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  • Metamorphosis
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • You transform into a Demon for 30 sec. This form increases your armor by 600%, damage by 20%, reduces the chance you'll be critically hit by melee attacks by 6% and reduces the duration of stun and snare effects by 50%. You gain some unique demon abilities in addition to your normal abilities.
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Cooldown3 min
Talent treeDemonology
Related buff
Spell shadow demonform.png
  • Metamorphosis
  • Demon Form. Armor increased by 600%. Chance to be critically hit by melee reduced by 6%. Damage increased by 20%. Stun and snare duration reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 30 seconds

A warlock in demon form

Metamorphosis is a 51-point talent in the Demonology tree of Warlocks.

The Demon Form abilities are the following:

  • Challenging Howl (Instant, 15 sec cooldown): Taunts all enemies within 10 yards for 6 sec.
  • Demon Charge (Instant, 45 sec cooldown): Charge an enemy, stunning it for 3 sec.
  • Immolation Aura (Instant, 30 sec cooldown): Ignites the area surrounds you, causing X Fire damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec. Lasts 15 sec. Spell power coefficients: 243.23% total (~214.5% before the 20% damage bonus), 16.22% per tick (~14.3% before the damage bonus). Damage also increases based on level.
  • Shadow Cleave (Next melee, 6 sec cooldown): Inflicts 110 Shadow damage to an enemy target and nearby allies, affecting up to 3 targets. Spell power coefficient: ~25.6% (~21.3% before the 20% damage bonus).


When you learn this talent all demonic spells are learned automatically and added to the Demonology tree of the spellbook. It's shapeshifting, like shadowform, and can't be dispelled.

While shapeshifted, the demon-form warlock can be banished. Demon-form is also susceptible to Turn Evil and grants an auto-crit on Exorcism but is immune to enslave demon.

Also you speak Demonic instead of your normal language.


Metamorphosis can be used for AoE Farming by picking up a bunch of Mobs and then using Immolation Aura, Shadowflame and Hellfire

In PvP, it's only advisable when fighting in a one-on-one situation (primarily against Rogues), as in a brawl, a big, black and horned demon is the favorite target for everyone.

Of course, Metamorphosis can also be used as a flat damage boost for 30 seconds.

An interesting fact you should notice about this is it reduces your chance to be critically hit by 6%, which is just above what you need to be uncritable by a raid boss. Coupled with the 600% armor increase and taunt it makes this an option for lock tanking bosses that primarily use spells. The lack of avoidance enhancements in addition to the fact that demon form only lasts for 30 seconds makes it somewhat dangerous to tank very hard and fast-hitting melee bosses. This can be useful against the Blood Prince Council as a range tank.


Metamorphosis is adapted from the iconic demon hunter ability of the same name, and is visually based on Illidan Stormrage's demon form.

The demon form does use a model extremely similar to Illidan's from the Black Temple.


  • Metamorphosis is considered [form:2] in macros.
  • At one point, warlocks in demon form could be enslaved.

Patch Changes

Patch 4.0.1Cataclysm:Challenging Howl, Shadow Cleave, and Demonic Charge Removed, Replaced with Demon Leap.

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