Vampiric Embrace

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Vampiric Embrace
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Usable by



3 minutes

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
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  • Vampiric Embrace
  • 40% of any single-target Shadow spell damage you deal heals you and your allies.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Vampiric Embrace is a level 65 Shadow priest ability. It is a self-buff that lasts for 15 seconds, with a 3 minute cooldown. While it is active, a nearby ally will be healed for 40% of any single-target Shadow spell damage the priest deals.


  • Vampiric Embrace is not affected by the global cooldown.
  • Only applies to single-target Shadow damage from the Shadow priest's spells. Shadow damage from other casters or wands is not affected.
  • The healing effect is treated as a healing spell when applied to party members. The healing done is affected by reduced healing effects.
  • This buff was previously a castable Curse.


Tips and tactics

  • Healing generated from Vampiric Embrace causes threat in the same way as other healing spells.
  • The healing from Vampiric Embrace is not split between the player's allies, but instead is granted to the priest and each of their allies equally. This means that having more allies will not reduce the amount gained by each, rather the total healing granted by Vampiric Embrace will increase proportionately depending on the size of the group. It is therefore far more valuable with a large group than with a small one.
  • Since the buff only last for 15 seconds, it is best used during a period when you are dealing large amounts of single-target damage such as during [Voidform]. Timing it to coincide with these periods will maximize the healing obtained. Any buffs or effects that increase your damage done will increase the healing gained.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now heals for 40% of all single-target Shadow damage done, up from 10%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now heals all party and raid members for 10% of damage done, and this healing is no longer split between targets (up from 75% of damage done, split between targets).
  • Hotfix (2013-10-07): "To help address issues with input lag, Vampiric Embrace now heals every second instead of every time the Priest deals Shadow spell damage. The total amount healed remains unchanged."
  • Hotfix (2013-05-22): "Vampiric Embrace should now split healing amongst multiple allied targets by the proper amount."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now has a healing cap of 15 raid members (up from 6) when used in a 25-player instance.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned. Previous effect: Fills you with the embrace of Shadow energy, causing you to be healed for 6% and other party members to be healed for 3% of any single-target Shadow spell damage you deal. Last until cancelled.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now lasts until cancelled. (Previously a 30 min buff.)
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Healing to the caster has been reduced to 6%, down from 12% (there was a tooltip error which stated that the self-healing amount was 15%). Party members still receive 3% healing.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This ability now provides a 30-minute buff that cannot be dispelled, instead of a target debuff.
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  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Duration increased to 5 minutes, up from 1 minute. PvP duration is now 60 seconds. Cooldown removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Mana cost of this spell has been removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Vampiric Embrace heal of party members reduced 80% from 15% (base) to 3% (base).
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): The base healing percent from "Vampiric Embrace" has been reduced to 15% from 20%. In addition, this ability can no longer get critical heals.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Vampiric Embrace has been changed to a magical debuff instead of a Curse.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-20): This ability will no longer heal for damage caused when the target had no life remaining.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Damage resisted by the target will no longer be counted as damage caused for the purposes of the healing from this ability.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Now heals 20% of the damage actually caused (including critical hits, buffs etc...) but now only heals when shadow spells cause the damage.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Health leech effects no longer give you health while you are a ghost.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Active icon tooltip rewritten to be more clear.

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