Ritual of Summoning
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  • Ritual of Summoning
  • Level 42 warlock ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 4% of base mana
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Channeled
  • Begins a ritual to create a summoning portal, requiring the caster and 2 allies to complete. This portal can be used to summon party and raid members.
Usable by
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown 2 minutes
Other information
Level learned 42

Ritual of Summoning (often referred to as closet) is a level 42 warlock ritual used to summon party or raid members by creating a Summoning Portal. The spell requires two additional party or raid members to complete.


The warlock begins by casting Ritual of Summoning, which opens a portal. Two present party or raid members then right-click on the portal and must not move until the ritual is complete.

Once the Summoning Portal is summoned, it will be available for 5 minutes and can be used to summon as many party or raid members as needed. The stone is capable of simultaneous portals. Each summon will require one additional party member.

Upon accepting a summons, the targeted player will be teleported to the location where the portal appeared.


Summoning can be accepted while in flight, but not while in combat. If the summoned player drops out of combat during the two-minute time period, they can still accept the summon; the Accept button is merely grayed out until then. A player can also accept a summon after the meeting stone vanishes, provided the initial summon was cast within the last 2 minutes of the summoning portal being active.

Any player can target themselves as the summoning target in order to quickly hearth, repair, and return to the spot where the ritual was performed. This works inside of an instance as long as the warlock meets the requirements for the instance.

You cannot use Ritual of Summoning to summon a goblin, worgen, pandaren, death knight or demon hunter character who hasn't completed their starting area quests.

Ritual of Summoning cannot be used in battlegrounds.

Ritual of Summoning was mostly eclipsed in Cataclysm with the introduction of the guild perk [Have Group, Will Travel], which allowed players to easily and instantly summon all party members to their location once every 2 hours. However, with Mists of Pandaria the perk was removed, making Ritual of Summoning once again a valuable tool.



Patch changes

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  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Should no longer yield graphical issues with the created portal.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): The cost of casting is changed from 12% of base mana to 42 mana, the spell changed from instant cast to channeled. Now learnable at level 42 instead of level 20.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): The summoning of the initial portal is now instant cast, down from 5 seconds.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8a (2009-01-27): Will now function as intended.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Will now create a summoning portal object which can be re-used for multiple summons for 5 minutes.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Can be used to summon players into instances if they meet the instance requirements.
    Previously couldn't be used to summon players into Netherstorm, due to lore reasons: "Netherstorm's chaotic energies make summoning magically impossible".
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Fixed a bug where players could be summoned from outside the same instance as the warlock in some cases.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): You can no longer accept a warlock summoning while you are in combat.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Target of summoning ritual must already be in the same instance if caster is in an instance.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): A failed Ritual of Summoning should no longer cost a soul shard.

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