Touch of Weakness

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Touch of Weakness
Spell shadow deadofnight.png
Usable by
Class
Race
Properties
Type

Offensive, Defensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Improvements
Related buff
Spell shadow deadofnight.png
  • Magic
  • Touch of Weakness
  • The next damaging melee attack against you will damage and weaken the target.
  • Duration: 10 minutes
Related debuff
Spell shadow deadofnight.png
  • Curse
  • Touch of Weakness
  • Physical damage done reduced by Y.
  • Duration: 2 minutes

Touch of Weakness was one of the priest racial abilities formerly available to undead and blood elven priests. It is a Shadow spell/ability that provides a self-buff when cast on the priest which causes shadow damage to enemy attackers and weakens their next attacks by a set amount.

Rank table

Rank Level Mana Cost Shadow Damage Done (X) Attacker's Physical Damage Reduction (Y) Cost
1 10 25 Cause 8 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 2. 0s 90c
2 20 45 Cause 15 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 4. 1s 50c
3 30 75 Cause 24 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 7. 5s 0c
4 40 105 Cause 35 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 11. 9s 0c
5 50 145 Cause 48 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 15. 15s 0c
6 60 195 Cause 64 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 20. 23s 0c
7 70 235 Cause 80 shadow damage. Reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 35. 50s 50c

Notes

  • Casting Touch of Weakness applies a 10 minute buff to the Priest. When an enemy target successfully hits the Priest in melee, the target is hit for a small amount of Shadow damage (which can be modified by Shadow/general spell +damage) and a 120-second (2 minutes) duration debuff is applied to the target that reduces melee damage. This debuff does not stack.
  • Prior to Patch 1.10.0, it applied a 60-second buff to the Priest, and the debuff would only be applied if the Priest melee attacked an enemy target.

Tips and tactics

Touch of Weakness can be very useful for a Priest who has invested heavily in the Shadow talent tree. Although the amount of damage that is reduced at high levels is fairly insignificant, the true power of Touch of Weakness is the Shadow damage component. Since Shadow damage is dealt to the target, Touch of Weakness will apply a charge of [Shadow Weaving] to the target (if the Priest has fully invested in the [Shadow Weaving] talent), and it also has a chance to proc [Blackout], making it a useful tool against Rogues, Warriors, Enhancement Shamans, etc.

Patch changes