Brain Clutter

July 17, 2007

Shadow Priest – Best damage gear for PvP or PvE…

Filed under: gaming, MMORPG, shadow priest, the burning crusade, World of Warcraft — brainclutter @ 9:49 am

This is a listing of items that will best-suit your shadow priest in both PvP and Pve. The main factor these items are judged by is how much + spell/shadow damage they will give your character. My older posts about shadow priests can be found here:

Let’s cut to the chase; here is the BEST set of gear you can get for spell damage as a shadow priest!

Google Spreadsheet (listing all items ranked by spell/shadow damage rating as well as my recommended combination)


Screenshot (showing my recommended set with the best damage gear)

Best Shadow Priest Damage Gear

You can use the Google spreadsheet to make your own set by copying and pasting items from the left tables into the conversion table on the right. The screenshot shows my recommendations for the top damage gear your priest can get. This table does NOT account for enchantments, gems, or imbuements. The listed stats are the base stats I got from WoWhead and Thottbot between July 10 – July 17, 2007 and I’m sure they’ll become outdated within a patch or two, or perhaps another expansion in the future.

Some of these items are extremely hard to get, but they are the best of the best! I will link to the top three to four items in each slot by category (PvP, Drop, Vendor, Crafted) where applicable. I have also tried to provide the most accurate cost, reputation, and drop rate information possible.

Main Hand













Finger 1

Finger 2

Trinket 1

Trinket 2

There you have it! These are some of the top ranked items in Warcraft, ranked by spell/shadow damage. I hope this helps you decide which items to get for YOUR set! Please leave your questions and comments below! =)



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  5. HEAD – Cowl of Illidari High Lord (+14 spell damage/5% stun resist meta and 22 damage/14 hit enchant)
    NECK – Ritssyn’s Lost Pendant
    SHOULDER – Hatefury Mantle
    BACK – Nethervoid Cloak
    CHEST – Shroud of Absolution
    WRIST – Cuffs of Devastation (+15 spell damage)
    HANDS – Handguards of Absolution (+20 spell damage)
    WAIST – Anetheron’s Noose
    LEGS – Leggings of Devastation (+35 damage/20 stamina)
    BOOTS – Frozen Shadoweave Boots

    FINGER 1 – Ring of Captured Storms (+12 spell damage)
    FINGER 2 – Ring of Ancient Knowledge (+12 spell damage)
    TRINKET 1 – Skull of Gul’dan
    TRINKET 2 – Eye of Magtheridon

    WEAPON – Tempest of Chaos (Soulfrost)
    OFFHAND – Orb of the Soul-Eater
    WAND – Wand of Prismatic Focus

    There’s a more accurate list of all the current top +spell damage items for a shadow priest 🙂

    If you assume that every gem is a +12 spell damage gem, the final stats from gear alone come out to:

    200 hit rating
    183 crit rating
    1425 shadow damage
    23 spell penetration
    31 spell haste

    Comment by Duane — August 20, 2007 @ 2:39 am

  6. Thanks for the comment. WoW is always evolving and new gear is discovered on a weekly basis. That is why I’ve had 2 updates to my initial “best gear” posts. It would seem that another one is due soon. Unfortunately, I’ve been less than motivated since this takes such a long time to gather and present in a nice layout when I no longer play World of Warcraft.

    Still, I’ll get around to one soon(ish)! 😉

    Comment by brainclutter — October 12, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  7. PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I really appreciate it buddy. Wish there was more info in summary form out there. WAY TOO MANY options and I need serious opinions on what the BEST Priest melting gear is. I wanna dominate !!!!!

    Comment by Anon — October 12, 2007 @ 10:41 am

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  9. To Duane

    WEAPON – Tempest of Chaos (Soulfrost)

    Since when can a priest hold a sword?

    Comment by Jack — November 7, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  10. Head – Hood of Absolution (+12/+12/enchant)
    Neck – Rittsyn’s Lost Pendant
    Shoulder – Absolution (+12/+12/exalted)
    Back – Nethervoid (Subtlety)
    Chest – Absolution (+6 all)
    Wrist – Cuffs of Devastation (+12/+15)
    Hands – Absolution (+12/+20)
    Belt – Anetheron’s Noose (+12/+12)
    Pants – Leggings of Channeled Elements (+12/+12/+12/+35-20)
    Boots – Slippers of the Seacaller (Fortitude)

    Ring – Band of the Eternal Sage (+12)
    Ring – Signet of Ancient Magics (+12/+12)

    Weapon – Maelstrom’s Fury (Soulfrost)
    OH – Orb of the Soul-eater
    Wand – Carved Witch Doctor’s Stick (+12)

    this is post-ZA and pre-Sunwell

    Comment by Cortney — February 13, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  11. Thanks for the update Cortney! 🙂

    Comment by Snafzg — February 13, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

  12. Shadowpriests only need 75 hit rating give or take to not be resisted agaisnt level 73 boss mobs, due to talents, only 6% more is needed. GG to 200+ hit rating on a shadow priest.

    Comment by Kwazzi — March 18, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  13. Flame on. KNOW YOUR CLASS. Yes shadow priests only need 76 hit rating talented… But come on, for every 25 hit rating after you hit 76 you can take a point out of Shadow Focus and put it somewhere else. You can have 5 points in Shadow Focus, 5×25(hit rating)=175 plus the 76 that’s needed equals 201 hit rating. So yes 200+ hit rating is a beautiful thing for a Shadow Priest to have. That’s five valuable points that can be spent somewhere else. Flame off.

    Comment by Fixall — May 12, 2008 @ 4:28 am

  14. thank you so much. This was much needed as I am currently in the process of building this set!

    Comment by Zuade — July 15, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  15. I just needed to say that I found your site via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

    Comment by Dacia Panama — February 4, 2010 @ 1:26 am

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