Death Coil (death knight ability)

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Death Coil
Spell shadow deathcoil
  • Death Coil
  • 30 yd  range
  • 40 Runic Power
  • Instant
  • Fire a blast of unholy energy, causing X Shadow damage to an enemy target or healing X damage on a friendly Undead target.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
TypeOffensive, Utility
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required55
TCG image
For the Warlock's Death Coil ability, see Death Coil (warlock ability).
Those who have shunned the Light are welcomed with open arms by the shadows.

Death Coil is a beginning death knight spell that unleashes some of the death knight's Runic Power to damage any living target or heal a friendly undead target. While not specifically mentioned, Death Coil can be used to heal a death knight under the effects of [Lichborne] (including yourself).

Modified by

Inv glyph majordeathknight2020
  • Glyph of Death Coil
  • Item Level 25
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Your Death Coil spell is now usable on all allies. When cast on a non-undead ally, Death Coil shrouds them with a protective barrier that absorbs up to 1133 + 0.514 * AP * 1 damage.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph minordeathknight
  • Glyph of Death's Embrace
  • Item Level 25
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Your Death Coil refunds 20 Runic Power when used to heal an allied minion, but will no longer trigger Blood Tap when used this way.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver



Death Coil is an iconic Death Knight ability that was first used by the Death Knight unit in Warcraft II, and was subsequently used by Death Knights in Warcraft III, and the tabletop RPG. In World of Warcraft, a variation of Death Coil was given to the Warlock class.


  • Death Coil is technically the reverse spell of the Holy Light ability of the Paladin class. Wherein the Holy Light heals friendly living units and damages the undead, Death Coil works the opposite; it damages living enemies and heals the undead.
  • Death Coil only heals your friendly undead units. It does not work on enemy undead.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Minor update.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Death Coil damage has been reduced by roughly 10%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): This spell will no longer sometimes cause the death knight to animate a swing twice.

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Patch date28 August 2012 +, 8 February 2011 + and 14 April 2009 +

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