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Shackle Undead
Spell nature slow
  • Shackle Undead
  • Row 4 priest talent
  • 30 yd range
  • 1.2% of base mana
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Shackles the target undead enemy for 50 sec, preventing all actions and movement. Damage will cancel the effect. Limit 1.
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Talent required Ability priest angelicfeather [Angelic Feather]
Related debuff
Spell nature slow
  • Magic
  • Shackle Undead
  • Shackled.
  • Duration: 50 seconds

Shackle Undead is a priest class talent. It shackles an undead enemy, making it unable to move or attack for the duration of the spell, and visibly enclosing the creature within chains.



  • The spell is used to remove an enemy from combat when attacked by multiple enemies, giving you time to kill off some of the other enemies. As such, this spell is a form of crowd control. It is functionally of the incapacitate type, as the enemy does not move.
  • Does not work against Forsaken players, since they are classified as Humanoid and not Undead.
  • Can be used against Unholy death knights' ghouls.

Tips and tactics[]

  • Shackle Undead interrupts any spells being cast when it lands, so it can also be used as an interrupt even if it is immediately broken by damage.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.0 (2023-05-02): Duration decreased to 6 seconds in PvP combat (was 8 seconds).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 4 class talent (was a level 28 ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 28 (was 32).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): mana cost reduced by 70%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-02): When an adversary prevents a Priest from using Holy spells, Shackle Undead is properly locked out for the length of the interrupt effect.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Many crowd control abilities no longer cause creatures to attack players when they are cast. The creature will not attack the player when the crowd control wears off, and nearby creatures will not become hostile to the player either.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now lasts up to 50 sec, up from 30 sec. Now learned at level 32 (was 20).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now costs 9% of base mana (was 150 mana).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): This spell will now always be removed correctly if multiple Priests overwrite each other's Shackle Undead.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): It is no longer possible to have Shackle Undead on two targets at the same time in the outdoor world.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07):
    • Removed facing requirement.
    • Increased the chance of breaking early.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Added.

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