Shadow Embrace

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Shadow Embrace
Spell shadow shadowembrace
  • Your Shadow Bolt and Haunt spells apply the Shadow Embrace effect, increasing all shadow periodic damage dealt to the target by you by X%, and reduces all periodic healing done to the target by Y%. Lasts for 12 sec. Stacks up to 3 times.
Usable by
LocationAffliction, Tier 5
AffectsShadow Bolt, Haunt, Damage over Time and Heal over Time spells on target.
Points required20 Affliction
Spec specificYes
Related debuff
Spell shadow shadowembrace
  • Magic
  • Shadow Embrace
  • Periodic Shadow damage taken increased by X%, and periodic healing received reduced by Y%.
  • Duration: 12 seconds

Shadow Embrace is a stacking warlock Affliction talent that both increases the damage done by the warlock's Shadow damage-over-time spells to the target and reduces the effect of healing-over-time spells.

Rank TableEdit

Rank DoT increase HoT reduction
1 1% 2%
2 2% 4%
3 3% 6%
4 4% 8%
5 5% 10%


This talent plays an important part in the spell rotation of high-level Affliction warlocks. By beginning the attack with a Shadow Bolt and a Haunt the warlock can apply two layers of Shadow Embrace on the target, increasing the damage of subsequent Shadow DoT spells until the effect wears off.

Patch changesEdit

  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.2 (2010-01-02): This effect can now stack up to 3 times, up from 2. However, the periodic healing reduction effect has been reduced from 3/6/9/12/15% to 2/4/6/8/10% per application.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Now only increases the damage done by your shadow damage periodic spells.
  • 0200Bc icon/0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): This talent completely changed with version 3 of World of Warcraft. Previously it reduced physical damage done by the target by 5%, and did not stack.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This talent's effect can no longer trigger other effects.

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