Shadow Embrace

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Shadow Embrace
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  • Shadow Embrace (3 ranks)
  • Affliction, Tier 4
  • Your Shadow Bolt and Haunt spells apply the Shadow Embrace effect, increasing all Shadow periodic damage dealt to the target by you by 3/4/5%. Lasts for 12 sec. Stacks up to 3 times.
Points required



[Shadow Bolt], [Haunt], Damage over Time spells on target.

Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Shadow Embrace
  • Periodic shadow damage taken increased by 3/4/5%.
  • Duration: 12 seconds

Shadow Embrace is a warlock Affliction talent that allows your [Shadow Bolt] and [Haunt] to apply a stacking debuff to the target, increasing the damage done by your Shadow damage-over-time by up to 15%.


This talent plays an important part in the spell rotation of high-level Affliction warlocks. By beginning the attack with a [Shadow Bolt] and a [Haunt] the warlock can apply two layers of Shadow Embrace on the target, increasing the damage of subsequent Shadow DoT spells until the effect wears off.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer reduces periodic healing on the target. Reduced to 3 ranks, now increase damage over time effect by 3/4/5%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.2 (2010-02-01): This effect can now stack up to 3 times, up from 2. However, the periodic healing reduction effect has been reduced from 3/6/9/12/15% to 2/4/6/8/10% per application.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now only increases the damage done by your shadow damage periodic spells.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): This talent completely changed with version 3 of World of Warcraft. Previously it reduced physical damage done by the target by 5%, and did not stack.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): This talent's effect can no longer trigger other effects.

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