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Shadow Bolt

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Shadow Bolt
Spell shadow shadowbolt.png
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

1

Improvements
Shadow Bolt
Spell shadow shadowbolt.png
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

1

Improvements
"May darkness take you, for when I'm done, the Light will not recognize you."— Radak Doombringer[1]

Shadow Bolt is a level 1 warlock spell that deals direct damage to the target. It's the primary filler spell for both Affliction and Demonology warlocks, and Destruction warlocks until Level 14 when it is replaced by [Incinerate]. For Demonology warlocks, Shadow Bolt generates a Soul Shard each time it is cast.

Improvements

Affliction

Demonology

Notes and trivia

  • Shadow Bolt is sometimes misspelled Shadowbolt by Blizzard.
  • Shadowmages and Necromancers can both harness the shadows into bolts of incendiary energy.[2] This would be one of the overlapping abilities shared with warlocks.[3]
  • Shadow Bolt is a basic Warlock spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "It’s a Bolt. Its made out of Shadow. What more do you need to know!"

Patches and hotfixes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Now available again to Affliction warlocks. New visual spell effect.
  • Hotfix (2017-01-17): "Shadow Bolt damage increased by 42%."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): No longer exclusive to Demonology. Now available to Destruction until Level 14.
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Shadowbolt damage increased by 10%."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now exclusive to Demonology and generates 1 Soul Shard. Damage reduced by 15%. Cast time reduced to 2 seconds, down from 2.5 seconds.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 25% less damage.
  • Hotfix (2014-12-15): "Shadow Bolt's damage has been increased by 25%."
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Shadow Bolt's damage has been reduced by 20%."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now deals 15% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Cast time reduced to 2.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. Now replaced by [Malefic Grasp] for Affliction and [Incinerate] for Destruction.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Shadow Bolt has a new visual spell effect.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): When using Shadow Bolt while having [Backlash] and [Backdraft] active, only Backlash will now be properly consumed.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Shadow Bolt animation updated.

See also

References

External links

Affliction Demonology, Destruction