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Spell shadow shadowform.png
Usable by



None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
Spell shadow shadowform.png
  • Shadowform
  • Shadow damage dealt increased by 10%.
    Physical damage taken reduced by 10%.
"I draw deep from the shadows to slake my thirst for power. I'm never thirsty for long."[1]

Shadowform is a level 12 Shadow priest ability. When used, it causes the priest to assume a Shadowform, increasing Shadow damage dealt by 10% and reducing Physical damage taken by 10%.


In the TCG.
  • The character looks translucent black while in Shadowform.
  • The Shadowform buff does affect Shadow spells from the Discipline tree and Shadow-elemental wands.
  • Normally a priest who uses this spell is considered a Shadow Priest.
  • The form will extend to the equipment you wear. Some players dislike this as hard-fought for armor are simply shadow unless the ability is turned off.  [Glyph of Shadow] can be chosen to reduce your translucency when in Shadowform.

Known bugs

An undead priest in Shadowform.

Appearance-altering actions that take place while in Shadowform (such as being poisoned or diseased) will alter the character's appearance until Shadowform is dropped and reassumed.


Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2017-06-13): "Shadowform reduces physical damage taken by 20% in PvP situations (was 10%)."
  • Hotfix (2016-12-06): "You can now activate and deactivate Shadowform while mounted."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Returned as a new spell for Shadow Priests:
    • Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage dealt by 10%, and reducing your Physical damage taken by 10%.
    • You may not cast any Holy spells while in this form.
    • The shadowy visual is now tied to Shadowform.
    • [Voidform] now acts to intensify Shadowform. It automatically triggers Shadowform if not already active, and you gain the effects of both.
    • When Voidform ends, you return to Shadowform.
    • The damage of all Shadow Priest abilities has been reduced to compensate for this, resulting in no net gain or loss of damage.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Hotfix (2015-06-23): "Fixed an issue that could cause Shadow Priests to be unable to shift out of the Shadowform visual effect."
  • WoD Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): No longer applies its visual effect to the priest's mount.
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer allows any healing spells to be cast but also no longer has a restriction on casting other Holy spells. [Mind Quickening] is now a separate passive.
  • Hotfix (2014-01-08): "Shadowform now increases the Priest's armor by 100% (up from 60%)."
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now increases the Priest's armor by 60%, but no longer reduces all damage taken by 15%. Now incorporates the effect of  [Glyph of Dark Binding].
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now increases the Priest's Shadow damage by 25% (was 20%).
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Bonus to shadow damage done increased from 15% to 20%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer reduces threat by 30%. Also, [Cure Disease] can no longer be cast in Shadowform.
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This talent also now causes Devouring Plague and Vampiric Touch to benefit from haste. Both the period length and the duration of these spells will be reduced by haste. In addition, the mana cost has been reduced from 32% to 13% of base mana.
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now reduces all damage taken by 15%, not just physical damage. Bonus damage from critical strike chance removed and replaced by the ability of those periodic damage spells to generate critical strikes.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): [Abolish Disease] and [Cure Disease] can now be cast while in Shadowform.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): You can now shift into Shadowform while mounted or sitting.
  • TBC Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Switching to Shadowform no longer cancels Holy buffs on a priest.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Changed so all spells except Holy can be cast rather than only Shadow and Discipline spells. Tooltip updated. This fixes several bugs that prevented various actions (creating tradeskill items, mining, summoning a mount, using a hearthstone and many more).
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Priests can now use scrolls and the  [Heart of Noxxion] while in Shadowform.

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