WotLK Classic Shadow Priest phase 2 Best in Slot Featured Image
  • Author: Passion
  • Date: October 18, 2023
  • Updated: January 7, 2024
  • Expansion: WotLK Classic

Equipment will be the main source of your character’s power, contributing the biggest bulk of your stats. It is therefore very important that you choose the correct equipment for each slot — commonly referred to as “best in slot” equipment – in order to maximize your power.

It is important to remember that Best in Slot lists are not one size fits all, that just isn’t how the game works. The best set for a guild that kills a boss in 70 seconds will be different from the list for a guild that kills a boss in 120 seconds. An Alliance player and a Horde player will have different priorities and buffs. Your mileage will vary always.

This guide is divided into two sections. The first section is three basic lists, providing you full sets for a fresh level 80 pre-raid, a level 80 preparing for their first foray into Icecrown Citadel, and an example of ideal gear to aspire to from Icecrown Citadel & The Ruby Sanctum. The second section provides more alternatives for each slot, giving an example of gear progression between these three areas of gearing.

Heroic++, otherwise known as Defense Protocol Beta drops gear from 10-man Ulduar and Naxxramas. Heroic+, otherwise known as Defense Protocol Alpha, drops gear from 10-man Naxxramas, as well as regular Heroic gear. Future Phases are likely to add further Heroic difficulties.

Note: This list may change over time with patches or new information. This list is an educated guess based on information available at the time of writing.

Best-in-Slot

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

If you don’t want to spend your Emblems here, you can instead opt for the Heroes’ Mantle from Heroic+

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

If you don’t want to spend your Emblems here, you can instead opt for the Heroes’ Mantle from Heroic+

This will be your best option for this slot.

This combination of rings will be your best option.

If you are lacking hit or don’t want to spend your Emblems, Mark of the War Prisoner is a very solid alternative piece.

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This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

As these are Bind on Equip you may struggle to actually get them from a raid and will instead have to purchase them. If this sounds unappealing, Naxxramas has a few alternatives.

This combination of rings will be your best option.

Both of these are highly contested, but they are also both absolutely amazing. If you are only able to get one of the two, you would want it to be Dying Curse for the Hit.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Depending on your other gear and if you are Alliance with the extra 1% hit buff, you may want to swap between Sapphire Amulet or Pendant of Fiery Havoc.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Depending on your other gear and if you are Alliance with the extra 1% hit buff, you may want to swap between Drape or Sunglimmer.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Valanyr is actually your Best in Slot weapon, but it is very unlikely that most Shadow Priests will be able to get their hands on it, so Starshard is the next best thing.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Horde players will want to use dark-essence-bindings to make sure they reach hit cap. Alliance players will not need this with the extra hit from Draeneis.

I hope you managed to pick this up in Phase 2, because it’ll definitely be getting some mileage!

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Any of the three choices here will be fine in the long run. If all you have is Nebula Band, don’t fret!

Another holdover from Ulduar, flare-of-the-heavens will definitely do some heavy lifting for Phase 3. If you didn’t get your hands on one yet, pay Vezax a visit.

In an odd turn, Alliance players want to use the Hit option, while Horde will want to opt for Spirit instead. Either one is very solid for both factions, but grabbing Hit here allows Alliance to skip it on their wand also.

Horde players continue to generate value from petrified-ivy-sprig, and now in Phase 3 you can even grab it from Heroic++ dungeons! Alliance players don’t need the Hit and can instead opt for the slightly stronger rod-of-imprisoned-souls.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

As these are Bind on Equip you may struggle to actually get them from a raid and will instead have to purchase them. If this sounds unappealing, Naxxramas has a few alternatives.

This combination of rings will be your best option.

This combination of trinkets will be your best option.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

As these are Bind on Equip you may struggle to actually get them from a raid and will instead have to purchase them. If this sounds unappealing, Naxxramas has a few alternatives.

This combination of rings will be your best option.

This combination of trinkets will be your best option.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

Progressive Best-in Slot

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+

While regular Heroic dungeons do provide plenty of decent Head items, the ones from Heroic+ will knock them out of the water, especially if they allow you to have a Meta gem where you wouldn’t otherwise. Once you’re comfortable enough to do Heroic++, you can grab yourself even more upgrades.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++

Heroic++ will give us most of our best options, so if you can squeeze some runs in, you absolutely should. Unfortunately, Heroic++ is limited when it comes to Head items, so Tier 8 will be your best bet.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

In contrast to Tier 7, our Tier 8 gives us fantastic set bonuses that are very much worth aiming towards. The helmet is one of the key components to reaching the 4-piece bonus.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
onyxia (25)
onyxia (25)
onyxia (10)

Ideally you want to aim for your Tier bonuses here, but if you can’t get your hands on one of the Tier options here, Onyxia helmets are very solid pieces.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+
naxxramas – Trash BoE

Players wanting a quick start can grab chain-of-latent-energies off the Auction House, but it generally won’t be worth the money for most. Instead I recommend just doing Heroic+ and Heroic++ and grabbing one of the many potential neck items.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – Shared Drop

None of the Heroic+ options last through this far, but Heroic++ definitely does. wyrmrest-necklace-of-power is a guaranteed drop each run of Naxxramas, allowing you to potentially scoop one up early, especially if you are doing Soft Reserve runs.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
ulduar – The Iron Assembly
Heroic++

While both sapphire-amulet-of-renewal and pendant-of-fiery-havoc are fantastic items, they are also item level 252 gear from Hard Modes, making them highly contested between all casters. pendant-of-the-shallow-grave is a much easier item to grab, without ever even entering a raid.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++
ulduar – The Iron Assembly

The obvious choice here is going to be cry-of-the-valkyr, but that also goes for every other caster in the game. Any of the Ulduar options can easily last you through Phase 3.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+

Before ever stepping foot in a raid, you may be able to buy valorous-mantle-of-faith for emblem-of-valor, but 60 Valor is a pretty steep ask, so you’ll be better off taking a Heroic+(+) option.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – The Four Horsemen

amice-of-inconceivable-horror absolutely stomps the competition, try your best to get your hands on it.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

Another slot occupied very simply with a Tier piece for us. Seeing as we want the 4-piece bonus, it’ll be hard to skip this slot. Going into Phase 3 and Tier 9, you will likely be better off swapping Tier 8 for amice-of-inconceivable-horror early.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

This should be another Tier slot, but while you wait for your turn, amice-of-inconceivable-horror is an easy get from Heroic++.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Sold for 25 emblem-of-valor
Heroic+
Heroic+

The Tailoring cloaks such as deathchill-cloak are very easy grabs for most players, and if you’re lucky you may be able to get your hands on one fairly cheap at this point. Outside of spending money, disguise-of-the-kumiho only costs 25 Valor, making it an easy, guaranteed item if you don’t get anything out of Heroic++.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – Shared Drop

drape-of-the-messenger reigns supreme.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
ulduar – Assembly of Iron
Heroic++

All of these are solid, use what you can get your hands on.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
trial-of-the-grand-crusader Heroic
Faction Champions (25)

Any of these options are going to be fantastic choices, so grab what you can.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Sold for 60 emblem-of-valor
Heroic+
Heroic+

If you have been unlucky doing Heroic++ you can buy wraps-of-the-astral-traveler for 60 Valor, but if you do manage to get another option I would recommend not spending your Valor here. Alternatively, wraps-of-the-astral-traveler are also Bind on Equip, so you can buy them on the Auction House, or even buy them on another character and send them over if you have Valor to spare.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

grasps-of-reason might end up shackling you until Phase 4, so try to grab them if you can.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source