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  • Banish
  • 30 yd  range
  • 3.0% of base mana
    30 Demonic Fury
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Banishes an enemy Demon, Aberration, or Elemental, preventing any action for 30 sec. Limit 1 target. Casting Banish again on the target will cancel the effect.
Usable by
Casting time1.5 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required32
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Banish
  • Invulnerable, but unable to act.
  • Duration: 30 seconds
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When you draw power from demons, it's a good idea to have a backup plan in case they disagree.

Banish is a core warlock ability learned at level 32. It is a crowd control spell that causes an elemental, aberration, or demon to become invulnerable for a period of time, but unable to act.

Modified by



  • Banished mobs are affected by a Voidwalker's [Suffering] ability.
  • Mobs can be Taunted during a Banish. Communicate to your tank when the effect is seconds away from wearing off, they will appreciate the notice as it will allow them to place a Taunt effect on the mob and keep it from running out of melee range.
  • As with other Crowd Control abilities, it can be useful to employ the "Focus" system, especially with a macro such as this one.
  • If you cast Banish two times on the same target then the effect will end.


  • Despite Banish being considered a Magic effect it cannot be dispelled.
  • Damage over time effects applied to the target who is affected by Banish will continue to count down but will cause zero damage.
  • May be used against on another warlock's minion.
  • May be used on elementals such as a Mage's Water Elemental or a Shaman's Fire and Earth Elementals.
  • May be used on a Restoration Druid who is in Tree of Life form.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): Banish is now effective against Aberrations.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Effect will now be cancelled if Banish is recast on a banished target.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Now has a 6-second PvP duration.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Banish can no longer be cast on targets tapped by other players or groups.

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