Seed of Corruption
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  • Seed of Corruption
  • Level 38 Affliction warlock ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1 Soul Shard
  • 2.5 sec cast
  • Embeds a demon seed in the enemy target that will explode after 18 sec, dealing (215% of spell power) Shadow damage to all enemies within 10 yards and applying Corruption to them.

    The seed will detonate early if the target is hit by other detonations, or takes (300% of spell power) damage from your spells.
Usable by
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 38
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Seed of Corruption
  • Embeded with a demon seed that will soon explode, dealing Shadow damage to the caster's enemies within 10 yards, and applying Corruption to them.

    The seed will detonate early if the target is hit by other detonations, or takes (300% of spell power) damage from your spells.
  • Duration: 18 seconds

Seed of Corruption, often abbreviated SoC, is a level 38 Affliction warlock Shadow-based spell that deals area of effect direct damage after the target receives a specific amount of damage.


Seed of Corruption is a binary spell, so it will either be completely resisted (no explosion) or land for full damage.

Previously, any damage (including that from other party members) could detonate SoC. Since Patch 5.0.4, it can now only be triggered by damage done by the warlock, though if they have all three dots on the target, a couple of ticks is usually sufficient for detonation. Pet damage does not contribute. Furthermore, detonation also counts as damage that triggers other SoCs, leading to a cascade of explosions that contributes to massive burst AoE.

Tips and tactics

In instances, Seed of Corruption is most effective on large groups of mobs with relatively high health. Detonation will occur more quickly on a mob with full DoTs. If they won't live long enough for a few SoC to detonate, multi-dotting is a better choice.

While soloing, it is difficult to use SoC because of the amount of time required to set up a large cascade, especially when taking spell pushback. If the group of mobs is large enough to warrant the use of SoC, it is probably too large for a single warlock to handle.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Seed of Corruption damage reduced by 20%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10):
    • Damage is now 215% (was 138%).
    • Now costs 1 Soul Shard (was 4.5% mana).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-28): Seed of Corruption will now properly detonate and spread if the target dies while still affected.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Seed of Corruption damage increased by 15%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer deals damage over time. Detonation now deals 75.8% more damage and applies [Corruption] to all affected targets. Now requires 217.5% more damage to be detonated.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now replaces [Rain of Fire] for Affliction warlocks.
    • Seed of Corruption and Soulburn: Seed of Corruption can no longer both apply to the same target.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Explosion radius has been reduced to 10 yards, down from 15.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Seed of Corruption will now stack with [Corruption], as well as [Soulburn: Seed of Corruption]. Damage required to set off the explosion will now only be counted by the casting Warlock.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been increased to be more comparable to other area-of-effect abilities.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Seed of Corruption detonation will now obey line of sight.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): This spell will now interact properly with town guards when bystanders are hit by its detonation in a duel.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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