Silence

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For general info, see silence effect.

Silence
Ability priest silence.png
  • Silence
  • Level 50 Shadow priest ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 5 sec. Against non-players, also interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 3 sec.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

45 seconds

Other information
Level learned

50

Related debuff
Ability priest silence.png
  • Magic
  • Silence
  • Silenced.
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Silence is a level 50 Shadow priest ability. It silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 5 seconds, and acts against an interrupt against non-player targets.

Notes

  • Any spell currently being cast will be prevented from completing when the target is silenced. The spellcasting of non-player targets is also fully interrupted, allowing targets that are immune to silences, such as bosses, to still be interrupted by this ability.
  • Silence is not affected by the global cooldown.
  • In PvP against casters, this can simply disable them for 5 secs.
  • In PvP when used against paladins, they can use [Divine Shield] to remove the Silence effect. So preferably it should be used when they have already popped Divine Shield. Warlocks with their Felhunter out can cast its [Devour Magic] on themselves to remove the effect.
  • In PvE, there are many caster-type mobs that can't be pulled like normal mobs. Pulling with Silence will cause them to come to you to engage in melee, since their ranged attack (magic) is disabled. It can also stop a mob's healing, which is sometimes very useful.

Trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Discipline. Mana cost removed.
  • Hotfix (2014-12-11): "Silence (Discipline) now prevents the target from casting spells for 2 seconds (down from 5 seconds). There is no change to the ability for Shadow Priests."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now available to Discipline and Shadow priests.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now has a new icon.
Previous icon was Spell shadow impphaseshift.png
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This ability will also apply a 3 second interrupt effect against non-player controlled targets, making it more versatile against creatures immune to silencing effects.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Range increased to 30 yards.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Several creature spells that silenced players are now properly flagged as silence effects, which will allow talents such as Unbreakable Will to provide a higher chance to resist the effects.

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