- For sayaad lore, see sayaad.
The Sayaad is the third demonic minion available to the warlock, summoned through the ability, available at level 19. The minion comes in two variants: the male Incubus and the female Succubus. The two are functionally identical in terms of gameplay, with the only differences being cosmetic. Summon Sayaad summons one of the two genders at random, but warlocks can speak with Laphandrus Voidheart/ Kazak Darkscream to change the spell to or , ensuring that only that gender is summoned.
The Sayaad can deal more damage than an Imp and continue to attack if they run out of energy, but cannot take as much damage or hold as much aggro as a Voidwalker. Their armor would be rated as "Medium" compared to the Voidwalker, and they have the same amount of health as the Felhunter; less than the Voidwalker but more than the Imp.
The Sayaad possesses several abilities in addition to their melee attack:
|Avoidance (Passive)||Passive||Reduces the damage your summoned demon takes from non-player area of effect attacks by an additional 80%.|
|20||An instant attack that lashes the target, causing X Shadow damage.|
|20||Seduces the target, preventing all actions for up to 30 sec. Any damage caused will remove the effect. Only works against Humanoids.|
|31||Deals X shadow damage and instantly knocks back all enemies within 5 yards.
(This is the ability used when [Command Demon] is cast.)
|32||Gives the Sayaad Lesser Invisibility for up to 5 min. This spell can only be used out of combat.|
: Increases the Sayaad's health by 20%, its Haste by 50% and its damage dealt for 12 seconds.
- — An optional quest offered by the Sayaad, serving as a tutorial for how to change the summon spell to or .
- The Sayaad is particularly useful on enemies of a lower level than the warlock due to their higher damage output than the Voidwalker.
- Because of their Seduction power, the Sayaad is a very useful pet for a warlock in most PvP situations. Their Lesser Invisibility power is also very useful; opponents will underestimate a warlock whom they believe not to have a pet out.
- Their power is channeled, which means they are out of the fight for as long as their seduced target is.
- Whiplash can be used in an emergency to get dangerous enemies away from the warlock. Beware of disrupting a tank's positioning of the mobs in a dungeon or raid, though!
- It's easy to think that Lash of Pain is a melee range ability, but it actually has a generous 20 yards of leeway. This allows them to chase enemies much more effectively than you'd think.
- Targeting either gender of Sayaad with a /flirt or /kiss emote will cause a heart to appear above their head for a short time.
- This was also the case for the Shivarra.
- For most of World of Warcraft's history, the third warlock minion was exclusively a Succubus, and incubi did not appear in-game at all. When incubi were requested as a warlock minion in April 2011, Community Manager Zarhym responded that Blizzard had plans for offering players a choice between male and female versions of all warlock demons, but that they didn't have a time frame for when it might be implemented. 10 years later, in September 2021, Blizzard announced that incubi would be added to the game at some point after patch 9.1.5—both as a glyph option for warlocks and as an addition to places where succubus models appear—as part of ongoing efforts to make the game world feel more inclusive and to offer more ways for players to express themselves. Incubi were added in patch 9.2.0, though not as a glyph; instead, the old spell was replaced by as the default, with the preference of summoning exclusively an Incubus or Succubus being added as a cosmetic option.
- Although implies that the warlock's Incubus and Succubus are in fact the same individual in two different forms, the two versions use separate, randomly generated names. According to Sarah Cotner, the game designer who wrote the quest, this is due to "some archaic mechanics related to Warlock pet names that cause issues", but she added that the matter is open to interpretation.
- Patch 9.2.0 (2022-02-22): Incubus added and replaced with as the default.
- ^ Zarhym's reply to "WTB Incubus. No, not the terrible band." (2011-04-14). Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. “I'm happy to share we actually do have plans for offering players a choice between male and female versions of all warlock demons. This is a task already in our system, though I don't have a time frame for you at the moment. Other art tasks could always take precedence, but we're committed to making this happen. :)”
- ^ The Evolution of Creative Content in World of Warcraft (2021-09-30). Archived from the original on 2021-10-01.
- ^ Sarah Cotner (2021-12-21). Retrieved on 2022-02-23. “Copy/pasta'ing this here: Unfortunately, I'm not in the position to make lore decisions on twitter/social media, all I can tell you is what's in the game atm. There is some archaic mechanics related to Warlock pet names that cause issues. So: it's really how you interpret it.”