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  • Exorcism
  • Level 46 Retribution paladin ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 4% of base mana
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Blasts the target with Holy Light, causing (168.6% of attack power) Holy damage and generating 1 Holy Power.

    Your autoattacks have a 20% chance of resetting the cooldown of your Exorcism.
Usable by
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 15 seconds
Other information
Level learned 46
Improvements [Sanctity of Battle], [Holy Avenger],  [Glyph of Mass Exorcism],  [Glyph of the Exorcist]
The Light glares brightest upon the most sinister of foes.[1]

Exorcism is a Retribution paladin ability, available at level 46.


Equipment sets


  • Glyph of Mass Exorcism
  • Major Glyph
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Reduces the range of Exorcism to melee range, but causes 25% damage to all enemies within 8 yards of the primary target.
  • Classes: Paladin
  • Requires Level 25
  • Sell Price: 1s
  • Glyph of the Exorcist
  • Minor Glyph
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Exorcism will now appear to remove the evil from its target.
  • Classes: Paladin
  • Requires Level 25
  • Sell Price: 1s


This spell was one of the Paladin's abilities in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness:

Calling upon the forces of light and purity, the Paladin is able to dispel the walking dead that plague the lands of Azeroth. Exorcism can be used to cause injury to entire groups of these undead terrors, or to utterly eradicate a lone creature. These creatures of Hades seem to gain strength in numbers, thus the greater number of undead that are exorcised within a group, the less actual damage each undead will take. This act is extremely taxing upon the Paladin, making it necessary for him to observe a period of rest before once again invoking this great power.[2]

Tips and tricks

  • Amount of damage dealt by Exorcism is increased by 15% of your attack power and 15% of your Spell power.
  • Exorcism is one of the few ranged attacks available to Paladins.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [The Art of War]'s effects have been merged into baseline Exorcism.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a Retribution specialization ability. Instant cast. No longer guarantees a critical hit against Undead or Demon targets. Now generates Holy Power.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been increased by approximately 50%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
    • Now has a 1.5 second cast time, but can once again be used on players.
    • Now properly has a 100% chance to be a critical strike when cast on death knights using [Lichborne].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.1a (2009-04-28): "..fix[ed] the tooltip to display the appropriate text; it also displays an error message when a player tries to use it against other players."
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.1 (2009-04-21): "..the paladin ability Exorcism cannot damage other players, but the player game client does not display this change properly."
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now can be used on any target and has a 100% chance to be a critical strike when used on Undead and Demons.
    This is to ensure that paladins do not see a drop in their dps when progressing from Naxxramas (which is full of undead) to Ulduar and beyond (not as much undead). Due to this change, [Glyph of Exorcism] was changed to 20% bonus damage.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): More frequent ranks added.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Range Increased.

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