mm+ Shadow Priest

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This is a guide about how to build Shadow Priests for Mythic+ . It summarizes what is working for the highest-rated players: stat priority, legendary, trinkets, gems, enchantments, talents, PvP talents, covenants, soulbinds, and conduits.

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Class Shadow Priest
Activity Mythic+
Number of players 50
Highest rating 3600
Lowest rating 3238

Stat Priority

+351
15% Crit
+1083
33% Hast
+744
15% Mast
+261
7% Vers

Based on the average stat bonuses observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the stat priority is:

  1. Haste
  2. Mastery
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Versatility

Race

Based on the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the character races to choose are:

  1. Goblin icon.
    G

    Goblin

    17
  2. Blood Elf icon.
    B

    Blood Elf

    8
  3. Void Elf icon.
    V

    Void Elf

    5
  4. Human icon.
    H

    Human

    5
  5. Night Elf icon.
    N

    Night Elf

    5

Legendary

Based on the gear observed on the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the legendary items to use are:

  1. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Waist

    38

    Gain the legendary effect of Pallid Command: Casting Unholy Nova summons a Rattling Mage that gains 2% additional damage and healing each time an enemy affected by Unholy Transfusion is damaged by an ally, up to 100%. The Rattling Mage serves you for 20 sec, blasting your target for 644 Shadow damage.

  2. Shadowflame Prism legendary item icon.
    S

    Shadowflame Prism - Head

    30

    Mind Blast and Shadow Word: Death cause your Mindbender to teleport behind your target, slashing up to 5 nearby enemies for 2,143 Shadowflame damage. Each time a rift is triggered, the duration of Mindbender is increased by 1.0 sec.

  3. Shadowflame Prism legendary item icon.
    S

    Shadowflame Prism - Hands

    17

    Mind Blast and Shadow Word: Death cause your Mindbender to teleport behind your target, slashing up to 5 nearby enemies for 2,116 Shadowflame damage. Each time a rift is triggered, the duration of Mindbender is increased by 1.0 sec.

  4. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Feet

    5

    Gain the legendary effect of Pallid Command: Casting Unholy Nova summons a Rattling Mage that gains 2% additional damage and healing each time an enemy affected by Unholy Transfusion is damaged by an ally, up to 100%. The Rattling Mage serves you for 20 sec, blasting your target for 664 Shadow damage.

  5. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Wrist

    3

    Gain the legendary effect of Pallid Command: Casting Unholy Nova summons a Rattling Mage that gains 2% additional damage and healing each time an enemy affected by Unholy Transfusion is damaged by an ally, up to 100%. The Rattling Mage serves you for 20 sec, blasting your target for 611 Shadow damage.

Trinkets

Based on the gear observed on the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the trinkets to use are:

  1. Unbound Changeling item icon.
    U

    Unbound Changeling

    43

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +125 intellect
    Effects
    Equip: Your abilities have a chance to grant you 551 Critical Strike for 12 sec.
    Rank Mythic

  2. Soulletting Ruby item icon.
    S

    Soulletting Ruby

    36

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +125 intellect
    Effects
    Use: Draw out a piece of the target's soul, decreasing their movement speed by 30% until the soul reaches you. The soul instantly heals you for 7,104, and grants you up to 1,123 Critical Strike for 16 sec. You gain more Critical Strike from lower health targets. (2 Min Cooldown)
    Rank Mythic

  3. Moonlit Prism item icon.
    M

    Moonlit Prism

    8

    Ilvl 272
    Stats
    +125 haste
    Effects
    Use: Increases your Agility or Intellect by 37 for 20 sec. Your ranged attacks and spells cause this effect to stack, up to 20 times. (1 Min 30 Sec Cooldown)
    Rank Mythic

  4. Elegy of the Eternals item icon.
    E

    Elegy of the Eternals

    6

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +125 intellect
    +58 leech
    Effects
    Equip: Weep before the Eternals, dedicating yourself to their service. Gain 121 of your highest secondary stat, and grant 10% of this bonus to any party members who also serve your covenant.
    Rank Mythic

  5. So'leah's Secret Technique item icon.
    S

    So'leah's Secret Technique

    3

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +125 intellect
    Effects
    Use: Select a player in your party or raid, granting them 18 of their highest secondary stat, and granting you 113 of that same stat, for 30 min.
    Rank Mythic

