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Usable by



12 seconds

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Level learned


Related debuff
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  • Shadowburn
  • If the target dies, the Warlock gains 5 Soul Shard Fragments.
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Shadowburn is a level 15 Destruction warlock talent. It is an instant cast direct damage spell that deals Shadow damage. If the target dies within 5 seconds, the warlock gains 2 Soul Shards.

Tips and tactics

  • If you want to maximize your damage as a warlock in a party, you should finish the mob using Shadowburn when there is too little time for another DoT or Shadow Bolt.
  • In duels, it is tempting to save the Shadowburn until you are sure that the opponent is about to die. A better strategy may be to use Shadowburn whenever possible, as this will result in a higher damage output.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-14): "Shadowburn now causes Cremation damage, as intended."
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Shadowburn now generates 6 Soul Shard Fragments and an additional 6 if the target dies within 5 seconds.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-02-07): "Entrenched in Flame will now properly function with Shadowburn."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now replaces [Conflagrate], and now generates a Shard, plus an additional Shard on kill.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-11-01): "Shadowburn now deals 20% less damage in PvP."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now a level 15 talent. Damage reduced by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-11-20): "Now deals 20% more damage while in PvP combat."
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-07-20): "Damage increased by 5%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-15): "Shadowburn's damage has been increased by 8%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer generates any mana.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-05): "Shadowburn now properly generates 2 Burning Embers after killing a target that yields experience or honor."
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-14): "Shadowburn should always return a Burning Ember when it instantly kills the warlock's target."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now cost Burning Embers instead of mana. Deals Shadow instead of Shadowflame damage. Regains mana after 5 seconds, and gains Burning Ember on kill instead of Soul Shards.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Now deals Shadowflame damage, instead of Shadow damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Changed. Only usable on targets with less than 20% Health. If the target dies during the duration, all three Soul Shards are refreshed. No longer requires a Soul Shard to use.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Fixed an issue where the Warlock spell "Shadowburn" was improperly consuming two Soul Shards.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): If you cast Drain Soul while this aura is on the victim, you will no longer receive two soul shards upon the victim's death.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): The debuff which produces the soul shard upon death is now visble to the player and has a 5 sec duration. The Warlock will no longer sometimes receive two soul shards upon the victim's death. Targets which do not grant experience or honor will no longer produce shards. This spell will no longer apply its debuff to the creature when the spell is resisted.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Honorable kills will now generate a Soul Shard when Shadowburn is used.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Released.

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