- Author: Passion
- Date: August 6, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Besides your gear and talents, there are 3 additional ways you as a player can increase your character’s power: gems, enchants, and consumables, which make your character significantly more powerful when combined correctly.
Many guilds and raid groups may not invite you at all if you don’t have the correct gems, enchants and consumables — but worry not, this guide will help you avoid that problem!
The Chaotic Skyflare Diamond is the best choice for Shadow Priests. Because of the order of operations for critical damage, this 3% increase ends up as closer to 9% when combined with Shadow Power, making this deceptively strong.
To activate this gem you will need 2 blue gems in your gear, which should not be too tricky and will hopefully allow you to pick up two nice socket bonuses.
These gems are weaker than pure spell power gems. However, occasionally you may have an item with a Yellow socket that has a powerful socket bonus, such as +spell power, +haste or +crit. In those cases, you can socket one of the gems listed above.
If you’re under the hit cap (as explained in the Stat Priority section), you can use some Spell Power + Hit gems (Veiled Monarch Topaz / Veiled Ametrine) instead. These will be slightly stronger than pure spell power gems while you’re under the hit cap, but you generally don’t want to cap with gems.
You need at least 2 Blue gems socketed in your gear in order to activate your Meta gear, and these gems are your best option, offering a good amount of spell power. As much as possible, make sure you socket those 2 gems into Blue sockets.
You will generally want to use Red gems in Blue sockets. The exception is items with socket bonuses that offer 5+ spell power, in which case you should be socketing Purified Twilight Opal / Purified Dreadstone.
If you don’t quite have the The Sons of Hodir reputation necessary to buy it yet, you can use either Lesser Inscription of the Storm at Honored or Inscription of Dominance (purchased with 30 Stone Keeper’s Shard from Wintergrasp).
Players with the Engineering profession who do not have Tailoring can use Springy Arachnoweave instead. It is a good bit better than the default enchant, though for us Priests the slow fall effect isn’t useful, as we have Levitate!
Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats is generally the preferred option of the two, providing a little bit of everything. Enchant Chest – Major Spirit is the higher damage option by a very small amount, but we’d generally recommend Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats unless you really want to squeeze every last of drop of damage out of your character — but the difference between the 2 is really tiny.
If you’re slightly shy off meeting your hit cap (explained in the Stat Priority section), you can use the Enchant Gloves – Precision enchants instead. This is more of a last resort, however — do not rely on this enchant for your hit cap.
This is your only option for this slot.
Engineers are able to enchant their belts with Frag Belt, giving the ability to throw a weaker grenade for free every 6 minutes. This is generally not incredibly useful in raids as you will want to use Saronite Bombs, but you may as well use this if you are an Engineer already. This stacks with Eternal Belt Buckle.
However, the DPS increase of Enchant Boots – Icewalker isn’t particularly large, so you could also elect to use Enchant Boots – Tuskarr’s Vitality for some extra movement speed, which can occasionally save your life if you’re not an Engineer and thus lack access to Nitro Boosts.
When it comes to weapon enchantments, the BiS choice depends on specific situations or specific phase/gear requirements.
Enchant Weapon – Black Magic is one of the most powerful enchantments that you can acquire for a Shadow Priest, both at the beginning of the expansion and in its ending stages as well. The main situation in which you will want to change this enchantment is if you reach the 1-second GCD cap with Bloodlust/Heroism and Hyperspeed Accelerators, this puts the proc at risk of being wasted.
Enchant Staff – Greater Spellpower is potentially stronger than Enchant Weapon – Black Magic but can only be used on a staff. This is also a preferred option for players that dislike relying on random chance.
If flasks are very expensive on your server, you could instead use a combination of the Spellpower Elixir and the Elixir of Mighty Mageblood. Note that these are significantly weaker than the flask, and they don’t persist through death, so if you’re wiping a lot in your raid, the flask may end up being cheaper anyway.
Shadow Priests have it easy with buff food — we can use a Fish Feast prepared by any Cook in the raid to gain the maximum amount of spell power possible. If your raid doesn’t have any cooks, or if you’d rather not partake in communal dining, you could use Firecracker Salmon or Tender Shoveltusk Steak instead — they confer the exact same boost.
If you aren’t hit capped, you can also use the Snapper Extreme food in order to reach your cap. This is only a last resort however — do not rely on them for your cap.
Potion of Speed and Potion of Wild Magic are the strongest potions you can use as a Shadow Priest. You are only able to use one potion per fight, but you can use one just before the fight starts. This is known as “pre-potting”. Generally you will want your pre-pot to be Potion of Wild Magic, to make sure you first cast of Shadow Word: Pain has the absolute maximum critical chance it can. During the fight you will want to sync your potion together with a burst window, preferably together with Bloodlust/Heroism, Hyperspeed Accelerators, your trinkets and Lightweave Embroidery if possible. If you end up past 50% haste during these burst windows you should consider using Potion of Wild Magic during the fight too.