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Shadow Priest DPS Spell Summary in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018 at 18:11 by Isentropy 9 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Shadow Priest.

The other pages of our Shadow Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Isentropy, top Shadow Priest and one of the main theorycrafters of the spec over at Warcraft Priests. He currently raids in Echoes.

1. Shadow Priest Spell Summary

If you are new to Shadow, this is a great place to start to get an understanding of how the spec works. On this page we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialisation, how they interact with each other and also with important cooldowns. If you already have experience with Shadow and are comfortable with it in Legion, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resource for Shadow Priest

Insanity is your primary resource as a Shadow Priest. All of our offensive abilities generate Insanity. The goal is to generate 90 Insanity (60 Insanity with the Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void talent) in order to enter Voidform Icon Voidform, at which point you go into an enhanced state during which your Insanity is progressively drained and if you run out of Insanity, Voidform ends. Once you drop out of Voidform you will want to build Insanity again like before and then go back into Voidform, repeating the process. Insanity management is a crucial part of playing a Shadow Priest.

Mana is your secondary resource as a Shadow Priest. Most of our utility spells cost Mana to use, though managing Mana attentively is generally not required.

3. Basic Abilities for Shadow Priest

These are your core skills that are available regardless of talents, and form the core gameplay of the specialization.

Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption has a 2.5-second cast time (reduced by Haste), at the end of which you enter Voidform Icon Voidform. Void Eruption also deals a big burst of damage to all enemies within 10 yards of your target. The Shadow rotation is altered while you are inside of Voidform, and this is the part of the gameplay that is the most complex. During Voidform, the cooldown of Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast is reduced by 1.5 seconds, and you gain 0.5% Haste per second (multiplicatively).

Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt is an ability that replaces Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption while Voidform Icon Voidform is active. It is instant cast and it deals damage to the target, adding 3 seconds to the existing durations of Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch to the target and all nearby targets, on top of also generating Insanity.

Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain is one of your two DoTs. It deals Shadow damage to the target over time, and generates Insanity on application.

Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch is one of your two DoTs. It deals Shadow damage to the target over time, heals you for 50% of the damage dealt, and generates Insanity on application.

Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast deals damage to a single target, which has a 7.5-second cooldown, affected by Haste, and which generates a high amount of Insanity. It is generally one of your highest priority spells. Its cooldown is also reduced once you go into Voidform Icon Voidform.

Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay is a channeled spell that deals Shadow damage to the target and slows their movement speed by 50%. It generates Insanity, has no cooldown, and is used as a filler throughout your rotation.

Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear is a channeled spell that deals Shadow damage to your target and all other targets within 10 yards. It generates Insanity per target hit and serves as the replacement of Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay in the rotation if there are 3 or more targets. It is also our only baseline on demand AoE spell.

4. DPS Cooldowns for Shadow Priest

Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend has a 3-minute cooldown and it summons a shadowy fiend that attacks your target for 12 seconds. It is a fairly decent increase in DPS when used, and is considered an offensive cooldown. Ideally it should be paired with high Haste buffs such as high Voidform Icon Voidform stacks and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust.

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