Shadow Priest raid bosses guide

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

Raid Bosses

Sepulcher of the First Ones

Vigilant Guardian

Single Target
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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism / Talbadar’s Stratagem

Notes:

The main priority on this fight is not to fall behind on the adds, but generally, as a shadow priest, you want to main target the boss and dot off-targets; if the adds live long in your raid, you can spec into psychic link with talbadar legendary and gain quite the cleave DPS.

Cooldowns: This is generally a sub 6 min fight, so feel free to time your last CDs with lust; as guilds get more gear, this will become an even shorter fight.

Skolex

Single Target
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 Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

It's a very straightforward single target fight. The most important part here is to plan ahead for the movement bursts that happen when you are dodging Retch.

Cooldowns: This is generally a sub 5 min fight, so don’t delay CDs for too long, or you might miss a use.

Artificer Xy'mox

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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

As a shadow priest, you don’t want to be on the platforms and mainly focus on boss damage; misery is for the intermissions. Try and help blanket silence the casters, so they group up faster when the intermission starts.

Cooldowns: The fight length varies a lot. It depends on comps but try and time your cooldowns for the lust at the start of the last phase.

Dausegne

Single Target
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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

The main focus of this fight is to kill the adds as soon as they spawn. Shadow priest, however, is not very good at this and should focus on their strength which is boss damage. Use the adds for extra twist of fate uptime and help dmg them where you can.

Cooldowns: The fight length is around 5min, so don't hold CDs for too long, or you might miss out on 1 set.

Prototype Pantheon

Cleave
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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

This fight comes down to planning ahead with your positioning and not getting caught off guard with the lines to break the shields off adds/seeds.

Cooldowns: You generally want to use CDs at the start of each phase as they should be around 2 minutes long. In the last phase, you wait until everything is stacked, and you get lust.

Lihuvim

Cleave
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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

This fight is about managing everyone's DPS CDs around handling various DPS checks and aoe. If your guild is short in the AoE department, you should 100% spec into Searing Nightmare to help out.

Cooldowns: I recommend using CDs for first synthesize and then getting them back for the big AoE around 3minutes, and then you will once again get CDs back for the next aoe at ~5:20

Halondrus

Single Target
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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

This fight is very scripted and requires very good preplanning. Focus everything you can on you and your partners bomb and your movement. If you struggle with movement during intermissions, there is some value in going Night Fae on this boss since Soulshape lets you cover a lot more ground with the bomb.

Cooldowns: This is a standard single-target boss fight in terms of cooldown management. As Necrolord, you play the usual two-minute Voidform with Mindbender/Unholy Nova on CD. If you get Voidform / Power Infusion up during the last Intermission, you should hold it since you generally cast Bloodlust just as you enter phase 3 at 6-6:30 minutes-ish.

With current tuning and progression, damage before 45% does not matter much. You often stop DPS in P1 and P2 to get better push timings for healing and DPS CDs. And it is just a race from 45% to 0%.

Anduin Wrynn

Single Target / AoE
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Talents:

You can also pick the following talents:

Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

The fight is very scripted, and everything happens at the same time, every pull, so it's all about preplanning your movement, your cooldowns, and where you need your damage. Shadow is good at boss damage and helping out on Lost Souls with Searing Nightmare. You will most likely also Mass Dispell the healing adds inside the Kingsmourne phase.

Cooldowns: As mentioned above, the fight is very scripted. You have Kingsmourne phases at 0:50 / 1:50 / 5:00 / 6:00 and Remnant phases at 3 minutes and 7 minutes.

As a Shadow Priest, you generally want to cast everything on the pull, 1 min on CD, Voidform on cd at 1:30, 1 min on CD again at 2 minutes (don't cast PI), and then everything again at 3 minutes on the first Remnant. After that, you can play standard 2-minute Voidform on CD, and it should line up with both Kingsmourne group 1 and the second Remnant. So something like

  • Pull: Everything (Bender / Nova / VF / PI)
  • 1min: Bender / Unholy Nova
  • 1:30min: Voidform
  • 2min: Bender / Unholy Nova
  • 3min: Everything (Bender / Nova / VF / PI)
  • 4min: Bender / Unholy Nova
  • 5min: Everything (Bender /Nova / VF / PI)
  • 6min: Bender / Unholy Nova
  • 7min: Everything (Bender / Nova / VF / PI)
  • etc.

Lords of Dread

Cleave
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 Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

This fight is all about the damage you can do during Swarm’s and juggling the Cloud of Carrion in your ranged camp. Always keep an eye out on your positioning since badly baited Slumber Cloud’s can make later parts of the fight a lot harder than it needs to be.

Cooldowns: It’s all about the Swarm’s, especially with the change where it affects all damage instead of just AoE damage. Play the fight with two-minute Voidform around Swarm’s with Mindbender / Unholy Nova in between as normal.

We have seen a small increase in value to cast Voidform slightly before the Swarm starts to get everything up and rolling and then go into Mindbender / Unholy Nova just as the Swarm cast finishes.

