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Spell shadow shadowform
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 10
Related buff
Spell shadow shadowform
  • Shadowform
  • Spell damage dealt increased by 10%.
"I draw deep from the shadows to slake my thirst for power. I'm never thirsty for long."[1]

Shadowform is a Shadow priest ability. When used, it causes the priest to assume a Shadowform, increasing spell damage dealt by 10% .


Shadowform TCG

In the TCG.

  • Shadowform does not increase spell damage done by items or consumables.


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Known bugs[]


An undead priest in Shadowform.

Appearance-altering actions that take place while in Shadowform (such as being poisoned or diseased) will alter the character's appearance until Shadowform is dropped and reassumed.


  • Shadowform is considered the defining shadow priest ability due to its visual appearance altering effects.
  • Shadowform is an epic Priest spell in Hearthstone, where it changes the standard Hero Power to deal damage in the form of Spell priest mindspike [Mind Spike] rather than healing in the form of Spell holy lesserheal [Lesser Heal]. Using Shadowform a second time transforms Mind Spike into "Mind Shatter", which deals an extra point of damage. The flavor text reads: "If a bright light shines on a priest in Shadowform… do they cast a shadow?"

Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2022-02-24): Fixed an issue where Shadowform would be cancelled when interacting with chests in Zereth Mortis.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2020-11-23): Now learned at level 10 (was 12).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): No longer reduces physical damage taken (was 10%).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Visual effect updated. Now increases spell damage (was Shadow damage).
  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Visual effect updated.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13): Shadowform reduces physical damage taken by 20% in PvP situations (was 10%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-12-06): You can now activate and deactivate Shadowform while mounted.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Returned as a new spell for Shadow Priests:
    • Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage dealt by 10%, and reducing your Physical damage taken by 10%.
    • You may not cast any Holy spells while in this form.
    • The shadowy visual is now tied to Shadowform.
    • Spell priest voidform [Voidform] now acts to intensify Shadowform. It automatically triggers Shadowform if not already active, and you gain the effects of both.
    • When Voidform ends, you return to Shadowform.
    • The damage of all Shadow Priest abilities has been reduced to compensate for this, resulting in no net gain or loss of damage.
    • Now learned at level 12 (was 24).
    Old: Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage by 25% and increasing your armor by 100%. However, you may not cast any healing spells while in this form.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-06-23): Fixed an issue that could cause Shadow Priests to be unable to shift out of the Shadowform visual effect.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Shadowform no longer applies its visual effect to the priest's mount.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer allows any healing spells to be cast but also no longer has a restriction on casting other Holy spells. Spell shadow spectralsight [Mind Quickening] is no longer tied to Shadowform and is now a separate passive.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2014-01-08): Shadowform now increases the Priest's armor by 100% (up from 60%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now increases the Priest's armor by 60%, but no longer reduces all damage taken by 15%. Now incorporates the effect of Inv glyph majorpriest [Glyph of Dark Binding].
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now increases the Priest's Shadow damage by 25% (was 20%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Bonus to shadow damage done increased to 20% (up from 15%). Now a level 24 Shadow ability (was a tier 3 Shadow talent).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer reduces threat by 30%. Additionally, Spell holy nullifydisease [Cure Disease] can no longer be cast in Shadowform. Moved from tier 7 to tier 3.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Shadowform will now cause Spell shadow devouringplague [Devouring Plague] and Spell holy stoicism [Vampiric Touch] to benefit from haste. Both the period length and the duration of these spells will be reduced by haste. In addition, the mana cost has been reduced from 32% to 13% of base mana.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now reduces all damage taken by 15% (previously only reduced physical damage). Bonus damage from critical strike chance removed and replaced by the ability of those periodic damage spells to generate critical strikes.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Spell nature nullifydisease [Abolish Disease] and Spell holy nullifydisease [Cure Disease] can now be cast while in Shadowform. Additionally, you can now shift into Shadowform while mounted or sitting.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Spell shadow devouringplague [Devouring Plague], Spell shadow shadowwordpain [Shadow Word: Pain], and Spell holy stoicism [Vampiric Touch] cast in Shadowform deal increased damage percentage equal to the player’s chance to get a spell crit on their target.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Shadowform now has an innate 30% threat reduction and now has a shapeshift UI.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Spell holy excorcism [Fear Ward] is now usable while in Shadow form.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): If you are in Shadowform and try to use an ability that may not be used in Shadowform, you will leave Shadowform and use that ability. This can be disabled with /console autoUnshift 0
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): The visual effect of Shadowform will no longer persist if disabled while mounted.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Now reduces all physical damage taken (melee and ranged), as the tooltip suggests.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Switching to Shadowform no longer cancels Holy buffs on a priest.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Changed so all spells except Holy can be cast rather than only Shadow and Discipline spells. Tooltip updated. This fixes several bugs that prevented various actions (creating tradeskill items, mining, summoning a mount, using a hearthstone and many more).
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Priests can now use scrolls and the Inv misc gem pearl 06 [Heart of Noxxion] while in Shadowform.

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