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Curse of Weakness
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  • Curse of Weakness
  • 30 yd  range
  • None cooldown
  • 10% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Target's melee attack power is reduced by X and armor is reduced by 5% for 2 min. Only one Curse per Warlock can be active on any one target.
Usable by
Suppression, Improved Curse of Weakness, Improved Drain Soul, Grim Reach, Contagion
Other information
Related debuff
Spell shadow curseofmannoroth.png
  • Curse
  • Curse of Weakness
  • Melee attack power reduced by X, and armor is reduced by 5%.
  • Duration: 2 minutes

Curse of Weakness (CoW) is a warlock curse that reduces the attack power and the armor of a target. Only one Curse per Warlock can be active on any one target.

Rank AP Reduction Level Cost
1 21 4 1s
2 41 12 6s
3 64 22 22s 50c
4 82 32 63s
5 123 42 99s
6 163 52 1g 62s
7 257 61 2g 70s
8 350 69 6g 30s
9 478 71 16g


  • Neither Curse of Weakness, Demoralizing Shout, Demoralizing Roar nor Vindication stack. The curse is superior with no talents involved, but comes at the expense of the warlock not being able to cast Agony or Elements, decreasing damage output. When fully talented, both Roar and Shout reduce AP by 575 at level 80, while the curse and Vindication 'only' reduce it by 574.

Talent improvement

Improved Curse of Weakness increases the amount of attack power reduced by the curse by 20% at max rank.

Curse of Weakness is an Affliction spell, and thus gains the benefits of Suppression, Improved Drain Soul, Grim Reach, and Contagion talents.

Tips and tactics

  • On players, DPS is decreased by 1 for every 14 attack power; an attack power reduction of 350 thus corresponds to 350/14 = 25 dps.
  • On mobs and bosses, there are other factors between AP and damage, usually giving much more damage for the same amount of AP. This can make Curse of Weakness a very good option in certain situations.

Patch changes

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