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Mind Flay
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  • Mind Flay
  • 40 yd  range
  • 0.25% of base mana
  • Channeled
  • Assault the target's mind with Shadow energy, causing x Shadow damage over 3 sec and slowing their movement speed by 50%.

    Enhanced Mind Flay (Level 92+)
    Your Mind Flay deals damage 33.3333% faster.
Usable by
Casting timeChanneled
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required10
Related debuff
Spell shadow siphonmana.png
  • Mind Flay
  • Movement speed slowed and taking X Shadow damage every 1 sec.
  • Duration: 3 seconds

Mind Flay is a priest ability learned at level 10 for those with the Shadow specialization. It is the spell with the best damage/mana ratio for the priest, and it has the additional bonus to slow runners by 50%

Modified by

Shadow Shadow abilities


  • Its debuff has no classification, hence it cannot be dispelled.
  • When attacking a druid with Mind Flay, shapeshifting cancels it.
  • Similarly, if the target uses a PvP trinket, it removes Mind Flay, due to the snare.
  • Mind Flay does additional threat. This is most likely due to its snare.
  • This spell is popularly referred to as the "face melter" due to the ray that usually targets the opponent's face.
  • This ability replaces Smite.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (1-Sep-2015): Mind Flay now deals 20% more damage.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): When interrupted while casting a single-school spell such as Mind Flay or Frostbolt, players will now be able to cast dual-school spells such as Mind Spike (Frost and Shadow schools) or Frostfire Bolt (Frost and Fire schools). However, being interrupted while casting a dual-school spell will still interrupt all respective schools as intended.; Mind Flay damage done has been increased by 12%.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Mind Flay should no longer lose a tick of damage when the last tick is clipped by another Mind Flay cast.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Mind Flay: The range of this ability has been increased to 30 yards, up from 20.; Mind Flay: The rank 1 tooltip has been corrected to indicate the accurate damage and snare effect. In addition, this ability will now work correctly with [target=focus] and [target=mouseover] macros.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Fixed a bug with targeting where you would not deal damage if not facing the target while channeling. Also corrected an issue where the damage from this ability was slightly delayed.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Can now periodically critically hit. The spell coefficient has been increased approximately 30%.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Will now cause damage to targets immune to movement slowing effects.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Should now be affected by the Focused Casting talent.

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