PVE Shadow Priest Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Shadow Priest Class Overview

PVE Shadow Priest Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to my Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.

Shadow Priest relies a lot on DoTs to deal damage. This opens an opportunity to multi-DoT several targets and dealing damage to multiple enemies. The key thing is mana-control, as you can get out of mana very fast.

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


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Shadow
Glyph of Mind Flay
Glyph of Dispersion

Small Glyphs:
Glyph of Levitate
Glyph of Fortitude
Glyph of Shadowfiend


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational

Chaotic Skyflare Diamond

Purified Dreadstone

Reckless Ametrine

Runed Cardinal Ruby

If Hit Cap (289) is not achieved with gear, then add some Hit Rating gems. If Socket Bonus is not worth matching colors then use Runed Cardinal Ruby.


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

Gameplay & Rotations

Shadow Priests have an opener combo and a priority list afterwards. 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 similar buff, then you don't have to use it.


Addons play quite a big role in World of Warcraft and should be used by everyone. The question is, what addons do YOU need? Truth is, every player decides for himself what addons does he need or want. Now, there is a list of must-have addons, without them - you won't be taken seriously, or your game will be much more complicated.

Check out our Addons Page which will provide you with download links and configuration information. Addon version is correct for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a.

PVE Shadow Priest Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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