Shadow Priest DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 18:04 by Publik 27 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Shadow Priest DPS gear and best in slot.

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Gearing a Shadow Priest

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Shadow Priest, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.

While gearing, item level is rather important, mainly due to the relative value increase of primary stats. In the case of Shadow, this means we want to prioritize Intellect first over any other stat; in other words, item level of gear will generally be the most important factor when looking at replacing something. Secondary stats are still important as well, however, and currently Shadow wants to focus on acquiring as much Haste and Mastery as it can. Critical Strike and Versatility are both lower in value. If it is not an obvious choice, sim your own character to find out. For a more detailed explanation, you can read the Simulations page.

1.1.

General Simulations

While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.

2.

Mythic+

Mythic+ rewards gear based upon the keystone level you complete

3.

Legendary Powers

Depending on the type of content you are doing, you will be crafting and equipping a Legendary Item for your character. To craft these, you need to gather different crafting materials, as well as learn the power associated with the legendary you want to use. The guide below tells you everything you need to know while crafting your best legendary as a Shadow Priest. The BiS list below will give recommendations for each slot, so you have options on which piece to craft depending on what gear you have.

4.

FAQ Spreadsheet

While starting out your gearing journey, I have put together a spreadsheet for you to quickly reference upgrades and things to aim for.

5.

Trinket Rankings

Below you will find a ranking of the trinkets in Shadowlands, provided by Bloodmallet.

5.1.

Trinket Rankings for Single-Target

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
5.2.

Trinket Rankings for AoE

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
6.

Stats

Many people have a tendency to overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item level gear with great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear. For more stats information, please refer to our dedicated page.

7.

Valor upgrades

With Patch 9.0.5 you now have access to upgrade gear obtained after the patch with Valor points. You can learn more about this system on the dedicated Valor page.

8.

Pre-Raid Best in Slot Gear

This item list is specific to pre-raid gearing and focuses on the best gear to get before stepping into Castle Nathria. Most of these pieces will come from dungeons, but you are able to craft some alternatives if you have those professions.

Slot Item Source
Helm Depraved Physician's Mask Icon Depraved Physician's Mask Doctor Ickus in Plaguefall
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halkias the Sin-Stained Goliath in Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Reanimator's Mantle Icon Reanimator's Mantle Amarth the Harvester in The Necrotic Wake
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Devos, Paragon of Doubt in Spires of Ascension
Chest Sinister Requiem Vestments Icon Sinister Requiem Vestments Devos, Paragon of Doubt in Spires of Ascension
Wrists Deathshackle Wristwraps Icon Deathshackle Wristwraps Ingra Maloch in Mists of Tirna Scithe
Gloves Tricksprite Gloves Icon Tricksprite Gloves Mistcaller in Mists of Tirna Scithe
Belt Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Icon Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Kin-Tara in Spires of Ascension
Legs Mueh'zala's Hexthread Sarong Icon Mueh'zala's Hexthread Sarong Mueh'zala in De Other Side
Boots Slippers of Leavened Station Icon Slippers of Leavened Station Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement
Ring #1 Signet of the False Accuser Icon Signet of the False Accuser Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement
Ring #2 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet Mueh'zala in De Other Side
Trinket #1 Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance Oryphrion in Spires of Ascension
Trinket #2 Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby Kul'tharok in Theater of Pain
Two-Hand Nathrian Ferula Icon Nathrian Ferula Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement
Conduit #1 Dissonant Echoes Icon Dissonant Echoes Doctor Ickus in Plaguefall
Conduit #2 Haunting Apparitions Icon Haunting Apparitions Mordretha, the Endless Empress in Theater of Pain

Note that there are plenty of alternative items that are also good, just look for Haste pieces with ideally Critical Strike or Mastery on them.

9.

Best in Slot Gear from Castle Nathria

The list below shows the best piece of gear for each individual slot that drops in Castle Nathria. It does not take into account any items from other sources.

Slot Item Source
Helm Confidant's Favored Cap Icon Confidant's Favored Cap Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Shoulder Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Cursed Commando Icon Robes of the Cursed Commando Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Wrists Grim Pursuant's Maille Icon Grim Pursuant's Maille Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Shadewarped Sash Icon Shadewarped Sash Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Legs Courtier's Costume Trousers Icon Courtier's Costume Trousers Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Boots Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Icon Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Ritualist's Treasured Ring Icon Ritualist's Treasured Ring Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Trinket #1 Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket #2 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Two-Hand Sinbearer's Absolution Staff Icon Sinbearer's Absolution Staff Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria

Note that, if you can get Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance or Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby at item level 226 (or equivalent to your existing trinkets), these are both very competitive options.

10.

Full Best in Slot Gear from All Content

The list below shows the best piece of gear for each individual slot, regardless of where it comes from, be it Castle Nathria, Dungeons, PvP, or any other available content. This list does not take into account the legendary you are using, but rather gives you options for each slot so you can freely craft your legendary based on what is the best upgrade for you currently.

Note that this assumes top item level for each piece in the below list, so do not drop item level just to follow this list. For dungeon pieces, you will need these to drop at the top item level tier to compete with most raid pieces at the Mythic level.

Slot Item Source
Helm Confidant's Favored Cap Icon Confidant's Favored Cap Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Shoulder Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Cursed Commando Icon Robes of the Cursed Commando Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Wrists Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Icon Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Trash drop in Castle Nathria
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Shadewarped Sash Icon Shadewarped Sash Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Legs Purge Protocol Legwraps Icon Purge Protocol Legwraps Oryphrion in Spires of Ascension
Boots Slippers of Leavened Station Icon Slippers of Leavened Station Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Signet of the False Accuser Icon Signet of the False Accuser Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement
Trinket #1 Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket #2 Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby Kul'tharok in Theater of Pain
Two-Hand Sinbearer's Absolution Staff Icon Sinbearer's Absolution Staff Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria

Generally speaking, for trinket BiS you will always use Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal. The second one can be any one of: Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby, Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device (weird to play with, be careful), Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity, or Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance.

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Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Removed note about Tablet of Despair.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added note about Tablet of Despair.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor section.
  • 07 Feb. 2021: Added overall BiS list.
  • 11 Jan. 2021: Updated BiS lists as per stat priority change.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Fixed Raid BiS weapons and adjusted pre-raid Trinket BiS.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands launch with Pre-Raid and Raid BiS lists
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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