Improved Drain Mana

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Improved Drain Mana was a Warlock talent in the Affliction tree. It enhanced [Drain Mana] by adding Shadow damage to its mana drain.



  • In an earlier version, unskilled Drain Mana did not break crowd control, whereas Improved Drain Mana did. This has been changed, so that it breaks CC regardless of this talent.
  • The damage caused by this talent draws extra aggro, which may be bothering.
  • It does not benefit from spell damage or Shadow damage.

Tips and Tactics

  • The extra damage bonus could be helpful, if a player used Drain Mana often. However, its damage is pretty weak and does not benefit from spell damage, making it less desirable for better geared players.
  • It is very important to note that this does not increase the mana given back by Drain Mana, it only adds a damage element. If you wanted to do damage while gaining mana, it may be more effective to use [Drain Life] in combination with [Life Tap].

Patch changes

  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Replaced by [Soul Siphon].
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): The Improved Drain Mana talent no longer does additional damage from plus damage items. This bonus damage was unintended and was a bug.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07):
    • Damage caused is now considered Shadow damage and is no longer reduced by armor.
    • Damage caused by this talent is now improved by the [Shadow Mastery] talent.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Will now report to the combat log all damage caused.