Shadow Priest Stats, Races and Consumables Guide

Patch 10.2.5 Last Updated: 26th Jan, 2024
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Stat Priorities

Stat Ranking

As always, SIM YOURSELF at since what stats is the best changes all the time based on your character, how much you have of each stat, what the item level difference is between the items, what kind of fight it is. etc.

Generally though, stat priority should be:

Int > Mastery >= Haste > Crit > Vers

Try to keep Mastery and Haste somewhat equal and then move extra stats into Crit over Vers.

Stat Outline

Crit: Chance for spells to do double damage. Causes Shadowy Apparitions to deal 100% increased damage if the Mind Blast, Devouring Plague, Void Bolt or Mind Sear was a Critical Strike. Tormented Spirits has increased chance to proc on Critical Strike.

Haste: Increases spell casting and dot tick speed, reduces the cooldown of some spells and lowers the global cooldown.

Mastery: Increases your damage on the target for each Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch and Devouring Plague effect that you have active on the target. During Voidform all targets receive the maximum effect.

Versatility: Increases damage and healing done and reduces damage taken.

The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your character. Method Raider Jaerv has written a series of Metafy articles to help!

How to Sim in World of Warcraft


Racials very rarely matter when it comes to DPS. The difference between them has always been close enough that it doesn't matter what you play. So you should look at what other things the races bring, such as Rocket Jump from Goblin, Arcane Torrent from Blood Elf, Spatial Rift from Void Elf, Shadowmeld from Night Elf, Stoneform from Dwarf etc.

I will always say Goblin if you’re Horde because the added mobility from Rocket Jump is just impossible to compete with.

And Void Elf/Night Elf/Dwarf if you’re Alliance.

If all you care about is DPS, then it is Goblin or Troll for Horde, and Human for Alliance.


Head: Incandescent Essence

Rings: Devotion of Haste or Devotion of Mastery

Chest: Waking Stats

Weapon: Sophic Devotion

Bracers: Devotion of Speed

Cloak: Graceful Avoidance or Homebound Speed

Legs: Frozen Spellthread


Primalist Gems (Unique to 1):

Normal Gems:


Food: Sizzling Seafood Medley or Grand Banquet of the Kalu’ak

Potion: Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power

Healing Potion: Dreamwalker’s Healing Potion (General Use) or Potion of Withering Dreams (If you have maxed Alchemy)

Phial: Phial of Corrupting Rage (if you have 75% or higher uptime) otherwise Phial of Tepid Versatility

Weapon Rune: Howling Rune until you hit first Haste and Mastery DR, and after that you should go with Buzzing Rune

Augment Rune: Draconic Augment Rune