PVE Shadow Priest DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Game: Wrath of the Lich King
Content Type: Gaming Guides


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.

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.

Shadow Priest Ordinary Talent Tree Wow 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.

Shadow Priest T10set Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

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

Shadow Priests have an opener combo and a priority list afterward. This section is divided into two parts for both of the builds mentioned above.

Opener: this is an opener for players using the first build. (No 4/5 T10 Set Bonus)

Priority list: After using your opener you have to keep these spells on the target all the time

Opener: If you have the 4/5 T10 Set Bonus then your opener should be

Priority list: After using your opener you have to keep these spells on the target all the time

Hit -> Spell Power -> Haste -> Crit -> Spirit -> Intellect

Shadow Priests require 17% of Hit (446 rating) to always hit the target. Shadow Focus and Misery talents lower the requirement by 6%. You need to obtain the last 11% (289 rating) with gear and buffs. It can be lowered up to 10% if there is a Draenei in group – Heroic Presence.
[1% Hit = 26.23 rating]

Spell Power is the primary DPS stat for this spec. Stack as much as possible after getting enough Hit rating. Haste is another vital stat for a Shadow Priest, which increases the damage drastically. The soft cap for Haste is 1269 rating.

Critical Strike Rating is a secondary stat that shouldn’t be prioritized, hence acquired passively through gear upgrades. Spirit improves the mana regeneration through Improved Spirit Tap and partly converts into Spell Power with Twisted Faith. Intellect increases the mana pool and slightly increases the crit rating.

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