Shadow Priest DPS Gems, Enchants, and Consumables — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 01, 2021 at 15:11 by Publik 33 comments
General Information

On this page, we list the best gems, enchants, flasks, potions, and food you can get for your Shadow Priest, based on your stat priority. We also give budget alternatives. This page is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Shadow Priest gems and enchants.


Enchants, Gems and Consumables for Shadow Priest

This section specifically covers the optimal gems, enchants, food, and flasks to use for your character. To get a more detailed rundown of the different stats for Shadow Priest, please visit our dedicated Stats page.


Best Gems for Shadow Priest

You should use Quick Jewel Cluster Icon Quick Jewel Cluster in all of your sockets.

You can purchase extra sockets to place into any item that does not have one. For items acquired in Patch 9.1 or Season 2 you need to get reputation with The Archivist's Codex up to Tier 6. Once you get to Tier 6 you can purchase Alloy-Warping Facetor Icon Alloy-Warping Facetor to socket new items.

If you are more of a visual learner, you can watch the video guide version of this guide instead. I would suggest reading this side-by-side during the video to absorb the information the best. A full video will be published soon, but for now the survival guide gives you all the info you need for this patch.


Domination Shards for Shadow Priest

Information about Domination Shards can be found on our Gear page:


Best Enchants for Shadow Priest

Slot Enchantment
Cloak Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed Icon Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed
Wrists Enchant Bracers - Eternal Intellect Icon Enchant Bracers - Eternal Intellect

Enchants and gems will change based on your current gear, make sure you sim yourself regularly to get an idea of what to use for the various situations.

For the weapon enchant, you can choose to use Enchant Weapon - Celestial Guidance Icon Enchant Weapon - Celestial Guidance for raiding as well for the better overall performance, just know that as you get more gear Enchant Weapon - Sinful Revelation Icon Enchant Weapon - Sinful Revelation will provide more single-target damage. The gap between the two on AoE is typically much larger than the gap you would see by using the wrong one in single target.


Consumables for Shadow Priest


Best Flasks and Potions for Shadow

Once you start getting to around item level 220 you will find that using Potion of Spectral Intellect Icon Potion of Spectral Intellect in all forms of content will be your best potion. At lower item levels Potion of Phantom Fire Icon Potion of Phantom Fire is a competitive option for single target.

Spectral Flask of Power Icon Spectral Flask of Power is our flask of choice.

For Healing Potions, use Spiritual Healing Potion Icon Spiritual Healing Potion alongside a Healthstone Icon Healthstone if you have one at hand. Healthstones and Healing Potions can be used alongside each other.


Best Food for Shadow

For all cases where you want to food buff, you should always use the Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism Icon Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism. If you are just doing solo content or do not have any feasts on-hand, you can substitute with Tenebrous Crown Roast Aspic Icon Tenebrous Crown Roast Aspic or Iridescent Ravioli with Apple Sauce Icon Iridescent Ravioli with Apple Sauce.


Weapon Oils for Shadow

For your temporary weapon oil you should always use Shadowcore Oil Icon Shadowcore Oil on your weapon at all times.


Augment Runes for Shadow

Currently, there is only a single Augment Rune in the game in the form of Veiled Augment Rune Icon Veiled Augment Rune, which you should use whenever possible for the extra Intellect.


Armor Kits for Shadow

If you want to fully maximize your character, you can opt to use the new Shadowlands Armor Kits as well. By using Heavy Desolate Armor Kit Icon Heavy Desolate Armor Kit, or the cheaper Desolate Armor Kit Icon Desolate Armor Kit, you can slightly increase your total health pool of your character. In practice, you will not greatly notice this, but it is technically maximizing your consumables. In practice, this will only give you about 1% or less of your current health pool.



  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5; no changes are needed.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated video link.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Removed Intellect gem for Patch 9.1 and added note for new socket item and Chest enchant.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated default potion for typical item levels for 9.0.5.
  • 11 Jan. 2021: Updated enchant backups as per stat priority change.
  • 03 Jan. 2021: Added embedded video guide.
  • 15 Dec. 2020: Updated weapon enchant suggestion for raid.
  • 09 Dec. 2020: Added note about Intellect gems from BfA.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Added clarifying note on weapon enchant.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Added Armor Kits and slightly adjusted Potion recommendation.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for new Shadowlands consumables and enchants.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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