Shadow Bolt
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  • 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 (39% of Spell power) Shadow damage.

    Demonology Demonology
    Generates 1 Soul Shard.
Usable by
Class Warlock
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Improvements Nightfall, [Pleasure through Pain], Sacrificed Souls, [Shadow Embrace]
"May darkness take you, for when I'm done, the Light will not recognize you."— Radak Doombringer[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 [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

  • 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 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.
  • 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%.
  • 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 [Malefic Grasp] for Affliction and [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%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): When using Shadow Bolt while having [Backlash] and [Backdraft] active, only Backlash will now be properly consumed.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Shadow Bolt animation updated.

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