Spirit Tap

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Spirit Tap
Spell shadow requiem.png
  • Spirit Tap (3 ranks)
  • Shadow, Tier 1
  • Gives you a 33/66/100% chance to gain a 100% bonus to your Spirit after killing a target that yields experience or honor. For the duration, your mana will regenerate at a 83% rate while casting. Lasts 15 sec.


Related buff
Spell shadow requiem.png
  • Magic
  • Spirit Tap
  • Spirit increased by 100% and allows 83% of mana regeneration while casting.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Spirit Tap is a priest shadow talent. It can grant a temporary buff to the priest after killing a target that gives experience or honor, which boosts Spirit by 100% and allows 83% mana regeneration while casting.


This is often considered the first talent to get as a new priest. The boost to mana regeneration helps to reduce downtime by a noticeable margin, a large boon during solo play.

This requires the priest to get the killing blow, which will rarely happen if the priest is in a group as healer unless the priest has impeccable timing. This becomes somewhat easier after level 62 with the advent of [Shadow Word: Death].

Spirit Tap allows for 200% mana regeneration outside of the five second rule.

The fact that Spirit Tap also doubles your spirit for the duration means that in conjunction with talents like [Spiritual Guidance] a well-timed [Shadow Word: Death] can easily add about 100 +damage / healing at level 70.

[Meditation] grants up to 50% mana regeneration while in the FSR. Spirit Tap stacks with this (and other similar effects) up to a maximum of 100% mana generation while casting.

At the level cap, "green" or higher targets are still considered to "yield" experience, even if no experienced is actually gained, so they will still proc Spirit Tap.

This talent is required for [Improved Spirit Tap].

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed as a talent. Replaced with  [Glyph of Spirit Tap].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now grants 83% of mana regeneration while casting.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Reduced to three ranks, down from five.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): This ability will no longer be triggered by killing some creature-cast totems.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.1 (2006-09-26): The Priest talent Spirit Tap will no longer sometimes proc off of totems.

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