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Corrupted item

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Obtaining a corrupted item.

Corrupted items are gear that has been corrupted by N'Zoth. Corruption gives an item a unique bonus, while also increasing corruption. As a character's total corruption increases, they suffer increasingly detrimental effects. The first time an adventurer obtains such an item, N [120] Curious Corruption will start. As the corruption a character is under increases, their appearance will be affected accordingly. With corruption on 40, the character model will appear covered in a purple shimmering miasma. When above 80 corruption the miasma will turn red.


A character with a moderate corruption level.

Wearing corrupted items raises the level of base corruption, which can be offset by the resistance provided by equipping and upgrading  [Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve]. The resulting net total corruption causes harmful effects described in the table below.

Title Begins at Description
Grasping Tendrils
Taking damage has a chance to reduce your movement speed for 5 sec. The magnitude of the snare increases with further Corruption.
Eye of Corruption
Your spells and abilities have a chance to summon an Eye of Corruption for 8 sec. The eye inflicts increasing Shadow damage to you every 2 sec while you remain in range.

Range and damage increase with further Corruption.

Grand Delusions
Taking damage has a chance to summon a Thing From Beyond, which pursues you for 8 sec. Its speed increases with further Corruption.
Cascading Disaster
If you are struck by the Thing from Beyond, you will be immediately afflicted by Grasping Tendrils and Eye of Corruption.
Inevitable Doom
All damage taken is magnified and healing received is reduced, increasing with further Corruption.
Inescapable Consequences
Deals 25% of your maximum health in damage every second while you are in combat.


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Corrupted items can be purified by MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart, removing both benefit and corruption.


  • Inescapable Consequences was added after Rextroy won several 2v2 arena battles despite wearing 675 corruption. He completed this feat as a protection paladin, using immunities while waiting for 27 ranks of Infinite Stars to one shot most opponents.[1][2]

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (TBD): Effects disabled.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2019-07-09): "Players with a Corruption level of 200 or higher will now receive an additional negative effect, Inescapable Consequences, which deals 25% of your maximum health in damage every second while you are in combat."
Developers’ note: While Corruption’s damage taken and healing received debuffs are substantial at high Corruption amounts, players possessed of particular ingenuity have constructed strategies allowing them to deal nearly infinite damage during brief windows when they themselves are immune to damage. It’s important to us that players feel like they can play around with how much Corruption they can afford to wear, but we’re setting a hard limit at 200 Corruption – going beyond that, N’Zoth’s dark power will defeat you.