Rygelon

Single Target
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Talents:

You can also use the following talents:

Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism / Talbadar’s Stratagem

Notes:

This fight is all about managing the quasar damage while still making the DPS check before the enrage. If your raid needs quasar damage, then consider going Psychic Link with Talbadar's Stratagem otherwise, go full single target with Twist of Fate (you get very good uptime on this fight)

Cooldowns: Try and use CDs on pull and then on cd. Soulletting Ruby should be used on the boss for the first cast and then on quasar for 2nd and 3rd use (The First Sigill is an excellent alternative for this boss)

The Jailer

Single Target
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Legendary:

Shadowflame Prism

Notes:

This fight is all about planning your movement ahead of time. Try and ask other priests to grip you to save yourself from spending too much time in the air with bombs and return the favor to them; small min-maxing goes a long way on this fight. 

Cooldowns: You generally want to use CDs on cd except for a slight delay in P1 if your guild goes for a 6 stack around the 2min 15sec mark. In P3, you want to delay your CDs around 20 seconds, so you have CDs rolling into the add cleave, and then you get CDs back for 2nd add cleave and back once more for lust in P4.

Sanctum of Domination

The Tarragrue

Single Target
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: The powers you wanna aim for should be

  1. Elethium Weights
  2. Acid Gland
  3. Huddled Carvings
  4. Lumbering Form (Don’t pick on progress)
  5. Erratic Howl

Very generic Single Target Patchwerk Fight, nothing special to it. You can soak a hit of the Mist with dispersion if you get caught out of place, and is a good candidate to soak one of the orbs since you have very good self healing.

Cooldowns: For most general kill times nowadays you will only get 2 Power Infusions while you have the powers, so you either play 2 min VF as Necrolord, or VF on CD and PI at 2:20-2:30 as Night Fae. Generally you have the 2nd Intermission/Dance phase at 2 minutes, so delaying that set of CDs to after the movement is good, since you won't get another big set of CDs with powers anyway.

Eye of the Jailer

Single Target
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: You can Soulshape / Door of Shadow / Fleshcraft + Dispersion the Beam (it does sometimes bug and hits you multiple times within 0.1 seconds so Fleshcraft + dispersion might kill you either way)

Cooldowns: You generally want to use CDs on pull, after 1st intermission and depending on your lust timer you either use them during 2nd intermission or as you transition into the boss burn.

The Nine

Single Target Focus
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: Watch out using cooldowns close after Skyja comes down. The boss will cast 2x Bright Aegis (Shield) which reduces the damage taken by 90%. After the second shield is cast, and the boss is outside of it, you are free to use CDs again.

Cooldowns: With the shields coming down in between your first set and your 2nd set of Cooldowns, you play 2 min Voidform at the start, and then either 2 minute VF again as Necro or VF on CD and delayed PI as Fae, slightly dependent on your kill timers etc.

Remnant of Ner'zhul

Single Target Focus
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: You have several tools to get back on the platform if you are running with the Mass Dispel tactic, depending on your race/covenant, and therefore can and should be a good contender to always go outer.

Tools: Goblin Jump / Soulshape / Fleshcraft (with Marileth)

Cooldowns: CD management is completely dependent on lust timings on this fight, since you lust going into the last phase rather than on pull. If you have a 4 minute lust timing, you can PI on CD. But if you lust on anything earlier than that you should hold your second PI to line up with the lust together with your 3-3:30 VF/Bender/Fae etc.

Soulrender Dormazain

Single Target
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: Do not get baited into saving every set of CDs into the add waves (especially the first one). Your preliminary job on this fight is to delete the boss and/or the big add.

If an add wave is close to spawning it is beneficial to delay cooldowns slightly, but never plan your entire fight around only using your CD's on the adds.

If you are Necrolord, try to time your Void Torrents around Big Adds.

Cooldowns: Once again dependent on kill times, and if you are assigned to focus on the boss or are allowed to DPS adds.

Add waves:

  1. 00:25-00.30
  2. 1:20-1:30
  3. 3:05-3:10
  4. 4:15-4:20
  5. 6:10-6:15

As Necrolord just play 2 min VF, and focus the boss. It lines up with the ~4min Add Wave and ~6min Add Wave later in the fight.
As Night Fae you either press everything on CD, play 1:30 min VF for the first add spawn, or play 2 min VF if your 2nd Add Set lives for a considerable amount. Night Fae CD timings changes drastically dependent on what you want to focus on, and how fast your Adds die (especially set #2)

Painsmith Raznal

Single Target
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: You can proc ToF on balls that get cleaved.

Necrolords have a big advantage on this fight when it comes to ball DPS as you can Void Torrent them if lined up properly.

Spam Fade and DP on cooldown around either Tank Weapons, or Traps.

If you get caught out of position u can Dispersion and run over Spikes without dying.

Cooldowns: CD Management on this boss is pretty much straight forward. You want 2 minutes at the start of each phase even if you do delayed the strat.

