HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest

Patch 3.2 Shadow Priest Gear
for the 10 man Raider

Lots of new gear for Alliance and Horde Shadow Priests

Lots of new gear for Alliance and Horde Shadow Priests

Bring on the shiny new gear! This post is aimed at Shadow Priests who fit into the below 4 descriptions and want to see some of the cool new loot available in game:

1. The 10 Man raider who sometimes PUGs the easy 25 Mans
2. The 25 Man raider who is trying to gear up a Shadow Priest alt or dual spec set
3. The casual player who runs heroics with friends and PUGs easy 25 mans
4. The player who has just come back from a break and wants to get back into 25 man raiding

This is not about this-item-is-better-than-that-item. The folks at Shadowpriest.com run some heavy duty DPS simulators and maintain a Best Raiding Gear list. Worth checking out and getting a sense of the true best-in-slot Shadow Priest items available from any source in the game: from Arena to 25 man and 10 man hardmodes.

In this list I have used my preferred stat weightings to create a list of achievable gear for the 10 man raider. Not all items have been listed but I’ve tried to find the best Hit, Haste and Critical Strike piece for each gear slot.

Some Goals

Be smart about your gear decisions. I would recommend aiming for:

  • 10% or 11% haste
  • 10% hit (if you always party with a Draenei for Heroic Presence)
    otherwise 11% hit
  • Heaps of Spellpower and Critical Strike

Know Where You’re At

Look at your gear right now. You’re maintaining two caps – Hit (hard cap) and Haste (soft cap) – so be prepared to shuffle around gear as you win more new, shiny gear.

If you have more than 11% haste you’re probably not getting the most out of that extra haste unless you are a machine or have really good, low latency (which is why I tend to value haste lower than most simulations and shadowpriest.com).

Don’t disenchant and don’t be afraid to “down grade”. If you have too much haste or too much hit, look and see if you have a Spellpower/Crit alternative that you may have picked up in the past.

Now onto the gear… note: minimal hard mode gear listed here.

Gear (oooh, shinies!)

To see more options, or to change my stat weightings to suit you, please head over and view the entire list at Loot Rank.

Head
ilvl245 Hood of Fiery/Smoldering Aftermath: 75 x Emblems of Triumph (Hit/Haste)
ilvl245 Helm/Hood of Clouded Sight: 75 x Emblems of Triumph (Crit)
ilvl226 Conqueror’s Circlet of Sanctification: 58 Emblems of Conquest (Crit/Haste/Tier 8 bonus)
ilvl219 Gaze of the Unknown: The Black Knight, Trial of the Champion 5 Heroic (Hit/Crit)
ilvl232 Valen’s/Zabra’s Circlet of Conquest: 50 x Emblems of Triumph (Hit/Tier 9 bonus)

Neck
ilvl232 Darkbane Amulet/Pendant: Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader 10 (Hit/Crit)
ilvl226 Pendant of the Shallow Grave: Thorim Hardmode, Ulduar 10 (Crit/Haste)
ilvl219 Pendant of the Piercing Glare: Kologarn, Ulduar 10 (Hit/Haste)

Shoulder
ilvl245 Pauldrons/Mantle of Catastrophic Emanations: 45 Emblems of Triumph (Hit/Crit)
ilvl245 Pauldrons of Revered Mortality: 45 Emblems of Triumph (Haste)
ilvl232 Valen’s/Zabra’s Mantle of Conquest: 30 Emblems of Triumph (Crit/Tier 9 bonus)
ilvl219 Valorous Mantle of Sanctification: Thorim, Ulduar 10 (Crit/Tier 8 bonus)

Back
ilvl219 Kurisu’s Indecision: The Black Knight, Trial of the Champion 5 Heroic (Hit/Crit)
ilvl226 Cape of the Unworthy Wizard: Kel’Thuzad, Naxxramas 25 (Crit)
ilvl219 Drape of the Spellweaver: Ulduar Trash 10 (Crit/Haste)

Chest
ilvl245 Merlin’s Robe: Crafted, materials at AH (Crit/Haste)
The items necessary to craft this robe drop in 25 man raids – possibly on hard mode – and will probably cost a small fortune!
ilvl226 Conqueror’s Raiments of Sanctification:
58 Emblems of Conquest (Hit/Haste/Tier 8 bonus)
ilvl245 Flowing Robes of Ascent: Northrend Beasts, Trial of the Crusader 10 (Haste)
ilvl232 Vestments of the Sleepless: Anub’arak, Trial of the Crusader 10 (Hit/Crit)
ilvl232 Velen’s Raiments of Conquest: 50 Emblems of Triumph (Haste/Tier 9 bonus)

