The ultimate PvE guide for Shadow Priest. Find out about the best spec, optimized rotations, macros and desirable gear to become the best DPS Priest in Classic WoW.
Despite being primarily healers, priests can also use the power of Shadow to inflict magical damage to your enemies at range. Because of these two possibilities, priests are welcome to any group, especially during the leveling phase. Indeed, even in Shadow Spec, priests can both heal or DPS depending on what is needed at the moment.
Even though they don’t have as much firepower as a mage or a warlock, SPs (Shadow Priests) can nonetheless be useful because some of their damage spells also provide some healing.Once at max level, Shadow Priests are notable for their various utility spells, allowing them to fulfill multiple roles during a fight. While they’re primarily DPS during raids, SPs can, if things go awry, start providing the raid with healing support, and protect from damage thanks to his Shield spell, in order to prevent a wipe.
Depending on the encounter, there is quite a bit of freedom in talent choice. For the purposes of this guide, we will focus on giving you a solid « basic » spec, with the reasoning behind certain choices, that you can then adapt to your needs. You will also find other archetypes in this guide.
The main issue with Shadow Priests, as for nearly all the classes that use mana, is the passive mana regeneration. Even if you strictly follow the recommended rotations, you will always have to use your wand at times in order to get some mana back. On this archetype, you will notice that we pick Méditation or Sagacité in order to alleviate this problem.
While there are multiple possible builds, there are some talents you should always have no matter what in order to be able to DPS properly:
The bread and butter, polyvalent Shadow Pries spec. Use
this spec as a basis and then look at the alternative possibilities below.
Phase 1 and 2 : A first choice to make up for a lack of gear.
Phase 3 : A more common solution for this phase.
Final phase: an alternative for PvE.
Spell rotations will vary depending on how long the fight will last. In order to maximize the power at your disposal, you need to be familiar with the fight as well as your group’s DPS before casting your first spell.
Your job is as follows: constantly maintaining Tissage de l'ombre , not going oom, and doing as much damage as possible.
Short fight – less than a minute:
Long fight – over a minute (Boss) :
Try to synchronize your mana bar with the Boss’ health bar, percentage-wise. If the boss’ health is at 60%, your mana should be at 60%.In order to regain mana during a fight, you can use a Rune démoniaque (losing some Health), or drink a Potion de mana majeure.
Here are a few numbers on how mana-efficient Shadow Priests’ spells are. 1 = most mana efficient.
Stats priority for Shadow Priests in PvE.
Spell hit – The most important stat : thanks to your Focalisation de l'ombre (5/5) talent, you passively have a 10% higher chance to hit your target, which means you only need 6% spell hit chance on your gear to reach the hit cap
Spell power – to increase your spell damage. You want as much of this as you can. No cap.
MP5 (Mana per 5 seconds) – Very important so you don’t end up oom (out of mana) mid-fight. Find a balance of MP5 and Spell Power for long fights.
Intelligence – Intelligence increases both your mana pool and your critical chance. Very good stat for short fights where mana regen isn’t an issue
Spell critical chance – The only spell you use that is affected by spell critical chance is Attaque mentale. DoTs cannot crit in WoW Classic (unlike Retail). If you get some on your gear, fine, but you shouldn’t go out of your way to get any.
Spirit – Don’t focus on Spirit. This stat is mainly useful for healers. DPS gear has very little of it and you won’t have time to gain much regen from it as a DPS. The regen bonus you gain from Méditation is therefore pretty weak.You can find here lists of the best possible equipment your Shadow Priest can use in PvE thanks to our « Best-in-slot » tool below: Priest BIS Gear Guide
Unlike most pure DPS classes (Mage/Warlock), Shadow Priests need numerous potions, whether for their daily routine or in raids. You need to have some in your bags at all times.
You will find below a non-exhaustive list of some necessary consumables for raiding.
Mana Regeneration :
Well fed buff + Regen :
Protection against elements :
Increasing your damage / Regen :
There are many more consumables that can be useful for specific encounters or hard bosses.
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