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WoTLK Shadow Priest Guide

Welcome to the PvE WoTLK Shadow Priest Guide!

We are going to tell you about the best builds and glyphs for the highest DPS in raids, what stats to choose for the gems, and some tips that can help you do a lot of DPS in raids.

If you play alliance, create a Human (The Human Spirit +3% spirit) or Draenei (Heroic Presence +1% hit) priest. If horde - orc, Blood Fury spell gives 168SP/15s buff. 


1. Talents

2. Glyphs

3. Gems

4. Professions

5. Equipment Enchants

6. Weapons Enchants

7. Rotation

8. DPS Stat Priority

9. Best in Slot

10. Consumables

11. Conclusion

1. Talents

This build provides the highest DPS for Shadow Priest.

2. Glyphs

Here are the most optimized glyphs for any situation.

Major Glyphs:

Glyph of Mind Flay

Glyph of Shadow

Glyph of Dispersion

Minor Glyphs:

Glyph of Fortitude

Glyph of Levitate

Glyph of Shadowfiend

3. Gems

Gems can change based on your build, equipment and caps, but here are the best gems.

Meta: Chaotic Skyflare Diamond

Red: Runed Cardinal Ruby

Blue: Purified Dreadstone (2x) 

Yellow: Reckless Ametrine

4. Professions

In WoTLK all professions are balanced, but the most useful professions for the SPriest are:

Jewelry – must need. 3 stones that give +117 SP.

Leatherworking - wrist enchant (+76 SP)

Alchemy - +46 SP from the potion

Enchantment - Rings enchant (+46 SP each)

Blacksmithing - 2 prismatic sockets for the gloves and wrist.

Inscription – Shoulder enchant +70 SP and 8 mana restore/5s

Tailoring – Cloak enchant +60 SP.

5. Equipment Enchants

Here is a lot of enchants that can only be used while you have specific professions, so you can manage what you need, but here is a very popular enchant build.

Head: Arcanum of Burning Mysteries

Shoulder: Greater Inscription of the Storm

Back: Enchant Cloak - Greater Speed

Chest: Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats

Bracers: Enchant Bracers - Superior Spellpower

Gloves: Enchant Gloves - Exceptional Spellpower

Waist: Eternal Belt Buckle

Legs: Brilliant Spellthread

Boots: Enchant Boots - Icewalker

6. Weapons Enchants

Here is the best enchants for 1H and 2H weapons:

Two-Handed Weapon: Enchant Staff - Greater Spellpower

One-Handed Weapon: Enchant Weapon - Mighty Spellpower

7. Rotation

Not hard rotation and provides good DPS. There are 2 rotations - opening and normal.


Vampiric Touch -> Devouring Plague -> Mind Flay -> Shadow Word: Pain


Keep Vampiric Touch,  Devouring Plague,  Shadow Word: Pain on the target at all times and cast Mind Flay as a filler.

8. DPS Stat Priority

Here are the main stats that you need. INT or spirit isn't so important, so don't focus on them.

Hit - 17% cap.

Spell Power - more - better.

Haste - 1400 cap

Critical Strike - more - better.

9. Best in Slot

Head - Sanctified Crimson Acolyte Cowl - Item - WotLK Classic (

Neck - Blood Queen's Crimson Choker - Item - WotLK Classic (

Shoulder - Sanctified Crimson Acolyte Mantle - Item - WotLK Classic (

Cloak - Cloak of Burning Dusk - Item - WotLK Classic (

Chest - Sanctified Crimson Acolyte Raiments - Item - WotLK Classic (

Wrist - Bracers of Fiery Night - Item - WotLK Classic (

Hands - San'layn Ritualist Gloves - Item - WotLK Classic (

Waist - Crushing Coldwraith Belt - Item - WotLK Classic (

Legs - Sanctified Crimson Acolyte Leggings - Item - WotLK Classic (

Feet - Plague Scientist's Boots - Item - WotLK Classic (

Fingers - Ring of Rapid Ascent - Item - WotLK Classic (, Ashen Band of Endless Destruction - Item - WotLK Classic (

Trinkets - Phylactery of the Nameless Lich - Item - WotLK Classic (, Dislodged Foreign Object - Item - WotLK Classic (

Weapon - Royal Scepter of Terenas II - Item - WotLK Classic (, Shadow Silk Spindle - Item - WotLK Classic (

Wand - Corpse-Impaling Spike - Item - WotLK Classic (

10. Consumables

Best flasks and food.

Flask of the Frost Wyrm  - 125SP/1 hour

Potion of Speed - 500 haste/15s

Potion of Wild Magic - 200 crit and SP/15s

Elixir of Mighty Thoughts - 45INT/1h


Fish feast: 80 AP, 46SP, 40 stamina.

Tender Shoveltusk Steak - 46SP, 40 stamina.

11. Conclusion

Today you looked at the Shadow Priest guide. Thank you for your attention. Hope you get better results with this guide!

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