Bracers
ilvl245 Bejeweled Wizard’s Bracers: Crafted, materials at AH (Crit/Haste)
The items necessary to craft these bracers drop in 25 man raids – possibly on hard mode – and will probably cost a small fortune!
ilvl232 Felspark Bracers: Lord Jaraxxus, Trial of the Crusader (Hit/Haste)
ilvl213 Bindings of the Expansive Mind: Instructor Razuvious, Naxxramas 25 (Hit/Crit)
ilvl213 Bands of Impurity: Noth the Plaguebringer, Naxxramas 25 (Crit)

Hands
Apologies for leaving this out by mistake!
ilvl226 Pulsar Gloves: Algalon, Ulduar 10 (Hit/Haste)
ilvl232 Looming Shadow Wraps: Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader (Hit/Haste)
ilvl232 Velen’s/Zabra’s Handwraps of Conquest: 30 Emblems of Triumph (Tier 9/Hit/Crit)

Waist
ilvl232 Icehowl Binding/Cinch: Northrend Beasts, Trial of the Crusader (Hit/Haste)
ilvl232 Belt of the Tenebrous Mist: Northrend Beasts, Trial of the Crusader (Haste)
ilvl226 Cord of the White Dawn: Crafted (Crit)

Legs
ilvl232 Velen’s/Zabra’s Pants of Conquest: 50 Emblems of Triumph (Hit/Haste/Tier 9 bonus)
ilvl226 Leggings of Profound Darkness: General Vezax Hardmode, Ulduar 10 (Crit)
ilvl226 Leggings of the Wanton Spellcaster: Eye of Eternity (Hit/Haste)
ilvl226 Legwraps of the Master Conjurer: 39 Emblems of Conquest (Crit)
Notice how the Tier 8 Shadow Priest legs didn’t even make the list? *cough*

Feet
ilvl232 Sandals of the Silver Magus/Sunreaver Magus’ Sandals:
Faction Champions, Trial of the Crusader 10 (Hit/Crit)
ilvl226 Spellslinger’s Slippers: Crafted (Haste)
ilvl219 Boots of the Crackling Flame: The Black Knight, Trial of the Champion 5 Heroic (Hit/Crit)
ilvl226 Savior’s Slippers: Crafted (Crit)

Finger
ilvl245 Band of the Invoker: 35 Emblems of Triumph (Haste)
ilvl226 Shimmering Seal: Flame Leviathan Hardmode, Ulduar 10 (Hit)
ilvl226 Signet of Manifested Pain: Kel’thuzad, Naxxramas 25 (Haste/Crit)
ilvl245 Heartmender Circle: 35 Emblems of Triumph (Crit)

Trinket
ilvl213 Illustration of the Dragon Soul: Obsidian Sanctum
This one is about pure spellpower. I hope you’re lucky enough to win it!
ilvl219 Eye of the Broodmother: Razorscale, Ulduar 10 (Crit)
ilvl213 Dying Curse: Multiple Bosses, Naxxramas 25 (Hit)
ilvl200 Sundial of the Exiled: Emblems of Heroism/Conquest (Crit)
ilvl200 Abyssal Rune: Trial of the Champion 5 Heroic (Haste)

2 Hand Weapons
ilvl232 Illumination/Enlightenment: Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader 10 (550 SP/Crit/Haste)
ilvl232 Perdition/Cold Convergence: Anub’arak, Trial of the Crusader 10 (550 SP/Crit/Haste)
ilvl232 Icecore Staff: Hodir Hardmode, Ulduar 10 (550SP/Haste)
ilvl219 Unraveling Reach: Freya, Ulduar 10 (487 SP/Hit)

1 Hand Weapons
ilvl232 Blade of the Silver Disciple / Sunreaver Disciple’s Blade:
Faction Champions, Trial of the Crusader 10 (550 SP/Crit/Haste)
ilvl232 Mace of the Earthborn Chieftain / Argent Resolve:
Anub’arak, Trial of the Crusader 10 (550 SP/Crit)
ilvl226 Torch of Holy Fire: Kel’thuzad, Naxxramas 25 (550 SP/Haste)
ilvl219 Spectral Kris: The Black Knight, Trial of the Champion 5 Heroic (487 SP/Crit/Haste)

