Shadow Word: Death
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  • Shadow Word: Death
  • Level 75 Shadow priest talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 9 sec recharge
  • Instant
  • A word of dark binding that inflicts (187.5% of spell power) Shadow damage to the target. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.

    Generates 15 Insanity, or 30 if the target dies.
  • Max 2 Charges
Usable by
Class Priest
School Shadow
Charges 2
Recharge 9 seconds
Other information
Level available 75

In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

As words go, it's frequently the last.[1]

Shadow Word: Death is a level 75 Shadow priest talent. It is a Shadow Word - a Shadow-based direct damage spell that deals instant damage, and an "execute" ability, only usable on targets below 20% health. It also generates 15 Insanity, or 30 if the target dies, and has 2 charges.

Tips and tactics

  • Shadow Word: Death (SW:D) is a useful means of dealing instant damage, especially while on the move, although its health requirement limits its usefulness to that of an execute ability.
  • Shadow priests will usually want to use SW:D as often as possible, both to generate Insanity and to deal excellent mobile damage almost matching that of [Mind Blast].


Patches and hotfixes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Shadow Word: Death is no longer a baseline ability for Shadow priests, and instead is now available as a level 75 Shadow priest talent.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Generates 15 Insanity untalented (was 10).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 50 (was 46).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now generates Insanity instead of [Shadow Orbs]. Damage increased by 122.5%. Mana cost removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Shadow Word: Death is now available only to Shadow priests. Discipline and Holy priests can add a self-damaging utility to [Holy Fire] through a new Major Glyph.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-13): Landing a killing blow with Shadow Word: Death should no longer incorrectly grant 2 Shadow Orbs.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 15% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned. Shadow Word: Death no longer deals triple damage to targets below 25% health, and no longer inflicts backlash damage on the caster if the target is not killed by the spell. For Shadow priests: Now generates 1 Shadow Orb. If the target does not die, the cooldown is reset, but this additional Shadow Word: Death does not grant a Shadow Orb. This effect has a 6 sec cooldown.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Shadow Word: Death damage done has been increased by 12%.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-07): Low-level priests will now properly take Shadow Word: Death backlash damage when casting Shadow Word: Death.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Range increased to 40 yards, up from 30 yards. Cooldown reduced to 10 sec, down from 12 sec.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): The self-damage from this spell can no longer be reflected or redirected.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Resilience no longer reduces the backlash damage from this spell.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Cooldown increased to 12 sec and will now properly damage the casting Priest when it is reflected.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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