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In this article, we explain what the best statistics are for Shadow Priests (WoW 4.3), how the class benefits from each of them, and what your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various caps are and why they should be attained. The statistics priority is important as it influences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).
Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article. The other articles of our Shadow Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.
The stat priority for a Shadow Priest is:
If you are unsure what the optimal reforging strategy is for this priority, please refer to the reforging section of our Gear Optimisation Guide.
2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top
2.1. Statistics Explanations
Intellect is your most important stat, which provides the most benefit; you should look for this stat in all of your upgrades, as point for point it surpasses any other stat. It provides you with Spell Power and a higher mana pool, and increases your critical strike chance.
Hit Rating (or Spirit) is your second most important stat as it determines your chances to miss a target when casting a spell. Once you have reached the spell hit cap, at 17%, it is no longer necessary to increase your Hit Rating. As a Shadow Priest, any Spirit found on your gear will also provide you its full amount as Hit Rating, making it rather easy to reach the Hit Cap.
Haste Rating influences the cast speed of your spells and increases the number of ticks from your DoTs. After Intellect and Hit Rating, this is your best stat.
Haste Rating is only the best secondary statistic until reaching the soft cap. For more details about this, read our detailed section below.
Mastery Rating increases the damage dealt by your Shadow Orbs. It is, overall, a very good statistic.
Critical Strike Rating increases the critical strike chance of all your spells. It is your worst statistic.
3.1. Hit Cap
As for all caster classes, after 17% hit chance, additional Hit Rating becomes useless. Draenei require 1640 Hit Rating to reach the hit cap, while other races need 1742 Hit Rating.
3.2. Soft Haste Caps
As a Shadow Priest, there are several soft haste caps you can reach:
Your personal haste cap is whichever haste cap you can attain with your current gear. If the next cap is out of your reach, then you should stop adding more Haste Rating as soon as you have reached your cap.
In the following sections, the +3% spell haste given by Darkness and the +5% spell haste given by Shadowform are accounted for when computing Haste Rating values. For each cap, we list 4 values of Haste Rating, depending on whether Dark Intent is cast on you by a Warlock and whether you are a Goblin.
3.2.1. First Soft Haste Cap
The first soft haste cap is at +18.74% spell haste, when you get a second additional tick of Devouring Plague. The table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the first soft haste cap.
3.2.2. Second Soft Haste Cap
The second soft haste cap is at +24.97% spell haste, when you get a second additional tick of Shadow Word: Pain. The table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the second soft haste cap.
3.2.3. Third Soft Haste Cap
The third soft haste cap is at +30% spell haste, when you get a second additional tick of Vampiric Touch. The table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the third soft haste cap.
3.2.4. Fourth Soft Haste Cap
The fourth soft haste cap is at +31.26% spell haste, when you get a third additional tick of Devouring Plague. The table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the fourth soft haste cap.
3.2.5. The Fifth Soft Haste Cap
The fifth soft haste cap is at +41.67% spell haste, when you get a third additional tick of Shadow Word: Pain. It is only reachable by Goblins, benefiting from Dark Intent, in best-in-slot Tier 13 gear. For completeness' sake, the table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the fifth soft haste cap.