Offhand (to pair with your 1 Hand Weapon)
ilvl232 Chalice of Benedictus / Lightbane Focus:
Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader 10 (Hit/Haste)
ilvl219 Igniter Rod: Ignis, Ulduar 10 (Crit)
ilvl213 Matriarch’s Spawn: Maexxna, Naxxramas 25 (Haste)

Wand
ilvl232 Petrified Ivy Sprig: Freya+3 Hardmode, Ulduar 10 (Hit)
ilvl232 Scepter of Imprisoned Souls/Rod of Imprisoned Souls:
Northrend Beasts, Trial of the Crusader 10 (Haste/Crit)
ilvl245 Brimstone Igniter: 25 Emblems of Triumph (Hit)
ilvl213 Plague Igniter: Grobbulus, Naxxramas 25 (Crit)
ilvl213 Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians: Anub’rekhan, Naxxramas 25 (Hit/Haste)

5 Responses to “Patch 3.2 Shadow Priest Gear
for the 10 man Raider”

  1. AngobarNo Gravatar says

    Thank you for this – it has saved me a bunch of time and helped me work out what I need to aim for.

    I found some other items that aren’t on your list that you might want to think about (but I realise they may not be on your list because of your stat preferences):

    Evoker’s charm
    Mantle of inconsolable fear
    Embrace of madness
    Bindings of the wicked
    Leggings of the Haggard Apprentice
    Signet of Purity
    Abyssal Rune (not sure about whether this is good or not actually)
    Mariel’s Sorrow

    As there are no gloves in your list, how about:
    Looming shadow wraps
    Touch of the Occult

    Thanks again for a great list which has got me started in 3.2

    Cheers,
    Angobar (EU Lightbringer)

  2. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    Thanks Angobar – didn’t realise I’d completely missed the Hands/Gloves section!

    Most of the items you mentioned didn’t quite make the list, in my eyes are inferior to other items I listed, although if you click on the Loot Rank link you can see how they match up but increasing the Max Number of items.

    Evoker’s Charm (neck) isn’t as good as the three listed, but if you want a no-hit haste option I would wear Cosmic Lights over it.

    Remember the Black Knight loot is only ilvl 200 and, no matter how favourable to Shadow Priests some of the stats may be, just can’t compare to raid items. For example:

    Mantle of Inconsolable Fear (shoulder) doesn’t register on Loot Rank for some reason but it would score 140.85, coming in long after the top 10, so many better alternatives out there.

    Embrace of Madness (chest) also is a worse alternative to your Tier 8 or Tier 9 10 man chest, and didn’t make the list.

    Bindings of the Wicked (wrists) doesn’t register on Loot Rank either and would score 106.65 but Bindings of the Expansive Mind is a better Crit/Hit option.

  3. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    I’ve added in Legwraps of the Master Conjurer (legs) to my post which is a superior Crit option to Leggings of the Haggard Apprentice. Not as good as the Tier 9 ones, but if you really want a Crit option it’s very easy to achieve.

    Signet of Purity (finger), also not on Loot Rank, would have scored 93.95, and I’d recommend crafting a Titanium Spellshock Ring instead and putting in a nice pure spellpower gem if you’re looking for a Crit ring. The Emblem of Triumph ring I listed is a really nice option.

    Abyssal Rune (trinket with passive haste and spell power proc) is an unknown… it looks like a pretty darn nice trinket but might have an internal cooldown which stops it from proccing often. A very nice entry level trinket (paired with Sundial of the Exile) for fresh Shadow Priests. I might add this to the list.

    Mariel’s Sorrow (1 hand Mace) is nice, but not as nice as Spectral Kris for Shadow Priests which drops from the same instance: Trial of the Champion 5 man heroic.

  4. elizabethNo Gravatar says

    thank you so much for this list. i realize it’s a bit outdated with 3.3 being out, but seeing as how most gear guides out there are for spriests that are serious raiders, this particular list is great for my spriest alt who i just want to run randoms and a raid or two a month on. thanks!

    • CassandriNo Gravatar says

      Hi Elizabeth, this guide is outdated now and Shadow Priest itemisation just changed a fair bit with the last patch. General rule of thumb: Spellpower and Haste are equally good as eachother, Crit isn’t quite as good as those other two and any Tier Bonus is pretty sweet!

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