Shadow Priest introduction guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 6th Aug, 2022
Jaerv Shadow Priest Author


This is the Shadow Priest guide for Shadowlands written by Jaerv#3537 and Viklund#2904.

Shadow Priests have historically been the kings/queens of spread out multi-target cleave. Sadly though, this has been significantly nerfed in Shadowlands. Making us primarily good at pure single target DPS with some value at stacked cleave from the Shadowflame Prism legendary and now also the 4 set Living Shadow in 9.2.

All the things mentioned in this guide are subject to change. We will update it during the expansion as Blizzard changes class tuning and our knowledge of the fights, gear and simulations increases.

What has changed

Recent 9.2.5 Shadow Priest Changes

  • Mind Sear damage increased by 30%
  • Shadow Crash damage increased by 25%
  • Searing Nightmare damage increased by 15%

Developer’s note: We are looking into Shadow’s AoE toolkit for Dragonflight and want to address the concerns brought up by the community. However, in the meantime, we are implementing these adjustments to help Shadow’s performance in multi-target situations for Season 4. We’ll continue to watch Shadow’s performance as the season unfolds and make further adjustments if needed.

Recent 9.2 Shadow Priest Changes

  • Pallid Command Legendary nerfed by 40%~
  • Added Tier Set

2-piece: Casting Devouring Plague has a 40% chance to grant Dark Thought. Casting Searing Nightmare has a 25% chance to grant Dark Thought.

4-piece: Consuming a Dark Thought causes your shadow to animate, following you and dealing [ 125.4% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage over 8 seconds to all enemies within 10 yards of your target