Shadow Priest DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 04, 2020 at 10:28 by Publik 30 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics for Shadow Priest

The current version of Shadow Priest is a fairly demanding and potentially punishing specialization. While good damage output is possible, the specialization requires good, consistent play in order to succeed. It is possible to put out competitive damage without much of the hassle however, and this page will provide you with a talent build that aims to reduce the demands of the specialization and reactivity required without causing a big drop in numerical output.


Talent Choice for Shadow Priest

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. The talents recommended here aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

Not that, in most content, you will use Shadow Word: Void Icon Shadow Word: Void instead of Fortress of the Mind Icon Fortress of the Mind. The ease of use of either is mostly up to your personal preference as, depending on your gear (and amount of stats), Shadow Word: Void Icon Shadow Word: Void might feel better to play, and if so, I would suggest using this talent.


Stat Choice for Shadow Priest

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

  1. Haste = Critical Strike;
  2. Mastery = Versatility;
  3. Intellect.

Basic Rotation for Shadow Priest

  1. Keep Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch applied on all targets.
  2. Cast Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast whenever available to generate Insanity.
  3. Cast Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay to generate Insanity.
  4. Cast Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption at 90 Insanity, or 60 Insanity if you are using Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void.
  5. When in Voidform Icon Voidform
    1. Cast Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt whenever available.
    2. Cast Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast whenever available and when Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt is on cooldown.
    3. Cast Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend whenever available.
    4. Cast Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay when there is nothing else to cast, cancelling it whenever there is a higher priority spell available.

Azerite Traits

Azerite Traits play an important role for Shadow Priest. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our Azerite Traits page for more details.

The following is currently perceived to be the best combo for most content. There are some variants you can use, but the important part is having 3 Chorus of Insanity Icon Chorus of Insanity and 1 Whispers of the Damned Icon Whispers of the Damned. Use the last 2 traits as mostly filler.



Memory of Lucid Dreams (Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams) is the preferred Major essence, generally useful in all PvE content whilst strongest in raiding environments. For Minor essences you should pick up Blood of the Enemy (Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked), Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy), and Breath of the Dying (Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes).



  • 04 Apr. 2020: Added note about talents and more detail for Azerite Traits.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jul. 2019: Added Essence recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: Updated for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 26 Feb. 2019: Updated the Stat Choice section.
  • 16 Dec. 2018: Made it clearer how best to use Mind Flay.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Changed talent advice.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 23 Jul. 2018: Adjusted talent advice.
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