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  • Pestilence
  • Melee   range
  • 1 Blood
  • Instant
  • Deals (60% of Attack power) Shadow damage to all enemies within 10 yards, and spreads your existing diseases from your target to all other enemies hit.
Usable by
ClassDeath Knight
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required55
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With each breath, I can sense that you are one step closer to death.
- Saeryn Dusksorrow

Pestilence is a death knight ability learned at level 55. It allows the death knight to spread Frost Fever and Blood Plague from one target to other nearby targets within 10 yards while afflicting a burst of shadow damage. It costs 1 Blood Rune to cast.

Triggered by

Modified by

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  • Glyph of Pestilence
  • Item Level 25
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Increases the radius of your Pestilence effect by 5 yards.
  • Sell Price: 1s

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Pestilence now deals damage to all enemies within 10 yards, and spreads any diseases on targets hit to the other targets hit.; Pestilence now deals 50% more damage, but no longer deals additional damage for diseases being present on the target.
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-15): "Death knights casting Reaping will no longer cause Pestilence to convert 2 Blood Runes into Death Runes."
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Does no damage and has only one rank. This ability will now spread disease centered on a position between the death knight and its target, rather than the target’s center position (for very large creatures, this used to cause no disease spread at all).
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): No longer has a 10 seconds cooldown. The diseases will now spread correctly even when the damage from Pestilence kills the primary target.

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