Seed of Corruption

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Seed of Corruption
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  • Seed of Corruption
  • Level 21 Affliction warlock ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 6% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Embeds a demon seed in the enemy target, causing (94.5% of spell power) Shadow damage over 18 sec. Detonates for (68.25% of spell power) Shadow damage to all enemies within 10 yards after the target dies or takes (94.5% of spell power) damage from your spells.

    Your Seed of Corruption detonation effect will afflict Corruption on all enemy targets.
Usable by



None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Seed of Corruption
  • Causes (15.75% of Spell power) Shadow damage every 3 sec. After taking X damage from the caster or dying, Seed of Corruption deals Shadow damage to the caster's enemies within 10 yards.
  • Duration: 18 seconds

Seed of Corruption, often abbreviated SoC, is an Affliction warlock Shadow-based Damage over Time spell that does Area of Effect Direct Damage after the target receives a specific amount of damage.


Seed of Corruption is a binary spell, so it will either be completely resisted (no DoT and no explosion) or land for full damage. If the DoT lands, an explosion damaging everything around it is guaranteed.

Previously, any damage (including that from other party members) could detonate SoC. Since Patch 5.0.4, it can now only be triggered by damage done by the warlock, though if s/he has all three dots on the target, a couple of ticks is usually sufficient for detonation. Pet damage does not contribute. Furthermore, detonation also counts as damage that triggers other SoCs, leading to a cascade of explosions that contributes to massive burst AoE. SoC detonation consumes the effect of the DoT (i.e. stops the damage over time). It damages all enemies within 10 yds of the target, and both the DoT and the direct damage from the explosion can crit.

The amount of damage required for detonation scales with spell power and thus varies slightly with procs such as  [Lightweave Embroidery].

Tips and tactics

In instances, Seed of Corruption is most effective on large groups of mobs with relatively high health. [Soulburn] the initial SoC to spread [Corruption] and increase shard generation. Then tab through applying SoC and spending shards on Soulburn: [Soul Swap]. Detonation will occur more quickly on a mob with full DoTs. If they won't live long enough for a few SoC to detonate, multi-dotting is a better choice.

While soloing, it is difficult to use SoC because of the amount of time required to set up a large cascade, especially when taking spell pushback. If the group of mobs is large enough to warrant the use of SoC, it is probably too large for a single warlock to handle.



This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Plague of Undeath

This may be the contagion that was spread across Lordaeron via grain. Like the Plague of Undeath, the Seed of Corruption is a contagion created by infusing fel energy into a seed/grain with the purpose of draining and redistributing life-energy.

Patch changes

  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now replaces [Rain of Fire] for Affliction warlocks.
    • Seed of Corruption and Soulburn: Seed of Corruption can no longer both apply to the same target.
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Explosion radius has been reduced to 10 yards, down from 15.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Seed of Corruption will now stack with [Corruption], as well as [Soulburn: Seed of Corruption]. Damage required to set off the explosion will now only be counted by the casting Warlock.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been increased to be more comparable to other area-of-effect abilities.
  • TBC Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Seed of Corruption detonation will now obey line of sight.
  • TBC Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): This spell will now interact properly with town guards when bystanders are hit by its detonation in a duel.
  • TBC Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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