Mind Blast
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png
  • Mind Blast
  • Level 5 priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 0.25% of base mana
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Blasts the target's mind for (97.92% of spell power) Shadow damage

    Shadow Shadow: Generates 8 Insanity.
  • Discipline Rank 2: Level 18: Prevents the next (300% of spell power) damage dealt by the enemy.
    Shadow Rank 2: Level 13: Cooldown reduced by 7.5 sec.
Usable by
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 15 sec
Other information
Level learned 5
Rank levels ?? (rank 2)
Improvements [Dark Thoughts], [Fortress of the Mind], [Psychic Link], [Shadowy Apparitions], [Voidform]
Related debuff
Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png
  • Mind Blast
  • Next (300% of spell power) damage dealt will be prevented
  • Duration: 15 sec
"Shadow priests, mon . . . dey can melt faces." — Ta'zo[1]

Mind Blast is a level 5 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, [Holy Fire] replaces Mind Blast at level 19 for Holy priests.



Mind Blast features an additional rank for discipline and shadow priests. Though both classified as "Rank 2", they provide separate effects.

  • Spell holy powerwordshield.png  Rank 2 — Discipline: Mind Blast prevents the next (300% of spell power) damage dealt by the target. Available at Level 18.
  • Spell shadow shadowwordpain.png  Rank 2 — Shadow: Mind Blast's cooldown reduced by 7.5 seconds. Available at Level 13.




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

Tips and tactics

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 [Devouring Plague].
    • An exception is while during [Voidform]. Devouring Plague and [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

  • 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 [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 [Shadow Orbs].
  • 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 Shadow specialization ability, 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 [Mind Spike] should no longer cause Mind Blast to not benefit from the last cast of Mind Spike.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): No longer generates bonus threat.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now has a short cast time.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage slightly reduced.

See also


External links

Mind Blast Discipline
Rank 2
Rank 2