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For the warlock ability, see [Death Coil].
Death Coil
Spell shadow deathcoil.png
  • Death Coil
  • 40 yd  range
  • 30 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
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required55
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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

Unholy specialization


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

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (17-Oct-2015): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Death Coil now costs 30 Runic Power (down from 40 Runic Power), and has a 40 yard range for both hostiles and allies.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Minor update.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Death Coil damage has been reduced by roughly 10%.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): This spell will no longer sometimes cause the death knight to animate a swing twice.

External links

Icon-hearthstone-22x22.png See this subject on the Hearthstone wiki: Death Coil (death knight)