Shadow Priest DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Feb 08, 2019 at 20:50 by Isentropy 29 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.

1. General Gearing Strategy

With Titanforging existing, it is extremely difficult to provide one specific list of gear that will not change in any situation. Instead, it is more valuable to explain how you may want to choose what pieces of gear to wear.

Item level is rather important in Battle for Azeroth, 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 Critical Strike and Haste as it can. Mastery and Versatility are both low in value and there is not really a way to have too much of Haste or Critical Strike. 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.

2. Azerite

For a comprehensive overview of what Azerite traits are best as well as looking at what items have what traits, you can take a look at the Shadow Azerite page.

3. Mythic+

Mythic+ rewards gear based upon the keystone level you complete:

  1. 2-3: 375
  2. 4: 380
  3. 5-6: 385
  4. 7: 390
  5. 8-9: 395
  6. 10: 400

In addition, if you have completed a Mythic+ keystone in a week, you will be able to open a chest every week which contains loot based on the highest key you have completed (up to a maximum of 10). It is worth noting that you do not need to make the timer on the key to be eligible for getting loot from the chest. The rewards are structured as follows:

Keystone Level Weekly Chest Loot Residuum Awarded
Mythic 2 380 30
Mythic 3 385 40
Mythic 4 390 60
Mythic 5 390 90
Mythic 6 395 140
Mythic 7 400 210
Mythic 8 400 250
Mythic 9 405 300
Mythic 10 410 625

4. World Quests

World Quests can give you a bunch of different rewards, including valuable Azerite gear, weapons, or trinkets. While the gear possibilities are too great to list here, always try to do the World Quests that reward gear, as you might get lucky with Titanforging or Warforging. Do bear in mind that Azerite gear has no chance of getting upgraded in any way, either through Warforging, Titanforging, or getting a socket. Weapons are not able to Titanforge either, but they can Warforge up to 10 extra item levels.

5. Gearing Spreadsheet

For a more comprehensive overview of the gear that drops in Battle for Azeroth, I recommend taking a look at this sheet made by Imoral. This spreadsheet singles out items with Critical Strike and Haste and shows which Azerite gear has which traits.

6. Crafting Gear

There are two professions that give you the opportunity to craft gear as a Shadow Priest: Engineering and Tailoring. Below, you can find the pieces of gear that you can obtain through crafting.

6.1. Tailoring

Tailoring offers you two pieces of gear to craft that are Bind on Pickup when you make them. This means that you can not sell these to other players, nor can you buy them from other players.

Enhanced Deep Sea Gloves Icon Enhanced Deep Sea Gloves are item level 385 Hands, the Pattern for which you can buy from Pin'jin the Patient, as Horde, or Daniel Brineweaver, as Alliance. Once you have learned this Pattern, crafting it allows you to discover how to make the item level 400 version of these Hands: Fortified Deep Sea Gloves Icon Fortified Deep Sea Gloves. Finally, crafting Fortified Deep Sea Gloves Icon Fortified Deep Sea Gloves allows you to discover how to make Tempered Deep Sea Gloves Icon Tempered Deep Sea Gloves, the final upgrade which has an item level of 415.

Enhanced Deep Sea Breeches Icon Enhanced Deep Sea Breeches are item level 385 Legs, the Pattern for which you can buy from Pin'jin the Patient, as Horde, or Daniel Brineweaver, as Alliance. Once you have learned this Pattern, crafting it allow you to discover how to make the item level 400 version of these Legs: Fortified Deep Sea Breeches Icon Fortified Deep Sea Breeches. Finally, crafting Fortified Deep Sea Breeches Icon Fortified Deep Sea Breeches gives you a chance to discover how to make Tempered Deep Sea Breeches Icon Tempered Deep Sea Breeches, the final upgrade which has an item level of 415.

