Shadow Priest Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2
On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Shadow Priest, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.
1. Azerite Essences for Shadow Priests
Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.
Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.
What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.
Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.
2. Notable Essences for Shadow Priests
Memory of Lucid Dreams' Major power, Memory of Lucid Dreams, grants you an ability that increases your Insanity generation rate by an incredible amount for a period of time. Its Minor power, Lucid Dreams, has a chance to refund Insanity drained by 1 second of Voidform and increase your Versatility. This essence looks to be quite strong, just be sure to use it later in Voidform to get full benefit. Initial thoughts are to use it at high stacks (20+) when below 50 Insanity to initially get some benefit out of it when used. If you have enough Haste, you will get to the same point every time the Major Essence comes back off cooldown.
Vision of Perfection's Major power, Vision of Perfection, grants you a passive ability that give all of your spells a chance to activate Shadowfiend (or Mindbender) for 35% of its base duration. When this procs, you and 2 other allies also gain a small amount of Haste for a short duration. The Minor power for this essence, Strive for Perfection, reduces the cooldown of Shadowfiend (or Mindbender) and increases your Versatility by a very small flat amount.
3. Essence Rankings for Shadow Priest
As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.
3.1. Major Essences
3.2. Minor Essences
- 25 Jun. 2019: Page added.
- Eternal Palace Race Day 2: 5/8, Method and Limit Exchanging the Lead
- Quick LFR Wing 1 Tips from WoW Instagram
- Patch 8.2 Hotfixes: July 17th
- WoW Classic Global Stress Test Postponed
- World First Glory of the Eternal Raider Completed
- Eternal Palace Race Day 1: 3/8 Down, Ashvane Stands + Kill Videos
- Not a Bug List Updated with Many Issues
- Conflict and Strife Rank 2 Hotfix Now Live
- Frost Death Knight 8.2
- Knight85's home for probably stupid questions
- Essence Guide
- Destruction Warlock 8.2
- Arcane Mage PvP 8.1.5
- Priest Leveling Guide
- Frost Mage 8.2
- Protection Warrior 8.2