Brain Clutter

March 7, 2007

Top spell damage gear for Shadow Priests

Filed under: gaming, MMORPG, shadow priest, the burning crusade, World of Warcraft — brainclutter @ 10:19 am

My two previous articles listed the best gear you could obtain solely through PvP (at 60 and at 70 with the burning crusade). Unfortunately, Blizzard made the BEST gear available mainly from PvE and crafting, so to really amp up your spell damage and other stats you’ll need to grind in PvE… for a long time.

My other posts about shadow priests can be found here:

The gear listed below is probably unattainable for most people but it gives you something to shoot for. Even if you only manage to get some of this equipment, chances are it will really boost your overall performance. Every item in the list is the TOP spell damage item your Shadow Priest can use, which in some cases sacrifices other important bonuses such as stats, + spell hit, + crit, + spell penetration, etc. You could probably create a more balanced suit by mixing and matching items from this list with items of your own choosing and chances are, they’d be easier to get… For example, look at this setup (Paradox’s profile of EU WoW @ the Armory), which isn’t too far off my “best” set shown below.

The table:

item table

The links:

Main Hand >> Gladiator’s Spellblade
Wand >> Wand of Qiraji Nobility
Offhand >> Khadgar’s Knapsack

Head >> Collar of Cho’gall
Shoulders >> Mantle of the Mind Flayer
Chest >> Will of Edward the Odd
Hands >> Handguards of the Avatar
Legs >> Battlecast Pants
Feet >> Boots of Blasphemy

Back >> Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne
Finger >> Cobalt Ring of Tyrigosa
Finger >> Seer’s Signet
Neck >> Manasurge Pendant
Trinket >> Eye of Magtheridon
Trinket >> Icon of the Silver Crescent
Waist >> Girdle of Ruination
Wrist >> Bands of Nefarious Deeds

The breakdown:

Stamina – 302
Intellect – 261
Spirit – 22

Spell Damage – 821
Healing – 791
Spell Critical – 82

Resilience – 16
Spell Penetration – 20
Spell Hit – 15
Spell Damage bonus (when resisted) – 170 for 10 seconds
Spell Damage / Healing bonus (use) – 153 for 20 seconds

It would appear the the base stamina and intellect from this set are moderately weak so I’d suggest enchanting bonuses into your armour for these stats. I’d also enchant the Spellblade for an additional +30 spell damage. And again, I suggest mixing and matching because in many cases, these items give up great utility just to have the top spell damage ratings.



  1. Hey….My best friend in Rockford, Illinois last name is Clutter……..Warren

    Comment by digtheheavy — March 8, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  2. How can I send you my excel sheet that I made? I’d like to share it with you, Brainclutter. (I’m the guy who asked for the chart I’m posting on)

    Comment by Croton of Shattered Hand (PvP) — March 25, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

  3. Ehm, ok, since its shadowpriest we’re talking about here, all that matters is shadow damage. If u can get more than +1000 u can pretty much sustain your casting with Vampiric touch, so thats what you should aim for… The BEST shadow damage gear you’ll find which is missing from your list is this:
    Headpiece: Spellstrike Hood – 46 + 3 gems in which u can get +9 dmg Living Rubies. So its better than the one off of Gruul. Theres also a 46 dmg one off of Netherspite if you’re feeling cheap.
    Necklace: Ritssyns Lost Pendant (Off of trash in Karazhan) + 51 shadow dmg.
    Cloak – Shadow Cloak of Dalaran – Off of Moroes +36 Dmg an better stats and more accesible than the one off of Kazak.
    Offhand – U can get the one for 21 honor badges from heroics – gives 51 shadow damage if I remember correctly.
    Rings: Cobalt Band of Tygorosa and the Scryers one, both enchanted with +12 dmg if u happen to be an enchanter.
    Chest, Shoulders and Boots: Frozen Shadoweave set is better than stuff that drops in Serpentshrine, so you should aim to get that before you are redy to clear The Eye.

    Just my two cents. BTW, for those that think Shadowpriests cant dps, our main shadowpriest is #1, usually by over 100k, on gruul, high king, mag, hydros, lurker and most bosses, so, GG.


    Comment by Vanar — June 21, 2007 @ 10:29 am

  4. I agree, the information in this post is now outdated, but I can’t be bothered to make a new “best of” list since I no longer play WoW! 😦

    When I made this list, a lot of the “crazier” TBC bosses hadn’t been brought down yet, so I wasn’t sure of what they loaded. I also took into consideration that not every shadow priest would be a crafter so didn’t go for items such as those from the frozen shadowweave set.

    A good shadow set should give you over 1000 shadow damage with gems and enchants and shouldn’t too hard to get these days.

    Thanks for your comments! 🙂

    Comment by brainclutter — June 21, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

  5. hey vanar i was just wonderin the name of ur main shadow priest, just so i can investigate his gear and try to mimic it as much i can, so if u could post his name it would be much appreciated thx.

    Comment by smarmy — June 26, 2007 @ 5:33 am

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  11. Hi all i´ve seen this forum by acident but i find it very good.seeing u talk about sp gear caught my attention.I have an Sp and 800 spell damage is what u should have to go to karazan lol not the final SP my sp has 1323 unbuffed spell damage i´ll post soon the gear.Btw no need to spend ur live in raids to get a good gear i don´t have a single item of any intence beside kara and i´m doing BT cya all soon

    Comment by Summoned — February 3, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

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