Vampiric Touch

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Vampiric Touch
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  • Vampiric Touch
  • Level 24 Shadow priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Requires
  • A touch of darkness that causes (568% of spell power) Shadow damage over 24 sec, and heals the Priest for 50% of damage dealt.

    If Vampiric Touch is dispelled, the dispeller flees in Horror for 3 sec.

    Generates 6 Insanity.
Usable by



None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Vampiric Touch
  • Suffering (61% of spell power) Shadow damage every 3 sec.
  • Duration: 24 seconds

Vampiric Touch (VT) is a level 24 Shadow priest ability. It deals Shadow damage over 24 seconds and generates Insanity.

Vampiric Touch is one of the Shadow priest's main damage over time effects. It is used to steadily deal damage to enemies, and should generally be kept active at all times.


Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2017-06-13): "Vampiric Touch damage reduced by 15% in PvP situations."
  • Hotfix (2017-01-24): "Vampiric Touch now deals 10% less damage in PvP situations (was 25% less)."
  • Hotfix (2017-01-17): "
    • Vampiric Touch damage reduced by 14%.
    • The damage of Vampiric Touch is reduced by 25% in PvP situations."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10):
    • Generates 6 Insanity when cast (was 4).
    • Duration is now 24 seconds (was 18 seconds).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now heals the priest for 50% of damage dealt, and causes the dispeller to be Horrified when dispelled. Duration increased from 15 seconds to 18, damage per tick increased by 48.7%. Now generates Insanity.
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Dispersion] and Vampiric Touch no longer restore mana.
    • Base mana regeneration rate for Shadow priests has been increased by 200%, [Shadow Word: Pain] and Vampiric Touch mana costs have been reduced by 50% to compensate.
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 20% more damage.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer triggers [Replenishment]. Instead, each time damage is dealt, the caster gains 2% of maximum mana.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Damage done has been decreased by 12%. In addition, [Sin and Punishment]'s Vampiric Touch backlash fear effect no longer has diminishing returns.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer causes damage upon being dispelled. However it can be improved by [Sin and Punishment].
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The amount of damage done when this spell is dispelled has been doubled.

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