PVE Shadow Priest DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Shadow Priest guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King. In this guide, you will learn about playing a DPS Priest spec including : Introduction, Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Professions, Gear, Stat Priorities & General numbers, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips, and Consumables.

Shadow Priest is one of the classes to have in the raid: good DPS, incredible off-healing, amazing utilities and excels in short period fights with multiple targets 

Best Races


Undead: The first available race for the Priest class, the Undead race provides several interesting racials. Although it is mostly known for its powerful PvP racials it can be used in PvE encounters as well. The racials that the Undead race uses are the following: Will of the Forsaken which removes charm, fear, and sleep effects, Cannibalize which allows you to feast on the corpses of your slain enemies to restore your health, Shadow Resistance which is the only true racial with applicability to PvE content and Underwater Breathing which can help you survive for a very long time underwater. As you can see most of the racials have more benefits in PvP scenarios which is why the Undead race is mostly picked for PvP content.

Troll: Another viable choice for the Priest class, the Troll race is often considered the best race for the Shadow Priest specialization due to its very powerful racials. The first racial we will talk about is the Berserking racial. It offers a “mini-bloodlust” effect which increases your attack speed and casting speed by 20% for 10 seconds. This effect will offer you tremendous damage when combined with other haste effects such as Bloodlust/Heroism due to the nature of our class when it comes to haste. The other useful racials are: Regeneration which increases your base regeneration factor by 10% and also allows 10% of your regeneration to continue during combat, Da Voodoo Shuffle, which offers a 15% reduction to movement impairing effects.

The Troll race also provides racials such as Beast Slaying which increases your damage against beasts by 5%, Bow Specialization which increases your critical damage with bows, and Throwing Specialization but apart from Beast Slaying, the other two racials do not benefit the Priest class.

Blood Elf: The final race of The Horde which can pick the Priest class, Blood Elves do not have strong “buff” types of racials but they do provide magical resistance in the form of Magic Resistance which reduces the chance of you being hit by spells by 2% and Arcane Torrent which is a spell with both Pve and PvP applicability, it can help you interrupt certain mob or boss mechanics with its silencing effect while also regenerating a percentage of your mana pool. The Blood Elf race also benefits from Arcane Affinity which increases your starting Enchanting points by 10.

Ever since TBC, Shadow Priests barely even use 30% of their mana. Troll, by far, is the best race for any spec of priest in PvE.


Human: The Human race is the first available choice for the Priest class, often considered the best race for the Priest class due to  The Human Spirit racial which synergizes extremely well with Twisted Faith. Apart from  The Human Spirit, the Human race provides several other interesting racials such as: Diplomacy, which increases the rate at which you gain reputation by 10%, a major boost for your reputation grind, Every Man for Himself which is a racial that has applicability both in PvE and PvP scenarios offering a very strong escape tool from any effect that makes you lose control of your character. Another racial that is worth mentioning is the Perception racial which increases your stealth detection.

Dwarf: Another viable choice for the Priest class is the Dwarf race, this race offers several interesting racials for PvE content which bring a more defensive aspect. Stoneform offers a defensive cooldown that increases your armor by 10% and removes any poison, bleed, or disease effect that may be placed on you. Frost Resistance offers you a reduced chance to be hit by any frost spell by 2%, a racial which is extremely beneficial due to the nature of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. You will often find yourself being targeted with frost spells, in fights such as Forgemaster Garfrost or  Lady Deathwhisper, and many of the mob encounters found in dungeons. 

The Dwarf race also offers racials such as Find Treasure which aid you in situations outside dungeons and raids. Who doesn’t want to have a map with pinpointed treasure chests on it?

Night Elf: The proud race of Night Elves offers interesting racials which bring a more unique aspect to the game. One of those racials being Shadowmeld, a racial which can be used to grant instant invisibility. Shadowmeld can be used to make any mob or boss that targets you lose its target, to a certain extent it works just like the Rogue’s Vanish ability.

Another unique racial is the Wisp Spirit, which offers increased movement speed by 75% upon death, a racial which shines in case of a wipe or a much-needed fast resurrection. Other racials offered by the Night Elf race are: Quickness which offers a reduced chance to be hit by melee and ranged attacks by 2%, Nature Resistance which offers a reduced chance to be hit by nature spells by 2% and Elusiveness which reduces your chance to be detected while shadowmelded or stealthed.

Draenei: The last available race for the Priest class, the Draenei race offers very strong PvE racials. The first racial is Heroic Presence, it offers a 1% increased hit rating for all your party members in a 30-yard radius. This racial offers a very strong potential for players that wish to min-max, removing the need to cap their hit rating in favor of other stats. Another useful racial for the Draenei race is the Gift of the Naaru, this racial offering a powerful heal-over-time effect that is impacted by your spell power. Think of it as a second Renew.Other useful racials are: Gemcutting which increases your starting Jewelcrafting points by 5 and Shadow Resistance which reduces your chance to be hit by Shadow spells by 2%.

