Curse of Tongues

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Curse of Tongues
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  • Curse of Tongues
  • Level 26 warlock ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 4% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Forces the target to speak in Demonic, increasing the casting time of all spells by 30%. Only one Curse per Warlock can be active on any one target. Lasts 30 sec.
Usable by

Utility, Defensive


None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


Related debuff
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  • Curse
  • Curse of Tongues
  • Speaking Demonic increasing casting time by 30%.
  • Duration: 30 sec (12 sec in PvP)
Sister Clara gasped as she tried to speak and nothing but demonic utterances issued forth.[1]

Curse of Tongues, or CoT for short, is a warlock curse which increases the enemy's casting time by 30%.


As a curse, this can be removed by mages, druids and shamans.

Actually causes the target to speak Demonic in emotes and chat. This affects players and some NPCs, including elites such as Drek'Thar and Vanndar Stormpike in Alterac Valley. A CM on Blizzard's official forums joked on how coders spent time coding this curse to do just that.[citation needed]


This curse only affects casting speed, and will have no effect on non-casting targets.

As a form of negative haste, this curse also reduces the tick rate of any damage over time or heal over time effects cast by the target while afflicted. This can be useful for reducing the damage output of Affliction warlocks and Shadow priests who rely on DoTs for much of their damage.

One tactical use of this ability is for deliberately removing your own [Curse of Exhaustion] from the target. This is mainly useful when fearing a target, ensuring that they flee as far as possible from their original location, preventing melee classes from returning to you as quickly, or buying you extra time to escape. Because you can only have one curse active on each target, casting Curse of Tongues will replace any other curse of yours currently afflicting the target.

In the RPG

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Curse of tongues allows the caster to steal the target's voice with a curse, replacing it with the voice of a terrible demon. The subject's new voice only speaks in the Eredar tongue, regardless of any other spells or effects on the target. This spell prevents the target from using any spell with verbal components.[2]

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases the casting time of all spells by 25% (Rank 1) and 30% (Rank 2), down from 50% and 60%.
  • TBC Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Now has a 12 second duration when used on PvP targets.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): This spell will no longer debuff the target if they are immune to the spellcast slowing effect.

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