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Ritual of Summoning
Spell shadow twilight
  • Ritual of Summoning
  • Level 33 warlock ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 5% 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.
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown 2 minutes
Other information
Level learned 33

Ritual of Summoning is a 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.
  • Frequently called "warlock closet" by players due to its model.



Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-22): Fixed an issue where players couldn't summon party members with a Warlock portal inside Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 33 (was 42).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Model updated.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 42 (was 72).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now learned at level 72 (was 42).
  • 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 (was 20).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): The summoning of the initial portal is now instant cast, down from 5 seconds.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8a (2009-01-27): Will now function as intended.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small 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 Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): The mana cost of this spell will now be properly deducted when cast.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Can be used to summon players into instances if they meet the instance requirements. Can now be used to summon players into the Netherstorm.
    Previously gave the error message, "Netherstorm's chaotic energies make summoning magically impossible".
  • WoW Icon update 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 Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): You can no longer accept a warlock summoning while you are in combat.
  • WoW Icon update 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 Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): A failed Ritual of Summoning should no longer cost a soul shard.

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