Shadow Word: Death

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Shadow Word: Death
Spell shadow demonicfortitude
  • Shadow Word: Death
  • 40 yd  range
  • 8 sec cooldown
  • 2.6% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • A word of dark binding that inflicts 2183 (+ 187.6% of SpellPower) Shadow damage to the target. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.
Usable by
Cooldown8 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required46
TCG image
Shadow Word- Death TCG
As words go, it's frequently the last. (TCG)
Ragnaros and his minions will be suffocated by the enveloping shadows. — Olivia Demascas (TCG)

Shadow Word: Death is a priest ability learned at level 46. It is a Shadow Word - a Shadow-based direct damage spell. It can only be used on targets below 20% health.

For shadow priests it also generates a [Shadow Orb].

Modified by

Inv glyph majorpriest2020
  • Glyph of Shadow Word: Death
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Priest
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Your Shadow Word: Death can now be cast at any time, but deals 25% damage against targets above 20% health

    Spell shadow shadowwordpain Shadow (Level 10)
    and does not generate a Shadow Orb when used against them

    Casting Shadow Word: Death now also does damage to you equivalent to the damage it would do to an enemy above 20% health.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver

Patch changes


More TCG art

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (28-Jun-2011): Shadow Word: Death damage done has been increased by 12%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Shadow Word:Death: The self-damage from this spell can no longer be reflected or redirected.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Resilience no longer reduces the backlash damage from this spell.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Cooldown increased to 12 sec and will now properly damage the casting Priest when it is reflected.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): "Shadow Word Death" will no longer do damage to the casting priest when resisted.; Priests backlash effect of "Shadow Word: Death" will now properly be applied and can no longer be resisted.

External links

Facts about Shadow Word: DeathRDF feed
Patch date28 June 2011 +, 4 November 2008 +, 13 November 2007 +, 22 May 2007 + and 9 January 2007 +

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