Best in Slot Guide for BfA

Shadow Priest PvE Guide

Game Patch
BfA 8.3.7
Last Updated
August 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Shadow Priest DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

Boss

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Talents

15
Fortress of the Mind
Shadowy Insight
Shadow Word: Void
30
Body and Soul
San'layn
Intangibility
45
Twist of Fate
Misery
Dark Void
60
Last Word
Mind Bomb
Psychic Horror
75
Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Word: Death
Shadow Crash
90
Lingering Insanity
Mindbender
Void Torrent
100
Legacy of the Void
Dark Ascension
Surrender to Madness

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Versatility

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Nightborne

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Blood Elf
Goblin
Human

Gem

Races

Blood Elf
Goblin
Human

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Human
Blood Elf
Night Elf

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Human

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: If Voidform will last for duration of trinket buff
If Vampiric Touch falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If SW:Pain falls off. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 6.3 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
Apply or refresh in the 30% window (less than 4.8 seconds left). DoT as many targets as possible. Only use on targets that aren't almost dead.
If you are moving
Are you in Voidform?

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this Guide useful?
We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.
Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?
There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).