Shadow Priest DPS Ny'alotha Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 04, 2020 at 10:39 by Publik 32 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Shadow Priest for each boss of the following raid: Ny'alotha. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

Introduction

In this section, you will find information and guidance for Shadow Priests on each boss individually in the Ny'alotha. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for doing the bosses as a Shadow Priest.

All recommendations are progression based tips and will not necessarily be the best for an overall DPS ranking.

2.

Shadow Priests in Ny'alotha

With the nerfs to Shadow Priests this tier, you will find yourself struggling more than usually on single-target encounters like Shad'har the Insatiable and Wrathion, the Black Emperor, but you will still excel on the heavy multi-target fights you see towards the end of the raid. Because of this on many of the fights this tier we will be utilizing Misery Icon Misery on several encounters.

3.

Talent and Essence Cheatsheet

Wrathion, the Black Emperor Maut The Prophet Skitra Dark Inquisitor Xanesh The Hivemind Shad'har the Insatiable Drest'agath Vexiona Ra-den the Despoiled Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn Carapace of N'Zoth N'Zoth the Corruptor

We advise to use the following talents on Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise to use the following essences on Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise to use the following talents on Maut.

We advise to use the following essences on Maut.

We advise to use the following talents on The Prophet Skitra.

We advise to use the following essences on The Prophet Skitra.

We advise to use the following talents on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise to use the following essences on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise to use the following talents on The Hivemind.

We advise to use the following essences on The Hivemind.

We advise to use the following talents on Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise to use the following essences on Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise to use the following talents on Drest'agath.

We advise to use the following essences on Drest'agath.

We advise to use the following talents on Vexiona.

We advise to use the following essences on Vexiona.

We advise to use the following talents on Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise to use the following essences on Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise to use the following talents on Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise to use the following essences on Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise to use the following talents on Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise to use the following essences on Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise to use the following talents on N'Zoth the Corruptor.

We advise to use the following essences on N'Zoth the Corruptor.

4.

Wrathion, the Black Emperor

We advise you to use the following talents against Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise you to use the following essences against Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

4.1.

Tips

Wrathion is all about managing your movement and ensuring the most uptime possible on the boss. Make sure that you plan for your movement extremely early and get from Point A to Point B by moving small amounts when casting instant cast spells like Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt. In addition, make sure you refresh both of your dots towards the end of the Gale Blast Icon Gale Blast channel, as the boss will be out of range for a long period of time afterwards.

After two Burning Cataclysm Icon Burning Cataclysms, the boss becomes untargetable and drops several Scales of Wrathion Icon Scales of Wrathion. If you are assigned to run the debuff through the shards, save your Dispersion Icon Dispersion for this phase, as it will help your raid clear much more quickly.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Wrathion, the Black Emperor guide.

5.

Maut

We advise you to use the following talents against Maut.

We advise you to use the following essences against Maut.

5.1.

Tips

This encounter is fairly standard for Shadow Priests, the biggest thing to optimize your damage here is ensuring you are positioned to hit both the boss and the adds at all time with both DoTs. Keeping 100% uptime is essential to full damage here. During the Stygian Annihilation Icon Stygian Annihilation cast use Dispersion Icon Dispersion before going into the Devoured Abyss Icon Devoured Abyss void zone to maintain Voidform Icon Voidform stacks.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Maut guide.

6.

The Prophet Skitra

We advise you to use the following talents against The Prophet Skitra.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Prophet Skitra.

6.1.

Tips

Skitra is a very straightforward fight for Shadow Priests, and is extremely similar to Maut in terms of DPS execution. Prioritize keeping your DoTs up on the add that spawns and you will do just fine. It is crucial that in the transition phase you DO NOT stop attacking as you want to maintain Voidform Icon Voidform stacks so that when the boss comes back you don't have to ramp your damage again. If the raid allows you can maintain DoTs on other targets to sustain larger Voidform Icon Voidform stacks, but this is a small increase at best.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our The Prophet Skitra guide.

7.

Dark Inquisitor Xanesh

We advise you to use the following talents against Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise you to use the following essences against Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

7.1.

Tips

Xanesh takes the award for the simplest fight for ranged DPS this tier, as the best way to handle this is to move as little as possible. Try keeping yourself close to the center of the room (near Azshara) so you can move small amounts to dodge mechanics.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Dark Inquisitor Xanesh guide.

8.

The Hivemind

We advise you to use the following talents against The Hivemind.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Hivemind.

8.1.

Tips

Using Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol is particularly nice for this encounter due to the increase to aberration damage. You can also use Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked if you do not have Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol.

