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Spell shadow soulleech 3.png
  • Strangulate
  • 30 yd  range
  • 1 min cooldown
  • 1 Blood
  • Instant
  • Shadowy tendrils constrict an enemy's throat, silencing them for 5 sec. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown1 min (GCD 1 sec)
Level required58
Related debuff
Spell shadow soulleech 3.png
  • Magic
  • Strangulate
  • Silenced.
  • Duration: 5 sec
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I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Strangulate is a death knight ability learned at level 58. It uses a blood rune to silence the target for up to five seconds.

Modified by


  • This is probably a tribute to Star Wars' Darth Vader, himself a dark, fallen warrior with mystic powers, who often used the Force to choke those who displeased him.
  • When tanking, this can be used to make a caster mob run into melee range with you.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Strangulate's cooldown has been reduced to 60 seconds (was 2 minutes).
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Updated tooltip to include the functionality that this ability also interrupts spellcasting on NPCs.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): This ability will also apply a 3 second interrupt effect against non-player controlled targets, making it more versatile against creatures immune to silencing effects.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): No longer does damage and has been reduced to 1 rank.

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