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Shadow Priest DPS Stat Priority — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 13:57 by Publik 32 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 — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

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


The Basics of Stats for Shadow Priest

The Shadow Priest stat priority is as follows:

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

Haste and Critical Strike are both about equally valuable, and you will want to get as much of these stats as possible, preferably about equal amounts of both in rating.

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


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: Madness Icon Mastery: Madness) increases the damage of your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch, Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt, Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast, Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay, Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear, and Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption.

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



  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: Updated for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 24 Jan. 2019: Swapped around Intellect and Haste/Crit in the stat priority.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Changed stat priority.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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