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Ability priest silence
  • Silence
  • Row 2 Shadow priest talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 4 sec. Against non-players, also interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 4 sec.
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 45 seconds
Improvements Ability priest silence [Last Word]
Related debuff
Ability priest silence
  • Magic
  • Silence
  • Silenced.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

Silence is a Shadow priest talent. It silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 5 seconds, and acts against an interrupt against non-player targets.


  • Any spell currently being cast will be prevented from completing when the target is silenced. The spellcasting of non-player targets is also fully interrupted, allowing targets that are immune to silences, such as bosses, to still be interrupted by this ability.
  • Silence is not affected by the global cooldown.
  • In PvP against casters, this can simply disable them for 5 secs.
  • In PvP when used against paladins, they can use Spell holy divineshield [Divine Shield] to remove the Silence effect. So preferably it should be used when they have already popped Divine Shield. Warlocks with their Felhunter out can cast its Spell nature purge [Devour Magic] on themselves to remove the effect.
  • In PvE, there are many caster-type mobs that can't be pulled like normal mobs. Pulling with Silence will cause them to come to you to engage in melee, since their ranged attack (magic) is disabled. It can also stop a mob's healing, which is sometimes very useful.


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.0 (2023-05-02): Duration decreased to 3 seconds in PvP combat (was 4 seconds).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 2 Shadow talent (was a level 29 Shadow ability). Rank 2 effects made baseline.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Rank 2 added at level 56: Increases the range of Silence by 10 yards.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 29 (was 50).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Silence duration reduced to 4 seconds (down from 5). Interrupt duration increased to 4 seconds (up from 3).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Discipline. Mana cost removed. Now learned at level 50 (was 52).
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-11): Silence (Discipline) now prevents the target from casting spells for 2 seconds (down from 5 seconds). There is no change to the ability for Shadow Priests.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now available to Discipline and Shadow priests.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a baseline ability for Shadow priests, available at level 52 (was a tier 4 shadow talent).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Silence is now a Tier 4 talent, down from Tier 5. Now has a new icon (was Spell shadow impphaseshift).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Updated tooltip to include the functionality that this ability also interrupts spellcasting on NPCs.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This ability will also apply a 3 second interrupt effect against non-player controlled targets, making it more versatile against creatures immune to silencing effects.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Range increased to 30 yards (up from 20).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Silence now has diminishing returns.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): No longer affected by the global cooldown.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Several creature spells that silenced players are now properly flagged as silence effects, which will allow talents such as Unbreakable Will to provide a higher chance to resist the effects.

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