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For the Molten Core raid deck card, see Living Bomb (Molten Core Raid).
Living Bomb
Ability mage livingbomb
  • Living Bomb
  • Row 6 Fire mage talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.5% of base mana
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • The target becomes a Living Bomb, taking (58.788% of Spell power) Fire damage over 4 sec, and then exploding to deal an additional (32.337% of Spell power) Fire damage to the target and reduced damage to all other enemies within 10 yds.

    Other enemies hit by this explosion also become a Living Bomb, but this effect cannot spread further.
Class Mage
School Fire
Cooldown 30 sec
Talent required Inv helm circlet firelands d 01 [Flame On] or Spell mage flameorb [Flame Patch]
Related debuffs
Ability mage livingbomb
  • Magic
  • Living Bomb
  • Causes (14.7% of Spell power) Fire damage every 1 sec. After 4 sec, the target explodes, causing (32.3% of Spell power) Fire damage to the target and all other enemies within 10 yards, and spreading Living Bomb.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

Ability mage livingbomb
  • Magic
  • Living Bomb
  • Causes (14.7% of Spell power) Fire damage every 1 sec. After 4 sec, the target explodes, causing (32.3% of Spell power) Fire damage to the target and all other enemies within 10 yards.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

In the TCG.

Living Bomb is a Fire mage talent. It debuffs the target with a DoT, dealing damage over 4 seconds. After 4 seconds, the target explodes, instantly dealing damage to all enemies within 10 yards and spreads Living Bomb to them.


  • Each tick of Living Bomb's damage over time is capable of achieving a crit.
  • Living Bomb's explosion is only triggered when the spell reaches its full duration; dispelling the debuff will not cause it to explode.
  • The explosion will cause damage to crowd controlled enemies, breaking effects such as Spell nature polymorph [Polymorph].


  • This spell may have been named after Baron Geddon's Living Bomb ability.
  • Living Bomb is...
  • During the Wrath of the Lich King beta, Living Bomb initially ignited the caster, causing them to deal damage to nearby enemies over time, then explode for additional damage. After changing it to an enemy-targeted spell, the developers experimented with putting an effect on the final explosion—first a mana burn effect, then later a knock-up effect. By launch, the explosion only dealt damage and had no additional effect.

Patch changes[]


  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-07): Damage decreased by 10%. Does not apply to PvP.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-07-24): Damage increased by 300% in PvP Combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.5 (2023-07-11): cooldown increased to 30 seconds (was 12 seconds), no longer scales with Haste, damage over time increased by 110%, and explosion damage increased by 105%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-01-09): Damage increased by 25%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 6 Fire talent (was a level 45 Fire talent).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available at level 45 (was 90). Now deals reduced damage on secondary targets.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-23): Damage increased by 3%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available at level 90 (was 75). Duration reduced to 4 seconds (was 12 seconds). Now spreads when the explosion occurs (was when the target dies).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now available only to Fire.
    • Can once again be applied to multiple targets, can be spread by Spell mage infernoblast [Inferno Blast], and has a 1.5-second cooldown. More of its damage has been moved into its explosion.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 85% damage to players (up from 70%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Periodic damage has been increased by 121%. Its explosion damage has been reduced by 78%, but now scales with additional periodic ticks added by haste, and hits all nearby targets (up from 3).
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-15): Living Bomb now deals 70% of its damage when used against other players, down from 100%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-12): Living Bomb now deals 40% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a level 75 talent (was a tier 7 Fire talent).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Damage over time has been increased by approximately 10%, and explosion damage has been increased by approximately 120%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): When Spell fire meteorstorm [Impact] spreads Living Bomb, it will only be spread to two additional targets. The net effect is that if the mage's most recent Living Bomb target is the same as their Impact target, that target will no longer lose the Living Bomb effect. If Living Bomb is active on multiple targets when the Impact effect is cast, Living Bomb will remain active on the most recent Living Bomb target, and will be added to two other nearby targets.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Mana cost has been reduced by 22%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now limited to 3 targets, hits a maximum of 3 targets with its explosion, and no longer explodes when dispelled. Moved to tier 7 (was tier 11).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Hotfix (2009-08-05): Periodic damage no longer interacts with Ability mage hotstreak [Hot Streak].
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
    • Can now be active on multiple targets at the same time.
    • Periodic critical strikes from this ability can now trigger Ignite and Hot Streak.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Hot Streak is now also affected by Living Bomb.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04):
    • Mana cost reduced to be the same as Spell nature wispsplode [Arcane Explosion].
    • Living Bomb's "explosion effect" will now be properly classified.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

Wrath Classic[]

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Hotfix (2022-10-03): No longer puts the Mage back into combat upon expiration or removal.

External links[]

Talent Debuffs