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Pain Suppression
Spell holy painsupression
  • Pain Suppression
  • Row 2 Discipline priest talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.6% of base mana
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Reduces all damage taken by a friendly target by 40% for 8 sec. Castable while stunned.
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 3 minutes
Talent required Ability priest atonement [Atonement]
Improvements Spell holy blessedrecovery [Pain Transformation], Ability racial forceshield [Protector of the Frail]
Related buff
Spell holy painsupression
  • Magic
  • Pain Suppression
  • All damage taken reduced by 40%.
  • Duration: 8 sec
"It's just a flesh wound."[1]

Pain Suppression is a Discipline priest talent. It is an 8 sec buff which reduces all damage taken by 40%. It can be cast while stunned.


  • An often life-saving cooldown when being pounded on by multiple enemies, particularly in arenas.
  • Pain Suppression is not affected by the global cooldown.
  • Pain Suppression cannot be dispelled.
  • Can be used even when stunned, serving as a very helpful panic button when surprised by rogues or warriors in PvP. When healing others, this feature also allows the priest to provide a substantial amount of damage mitigation for their target while stunned, such as when opposing players are attempting to CC (crowd control) the priest.


Although a powerful tool, like many of the Discipline priest's abilities, Pain Suppression's strength lies in preventing damage. Timing and anticipation of incoming damage is therefore key to making the most of it. Pain Suppression is best used just before the target takes a large amount of damage; since it is not on the global cooldown, priests can pop this then focus on shielding and healing the target. When used in this way, priests can allow their targets to survive an otherwise overwhelming onslaught. Since it has only an 8-second duration, waiting until the right moment to cast it is critical.

Pain Suppression really shines in a PvP or Arena situation. No one likes to have their enemies healed, so healers are often "target #1" and focused on by many enemies at once, especially in arenas. A common strategy for an opposing group is to all simultaneously blow their most powerful cooldowns and spells on the enemy's healer. To avoid being instantly knocked out of the game, a priest can pop this spell in an attempt to survive the onslaught. If used with any combination of fear, shield, or grenade, and heals; it is possible to survive an otherwise hopeless situation. Hopefully, while the priest was the focus, his enemies will have been destroyed or fairly weakened by teammates.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 2 Discipline talent (was a level 38 Discipline ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 38 (was 48).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Cooldown reduced to 3 minutes (was 4).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 48 (was 56).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Cooldown increased from 3 minutes to 4 minutes. Now learned at level 56 (was 58).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer reduces the target's threat by 5%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Inv glyph majorpriest [Glyph of Desperation] has been removed. Pain Suppression can now always be cast while stunned.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a level 58 Discipline specialization ability (was a tier 5 Discipline talent).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): No longer dispellable.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer increases resistance to dispel mechanics. Moved to tier 5 (was tier 9).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): No longer can be cast while under the effects of Incapacitate or Cyclone.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cooldown increased to 3 minutes, up from 2.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Is now usable on friendly targets, instantly reduces the target's threat by 5%, reduces damage taken by 40% and its cooldown has been reduced to 2 minutes.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): This talent will now reduce the chance for any buff on the Priest to be dispelled, rather than reduce the chance of dispelling buffs cast while it is active.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Now reduces damage taken by 65% and increases resistance to Dispel mechanics by 65% for the duration.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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