Shadow Priest DPS Vault of the Incarnates Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Publik 52 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: Vault of the Incarnates. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

1.

Introduction

Below, you can find class and spec-specific advice for every fight in Vault of the Incarnates. If you are looking for a general overview of the Raid that is not spec-specific, check out our dedicated Vault of the Incarnates guides.

On this page, you will find Shadow Priest specific information to deal with each boss in the Vault of the Incarnates raid. These are not complete encounter guides but specific tips for doing the bosses as a Shadow Priest.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Shadow Priest and how you can deal with each fight as best as possible.

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

2.

Dragonflight Raid Talent Builds for Shadow Priest

Single Target Single Target + Shadow Crash Multi-Target AoE
3.

Single Target Void Eruption Build for Shadow Priest

This build is the default single target build for Shadow, performing ahead of Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension, particularly whenever there is any movement involved.

Suggested Encounters:
  • Terros
  • Kurog Grimtotem

If you are able to fully turret during the fight you might prefer the below version with Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension.

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Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the build directly into your game!

3.

Single Target with Shadow Crash Build for Shadow Priest

This build is nearly identical to the single target build but picks up Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash and Whispering Shadows Icon Whispering Shadows to give you the ability for easy DoTing of many adds without compromising your single target damage much (less than 3%).

Suggested Encounters:
  • Eranog
  • Sennarth
  • Dathea, Ascended
  • Broodkeeper Diurna
  • Raszageth

If you prefer to run Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption here is the top build with Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash:

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Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the build directly into your game!

3.

Multi-Target AoE Build for Shadow Priest

This build tailored to handle stacked council type bosses. With this build, you should spread Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague around as much as possible while making sure the bosses die at roughly the same time. Be sure to always be focusing the target that has the highest remaining duration left on Devouring Plague to maximize our Mastery.

Suggested Encounters:
  • The Primal Council
  • Broodkeeper Diurna - if full-time on adds in Phase 1

Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the build directly into your game!

2.1.

General Defensive Usage Notes

Shadow Priest has several defensive spells that you should plan to use and rotate throughout mechanics. You should opt to use the smaller cooldown spells often as needed with incoming mechanics and save bigger cooldowns like Dispersion Icon Dispersion for large incoming damage.

  • Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal with Protective Light Icon Protective Light talented.
  • Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield for a small absorb.
  • Fade Icon Fade with Translucent Image Icon Translucent Image talented.
  • Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer
  • Dispersion Icon Dispersion
2.2.

General Cooldown Usage Notes

As a Shadow Priest, you want to generally sync up your cooldown together. The typical sequence for cooldowns is the following:

  1. Use Nymue's Unraveling Spindle Icon Nymue's Unraveling Spindle if equipped.
  2. Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend or Mindbender Icon Mindbender
  3. Use damage-only trinkets like Belor'relos, the Suncaller Icon Belor'relos, the Suncaller if equipped.
  4. Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption or Dark Ascension Icon Dark Ascension
  5. Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion
  6. Other on-use trinkets like Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus

Note that with Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend, it does not sync nicely with certain cooldowns, but you should still plan to use this on cooldown. For more information, check out the rotation page.

In addition to the general rotation, you want to keep in mind that your goal is to use your cooldowns as often as possible during an encounter. With that in mind, your secondary goal is to use them at the correct time.

I highly suggest using some Addon or WeakAura to track the estimated time to die of your target/boss target. Method Raid Tools has this as an option if you are already using this addon. By tracking time to die, if you know that you can only fit one more cycle of your cooldowns in before the boss dies, you can choose to hold these cooldowns to better line up with Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate, Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust, or any other mechanic that would make burning cooldowns better.

3.

Eranog

3.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the single target with Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash build.
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3.2.

Defensive Usage

  • No specific defensive usage to mention.
3.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash should line up for every add set. With good timing, you can cast this just before the adds actually spawn but still get the timing right to hit them all before they start moving.
3.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • The boss will frequently require you to move short distances when casting Molten Spikes Icon Molten Spikes. If you know this is coming soon, try to save up instant cast spells.
  • You can use Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel on the Leaping Flames Icon Leaping Flames DoT effect from the Flamescale Captain on Mythic difficulty.
3.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart Icon Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  3. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  4. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus
  5. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)

For more information, please refer to our Eranog guide.

4.

Terros

4.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the single target build.
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4.2.

