So you decided to be a priest? I noticed that there aren’t many leveling guides for priests anymore, and while you won’t actually be able to spec into shadow until Level 10, I’ll give you a short overview of things that you’ll *probably* want to know.
As a heads up, this guide as well as my Mists of Pandaria Shadow Priest Leveling Guide are both works in progress as I level new toons, just for you!
Level 1: The only spell you have at this level is Smite, so go ahead and Smite anything that you see. Most things at this level (without heirlooms) will probably take 2-3 hits to kill.
Level 3: At this level, you will learn Flash Heal, Which you *shouldn’t* need, as the speed at which you regenerate health for the first 10 levels is insanely high, but make sure it’s somewhere that you’ll be able to use it if you get into a sticky situation. After 10 it may become more useful, but be careful as it has a high mana cost.
Level 4: Once you hit level 4, Shadow Word: Pain becomes available. Shadow Word: Pain (commonly abbreviated SW:P) is a damage over time spell. You should pull mobs with Shadow Word: Pain, then finish them off with Smite.
Level 5: At level 5 you learn Power Word: Shield. It is a spell designed for a healer class, but instead of reactionary heals (You heal after you get hurt) It’s a precautionary absorb. Keep this spell on your bars and use it on yourself before charging into a group of mobs, You’ll be glad you did!
Level 7: Inner Fire. This spell is a Buff. It will give you extra armor (so you take less damage from meele hits) and extra spellpower (Heals and damage hit harder) Keep this up at all times.
Level 8: Next comes Renew. Renew is a Heal over Time spell, if you apply it before you pull, then you will continue to receive small heals over it’s duration (~12 seconds)
Level 9: Mind Blast is another of your bread and butter spells. (like Shadow Word: Pain). You’ll want to cast this spell every time it comes off of cooldown. It does a large amount of damage! (you’ll learn to love this spell!)
I decided to break this guide off at level 9, instead of 10 because there are a lot of things that happen at level 10!