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  • Evocation
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Channeled
  • Gain 15% of your total mana instantly and another 45% of your total mana over 6 sec.

    Improved Evocation (Level 92+)
    Reduces the cooldown of Evocation by 30 sec.
Usable by
Casting timeChanneled
Cooldown2 min (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required40
Related buff
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  • Evocation
  • Gain 15% of total mana every 2 sec.
  • Duration: 6 seconds
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For those trained to draw on its power, the wellspring of magical energy is limitless.

Evocation is a mage ability learned at level 40 for those with the arcane specialization. It is a mana regeneration utility spell that allows a mage to recover mana very quickly, even in battle. The spell is channeled over six seconds; the mage cannot take another action, else the channeling will be interrupted, as with all channeled spells. Any damage taken (excluding active DoTs) may reduce the channeling time, which in turn reduces the amount of mana gained. "Evocate" is often used as a verb; to evocate is to channel the Evocation spell.

Evocation restores a fixed amount of mana based on the mage's total mana pool, including all current buffs and gear which increase this total. Mana is restored at a rate of 15% of the mage's total mana every two seconds, for a total of three ticks over six seconds, or 45% mana in total.

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Core ability


  • Evocation is excellent for longer fights, such as PvE raid boss encounters. It reduces mages' need for a large mana pool, allowing them to focus gear on other areas such as damage output.
  • Items in the weapon slots (main hand, off hand, and wand) can be swapped while in combat. The amount of mana restored on each tick is based on the current maximum mana. Swapping weapons to ones with high intellect, thus raising the maximum mana value while evocating can increase the amount of mana restored. This can be accomplished with a macro, or with an add-on that does it automatically.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Evocation is now available only to Arcane Mages.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): For Arcane Mages, Evocation now restores 40% (was 60%) of total mana over 6 seconds, and consumes all Arcane Charges. For each Arcane Charge consumed, the total amount of mana regenerated is increased by 10%, up to a maximum of 80% over 6 seconds. Evocation remains the same for Fire and Frost.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Evocation was returning less mana than the tooltip stated it should. This has been corrected.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Cooldown reduced to 4m, and the talent Arcane Flows reduces this cooldown further by 1m/2m.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Evocation has had its cooldown reduced from 8 minutes to 5 minutes.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Evocation now regenerates 15% of total mana every 2 seconds rather than increase Spirit based regeneration.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.2.0 (25-Sep-2007): The animation for the spell was changed to the new animation also used for Cyclone, only blue.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.2.0 (25-Sep-2007): Abilities that grant a power increases (such as Evocation) were changed to guarantee a consistent number of ticks of regeneration at the increased level. For Evocation, this means that as soon as the spell is cast, a single tick of mana regen will be awarded at the normal level, then exactly 2 seconds and every 2 seconds after, the 1500% of mana regeneration will be returned, guaranteeing a full 4 ticks of increased regen every time. Previously, with unfortunate timing, increased mana would be returned on only 3 ticks.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.0 (22-Aug-2006): Evocation can no longer be used while silenced.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): The mage talent review moved this spell from the Arcane tree to a trainer-purchased spell, available to all mages at level 20. Cool down reduced to 8 minutes.

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