Even as Night Fae you play the fight as a delayed 2 min VF at the start of every phase.

If you have slightly worse DPS you can press 1 min CD’s on cooldown (Mindbender / Unholy Nova)

Guardian of the First Ones

Single Target
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Note: This boss is very straight forward, it is the Patchwerk fight of this tier. The only thing you should look out for on this fight are the timings, and how you should alter your CD timings around it.

You can use Desperate Prayer and Fade just before the 2nd hit of Purging Protocol to have it up for both the 2nd and 3rd.

Cooldowns: As Necrolord you just play 2 min VF all the way through and pray you don't kill it faster than like 4:30.

As Night Fae it changes a lot depending on how fast you kill it.

4:30 kill:

5:min kill:

Fatescribe Roh-Kalo

Single Target
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Note: CD management is as always dependent on your push timings, but some tips to get you at least a long way.

P1:

  • Everything on Pull
  • Bender on CD
  • Save 2nd Fae/VF

Intermission 1:

  • Everything at around 2 minutes into the 2 big adds.

P2:

  • Press everything on CD, only slightly delaying things like bender if it lines up with tank add deaths for some extra cleave.
  • Your aim is to get as many uses as possible while also lining up your CDs for around the 6 minute lust. It should be roughly 2x Voidforms, 2x Fae Guardians, 1x PI at 4 minutes and 3x Mindbender.

Intermission 2:

Only use short CDs, like bender, or a Fae to push the VF CD down if needed.

P3:

Try to get the raid to lust around 6 minutes, it lines up with both yours and every 3 minute CD spec.

Kel'Thuzad

Cleave
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Note: Your playstyle depends on what your raid needs. You should either go full AoE for Devoted adds (SN) or Full Cleave for Tank Adds (Misery).

Cooldowns: if you do delay strat you can use voidform on cooldown (it should line up for big devoted AoE and intermission).

Use 2 min on pull and every intermission including the 3rd one as last phase DPS barely have any DPS checks and better single target classes can hold since Spriests job is to carry intermissions.

Sylvanas Windrunner

Single Target / Cleave
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Legendary:

Night Fae: Shadowflame Prism

Necrolord: Pallid Command

Notes: You can either play Misery or Searing nightmare on this fight depending on what you want to prioritize, I personally prefer Searing Nightmare.

Cooldowns: you want to use cooldowns on 1st platform and 3rd platform in phase 2 and you want to use on 1st, 3rd and 4th in phase 3

In general cooldowns are very very tight so if possible you want to trade power infusions with the conduit to help you out.

Castle Nathria

Shriekwing

Single Target
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: Make sure you don’t use your Void Eruption right before the intermission hits, the boss goes immune during the intermission. While the boss is casting the knockback you can still hit him, the knockback also does very low damage so you can just keep on hitting the boss until he goes immune. If you’re Night Fae you can use Void Eruption twice per damage phase.

Huntsman Altimor

Stacked Cleave
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Sun King's Salvation

Stacked Cleave
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: Swap quickly to priority targets called out by your raid leader. It might be tempting to play Searing Nightmare for phase 1, but AOE damage on the small mobs might not be needed for your group. Try to check where your group needs extra damage and swap talents accordingly.

Artificer Xy'mox

Single Target
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: You can use Leap of Faith to save your friends from Edge of Annihilation or Fleeting Spirits if they’re caught out of position.

Keep an eye on the timers for ghosts, seeds and traps when casting, you don’t want to be caught out of position if the mechanic is cast on you.

Hungering Destroyer

Single Target
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: You can use Leap of Faith to save your friends from Consume if they’re caught out of position.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

Stacked Cleave / Single Target
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: You can swap to Twist of Fate if your group needs more boss damage. Or use Misery if your group needs more add damage.

Time your Mindbenders so they line up with the add spawns.

The Council of Blood

Single Target
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: Swap to the Dutiful Attendants quickly. Once they reach the bosses they channel an immunity on the bosses, it is usually not worth casting your dots on them because they should die very fast. 

Dot up the far away waiters if Mindblast is on CD and you are not going to cap on insanity. 

If a Dreadbolt Volley interrupt is missed, you can Mass Dispel to help out your healers.

Sludgefist

Single Target
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: When the boss charges a pillar he will receive a debuff that temporarily increases his damage taken by 100%. It is worth delaying Void Torrent casts for this. If you have taken the Necrolord or Venthyr covenant you should also line up your covenant ability with the 100% damage taken increase. Time your mindbenders so you have it for each pillar phase.

Stone Legion Generals

Stacked Cleave
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: Use Shadow Word: Death with the Death and Madness talent on low health skirmishers to gain more Shadowflame procs.

Sire Denathrius

Cleave
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Legendary: Shadowflame Prism

Notes: Make sure you keep dots up on Sire Denathrius and Remornia throughout the fight while swapping to priority targets called out by your raid leader. Watch the timers for the grips and knockbacks so it doesn’t interrupt your Void Torrent casts.