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Shadow is the Priest's DPS spec with great team utility in Raids

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Spec Overview

Shadow Priests have abandoned the path of the Holy Light, and now balance dangerously close to the Void. Their spells attack not only their enemiesbodiestheir minds as well, which results in terrible despair and suffering. SPriest's are strong AoE and priority Target Damage dealers with a lot of self-healing potential. They also excelin the execution phases of engagements.

Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (3)ProsShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (4)Cons
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (5)Strong self-healing capabilities, especially in a multi-target scenarioShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (6)Burst AoE and Execute Damage are Talent choice dependant
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (7)Strong sustained AoE and Priority Target DamageShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (8)Poor Single Target Damage
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (9)Good AoE Burst damageShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (10)Low Single-Target Burst Damage potential
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (11)High Execute DamageShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (12)Multi-Target DoT management can get tricky
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (13)Some good group utility spellsShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (14)Spec Mechanics (Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (15)Voidform) are quite punishing when used incorrectly

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Statistics Priority

  1. Intellect - This is Shadow Priest's primary statistic. It provides a boost to your Spell Power, increasing all Spell Damage and Healing done.
  1. Haste - Increases the Tick-rate of your Damage over Time effects, and reduces spell casting times.
  1. Critical Strike - Gives your Spells and Abilities a chance to do Extra (Critical) Damage/Healing.
  1. Mastery - Shadow Priest's Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (18)Mastery: Madness increases the damage dealt by your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (19)Void Eruption, Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (20)Mind Sear, Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (21)Mind Flay, Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (22)Mind Blast, Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (23)Void Bolt, Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (24)Vampiric Touch, and Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (25)Shadow Word: Pain.
  1. Versatility - Increases all Healing and Damage done while also reducing all Damage Received.

The Best Talent Choices

Following Talent Build is designed to optimize the Single-Target Damage output, please read Talent descriptions below for more detailed info about which choices would be better for Higher Sustained and Burst AoE Damage and some specific situations.

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Level 15:
Recommended choice - Shadow Word: Void
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (27)Shadow Word: Void -is an active ability that replaces Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (28)Mind Blast, it has 2 charges and deals higher Damage while generating more Insanity than Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (29)Mind blast, but has slightly longer Cooldown. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (30)Shadow Word: Void will help to smooth out your rotation, thanks to its 2 possible charges that will prevent you from losing casts when bothShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (31)Shadow Word: Voidand theShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (32)Void Bolt come back up at the same time.
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (33)Fortress of the Mind increases damage dealt by your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (34)Mind Blast and Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (35)Mind Flay by 10% and makes them generate 20% more Insanity. This is a very competitive choice as well, but it loses a lot of value in dynamic encounters with lots of movement. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (36)Shadowy Insight gives your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (37)Shadow Word: Pain ticks a chance to reset the remaining Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (38)Mind Blast Cooldown, and make it an instant Cast. Casting Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (39)Shadow Word: Pain on multiple Targets will not increase the proc chance. This is generally a poor choice, because your Rotation is already clogged up, and adding extra casts to it will just make you delay more important spells, it also has RNG element to it, as it may proc when Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (40)Mind Blast is already off Cooldown, thereby losing value.
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Level 30:
Recommended choice - Body and Soul
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (42)Body and Soul - Casting the Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (43)Power Word: Shield on a friendly Target will now also increase its movement speed by 40% for 3 seconds. This gives you a nice mobility buff that could also be used to aid other Raid/Party members if needed.
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (44)San'Layn improves your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (45)Vampiric Embrace by decreasing its Cooldown by 45 seconds and increasing its healing effect by 25%. This gives yourShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (46)Vampiric Embrace some more utility making it a great Group-wide emergency cooldown in Dungeons, its impact in Raids is quite negligible, however. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (47)Intangibility makes your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (48)Dispersion also heal you for 50% of your max Health while it is active, and reduces its Cooldown by 30 seconds. This is a greatchoice for Incoming-Damage heavy, low mobility fights and should be swapped withShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (49)Body and Soulwhen needed.
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Level 45:
Recommended choice - Twist of Fate
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (51)Twist of Fate -Your Damage and Healing are increased by 10% for 8 seconds after Damaging a Target that is below 35% Health. This effect does not stack but refreshes as long as you are attacking a wounded (<35% HP) target. This gives you a nice boost in the execute phases and is at its best in fights without too many adds.

Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (52)Misery makes your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (53)Vampiric Touch also apply a Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (54)Shadow Word: Pain on the same Target. This works best in Fights against spread out Targets and in the low enemy count (up to 4) AoE engagements. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (55)Dark Void is an active ability that deals moderate Damage to your Primary Target and all Targets around it, all Targets hit get afflicted with the Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (56)Shadow Word: Pain. This is a great choice for AoE heavy engagements, it shines especially in Dungeons.

Please note that all three of the above-mentioned Talents are great and viable in their own right, and choosing the best one for thegiven situation is up to the Player.

