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Shadow Priest DPS Uldir Boss by Boss in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 11, 2018 at 10:21 by Isentropy 20 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, you will find boss by boss strategies for your Shadow Priest for current content.

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 in Uldir

This page will be a rough outline of the bosses and mechanics in Uldir. Recommendations on this page are based on beta testing, and will focus on what you can do as a Shadow Priest in order to optimize your DPS. This is not a full guide for each individual boss. As more data becomes available, this page will be updated continuously to make sure it properly reflects what is optimal.

Shadow Priest looks like it will be able to perform at an average level in Uldir. Low single-target damage means that about half of the fights in Uldir will leave Shadow in a precarious spot, despite its burst AoE and multi-target damage being valuable on some of the encounters at the same time. The downside is that most of the burst AoE Shadow has access to is in our talent tree, presenting a trade-off that may or may not be worth it in some cases. A lot of how Shadow will end up performing will come down to tuning, however, which has not happened yet and can easily swing things in either direction.

1.1. Talent Cheatsheet

Taloc M.O.T.H.E.R. Fetid Devourer Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth Vectis Zul, Reborn Mythrax the Unraveler G'huun

2. Taloc

2.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Taloc

2.1.1. Taloc Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • With the right amount of Critical Strike (around 18%), Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits should beat out Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash and Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death on this fight on overall damage. However, if you do not have the gear for Auspicious Spirits, then you can run with either Shadow Crash or Shadow Word: Death. If you value execute damage on this fight on top of some extra mobility in the last phase, then take Shadow Word: Death. Otherwise, Shadow Crash will provide you a benefit over the course of the entire fight and is also a good choice.
  • Taloc has the potential for a lot of movement, which can make you drop out of Voidform Icon Voidform early if you get targeted by mechanics a lot. As such, while the recommended talent to take here is Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension, you may see more success using Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void depending on the pull.

2.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Taloc

  • In order to deal with Plasma Discharge Icon Plasma Discharge, use stutterstepping (as explained in the Common and Worst Mistakes section of this guide) and cast Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain instead of Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay if just stutterstepping is not enough.
  • In order to conserve space in the room, you can use Dispersion Icon Dispersion to stack up pools on top of each other, as you can stand still in one spot for the duration of Plasma Discharge during Dispersion. This also reduces the penalty for movement in this fight because your Insanity will not continue to drain during Dispersion.
  • You can use Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror to stun the slimes during the intermission and last phase should it be needed.

3. M.O.T.H.E.R.

3.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on M.O.T.H.E.R.

3.1.1. M.O.T.H.E.R. Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • With the right amount of Critical Strike (around 18%), Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits should probably beat out Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash and Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death on this fight on overall damage. However, if you do not have the gear for Auspicious Spirits, then you can run with either Shadow Crash or Shadow Word: Death. It is worth noting that M.O.T.H.E.R. takes 100% more damage in the last room, which can potentially allow Shadow Word: Death to catch up and be significantly better, depending on how long you actually stay in the last room. Another factor to bear in mind is that Shadow Word: Death gives you more execute damage, which can be valuable, and it increases your mobility in the last room, as it contains a rotating laser that does not occur frequently but lasts for a long time. Otherwise, Shadow Crash will provide you a benefit over the course of the entire fight and is also a good choice.
  • Due to the amount of frequently occuring movement on this encounter, it may happen that your Voidform Icon Voidforms can be cut short sometimes, or the time between Voidforms is increased. This gives Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void an edge over Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension, but Dark Ascension is still the recommended talent. Legacy of the Void is a viable option too, however, if you do not want to deal with the potential frustration of Dark Ascension.

3.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on M.O.T.H.E.R.

  • Dealing with the heavy movement in this fight is best countered through the use of stutterstepping (as explained in the Common and Worst Mistakes section of this guide) as best you can. Use Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain instead of Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay when just stutterstepping is not enough.
  • If you are one of the last people remaining in the room where the boss is in, help out the healer by using Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend if needed.
  • The adds that spawn from people moving through the Defense Grid Icon Defense Grid can be stunned by Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror and interrupted by Silence Icon Silence.

4. Fetid Devourer

4.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Fetid Devourer

4.1.1. Fetid Devourer Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • Due to the increased damage the boss takes starting at 50%, and the fact that there are frequently spawning low numbers of adds, Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death will probably be the preferred talent on this fight. However, it is possible that Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits can still keep up as long as you have the Critical Strike (around 18%) for it. More data is needed to definitively say what the best talent is on this fight.
  • The movement on this fight appears low enough for Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension to not lose value, and the on demand Voidform Icon Voidform it offers for the adds can potentially be very valuable depending on how overlaps end up happening. You can play Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void for consistent Voidforms if you want to, however.

4.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Fetid Devourer

  • If you took Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death, make sure to get off both charges on the slimes that spawn to maximize its value.
  • Try and make sure that Shockwave Stomp Icon Shockwave Stomp does not knock you out of range of a target for too long, as this hurts your Insanity generation otherwise.
  • You can use Shockwave Stomp Icon Shockwave Stomp to your advantage and have it knock you towards the add you have to kill, instead of manually moving to the add.
  • Be liberal in your usage of Dispersion Icon Dispersion if you have Putrid Paroxysm Icon Putrid Paroxysm to help out your healers.
  • If possible, keep up your DoTs on the boss while fighting the slime adds.

5. Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

5.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

5.1.1. Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • Movement on Zek'voz is relatively low, so this opens up the possibility to use San'layn Icon San'layn if you are comfortable with losing the mobility that Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul offers. San'layn will increase your utility significantly, but it is up to you whether you think this is worth trading the only mobility the spec has to offer.
  • Depending on what your raid needs, you can pick Dark Void Icon Dark Void or Misery. Misery Icon Misery will help you mainly deal with the three big adds that spawn better, but it will be worse at dealing with the large group of small adds that spawn. The latter is better handled by Dark Void Icon Dark Void.
  • A case can also be made for Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate, as you still get good value from all the adds spawning in Phase One and Phase Two, and then in Phase Three it provides you with execute damage (since it will be up all the time in the last phase).
  • Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash helps with the AoE parts of the fight, and you will frequently be able to hit two or more targets with it. However, depending on how long the three big adds in particular live, you may also end up seeing success with Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits, if you have the Critical Strike for it (around 18%).

5.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

6. Vectis

6.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Vectis

6.1.1. Vectis Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • Due to the limited mobility needed in this fight, you can pick San'layn Icon San'layn if you are comfortable giving up Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul for some extra utility.
  • Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death is the preferred choice on this fight because it is the most useful damage against the add that spawns. On top of that, it also gives you execute damage which is useful on a fight like this that gets progressively harder. For overall damage, both Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash and Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits can probably get close, but Shadow Word: Death is deemed more useful.

6.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Vectis

  • Make sure to get off both charges of Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death on the add that spawns to maximize its value.
  • During the intermission, help out your healers by using Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend on injured players, as there are no targets to hit anyway.

7. Zul, Reborn

7.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Zul, Reborn

7.1.1. Zul, Reborn Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • At 40% health, Zul is the only target you fight, and considering the important nature of this phase, you can opt to use Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate which also gets you a lot of value in the rest of the fight. If you feel you need the better AoE damage from Dark Void Icon Dark Void or Misery Icon Misery, that is also worth considering.

7.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Zul, Reborn

8. Mythrax the Unraveler

8.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on Mythrax the Unraveler

8.1.1. Mythrax the Unraveler Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits should technically be the winner on this fight in regards to overall damage if you have 18% Critical Strike or more, but Mythrax provides you with the opportunity to snipe Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death during the intermission and also provides you with potentially important execute damage. What will end up as the preferred talent will need more data to definitively say.
  • Due to the potential of being charmed on this fight, it may happen that your Voidform Icon Voidforms get cut short frequently. Because of this, you may not enjoy playing Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension, as its cooldown desyncing with your Voidforms is pretty bad. Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void is a much more consistent option, which is not punished nearly as much by this, but might still not be better.

8.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on Mythrax the Unraveler

  • In order to deal with Imminent Ruin Icon Imminent Ruin, use stutterstepping (as explained in the Common and Worst Mistakes section of this guide) to slowly make your way to the edge of the room, as you have plenty of time to do so.
  • If your raid allows you to, try and stand in the middle of both big adds during the intermission in order to multi-DoT.
  • Snipe Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death on low adds whenever possible during the intermission.
  • Use Silence Icon Silence on the Visions of Madness Icon Visions of Madness to interrupt their cast.
  • You can use Dispersion Icon Dispersion to deal with the damage of Imminent Ruin Icon Imminent Ruin when it comes in. This is especially important in the last phase, as you will progressively have less Health as the fight goes on.

9. G'huun

9.1. Suggested Talents for Shadow Priest on G'huun

9.1.1. G'huun Shadow Priest Talent Notes

  • While Misery Icon Misery is incredible in Phase One, it is not worth it beyond that, as you also get a way to proc Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate in later parts of the fight.
  • Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death is a great talent on this fight as there are plenty of opportunities to use it in Phase One, a couple of opportunities in Phase Two and then constantly in Phase Three (as that starts when G'huun hits 20% Health). Phase Three in particular makes Shadow Word: Death the recommended choice here, as this gives you execute damage which is extremely valuable on this fight, but also gives you extra mobility to make sure that you do not ever have to miss a cast due to movement if you play it correctly.
  • Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash will perform excellently in Phase One and will still pull its weight in the rest of the fight, but Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits is just as good in this phase. However, while they may be able to compete on overall damage with Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death, the execute property of Shadow Word: Death is far too important to not use it here.

9.2. Shadow Priest Playstyle on G'huun

10. ChangeLog

  • 11 Sep. 2018: Updated after seeing data from the first week of Uldir.
  • 05 Sep. 2018: Restructured playstyle advice and updated talent suggestions.
  • 04 Sep. 2018: Preliminary updated for Uldir launch.
  • 09 Aug. 2018: Removed Legion info and added a placeholder for Uldir.
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