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Shadow Priest DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 22, 2018 at 16:16 by Furty 261 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 and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed by Atroxe, a Shadow Priest who plays in Encore, and by DjRiff, a theorycrafter at HowToPriest. You can watch Atroxe play on YouTube and Twitch, and you can watch DjRiff stream on Twitch.

1. Tier 21 Set Bonuses for Shadow Priest

The Tier 21 set bonuses improve the Critical Strike chance and damage of several of our spells.

The 4-Piece Tier 21 Bonus is only worth using once you have obtained at least 16k Haste. This is due to the sheer power of the Tier 20 4-Piece bonus, which is stronger than Tier 21 at equal item level. The item level disparity of Tier 21, however, eventually overpowers the superior bonuses of Tier 20 due to the sheer amount of stats.

2. Tier 20 Set Bonuses for Shadow Priest

The Tier 20 set bonuses augment our resource generation and expenditure.

  • 2-piece bonus: Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay damage increases the damage of your next Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast by 3% and its Insanity generation by 1. Stacks up to 10 times.
  • 4-piece bonus: Insanity drains 10% slower while in Voidform Icon Voidform (5% during Surrender to Madness Icon Surrender to Madness).

The 2-piece bonus is a little lackluster, though the increased damage and Insanity is nice. It is not worth micro-managing the stacking bonus, so just treat it as a passive boost to your damage. The 4-piece bonus, on the other hand, is exceptionally strong and worth acquiring as soon as possible. It is worth dropping higher item level offpieces in order to complete your 4-piece bonus due to its potency.

3. Legendary Items for Shadow Priest

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

For a single target:

  1. Mangaza's Madness Icon Mangaza's Madness
  2. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret
  3. Soul of the High Priest Icon Soul of the High Priest
  4. Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army (with best Tier 2 traits)
  5. Mother Shahraz's Seduction Icon Mother Shahraz's Seduction
  6. Zeks Exterminatus Icon Zeks Exterminatus
  7. The Twins' Painful Touch Icon The Twins' Painful Touch
  8. Heart of the Void Icon Heart of the Void
  9. Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy Icon Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy
  10. Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem Icon Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem
  11. Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army (with worst Tier 2 traits)
  12. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  13. Anund's Seared Shackles Icon Anund's Seared Shackles
  14. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish

3.1. Explanations

3.1.1. Sephuz's Secret (Finger)

Successful crowd control on an enemy grants you 70% increased movement speed and 25% Haste for 10 seconds. Overall a strong legendary if you can reliably take advantage of the Haste bonus using Mind Bomb Icon Mind Bomb. Very potent choice in Mythic+ dungeons and raid encounters with stunnable adds, such as Il'gynoth. Usually the best choice when it can be reliably used.

3.1.2. Mangaza's Madness (Waist)

Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast now has 2 charges. When in Voidform Icon Voidform this solves the problem of overlapping cooldown abilities, namely Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt and Mind Blast, from both being up at the same time by allowing you to shift Mind Blast 1 global cooldown into the future with no penalty.

3.1.3. Heart of the Void (Chest)

Heart of the Void Icon Heart of the Void increases the damage done by Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption by 75% and heals you for 40% of the damage dealt. Can be very potent in Mythic+ dungeons and scenarios with frequent cleave and AoE, assuming target priority is relatively equal. Likely the best or one of the best legendaries for the aforementioned content and an average choice for single target/boss encounters.

3.1.4. Soul of the High Priest (Ring)

Soul of the High Priest Icon Soul of the High Priest grants you the Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate talent passively. A middling choice as the alternative options to Twist of Fate are not massive damage gains, but a solid and stable damage increase.

3.1.5. Zek's Exterminatus (Back)

Your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain has a chance to increase the damage of your next Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death by 100% and make it usable on any target, regardless of their current health.

3.1.6. The Twins' Painful Touch (Finger)

The first Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay that you cast after entering Voidform Icon Voidform spreads Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch from your current target to 3 targets within 10 yards. This can be useful in Mythic+ dungeons.

3.1.7. Mother Shahraz's Seduction (Shoulder)

When you enter Voidform Icon Voidform you gain 3 stacks of Voidform Icon Voidform immediately. A strong choice for any situation.

3.1.8. Anund's Seared Shackles (Wrist)

Each time your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch tick, you gain a stacking buff that increases the damage done by your next Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt by 3%, stacking up to 50 times (150%). In practice, you will see maximum stacks in 3+ target situations between Voidform phases, generally fewer than 20 stacks otherwise. This is a weak legendary in its current state.

3.1.9. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish (Trinket)

Allows the use of a vortex of destruction every 75 seconds that critically strikes your current target and all targets within 10 yards of it.

3.1.10. Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem (Head)

This increases the healing done by Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace by 250% while in Voidform Icon Voidform, and increases all Shadow damage done in Voidform by an additional 3%. This turns Vampiric Embrace in to a powerful raid healing cooldown and provides a nice passive damage increase.

4. Loot Competition for Shadow Priest

Apart from other Shadow Priests, you will also be competing for items with the classes listed below:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Discipline/Holy Priests, and Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Discipline/Holy Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Discipline Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

5. ChangeLog

  • 22 May 2018: Updated legendary item ranking.
  • 12 Jan. 2018: Updated Heart of the Void tooltip.
  • 30 Nov. 2017: Added Tier 21 descriptions, updated legendaries.
  • 17 Aug. 2017: Updated description of Zek's Exterminatus legendary.
  • 19 Jun. 2017: Added Tier 20 set bonus explanation.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Added Heart of the Void and Soul of the High Priest to the Legendary items section.
  • 01 May 2017: Updated positions of Managazas Madness and Anund's Seared Shackles.
  • 30 Mar. 2017: Updated Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem tooltip.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated legendary priority. Made note of Sephuz potency in M+.
  • 10 Oct. 2016: Updated some mentions about legendary items.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 30 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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