Spell nature lightningshield.png
  • Shadowguard (Racial)
  • 270 mana
  • Instant cast
  • The caster is surrounded by shadows. When a spell, melee or ranged attack hits the caster, the attacker will be struck for X Shadow damage. Attackers can only be damaged once every few seconds. This damage causes no threat. 3 charges. Lasts 10 min.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Defensive
Casting timeInstant cast
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Blackout, Darkness (priest), Force of Will, Mental Agility, Shadow Focus, Shadow Weaving, Shadowform, Vampiric Embrace
Other information
Related buff
Spell nature lightningshield.png
  • Magic
  • Shadowguard
  • Causes X Shadow damage to attacker on hit. 3 charges.
  • Duration: 10 minutes

Shadowguard is a Shadow-based buff. When getting attacked, it does direct damage to the attacker. It can only proc every few seconds and has 3 charges. It is only available to Troll Priests.

Rank table

Rank Level Casting Cost Description Learning Cost
1 20 50 mana Does 20 damage per charge.
2 28 85 mana Does 35 damage per charge.
3 36 120 mana Does 51 damage per charge.
4 44 160 mana Does 70 damage per charge.
5 52 200 mana Does 90 damage per charge.
6 60 250 mana Does 116 damage per charge.
7 68 270 mana Does 130 damage per charge.


  • Each charge receives ~26.7% of spell damage.
  • The damage caused is considered direct damage, though it cannot crit.
  • Functionally similar to Lightning Shield, and got a new animation in 2.0.
  • Causes no threat and is actually safe to use when grouping.
  • Each charge will consume a charge of the Zandalarian Hero Charm's Unstable Power aura.

Tips and tactics

  • This spell should always be active. Due to it being instant it cannot be interrupted. Furthermore it does good damage, especially with a decent amount of spell damage.
  • Especially for Shadow Priests, this spell is extremely powerful. In addition to its good damage, it has three chances to proc Blackout, Shadow Weaving, "passive" Vampiric Embrace healing, and spell hit procs, such as the one from [Mark of Defiance].

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Removed.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): No longer consumes the charge of Inner Focus when triggered.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Tooltip updated to reflect actual functionality.
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