Shadowlands Discipline Priest Guide

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

ItemBossDungeon
StaffVenerated Anima SpheruleSire DenathriusCastle Nathria
Main HandVenerated Anima SpheruleSire DenathriusCastle Nathria
Off HandApogee Anima BeadGeneral KaalCastle Nathria
HelmConfidant's Favored CapLady Inerva DarkveinCastle Nathria
NeckCharm of Eternal WinterHuntsman AltimorCastle Nathria
ShouldersShawl of the PenitentSire DenathriusCastle Nathria
BackCrest of the Legionnaire GeneralGeneral KaalCastle Nathria
ChestRobes of the Cursed CommandoGeneral KaalCastle Nathria
BracersGrim Pursuant's MailleHuntsman AltimorCastle Nathria
GlovesImpossibly Oversized MittsSludgefistCastle Nathria
BeltShadewarped SashArtificer Xy'moxCastle Nathria
LegsLeggings of Lethal ReverberationsSludgefistCastle Nathria
BootsSlippers of the Forgotten HereticShriekwingCastle Nathria
RingRitualist's Treasured RingLady Inerva DarkveinCastle Nathria
RingMost Regal Signet of Sire DenathriusSire DenathriusCastle Nathria
TrinketCabalist's HymnalSire DenathriusCastle Nathria
TrinketSinful Gladiator's Badge of FerocityPvP VendorOribos

Recommended Mythic+ Gear for Discipline Priests

ItemBossDungeon
StaffNathrian FerulaLord ChamberlainHalls of Atonement
Main HandFleshcrafter's KnifeXav the UnfallenTheater of Pain
Off HandDeathwalker's PromiseMordretha, the Endless EmpressTheater of Pain
HelmDepraved Physician's MaskDoctor IckusPlaguefall
NeckSin Stained PendantHalkiasHalls of Atonement
ShouldersReanimator's MantleAmarthThe Necrotic Wake
BackDrape of Twisted LoyaltiesDevosSpires of Ascension
ChestSinister Requiem VestmentsDevosSpires of Ascension
BracersDeathshackle WristwrapsIngra MalochMists of Tirna Scithe
GlovesStonefiend Shaper's MittsEchelonHalls of Atonement
BeltKin-Tara's Baleful CordKin-TaraSpires of Ascension
LegsMueh'zala's Hexthread SarongMueh'zalaDe Other Side
BootsDark Stride FootwrapsVentunaxSpires of Ascension
RingDeath God's SignetMueh'zalaDe Other Side
RingBloodoath SignetDessia the DecapitatorTheater of Pain
TrinketUnbound ChangelingIngra MalochMists of Tirna Scithe
TrinketDarkmoon Deck: ReposeCraftingN/A

Trinkets

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.

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.

SlotItemSourceNotes
TrinketsUnbound ChangelingMists of Tirna ScitheStrong and solid stats.
Soulletting RubyTheater of PainSolid stats.
WeaponsNathrian FerulaHalls of AtonementSolid stats.
Fleshcrafter's KnifeTheater of PainGood stats
Deathwalker's PromiseTheater of PainGood 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:

  • Neck
  • Weapon
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Trinkets

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.

SlotItemNotes
TrinketsSinful Gladiator's Badge of FerocityAbsolute 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 AlacrityStrong stat benefit.
WeaponsSinful Gladiator's StaffWith 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 ScepterAs 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

SlotItemNotes
ShouldersSinful Gladiator's Silk MantleAs with Valor Upgrades, you may consider it easier to acquire these shoulders than the ones from Sire Denathrius.

Weapons

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.