Tier Set

Based on the gear observed on the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the tier set items to use are:

  1. Habit of the Empyrean item icon.
    H

    Habit of the Empyrean

    50

    Ilvl 285
    Stats
    +141 intellect
    +303 stamina
    +128 critical-strike
    +56 haste
    Enchant
    Primary Stats +30
    Set
    Set: Casting Devouring Plague has a 40% chance to grant Dark Thought. Casting Searing Nightmare has a 25% chance to grant Dark Thought.
    Set: Consuming a Dark Thought causes your shadow to animate after a moment, dealing 3,540 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Mythic

  2. Capelet of the Empyrean item icon.
    C

    Capelet of the Empyrean

    49

    Ilvl 285
    Stats
    +106 intellect
    +227 stamina
    +47 versatility
    +91 mastery
    Set
    Set: Casting Devouring Plague has a 40% chance to grant Dark Thought. Casting Searing Nightmare has a 25% chance to grant Dark Thought.
    Set: Consuming a Dark Thought causes your shadow to animate after a moment, dealing 3,821 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Mythic

  3. Leggings of the Empyrean item icon.
    L

    Leggings of the Empyrean

    49

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +132 intellect
    +279 stamina
    +62 critical-strike
    +117 mastery
    Set
    Set: Casting Devouring Plague has a 40% chance to grant Dark Thought. Casting Searing Nightmare has a 25% chance to grant Dark Thought.
    Set: Consuming a Dark Thought causes your shadow to animate after a moment, dealing 3,574 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Mythic

  4. Caress of the Empyrean item icon.
    C

    Caress of the Empyrean

    33

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +99 intellect
    +209 stamina
    +39 haste
    +95 versatility
    +58 avoidance
    Set
    Set: Casting Devouring Plague has a 40% chance to grant Dark Thought. Casting Searing Nightmare has a 25% chance to grant Dark Thought.
    Set: Consuming a Dark Thought causes your shadow to animate after a moment, dealing 3,564 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Mythic

  5. Amice of the Empyrean item icon.
    A

    Amice of the Empyrean

    19

    Ilvl 278
    Stats
    +132 intellect
    +279 stamina
    +103 haste
    +77 mastery
    Set
    Set: Casting Devouring Plague has a 40% chance to grant Dark Thought. Casting Searing Nightmare has a 25% chance to grant Dark Thought.
    Set: Consuming a Dark Thought causes your shadow to animate after a moment, dealing 3,460 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Mythic

Gems

Based on the sockets observed on the 50 highest Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the gems to use are:

  1. Quick Jewel Cluster icon.
    Q

    Quick Jewel Cluster

    112

    +16 Haste

  2. Masterful Jewel Cluster icon.
    M

    Masterful Jewel Cluster

    78

    +16 Mastery

  3. Deadly Jewel Cluster icon.
    D

    Deadly Jewel Cluster

    13

    +16 Critical Strike

  4. Versatile Jewel Cluster icon.
    V

    Versatile Jewel Cluster

    9

    +16 Versatility

  5. Straddling Jewel Doublet icon.
    S

    Straddling Jewel Doublet

    3

    Speed increased by 13 for each Shadowlands gem you have socketed.

Back Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Back item are:

  1. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Avoidance enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Avoidance

    21

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & +30 Avoidance

  2. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed

    19

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & Minor Speed Increase

  3. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech

    7

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & +30 Leech

Chest Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Chest item are:

  1. Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats

    46

    Enchanted: Primary Stats +30

  2. Enchant Chest - Eternal Insight enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Insight

    3

    Enchanted: Eternal Insight

  3. Enchant Chest - Eternal Bounds enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Bounds

    1

    Enchanted: +20 Intellect & +6% Mana

Wrist Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Wrist item are:

  1. Enchant Bracers - Eternal Intellect enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Bracers - Eternal Intellect

    49

    Enchanted: +15 Intellect

Hands Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Hands item are:

  1. Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering

    8

    Enchanted: Shadowlands Gathering

  2. Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength

    1

    Enchanted: +15 Strength

Feet Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Feet item are:

  1. Enchant Boots - Soul Treads enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Boots - Soul Treads

    23

    Enchanted: Soul Treads

Ring Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Ring items are:

  1. Enchant Ring - Tenet of Haste enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Haste

    54

    Enchanted: +16 Haste

  2. Enchant Ring - Tenet of Mastery enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Mastery

    34

    Enchanted: +16 Mastery

  3. Enchant Ring - Tenet of Versatility enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Versatility

    9

    Enchanted: +16 Versatility

Main Hand Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Main Hand item are:

  1. Enchant Weapon - Celestial Guidance enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Weapon - Celestial Guidance

    50

    Enchanted: Celestial Guidance

Talents

Based on the talents observed on 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the talents to use are:

    1. Fortress of the Mind talent icon.
      F
      41

      Fortress of the Mind

      Mind Flay and Mind Blast deal 10% more damage and generate 20% more Insanity.

