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Shadow Priest DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 22, 2018 at 09:13 by Furty 261 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Shadow Priest in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Shadow specialization is currently able to deal medium ranged single-target damage and high sustained multi-DoT damage. It presents players with a complex rotation that is very challenging, yet equally rewarding when correctly executed.

The Shadow Priest playstyle is very reliant on the use of DoTs, and we tend to be at our best when several targets are present. Shadow excels at cleave and is not limited by spread targets, something many other specializations can struggle with.

2. Patch 7.3.2 Changes for Shadow Priest

3. Patch 7.3 Changes for Shadow Priest

  • Shadow Priest animations for spells have been overhauled.
  • Can now jump while Levitate Icon Levitate is active.

4. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Shadow Priest

5. Shadow Priest Strengths

  • Mid tier single-target
  • Exceptional spread cleave
  • Handles short bursts of movement very well within Voidform Icon Voidform

6. Shadow Priest Weaknesses

  • Weak AoE
  • Burst damage requires significant planning in advance

7. Shadow Priest Viability in the Current Patch

Shadow is currently an above average damage dealer in Patch 7.3.5. It occupies the spread cleave niche, a role it fills very well compared to the rest of the pack. Single target damage is respectable, however, we bring the most to the table when we are able to make use of our multitarget pressure and exceptional ability to deal with spread targets. Ultimately, Shadow Priests fall behind Affliction and Destruction Warlocks, but pull ahead of the rest of the Ranged DPS when considering the overall spectrum of balance.

8. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 11 pages:

9. ChangeLog

  • 22 Feb. 2018 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 18 Feb. 2018 (this page): Updated several sections.
  • 06 Feb. 2018 (bosses page): Antorus, the Burning Throne recommendations added.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 3 hierarchy to match the changes made to the artifact page.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Updated Heart of the Void tooltip.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 21 descriptions, updated legendaries.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Added a new note about Shadow Crash in dungeons.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added 7.3.2 changes.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 and Tier 3 hierarchy.
  • 13 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Moved Dark Sorrows up in the hierarchy based on recent buffs.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated to match recent rebalancing; updated Tier 2 results based on new data from SimCraft.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Shadow Priest.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Redesigned consumables section, added a note about Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.3 changes, updated description, strengths/weaknesses, and viability.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (spells page): Fixed typo in the Dispersion section.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent tiers 2 and 5 for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Void Bolt section.
  • 20 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Corrected spelling error.
  • 17 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated description of Zek's Exterminatus legendary.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (stats page): Tweaked the stat priority.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (artifact page): Added weapon item levels to relic priority.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Fixed LotV description.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (this page): Reworded the viability section.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (enchants page): Changed neck enchant to Mark of the Claw.
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added notes on Auspicious Spirits vs. San'layn
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 set bonus explanation.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Added a few notes about the T20 4-piece bonus. Ready for 7.2.5.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Removed Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Swapped Body and Soul/San'layn/Power Infusion for Mania/Auspicious Spirits/Mindbender.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Minor adjustment to post 35 maxing order.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Adjusted talents further (higher priority on Mindbender in low target situations).
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Page is not yet completely updated for 7.2.5. More changes to follow very soon.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Heart of the Void and Soul of the High Priest to the Legendary items section.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5. The stat priority update did not impact the gems, enchants, or consumables.
  • 17 May 2017 (rotation page): Fixed drain stacks example to match provided formula.
  • 01 May 2017 (enchants page): Removed mention of Potion of Deadly Grace.
  • 01 May 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of Metronome Haste value.
  • 01 May 2017 (this page): Updated strengths.
  • 01 May 2017 (easy mode page): Removed mention of Auspicious Spirits.
  • 01 May 2017 (spells page): Updated Dispersion description.
  • 01 May 2017 (rotation page): Small update to Power Infusion description.
  • 01 May 2017 (talents page): Marked Fortress of the Mind with an X (as in, not recommended), updated Surrender to Madness description.
  • 01 May 2017 (gear page): Updated positions of Managazas Madness and Anund's Seared Shackles.
  • 01 May 2017 (artifact page): Moved Touch of Darkness and To the Pain higher in 7.2 order priority. Added paragraph discussing item levels for relics.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem tooltip.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 26 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes section.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Mind Flay macro.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added a Surrender cheat sheet and time stamps for the end tier talents.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Revamped intro. Added Patch 7.1.5 changes section, added strengths/weaknesses section, and added Viability section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary priority. Made note of Sephuz potency in M+.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Small update to easy mode talents for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Patch 7.1.5 update.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Full overhaul. Revised formatting, updated for 7.1.5, and added additional information.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Revamped talent section. Added cheat sheet talent builds and updated talents for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated stats for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Shadow Priest.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Body and Soul description to account for its current movement speed bonus and duration.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (this page): Removed mention of Shadowform always being on, since this was changed in patch 7.1.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Slightly improved the Shadowform mention at the start of the guide.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Added a mention of how having Mangaza's Madness can affect Relic choice and also added a clarification of how to account for item level differences provided by different Relics.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention of Shadowform (you should always have it active).
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Void Ray description, moved Power Infusion to being the recommended choice, and removed a mention about Mangaza's Madness influencing talent choice.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the Relic priority.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated some mentions about legendary items.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the page to reflect that Haste gems should be taken in all slots.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Made various updates and improvements to account for the repeated changes to Dispersion and Void Torrent.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the page to account for the fact that you no longer gain Voidform stacks while Dispersion and Void Torrent are active.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchants to Mark of the Hidden Satyr.
  • 15 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priorities.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 30 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Corrected the duration of Vampiric Touch from 24 to 18 seconds, which was a change that came in a recent hotfix.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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