Shadow Priest DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 22:39 by Publik 7 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Shadow Priest. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Shadow Priest DPS stat priority.


General Stat Priority

The general stat priority for a Shadow Priest is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike = Mastery;
  4. Versatility.

Intellect is by far our best stat, beating everything quite handily. This means gaining item level will typically be better than always having the most optimal secondary stats, as long as that piece is an Intellect increase. After Intellect you ideally want Haste on just about every piece of gear you can get your hands on. It has huge scaling potential with almost every spell in our toolkit, making it incredibly valuable. After Haste there is a giant pool where the other stats sit that are very very equal to each other. Mastery tends to be the best of these last three on Single Target, but typically starts to lose to Critical Strike in multi-target situations.

When using the talent Hungering Void you will typically see Critical Strike start rising or even equalling out to Haste depending on diminishing return values.

This is pretty generic advice, but should be good enough for starting out to gear your Shadow Priest. Be sure to sim yourself on various fight types to get an idea of what stats YOUR character wants.

Keep in mind that secondary stats now diminish in value. This point starts to diminish for Haste, Critical Strike, and Versatility at 30%, meaning it takes more rating starting at this point and rising from there to get a percentage point. For Mastery, this starts at 19% for Shadow Priests, since our Mastery point conversion value is at 0.5, bringing the cap to 15%, and we have 4% base Mastery, giving us a start to the diminishing return value at 19%. These are not points to aim for, just keep in mind once you hit these points, you will see the value of that stat diminish slightly.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.


Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority and you can find our advice on this topic in our dedicated page.


Shadow Priest: Getting a Better Understanding


Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Haste increases your spell casting speed and the tick rate of your periodic effects.

Mastery (Mastery: Shadow Weaving Icon Mastery: Shadow Weaving) increases the damage of your spells for each damage over time effect you have active on that target. This only works with Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch, and Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague. While Voidform Icon Voidform is active you get the benefit on every target as it they had all three dots active.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.



  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated stat rankings for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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