Mythic+ Shadow Priest

Shadow Priest
Season 3
50 characters
3714 - 3949

This guide is dedicated to building a PvE Shadow Priest equipped to prevail in Mythic+ in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.2.5. It is based on an analysis of the top 50 characters from Season 3 across the US, EU, KR, and TW regions, including Yiesus from Illidan (US) — currently ranked as the best Shadow Priest in Mythic+.

The guide covers stat priority, the most effective races, widely used talents, the best equipment, as well as the ideal embellishments, enchantments, and gems for a Shadow Priest. To ensure better accuracy, it checks each character's last time played, specialization usage frequency, and equipment type. Updated every 12 hours, it ensures the most current and effective builds are always at your fingertips.

Top Shadow Priests

  1. 1
    Yiesus
    Illidan (US)
    488 ilvl
    3949
  2. 2
    悲嘆之息
    Shadowmoon (TW)
    488 ilvl
    3943
  3. 3
    Xybb
    Shadowmoon (TW)
    488 ilvl
    3916
  4. 4
    Thaaner
    Tarren Mill (EU)
    488 ilvl
    3911
  5. 5
    Kiea
    Ragnaros (EU)
    488 ilvl
    3903

Stat Priority

Stats are crucial attributes that directly influence a character's power in World of Warcraft. They not only determine the character's strength but also define the overall feel and playstyle. Stat bonuses can be found on various pieces of equipment, in consumables created by the Alchemy profession, certain foods, some enchantments , and gems .

It's important to note that each stat experiences diminishing returns once its equipped bonus reaches +20%. This means that optimizing a character's performance involves more than just maximizing each stat; it's about finding a balanced distribution. Here is the optimal way to balance Shadow Priest Secondary and Minor stats for Mythic+.

Secondary Stats
+2047
16% Critical Strike
+5975
35% Haste
+5982
20% Mastery
+2739
13% Versatility
  1. Mastery
  2. Haste
  3. Versatility
  4. Critical Strike
Minor Stats
+987
12% Avoidance
+240
2% Leech
+174
3% Speed
  1. Avoidance
  2. Leech
  3. Speed

Races

In World of Warcraft, each race comes with unique traits that enhance character abilities or improve in-game quality of life. Although these racial traits typically offer minor advantages, they can still provide a competitive edge in certain scenarios.

With Night Elf currently being the top race for Shadow Priests in Mythic+, here are the other races that also stand out due to their advantageous traits.

  1. Night Elf
    47
  2. Human
    2
  3. Goblin
    1

Class Talents

Talents are the main element defining a character's build, significantly influencing the playstyle by adding, modifying, and enhancing character abilities and behaviors. They are crucial in shaping how a character functions in battle.

Class talents represent a common tree shared across all Priest specializations. These talents provide foundational skills and enhancements that are essential and universal to the Priest class. They offer a range of abilities that lay the groundwork for a Priest's overall capabilities, regardless of the chosen specialization.

The following tree reproduces the in-game class talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Renew
1
Dispel Magic
49
Shadowfiend
50
Prayer of Mending
1
Improved Flash Heal
50
Purify Disease
23
Psychic Voice
6
Shadow Word: Death
50
Focused Mending
0
Holy Nova
50
Protective Light
50
Angelic Feather
47
Phantasm
8
Death and Madness
50
Spell Warding
50
Rhapsody
1
Leap of Faith
34
Shackle Undead
19
Void Tendrils
3
Dominate Mind
50
Words of the Pious
1
Mass Dispel
35
Move with Grace
0
Power Infusion
50
Vampiric Embrace
50
Tithe Evasion
50
Inspiration
0
Mental Agility
0
Body and Soul
49
Twins of the Sun Priestess
50
Void Shield
19
San'layn
50
Apathy
0
Unwavering Will
22
Twist of Fate
50
Throes of Pain
50
Angel's Mercy
20
Halo
27
Translucent Image
50
Mindgames
46
Surge of Light
0
Light's Inspiration
50
Crystalline Reflection
2
Improved Fade
50
Manipulation
9
Benevolence
2
Angelic Bulwark
35
Essence Devourer
36
Shattered Perceptions
5

Specialization Talents

Specialization talents constitute a specialized tree, providing Shadow Priests with unique abilities and enhancements tailored to their combat style.

