For other uses, see Corruption (disambiguation).
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  • Corruption
  • Level 2 warlock ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1% of base mana
  • 2 seconds cast
  • Corrupts the target, causing (91% of spell power) Shadow damage over 14 sec.
  • Affliction Rank 2: Corruption is now instant.
    Affliction Rank 3: Corruption now instantly deals (13.8% of Spell power) damage.
Usable by
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 2
Rank levels 14 (rank 2); 54 (rank 3)
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Corruption
  • Suffering (9% of spell power) Shadow damage every 2 sec.
  • Duration: 14 seconds

“The overwhelming desire for power can corrupt even those who claim to be pure.”

Soul-Eater Morgania[1]

Corruption is a level 2 warlock ability that damages over time.


Corruption is a simple damage over time spell which effects a magic debuff on the target, causing Shadow damage. As with most DoTs, once cast it inflicts damage upon its victim until either the effect wears off, or the spell's victim has met its end.

Tips and tactics

Corruption is considered a bread and butter 'staple' ability of Affliction warlocks.

Corruption can be cast with your target behind you, and since it is instant cast it can also be cast while running. As such, this ability is excellent for kiting enemies. Since walking backward is much slower than running forward or strafe-running, it is always best to do one of the latter two things while attempting to kite something.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.0 (2021-06-29): Damage increased by 15%.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all warlocks.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Corruption damage increased by 10%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now only available to Affliction. Damage per tick reduced by 11%, but lasts now for 14 seconds (down from 18 seconds), effectively increasing damage by 14.47%. Base tick rate is now 2 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 12% more damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Corruption's damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-12): Corruption now deals 25% less damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now replaced by [Immolate] at level 12 for Destruction warlocks.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now instant-cast.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Duration reduced and damage per tick increased. Total damage over duration approximately identical.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Removed facing requirement.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.11 (2004-09-29): Duration, damage, and mana cost reduced. Deals damage much faster.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost reduced. Deals damage more frequently.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Corruption will now stack with [Shadow Word: Pain].

See also


  1. ^ Demonic Corruption

External links

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