Mana Tap
Spell arcane manatap.png
  • Mana Tap
  • 30 yd range
  • 30 seconds cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Reduces target's mana by X and charges you with Arcane energy for 10 min. This effect stacks up to 3 times.
Usable by
RaceBlood elf
TypeOffensive, Utility
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown30 seconds
Related buff
Spell arcane manatap.png
  • Mana Tap
  • Energizes you when consumed by Arcane Torrent.
  • Duration: 10 minutes

A blood elf racial ability used in combination with Arcane Torrent. This ability was removed in patch 3.0.2., partly due to lore reasons - in the closing hours of Burning Crusade the Sunwell was reignited and began to feed the elven addiction for magic again, thus removing the need to tap mana from other creatures. The practical reason however was that while it had its uses, such as a ranged cornerpulling tool for blood elf paladins, the mechanic to maintain three charges to release arcane torrent was deemed too much of a hassle, especially in raids and other content that required more attention to other functions. It is still referenced by Emotes done by female blood elves.


  • The value of X = (50 + level).

Tips and Tactics

  • Mana Tap breaks Polymorph, Sap, and Freezing Trap as the mana drain counts as an attack.
  • Since Mana Tap costs zero mana, it's good to use mana tap as quickly as possible, remembering that arcane energy stacks up to 3 times.
  • An enemy that has run out of mana will have any remaining mana drained up to the maximum of the ability.
  • Doesn't work on enemies with no mana bar.
  • Can be used to pull mobs efficiently if you lack any other means.
  • Mana tap activates the GCD.