrent inside of Voidform Icon Voidform, to get even more burst damage during this window.

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

12.

Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

12.1.

Tips

This fight has a lot of add management, so depending on your raid's group AoE it might be better to build for more priority target damage so that the correct adds are dying at the right time, rather then all of them phasing at once. This fight becomes very straightforward so play it like you do normally and you will do just fine. Make sure to keep good track of when your group will be phasing; the last thing you want to do is pop cooldowns as you are about to phase into the intermission, since the bosses take almost 100% reduced damage during this phase. For this reason, it is typically better to hold cooldowns during intermission for when the boss(es) become active again.

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

13.

Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Talbadar's Stratagem Icon Talbadar's Stratagem.

13.1.

Tips

As a Venthyr you will want to try and save Mindgames Icon Mindgames in phase one for each Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger add cast. This is the red line that people soak, so typically safe to cast this as the lines go out so the debuff is up before the adds complete the charge/cast. This hit does significantly more damage than the initial hit of Mindgames, and is well worth optimizing around. Since this does not happen outside of phase 1 unfortunately this only works in that phase.

For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.

14.

Changelog

  • 26 Oct. 2022: Updated suggested build to use Idol of Y'Shaarj and Talbadar's Stratagem Legendary.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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