Discipline Priest Gear and BIS in Shadowlands
Gear is one of the most important elements in WoW to strengthen your Discipline Priest, providing massive amounts of stats as well as armor, procs, and set bonuses.
In this guide, we will explain how to obtain the best gear for your Discipline Priest in Shadowlands and how to check if a piece is BiS, an upgrade or just bad. This guide will help you select the best pieces of gear from Dungeons and Raids in Shadowlands, whether they be weapons, trinkets, or armor.
Recommended Gear for Discipline Priests in Shadowlands
What is the BIS Discipline Priest gear?
With many different sources of gearing and loot scarcity in Shadowlands, targeting your absolute Best in Slot gear isn't entirely realistic; instead, we've created a Best in Slot list from the ideal Discipline Priest raid drops found in Shadowlands, from Mythic Dungeons, to help you decide what to prioritize.
Discipline Priest focuses on maximizing item level in most gear slots, with rings and trinkets. For example, a low-level Crit/Haste ring (desirable Disc stats) can be replaced by a significantly higher item level Vers/Mastery ring, particularly if it also has a socket.
In this list, there are a lot of non-Haste items described here. This is because World Boss loot will be about 23 item levels HIGHER than Mythic 0 quality loot. When Mythic+ comes out, you'll more easily be able to focus on dungeon loot to fill out some missing slots.
Recommended Castle Nathria Gear for Discipline Priests
Recommended Mythic+ Gear for Discipline Priests
When playing with Spirit Shell, your goal is to have one on-use trinket, ideally Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity to align with the 1 minute cooldown of Spirit Shell. There are many trinkets with on-use affects, ranging from 1.5 min to 3 minutes that can also be useful if you prefer not to PvP but with the 9.0.5 changes where spell power (intellect) increases your shield cap, it is now much more important to have that Badge than before
After getting one of those on-use options, pairing it with a passive option like the one linked below is best. One exception to this is Empyreal Ordnance which can be utilized before a ramp then paired with your PvP badge to have a massive intellect boost to your Spirit Shell once every 3 minutes. Linked below are some other solid options that you can look for when gearing.
- Cabalist's Hymnal - Super solid stats and very high ilvl.
- Unbound Changeling - The real "farmable" trinket that you want to focus on acquiring early. It drops from the Mists of Tirna Scithe dungeon. The secondary stats it provides will change based on what stat food you eat.
- Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity - Strong trinket optionfrom pvp.
- Darkmoon Deck: Repose - Decent darkmoon deck trinket that is generally easy to acquire early on before raid.
Best Items to Upgrade with Valor Points in Shadowlands
Discipline Priest's focus will primarily be on weapon and trinket upgrades for your valor. After that feel free to focus on items that will fill in missing/low slots from raid or pvp.
|Trinkets||Unbound Changeling||Mists of Tirna Scithe||Strong and solid stats.|
|Soulletting Ruby||Theater of Pain||Solid stats.|
|Weapons||Nathrian Ferula||Halls of Atonement||Solid stats.|
|Fleshcrafter's Knife||Theater of Pain||Good stats|
|Deathwalker's Promise||Theater of Pain||Good stats.|
Slots to Prioritize in the Great Vault
If you checked the Castle Nathria loot list above, there are a great many of Haste-heavy items that feature very high item level from Sire Denathrius and Stone Legion Generals. Besides those excellent pieces, there are a couple slots that have poor itemization and you can use PvP or the Great Vault to fill in those gaps. In general, you would want to pursue your biggest slot upgrade, but when facing many equal item level options, you can opt for slots that are not easily replaced, like those not featured off the final two bosses.
Primary slots to aim for improving from the Great Vault would be:
Best PvP Gear for Discipline Priests in PvE
Due to Discipline's desire for Haste and Mastery, most PvP gear tends to be lower on the priority list than it is for other classes. Getting your Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity is a must and after that there are some solid options that will help you gear up rapidly.
|Trinkets||Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity||Absolute must-have trinket for Discipline. Spell power increases the cap for Spirit Shell so it is imperative to have your on-use align with the cd of Shell and to increase intellect.|
|Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity||Strong stat benefit.|
|Weapons||Sinful Gladiator's Staff||With PvP’s unique ability to offer a max of 233 item level weapons without defeating the end boss of a tier on Mythic, those weapons are always going to be worth acquiring if you can earn the rating. Below 226 ilvl, however, there are better itemized options from the Valor System and Heroic Sire Denathrius.|
|Sinful Gladiator's Wand / Sinful Gladiator's Lyre / Sinful Gladiator's Scepter||As with the Staff, Disc's options for Main Hand and Off Hand weapons are better from Dungeons and Raids unless you have access to them at a high item level.|
Alternatives to Castle Nathria Pieces
|Shoulders||Sinful Gladiator's Silk Mantle||As with Valor Upgrades, you may consider it easier to acquire these shoulders than the ones from Sire Denathrius.|
Currently, there is no major difference between selecting a Main Hand + an Off Hand versus a Staff for Priest. There is potential for Leech/Avoidance/Speed procs on multiple items but generally, you'll want to focus on maximizing item level/spell power gains.When it comes to weapons from the raid. Stone Legion and Sire Denathrius drop their highest respective item level tokens and as a result should be the focus for which tokens to prioritize.
Sire's token will allow you to instantly get the highest item level staff Sinbearer's Absolution Staff which should be your focus.
Stat Priorities for Discipline Priests in Shadowlands
For a more in-depth look at stats, check out our Disc Priest Stat Priority Guide.