Mind Blast

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Mind Blast
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png
  • Mind Blast
  • Level 5 priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 0.25% of base mana
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Blasts the target's mind for (97.92% of spell power) Shadow damage

    Discipline Discipline (Rank 2): preventing the next (300% of spell power) damage they deal.

    Shadow Shadow: Generates 8 Insanity.
Usable by
Class Priest
Properties
Type Offensive
School Shadow
Cooldown 15 sec
Other information
Level learned 5
Improvements [Dark Thoughts], [Fortress of the Mind], [Psychic Link], [Shadowy Apparitions], [Voidform]
Related debuff
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png
  • Mind Blast
  • Next (300% of spell power) damage dealt will be prevented
  • Duration: 15 sec
"Shadow priests, mon . . . dey can melt faces." — Ta'zo[1]

Mind Blast is a level 5 priest direct-damage spell. It is a quick and powerful attack with a small cooldown, and also generates insanity for Shadow priests.

While initially available to all priests, [Holy Fire] replaces Mind Blast at level 19 for Holy priests.

Improvements

Ranks

Mind Blast features an additional rank for discipline and shadow priests. Though both classified as "Rank 2", they provide separate effects.

  • Spell holy powerwordshield.png  Rank 2 — Discipline: Mind Blast prevents the next (300% of spell power) damage dealt by the target. Available at Level 18.
  • Spell shadow shadowwordpain.png  Rank 2 — Shadow: Mind Blast's cooldown reduced by 7.5 seconds. Available at Level 13.

Specialization

Talents

Notes

  • Haste reduces the cooldown of Mind Blast.
  • While [Voidform] is active, Mind Blast gains a second charge, and its remaining cooldown is refreshed upon activation.
    • [Dark Thoughts] will add a third charge to Mind Blast when it triggers during voidform.

Tips and tactics

  • Mind Blast is a key part of any shadow priest rotation, and should generally be used on cooldown. As well as dealing substantial damage, it is critical for generating insanity for use with [Devouring Plague].
    • An exception is while during [Voidform]. Devouring Plague and [Void Bolt] should be prioritized over Mind Blast.

Trivia

  • Mind Blast is a basic Priest spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "This spell blasts you directly in the MIND."
  • Prior to Patch 2.0.1, Mind Blast used to cause 100% additional threat, significantly limiting its use in PvE.
  • Though Shadow priests no longer use mana as a resource for damage, Mind Blast was again given a mana cost in Patch 9.0.1.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): No longer exclusive to Shadow priests and now available at level 5 (down from level 10). Cooldown increased to 15 seconds (was 7.5 seconds). Mana cost added. Insanity generation reduced to 8 (was 12) for Shadow.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Insanity generated reduced to 12 (was 15). Cooldown reduced to 7.5 seconds (was 9 seconds). Now benefits from [Mastery: Madness].
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13): "
    • Mind Blast damage increased by 13%.
    • Mind Blast damage increased by 30% in PvP situations."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now generates 15 Insanity (was 12).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 10 (was 16).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 50%. Mana cost removed. Now generates Insanity instead of [Shadow Orbs].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Blast now deals 10% less damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Cooldown is now reduced by haste, but its base cooldown is now 9 seconds (up from 8 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a Shadow specialization ability, and generates one Shadow Orb. Spell visual animation changed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Mind Blast damage done has been increased by 12%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Casting an instant Mind Blast immediately following a [Mind Spike] should no longer cause Mind Blast to not benefit from the last cast of Mind Spike.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): No longer generates bonus threat.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now has a short cast time.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage slightly reduced.

See also

References

External links

Mind Blast Discipline
Rank 2
Shadow
Rank 2