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  • Repentance
  • Level 30 paladin talent
  • 30 yd range
  • 6% of base mana
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • 1.7 sec cast
  • Forces an enemy target to meditate, incapacitating them for 1 min.

    Usable against Humanoids, Demons, Undead, Dragonkin, and Giants.
Usable by
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 15 seconds
Other information
Level available 30
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Repentance
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 1 minute

Repentance is a level 30 paladin talent.


  • Any damage taken by the target will break the effect. This includes direct damage, AoE attacks, damage over time and other effects such as [Hand of Sacrifice]. However, damage from the Censure debuff - caused by [Seal of Truth] - will not break the effect.
  • Repentance is very useful in both PvE and PvP:
    • In PvE it can serve as an excellent form of crowd control, with its 1 minute duration and 1 minute cooldown allowing paladins to keep a single target incapacitated indefinitely. It can also be used in emergencies or in order to allow the healer to catch up on damage. Unlike some forms of crowd control it works with many races - Humanoids, Demons, Dragonkins, Giants and Undead - but bear in mind that many mobs (such as Bosses) are immune to effects such as Repentance.
    • In PvP Repentance is particularly useful. It can be used as a basic stun/interrupt, halting important casts or giving you time to heal. Its 30yd range means it can be useful against ranged types, allowing you to get close to them while also stopping their attacks. It can also be used along with [Hammer of Justice] to allow the paladin to stun/incapacitate two targets at the same time. Since it breaks on damage, Repentance is perhaps most useful for incapacitating a secondary target (or healer) while focusing on another target, or in order to give you a chance to self-heal.
  • Warriors can use [Berserker Rage] to break out of Repentance.
  • Mages cannot [Blink] out of Repentance.
  • As a magic effect, Repentance can be dispelled.
  • Repentance is the second crowd control ability available to Paladins (after [Hammer of Justice]).


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Repentance no longer deals damage.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now deals damage over time.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now has a cast time of 1.7 seconds (was 1.5 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-04): Both Repentance and Hammer of Justice can now be applied to the same target.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a talent. Cooldown reduced from 1 min to 15 sec.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This crowd control effect will no longer break early from the damage done by [Righteous Vengeance].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): No longer resets the Paladin's melee swing timer.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Mana cost changed to 9% of base, duration increased to 1 minute (10 second PvP duration), now usable against Demons, Dragonkin, Giants, Humanoids and Undead.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Duration changed from 6 seconds to up to 6 seconds.

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