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For the world quest, see N [110RWQ] Backlash.

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  • Backlash
  • Level 32 Destruction warlock ability
  • Passive
  • Gives you a 25% chance when hit by a physical attack to reduce the cast time of your next Incinerate or Shadow Bolt spells by 100%.

    This effect lasts 8 sec and will not occur more than once every 8 seconds.
Usable by
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Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Backlash
  • Your next Incinerate or Shadow Bolt spell has its cast time reduced by 100%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
"I want you to hit me as hard as you can."[1]

Backlash is a passive specialization ability for Destruction warlocks, available at level 32. It gives a 25% chance for an instant-cast [Shadow Bolt] or [Incinerate] when hit by a physical attack.


This will probably have greatest effect against melee attackers with very fast swing rate such as hunter pets and druids in [Cat Form]. Nuke to the face, close range!

Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Hotfix (2012-10-04): "The instant cast Incinerates generated by Backlash will now correctly consume Backlash."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer increases chance to critically hit with spells.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Has been moved to tier 5, up from tier 7. Now requires [Intensity].
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): When a Warlock is under the effects of " [Backlash]" and " [Nightfall]", only one of the effects will be consumed by a " [Shadow Bolt]" cast.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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