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Level 60:
Recommended choice - Last Word
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (58)Last Word - Reduces the Cooldown of your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (59)Silence ability by 15 seconds. This largely improves your interrupting capabilities which areindispensable in Raids and Dungeons alike.
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (60)Mind Bomb is a replacement for Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (61)Psychic Scream that applies a 2-second debuff, which upon ending, disorients all Targets in 8yd radius for 5 seconds. This acts mainly as a soft AoE stun and interrupt, with its 30yd range being the only benefit over theShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (62)Psychic Screamin Raids and Dungeons. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (63)Psychic Horror is a 4-second Single Target stun with a 30yd Range and 45-second Cooldown. Pick this over the Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (64)Last Word if more frequent Interrupts are not needed in the upcoming engagement.
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Level 75:
Recommended choice - Auspicious Spirits
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (66)Auspicious Spirits -Increases Damage dealt by your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (67)Shadowy Apparitions by 100% and you gain 2 Insanity every time they hit a Target. This is the best choice for Single-target DPS, as long as you have at least 18% Critical Strike chance, and a default pick at the present Gear levels.
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (68)Shadow Word: Death deals high amounts of Damage to targets below 20% Health, and generates 15 Insanity (or 30 if the Target dies within 1 second). This Talent boosts your Execute phase Damage by a significant amount but generates no value for most of the Engagements duration, unless there are adds to execute. Pick this if a Fight ends with the Hard DPS check. TheShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (69)Shadow Crash fires shadow energy to the pointed direction, dealing AoE damage to all Targets within the 8yd radius and generating 20 Insanity. This is the best choice for AoE Heavy engagements or for when you are still gearing up.
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Level 90:
Recommended choice - Lingering Insanity
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (71)Lingering Insanity -Haste gained from entering theShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (72)Voidformfades slowly over time instead of immediately disappearing at the end of it. This is the default choice for Raiding thanks to quite low Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (73)Voidform Downtimes during Boss fights.
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (74)Mindbender is a replacement for the Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (75)Shadowfiend, that generates more Insanity and has lower Cooldown than its counterpart. This is a good alternative choice for Dungeons and the Mythic+, as it extends the duration of your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (76)Voidform, theShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (77)Lingering Insanity provides more value in Raids, however. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (78)Void Torrent is a 4-second channeled ability that deals high amounts of Damage, and stops you from losing Insanity during the channeling time; it generates 30 Insanity. Picking This ability is not recommended as it lowers your mobility and loses a lot of value when interrupted.
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Level 100:
Recommended choice - Legacy of the Void
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (80)Legacy of the Void - Reduces the Cast Time of your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (81)Void Eruption by 40% and increases the Spell Damage bonus granted by Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (82)Voidform by further 5%. This gives you the highest Consistent Damage boost with an added benefit of being a passive ability.
Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (83)Dark Ascensiondeals damage to all enemies within 10yd of your primary Target,and then activates your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (84)Voidform, immediately granting you 50 Insanity; it has 60-second Cooldown. This gives you a strong Burst AoE Cooldown on demand which is preferred, over the Consistent Damage provided by the Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (85)Legacy of the Void, during the Mythic+ progression and some Raid Encounters. Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (86)Surrender to Madness doubles your Insanity generation for 60 seconds, after that time you lose 90% of your total HP, and can't generate Insanity for the next 15 seconds; it has 4-minute Cooldown. This potentially gives you a great edge during execute phases, as it lets you stay in Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (87)Voidform for a considerably longer time, but gets overshadowed by the other two choices in reality.

The Basic Rotation

The main goal of the Shadow Priest's rotation is to build upInsanity in order to cast Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (88)Void Eruptionto enterShadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (89)Voidformand then sustain it by generating even more Insanity.

Use the following Priority list in order to optimize Single Target Damage output:

  1. Mind Sear withThought Harvester proc
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  1. Void Eruption
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  1. Void Bolt
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  1. Shadowfiend on Cooldown
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  1. Maintain Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain at all times
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  1. Shadow Word: Void
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  1. Mind Flay to avoid Downtime
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Use the following priority when fighting Multiple Targets:
  1. Shadowfiend on Cooldown
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  1. Void Eruption if available
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  1. Void Bolt on Cooldown
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  1. Vampiric Touch should be maintained on up to 5 Targets unless they are about to die
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  1. Shadow Word: Painshould be maintained on up to 5 Targets unless they are about to die
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  1. Mind Sear to avoid Downtime
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Tips and Tricks for Improving your Gameplay

  1. Try to maximize your Shadow Priest the Best DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (105)Voidform's uptime at all times.
  1. Avoid Downtime! (even if it means mashing buttons in order to save hundredths of a second on each cast)
  1. Learn Encounters and position yourself in a way that lets you stay stationary for as long as possible - moving around lowers your Damage output significantly.
  1. Always analyze your mistakes and try to improve upon them!

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END NOTE

This is an early version of our guide,we plan to upgrade upon it, and add further sections. So please leave your suggestions in the comments section below. We would also like to state that this is meant as a pocket guide and therefore we will not go into too much detail.

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