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Shadow Bolt
Spell shadow shadowbolt
  • Shadow Bolt
  • Level 1 warlock ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.5% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Sends a shadowy bolt at the enemy, causing (70.2% of Spell power) Shadow damage.

    Demonology Generates 1 Soul Shard.
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Improvements Inv elemental primal shadow [Dark Virtuosity], Ability warlock impoweredimp [Demonic Calling], Spell shadow twilight [Nightfall], Spell warlock soulburn haunt [Rot and Decay], Ability creature disease 05 [Sacrificed Souls], 70 inscription glyph demonhunter major [Sargerei Technique], Spell shadow shadowembrace [Shadow Embrace], Spell shadow shadowbolt [Withering Bolt]
May darkness take you, for when I'm done, the Light will not recognize you.[1]

Shadow Bolt is a level 1 warlock spell that deals direct damage to the target. It's the primary filler spell for both Affliction and Demonology warlocks. For Destruction warlocks it is replaced by Spell fire burnout [Incinerate]. For Demonology warlocks, Shadow Bolt generates a Soul Shard each time it is cast.

Notes and trivia[]

  • Shadow Bolt is sometimes misspelled Shadowbolt by Blizzard.
  • Shadowmages and Necromancers can both harness the shadows into bolts of incendiary energy.[2] This would be one of the overlapping abilities shared with warlocks.[3]
  • Shadow Bolt is a basic Warlock spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "It's a Bolt. Its made out of Shadow. What more do you need to know!"

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-21): Now deals 60% increased damage in PvP combat (was 30%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-05): Damage increased by 30% in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-01-09): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-19): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): No longer deals 10% increased damage in PvP combat.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2021-08-09): Damage increased by 10% in PvP situations.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.0 (2021-06-29): Mana cost reduced to 1.5% base mana (was 2%).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Damage has been increased by 13%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Now available again to Affliction warlocks. New visual spell effect.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Damage increased by 100%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-17): Shadow Bolt damage increased by 42%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): No longer exclusive to Demonology. Now available to Destruction until Level 14.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Shadowbolt damage increased by 10%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now exclusive to Demonology and generates 1 Soul Shard. Damage reduced by 15%. Cast time reduced to 2 seconds, down from 2.5 seconds.Ability warlock moltencore [Molten Core].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 25% less damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-15): Shadow Bolt's damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Shadow Bolt's damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Spell fire fireball02 [Decimation]'s effects have been merged into baseline Shadow Bolt: When you cast Shadow Bolt on a target below 25% health, you gain the Molten Core effect.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now deals 15% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Cast time reduced to 2.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. Now replaced by Ability warlock everlastingaffliction [Malefic Grasp] for Affliction and Spell fire burnout [Incinerate] for Destruction.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Shadow Bolt has a new visual spell effect.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Cast time increased to 3 sec, up from 1.7. Range now 40 yards, up from 30.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): When using Shadow Bolt while having Spell fire playingwithfire [Backlash] and Ability warlock backdraft [Backdraft] active, only Backlash will now be properly consumed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Shadow Bolt animation updated.

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