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For the Forsaken and draenei racial trait, see [Shadow Resistance].

As stated in the Resistance article, resistance gear should only be used when it's really needed. There are various sources for shadow resistance (like green random drop items and pre-BC sets crafted from Dark Runes), but it's not advisable to use these items at level 70, because they're too weak and shadow resistance is generally of little use.

Useful in...

In the following instances, shadow resistance can be useful:


Besides that, shadow resistance can also be useful in PvP when fighting shadow Priests and Warlocks.

Nonetheless, Resilience is generally considered to be the more useful stat in PvP.

Mount Hyjal and Black Temple

Mount Hyjal and Black Temple are the only places which cannot be mastered without shadow resistance, and incidentally these are the only places where  [Heart of Darkness] drops. Therefore, raids entering Mount Hyjal start to find these items, and are well advised to save them and set up a policy how to craft shadow resistance gear for everybody, because at Mother Shahraz the whole raid really needs it.

The first good shadow resistance item is gained by the Black Temple Attunement, it's the  [Medallion of Karabor]. The next item everybody should get made is  [Night's End] which needs only one  [Heart of Darkness] to craft. The following table lists the remaining items together with the number of HoDs needed, and the amount of resistance gained for each HoD used.

Type Wrist Feet Waist Legs
Cloth  [Soulguard Bracers]  [Soulguard Slippers]  [Soulguard Girdle]  [Soulguard Leggings]
Leather  [Redeemed Soul Wristguards]  [Redeemed Soul Moccasins]  [Redeemed Soul Cinch]  [Redeemed Soul Legguards]
Mail  [Bracers of Shackled Souls]  [Boots of Shackled Souls]  [Waistguard of Shackled Souls]  [Greaves of Shackled Souls]
Plate  [Shadesteel Bracers]  [Shadesteel Sabots]  [Shadesteel Girdle]  [Shadesteel Greaves]
#HoD 1 2 2 3
#resist/HoD 40 27 27 24

Mother Shahraz

The only encounter in the entire game which needs really large amounts of shadow resistance is Mother Shahraz. Assuming the raid is buffed with Rank 2 [Prayer of Shadow Protection] and everyone has a  [Medallion of Karabor], the resistance cap of 365 can be reached with the 5 pieces of crafted gear and no shadow resistance enchantments at all. Since equipping 24 raid members with the full set would require about (8 * 30 =) 240 HoD, many raids won't reach this goal. Most frequently, some raid members miss the Legs. In these cases, some enchants should be used and/or a few gems or green items to reach the cap. Reaching the cap is not a requirement for beating this encounter, especially once the players are better at moving away from one another during Fatal Attraction.

Resistance addition

Full crafted gear:

  • 70 - Rank 2 Prayer of Shadow Protection
  • 40 - Medallion of Karabor
  • 40 - Night's End
  • 40 - Bracers
  • 54 - Belt
  • 54 - Boots
  • 72 - Legs
  • = 370 Shadow Resistance, which is even 5 over the cap. This set can use the standard enchants.

Omitting the legs and replacing them with a  [Enchant Cloak - Greater Shadow Resistance] on the cloak and a  [Shadow Armor Kit] on the boots:

  • 70 - Rank 2 Prayer of Shadow Protection
  • 40 - Medallion of Karabor
  • 55 - Night's End
  • 40 - Bracers
  • 54 - Belt
  • 62 - Boots
  • = 321 Shadow Resistance

Omitting the Medallion of Karabor or Bracers and replacing them with +20SR glyph on helm:

  • 70 - Rank 2 Prayer of Shadow Protection
  • 55 - Night's End
  • 40 - Bracers
  • 54 - Belt
  • 54 - Boots
  • 72 - Legs
  • 20 - Helm with  [Arcanum of Shadow Warding]
  • = 365 Shadow Resistance

Resistance gear by type

All raid members
Inv misc cape 20.png [Night's End]

Materials needed:

Inv bracer 09.png [Soulguard Bracers] Inv belt 07.png [Soulguard Girdle]
Inv pants cloth 09.png [Soulguard Leggings] Inv boots cloth 10.png [Soulguard Slippers]

Materials needed:

Inv belt 26.png [Redeemed Soul Cinch] Inv pants leather 05.png [Redeemed Soul Legguards]
Inv boots cloth 14.png [Redeemed Soul Moccasins] Inv bracer 18.png [Redeemed Soul Wristguards]

Materials needed:

Inv boots chain 08.png [Boots of Shackled Souls] Inv bracer 17.png [Bracers of Shackled Souls]
Inv pants plate 12.png [Greaves of Shackled Souls] Inv belt 26.png [Waistguard of Shackled Souls]

Materials needed:

Inv bracer 13.png [Shadesteel Bracers] Inv belt 30.png [Shadesteel Girdle]
Inv pants plate 21.png [Shadesteel Greaves] Inv boots chain 08.png [Shadesteel Sabots]

Materials needed:

Spell shadow antishadow.png [Shadow Guard] Spell shadow sealofkings.png [Arcanum of Shadow Warding]
Spell shadow antishadow.png [Shadow Armor Kit] Ability warrior shieldmastery.png [Inscription of Endurance]
Inv enchant prismaticsphere.png [Prismatic Sphere] Inv enchant voidsphere.png [Void Sphere]

Materials needed for gems: