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Not to be confused with Shadowfiend (Azsuna).
Spell shadow shadowfiend
  • Shadowfiend
  • Row 1 priest talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Summons a shadowy fiend to attack the target for 15 sec.

    HolyDisciplineGenerates 0.5% Mana each time the Shadowfiend attacks.
    ShadowGenerates 2 Insanity each time the Shadowfiend attacks.
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 3 minutes
Improvements Achievement raid terraceofendlessspring04 [Idol of Y'Shaarj], Spell priest burningwill [Trinity]

Shadowfiend is a priest talent. It is automatically learned for Discipline and Shadow priests. A pet action bar appears for the priest to command and control the Shadowfiend's spells.


  • The talent Spell shadow soulleech 3 [Mindbender] replaces your Shadowfiend with the Mindbender ability. The Mindbender has a duration of 15 seconds and only a 1-minute cooldown. Although it is far poorer at dealing damage, with a potential uptime of almost four times that of the Shadowfiend, the Mindbender is capable of outperforming it in both these respects provided the priest makes the most of its short cooldown.
  • The Shadowfiend requires an enemy target (within 40 yards) to be selected in order to be summoned. It will spawn next to the target, and immediately attack it.
  • The Shadowfiend comes with a normal petbar, with Attack/Follow/Move To and Passive/Defensive/Assist modes, and can be commanded accordingly. The Shadowfiend will spawn in Follow and Assist mode with Spell shadow chilltouch [Shadowcrawl] on autocast, and will immediately attack the target of its summons. The Shadowfiend always spawns with these settings, regardless of what it was set to last time it was summoned. The Shadowfiend will auto-cast Shadowcrawl on cooldown, regardless of its target's location.
  • If the Shadowfiend's target dies, it will move toward the next relevant target, that is any who has recently attacked or been attacked by you; if no such target exists, it will return to the priest's side. Despite the Shadowfiend's default Assist mode, it will keep attacking its assigned target indefinitely, regardless of the priest's subsequent targets.
  • The Shadowfiends' attacks are shadow damage and can be partially resisted but follow normal melee damage rules, therefore being capable of critical strikes, but also susceptible to misses, parries, dodges and glancing blows. This reduces the damage output of Shadowfiends considerably on higher level mobs (especially in raid encounters) and in PvP versus classes with high melee mitigation.
  • Non-player area of effect damage taken by the Shadowfiend is reduced by 90%.
  • The Shadowfiend can be the target of most friendly spells, including: direct and AoE heals, Spell holy powerwordshield [Power Word: Shield] and HoTs; dispels such as Spell holy dispelmagic [Purify]; and utilities such as Spell holy layonhands [Levitate], Spell holy mindvision [Mind Vision] and Priest spell leapoffaith a [Leap of Faith]. It should be noted that should a Prayer of Mending proc jump to the Shadowfiend, the buff will vanish (without jumping) if the Shadowfiend expires.
  • As with all pets, moving out of range of your Shadowfiend (around 85 yards) will cause it to expire.


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Tips and tactics[]

Shadowfiend TCG

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

  • Should the Shadowfiend's target die, it will likely spend time either moving toward a new target or simply returning to the priest's side. Either will cause the Shadowfiend to waste time. Try to use the Shadowfiend on targets that will not die or otherwise become unattackable before it despawns.
  • Shadowfiend takes on the buff of Bloodlust/Heroism if it is active when Spell nature bloodlust [Bloodlust]/Ability shaman heroism [Heroism] is cast, and it will hit the mob faster.
  • Since the Shadowfiend requires an enemy target to be summoned, healing priests may benefit from using a Shadowfiend macro to save switching targets.
  • In PvP, the selection of a target for the Shadowfiend can be critical. Abilities such as Spell shadow possession [Fear], Spell shadow psychicscream [Psychic Scream], Spell frost frostnova [Frost Nova] and Spell nature stranglevines [Entangling Roots] can all prevent the Shadowfiend from achieving many (if any) hits, wasting its cooldown. Canny opponents will make the most of these abilities. For these purposes, try to choose a target that is unlikely to CC or kite the Shadowfiend. When playing against classes that CC regularly (such as other priests with Spell shadow psychicscream [Psychic Scream]) consider waiting until after they use their key CC before summoning the Shadowfiend.
  • Should your Shadowfiend be CCed, remember that you can dispel magic effects on it as you would any other friendly target. It is usually worth the expenditure of a Spell holy dispelmagic [Purify] if it allows for an extra couple of hits. Priest spell leapoffaith a [Leap of Faith] can also be useful on occasion for bringing your Shadowfiend back into play, although it will automatically use Spell shadow chilltouch [Shadowcrawl] if it is off cooldown. It is also possible to use Spell holy excorcism [Fear Ward] on your Shadowfiend.
  • Priests self-selecting via the target self keybind can select their Shadowfiend by hitting this key twice, or once while already self-targetting. Conversely, priests should take care not to accidentally select their Shadowfiend, as this can easily lead to wasted heals or buffs such as Spell holy powerwordshield [Power Word: Shield] or Spell holy painsupression [Pain Suppression].


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.0 (2023-05-02): Now generates 2 Insanity per attack (was 3).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-11-29): Fixed an issue causing Shadowfiend to not grant Mana for Holy and Discipline specializations.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 1 class talent (was a level 20 Discipline and Shadow ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 20 (was 40).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Damage of Shadowfiend reduced 8%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-08-07): Damage reduced by 16%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-03-29): Shadowfiend modified by Glyph of the Sha is now properly affected by the Artifact Trait Fiending Dark.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Holy. Now learned at level 40 (was 42).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer restores mana.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer takes reduced damage from area of effect spells. Cooldown reduced from 5 min to 3 min. Now benefits from the priest's haste. Now learned at level 42 (was 66).
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-07-06): Shadowfiend is now causing the casting priest to enter combat when cast on enemy players.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-07-01): Channeled spells are no longer being interrupted if cast immediately after Shadowfiend.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Shadowfiend uses the new Assist pet stance functionality.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now regenerates 3% mana when the Shadowfiend attacks, down from 5%. Range increased to 40 yards, up from 30 yards.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): [Avoidance] (passive): Now reduces the damage your pet takes from area-of-effect damage by 90%, but no longer applies to area-of-effect damage caused by other players.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Health scaling increased. Now receives 30% of the master's spell power. Mana return increased to 5%, up from 4%. The Shadowfiend now returns mana when its melee attacks land, rather than when it deals damage. Movement speed normalized to player movement speed. Tooltip revised.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.2 (2007-06-19): This creature will now reset to full health when it is summoned. It will also automatically attack your current enemy target when it is summoned.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • This pet will now come into the game with full health and mana, including that gained from a percentage of its master's stamina and intellect.
    • The Shadowfiend will now correctly attack your target even if it is neutral or non-aggressive.
    • Increased the Shadowfiend's chance to hit higher level enemies.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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