tbc pve shadow priest stat priority
  • Author: Kurathis
  • Date: May 20, 2021
  • Expansion: TBC Classic

Below you will find the stat priority list for Shadow Priests.

  1. Spell Hit Rating
  2. Spell Damage
  3. Spell Critical Strike Rating/Haste (Haste becomes more readily available on gear in later phases – however, it is found on Quagmirran’s Eye in your Pre-Raid BiS list)
  4. Intellect
  5. Spirit
  6. MP5 (Mana-per-five-seconds)
  7. Stamina
  • Spell Hit Rating: Shadow Priests, like all casters, need 16% spell hit rating to be considered, “capped.” Shadow Focus reduces this number down to roughly 6% (Roughly 75 Spell Hit Rating)
  • Spell Damage: Because 95% of our damage originates from casting spells, increasing our spell damage will further increase our damage output or DPS
  • Spell Critical Strike Rating: While Vampiric Touch, Shadow Word: Pain, and Mind Flay are unable to be critical strikes in TBC Classic, we can still critically hit with Mind Blast
  • Haste: Haste is not a common stat to see on gear in the early phases, but as they’re released, Haste is a great stat to look out for. Contrary to the lack of clarity on Haste Potion’s tooltip, this does not apply to spell haste, only melee
  • Intellect: Like any caster, Shadow Priests use mana to deal damage and thus, the more intellect they have, the bigger their mana pool. The conversion rate for intellect to mana is 15:1 respectively. Intellect also provides Spell Critical Strike at a much lower rate than Spell Critical Strike Rating
  • Spirit: Spirit improves our mana and health regeneration rates while out of combat
  • MP5: With a similar, yet different idea from spirit, MP5 improves our mana and health regeneration rates while in combat
  • Stamina: If we’re careful and don’t pass our tank’s threat, we shouldn’t need to have our stamina tested. Also, with Vampiric Embrace, our damage restores some of our health


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