For Alliance, Human is the best race for Shadow Priest due to the fact that they convert spirit into pure Spell Power with Twisted Faith

Best Professions

Engineering: When it comes to all the DPS classes that wish to min-max their stats for end-game content, engineering becomes almost a necessity. The Shadow Priest specialization just like the Affliction Warlock benefits from abusing the haste stat, therefore HyperSpeed Accelerators will be a very strong addition to your arsenal, offering a massive 340 haste buff for 12 seconds. Apart from the HyperSpeed Accelerators, engineering offers you a multitude of other gadgets that can prove to be very useful. One such gadget is the Nitro Boosts, it offers you a very strong escape tool, both for running away from mobs or for negating a raid mechanic altogether.

Mining: will generate you a good source of income while also generating enough raw materials to level up professions such as Engineering or Jewelcrafting. Most people underestimate the profitability of mining but rest assured that it will make you go a long way. Not only it will provide you with a sustainable source of gold but it will also provide you with a special passive that will enhance your PvP potency, Toughness which will increase your stamina by 60 at max rank. 

Jewelcrafting: is one of the professions which can lend you plenty of gold while also contributing to the min-maxing aspect of the game, a Jewelcrafter can create special gems like the Quick Dragon’s Eye which will help you boost your stats more than normal gems.

Alchemy can be an extraordinary profession. It’s a moneymaker for sure when combined with Herbalism. It offers 2-hour flasks, transmutations, and access to a lot of useful potions. Because raiding requires a high amount of consumables, you will want to pair Alchemy with Herbalism to maximize the potential gain of the profession.

Enchanting: This is one of the professions usually taken by casters paired up with Tailoring, it’s a standard bread and butter profession pair up that can help you empower your character with powerful enchantments to increase your stats or the stats of other players. Having enchanting on your own gives you access to special enchantments for your rings and the ability to disenchant equipment you find in the world in order to create high-value materials that you are going to use for those said enchantments.

Tailoring: is the profession which allows you to create garments for your character from clothes found all over the world, it is usually paired up with Enchanting since you can disenchant everything you create with Tailoring. It is a very useful profession due to the gear you can create during your leveling journey or high-end content while also making you a steady amount of gold, especially when paired up with enchanting. One example of an enchantment reserved only for Tailoring that benefits the Shadow Priest specialization is the Lightweave Embroidery, which offers a proc of 295 spell power for 15 seconds.Skinning will provide you with a steady amount of gold throughout your adventures, making almost any pelt available to be added to your collection. Not only does it offer a steady amount of gold but it also provides the  Master of Anatomy perk which increases your critical strike rating by 40.

Tailoring is must for every caster due to how much Spell Power you gain from it and Engineering is second best due how much valuable the movement speed can be in some crucial situations along with the haste bonus.


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1 year ago

thank you for this guide is helpet alot and the way you explane it was perfect for new players in shadow priest

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1 year ago

what about shadow word death? lol

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1 year ago

You should use it while moving/evading aoe

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8 months ago

Petty shity guide lmao

  • Human: Increased Spirit (More crit with Molten Armor)
  • Gnome: Increased Int (more crit)

If anyone wants to know how to spriest go to the waybackmachine and look up shadowpriest.com, the ape who made this is some pepega mage andy.

1 year ago

this is what you really want: https://wotlkdb.com/?talent#bVcbbZZGefVofzffqczAo:ahqVcz

Dispersion glyph lowers your DPS because you have to cancel cast, get pain instead. You should be able to rely on SWP tick, VT Proc, and Fiend to keep you up using dispersion between trash pulls mostly or during longer fights. the extra point in threat reduction if you are closer to BiS and your tank isn’t quite there and for AOE pulls is pretty useful. If it isn’t an issue for your raid put one point back over into disc for Meditation.

this is for PVE, Spriest not all that good at pvp, but getting improved shadowform and the silence and horror would be “okay” against people who are not fully geared.

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1 year ago

The improved shadowform is mainly for 70% less time lost while channeling and taking dmg.

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1 year ago

You can use either dispersion or SW:P glyph but if you want to down LK (easiest way possible) is quite usefull to be able soak more times. If you dont cancel last tick of mind flay you shouldnt have mana issues at all.
Improved mind blast is bullshit since healing reduction is useless on bosses and casting mind blast is DPS loss! And you shouldnt bother with replenishment since you will have retri paladins whose will be spamming judgements.
Putting points into threat reduction is useless since shadowfrom grants you 30% threat reduction (thats more than most classes takes) and you will not be highest dps by far. Anyway since you dont have better talents I put here 2 talents
2 points of improved shadowform is must have if you want to raid ICC.
2 points into veiled shadows is optimal I recommend it but not necessary is more a gimmick 😀
3 points in meditation is must have. Dont be idiot with trying to find mana somewhere else.
Inner focus Optimal but not necessary. If you know you will not press the button dont take it.

Last edited 1 year ago by Zathe
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Reply to  Redrage
8 months ago

Just came by to say this guy is a tool.
Pre T10 4pc you spec this
With 1 point spare.
Post T10 4pc move mind blast points wherever else you like.
If you’re going to pull threat, tell your tanks to get good, or just get a salv cooldown.

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