Defensive Usage

  • Be sure to use Fade Icon Fade and/or Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light (with Protective Light Icon Protective Light) before soaking Rock Blast Icon Rock Blast.
4.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • No specific cooldown timings to mention.
4.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith can help position members quickly for Awakened Earth Icon Awakened Earth. Careful doing this in Mythic to not remove Infused Fallout Icon Infused Fallout stacks without realizing it.
4.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Nymue's Unraveling Spindle Icon Nymue's Unraveling Spindle
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  3. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  4. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)
  5. Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart Icon Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart

For more information, please refer to our Terros guide.

5.

The Primal Council

5.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the multi-target AoE build.
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  • If you are being put into the kick rotation, you might consider swapping out Mental Fortitude Icon Mental Fortitude or Mind Devourer Icon Mind Devourer for Silence Icon Silence. Only do this if this is required for you to make the kick order timings as this is either a defensive or offensive loss.
5.2.

Defensive Usage

  • While you can soak both circles of Meteor Axes Icon Meteor Axes with Dispersion Icon Dispersion I would suggest holding, if possible, and just soaking one.
5.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • No specific cooldown timings to mention.
5.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • Be sure to spread Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague across targets as you get enough Insanity. Always be targeting something that actively has it ticking.
5.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Tome of Unstable Power Icon Tome of Unstable Power
  2. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  3. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  4. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)
  5. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus

For more information, please refer to our The Primal Council guide.

6.

Sennarth, the Cold Breath

6.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the single target with Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash build.
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6.2.

Defensive Usage

  • No specific defensive usage to mention.
6.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • The big spider add is going to be the biggest priority. Make sure to focus on this as soon as it spawns. Consider holding spell cooldowns like Void Torrent Icon Void Torrent to get this down quickly.
  • Hold Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash if little spiders will be spawning soon, do not delay this more than a few seconds, though.
6.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • Use Fade Icon Fade with Phantasm Icon Phantasm to help mitigate the various slow effects if needed.
  • If your positioning is compromised during Gossamer Burst Icon Gossamer Burst, you can use Dispersion Icon Dispersion or other movement abilities to try and fight this off.
  • Avoid rushing up the stairs during intermissions. You can save up procs or other instant casts to move at your own pace. If done correctly, you will retain boss uptime.
  • Ideally, you should be sending your casts of Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash casts for the little spiders and then ignoring them. If you do not have Shadow Crash available make sure you tag at least one spider with something to trigger Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate.
6.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart Icon Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  3. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  4. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus
  5. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)

Note: Tome of Unstable Power Icon Tome of Unstable Power could proc on adds and do a lot of damage, but typically this is not relevant for progression.

For more information, please refer to our Sennarth guide.

7.

Dathea, Ascended

7.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, you should use a different build if you are planning on going to a platform, otherwise stick with the basic single target setup.
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7.2.

Defensive Usage

  • No specific defensive usage to mention.
7.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • Save Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace for the intermission. With healers being split, this is where it will be the most useful. If on Mythic, saving for a platform might make more sense for your group, though.
7.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • No specific mechanical tips to mention.
7.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart Icon Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  3. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  4. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus
  5. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)

For more information, please refer to our Dathea guide.

8.

Kurog Grimtotem

8.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the single target build. If you are struggling to deal enough add damage consider using the add damage build with Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption.
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8.2.

Defensive Usage

  • No specific defensive usage to mention.
8.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • No specific cooldown timings to mention.
8.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • If your group is struggling with getting hit by too many Frigid Torrent Icon Frigid Torrent or you are just starting progression, consider talenting into Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel to help out the healers.
  • During the intermission, the boss is immune, but you can continue to generate Insanity from things like Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits. Typically this makes it worth it to maintain your DoTs on him even during this phase. Still, re-dotting should be a low priority and something other than something to do while cooldowns are active.
8.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  2. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  3. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus
  4. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)
  5. Tome of Unstable Power Icon Tome of Unstable Power (Good for add damage)

For more information, please refer to our Kurog Grimtotem guide.

9.

Broodkeeper Diurna

9.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the single target with Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash build for most setups. If you are full-time on the adds in Phase 1 you can consider going the add damage variant, but this is a loss in the last phase which is all single target and arguably the challenging part of the fight.
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9.2.

