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Shadow Word: Pain
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  • Shadow Word: Pain
  • 40 yd  range
  • 0.25% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • A word of darkness that causes x Shadow damage and an additional x Shadow damage over 18 sec.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required3
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Shadow Word: Pain
  • x Shadow damage every 5 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 seconds
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This spell envelopes a target briefly in a cloud of dark energy conjured from the netherworld.

Shadow Word: Pain is a priest ability learned at level three. It is a Shadow Word - a Shadow-based damage over time spell.

Modified by

Holy (Priest) Holy abilities
Shadow Shadow abilities


  • With the shadow specialization, an immense amount of damage can be dealt with Shadow Word: Pain and [Devouring Plague]. Adding [Vampiric Touch] to the mix results in even more damage.
  • Shadowy Apparitions and Shadowy Insight are no longer able to trigger from SW:P initial direct damage.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Base mana regeneration rate for Shadow Priest has been increased by 200%, Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch mana costs have been reduced by 50% to compensate.; Shadow Word: Pain’s initial damage is now considered direct damage, not periodic damage.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Shadow Word: Pain now deals 25% more damage.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Shadow Word: Pain damage done has been decreased by 12%.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Shadow Word: Pain now will gain the correct damage modifiers for the creature type of the target.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.6 (23-Jan-2007): The bonus coefficient for "Shadow Word: Pain" has been reduced by about 9%. This should result in about 5% less damage done by "Shadow Word: Pain" for the typical priest.

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