6.2. Engineering

AZ3-R1-T3 Synthetic Specs Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Synthetic Specs is a craftable Head that also has several unique Azerite traits to pick from that are exclusive to players with Zandalari, or Kul Tiran, Engineering, depending on your faction. This Head has an item level of 340 and can not be upgraded any further. These are the Azerite traits you can pick from:

There is an Azerite Head available to Engineers for every armor type, which starts at Item Level 370. This recipe can be learned from Shuga Blastcaps as Horde, and Layla Evenkeel as Alliance. Crafting the Item Level 370 version allows you to discover the Item Level 385 version, crafting the Item Level 385 version allows you to discover the Item Level 400 version, and finally crafting the Item Level 400 version allows you to discover the Item Level 415 version.

6.3. Outer Ring Traits

  • Barrage Of Many Bombs Icon Barrage Of Many Bombs gives you a chance to fire a clusterbomb at your current target. When the bomb gets close, it explodes into smaller bombs which do AoE damage when they hit the ground.
  • Relational Normalization Gizmo Icon Relational Normalization Gizmo causes your spells to have a chance to grant you a primary stat and maximum health buff or Haste and 50% movement speed for 10 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw Icon Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw causes your spells to have a chance to heal up to 4 allies for a large amount. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Synaptic Spark Capacitor Icon Synaptic Spark Capacitor gives your abilities a chance to put a debuff on your target. This debuff will deal damage to enemies within 8 yards of the target with the debuff, and causes them to do 5% less damage to you. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.

6.4. Inner Ring Traits

  • Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer grants you a chance, when taking damage, to self-heal for a large amount and remove most bleed effects as well as slowing nearby enemies by 30% for 5 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
  • Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron grants you a chance, when taking damage, to gain a large absorb shield for up to 1 minute. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.

7. Trinket Rankings

Below you will find a ranking of the trinkets in Battle for Azeroth, provided by Bloodmallet.

7.1. Trinket Rankings for Single-Target

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

7.2. Trinket Rankings for AoE

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

8. Best in Slot Gear from Battle of Dazar'alor

The list below shows the best piece of gear for each individual slot that drops in the Battle of Dazar'alor raid. It does not take into account any items from other sources. Furthermore, the below pieces are considered ideal for raiding, and not necessarily for doing dungeons or other types of content. This is mainly relevant in regards to your Azerite choices. For a more in depth explanation of what Azerite builds are viable in what situations we recommend looking at the Azerite page.

Slot Item Source
Helm Crown of the Seducer Icon Crown of the Seducer Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Shoulder Bristling Fur-Lined Amice Icon Bristling Fur-Lined Amice Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor
Cloak Loa Exultant's Shroud Icon Loa Exultant's Shroud Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor
Chest Divine Fury Raiment Icon Divine Fury Raiment Champion of the Light in Battle of Dazar'alor
Wrists Bracers of Zealous Calling Icon Bracers of Zealous Calling Champion of the Light in Battle of Dazar'alor
Gloves Manceroy's Flamefists Icon Manceroy's Flamefists Jadefire Masters in Battle of Dazar'alor
Belt Waistcord of Flowing Silk Icon Waistcord of Flowing Silk Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Legs Wavecaller Leggings Icon Wavecaller Leggings Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor
Boots Lightfeather Footpads Icon Lightfeather Footpads Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #1 Lord Admiral's Signet Icon Lord Admiral's Signet Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #2 Seal of the Zandalari Empire Icon Seal of the Zandalari Empire King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Staff Deathspeaker Spire Icon Deathspeaker Spire King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
One-Hand Goblet of Glittering Favor Icon Goblet of Glittering Favor Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Off-Hand Cursed Monkey Palm Icon Cursed Monkey Palm Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor

9. Changelog

  • 08 Feb. 2019: Added a Best in Slot list for Battle of Dazar'alor loot.
  • 22 Jan. 2018: Updated for Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 04 Oct. 2018: Added a section regarding Mythic+.
  • 15 Aug. 2018: Updated links to Bloodmallet's sims.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2018: Description of Anund's Seared Shackles updated.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updated to include recommended legendaries.
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