Spell shadow sacrificialshield.png
  • Sacrifice
  • Warlock pet ability
  • Unlimited range
  • 25% of base health
  • 1 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Sacrifices a portion of the Voidwalker's health, giving its master a shield that will absorb X damage for 30 sec. While the shield holds, spellcasting will not be interrupted by damage.
Usable by
Class Warlock
Pet Voidwalker
School Shadow
Cooldown 1 min
Related buff
Spell shadow sacrificialshield.png
  • Magic
  • Sacrifice
  • Absorbs X damage.
  • Duration: 30 seconds
Warlocks use every tool at their disposal, including friends.[1]

Sacrifice is an ability of the Voidwalker, a warlock minion. It consumes a portion of the Voidwalker's health, granting the warlock an absorption shield that is similar to a priest's [Power Word: Shield] ability. The ability consumes 25% of the voidwalker's base health,[2] so as long as the voidwalker isn't near death, there is very little chance that the use of this ability will kill the demon. The duration of the Sacrifice shield is 30 seconds.

Sacrifice is learned automatically by your Voidwalker at level 28.


It's very useful when using [Hellfire], making a getaway or to extend your life in PvP combat. Using Sacrifice in Battlegrounds is especially useful because when you die and resurrect, you get your Voidwalker back without having to re-summon it. Even if you are not Demonology specced, this ensures that'll you be able to sacrifice him at least once without having to re-summon.

Having [Fel Synergy] will allow you to heal the voidwalker back for the health he loses very quickly and makes the use of the shield a non-issue as long as the pet is in reasonably good health.

It is possible to summon another demon while under this shield. In an emergency you can Sacrifice your Voidwalker, resummon it (it will now be at full health), and [Soul Link] with it again.


This spell was known as "Sacrificial" Shield during the Beta tests.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.2 (2009-05-19): No longer kills the Voidwalker, but instead only sacrifices a portion of its health.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11): Now grants the Warlock damage absorption, rather than full immunity. Duration has been increased.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Sacrificial Shield renamed Sacrifice


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