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  • Shadowburn
  • 20 yds  range
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • 20% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • One Soul Shard
  • Instantly blasts the target for X to Y Shadow damage. If the target dies within 5 sec of Shadowburn, and yields experience or honor, the caster gains a Soul Shard.
Usable by
Cooldown15 sec
Talent treeDestruction, Tier 3
Other information
RequirementsOne Soul Shard
Related debuff
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  • Shadowburn
  • Will grant the caster a Soul Shard upon victim's death.
  • Duration: 5 sec

Shadowburn is a Shadow-based instant cast direct damage spell. It can only be obtained by investing 11 points in the Destruction tree.

Rank table

Rank Level Damage Cost
1 20 87-99 Talent
2 24 115-131 1s 35c
3 32 186-210 3s 15c
4 40 261-293 4s 35c
5 48 350-392 6s 30c
6 56 450-502 9s 90c
7 63 518-578 11s 70c
8 70 597-665 35s 70c
9 75 662-738 80s
10 80 775-865 80s


Requires a Soul Shard. However, if the target dies within five seconds, a Soul Shard will be created, resulting in no net loss of soul shards. It is not possible to gain two Soul Shards when used in conjunction with Drain Soul. In order to gain a Soul Shard back, your target needs to be in Honor/Experience range. Note also that casting Shadowburn on a Totem will give you a Shard without granting you Honor or Experience.

Tips and tactics

  • If you want to maximize your damage as a Warlock in a party, then you should finish the mob using Shadowburn when there is too little time for another DoT or Shadow Bolt.
  • In duels, it is tempting to save the Shadowburn until you are sure that the opponent almost dies. A better strategy may be to use Shadowburn whenever possible, right from the start, as this will result in a higher damage output. However, this also leads to a higher Soul Shard consumption.

Patch changes

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  • Patch 1.5.0 (patch date:2005-06-07): Honorable kills will now generate a Soul Shard when Shadowburn is used.