Introduction to the Shadow Priest

 Shadow Priests are priests that use their ties to the void in order to cause pain and suffering to their enemies. Most of their spells are either related to hits directly into their foes minds, weakening them with every blow or tapping into the power of the void to strike their foes with ancient powers. Like other Priest specs, they have the option to heal their allies’ wounds, but at a much more expensive cost. Shadow Priests can also convert the pain of their enemies into salvation to their allies, using vampire rituals in order to do so. The main thing that makes Shadow Priests truly special is Voidform.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Shadow Priest, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Shadow Priest


  • Decent self-healing through Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch, scaling well with additional targets
  • Situationally good group utility in the form of Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace
  • Fairly strong burst AoE if you take the talents for it


  • DoT management requires a lot of focus and can take away a lot of globals when facing a couple of targets
  • Lack of good DPS cooldowns means that Shadow has low burst potential
  • Weak single target damage


15Fortress of the Mind Fortress of the Mind Shadowy Insight Shadowy Insight Shadow Word: Void Shadow Word: Void
30Body and Soul Body and SoulSan'layn San’laynIntangibility Intangibility
45Twist of Fate Twist of FateMisery MiseryDark Void Dark Void
60Last Word Last WordMind Bomb Mind BombPsychic Horror Psychic Horror
75Auspicious Spirits Auspicious SpiritsShadow Word: Death Shadow Word: DeathShadow Crash Shadow Crash
90Lingering Insanity Lingering InsanityMindbender MindbenderVoid Torrent Void Torrent
100Legacy of the Void Legacy of the VoidDark Ascension? Dark AscensionSurrender to Madness Surrender to Madness

Rotation of the Shadow Priest

The basic rotation of the Shadow Priest:

  • Use Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend whenever available, preferably when you have as much Haste as possible
  • Cast Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt on cooldown when in Voidform
  • Cast Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay as a filler when all of the above spells can not be cast or do not have to be cast


  • Shadowfiend IconShadowfiend has a 3-minute cooldown which summons a shadowy fiend that attacks your target for 15 seconds. It is an offensive cooldown that is not particularly strong
  • Void Eruption has a 2.5-second cast time (reduced by Haste), at the end of which you enter Voidform IconVoidform. Void Eruption also deals a big burst of damage to all enemies within 10 yards of your target.

Stat Priority

The stat priority of the Shadow Priest is:

  1. Haste = Critical Strike
  2. Mastery = Versatility
  3. Intellect