The following tree reproduces the in-game specialization talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Devouring Plague
50
Dispersion
50
Shadowy Apparitions
50
Silence
46
Mental Fortitude
50
Misery
50
Last Word
0
Thought Harvester
50
Psychic Link
50
Surge of Insanity
50
Shadow Crash
50
Unfurling Darkness
0
Void Eruption
49
Mental Decay
1
Mind Spike
1
Whispering Shadows
50
Shadowy Insight
50
Ancient Madness
45
Voidtouched
50
Mind Melt
0
Maddening Touch
48
Dark Evangelism
8
Mind Devourer
1
Phantasmal Pathogen
50
Mind's Eye
49
Mindbender
50
Deathspeaker
50
Auspicious Spirits
48
Void Torrent
2
Inescapable Torment
50
Mastermind
2
Screams of the Void
48
Tormented Spirits
48
Insidious Ire
2
Malediction
0
Idol of Y'Shaarj
3
Idol of N'Zoth
48
Idol of Yogg-Saron
47
Idol of C'Thun
2

PvP Talents

PvP talents are specifically tailored for player-versus-player combat scenarios. Activated in arenas, battlegrounds, and the open world with war mode enabled, these talents are designed to optimize a Shadow Priest's performance in PvP encounters. They provide specialized enhancements and strategies that give players an edge in combat against other players, reflecting the unique demands of PvP gameplay.

The following tree reproduces the in-game pvp talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Driven to Madness
28
Mind Trauma
12
Psyfiend
17
Thoughtsteal
1
Void Volley
27
Absolute Faith
2
Catharsis
21
Phase Shift
22
Improved Mass Dispel
2

Equipment

Equipment directly determines a character's power level in World of Warcraft. These items are acquired from diverse sources: they can drop in dungeons and raids, be discovered across the world, be crafted through various professions, obtained from PvP vendors, or chosen as rewards from the Great Vault.

Each piece of equipment significantly boosts a character's overall strength and capabilities. Here are the top items for Shadow Priests in Mythic+, tailored for each equipment slot.

Head

  1. set
    Crest of Lunar Communion
    35
  2. Hood of Surging Time
    6
  3. Lost Scholar's Timely Hat
    3
  4. Crown of the Infinite Lord
    2
  5. Aurelian Miter
    1

Neck

  1. Torc of Passed Time
    38
  2. Elemental Lariat
    5
  3. Eye of the Rising Flame
    3
  4. Raven Filigree Pendant
    2
  5. Chain of the Green Flight
    1

Shoulders

  1. set
    Shoulderguardians of Lunar Communion
    47
  2. Lost Scholar's Temporal Shoulderdials
    1
  3. Requiem Rootmantle
    1
  4. Vibrant Wildercloth Shoulderspikes
    1

Back

  1. Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl
    27
  2. Cloak of Lunar Communion
    12
  3. Shadowfeather Shawl
    5
  4. Inflammable Drapeleaf
    2
  5. Raal's Bib
    2

Chest

  1. set
    Cassock of Lunar Communion
    39
  2. Vesture of the Smoldering Serpent
    8
  3. Vibrant Wildercloth Vestments
    3

Wrist

  1. Overengineered Sleeve Extenders
    14
  2. Fading Flame Wristbands
    10
  3. Vibrant Wildercloth Wristwraps
    10
  4. Wristwraps of Lunar Communion
    8
  5. Allied Wristguards of Time Dilation
    4

Hands

  1. set
    Touch of Lunar Communion
    47
  2. Vibrant Wildercloth Handwraps
    2
  3. Twisting Shadow Claws
    1

Waist

  1. Cincture of Lunar Communion
    23
  2. Whispering Fanged Cord
    8
  3. Blooming Redeemer's Sash
    5
  4. Urctos's Hibernal Dial
    5
  5. Vibrant Wildercloth Girdle
    5