Makes sure to use Misery Icon Misery for this encounter and keep DoTs up on all targets at all times. The only reason not to DoT something is if it will die in less than 5 seconds (use your best judgment).

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our The Hivemind guide.

9.

Shad'har the Insatiable

We advise you to use the following talents against Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise you to use the following essences against Shad'har the Insatiable.

9.1.

Tips

A single-target DPS race, do your best to remain spread to avoid having to move if you do not have to.

During Phase 2, you can use Dispersion Icon Dispersion to easily soak Entropic Buildup Icon Entropic Buildups.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Shad'har the Insatiable guide.

10.

Drest'agath

We advise you to use the following talents against Drest'agath.

We advise you to use the following essences against Drest'agath.

10.1.

Tips

During this encounter, it is your sole responsibility to keep as many targets DoTed as possible, while not moving too much. If you get lucky with spawns you will be able to hit multiple adds AND the boss at the same time. Pick up orbs when adds die and then focus the boss with your main abilities while you have this active.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Drest'agath guide.

11.

Vexiona

We advise you to use the following talents against Vexiona.

We advise you to use the following essences against Vexiona.

11.1.

Tips

Vexiona is another dragon fight this raid, which has a few different options you can play with depending on your strategy. If your raid is controlling the adds and not burning them down you can use Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate, however most groups are opting to just nuke the adds which plays well to using Misery Icon Misery. You can also use Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam to destroy the adds quickly, but if too many people are running this essence in your raid it will not be worth it.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Vexiona guide.

12.

Ra-den the Despoiled

We advise you to use the following talents against Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise you to use the following essences against Ra-den the Despoiled.

12.1.

Tips

Ra-den is very straightforward for Shadow Priests, as your primary objective is to keep everything DoTed at all times while reducing movement. If you can do that you will do just fine. Be sure to pre-move your character towards the orb that you are going to kill next to get maximum DoT uptime.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Ra-den the Despoiled guide.

13.

Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn

We advise you to use the following talents against Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise you to use the following essences against Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

13.1.

Tips

As a Shadow Priest, using Misery Icon Misery here will give you a large advantage to add damage, assuming you position yourself correctly. In the first few phases try to position yourself next to the door where the add spawns, and transition yourself between doors 1 and 2 after the second dies. If you do this correctly you will be able to DoT the adds as soon as they spawn, helping kill these as soon as possible.

On Mythic difficulty, we recommend you stick with Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate, since you will not have a great opportunity to move around the room to DoT adds all the time, but enough to keep up high uptime of Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate. If you are using the no-dispel strategy in Mythic, consider using Intangibility Icon Intangibility for standing still when/if the beam targets you.

For more information, please refer to our Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn guide.

14.

Carapace of N'Zoth

We advise you to use the following talents against Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise you to use the following essences against Carapace of N'Zoth.

14.1.

Tips

Using Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol is particularly nice for this encounter due to the increase to aberration damage. You can also use Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked if you do not have Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol.

In the second phase, the raid splits into two groups and kills Mycelial Cysts to create a path to kill the Synthesis Growth, which will heal the boss while alive. To help your group with this, try to keep your DoTs up on as many cysts as possible, while still focusing the Synthesis Growth.

I would suggest all Shadow Priests talent into Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror, as this is very helpful when kiting an add that is focusing you, or stunning a team mate that is chasing you when Mind Controlled.

Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam is a great pickup here to help clean up adds in all 3 phases, just make sure to save it if adds are coming soon.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Carapace of N'Zoth guide.

15.

N'Zoth the Corruptor

We advise you to use the following talents against N'Zoth the Corruptor.

We advise you to use the following essences against N'Zoth the Corruptor.

15.1.

Tips

N'Zoth is a very heavy multi-target fight for Shadow, and gives you ample opportunity to keep your DoTs up on lots of targets. During the phases where you are killing Psychus you will be tempted to DoT all the tentacles you see, but do this with extreme discretion, as your primary objective is to focus a single tentacle rather than killing all of them. Using Last Word Icon Last Word on this fight is extremely useful as keeping targets interrupted proves to be on the most important parts of the encounter.

We have no specific reccomendations for this fight on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our N'Zoth the Corruptor guide.

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Changelog

  • 04 Apr. 2020: Added note about Il'gynoth in Mythic difficulty.
  • 22 Feb. 2020: Small tweaks to fights post mythic-launch.
  • 27 Jan. 2020: Guide updated with tips for bosses on Normal and Heroic difficulty.
  • 14 Jan. 2020: Guide added.
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