Shadow Priest PvP Stat Priority, Gear, and Trinkets (Dragonflight 10.2)

Last updated on Nov 06, 2023 at 17:50 by Mysticall 15 comments

Choosing your gear carefully is important for your Shadow Priest in PvP. We give you a stat priority to help you choose items with the right stats, followed by advice on how to choose the rest of your gear and your trinkets.

This page is part of our Shadow Priest PvP Guide.


Stat Priority for Shadow Priests in PvP

The stat priority for Shadow Priests in PvP is as follows:

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

Intellect is the best stat in all situations. Versatility is the strongest secondary stat at all times because it increases your overall damage dealt and reduces damage you take. Haste is your next best secondary stat. This will help with reducing the Global Cooldown on abilities and increasing the tick rate of your DoTs.


General Guidelines

In general, Shadow Priests do not have a specific cooldown that you need trinkets to line up with. As a result, your trinkets can have a passive or on-use effect. The stat you want to be increasing is Intellect. You want to increase Intellect because it drastically increases your overall damage output. Here is the best gear we recommend you using as a Shadow Priest.

  • Head: Crest of Lunar Communion Icon Crest of Lunar Communion
  • Neck: Verdant Gladiator's Necklace Icon Verdant Gladiator's Necklace
  • Shoulders: Shoulderguardians of Lunar Communion Icon Shoulderguardians of Lunar Communion
  • Cloak: Scalewarden's Cloak Icon Scalewarden's Cloak
  • Chest: Cassock of Lunar Communion Icon Cassock of Lunar Communion
  • Wrists: Verdant Gladiator's Silk Armbands Icon Verdant Gladiator's Silk Armbands
  • Hands: Touch of Lunar Communion Icon Touch of Lunar Communion
  • Waist: Verdant Gladiator's Silk Cord Icon Verdant Gladiator's Silk Cord
  • Legs: Infurious Legwraps of Possibility Icon Infurious Legwraps of Possibility
  • Feet: Vibrant Wildercloth Slippers Icon Vibrant Wildercloth Slippers
  • Ring 1: Verdant Gladiator's Ring Icon Verdant Gladiator's Ring
  • Ring 2: Signet of Titanic Insight Icon Signet of Titanic Insight - Crafted with Versatility and Haste
  • Trinket 1: Verdant Gladiator's Medallion Icon Verdant Gladiator's Medallion
  • Trinket 2: Verdant Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Verdant Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity
  • Weapon: Verdant Gladiator's Staff Icon Verdant Gladiator's Staff

Note: It is essential to be wearing 2 PvP trinkets. This will give you a Stamina and stat boost that will increase your survivability.


Shadow Priest Tier Set

As noted above, acquiring both your 2-set and 4-set bonus is crucial. It is also important to note that ALL tier sets are nerfed by 50% in PvP. Although this nerf is significant, tier sets are still important to acquire to maximize your chances of winning. For Shadow Priest, this is your tier set:

  • Priest Shadow 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Priest Shadow 10.2 Class Set 2pcShadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death triggers 2 additional times at 15% effectiveness. Triggers again 1 additional time at 15% effectiveness if Deathspeaker Icon Deathspeaker is active or your target is below 20% health. This set bonus is fantastic for executing a kill target.
  • Priest Shadow 10.2 Class Set 4pc Icon Priest Shadow 10.2 Class Set 4pc — Each time you take damage from Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death, gain a stack of Death's Torment Icon Death's Torment, increasing the initial damage of your next cast of Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain by 225% or increasing the damage of your next Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash by 50%, stacking up to 12 times. This bonus is great for increasing your instant and sustained damage.

Shadow Priest Embellishments

Embelishments are bonuses that can be put on crafted gear. These affects can have a drastic impact on the game. You are only allowed to have 2 Embellishments equipped at the same time. Here are the recommended Embellishments for Shadow Priest:

  • Statuette of Foreseen Power Icon Statuette of Foreseen Power. This embellishment makes it so when an interrupt is used on you while you are not casting, you gain haste and are immune to all crowd control for 4 seconds. Ideally, this is crafted on your feet.
  • Infurious Legwraps of Possibility Icon Infurious Legwraps of Possibility have an Embellishment on them that makes it so after you are crowd-controlled, you get a Haste buff. This has an internal cooldown of 30 seconds. This is great because you will often be the target of choice for most teams and this buff will have high uptime throughout an arena game.

Gems and Enchants

Here are the best enchants and gems for a Shadow Priest:

  • Cloak: Enchant Cloak - Homebound Speed Icon Enchant Cloak - Homebound Speed
  • Chest: Enchant Chest - Reserve of Intellect Icon Enchant Chest - Reserve of Intellect
  • Bracers: Enchant Bracer - Devotion of Speed Icon Enchant Bracer - Devotion of Speed
  • Belt: Shadowed Belt Clasp Icon Shadowed Belt Clasp
  • Legs: Temporal Spellthread Icon Temporal Spellthread
  • Feet: Enchant Boots - Plainsrunner's Breeze Icon Enchant Boots - Plainsrunner's Breeze
  • Rings: Enchant Ring - Devotion of Haste Icon Enchant Ring - Devotion of Haste
  • Weapon: Enchant Weapon - Sophic Devotion Icon Enchant Weapon - Sophic Devotion

Energized Ysemerald Icon Energized Ysemerald is the best gem you can use.



  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
    • Updated Recommended gear.
    • Updated Tier Set bonuses.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
    • Updated Recommended Gear.
    • Added Embellishments section.
    • Updated Gems and Enchants section.
  • 08 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.
    • Updated Recommended Gear.
    • Updated Tier-Set section.
  • 21 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
    • Updated Recommended Gear.
    • Moved Trinkets to Recommended Gear.
    • Added Tier-Set section.
  • 30 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 14 Dec. 2022: Updated Recommended gems.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated Recommended Gear.
    • Updated Gems and Enchants.
  • 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 01 Aug. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
    • Updated Recommended Gear.
    • Added Tier-Set section.
    • Removed Shards of Domination section.
  • 21 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 16 Jul. 2021: Updated Recommended gear and added Shards of Domination section.
  • 28 Apr. 2021: Updated Stat Priority.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Updated Stat Priority.
  • 06 Dec. 2020: Added BiS gear list for Shadowlands.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
    • Removed outdated gear.
    • Added gems section.
  • 15 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1)
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