Drain Soul
Spell shadow haunting.png
  • Drain Soul
  • Level 15 Affliction warlock talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 1% of base mana per sec
  • Channeled
  • Drains the target's soul, causing (75% of Spell power) Shadow damage over 5 sec.

    Damage is increased by 100% against enemies below 20% health.

    Generates 1 Soul Shard if the target dies during this effect.
Usable by
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level available 15
Related debuff
Spell shadow haunting.png
  • Drain Soul
  • Suffering (15% of spell power) Shadow damage every 1 seconds.
  • Duration: 5 seconds
"Give yourself to me." —Mistress Nesala[1]

Drain Soul is a level 15 Affliction warlock talent designed to replace [Shadow Bolt] as the main filler for Affliction Warlocks.

Tips and tactics

  • Drain Soul's primary strength is its ability to "snipe" Soul Shards, allowing the Warlock to quickly collect a soul shard from a mob near death. This is unique to Drain Soul as Shadow Bolt cannot generate Soul Shards for Affliction.
  • Drain Soul cannot be reflected.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Now a level 15 talent and replaces [Shadow Bolt]. No longer restores health to the caster. Now deals additional damage to targets below 20% health. Duration reduced to 5 seconds.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): No longer a talent, now learned at level 13 in place of [Drain Life].
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 6.6%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Drain Soul damage increased by 10%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26): Drain Soul now does damage of 52% of Spell Power per tick (was 44%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-22): Drain Life and Drain Soul now consider Mechanicals to be valid targets.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now a level 15 talent and replaces [Drain Life].
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-07-20): Drain Soul damage has been increased by 50%, and now causes all other damage over time spells to instantly deal 50% of their normal damage (up from 40%).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now creates 1 Soul Shard (down from 4 Soul Shards) when the target dies.
    • Effects from [Malefic Grasp] have been merged into Drain Soul.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): No longer energizes Soul Shards from the pets and guardians of players, and now deals 34% less damage. If other periodic Affliction damage effects are triggered by Drain Soul, they now deal 60% of their normal damage (down from 100%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now an Affliction specialization ability. Duration reduced from 15 to 12 sec, and causes double damage below 20% health instead of 25%. Now also causes all other periodic Affliction damage effects to instantly deal 100% of their normal periodic damage when the target is below 20% health.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): This spell now refreshes 3 soul shards.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This spell now deals 4 times the normal damage for all ranks. Previously it was only ranks 6 and above.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Each time Drain Soul deals damage to a target which can grant experience, it now has a chance to generate a Soul Shard.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Will now cause four times the damage if the target is at or below 25% health.
    Visual spell effect changed.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Channeling of this spell will now always stop when a player target dies.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Honorable kills will now generate a Soul Shard when Drain Soul is used.


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