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Were you looking for info on the Draenei racial trait, [Shadow Resistance] or the Forsaken racial trait, [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.

Resistable spells

Useful in...

In the following instances, shadow resistance can be useful:

PvP

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

Materials needed:


Cloth
Inv bracer 09.png
Inv belt 07.png
Inv pants cloth 09.png
Inv boots cloth 10.png

Materials needed:


Leather
Inv belt 26.png
Inv pants leather 05.png
Inv boots cloth 14.png
Inv bracer 18.png

Materials needed:


Mail
Inv boots chain 08.png
Inv bracer 17.png
Inv pants plate 12.png
Inv belt 26.png

Materials needed:


Plate
Inv bracer 13.png
Inv belt 30.png
Inv pants plate 21.png
Inv boots chain 08.png

Materials needed:


Enchantments
Spell shadow antishadow.png
  • Shadow Guard
  • Item Level 60
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Binds when picked up
  • Requires level 55
  • Use: Permanently adds 10 shadow resistance to a leg or head slot item. Does not stack with other enchantments for the selected equipment slot.
  • 1 Charges
Spell shadow sealofkings.png
Spell holy greaterheal.png
  • Enchant Cloak - Greater Shadow Resistance
  • Reagents:
    [Large Prismatic Shard] (4), [Primal Shadow] (8)
  • Permanently enchant a cloak to increase Shadow Resistance by 15. Requires a level 35 or higher item.Permanently enchant a cloak to increase Shadow Resistance by 15. Requires a level 35 or higher item.
  • Tools: Inv rod enchantedadamantite.png [Runed Adamantite Rod]
  • Requires Enchanting 350
Spell holy greaterheal.png
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  • Shadow Armor Kit
  • Item Level 68
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Requires level 65
  • Use: Permanently increase the shadow resistance of an item worn on the chest, legs, hands or feet by 8.  Only usable on items level 60 and above.
  • Sell Price: 1g 50s
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Gems
Inv enchant prismaticsphere.png
Inv enchant voidsphere.png
  • Void Sphere
  • Item Level 70
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • +4 Resist All
  • "Matches a Red, Yellow or Blue Socket."

Materials needed for gems:

See also


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