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For the quest, see Quest:Corruption.
For the sword, see Corruption (sword).
Spell shadow abominationexplosion
  • Corruption
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1.2% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Corrupts the target, causing X Shadow damage over 18 sec.

    Generates 4 Demonic Fury each time it deals damage.
Usable by
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required3
Related debuff
Spell shadow abominationexplosion
  • Magic
  • Corruption
  • X Shadow damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 seconds
TCG image

Corruption is a core warlock ability learned at level three. It is a shadow-based warlock spell that damages over time.

Modified by

Inv glyph majorwarlock2020
  • Glyph of Everlasting Affliction
  • Item Level 25
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Warlock
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Increases the duration of Unstable Affliction, Corruption, Doom, and Agony by 50%, and reduces their damage by 20%.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Spell shadow requiem
  • Glyph of Siphon Life
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Warlock
  • Requires level 25
  • "Your

    Spell shadow rainoffire Destruction (Level 12)

    Spell shadow deathcoil Affliction and Spell shadow metamorphosis Demonology

    spell will heal you for 0.35% of your maximum health when dealing

    Spell shadow rainoffire Destruction (Level 12)



Corruption is a simple damage over time spell which places a magic debuff on the target, causing shadow damage. As with most DoTs, once cast it inflicts damage upon its victim every two seconds, and continues until either the effect wears off, or the target dies. This spell cannot generate critical hits.

Corruption can be cast with your target behind you, and since it is instant cast it can also be cast while running. As such, this ability is excellent for kiting enemies. Since walking backward is much slower than running forward or strafe-running, it is always best to do one of the latter two things while attempting to kite something.

Patch changes

  • 0500Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013) Corruption's damage has been increased by 10%.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Corruption will now gain the correct damage modifiers for the creature type of the target.
  • 0200Bc icon/0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Now instant-cast.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The bonus that the spells "Corruption" and "Curse of Agony" receive from bonus spell damage effects has been decreased by approximately 10%.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Duration reduced and damage per tick increased. Total damage over duration approximately identical.

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Patch date10 September 2013 +, 20 January 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 9 January 2007 + and 10 October 2005 +

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