Shadow Priest DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5
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.
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.
While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.
Mythic+ rewards gear based upon the keystone level you complete
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.
While starting out your gearing journey, I have put together a spreadsheet for you to quickly reference upgrades and things to aim for.
Below you will find a ranking of the trinkets in Shadowlands, provided by Bloodmallet.
Trinket Rankings for Single-Target
Trinket Rankings for AoE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Generally speaking, for trinket BiS you will always use Cabalist's Hymnal. The second one can be any one of: Soulletting Ruby, Inscrutable Quantum Device (weird to play with, be careful), Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity, or Empyreal Ordnance.
- 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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