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Usable by



None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


Related debuff
Spell shadow abominationexplosion.png
  • Magic
  • Corruption
  • Suffering (36.3% of spell power) Shadow damage every 2 sec.
  • Duration: 14 seconds
For other uses, see Corruption (disambiguation).
"The overwhelming desire for power can corrupt even those who claim to be pure."
—Soul-Eater Morgania[1]

Corruption is a level 3 Affliction warlock ability that damages over time.


Corruption is a simple damage over time spell which effects a magic debuff on the target, causing Shadow damage. As with most DoTs, once cast it inflicts damage upon its victim until either the effect wears off, or the spell's victim has met its end. This spell cannot normally generate critical hits (without talent improvement).



  • Deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.

Tips and tactics

Corruption is considered a bread and butter 'staple' ability of Affliction warlocks.

Corruption can be cast with your target behind you, and since it is instant cast it can also be cast while running. As such, this ability is excellent for kiting enemies. Since walking backward is much slower than running forward or strafe-running, it is always best to do one of the latter two things while attempting to kite something.


Warlocks have the ability to taint life energy.[2] This spell corrupts the blood with malevolent energy.[3]


Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Corruption damage increased by 10%."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now only available to Affliction. Damage per tick reduced by 11%, but lasts now for 14 seconds (down from 18 seconds), effectively increasing damage by 14.47%.
  • WoD Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • WoD Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 12% more damage.
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Corruption's damage has been reduced by 10%."
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Hotfix (2013-03-12): "Corruption now deals 25% less damage."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now instant-cast.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Duration reduced and damage per tick increased. Total damage over duration approximately identical.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Removed facing requirement.
  • Patch 0.11 (2004-09-29): Duration, damage, and mana cost reduced. Deals damage much faster.
  • Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost reduced. Deals damage more frequently.
  • Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Corruption will now stack with [Shadow Word: Pain].

See also


  1. ^ WoW TCG Card: Demonic Corruption
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/gryphonrose/status/605072698377666560
  3. ^ Spell shadow abominationexplosion.png  Corruption Magic Effect — Corrupts the target's blood with malevolent energy, inflicting 8000 Shadow damage every 3 sec. for 18 sec.

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