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Drain Life
Spell shadow lifedrain02.png
  • Drain Life
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1% of base mana, plus 1% per second
    30 Demonic Fury, plus 30 per second
  • Channeled
  • Drains life from the target, causing x Shadow damage

    Affliction Affliction

    restoring 6% of the caster's health

    Demonology Demonology (Level 10)
    and generating 60 Demonic Fury

    over 6 sec.

    Empowered Drain Life (Level 92+)
    Health gained from your Drain Life grows by 10% each time it heals you.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Utility
Casting timeChanneled
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
SpecializationAffliction, Demonology
Level required7
Related debuff
Spell shadow lifedrain02.png
  • Drain Life
  • Suffering x Shadow damage every 1 seconds.

    Restoring 1.0% of maximum health to the caster when Drain Life deals damage.
  • Duration: 6 seconds

Drain Life is a warlock ability learned at level seven for those with the Affliction or Demonology specialization. It allows warlocks to damage enemies, draining their life to restore their own.

Modified by



  • Because Drain Life deals damage and heals, it receives a 50% penalty from +damage gear. The total bonus is then distributed amongst the five ticks of the spell. For example - if you have +100 spell damage, each tick of Drain Life will transfer +10 HP from the target ((100*0.5) / 5).
  • Drain Life combined with [Life Tap] can allow a Warlock to act as a tank.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Drain Life is no longer available to Destruction Warlocks.; Drain Life no longer gains a benefit from Soul Burn.; Drain Life now heals for 30% less than before.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Drain Life cast when under the effects of Soulburn no longer has higher damage than the normal version of Drain Life.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Drain Life and Siphon Life now reduce the amount healed when the warlock is affected by healing reducing effects (e.g. Mortal Strike, Wounding Poison).
  • World of Warcraft/ World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): The range of "Drain Life" and "Drain Mana" spells have been increased.

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