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  • Immolate
  • 30 yds.  range
  • None cooldown
  • 17% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Burns the enemy for X Fire damage and then an additional Y Fire damage over 15 sec.
Usable by
Cataclysm, Bane, Aftermath, Devastation, Intensity, Destructive Reach, Improved Immolate, Ruin, Emberstorm, Backlash, Demonic Knowledge, Demonic Tactics
Other information
Related debuff
Spell fire immolation.png
  • Magic
  • Immolate
  • X Fire damage every 3 seconds.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Immolate is a warlock hybrid spell spell that deals both direct damage and damage over time, with an emphasis on the latter. It is one of the common DoTs warlocks often place of their targets.

This spell is the quintessential cornerstone of the Destruction tree. It increases the damage of your Incinerate spell by a substantial margin, and is one of the spells that gives you access to casting Conflagrate, and the Fire and Brimstone talent allows it to increase the damage of Chaos Bolt, as well as further increase the damage of Incinerate.


Immolate is available at level 3 for 57c.

Level Mana cost Damage Damage over time
1 - - -
2 - - -
3 5 % 30 95
4 5 % 30 100
5 5 % 30 105
6 4 % 31 105
7 4 % 31 105
8 4 % 31 105
9 4 % 32 105
10 4 % 33 110


The Destruction talent spell Conflagrate needs an active Immolate DoT (or Shadowflame DoT) on the target in order to work. Once cast, the spell will consume the effect, thus it's advantageous to wait until Immolate has almost finished dealing all its damage before casting Conflagrate.

You can get around this side effect by using Glyph of Conflagrate, available at level 40.

Note, if you are an Affliction Warlock, this skill overrides Unstable Affliction , and vice versa.

Talent improvement

Improved Immolate will increase the periodic damage of your Immolate spell by 30% at max rank.

Bane will lower the cast time of Immolate by up to .5 seconds at max rank. Talents like Emberstorm at max rank will increase the amount of fire spell damage that applies to the spell by 10%.

Immolate is a Destruction spell, and thus gains the benefits of Cataclysm, Aftermath, Devastation, Intensity, Destructive Reach, and Ruin.

Tips and tactics

When tanking mobs with your pet (either Voidwalker or Felguard), save casting Immolate until the end of your DoT rotation. Not only does it have the shortest duration, but as it deals initial damage, it generates the most threat and could possibly pull the mob to you.

However, there is an exception to the above tactic. If the Warlock is soloing, and, the tactic is that of a Warlock Tank and the Warlock is expecting a long fight, casting Immolate to start the fight may be beneficial for two reasons. First, the Warlock avoids potential interruption of the 2 sec. cast time when offering an opening Immolate. Secondly, if the fight is expected to be in the 25-35 sec. range, a second Immolate can be cast, maximizing the likelihood of conducting a mana-efficient battle (2.12 dmg. per mana at max rank)

Patch changes

  • Template:Patch 3.3.3
  • WoW Icon 16x16.gif Hotfix (2009-04-15): "We have hotfixed the damage of the Warlock spell Conflagrate from 100% to 70% of Immolate's total periodic damage instantly. The tooltip may still show 100% until a future update though."

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