Defensive Usage

  • No specific defensive usage to mention.
9.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • No specific cooldown timings to mention.
9.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • While the boss needs to be 50 yards away from the adds, it is possible to hit the boss and the adds simultaneously with good tank positioning. Focus your damage on one or the other based on your group's needs. Simply throwing a Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash at an add pack to get Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate procs will substantially help out your priority damage on the boss.
  • You can use Fade Icon Fade with Phantasm Icon Phantasm to break either Icy Shroud Icon Icy Shroud or Frozen Shroud Icon Frozen Shroud.
  • Cast Dispel Magic Icon Dispel Magic to dispel the Cauterizing Flashflames Icon Cauterizing Flashflames HoT from the Dragonspawn Flamebender. You can also use Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel for Icy Shroud Icon Icy Shroud and Frozen Shroud Icon Frozen Shroud.
9.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart Icon Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  3. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  4. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus
  5. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)

Note: Tome of Unstable Power Icon Tome of Unstable Power could proc on adds and do a lot of damage if you are looking for Phase 1 damage, but outside of that will not be very helpful on the boss itself.

For more information, please refer to our Broodkeeper Diurna guide.

10.

Raszageth the Storm-Eater

10.1.

Talents/Build

  • For this boss, we suggest the single target with Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash build.
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  • If you need Silence Icon Silence for the orbs you can drop either Mental Fortitude Icon Mental Fortitude or Mind Devourer Icon Mind Devourer, but most groups should have this covered.
10.2.

Defensive Usage

  • No specific defensive usage to mention.
10.3.

Cooldown Timings

  • Consider saving cooldowns to line up with the shield phases after the add platform.
10.4.

Mechanical Tips

  • You can use Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel to help quickly dispatch sparks.
10.5.

Top Trinkets

  1. Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart Icon Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  3. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence (All Allies)
  4. Spoils of Neltharus Icon Spoils of Neltharus
  5. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon (At least a Healer or Tank)
10.6.

Mythic Hurricane Wing Guide

On Mythic, you need to use abilities to counter the various casts of Hurricane Wing Icon Hurricane Wing that pushes you back. Most groups will get 4 sets of this mechanic with current gearing, and as a Shadow Priest, we only have a few tools to combat this. Use the below as a rough guide:

  1. Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield (with Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul) and Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather
  2. Warlock Gateway
  3. Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield (with Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul) and Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather
  4. NEED SOMETHING SPECIAL (see below)
  5. Warlock Gateway (usually skipped)

Alternatively, you can choose to change the order to Gateway on sets 1 and 4 if you know you will not get the 5th set. Doing this means you do not need help from a racial or external, but it does mean for the 2nd set, you will need to get back to the group quickly for the sparks that happen directly after, or plan to deal with yours on your own.

For soaks where you are not using Warlock Gateway, you typically will have Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar or Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem and can delay your Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield or Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather until after that effect goes away since they do not stack. Any sets where you are relying on this are very easy to mess up; you need to make sure you are very close to the boss before the cast to make it, especially after the first set.

For any set after 3, if you are not using the Gateway, you need help from outside our kit. This can be done with any of the following in no particular order:

  • An Evoker's Rescue Icon Rescue
  • Goblin's Rocket Jump Icon Rocket Jump
  • Void Elf's Spatial Rift Icon Spatial Rift

For more information, please refer to our Raszageth guide.

11.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Update builds for Season 4 and add top trinkets per boss.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 26 Feb. 2023: Update Raszageth talents to default to Dark Ascension and add more options to winds guide.
  • 23 Feb. 2023: Add basic guide for Mythic Raszageth winds.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Update Dathea suggestions.
  • 04 Feb. 2023: Update builds for fights to use Void Eruption more for cleave fights.
  • 26 Jan. 2023: Small adjustment to Kurog non-Mythic build.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Update talent builds from 10.0.5 changes.
  • 13 Jan. 2023: Correct Void Torrent suggestion for Sennarth.
  • 05 Jan. 2023: Remove incorrect suggestion for Mass Dispel on Sennarth.
  • 04 Jan. 2023: Simplify talent builds.
  • 23 Dec. 2022: Update talent builds from Screams of the Void bug.
  • 21 Dec. 2022: Update most talent suggestions after week 1 of raid.
  • 13 Dec. 2022: Add alternative single target build for a few encounters that has more burst.
  • 12 Dec. 2022: Swap to Idol of Y'Shaarj instead of Yogg-Saron for Eranog.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Page added.
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