Shadow Priest DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 14, 2019 at 12:30 by Publik 29 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5, 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.


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.



Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams is the preferred Major essence. If you do not have access to Memory of Lucid Dreams, Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance is great when multiple allies also have Worldvein Resonance as their Major or Minor. If not you can also use Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame.



  • 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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