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Shadow Priest DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Yesterday at 02:49 by Isentropy 7 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Shadow Priests. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Shadow Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Isentropy, top Shadow Priest and one of the main theorycrafters of the spec over at Warcraft Priests. He currently raids in Echoes.

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. Dungeon Gear to Look Out for

There are rather large differences in power between some of the Azerite traits. Below you will find Azerite gear dropping from the dungeons throughout Zandalar and Kul'tiras that possess some of the strongest traits. This will give you a general idea of the pieces you may want to seek out with a higher priority. For a more detailed explanation of the strength of each individual trait, you can take a look at the Azerite Traits and Gear page.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Reputation Gear

In Battle for Azeroth, there is a lot of gear you can get through gaining Reputation with the numerous factions. Below you will find the rewards from these factions, separated between Horde and Alliance factions. There are also two neutral factions that both the Alliance and the Horde can gain reputation with: Tortollan Seekers and Champions of Azeroth. These will be covered in their own paragraph as well.

5.1. Horde Factions

5.1.1. Talanji's Expedition

5.1.2. The Honorbound

5.1.3. Voldunai

5.1.4. Zandalari Empire

5.2. Alliance Factions

5.2.1. Proudmoore Admiralty

5.2.2. 7th Legion

5.2.3. Storm's Wake

5.2.4. Order of Embers

5.3. Neutral Factions

5.3.1. Champions of Azeroth

5.3.2. Tortollan Seekers

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.

Embroidered Deep Sea Gloves Icon Embroidered Deep Sea Gloves are item level 355 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 gives you a chance to discover how to make the item level 370 version of these Hands: Imbued Deep Sea Gloves Icon Imbued Deep Sea Gloves. Finally, crafting Imbued Deep Sea Gloves Icon Imbued Deep Sea Gloves gives you a chance to discover how to make Emblazoned Deep Sea Gloves Icon Emblazoned Deep Sea Gloves, the final upgrade which has an item level of 385.

Embroidered Deep Sea Breeches Icon Embroidered Deep Sea Breeches are item level 355 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 gives you a chance to discover how to make the item level 370 version of these Legs: Imbued Deep Sea Breeches Icon Imbued Deep Sea Breeches. Finally, crafting Imbued Deep Sea Breeches Icon Imbued Deep Sea Breeches gives you a chance to discover how to make Emblazoned Deep Sea Breeches Icon Emblazoned Deep Sea Breeches, the final upgrade which has an item level of 385.

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:

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 (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • 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 (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • 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 (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.

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 (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles)that cannot be upgraded past item level 340 .
  • 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 (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.

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

Trinkets for Single-Target

7.2. Trinket Rankings for AoE

Trinkets for AoE

8. ChangeLog

  • 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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