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Mind Blast
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy
  • Mind Blast
  • Level 5 priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 0.25% of base mana
  • 9 sec cooldown
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Blasts the target's mind for (78.336% of Spell power) Shadow damage.

    ShadowGenerates 6 Insanity.
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 9 sec
Other information
Level learned 5
Improvements Ability rogue masterofsubtlety [Apathy], Spell shadow unholyfrenzy [Dark Indulgence], Spell shadow shadowpower [Expiation], Ability paladin handoflight [Harsh Discipline], Spell shadow chilltouch [Inescapable Torment], Spell fire twilightcano [Insidious Ire], Ability revendreth priest [Manipulation], Spell nzinsanity chasedbyshadows [Mastermind], Spell arcane mindmastery [Mind Devourer], Ability priest shadowyapparition [Shadowy Apparitions], Spell shadow unholyfrenzy [Thought Harvester], Spell shadow shadowfiend [Void Summoner], Inv misc eye 03 [Whispers of the Damned]
"Shadow priests, mon . . . dey can melt faces." — Ta'zo[1]

Mind Blast is a priest direct-damage spell. It is a quick and powerful attack with a small cooldown, and also generates insanity for Shadow priests.

While initially available to all priests, Spell holy searinglight [Holy Fire] replaces Mind Blast at level 19 for Holy priests.


  • Haste reduces the cooldown of Mind Blast.
  • While Spell priest voidform [Voidform] is active, Mind Blast gains a second charge, and its remaining cooldown is refreshed upon activation.
    • Ability priest thoughtsteal01 [Dark Thoughts] will add a third charge to Mind Blast when it triggers during voidform.

Tips and tactics[]

Mind Blast TCG

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

  • Mind Blast is a key part of any shadow priest rotation, and should generally be used on cooldown. As well as dealing substantial damage, it is critical for generating insanity for use with Spell shadow devouringplague [Devouring Plague].
    • An exception is while during Spell priest voidform [Voidform]. Devouring Plague and Ability ironmaidens convulsiveshadows [Void Bolt] should be prioritized over Mind Blast.


  • Mind Blast is a basic Priest spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "This spell blasts you directly in the MIND."
  • Prior to patch 2.0.1, Mind Blast used to cause 100% additional threat, significantly limiting its use in PvE.
  • Though Shadow priests no longer use mana as a resource for damage, Mind Blast was again given a mana cost in Patch 9.0.1.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-07-24): Damage increased by 12%. Does not apply to PvP Combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-26): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 (2023-01-24):
    • Now costs 1.6% of base mana (was 2.5%).
    • Damage reduced by 25% in PvP Combat for Shadow only.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-01-09): Damage increased by 15% (Shadow only).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-19): Damage increased by 20% for Shadow only.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-11-01): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Rank 2 removed for both Discipline and Shadow.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): No longer exclusive to Shadow priests and now available at level 5 (down from level 10). Cooldown increased to 15 seconds (was 7.5 seconds). Mana cost added. Insanity generation reduced to 8 (was 12) for Shadow.
    • Rank 2 added for Discipline (Level 18, causes Mind Blast to prevent next (300% of spell power) dealt by the target) and Shadow (Level 13, reduces cooldown by 7.5 sec).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Insanity generated reduced to 12 (was 15). Cooldown reduced to 7.5 seconds (was 9 seconds). Now benefits from Spell shadow mindflay [Mastery: Madness].
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13):
    • Mind Blast damage increased by 13%.
    • Mind Blast damage increased by 30% in PvP situations.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now generates 15 Insanity (was 12).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 10 (was 16).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 50%. Mana cost removed. Now generates Insanity instead of Spell priest shadoworbs [Shadow Orbs]. Now learned at level 10 (was 21).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Blast now deals 10% less damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Cooldown is now reduced by haste, but its base cooldown is now 9 seconds (up from 8 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a level 21 Shadow specialization ability (was a level 9 ability for all priests), and generates one Shadow Orb. Spell visual animation changed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Mind Blast damage done has been increased by 12%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Casting an instant Mind Blast immediately following a Spell priest mindspike [Mind Spike] should no longer cause Mind Blast to not benefit from the last cast of Mind Spike.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now does 18% more damage than Mind Spike.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now learned at level 9 (was 10).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): No longer generates bonus threat.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): Threat raised on ranks 7, 8, and 9. Incorrect data had been entered in those spells, resulting in less threat generated than designed.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now has a short cast time.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage slightly reduced.

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