PVE Shadow Priest Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

PVE Shadow Priest DPS Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)

PVE Shadow Priest Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Shadow Priest in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

1. Talent Tree

Here I’ll describe two specs. The first one will be a casual spec, usable with every kind of gear. The second one will be for people with 4/5 T10 Set Bonus.

PVE Shadow Priest No T10 set Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

The advantage of the second build is that we don’t take Improved Mind Blast, which saves us 5 talent points. We take Improved Vampiric Embrace, which will give our raid extra survivability and now we have 16% less treat generation.

PVE Shadow Priest 4 T10 set Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

3. Gems

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.


Chaotic Skyflare Diamond


Runed Cardinal Ruby


Reckless Ametrine


Purified Dreadstone

4. Enchants

Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Icewalker

Two-handed – Greater Spellpower
One-handed – Mighty Spellpower

5. Gameplay & Rotations

Shadow Priests have an opener combo and a priority list afterward. Let’s take a look.

First spec openers:

This is a standard opener for players using the first spec. (No 4/5 T10 Set Bonus)
Vampiric TouchDevouring PlagueMind BlastMind FlayShadow Word: Pain
Use Shadow Word: Pain only after stacking Shadow Weaving

Priority list:

After using your opener you have to keep these spells on the target all the time:
Vampiric Touch, Devouring Plague, Mind Blast, Shadow Word: Pain
Rest of the time you use Mind Flay

Second spec openers:

If you have the 4/5 T10 Set Bonus then your opener will look like this:
Vampiric TouchDevouring PlagueMind FlayShadow Word: Pain

Priority list:

Vampiric Touch, *Mind BlastDevouring PlagueShadow Word: PainMind Flay.
*Mind Blast is used much less with this spec.
*Mind Blast procs a regeneration buff.If you have other 3 classes, that give a similar buff, then you don't have to use it.

6. Add-ons

Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.

Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.

PVE Shadow Priest Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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