Unstable Affliction

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Unstable Affliction
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  • Unstable Affliction
  • Level 14 Affliction warlock ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1 Soul Shard
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Requires
  • Afflicts the target with (386.4% of spell power) Shadow damage over 8 sec. You may afflict a target with up to 5 Unstable Afflictions at once.

    If dispelled, deals (193.2% of spell power) damage to the dispeller and silences them for 4 sec.
Usable by



None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


Related debuffs
Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3.png
  • Magic
  • Unstable Affliction
  • Suffering (96.6% of spell power) Shadow damage every 2 sec.
  • Duration: 8 seconds

Spell holy silence.png
  • Magic
  • Unstable Affliction
  • Silenced.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

Unstable Affliction is a level 14 Affliction warlock ability that places a damage over time debuff on the target. If the debuff is dispelled, the dispeller will be dealt substantial damage and silenced for 4 seconds.

Rank 2 is learned at level 26, causing it to refund 1 Soul Shard if the target dies while afflicted.



Tips and tactics

  • This is a great spell for warlocks in arena. With all the curses a warlock has, a priest will be forced to dispel, which results in the direct damage.
  • In PvE, this spell is just another DoT. Most raid bosses do not dispel, and therefore the damage and silence of effects of dispelling this spell are wasted.
  • In PvP, it can help prevent your DoTs from being dispelled safely, as its secondary effects can cause significant damage to the dispeller.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2017-06-15): "Unstable Affliction's dispel backlash can no longer be reflected or grounded."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25):
    • Now afflicts a target with up to 5 Unstable Afflictions at once.
    • Now learned at level 14 (was 10).
    • Damage increased by 5%.
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Unstable Affliction damage increased by 15%."
  • Hotfix (2016-08-11): "When Unstable Affliction is dispelled, it now deals 120% of the remaining spell damage (was 200%)."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage per tick increased by 138%, duration reduced to 8 seconds (down from 14). Damage when dispelled is now affected by remaining duration. Now cost a Soul Shard instead of mana.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 12% more damage.
  • Hotfix (2014-12-15): "Unstable Affliction's damage has been increased by 20%."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 21%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Unstable Affliction's Backlash effect is now always a critical hit and deals approximately 15% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now an Affliction specialization ability available at level 10. Duration reduced from 15 to 14 sec. No longer limited to one target.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage done when it is dispelled has been doubled, but this damage can no longer be critical. Damage dealt by Unstable Affliction when it is dispelled now properly benefits from [Shadow Mastery].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Silence effect has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now a primary spell in the Affliction tree.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): The feedback damage from when this spell is dispelled is now affected by resilience as intended. Tooltip clarified to state that this spell is exclusive with Immolate.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): [Immolate] and Unstable Affliction: All ranks of these two spells will now overwrite each other.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Feedback damage from dispelling this debuff will no longer be modified by effects on the victim which modify the damage the victim does.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Will now gain the correct damage modifiers for the creature type of the target.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Silence effect reduced to 3 seconds, down from 5.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): The silence from this ability is now subject to diminishing returns.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): This spell will no longer fail when a Warlock deselects their target midway through the cast.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): The feedback from dispelling Unstable Affliction is now affected by [Shadow Mastery].
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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