    2. Death and Madness talent icon.
      D
      7

      Death and Madness

      If a target dies within 7 sec after being struck by your Shadow Word: Death, you gain 40 Insanity over 4 sec and the cooldown of your Shadow Word: Death is reset.

    3. Unfurling Darkness talent icon.
      U
      2

      Unfurling Darkness

      After casting Vampiric Touch on a target, your next Vampiric Touch within 8 sec is instant cast and deals 1,601 Shadow damage immediately. This effect cannot occur more than once every 15 sec.

    1. Body and Soul talent icon.
      B
      50

      Body and Soul

      Power Word: Shield and Leap of Faith increase your target's movement speed by 40% for 3 sec.

    2. San'layn talent icon.
      S
      0

      San'layn

      Reduces the cooldown of Vampiric Embrace by 45 sec and increases its healing done by 25%.

    3. Intangibility talent icon.
      I
      0

      Intangibility

      Dispersion heals for 50% of your maximum health over its duration and has 30 sec reduced cooldown.

    1. Searing Nightmare talent icon.
      S
      33

      Searing Nightmare

      Instantly deals 438 Shadow damage to enemies around the target and afflicts them with Shadow Word: Pain. If the enemy is already afflicted by your Shadow Word: Pain, Searing Nightmare's damage is increased by 100%. Only usable while channeling Mind Sear.

    2. Misery talent icon.
      M
      14

      Misery

      Vampiric Touch also applies Shadow Word: Pain to the target.

    3. Twist of Fate talent icon.
      T
      3

      Twist of Fate

      After damaging a target below 35% health, you gain 10% increased damage and healing for 8 sec.

    1. Psychic Horror talent icon.
      P
      40

      Psychic Horror

      Terrifies the target in place, stunning them for 4 sec.

    2. Last Word talent icon.
      L
      10

      Last Word

      Reduces the cooldown of Silence by 15 sec.

    3. Mind Bomb talent icon.
      M
      0

      Mind Bomb

      Inflicts the target with a Mind Bomb. After 2 sec or if the target dies, it unleashes a psychic explosion, disorienting all enemies within 8 yds of the target for 6 sec.

    1. Shadow Crash talent icon.
      S
      30

      Shadow Crash

      Hurl a bolt of slow-moving Shadow energy at the destination, dealing 1,571 Shadow damage to all targets within 8 yards. Generates 15 Insanity.

    2. Auspicious Spirits talent icon.
      A
      18

      Auspicious Spirits

      Your Shadowy Apparitions now deal 15% increased damage and generate 2 Insanity.

    3. Psychic Link talent icon.
      P
      2

      Psychic Link

      Mind Blast deals 60% of its damage to all other targets afflicted by your Vampiric Touch within 40 yards.

    1. Mindbender talent icon.
      M
      49

      Mindbender

      Summons a Mindbender to attack the target for 15 sec. Generates 5 Insanity each time the Mindbender attacks.

    2. Damnation talent icon.
      D
      1

      Damnation

      Instantly afflicts the target with Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch and Devouring Plague.

    3. Void Torrent talent icon.
      V
      0

      Void Torrent

      Channel a torrent of void energy into the target, dealing 4,405 Shadow damage over 3 sec. Generates 60 Insanity over the duration.

    1. Hungering Void talent icon.
      H
      36

      Hungering Void

      Void Bolt causes the target to become vulnerable to the void, increasing their damage taken from you by 10% for 6 sec. This effect may only be active on one target at a time. Casting Void Bolt on an enemy that is already vulnerable extends the duration of your Voidform by 1 sec, or 2 sec if Void Bolt critically strikes.

    2. Ancient Madness talent icon.
      A
      14

      Ancient Madness

      Voidform increases your critical strike chance by 30% for 15 sec, reducing by 2% every sec.

