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 3181
Lowest rating 2873

Stat Priority

+430
17% Crit
+1222
37% Hast
+816
16% Mast
+296
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. Night Elf icon.
    N

    Night Elf

    11
  2. Goblin icon.
    G

    Goblin

    11
  3. Blood Elf icon.
    B

    Blood Elf

    6
  4. Human icon.
    H

    Human

    4
  5. Dwarf icon.
    D

    Dwarf

    4

Legendary

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

  1. Shadowflame Prism legendary item icon.
    S

    Shadowflame Prism - Hands

    45

    Mind Blast and Shadow Word: Death cause your Mindbender to teleport behind your target, slashing up to 5 nearby enemies for 2,667 Shadowflame damage. Each time a rift is triggered, the duration of Mindbender is increased by 1.0 sec.

  2. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Neck

    17

    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 744 Shadow damage.

  3. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Waist

    10

    Gain the legendary effect of Shadow Word: Manipulation: Mindgames lasts an additional 3 sec and reverses an additional 10% damage or healing. When Mindgames can no longer reverse healing or damage, gain 5% Critical Strike for each second remaining for 10 sec.

  4. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Wrist

    8

    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 800 Shadow damage.

  5. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Feet

    7

    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 789 Shadow damage.

Trinkets

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

  1. Cabalist's Hymnal item icon.
    C

    Cabalist's Hymnal

    31

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +171 intellect
    Effects
    Equip: Join the Crimson Chorus. Every minute, your Critical Strike swells by 407 over 30 sec. before returning to normal. This effect is increased by 5% for each member of the Crimson Chorus in your party.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  2. Moonlit Prism item icon.
    M

    Moonlit Prism

    27

    Ilvl 298
    Stats
    +138 haste
    Effects
    Use: Increases your Agility or Intellect by 47 for 20 sec. Your ranged attacks and spells cause this effect to stack, up to 20 times. (1 Min 30 Sec Cooldown)
    Rank Mythic

  3. Enforcer's Stun Grenade item icon.
    E

    Enforcer's Stun Grenade

    14

    Ilvl 304
    Stats
    +184 versatility
    Effects
    Use: Grants 942 Versatility for 20 sec. (2 Min Cooldown)
    Rank Mythic

  4. Tovra's Lightning Repository item icon.
    T

    Tovra's Lightning Repository

    8

    Ilvl 298
    Stats
    +151 intellect
    +138 mastery
    Rank Mythic

  5. Scars of Fraternal Strife item icon.
    S

    Scars of Fraternal Strife

    4

    Ilvl 311
    Effects
    Equip: Affix a Domination Rune to yourself, gaining power at a price.
    Use: Add another. (30 Sec Cooldown)
    Rank Fated 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. Capelet of the Empyrean item icon.
    C

    Capelet of the Empyrean

    50

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +135 intellect
    +308 stamina
    +52 versatility
    +100 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 4,064 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  2. Habit of the Empyrean item icon.
    H

    Habit of the Empyrean

    50

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +179 intellect
    +411 stamina
    +141 critical-strike
    +61 haste
    Enchant
    Primary Stats +30
    Reinforced (+32 Stamina)
    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 4,380 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  3. Leggings of the Empyrean item icon.
    L

    Leggings of the Empyrean

    50

    Ilvl 304
    Stats
    +168 intellect
    +379 stamina
    +69 critical-strike
    +129 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 3,945 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  4. Amice of the Empyrean item icon.
    A

    Amice of the Empyrean

    45

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +179 intellect
    +411 stamina
    +116 haste
    +87 mastery
    Gem
    +16 Versatility
    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 4,353 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  5. Caress of the Empyrean item icon.
    C

    Caress of the Empyrean

    5

    Ilvl 304
    Stats
    +126 intellect
    +284 stamina
    +43 haste
    +105 versatility
    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 4,646 Shadow damage over 6 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.
    Rank Fated 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

