Shadowlands Holy Priest Guide

Holy Priest Best Shards of Domination Guide

Shards of Domination is a new gearing system coming with the Sanctum of Domination raid, providing powerful customizable bonuses through slotting Shards of Domination into specific Domination Socket items. In this guide, we will provide the best Shards of Domination gearing advice for your Holy Priest, including what Shards of Domination to use, which pieces of Domination Socket gear to acquire, and the optimal order to upgrade your Shards.

Should you wish to learn more about how Shards of Domination affects your Holy Priest gear decisions, head over to our Holy Priest gear guide to learn more.

Shards of Domination for Holy Priest

Shards of Domination are special upgradable gems with unique bonuses that drop from bosses within Sanctum of Domination. Each Shard of Domination has a unique effect when slotted into a Domination Socket of an equipped gear piece.

Each player can collect gear from Sanctum of Domination with Domination Sockets, allowing players to socket up to 5 Shards of Domination. All Helms, Shoulders, and Chests in Sanctum of Domination have a Domination Socket. Two other item slots have Domination Sockets depending on your armor type:

  • Cloth: Bracers & Belt
  • Leather: Gloves & Boots
  • Mail: Belt & Boots
  • Plate: Bracers & Gloves

It's important to note that Shards of Domination can easily be swapped by using Soulfire Chisel, obtained by spending 2,500 Stygia at Bonesmith Heirmir in Korthia, allowing players to change their Shard of Domination build whenever they want.

Shards of Domination come in 3 types: Blood, Frost, and Unholy. Each type has 3 different Shards for a total of 9 different Shards of Domination and you can only equip one of each Shard. When you have 3 Shards of Domination of the same type socketed and are wearing the appropriate set-bonus gear piece assigned to that bonus (Helm for Unholy, Shoulders for Frost, and Chest for Blood) then you'll activate a special 'Rune Word' set bonus that's only active when in the Maw (including Korthia, Torghast, and Sanctum of Domination) via Runic Dominion. These Rune Words are exceptionally powerful bonuses that you'll likely want to rush and maintain throughout Season 2.

For more information on Sanctum of Domination gear and Domination Sockets, check out the Discipline Priest Gear Page!


Best Raid Shards of Domination Build for Holy Priest

For Holy Priests, we're mostly focused on a Shard of Domination Build that enhances our healing throughput. As such, we'll look to maintain the Unholy Rune Word 3-set bonus Chaos Bane and fill with strong Frost Shards.

Shard of DominationTypeNotes
Shard of ZedUnholyThe strongest of our Unholy Shards. Provides healing and damage via a health drain effect applied via our healing spells.
Shard of DyzUnholyProvides a stacking damage that should easily be maintained by our DoTs. Only provides damage not healing.
Shard of OthUnholyWeakest of our Unholy Shards. Provides a bit of mobility via speed, but fairly weak for a Holy Priest.
Shard of TelFrostAllows us to apply short duration absorbs to other players. Because our HoT crits can proc this, we can reliably apply these absorbs as close to the 1s ICD.
Shard of KyrFrostDecent self-survivability if an encounter entails minimal movement. Consider picking up Shard of Rev otherwise for flat leech.

Best Mythic+ Shards of Domination Build for Holy Priests

Holy Priests for Mythic+ use the same Shard of Domination setup as raid, except swapping out Shard of Oth for Shard of Rev due to the 3-set bonus not working in Mythic+ dungeons.

Shard of DominationTypeNotes
Shard of ZedUnholyThe strongest of our Unholy Shards. Provides healing and damage via a health drain effect applied via our healing spells.
Shard of TelFrostAllows us to apply short duration absorbs to other players. Because our HoT crits can proc this, we can reliably apply these absorbs as close to the 1s ICD.
Shard of KyrFrostDecent self-survivability if an encounter entails minimal movement.
Shard of RevBloodLeech is a good stat for Holy Priest, although not as insane in dungeons.
Shard of DyzUnholyAn offensive Shard that can be replaced by any other Shard.

Best Raid Shards of Domination to Upgrade for Holy Priest

Since the higher ranks require additional Stygian Ember, we'll want to upgrade our set bonus-oriented Shards at similar ranks until fully upgraded before upgrading other non-unholy Shards. This allows us to be as efficient as possible with Stygian Ember while maximizing our power gain. This resulting in the following order:

  1. Shard of ZedShard of Oth and Shard of Zed all upgraded at the same time at similar ranks to maximize your set bonus. Fully Upgrade all 3 before moving onto the 4th Shard of Domination.
  2. Shard of Kyr
  3. Shard of Tel

Best Mythic+ Shards of Domination to Upgrade for Holy Priest

We'll follow a similar strategy to raid, which allows us to be as efficient as possible with Stygian Ember while maximizing our power gain. This resulting in the following order:

  1. Shard of Tel, Shard of Zed, and Shard of Kyr all upgraded at the same time at similar ranks. Fully Upgrade all 3 before moving onto the 4th Shard of Domination.
  2. Shard of Rev
  3. Shard of Dyz