    3. Surrender to Madness talent icon.
      S
      0

      Surrender to Madness

      Deals 1,322 Shadow damage to the target and activates Voidform. For the next 30 sec, your Insanity-generating abilities generate 100% more Insanity and you can cast while moving. If the target does not die within 30 sec of using Surrender to Madness, you die.

PvP Talents

Based on the talents observed on 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the PvP talents to use are:

  1. Greater Fade PvP talent icon.
    G

    Greater Fade

    43

  2. Void Origins PvP talent icon.
    V

    Void Origins

    34

  3. Psyfiend PvP talent icon.
    P

    Psyfiend

    20

  4. Void Volley PvP talent icon.
    V

    Void Volley

    16

  5. Driven to Madness PvP talent icon.
    D

    Driven to Madness

    12

Covenant

Kyrian icon.
K
4
Kyri
Necrolord icon.
N
44
Necr
Night Fae icon.
N
2
Nigh
Venthyr icon.
V
0
Vent

Based on the covenants chosen by the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the covenants to pick are:

  1. Necrolord
  2. Kyrian
  3. Night Fae
  4. Venthyr

Soulbind

Based on the covenants chosen by the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the soulbinds to pick are:

  1. Plague Deviser Marileth icon.
    P

    Plague Deviser Marileth

    26

    The traits to use with Plague Deviser Marileth are:

    1. 26

      Kevin's Oozeling

    2. 26

      Ooz's Frictionless Coating

    3. 26

      Ultimate Form

    4. 26

      Volatile Solvent

    5. 21

      Plagueborn Cleansing Slime

    6. 17

      Undulating Maneuvers

    7. 9

      Viscous Trail

    8. 5

      Kevin's Keyring

  2. Bonesmith Heirmir icon.
    B

    Bonesmith Heirmir

    18

    The traits to use with Bonesmith Heirmir are:

    1. 18

      Carver's Eye

    2. 18

      Forgeborne Reveries

    3. 18

      Mnemonic Equipment

    4. 18

      Resourceful Fleshcrafting

    5. 18

      Runeforged Spurs

    6. 17

      Heirmir's Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone

    7. 1

      Heirmir's Arsenal: Gorestompers

  3. Pelagos icon.
    P

    Pelagos

    4

    The traits to use with Pelagos are:

    1. 4

      Better Together

    2. 4

      Bond of Friendship

    3. 4

      Combat Meditation

    4. 4

      Focusing Mantra

    5. 4

      Let Go of the Past

    6. 4

      Newfound Resolve

  4. Dreamweaver icon.
    D

    Dreamweaver

    1

    The traits to use with Dreamweaver are:

    1. 1

      Dream Delver

    2. 1

      Field of Blossoms

    3. 1

      Podtender

    4. 1

      Somnambulist

    5. 1

      Soothing Voice

    6. 1

      Waking Dreams

  5. Korayn icon.
    K

    Korayn

    1

    The traits to use with Korayn are:

    1. 1

      First Strike

    2. 1

      Get In Formation

    3. 1

      Horn of the Wild Hunt

    4. 1

      Hunt's Exhilaration

    5. 1

      Wild Hunt Strategem

    6. 1

      Wild Hunt Tactics

potency conduits

Based on the covenant conduits chosen by the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the potency conduits to use are:

  1. Haunting Apparitions conduit icon.
    H

    Haunting Apparitions

    44

  2. Rabid Shadows conduit icon.
    R

    Rabid Shadows

    44

  3. Mind Devourer conduit icon.
    M

    Mind Devourer

    19

endurance conduits

Based on the covenant conduits chosen by the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the endurance conduits to use are:

  1. Translucent Image conduit icon.
    T

    Translucent Image

    48

  2. Condensed Anima Sphere conduit icon.
    C

    Condensed Anima Sphere

    46

  3. Light's Inspiration conduit icon.
    L

    Light's Inspiration

    30

finesse conduits

Based on the covenant conduits chosen by the 50 highest rated Shadow Priests in Mythic+, the finesse conduits to use are:

  1. Clear Mind conduit icon.
    C

    Clear Mind

    24

  2. Mental Recovery conduit icon.
    M

    Mental Recovery

    9

  3. Move with Grace conduit icon.
    M

    Move with Grace

    8