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Curse of Shadow
Spell shadow curseofachimonde.png
  • Curse of Shadow
  • 30 yds  range
  • 260 Mana at max level
  • Instant cast
  • Curses the target for 5 min, reducing Shadow and Arcane resistances by X and increasing Shadow and Arcane damage taken by Y%. Only one curse per warlock can be active on any one target.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Utility
Casting timeInstant cast
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Suppression, Grim Reach, Improved Drain Soul, Malediction
Other information
Related debuff
Spell shadow curseofachimonde.png
  • Curse
  • Curse of Shadow
  • Shadow and Arcane resistances reduced by X. Shadow and Arcane damage taken increased by Y%.
  • Duration: 5 min

Curse of Shadow, or CoS for short, was a Warlock Curse that makes a target more susceptible to Arcane and Shadow damage and spells. Its function has been replaced by Curse of the Elements.

Rank table

Rank Mana Cost -Resist +Damage Level Cost
1 150 60 8% 44 1g 70s
2 200 75 10% 56 3g 90s
3 260 88 10% 67 5g 13s

Talent improvement

Malediction increases the damage bonus effect.

Suppression reduces the target's chance to resist.

Grim Reach increases the range to 33/36 yds.

Improved Drain Soul reduces generated threat.

Tips and tactics

This spell was always used before using Enslave Demon to increase the effectiveness of the enslave. The demon was less likely to resist, and the curse remained in effect while the demon is enslaved, decreasing the chance that it wwould break the enslave early.

Used together with DD spells like Shadow Bolt, as well as to aid Mage or Druid characters that use Arcane, or Shadow Priests that use Shadow Magic.

The Voidwalker's Torment is Shadow-based, so this helped the voidwalker to hold aggro.

It was helpful on raid bosses when you have multiple people attacking with Shadow and/or Arcane spells.

Past changes

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): This spell has been removed. Its function has been replaced by Curse of the Elements.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Now has a duration of 2 minutes when used on PvP targets.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Increased duration from two minutes to five minutes.