Level 100 Shadow Priest Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 7.0.3

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Shadow Priest in PvE | Latest Patch 7.0.3

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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

Shadowform Priority: Execute the following priority to build Insanity while in Shadowform.

  1. Void Eruption at 100 Insanity to activate Voidform.
  2. Shadow Word Pain maintained at all times.
  3. Vampiric Touch maintained at all times.
  4. Shadow Word Death when available on targets with <= 20% health.
  5. Mind Blast on cooldown to build Insanity.
  6. Mind Flay as a filler to build Insanity.

Voidform Priority: Execute the following priority at 100 Insanity after entering Voidform.

  1. Void Bolt on cooldown.
  2. Shadow Word Death when available on targets with <= 20% health.
  3. Mind Blast on cooldown.
  4. Mind Flay as a filler.

Shadow Priest DPS priority involves two phases. The first phase is executed in Shadowform to build Insanity so that you can enter Voidform for a burst damage phase.

Build Insanity in Shadowform by maintaining Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch at all times. Use Shadow Word Death on low health targets. Next, cast Mind Blast on cooldown and use Mind Flay as a filler ability. At 100 Insanity, activate Void Eruption to enter Voidform.

In Voidform, you should cast Void Bolt on cooldown which will also maintain your Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch DoTs. Next, cast Shadow Word Death and Mind Blast as often as possible. Finally, use Mind Flay as a filler ability.

AoE Rotation

Your AoE rotation is similar to the single target rotation, but with an emphasis on casting Mind Sear as often as possible. Try to maintain your Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch on multiple targets as well. Enter Voidform at 100 Insanity and continue to spam Mind Sear while maintaining Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch via Void Bolt.

Talents

Information on how to incorporate the selected talents from this guide into your rotation is currently being re-worked for 7.0.3. Check back later!

    Effective Cooldowns

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

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