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Shadow Priest DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 30, 2017 at 19:42 by Furty 217 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 Myst. 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 Juzu, a Shadow Priest who plays in Method. You can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 910, 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.

  1. Anund's Seared Shackles Icon Anund's Seared Shackles
  2. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret (if it can be triggered)
  3. Mangaza's Madness Icon Mangaza's Madness
  4. Zeks Exterminatus Icon Zeks Exterminatus
  5. Mother Shahraz's Seduction Icon Mother Shahraz's Seduction
  6. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  7. The Twins' Painful Touch Icon The Twins' Painful Touch
  8. Norgannon's Foresight Icon Norgannon's Foresight
  9. Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem Icon Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem
  10. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus

1.1. Explanations

1.1.1. 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 4%, stacking up to 50 times (100%). In practice, you will see maximum stacks in 3+ target situations between Voidform phases, generally fewer than 20 stacks otherwise. This is generally the second best legendary for Shadow Priests, regardless of your combination of talents.

1.1.2. 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.

1.1.3. 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. Generally speaking this is a great legendary option for Surrender to Madness Icon Surrender to Madness, as it allows for greater safety.

1.1.4. 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 25% and make it usable on any target, regardless of their current health. Not a particularly strong legendary in its current state.

1.1.5. 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.

1.1.6. Mother Shahraz's Seduction (Shoulder)

When you enter Voidform Icon Voidform you gain 3 stacks of Voidform Icon Voidform immediately. This legendary has been nerfed enough it is now a fairly weak choice, especially as it does not allow you to use tier or the Arcway 2-set bonus in its place.

1.1.7. 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.

1.1.8. 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.

2. Loot Competition

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

3. ChangeLog

  • 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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