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For lore about the practice of cannibalism, see cannibalism.
Ability racial cannibalize
  • Cannibalize
  • Undead racial
  • 5 yd range
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Channeled
  • When activated, regenerates 7% of total health and mana every 2 sec for 10 sec. Only works on Humanoid or Undead corpses within 5 yds. Any movement, action, or damage taken while Cannibalizing will cancel the effect.
Class All
Race Undead
School Physical
Cooldown 2 minutes

Cannibalize is an undead racial trait which allows players to feed on the corpse of a humanoid or undead enemy to regain health and mana.

In the RPG[]

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Forsaken are undead, and thus are unable to heal without magical aid. Studying ghouls and abominations, some Forsaken mimic their ability to devour flesh to restore their own. Historically, trolls are cannibals, and have learned to consume flesh to accelerate their own healing. Cannibalizing the corpse of a good or intelligent neutral creature is an evil act. A cannibalized corpse is befouled.[2]

Necromancers have learned how to cannibalize through a Cannibalize spell. With the spell, the caster gains some of the traits of a ghoul, especially the creature's bone-cracking jaw and extended tongue. The caster may consume flesh from a corpse to regain health. The spell works only on dead creatures and heals only the caster. The corpse must be mostly intact and must have a true anatomy (e.g., the caster cannot cannibalize oozes). Once a corpse has been consumed, very little flesh remains and the corpse is no longer considered intact. A corpse can thus be the target of the spell only once.[3]


  • Corpses can be Cannibalized as many times as the player wishes until the corpse despawns by itself.
  • Cannibalize can be used on even incorporeal undead, such as ghosts and wraiths.
  • This trait is based on the Ghoul ability of the same name in Warcraft III.


Patch changes[]

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23):
    • Regeneration changed from 7% every 2 sec to 8-9% every 2 sec for 10 sec.
    • Now also regenerates 8-9% of total mana every 2 sec.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Regeneration increased to 35% of a character's total health over 10 seconds.
    • Clarified the error message when no corpses are available for the Cannibalize ability.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

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