Sin and Punishment

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Sin and Punishment
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  • Sin and Punishment (2 ranks)
  • Shadow, Tier 6
  • When your Vampiric Touch is dispelled, the dispeller and all nearby enemy targets within 6 yards have a 50/100% chance to be instantly feared in horror for 3 sec.

    When your Mind Flay critically hits, the cooldown of your Shadowfiend is reduced by 5/10 sec.
Points required


Talent required
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Fleeing in terror.
  • Duration: 3 seconds

Sin and Punishment is a Tier 6 Shadow priest talent. When your Vampiric Touch is dispelled, there is a 50/100% chance for the dispeller and all nearby enemy targets within 6 yards to be feared in horror for 3 seconds. It also causes reduces your [Shadowfiend] cooldown to be reduced by 5/10 seconds each time your [Mind Flay] crits.


  • This talent causes a horrify effect, causing those affected to tremble in place for the duration of the effect. However as of Patch 4.2.0, it is no longer subject to diminishing returns. This ensures that it will have the full 3-second duration each time it is procced.
  • This talent reduces the cooldown of your [Shadowfiend] each time your [Mind Flay] critically hits. As each of Mind Flay's 3 ticks is capable of a crit, it is possible to reduce your Shadowfiend's cooldown by 30 seconds with a single Mind Flay cast.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): This talent's backlash fear effect no longer has diminishing returns.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-01-18): Sin and Punishment is now properly causing its terror affect when dispelled. In addition, it no longer shares diminishing returns with fear effects. It now shares diminishing returns with horrify effects.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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