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  • Penance
  • 40 yd  range
  • 9 sec cooldown
  • 1.2% of base mana
  • Channeled
  • Launches a volley of holy light at the target, causing x Holy damage to an enemy or x healing to an ally over 2 sec.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Utility
Casting timeChanneled
Cooldown9 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required10
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Those who have wronged will pay dearly.

Penance is a priest ability learned at level 10 for those with the Discipline specialization. While channeled, it deals damage to an enemy or heals a friendly target.

Modified by

Discipline Discipline abilities


  • It's important to note that every Penance tick has travel time, this means that if target is close to you, ticks will hit the target quickly, while if the target is far away from you, it may take more time for the ticks to hit your target. This applies for both offensive and defensive usages of Penance.
  • Due to its mana efficiency and healing speed, it is generally the primary direct heal used by Discipline priests.
  • [Power Word: Shield] prevents pushbacks and ensures that the effect of Penance is fully used.
  • Even if a pushback prevents the final tick from landing, this is still a more mana efficient heal than [Greater Heal], and will still heal more than [Flash Heal]. Pushback can only prevent one tick, as it can only cancel 50% of a channeled spell.
  • To successfully fake cast a Penance, the best thing to do is to cancel Penance right after the first tick has been cast.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (21-May-2013): Penance now deals 10% less damage, but healing done is increased by 10%.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Evangelism's stacking effect now also increases the healing of Penance.; Penance damage and healing has been increased by 20%, now a cooldown of 9 seconds (was 10 seconds), and has a range of 40 yards for both friendly and hostile targets (was 40 yards for friendly and 30 yards for hostile targets).
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Penance mana cost has been increased by 7%, but healing has been increased by 20%.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Cooldown increased to 12 seconds, up from 10 seconds.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Penance can now be cast on the priest himself and the damage has been increased.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.

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