Level 100 Shadow Priest Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.0.3

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Shadow Priest in PvE | Latest Patch 6.0.3

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Buffs: Maintain these buffs at all times.

Shadow Priest DPS rotations differ greatly based on your level 100 talent choices. Auspicious Spirits and Void Entropy share a common, traditional rotation uses DoTs as a core source of damage. However, Clarity of Power offers a new playstyle that ignores DoTs on your primary target in favor of stronger and more frequent use of direct damage abilities.

DPS Priority: Auspicious Spirits and Void Entropy

  1. Devouring Plague with >= 3 Shadow Orbs.
  2. Mind Blast on cooldown with <= 5 Shadow Orbs. Generates Shadow Orbs.
  3. Shadow Word Death when target is below 20% health. Generates Shadow Orbs.
  4. Mind Flay if you have the Shadow Word Insanity buff.
  5. Mind Spike if you have a Surge of Darkness proc.
  6. Shadow Word Pain maintained at all times. Refresh with <= 5 sec remaining.
  7. Vampiric Touch maintained at all times. Refresh with <= 4 sec remaining.
  8. Mind Flay as a filler spell.

Shadow Priest DPS with Auspicious Spirits or Void Entropy involves the proper management of Shadow Orbs and the use of Devouring Plague. The top priority is to cast Devouring Plague with >= 3 Shadow Orbs. From here, use Mind Blast on cooldown when you have <= 5 Shadow Orbs. Next, use Shadow Word Death when available on targets below 20% health to generate Shadow Orbs. Remember to cast Shadow Word Death twice as long as you have <= 5 Shadow Orbs. Now, depending on your talent choices, you will need to either use Mind Flay with the Shadow Word Insanity buff or Mind Spike with a Surge of Darkness proc. Next, always maintain Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch on your targets. Refresh Shadow Word Pain with <= 5 sec remaining and refresh Vampiric Touch with <= 4 sec remaining. Finally, use Mind Flay as a filler spell.

AoE Rotation

The Shadow AoE rotation with Auspicious Spirits or Void Entropy is very similar to the single target rotation when presented with <= 4 targets. To execute this rotation apply Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch to all targets and continue with the single target rotation, but use Mind Sear as your filler spell instead of Mind Flay. With 5+ targets, simply channel Mind Sear on one of the targets (or the tank if they are in range of the mobs).

DPS Priority: Clarity of Power

  1. Devouring Plague with >= 3 Shadow Orbs.
  2. Mind Blast on cooldown with <= 5 Shadow Orbs. Generates Shadow Orbs.
  3. Shadow Word Death when target is below 20% health. Generates Shadow Orbs.
  4. Mind Spike with 3 Surge of Darkness procs.
  5. Mind Flay if you have the Shadow Word Insanity buff.
  6. Mind Spike as a filler spell.

Shadow Priest DPS with Clarity of Power involves a style of play that does not rely on DoTs for damage. To execute this rotaton, you begin by maintaining Devouring Plague on your target at all times. Then, cast Mind Blast on cooldown with less than 5 Shadow Orbs. Next, cast Shadow Word Death when available and when you have less than 5 Shadow Orbs. Cast Mind Spike when you have 3 Surge of Darkness procs and Mind Flay if you have the Shadow Word Insanity buff. Finally, use Mind Spike as a filler spell.

AoE Rotation

The Shadow AoE rotation with Clarity of Power is very similar to the single target rotation when presented with <= 4 targets. To execute this rotation apply Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch to all secondary targets and continue with the single target rotation on your primary target. With 5+ targets, simply channel Mind Sear on one of the targets (or the tank if they are in range of the mobs).

Talents

Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

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