Legs

  1. set
    Leggings of Lunar Communion
    48
  2. Elder's Volcanic Wrap
    1
  3. Vibrant Wildercloth Slacks
    1

Feet

  1. Lifewoven Slippers
    21
  2. Vibrant Wildercloth Slippers
    11
  3. Lost Scholar's Belted Treads
    8
  4. Poulaines of Lunar Communion
    5
  5. Paranoid Sprinters
    3

Rings

  1. Signet of Titanic Insight
    46
  2. Ring-Bound Hourglass
    18
  3. Band of Burning Thorns
    12
  4. Ring of Contempt
    7
  5. Thornwoven Band
    4

Trinkets

  1. Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge
    37
  2. Ashes of the Embersoul
    25
  3. Balefire Branch
    18
  4. Sea Star
    14
  5. Coagulated Genesaur Blood
    3

Main Hand

  1. Iridal, the Earth's Master
    17
  2. Vakash, the Shadowed Inferno
    13
  3. Dreambinder, Loom of the Great Cycle
    9
  4. Sickle of the White Stag
    4
  5. Staff of Incandescent Torment
    3

Off Hand

  1. Trickster's Captivating Chime
    10
  2. Bioluminescent Lamp
    5
  3. Aureus Vessel
    3
  4. Ancestor's Necromantic Focus
    2
  5. Interloper's Mossy Skull
    1

Embellishments

Embellishments are unique effects that can be added to crafted items, either as predefined elements in recipes or through an optional embellishment reagent, creating embellished gear. These enhancements diversify and amplify characters' capabilities.

Given that only a maximum of 2 embellished items can be equipped at a time, here are the best embellishments for Shadow Priests in Mythic+.

  1. Blue Silken Lining
    84
  2. Prepared Time
    6
  3. Elemental Lariat
    5
  4. Rallied To Victory
    4
  5. Potion Absorption Inhibitor
    1

Enchantments

Enchantments provide minor yet valuable enhancements to various items, including Head, Back, Chest, Wrist, Waist, Legs, Rings, Feet, Main Hand, and Off Hand.

Most enchantments are crafted via the Enchanting profession. However, Waist enchantments specifically require Blacksmithing, Legs enhancements are crafted by Leatherworkers, and Head enchantments come from the Incandescent Essence , a reward obtained through a quest in the Amirdrassil raid.

Enchantments are usually available at the auction house, making them accessible for upgrades. Here is a list of the top enchantments for Shadow Priests in Mythic+, essential for optimizing combat effectiveness.

Head

  1. Incandescent Essence
    50

Back

  1. Graceful Avoidance
    47
  2. Regenerative Leech
    2
  3. +125 Avoidance
    1

Chest

  1. Waking Stats
    49
  2. Reserve of Intellect
    1

Wrist

  1. +200 Avoidance
    49
  2. +200 Speed
    1

Waist

  1. Shadowed Belt Clasp
    49

Legs

  1. Frozen Spellthread
    48
  2. Lambent Armor Kit
    1
  3. Temporal Spellthread
    1

Feet

  1. Watcher's Loam
    40
  2. Plainsrunner's Breeze
    10

Rings

  1. +82 Haste
    37
  2. +82 Mastery
    33
  3. +82 Versatility
    21

Main Hand

  1. Wafting Devotion
    33
  2. Sophic Devotion
    16
  3. Frozen Writ
    1

Gems

Gems are crafted stones from the Jewelcrafting profession, typically offering stat bonuses to enhance your gear. These gems can be socketed into specific items such as Head, Neck, Wrist, Waist, and Rings. The presence of sockets on items is usually random upon their drop.

Notably, Neck items can be uniquely modified to have up to three sockets by using 3 Tiered Medallion Setting . Additionally, a single socket can be added to other eligible items with a Nature's Cradle , which requires 6 Aspects' Tokens of Merit obtained from the Great Vault.

Available through both the auction house and the crafting order system, the following are the top gem choices for Shadow Priests in Mythic+.

  1. Radiant Malygite
    56
  2. Energized Ysemerald
    47
  3. Keen Ysemerald
    39
  4. Energized Malygite
    34
  5. Zen Malygite
    30