Improved Shadow Bolt (warlock talent)

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Improved Shadow Bolt
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  • Improved Shadow Bolt (5 ranks)
  • Destruction, Tier 1
  • Increases the damage done by your Shadow Bolt spell by 2/4/6/8/10%, and your Shadow Bolt causes your target to be vulnerable to spell damage, increasing spell critical strike chance against that target by 1/2/3/4/5%. Effect lasts 30 sec.
Requirements
Class
Tree
Talent required

None

Properties
Affects
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Shadow Mastery
  • Chance to be critically hit with spells increased by 1/2/3/4/5%.
  • Duration: 30 seconds

Improved Shadow Bolt is a talent in the Destruction tree, you will need to spend 5 points in Destruction to max it.

Notes

  • The debuff applied to target is a magic effect called Shadow Mastery, which should not be confused with the [Shadow Mastery] talent found at tier 6 of the Affliction tree.
  • The Shadow Mastery debuff and the mage [Improved Scorch] debuff do not stack. The Shadow Mastery debuff takes precedence over the Improved Scorch, and will override Improved Scorch, however the opposite is not true.
  • As a result of the priority of Shadow Mastery over Improved Scorch, if a talented Warlock and Mage are in the same group, it is better for the warlock to cast Improved Shadow Bolt than for a mage to try to maintain the scorch debuff, as scorch is considered a DPS loss within the mage's rotation.[citation needed] 

Patches and hotfixes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.2 (2010-02-01): Damage done by Shadow Bolt increased by 2/4/6/8/10%, up from 1/2/3/4/5%.
  • Hotfix (2009-04-21): "Shadow Mastery and [Improved Scorch] will no longer stack with each other."
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now increases the damage done by your Shadow Bolt spell by 1/2/3/4/5%, and causes your target to be vulnerable to spell damage, increasing spell critical strike chance against that target by 1/2/3/4/5%. Effect lasts 30 sec.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Changed from applying a debuff to the target to a self-buff on the Warlock.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): The effect of this talent will now still be placed on the victim if the caster is killed before their spell reaches the target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-20): Periodic damage spells and non-damaging spells will no longer consume charges of Shadow Vulnerability.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.10.2 (2006-05-02): Will now proc properly after landing a critical strike with Shadow Bolt.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.2.1 (2004-12-21): Added a limited duration to the effect.

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