    102

    +16 Haste

  2. Versatile Jewel Cluster icon.
    V

    Versatile Jewel Cluster

    51

    +16 Versatility

  3. Masterful Jewel Cluster icon.
    M

    Masterful Jewel Cluster

    47

    +16 Mastery

  4. Deadly Jewel Cluster icon.
    D

    Deadly Jewel Cluster

    19

    +16 Critical Strike

  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

    42

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & +30 Avoidance

  2. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed

    3

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & Minor Speed Increase

  3. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech

    3

    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

    47

    Enchanted: Primary Stats +30

  2. Enchant Chest - Eternal Bounds enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Bounds

    1

    Enchanted: +20 Intellect & +6% Mana

  3. Enchant Chest - Eternal Insight enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Insight

    1

    Enchanted: Eternal Insight

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

    50

    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

    6

    Enchanted: Shadowlands Gathering

  2. Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength

    4

    Enchanted: +15 Strength

  3. Enchant Gloves - Strength of Soul enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Strength of Soul

    1

    Enchanted: +10 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

    17

    Enchanted: Soul Treads

  2. Enchant Boots - Eternal Agility enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Boots - Eternal Agility

    1

    Enchanted: +15 Agility

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

    17

    Enchanted: +16 Mastery

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

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Versatility

    17

    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

    49

    Enchanted: Celestial Guidance

  2. Enchant Weapon - Sinful Revelation enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Weapon - Sinful Revelation

    1

    Enchanted: Sinful Revelation

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
      48

      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
      2

      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
      0

      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
      46

      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
      3

      San'layn

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

    3. Intangibility talent icon.
      I
      1

      Intangibility

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

    1. Searing Nightmare talent icon.
      S
      43

      Searing Nightmare

      Instantly deals 492 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. Twist of Fate talent icon.
      T
      4

      Twist of Fate

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

    3. Misery talent icon.
      M
      3

      Misery

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

    1. Psychic Horror talent icon.
      P
      35

      Psychic Horror

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

    2. Last Word talent icon.
      L
      14

      Last Word

      Reduces the cooldown of Silence by 15 sec.

    3. Mind Bomb talent icon.
      M
      1

      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
      40

      Shadow Crash

      Hurl a bolt of slow-moving Shadow energy at the destination, dealing 1,930 Shadow damage to all targets within 8 yards. Generates 15 Insanity.

    2. Auspicious Spirits talent icon.
      A
      10

      Auspicious Spirits

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

    3. Psychic Link talent icon.
      P
      0

      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
      50

      Mindbender

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

    2. Damnation talent icon.
      D
      0

      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. Ancient Madness talent icon.
      A
      28

      Ancient Madness

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

    2. Hungering Void talent icon.
      H
      22

      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.

    3. Surrender to Madness talent icon.
      S
      0

      Surrender to Madness

      Deals 1,304 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

    37

  2. Void Origins PvP talent icon.
    V

    Void Origins

    30

  3. Psyfiend PvP talent icon.
    P

    Psyfiend

    20

  4. Void Volley PvP talent icon.
    V

    Void Volley

    18

  5. Improved Mass Dispel PvP talent icon.
    I

    Improved Mass Dispel

    9

Covenant

Kyrian icon.
K
0
Kyri
Necrolord icon.
N
44
Necr
Night Fae icon.
N
3
Nigh
Venthyr icon.
V
3
Vent

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

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

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. 23

      Plagueborn Cleansing Slime

    6. 19

      Undulating Maneuvers

    7. 7

      Viscous Trail

    8. 3

      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

      Heirmir's Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone

    4. 18

      Mnemonic Equipment

    5. 18

      Resourceful Fleshcrafting

    6. 18

      Runeforged Spurs

  3. Nadjia The Mistblade icon.
    N

    Nadjia The Mistblade

    3

    The traits to use with Nadjia The Mistblade are:

    1. 3

      Agent of Chaos

    2. 3

      Familiar Predicaments

    3. 3

      Fatal Flaw

    4. 3

      Friends in Low Places

    5. 3

      Nimble Steps

    6. 3

      Thrill Seeker

  4. Niya icon.
    N

    Niya

    3

    The traits to use with Niya are:

    1. 3

      Grove Invigoration

    2. 3

      Niya's Tools: Poison

    3. 3

      Run Without Tiring

    4. 3

      Swift Patrol

    5. 2

      Bonded Hearts

    6. 2

      Called Shot

    7. 1

      Survivor's Rally

potency conduits

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

  1. Rabid Shadows conduit icon.
    R

    Rabid Shadows

    47

  2. Haunting Apparitions conduit icon.
    H

    Haunting Apparitions

    42

  3. Mind Devourer conduit icon.
    M

    Mind Devourer

    30

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

    50

  2. Condensed Anima Sphere conduit icon.
    C

    Condensed Anima Sphere

    45

  3. Light's Inspiration conduit icon.
    L

    Light's Inspiration

    27

finesse conduits

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

  1. Mental Recovery conduit icon.
    M

    Mental Recovery

    17

  2. Clear Mind conduit icon.
    C

    Clear Mind

    14

  3. Move with Grace conduit icon.
    M

    Move with Grace

    11